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EarthBound: MSU-1 Hip Hop Journey

Hack of EarthBound

Description:

EarthBound: MSU-1 Hip Hop Journey

This rom hack adds CD-quality audio and some other features to the 1995 game “EarthBound” for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. When used with the custom-made PCM music pack (downloaded separately) the original soundtrack is replaced with all-new music sourced from (mostly) rap and hip hop beats.

These aren’t covers of the original soundtrack, but is instead curated music that is meant to “match” the spirit of the game.

The end result is over 170 tracks replaced with an all-new soundtrack. Since these PCM files are uncompressed audio, they take up quite a bit of space and will have to be downloaded separately. You can find them available here:

That’s obviously the meat and potatoes of this rom hack, but there are other features as well, including being able to press Y to run, typo corrections, and bug fixes. See the readme file for more details.

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Database match: EarthBound (USA)
  • Database: No-Intro: Super Nintendo Entertainment System (v. 20180813-062835)
  • File/ROM SHA-1: D67A8EF36EF616BC39306AA1B486E1BD3047815A
  • File/ROM CRC32: DC9BB451
  • File/ROM MD5: A864B2E5C141D2DEC1C4CBED75A42A85

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Credits:

Credits
ContributorType of contributionListed credit
BallzHackingProject lead, PCM creation, script editing, typo/bug fixes
ConnOriginal HackingOriginal MSU-1 patch
ShadowOne333Original HackingPress Y to run hack, font improvements, MSU-1 conversion in Coilsnake

User Review Information

Never seen an MSU-1 pack this ambitious, and it succeeds

Reviewed By: JacobKebm on 20 Nov 2020

This hack has breathed new life into this game for me. The selections are great, and this (coupled with the excellent Maternalbound Redux) is probably the way I’m always gonna play the game from now on.

I will say however, the selections towards the end of the game (mainly after Fourside) can get a little boring. The music at the beginning is so unique that the beats towards the end start to feel generic in comparison. I was especially disappointed that the music in Winters is mostly replaced with songs straight from the Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack.

I also have to say, as someone who’s not super familiar with hip hop, that I’m bummed there isn’t a tracklist anywhere with the names of the songs and artists. It seems like it would be a great way to tour the genre if there were a youtube playlist link or even just a .txt file listing what this hack samples. I’m using Shazam on the playthrough I’m currently doing but it doesn’t always work, and I’d like to know what I’m listening to.

Version 1.0 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
HeadlineAuthorDateVersionRecommended
Never seen an MSU-1 pack this ambitious, and it succeedsJacobKebm20 Nov 20201.0Yes
Great additionblaznblak18 Aug 20191.0Yes
Nice Spin on a classic, needs a boombox!Polargames16 Aug 20191.0Yes