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Castlevania 2: Improved Controls

Hack of Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest

Description:

This hack modernizes the control scheme of Castlevania 2 to make it less frustrating to people used to tighter controls as in Symphony of the Night and Mega Man. It primarily allows the player greater control while jumping and on stairs.

In addition, Simon now blinks when he has invincibility frames, like in Castlevania 1 and 3.

Complete list of changes:

  • Enables the player to control their x-velocity in mid-air while jumping (including while jump-attacking).
  • (Optional) When releasing the jump button, Simon immediately starts falling again; this allows the player to make smaller hops if desired.
  • After being knocked back, the player regains control after a split second and can angle their fall.
  • When walking off an edge, the player retains control instead of dropping straight down.
  • The player can jump off of stairs at any point in the climb. (However, it is still impossible to land on stairs, so be careful jumping from long flights of stairs over pits.)
  • If the player is struck by an enemy while climbing stairs, they will not be knocked off the stairs. This is the same as the behaviour in Castlevania 1 and 3.
  • Simon blinks rapidly after getting hit, as in Castlevania 1 and 3.

Compatibility has been verified with the following hacks:

An additional version is included which is compatible with:

  • Bisqwit’s Castlevania II English Re-translation (+Map) – NOTE: some users have reported that a more recent version of the re-translation has been released which is no longer compatible with this hack. You may need to get a version of the re-translation from before July 2020. There is a review posted below which may have more information. There is no timeline currently for when the improved controls hack will be updated to restore compatibility.

Similar to the Castlevania 1 hack found here and the Akumajou Densetsu (Castlevania 3) hack found here.

Use Lunar IPS to apply the hack to your Castlevania 2 ROM file.

The source code for this hack is available on github.


Updates:

  • V1.1: Increased invincibility frames flicker to 30 Hz, matching the other two games. (In vanilla CV2, there is no indication for invincibility frames at all.)
  • V1.2: Fixed softlock during the intro cutscene for the final boss.
  • V1.3: Added (1) a patch for Bisqwit’s retranslation + map hack, and (2) a README file, and (3) byte-level documentation for the hack.
  • V1.4: Updated compatibility for Bisqwit’s retranslation (now compatible with v2.9.9.1 / 2020-07-1 and v2.12.0.1 / 2020-08-16) and no-vcancel version.

ROM / ISO Information:

  • No-Intro Name: Castlevania II - Simon's Quest (USA)
  • (No-Intro version 20130731-235630)
  • File SHA-1: D6B96FD98AE480C694A103FE9A5D7D84EEAFB6F7
  • ROM SHA-1: 2447D6133573F7ED2CC49DC95B3130427BD4DC35

Links:

Screenshots:


Credits:

Credits
ContributorType of contributionListed credit
NaOHHacking

User Review Information

A great hack with no complaints

Reviewed By: brownjacket on 21 Mar 2021

I didn’t grow up playing Castlevania games, I only recently got into them. Simon’s Quest is a notoriously cryptic game and I believe the creators intentionally made it that way to incentivize ’80s kids into buying Nintendo Power subscriptions and stuff like that to beat the game.

In order for me to play this game and genuinely enjoy it, I have to use Bisqwit’s hack along with Greyfield’s block tile hack. Now that this improved control patch is compatible with both of those hacks, Simon’s Quest feels like a much more realized version of the original NES game. Amazing work here with no complaints.

Version 1.4 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
HeadlineAuthorDateVersionRecommended
Compatability with Bisqwit 12.2.0.1 is possibleGreyfield11 Apr 20211.4Yes
A great hack with no complaintsbrownjacket21 Mar 20211.4Yes
Well done but with caveatstimeisup06 Apr 20201.3Yes
Vast ImprovementShade Aurion04 Dec 20181.3Yes
Good hack BUT...omega_rugal15 Oct 20181.3Yes
Fantasticpleasejust03 Oct 20181.3Yes
Makes the Grandfather of Metroidvanias plays more like it's descendants!G06123 Sep 20181.2Yes
Perfect and necessarygordon8121 Sep 20181.0Yes
Absolutely amazing!borgie8321 Sep 20181.0Yes
Great Job!CountBuggula18 Sep 20181.0Yes