So I am a newcomer both to these boards and to the Mario RPGs. (Even though I've played the Mario main platforming series since I was a child.)
I discovered Super Mario RPG as well as the four Paper Mario titles after it fairly recently. After playing all of those thoroughly, I decided I wanted to further explore these games--see the wealth of enemy/boss names, item arrangement, menu text, and of course all the various dialogue and storylines that I may have missed while hurriedly playing through the games themselves. As a veteran of the Zelda series, I've become accustomed to checking text dumps to see all that info (see the examples here
). I just figured I would do the same for the Paper Mario series.
But alas, when I went online to look for SMRPG and PM text dumps... I found nothing. No text dumps for the SNES or N64 originals, nor for the more recent games. I tried every Google search I could, and it just seemingly hadn't been done.
The solution? I myself will set about this task to make these text dumps! (If you want something done right, you've got to do it yourself, right?)
The catch? As is evidenced by this thread's placement in this section, I've never so much as hacked a game before. I am a complete, nearly blank slate newb at this. But I am also determined to see this done. So I request the community's aid as I attempt to do this.
So there are nine games out right now that fall under the category of a Mario RPG. The four M&L games I'll get to later as I haven't even played those yet. So my focus for now will be the other five. After some preliminary poking around, here are my prospects on those:Super Mario RPG
- I've already downloaded the Lazy Shell editor, and it looks like a real godsend. I've already located most of the text, so it should be a simple matter of copy/pasting. There are still parts of the text I haven't located yet.Paper Mario
- Ugh. I've already been warned about this one--the text is compressed and encrypted. It may be, for all intents and purposes, impossible to crack. And yet a Google search reveals that someone somewhere consulted a text dump for this game, so someone did it somehow. But yeah, my prospects are not very hopeful for this one.The Thousand-Year Door
and Super Paper Mario
- From what I'm told, the text in both of these games (as they're built on the same or a similar engine) is readily accessible, in ASCII format and comes complete with HTML-style text tags, alerting me to things like text color, size, effects, etc. (These are things I want to capture in my text dumps, similar to this Ocarina of Time dump
.) I just have to figure out how to open the ISO.Sticker Star
- I honestly have no idea. I know 3DS hacking is in its infancy stages, and I don't know if anyone's even been able to peer inside this particular game yet. Any thoughts or suggestions on this one will be most welcome.
So there we are. I acknowledge that I'm new to this and that merely looking up the text for a game is not necessarily a simple or easy task. I'm prepared to do all the hard work I need to do in order to make this happen. Hopefully you all will be along for the ride to help, guide, and support me along the way?
Anyway, I have run into my first little snag, and it involves PM:TTYD. I have the ROM downloaded, and I believe I've isolated the ISO file. How do I open that? (I know it's the disc image file, similar to popping a CD-ROM into one's laptop.) I've googled, but run into loads of different and contradictory answers. I suspect I'll need a third-party program to accomplish it. So if anyone can supply a reliable one for GameCube (and Wii) ISOs, that would be wonderful!