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Site Talk / Re: Screenshots What Is The Deal
« on: May 09, 2017, 04:52:58 pm »
Submit a single screenshot of the title screen.

Please do not submit an image of the titlescreen. We already have a separate field specifically for that. Any screenshot of gameplay works fine as a placeholder when there is no change made to the game that can be depicted in a screenshot.

Front Page News / Re: ROM Hacks: New Hacks Added to the Database
« on: April 25, 2017, 05:29:15 pm »
It certainly sounds suspect. Looks like a single sprite edit...? If you flag it for deletion, staff will review it and make a call.

The only item there should be "duplicates" of, as far as I am aware, are the extra energy tanks. In terms of percentage, missiles and energy tanks are calculated based on how many you've picked up. Other upgrades are simply based on whether you have them, given that in theory there is only one place that you can obtain them and all instances of them would disappear once you have them anyways.

I thought somebody put together a complete map including all pickups.

As far as easter-eggs, God, there are too many for me to keep track of. Grimlock would probably be able to help there.

Site Talk / Re: Not able to submit my hack
« on: April 10, 2017, 06:37:56 pm »
The downside of the way we have things set up right now is people can find it pretty frustrating at first. The upside is it makes it pretty uncommon for mistakes to slip by undetected, keeping the database from turning into an unsightly chaotic nightmare that nobody will be willing to fix.

  • Try changing urls from https to http. This is probably throwing off the part of the form processing that verifies file extentions etc.
  • Make sure you aren't writing descriptions in the first person. ("This is my hack", "I've been working on this for years".) It might seem nit-picky. Well, it might be nit-picky, but these aren't your database entries, they are the community's database entry that you are simply generously donating the time to create. Like an encyclopedia article, even if you're contributing to an entry for something you're directly involved in, it should be written in the third person.

Interesting. The hashes on that page don't match the no-intro database. They don't match the ROM with the patch applied, and they don't match anything in the No-Intro GB/GBC/GBA databases. It's possible the submitter hashed the wrong file or has a corrupt ROM.

Here is what factors into percentage:

All e-tanks are required, even though you can not utilize the seventh.

  8  Upgrades
+ 7  E-tanks
+ 31 Missile expansions
+ 2  Bosses (included because they award missiles)
  48 Things

I... actually agree 100%

Site Talk / Re: is there anyway of sorting hacks by popularity?
« on: March 08, 2017, 09:23:56 pm »
Most downloaded hacks? Just search for "pokemon"

Site Talk / Re: Whose idea was it anyway?
« on: March 04, 2017, 07:12:15 pm »
I approved your credits submission.

Site Talk / Re: Withdrawing Queued Submissions?
« on: February 25, 2017, 05:50:17 pm »
Best thing to do is wait for the first one to clear then resubmit.

Usually when I see multiple edits for the same entry, it's because someone submitted an update before it was really ready. ("Forgot to do 𝓍 in last update!" or "Found 𝓍 bug in previously submitted update, please use this one!", etc.) Not a big problem as long as they're worked through in order, but that doesn't always happen and if the wrong one goes through first, the older edit is the one that is kept.

Worst case, if you submit, and realize you need to make additional changes, and you don't want to wait (maybe your existing edit seems to be lingering in the queue), you can always click the contact staff link to the left to shoot us a message.

I do feel bad for the guy who got scammed by byuu though

However you may feel about byuu, how about not making public accusations you can't substantiate, huh?

If you downloaded it and found nothing wrong, please try again.  I noticed that was a sav file that had no problem. I just replaced it.

I tried the save file. The problem did not show up on FCEUX, Nestopia, or Nintendulator. Unfortunately, my PowerPak appears to be broken. :(

I'm reviewing the relevant code and seeing if I can find anything, but my best shot is getting the problem to show up in a debugger.

I can send you the SRAM file from my PowerPak in this state, if you still need it.
It would definitely help. Thanks!

Site Talk / Re: Download Button Error Question
« on: February 05, 2017, 08:49:38 am »
Once downloaded, if it's a zip, you could need winzip. If it's a rar... yeah, winrar.

* snarfblam votes for 7zip. It can handle both those and more.

Once you open the archive, check for a readme.txt which may provide more details, but generally you'll need a patcher and a copy of the original ROM to patch (LIPS for IPS patches, beat for BPS patches, etc.).

Site Talk / Re: is there anyway to download old versions of a hack?
« on: February 03, 2017, 05:24:55 pm »
No, RHDN does not store old versions of hacks. Unfortunately, as far as I'm aware, there is no ROM hacking equivalent of oldversions.

Quote from: Ballz/lexluthermiester/dACE/Avicalendriya
Rabble rabble rabble

Thanks for pointing out the mistake. No need to argue, we'll take it from here.

Also, the game froze right when I beat it....

Sorry to hear that. It's an uninitialized RAM bug that seems to crop up mostly on flash carts (most emus probably initialize RAM to zero). Luckily it's been sorted out.

If you still have the SRAM from the bugged menu that would help sort out what's going on there. It's likely a similar issue.

Wanna say it again. Please, port some of features to original metroid. At least having 3 missiles on screen at the same time. Original metroid really annoying. Snarfblam, please. :'(

I'm hoping I can put together some kind of system for Editroid that lets users drop in ASM (ideally without ever needing to manually muck around in code) to add these features to a hack (or to the original game if you don't change anything else).

Copyright on factual data stored in a "standardized" format?

It's been discussed extensively at NesDev, but have some bullet points.

  • It's possible that Nintendo downloaded and distributed ROMs. It's possible they simply used the established ROM container format.
  • You can't prove it either way, and whether they did it and whether it would be legal if they did really doesn't matter. You could argue about it all day, but you would just be spending all day missing the point.
  • Nintendo was prompted by and leveraged the existing emulation scene, turning it into a source of profit. Even that isn't wrong. The hypocrisy is that they had previously and continue to portray ("unauthorized") emulation as wholly illegitimate.

I'm more bothered by how Nintendo handles copyright matters on YouTube and how they react to fan games. The moral implications of Nintendo allegedly downloading a ROM instead of dumping a cart seem pretty insignificant.

About the second mission addition with Samus, will it work even if I started a second playthrough as Dawn because I last saved back at the ship after going through the SMB easter egg area and I have all my upgrades from the first playthrough?
It would most likely require completing the game with version 1.20.

Didn't encounter that bug. @Snarf; Is this emulator specific? Or am I just lucky?
It's an uncommon bug caused by uninitialized RAM. Likelihood of it occurring depends on emulator, but doesn't seem to be an issue on most. Possible for it to happen on actual hardware depending on the initial state of memory.

It seems very likely to be an issue with the PowerPak itself.
We also don't know if he patched correct rom or not. So it also can be just his rom issue

That sort of VRAM corruption is not likely to be the fault of the PowerPak, so I'd hate to bother BunnyBoy, even though he's been helpful in the past. It's possible the wrong ROM was patched; it's possible it's an uninitialized memory bug. More info would be helpful in understanding what's happening (ideally, name and version of the emu or flash cart and a copy of the SAV file).

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