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EarthBound Zero Tweaks

Hack of Mother

Description:

This is a collection of small hacks for EarthBound Zero:

  • Graphics restoration hack - Restores the graphics that were altered when Mother was localized into EarthBound Zero
  • Gameplay balance hack - This reduces the random encounter rate and boosts earned experience and money to make the game more enjoyable and less tedious
  • Font hack - This replaces the font with the one used in the GBA fan translation

This collection also includes a patch that will turn a clean EarthBound prototype ROM into the Demiforce version. This disables the copy protection, which normally interferes with hacks.

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Earth Bound (USA) (Proto).nes
  • CRC-32: f5ef5002
  • MD4: 23c33dcd26f5570f9bfcc87609452777
  • MD5: 5bacf7ba94c539a1caf623dbe12059a3
  • SHA-1: 505cc723e0c8d66baaaf9597f21a505a88291f64
  • OR
  • File Name: Earth Bound Zero (Neo Demiforce v1.01 Hack-2) (U)
  • MD5: F6157B6BC875921D6F4AD028A0BFE703
  • SHA1: FD6708004BB5F88B7FDE3F8050DF4DEB36909BB0
  • SHA-256: 34D1BC5A6E15715F6A50D67BB51554B04E4AEAB4B1D0EF67ED3A44FECCD286FC
  • -Patched File
  • MD5: 56A5A2CFF876A3970573DF3262C90453
  • SHA1: 1FE9681172DD85CFCF896129796AD4968719CA58
  • SHA-256: 013CF0C7A5FC3F3181FF7DFCC58E29CAB3E7E84155AAFAAF96E58871B355A417

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Credits:

Credits
ContributorType of contributionListed credit
QHackingHacking
TomatoOriginal WorkAssistance with gameplay balance hack

User Review Information

A no-frills gameplay rebalance

Reviewed By: Ballz on 02 Feb 2020

If you want to have an enjoyable experience playing the original NES English translation for Mother 1/Earthbound Zero/Earthbound Beginnings/whatevs but you don’t want all the added bells and whistles that came with Dragon DePlatino’s 25th Anniversary hack, then this is probably the hack for you.

The graphics are mostly unchanged outside of decensoring it back to Mother 1 for Famicom, and the translation is still the original one by Phil Sandhop. This hack’s main focus is rebalancing the enemy spawn rate so it’s not nearly as brutal as the original game. You can now walk more than two steps without encountering an enemy! Most of the time, anyways.

This also means experience/money was tweaked to accommodate the lower encounter rate.

So if you’re looking for a no-frills experience playing the original EarthBound on your NES – but also don’t want to do QUITE so much grinding – this is the hack for you.

Version 1.0 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
HeadlineAuthorDateVersionRecommended
A no-frills gameplay rebalanceBallz02 Feb 20201.0Yes