Here are the places we think you need to go!
This section is dedicated to sites NOT contained in the community database. If you are interested in translation group or individual person sites, utility and document author's sites etc.., you can find all of them in the Community Database.
For everything else, here is where you need to be. We like the you link us, we link you policy, so please contact us if you'd like to be linked here. Here's what we have to offer:
Cearn Space contains detailed tutorials about GBA programming in C, covering all video modes, transformable sprites and backgrounds, timers, interrupts, BiIOS calls and more. This site also provides the source codes from the tutorials and a couple of useful programs for ROM hackers.
|Console Game Programming Wikibook||[EDIT]|
This is nice little gem out there for you console ROMhackers/programmers. This site contains tutorials, reference material, and more for several consoles, although the bulk of the information is for NES and SNES. I certainly recommend anyone interested in console programming or assembly hacking, go take a look at what this site has to offer.
Here’s a good source for learning some in depth information about the GBA and GBA asm. Aspiring GBA hackers should visit this site to learn about the hardware they’re working with or learn GBA programming. Hardware knowledge ALWAYS helps makes a better hacks. So, whether you’re hacking or doing some homebrew, you should visit this site.
|MSX Assembly Page||[EDIT]|
Useful for old and new MSX hackers. Has info about different programming languages, processors, instruction sets, and much more.
The homebrew Nintendo DS(TM) technical reference.
This is probably the definitive NES development site. It has an exhaustive amount of information including documents, tools, programming tutorials, links, and more. If you have any interest in NES homebrew or emulation and you need information, this is probably the best place to find it.
This site is basically the internet hub for Virtual Boy hacking and development.
The main goal of the site is to aggregate all known information on the Virtual Boy on one page and help in the development of new games for this nostalgic platform.
It is host to an extensive amount of Virtual Boy promotion material, unreleased contents and much, much more. It even features a market place for everything Virtual Boy.
|Programming Introduction to MIPS Assembly Language||[EDIT]|
This is a great tutorial site for learning MIPS assembly. It even links to a freeware MIPS assembler where you can actually get some hands on experience as well. This is specifically for the R2000 chip, however it’s VERY similar to the R3000 used in the Playstation. This is a great starting point for learning PSX assembly language.
|Sega Saturn Documentation||[EDIT]|
This is probably the single largest source of Sega Saturn information I’ve ever seen in one place. Information contained here includes SDK’s, utilities, hardware manuals, technical bulletins, and tons more. If you’re interested in Saturn information, head on over there.
This is very nice development site for the Sega Master System / Game Gear and other 8-bit Sega Systems. You’ll find plenty of documents, a wiki, and a forum devoted to 8-bit Sega development.
|SNES Development Wiki||[EDIT]|
A culmination of SNES hardware information and SNES programming from around the web. User update-able so information won’t stagnate like TXT files and as new relevant information is discovered it can be added and updated.
A very intersting site. It seems to be a large no thrills database of links and information on Games, Translations, and Emulators. It includes translations of many languages. The database seems constantly updated, and all the links seem up to date. It’s certainly worth a visit.
|Translation Scene History Wiki||[EDIT]|
Here it is. The lucrative history of the translation scene. For over 10 years, the translation scene has been busy giving you translations and the opportunity to play games you never would have otherwise. Pay it some respect by dropping by the scene history wiki. If you happen to be a member of the community, why not add to it? It can only get better and it is open to submission from anyone! Remember, it doesn’t have to contain simply patch releases. Add those fond memories you have of whatever translation war you were involved in or who stole your project, everybody wants to hear!
|Al Wahaj (Extraordinary team)||[EDIT]|
One of the only websites dedicated to the translation and hacking of games into Arabic.
The original Acmlm Board split into two factions. This is one of them. It also home to archives of previous incarnations holding a beach of buried ROM hacking information in the old archives.
Now called Board2 due to ACMLM’s disassociation from this site.
This site is a wiki for compiling information discovered about ROMs. Such information includes, RAM/ROM maps, mapper information, and various other bits of information on specific ROMs. There’s not a whole lot of information there yet, but the site is still very new. It’s worth taking a look.
