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Castlevania HD Pack for Mesen NES emulator
06 April 2018 7:50AM EST - Update by kya
Last year’s Castlevania 30th Anniversary facelift patch was recently updated. It is now available in a form of an HD pack for the Mesen NES emulator.
This HD Pack applies to a NES version of Castlevania (USA non-RevA ROM only) and replaces its graphics with the higher resolution graphics from Castlevania for mobile phones. It also replaces the game’s music tracks with ogg files.
In order to use this pack you have to download the latest Mesen emulator (0.9.5 and up) from
Then you should unzip and run it. Mesen will greet you with a configuration window. Pay attention what folder will be specified there as a “Data Storage Location”.
You need to place the contents of this HDPack zip file into the [Data Storage Location]/HdPacks/[CastlevaniaRomName] folder (e.g “HdPacks/Castlevania (USA)” if you are loading “Castlevania (USA).nes”)
After extracting the HDPack you should enable HDPacks in Mesen. Tick the box at Options-Video-Enable HDNes HD Packs, and then load the ROM into Mesen.
Castlevania 30th anniversary
13 May 2017 1:46AM EST - Update by kya
According to Wikipedia, the NES release of Castlevania has recently turned 30. On this occasion a facelift patch for the game is released. The graphics are mostly transferred from the game’s mobile phone version. The missing tiles are taken from Vampire Killer, Castlevania Bloodlines, or touched up. Nothing else is changed - the gameplay is left intact. To play the game on Windows, you should load a Castlevania US ROM into a patched Nestopia UE emulator available here:
The Count is still ready for a rematch. Are you?
Another BS Zelda Game Gets an English Dub Restoration
14 October 2016 6:36PM EST - Update by SmashManiac
A few months after the English dub of the original BS Zelda no Densetsu, another obscure The Legend of Zelda game has been restored with a full English dub!
BS Zelda no Densetsu: Inishie no Sekiban, informally known as BS The Legend of Zelda: Ancient Stone Tablets, was an episodic SNES game exclusively released in Japan through the Satellaview peripheral. The game was a score attack version of A Link to the Past featuring CD-quality music and voices, but needed to be played during a satellite broadcast to achieve that, causing the game to be unplayable otherwise. While the core game code was salvaged from re-writable 8M Memory Paks, the introduction cutscene, indoors data and audio track was lost, with the exception of surviving VCR footage playthroughs from original players. However, during the past 10 years, the BS Zelda HomePage community was able to restore the game to its original glory bit by bit, and the English dub was the final step of this restoration.
The 4-hour English dub is available in both the original music arrangement and a custom orchestral arrangement, features a full voice cast including professional voice actress Kira Buckland (Danganronpa, Disgaia, Skullgirls) as Zelda, and is even playable on real hardware with a sd2snes.
While the audio files are too big to be hosted on RHDN, they are available on the BS Zelda HomePage.
BS Zelda no Densetsu English Dub
14 July 2016 5:17PM EST - Update by FCandChill
BS Zelda no Densetsu is an interesting curiosity from Nintendo’s Japan-only add-on for the Satellaview. The ability to download games from a satelite was mind blowing for it’s time. While playing the downloaded game, BS Zelda no Densetsu, Japanese gamers experienced broadcasted Japanese commentary from voice actors in real time. This experience was only temporary and only available to Japanese speakers … until now!
Some very dedicated fans managed to fully dub their already existing restoration project of the game (that’s hosted on this site). Now players can get the full experience of being a Japanese gamer back in the 90s! All the files needed to play the game are available on the developers’ website.
Chrono Trigger Envy Hack Twitch Playthrough
04 March 2015 7:42AM EST - Update by topcat
The author will be doing a playthrough of this hack that he made a couple of years ago. There were mixed reviews with a lot of negative feedback based on difficulty early on. These mostly came from people that were offended by the dialogue so they did not bother to get the Rusty Blade from Melchoir. Oh well. Though it is admitted it does take too much grinding to get the money for it, The author was not able to further edit the project after the final release, and did not want to do it all over again. It’s not a perfect hack, but it is a full one and, in my opinion, one of the better and more in depth available.
The author noticed that, as of this article, there are 1,277 downloads. WOW! The author never thought that so many people would play this game! The author would love to know how many enjoyed it! Any feedback after these 2 years would be awesome.
Anyway, The author will be playing this on Twitch, so any and all aspects can be seen. I’d love for folks to join me. This will show that the increase in difficulty is in fact slight, it just doesn’t allow for speed runs or minimal playthrough. One must actually PLAY Chrono Trigger, as if it were the first time. No playing on auto pilot like so many of us cult fanatics have come to do after almost 2 decades of replay.
