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StarTropics (Music Fix)

Hack of StarTropics

Description:

Two of the music tracks in StarTropics are slightly broken, the island map music, and one of the ending tunes. This patch fixes them both.

I’ve also created a fully labelled disassembly, and complete description of the StarTropics music format. For anyone looking to hack new music into StarTropics, this will be a good guide.

IPS patch: http://rainwarrior.ca/projects/nes/startropics_music_fix.ips

NSF music: http://rainwarrior.ca/projects/nes/startropics_music_fix.nsf

Source code: http://rainwarrior.ca/projects/nes/startropics_music_fix.zip

Some emulators, notably Nestopia, do not support modifications to the StarTropics ROM due to a conflation of the MMC3 and MMC6 mappers as iNES mapper 4. If the emulator has to use a CRC check to select MMC6, it may have problems running the patched ROM (e.g. audio will be silent, and name registration will fail).

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Startropics (U).nes
  • CRC32 a02323b3
  • MD5 f7033465443b9c21cdc128d281b14af5
  • SHA-1 ce4daff535a847e5b47aff49381f3b0e76eb3295
  • SHA-256 dbdde8f9c73188fadaf6482111b085cfc91aa22f61a71e844fbf1fc99466a11a
  • Startropics (Europe).nes
  • CRC32 3fc29044
  • MD5 fcd4c76357c780a01093a9e199d94089
  • SHA-1 7f78375d7ecf05e9c177b33e36e34addd3daed44
  • SHA-256 3a48ffe57f8a7501a8f4cd4efdb8070c8cec39d91dfaa9c468d7c2b9f0e1ebc9

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Credits:

Credits
ContributorType of contributionListed credit
rainwarriorHacking

User Review Information

Great, even with Nestopia

Reviewed By: lastdual on 04 Feb 2018

This is a great little fix that does just what it says, and incidentally *does* work fine with Nestopia, provided that you use soft-patching.

To get Nestopia to play nice with this hack (and others such as the Ganbare Goemon 2 translation, for example), simply navigate to OPTIONS, then PATHS, and finally click the checkbox for “Auto patch” under the Patches subsection. Make sure your IPS file and the original, unpatched rom both share the same name and are in the same directory, and you should be good to go!

Version 1.0 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
HeadlineAuthorDateVersionRecommended
Great, even with Nestopialastdual04 Feb 20181.0Yes
The music as it should have beenmadness flame23 Feb 20171.0Yes