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Wow. I wasn't expecting this.

I don't think knowing Japanese is obligatory to play Zeroigar though as it's pretty English speaker-friendly (it's a shmup). There are other PC-FX games that more deserving of a translation, but hey, it's always nice to see English translations coming. Thank you very much. ;)

While I mostly agree on the surface level, the quality of the hacking required to get this fan-translation as good-looking as it got (The subtitles layed below the lossless video is something I wish could've been done for some parts of the Pia Carrot PC-FX fan translation, and something I hope will be the approach for future ones.) makes it exceptional regardless.

Not to mention, any PC-FX fan translation is nice, since as far as I know this is only the second one that ever got "complete".

You might want ot head down towards the BS Zelda Homepage forums. This is being worked on and progress has basically gotten to the "we need voice actors" point.

Someone could always translate Itoi Shigesato no Bass Tsuri No. 1 and please all those EarthBound fans out there (me lol).

Which version? I'm guessing N64.

I've been trying to see if I can dig up any more on the Satellaview broadcasts related to the Super Famicom version. Any help on that from a ROM hacker may be appreciated.

Just settle for Metal Slug X on Neo Geo CD emulation. That's about as good as you can do it anyway.

Because Silver Surfer isn't hard by design, it's hard by BAD design.

On the note of "hard by BAD design", I would like to hope that the enemies spawning in the screen at least don't look or behave like a glitchy or immersion-breaking mess.

Anyway diaspora, typical advice for a "hell" hack; always search for new, unusual/unique and entertaining ways to kill the player enough to get them mad, but while giving them just a little bit more progress so they don't ragequit. It may be difficult figuring out how to tune Ninja Gaiden for this though, since the most major death threats are bottomless pits and the enemies that threaten to knock you into them. For the sake of making the hack seem a bit more ambitious; do you think you can figure out a way to make the bosses more like Xbox-era hard-as-nails Ninja Gaiden bosses, rather than the pansy post-level breathers they are?

ROM Hacking Discussion / Re: YouTube/Google Video thread
« on: May 10, 2015, 11:34:55 pm »
You know, it's just dawned on me that I never link things here.

Let me try changing that a bit, though I have to dig back.

Note that these are mostly me doing Real hardware testing/debugging for other people's projects rather than my own projects:

BS Zelda Restoration Patch with MSU-1 support. WIP shows the full support for the audio and the WIP for the restoration of the music. Voices and SFX still need work. (This video also tests adding back in Japanese on top of the Restoration.)

It's not even the first I've seen. Someone basically soldiered a Pokemon Blue ROM to a gutted SGB and sold it as a repro.
Again, COMPLETE WASTE of hardware. >:(

I am crying now.

An unfortunate Repro cart on eBay has had me decide to come on here to leave the suggestion to up-port Link's Awakening to being a SNES game. Most likely by hacking LttP. I'm assuming it hasn't been done yet... otherwise this.... THING wouldn't exist.

I'm not one who'd shy away from adult content, although I'll avoid the likes of Nude Punch-Out like the plague.

Generally I appreciate it if the adult content has meaning to it. Well, either that, or if the girls are hot enough that it shuts my brain off. *cough*

(This is coming from someone who doesn't really laugh at things like "Link the Pimp", perhaps having become numb to that kind of humor due to overexposure.)

I'll admit I wasn't exactly thinking too hard about copyright issues regarding that music. That being said, this is part of the discussion phase, it's not like I've already generated PCMs of the albums in question. (I'd probably need to end up purchasing them to begin with, anyway, considering how few people actually rip music in a lossless encode nowadays.)

If you're worried about copyright, we could possibly just set up a document or program to convert the CD album tracks (from an actual CD) to the game-appropriate PCMs. Personally, I don't feel like my proposal is comparable to, say, the idea of using the original licensed songs in Rock n' Roll Racing, but I can understand if you're against it on principle.

(EDIT: I would also like to point out that technically the Mega Man X 3 PCM set using music from the PSOne version would fit the description of "piracy" just as much as using an album source.)

MMX1 however was less good as I find the musical remixes less fitting, too much hardrock-guitars style for MMX1. (This style of music would have fit MMX3's soundtrack, hironically.) I really think using Teck's remixes would be better but I think it is possible and rather easy to change this.

Another option would be to ask Teck directly about the hack, because I'm sure he's interested, and he could provide the missing tracks (he did almost the entiere MMX1 soundtrack, except the password/ending/etc...)

I was considering doing an alternative Mega Man X PCM set (Or swaps for specific tracks) myself due to my own opinions on the tracks. I'd gladly help out on this if anyone's willing to make it a cooperative matter. Time for me to dig around the net for lossless album sets, I guess. I myself tend to like finding officially-licensed/released arrange albums, because I imagine that's what Capcom would actually have put in the game if they had released it in that manner at the time, so I suppose I should ask, do you think this album would have any "worthy" tracks?

So, how were you able to download the music pack in the 1st place ?

I've never had problems downloading from Mediafire. I didn't even realize an inability to download from Mediafire was a widespread enough issue for me to consider mirroring the files elsewhere.

I don't know if he made the entire soundtrack, but Teck's remixes are in my opinion absolutely awesome and I'd sure like to have them playing during gameplay :)

The soundtrack definitely pulls from several sources - two particular tracks I IMMEDIATELY recognize as being from the PSP remake Maverick Hunter X, while many others appear to have been pulled from OCRemix, particularly the "Maverick Rising" album they made. Unfortunately this leads to one of the weaknesses of the current audio set - the lack of a common thematic aesthetic can be rather jarring, and quality jumps all over the place. Also, some of the arrangements may sound outright inappropriate at certain contexts in the game.
(Examples: a certain cutscene song. That Maverick Hunter X piano solo was made specifically for the part where Zero dies, and doesn't fit at the point where it plays at the end of the intro stage which is the first time you'll hear it in this MSU1 MMX.
The ending has four different music pieces (Ending text scroll, character roll call, credits and epilogue), and of them, roll call and credits are songs with jarring vocals, with meta-lyrics that don't mesh with the game tone at all. These two also don't even play halfway through the songs before cutting off, which is utterly sloppy implementation.
Also, the Sigma-unlocked Stage Select theme sounds like some Windows MIDI nonsense. What is up with that?

