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Super Metroid: GBA Style!

Hack of Super Metroid

Description:

Super Metroid: GBA Style! is a hack of Super Metroid which main goal was to be able to combine the Project Base and Control Freak hacks into a single, fully functional hack. Additionally, this hack aims to make the gameplay experience of Super Metroid as closely as possible to that to Metroid Zero Mission and Metroid Fusion in both controls and physics.

To perform the special Charge+Beam combos, tap the button assigned to Run when the charge is full and you have the appropriate Beam selected!

The original base hacks for this project were:

From those two, almost all of the changes have been carried over from their respective base projects:

  • Missile doors now require only 1 missile shot to be opened like in Zero Mission / Fusion, instead of the original 5 from Super Metroid.

From Control Freak:

  • Run is now toggleable between Run and Walk.
  • Moonwalk has been deleted, and the setting is now used to toggle Auto Run.
  • Aim Up is now the only aim button, ‘Aimlock’. Holding it will make Samus aim at a certain angle, and aim higher or lower if you tap up or down.
  • Samus also has the ability to run and aim straight up at the same time now by using Aim-Lock + Up, you can go back to diagonal aiming by pressing Down while still holding Aim-Lock.
  • Select Item is still used to select missiles, super missiles or the grapple beam. It no longer selects X-ray nor Power Bombs; X-Ray now has its own button and Power Bomb is highlighted automatically when in Morph Ball and pressing Brandish. Beams can still be used at any time, even when missiles and super missiles are selected.
  • Item cancel has also been removed, as it now activates the x-ray scope.
  • Aim Down has become Brandish, which, when held, will toggle between Beams and the item currently selected. This is somewhat… abusable.
  • Powerbomb attacks are also now easy to control, just tap Brandish when you want to trigger them while in Morph Ball.
  • Spinjump controls have also been improved a bit - Walljumping should be a bit easier on a d-pad, and Samus will fire in the direction you’re pressing instead of just forward, if you press fire.
  • The controls are configurable to ANY combination. Aim is not limited to L and R.

From Project Base:

  • General movement is less inhibited, with many new tricks made possible
  • Heavier physics to closely resemble that of the GBA games
  • Faster elevators, doors, room transitions and item-collection sequences
  • Bug fixes and polish applied whenever possible
  • RESPIN – press jump at any time during a normal fall to resume spinning
  • BOMB SKIP – hold down to avoid bomb jumping
  • QUICK MORPH – hold X-Ray + press down to instantly morph while in air.
  • DEMORPH JUMP – until Spring Ball is equipped, holding run allows spin-jumping straight out of ball form
  • SPEED BALL – with Spring Ball equipped, Samus gains the ability to run at full speed as a ball
  • SPIN FALL – hold jump as you fall from a ledge to flip automatically
  • Beam travelling and firing speeds adjusted, auto-fire speed increased
  • Charge beam draws energy and ammo drops from enemies toward you, also charges slightly faster
  • Speed Booster has become a major power-up with several huge limitations removed
  • Horizontal shinesparks can be exited into a full-speed run when Samus touches a slope
  • Space Jump no longer stops working after you’ve fallen too far
  • Missiles and super missiles can be fired faster
  • Super missiles can be fired straight down while in the air to propel Samus upward
  • X-Ray Scope speed increased
  • Bomb timer shortened
  • Underwater wall jumping and bomb jumping enabled
  • Running speed no longer resets after jumping or falling

Additionally, sylandro made new ASM code:

  • New HUD changes: Missiles selected will be highlighted in GREEN. If you press Select, Super Missiles will be in GREEN while normal missiles will appear in grey. Pressing Select again will highlight the Grapple Beam in GREEN. Only when the Brandish button is pressed, the selected item will change its icon to YELLOW.

The same applies for Power Bombs, they will always be highlighted in green, and only when Brandish is selected they will be YELLOW.

  • New Run code: sylandro made a new Run ASM code to make the Running of Samus much more similar to that of Zero Mission and Fusion. If you have Auto-Run enabled, Samus will now wait some time until she starts gaining up speed into Boost, similar to the following entries on the franchise.

This new code is available in the Super Metroid - GBA Style (New Run).ips patch, while the other one will have the original Speed Boost and Run gameplay of the original Super Metroid.

ROM / ISO Information:

  • CRC32: d63ed5f8
  • MD5: 21f3e98df4780ee1c667b84e57d88675
  • SHA-1: da957f0d63d14cb441d215462904c4fa8519c613
  • SHA-256: 12b77c4bc9c1832cee8881244659065ee1d84c70c3d29e6eaf92e6798cc2ca72

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Screenshots:


Credits:

Credits
ContributorType of contributionListed credit
PHOSPHOTiDYLHackingPB+CF Initial ASM code and Transition tables
sylandroHackingASM fixes, new HUD and new Run code
ShadowOne333Script Editing/RevisionMain tester
begrimedOriginal HackingProject Base: Original hack
KejardonOriginal HackingControl Freak: Original hack
ScyzerOriginal HackingMap Item Circles hack
dex909Original HackingProject Base's Nintedit fork

User Review Information

Great with Exceptions

Reviewed By: Chicken Knife on 07 Jan 2018

This is a great version of Super Metroid. It keeps a lot of the best stuff from Project Base while going back to the traditional map layout, which is superior for all but speed runners and sequence breakers. The choices were smart. For instance, the jerky sped up elevators were removed but the smooth and beneficial faster door transitions were kept.

In order for this hack to be perfect, I would ask for the following:

Incorporate the option of Project Base’s modified beam graphics. Not only are they slightly more pleasing to the eye but they involve less animation. With the higher rate of fire, the traditional beam graphics lead to lots of slowdown that wasn’t present in the original game. The project base beams seem to avoid this.

Second, while the original’s physics were too floaty, I would like an optional patch to adjust this to the “in between” physics that come with stock Project Base. While these heavy physics match up well with AM2R and Zero Mission, they feel a little off at times within the context of Super Metroid. Granted, this is less of an issue than the beam graphics.

Quibbles aside, this is my preferred way to play Super Metroid. Thanks for the great hack!

Version 1.0 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
HeadlineAuthorDateVersionRecommended
Fun, but unbalancedPeepus04 Feb 20181.0Yes
Great with ExceptionsChicken Knife07 Jan 20181.0Yes
Definitive VersionVioletFox07 Dec 20171.0Yes
Interesting but not fun.lexluthermiester29 Mar 20171.0No
Metroid: The Fall of ZebesShockwaveS0808 Mar 20171.0Yes
Great, but not for beginnerslastdual29 Jan 20171.0Yes
Perfect for a Super Metroid speedrun!thepatrickinator26 Nov 20161.0Yes
Super Metroid: Definitive Editionvivify9326 Nov 20161.0Yes