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Personal Projects / Re: Super Pitfall NES (improvements)
« on: July 13, 2016, 11:03:29 am »
I have often pondered that it would be interesting if AVGN revisited some games that have had "fix" type hacks.

Personal Projects / Re: Castlevania III - Rated M For Mature
« on: June 28, 2016, 01:52:33 pm »
This is exciting, I love hacks that combine regional variants.  :thumbsup:

General Discussion / Re: Do you use deodorant?
« on: June 22, 2016, 11:13:38 am »
I dab some isopropyl alcohol on some toilet paper and pat it on my under arms. The alcohol kills the odor causing bacteria.

ROM Hacking Discussion / Re: What are you looking for in a ROM hack?
« on: June 22, 2016, 11:11:05 am »
My favorite hacks are the kind that do one of three things or all of them.

-*fix* a game. What that means depends on who you ask. My perception of fix is to de-censor games, give a cleaner translation, introduce more advanced features (like battery backed saving), porting features from later games or foreign releases, that sort of thing.

-translate a text heavy game into English, this gives me a new experience and an opportunity to play a game that I would other wise not be able to play.

-Allow a prototype or some other game to be played on a console that it was never intended to be on.

Complete hacks are good in there own right, but I often find myself craving the original game when I play them.

Personal Projects / Re: Megaman Z
« on: June 13, 2016, 03:10:13 pm »
Neat, I didn't even remember that.

Personal Projects / Re: Megaman Z
« on: June 12, 2016, 12:59:16 pm »
I tried making it again and this time nothing freezes, I don't know what went wrong before. Some minor graphical glitchyness is still present but not that noticeable at all.

My only two-cents is that the 'Wily' capsules look a little out of place. I was actually expecting the pink/red capsules from MMX3.

Personal Projects / Re: Megaman Z
« on: June 10, 2016, 03:42:45 pm »
First I tried it using BSNES (073), it worked but there were odd graphical corruptions (the Wily capsule and the 'Z' in the title particularly)

I then found a different MMX 1.1, only this one was '.sfc' I then used a tool to make sure its checksum was okay.

That cleared up the graphical corruptions.

I then put it on my powerpak to play it on real hardware.

For some reason or other I hit two areas that cause freezing.

*Right before Vile in the intro stage
*The minute you begin to move in Launch Octopus's stage (Somehow I managed to remember that 888888888877 password from my youth  ;D)

After trying real hardware I went and tried it again on BSNES, and it froze in the intro right before Vile.

There were also other weird graphical..I don't know how to describe it.. stuttering? Like when I compared the title screen animation the X and the Z animates in an odd way and during the intro stage when the bee copter things fall there is noticeable..I can't describe it, just something looks off.


I really like the attention to detail. Specifically the icon in the boss meter being changed from a Wily skull to a Sigma emblem.

I did a quick play through of Chill Penguin, Flame Mammoth and Storm Eagle and everything worked fine. Thank you for making this.

aren't those still on Board2?


Every now and then a good hack comes up there that never gets released here for some reason.

It occured to me that some FDS games allowed saving while their NES counterparts used passwords or worse didn't allow any kind of saving at all.

Kid Icarus is a good example. The NES version has a password system while the FDS version has a zelda-esque save screen.

Castlevania has a similar situation, what's more when it was re-released in cartridge format for the Famicom it sported an 'easy mode' that the NES version never got.

Poor Stanley. He needs his own ROM hack starring role to offset demands like this. :(

Okay, lemmee clarify this a bit.

Donkey Kong 3 is sorta not as popular as Donkey Kong and Donkey Kong Jr, I find that to be somewhat of a shame because even though it isn't all that unique in gameplay it is still a decent top down shooter type game with a lot of fun to offer. Putting Mario/Luigi in the main role adds some recognition because only extreme Nintendo nerds know who 'Stanley' is.

That's all, also, this isn't a demand of any sort, it's a suggestion in the hope that somebody who has the skills to do a pallate swap might find this an acceptable idea for a project.

Inserting Mario into games via hacking is pretty big tradition, Stanley is not the first to be replaced. Bomberman, Mappy, the star of lode runner, moai-kun and the balloon fighter have all been replaced with Mario/Luigi in the past. Those characters have not gone away because of these hacks, neither will Stanley.


Ever notice how Donkey Kong 3 (NES), you play as 'Stanley the bugman'....

I never got that, Donkey Kong is still the antagonist, but no Mario. Donkey Kong 3 would feel more proper and more like a part of the Donkey Kong arcade series if 'Stanley' was replaced with 'Mario/Jumpman', or hell, even Luigi.

ROM Hacking Discussion / Re: Yoshi's Island on GBA
« on: June 19, 2015, 09:06:30 pm »
GBA was just that good? I guess that's to be expected 1990 vs 2001ish. They seemed comparable, but I suppose they both have strengths and weaknesses.

I guess I jumped to too many conclusions and got excited.

ROM Hacking Discussion / Yoshi's Island on GBA
« on: June 19, 2015, 12:07:25 pm »
One of the major obstacles to running all SNES games on a flash cartridge is the fact that Nintendo utilized expansion chips such as the SuperFX. Yoshi's Island on the SNES used a SuperFX2 I believe. Nintendo successfully ported it to the Gameboy Advance in the early 2000s (I think 2003ish).

What I'm getting at, what exactly did they do to negate the Super FX on the GBA? Does it have its own implementation? Is the GBA just that much more powerful than the SNES? If so, is it possible to do whatever it is that Nintendo did and perhaps hack a "SuperFX Free version for use on flash cartridges?

(This is all out of curiosity, I'm not requesting anything)

Thanks for taking this on, the censorship annoys me too.

wasn't it already known that all the AX parts, vehicles, pilots, and tracks were in GX, I still have my save file that I used Action Replay on to unlock all that stuff since you have to be inhumanly good to unlock it on your own merit.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Games that are based on crewing a ship
« on: March 16, 2013, 03:50:23 pm »
It's not really what you're lookin for but I remember reading about this old computer game for either the spectrum or some other contemporary in which you controlled a single robot that had to maintain a ship.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Rating Systems And You
« on: March 16, 2013, 03:49:03 pm »
My parents limited me to the more arcade/cartoon style games and kept me away from games that were violent for the sake of being violent, then later on when I bought games with my own money they stopped caring to the point where the games "victims" had to be targets that deserved it.

ex: That game looks violent,
       "but mom, it's about blastin, nazis.
      Blast away, then.

-Time Limits
-No continues
-limited lives
-can't skip cutscenes
-not enough or poorly placed save areas
-some gimmick where you need the original 20+ year old manual/box to get past a crucial part of the game
-not in English
-No sub titles (sometimes it's just hard to understand stuff even in your own language, or if you need to play withouth volume)
-letterboxing on a game that isn't HD, RE4, New Super Mario Bros Wii, etc.
-no alternative control methods (not classic controller/gcn controller support for a wii game)
-Dependent on one hardware related gimmick that makes it nigh impossible to play 20 years in the future.

It's been a while but I got an idea.

How about a way to scroll weapons in the NES MegaMan games by using the select button? It's been done on the ps1 ports by using the L and R buttons, but I feel it would be a nice feature for the NES versions. The only setback is that it would be one way...

I just remembered that Punch Out NES was censored slightly.

In the Arcade version there is a fighter called "Vodka Drunkenski", while the home version has the same fighter renamed "Soda Popinski".

Not a big deal, I just hate censorship, it would just be a simple text modification.

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