Is this mediafire thing a common problem? I had obtained the MMX MSU1 music set with ease before (although personally I don't like many of the tracks used it it, but I'd need to check the documentation and whatever remixes are online tor really see what I can do about that.).

Perhaps I should seek out permission to upload these MSU1 sets to my webspace - I currently have up the set for Super Mario World MSU-1 which is my own WIP. Perhaps it'd be a good idea to have a general, solid MSU1 media hub, in fact.

Yeah, Mario feels heavier in All-Stars (specifically SMB1 & Lost Levels) compared to the originals. I'm not sure if it's just the aesthetics that's making it look this way.

It's mostly SMB1/Lost Levels that have some physics/behavior changes.

Perhaps those who want a more accurate SMB1 on SNES might want to check the AGDQ TASBot stream from this year which featured of port of SMB1 to SNES re-done - I actually played that a good it, and it's mechanics are 100% the NES originals.

As for Wily Wars... that has a bunch more quirks that are harder to briefly summarize, but basically, that's the consequence of recoding the game from the ground-up. (as opposed to All-Stars, where it feels more like whatever changes were done were intentionally invoked by Nintendo.)
There's so much that could theoretically be fixed - slowdown, collision detection, damage counters, scaling of sprites (Protoman and Mega Man should be the same size, for crying out loud.), and changing how shooting and damage works so it's more accurate to the NES originals. Then, maybe when all of those are fixed, 4-6, 9 and 10 can be done "Wily Wars" style.

ROM Hacking Discussion / Re: Zelda Ancient Stone Tablets Graphics?
« on: February 06, 2015, 11:35:43 pm »
Neato. :D

I never really considered the notion of the girl's resemblence to Saria until you mentioned it. o.o
It was probably a coincidence, but it's hard to say with Nintendo.

ROM Hacking Discussion / Re: Most technically impressive ROM hacks?
« on: February 03, 2015, 04:02:15 pm »
Ones I can recall off the top of my head that weren't mentioned here;

1) Sonic 1 Megamix - still WIP but even in the known publicly available builds, we got Sonic 1 ported to Sega CD as well as a bunch of remixed Sonic 1 levels with multiple player characters, music changes, new mechanics, etc. Sonic hacks are generally impressive, and I could probably fill a list with Sonic hacks alone (the infamous Sonic 2 XL is also worth a mention for technical ability, even if the subject matter is a bit of a joke.) but it's simply hard to top Megamix for it's scope.

2) Super Mario Bros. 3mix - I'd say this gives Adventure a run for it's money in technical accomplishment. Player select with three player characters, many engine tweaks, levels with gimmicks inspired by latter Mario games, probably the most impressive being Mario Galaxy-esque gravity mechanics, and a nice new soundtrack, all taking cues from the broad history of Mario.

3) BS Zelda Mottzilla Patch - Take BS Zelda Map 2's ROM, a game that doesn't work on a regular SNES as it is and then get it to work, essentially doing a portjob all things considered. Then combine it's map data with one from the Map 1 one so you can play either of them in a single ROM, essentially making a 2-in-1. Rewrite the save system from scratch, add an animated title screen and new save menu (again, all while keeping real hardware compatibility), and have the game play out in a manner reasonably close to the original broadcast, all while having as few bugs as possible. Satellaview ROM hacks deserve props in general, because many of them require this kind of work to be done for ease of playability, and I'd suggest the Radical Dreamers fan translation for many of the same reasons. Watch out for the MSU-1 BS Zelda hacks that may come around publicly soon. :)

4) Final Fantasy VII Famicom/NES Pirate fan translation - actually sorting through all that junky pirate Famicom data and making not only a nice translation, but a more generally competently-coded Famicom game.

Also, pretty much any translation successfully carried out on the Famicom Disk System is a small miracle considering how much of a pain that is to deal with. If Famicom Tantei Club Part I, Yuuyuuki or Time Twist ever get done, those would probably be up here in a flash. I'd imagine earlier disc-based material would have similar issues leading to any successful project being impressive on it.

ROM Hacking Discussion / Re: Zelda Ancient Stone Tablets Graphics?
« on: February 03, 2015, 03:42:17 pm »
Aw, man, I'm late for this thread, huh? :o

Let me know what your efforts are being used for and whatnot. It should be interesting. :)

ROM Hacking Discussion / Re: BS Shockman Help
« on: January 23, 2015, 09:52:43 am »
Yeah. The only thing that worries me is that if it were easy I'm sure the people who translated it would have fixed it already. All that they'd have to go through to hack it into english I assume would be much more complicated than altering the ROM to save data here or there. I'm still going to look into it but I certainly don't feel as confident about finding a solution for this issue.  :-\

You probably want the 1.4 patch on Chrono Compendium. For whatever reason 1.2 is still the most commonly distributed version.


*Ninja Gaiden (PCE) The background scrolling is really effed up...there has to be a way to keep that background layer still.

Speaking of Ninja Gaiden PCE, it was always strange how that version has a completely different soundtrack from the others.

I always wondered how it'd sound with the "original" NG Score, or, conversely, how NES Ninja Gaiden would sound with the PCE score. Food for thought.

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