Eidolon’s Inn is a site devoted to all things SEGA. For these consoles, this site offers a wealth of information, both for those interested in the history of the consoles and for those who want to develop software for them.
The site’s message board, nicknamed “The Tavern” is a central point for the SEGA emulation and development community where all kinds of SEGA-related questions can be asked in a friendly atmosphere.
An extremely comprehensive website contain a wide range of information which will be very helpful for ROM hackers. Contains the basics of ROM hacking, assembly hacking on different consoles, RAM hacking, various tools for various hacking methods, and more.
|Final Fantasy VI Hacking||[EDIT]|
Forum that focus on FF3us hacking. Host of many sprites, it’s also a good place for newcomers in the ROM hacking scene to get help modifying that beloved SNES classic rpg.
GameHacking.org is generally known for cheats, but it does have several ROM hacking related resources. One of the largest collections of video game hacking guides on the net, a treasure trove of a downloads section and Wiki, and the home of Project Artemis; an in development PS2 remote debugger.
Wiki with helpful Romhacking information. Mainly focused on the PC Engine, but also has some other systems covered.
Goldeneye Vault is the home of the Goldeneye Setup Editor and, as the name implies, serves as an archive of nearly every Goldeneye hack released to date. In addition to the hack archive, the site has tutorials for using the Setup Editor, premade action blocks that can be imported into any new mission, and even a pack of preconverted Perfect Dark maps ready for use in Goldeneye.
Another community that was formed off of the split between the ACMLM forums years ago. ACMLM, himself, is active only to this incarnation of the forums. The ROM hacking is still alive here as well as people from original AB incarnations.
“The net’s biggest archive of patches for handheld console games”, No Frills hosts an archive of over a thousand patches. Patches include fixes to games that don’t emulate properly, along with cheat patches, and translations.
|RHDN Forum Archive||[EDIT]|
This is an archive of the posts deleted from the great RHDN forum prunes of 2008 and 2009.
SMW Central is a site dedicated to Super Mario World hacking. It’s goal is to help the SMW hacking community by organizing information about the game’s inner workings, as well as providing tools, free graphics, and hosting both demos and completed hacks. Plenty of SMW specific information can be found here.
This site is dedicated to all things Sonic. There is a large amount of hacks, hacking info, and hacking tools. There’s also lot of good information on the forums about various Sega systems, even if you’re not interested in hacking Sonic.
|Wikipedia ROM Hacking Entry||[EDIT]|
This is the Wikipedia entry on ROM Hacking. It has a bit of general information about the trade as well as a few good links. However, the purpose of linking to this page is not for the content that’s currently there, but the hope that more people will know about it and some of you in the community will help make it better!
|Wumd (Extraordinary Team)||[EDIT]|
One of the only websites dedicated to the translation and hacking of games into Arabic.
|XentaxWiki - Game Format Central||[EDIT]|
A huge resource site for various file formats used in games. Covers mostly PC games, but also includes XBox, PS2, and others.
The Chinese Dictionary of choice by our community Chinese translators.
|English - Japanese, Japanese - English Dictionary||[EDIT]|
A translation dictionary of choice by fellow translators in our community. It’s usefulness is immeasurable!
|English - Japanese, Japanese - English Online Dictionary||[EDIT]|
A very powerful and handy tool for ROM hackers interested in translating Japanese games.
|Japanese Dictionary for Obscure Terms||[EDIT]|
This site is pretty useful for some out-of-date or obscure Japanese terms, but the most useful definitions are in Japanese only which may be a problem for some.
Here’s another japanese learning site. One thing that sets this site out from others is it’s additional focus on spoken Japanese. It offers audio samples so you know how to pronounce each word and sound correctly. It does however require you to register for some of the more advanced stuff, but there should be enough free content to really help you on your way.
|Kansuke Character Lookup||[EDIT]|
An easy-to-learn online tool to graphically identify or filter Kanji/Hanzi characters by entering the number of horizontal/vertical/other strokes of one or more radicals. Click on the results to view a reference page about the character.
|Learn Chinese Online||[EDIT]|
Learn Chinese Online with Beijing’s best teachers, live and from the comfort of your own home or office.
