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Secret of Mana Scroll Hack

Hack of Secret of Mana


Description: Simple patch that shrinks the “deadzone” that the player can freely walk in before the screen scrolls. This allows the screen to scroll sooner, so you aren’t right on top of enemies when they appear on screen. May cause minor graphics issues in areas with wrapping backgrounds.

Use: On a headered “Secret of Mana” ROM. Has been tested on the 1.0 USA ROM and on a USA ROM modified with FuSoYa’s “Secret of Mana Variable Width Font Edition” hack.

ROM / ISO Information:

  • No-Intro Name: Secret of Mana (USA)
  • (No-Intro version 20130701-030720)
  • File SHA-1: FDCAD061029156733328792B838D50995278F748
  • ROM SHA-1: 8133041A363E3CC68CEDEF40B49B6D20D03C505D




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User Review Information

Great hack, but be warned

Reviewed By: Retronio on 20 Sep 2019

This hack does a great job at eliminating the huge “deadzone” the original game had that you had to cross to make the screen move, which often led to you bumping into enemies you didn’t see.

However, there are two problems you should be aware of:

1) As also mentioned in another review, this is to be applied to an unheadered rom, despite the description and

2) This hack introduces some major graphical glitches in certain cutscenes towards the end of the game. Here is a screenshot of the issue (SPOILER!!!) on imgur:

(again, this image has SPOILERS in it!)

The left screenshot shows how the game is supposed to look like and the right shows how it looks like with the scrolling patch on

It could be fixed by disabling the patch’s effect only during the problematic cutscenes but then I don’t see any way it would work in combination with other hacks.

Nevertheless, if you don’t mind this issue this hack is perfect, but I hope this gets fixed somehow

Version 1.0 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
Great hack, but be warnedRetronio20 Sep 20191.0Yes
Fantastic!Bighead22 Mar 20191.0Yes
FantasticTrisma26 Aug 20181.0Yes
Excellent JobErockbrox08 Oct 20171.0Yes