So, you want to learn Japanese? This is a neat little site that will give you the basics. After you’re done here, you will be able to read basic words. This site could be very useful for a ROMhacker involved in a translation. Don’t worry about that translator that disappears. Translate that menu yourself!
|Learning Chinese Characters||[EDIT]|
A beginner site to learning Chinese. Navigation isn’t the greatest, but the site has a lot of good starting content for anyone interested in learning Chinese.
|On-line Chinese Tools||[EDIT]|
Here is another beginner site for learning Chinese. In addition to having language information, the site also contains information on the Chinese culture.
|Read The Kanji||[EDIT]|
Read The Kanji is a simple, fun, intuitive quiz designed to supplement your study of Japanese kanji reading through real life examples and sentences.
It offers a nice Web 2.0 interface that uses AJAX for fast page reloads as well as a user account system to keep track of your current stats.
You can study Kana as well as JLPT grades and mix them as you’d like. It will automatically compute which word it should ask you and asks older, known words once a while for good measure.
|The JLPT Study Page||[EDIT]|
This one is geared toward people who want to study for the Japanese proficiency exams. It has excellent information for all levels of study, and an great forum.
|The Monash Nihongo ftp Archive||[EDIT]|
Monash University’s Japanese site with most of the useful links and dowloads regarding EDICT and various freeware/shareware word processors and utilities.
This is a site with more than just language lessons–it also sports culture and wiki sections, a forum, and some pretty informative articles. A good place to check out if you want more than just vocabulary or kanji.
|Zai Xian Bao Dian||[EDIT]|
An extremely handy site for idioms and classical Chinese.
|zalas' Japanese Resources Wikipage||[EDIT]|
This is a wiki of useful resources for those translating from Japanese to English or for Japanese in general. Feel free to add a link that you think might be useful.
This site is a very large archive for just about any Atari console system ever made. They also have a very large community that also spends a lot of time developing on Atari consoles.
GSCentral.org specializes in game enhancers such as the Codebreaker, Game Genie, GameShark, etc. for all game console systems. Their database consists of over 2.1 million codes.
|Introduction to Debugging||[EDIT]|
Any good programmer knows that debugging is just another piece of the puzzle when it comes to writing reliable code. Anyone who has done any kind of low-level assembly work can tell you just how invaluable proper debugging skills are and why it’s important to learn them as soon as possible. This article, while focusing primarily on high-level programming, the concepts presented are an integral part of any type of programming and a must have for the aspiring asm whiz-kid! This is a very THOROUGH document and is both for new and old programmers alike!
|The Cutting Room Floor||[EDIT]|
A port of BMF’s original cutting room floor page to wiki format, along with tons of new hidden content in ROMs. Debug and beta information is all documented at this wiki.
Tototek is a good place to get affordable copiers and flashcarts for older consoles.
|So You Want To Be A Pixel Artist?||[EDIT]|
This is a real nice beginner tutorial on Pixel Art. It covers quite a few things and will help you through all the necessary steps of building your own basic tiles by the end. It also analyzes some existing popular tiles and what makes them look so good.
|Sprite Tutorial on RPGMaker Discussion Board||[EDIT]|
This is a pretty unique tutorial that goes over some fine details. This one is on a message board, so who knows how long it will remain. Go read it while you can.
This site has some good sprite drawing and tile making tutorials. Could be very useful for making unique ROM hacks and editing graphics.
|The Spriters Resource||[EDIT]|
An abundance of ripped sprites from many games on many platforms can be found here. In addition, the site has several good tutorials on creating your own sprite art in addition to pointing out how to inflict certain styling into your creations to match other game’s sprites. Great resource site for someone looking to make a nice ROM hack on a classic 2D system.
|Wikipedia entry on Pixel Art||[EDIT]|
This will give you many links to good Pixel Art resources. You should be able to find all the information you’re looking for here.