A link to the channel is provided in relevant link (under the article) and the project page (somewhere) for those with any interest.
Super Monkey Ball Cracked!
16 June 2014 12:03AM EST - Update by Yoshimaster96
Super Monkey Ball, the famous puzzle game released for GameCube, has been cracked! User Yoshimaster96 solved this puzzle after weeks of investigation. Cracking games is hard, especially modern ones. But he’s not done yet. The collision has yet to be cracked. It’s encoded very strangely. If he can figure it out, it could mean the beginning of Super Monkey Ball hacking!
New Alttp forum opened
10 April 2014 3:26AM EST - Update by puzzledude
Today (on the best april fools day ever) a special forum has been opened to public, Zeldix, equal to SMW central (only this time it is A link to the past that’s being modified).
Join your primary A link to the past hacking resource.
A year and a half ago, in order to finish my hack much faster, I’ve created a secret message board for my hack in development. It was meant at first as a workplace for me, Puzzledude and Euclid as secret hideout for us to concentrate on all the features and aspects of this hack without the need of sending multiple emails between each of us.
Overtime, I’ve invited other people currently making Zelda 3 hacks and eventually it simply became an enormous resource/help for hacking this game! Pretty much everyone contributed something, whether it is documents, asm patches, small hacks… Anything that could help us change other aspects of this game beyond Hyrule Magic. Called ”Zeldix”, it could be almost regarded as the vatican secret archives, only that it’s meant for Zelda 3 modding instead!
People say, that sharing is caring.. so today, it is my great pleasure to make it open to the general public! I’m hoping that by doing so, it’ll give greater hopes to people who think that Zelda 3 hacking in general has been hibernating! Far from that actually, we just have been working in secret ;) If you’re just curious or anything, you can of course just visit us to say hi! We won’t bite!
Regarding the future beta testing phase of Parallel Universes, it’ll be required to register an account there since I’ll create private sub forums when the times comes! Oh yeah, almost forgot, here’s the address!
I’m pretty sure that’s the best April Fools you’ll ever get! ( Maybe because it isn’t a true one ;) )
P.S: If you ever wondered why my hack has advanced so much in so little time, Zeldix is the only reason for that! See you there!
Triple Tech Arises as a Chrono Series Technical Reference
03 January 2014 9:55PM EST - Update by FaustWolf
In the works for over a year, Triple-Tech.org has gathered much of the fractured Chrono modding community’s notes into one in-depth wiki. The site’s goal is to become a thorough reference library for those interested in studying the inner workings of Chrono Trigger (SNES), Chrono Cross (PSX) and Radical Dreamers (SNES - Satellaview).
Triple Tech also offers a forum for in-depth discussions on everything from Chrono Trigger’s BRR samples to Chrono Cross’ model format. As an anti-spam measure, the Triple Tech forum requires registration to view the technical boards. What Triple-Tech *doesn’t* do is host patches — it’s strictly a learning environment focused on top-to-bottom analysis of these games.
Whether you’re a reverent Chrono fan with a technical bent or a budding modder who wants to see an SNES or PSX game dissected to the fullest extent, check it out!
DMCA used to defend fan translation
19 November 2010 2:18AM EST - Update by D
I am just passing the word along because this may be useful to fan translators and ROM hackers.
Many people have complained about the www.gamereproductions.com selling their work, so I decided to do something about it. As of today, he is no longer selling Der Langrisser.
I filed a DMCA takedown request with his Web host, after which HostMonster.com disabled his page and contacted him. He removed the Der Langrisser translation from his offerings and the site is back up.
The way I did this was by using a CreativeCommons license that forbids derivative works to license our patch software. This effectively required all users to break the license agreement to use our patch. Therefore, any website hosting or selling a patched Der Langrisser ROM became open to DMCA takedowns from both our team and Extreme Co., Ltd.
I also embedded two of my original font designs in the game in binary, because the US Supreme Court has already ruled that the binary representations of fonts – not their actual appearance – are subject to copyright: this was an ace in the hole in case my CreativeCommons plan failed.
You can find the wording of my takedown request and the logic behind why it works in the attached thread. I hope this will be useful to other fan translators seeking to exercise some control over the sale and distribution of their work.
PO.B.R.E - POrtal Brasileiro de Romhacking e Emulação
06 March 2008 11:41PM EST - Update by gamer_boy
Do you like Romhacking.net? Do you often find yourself saying, “I like RHDN a lot, but I’d like it even more if there were something like RHDN in Portuguese”? Well, it’s your lucky day! A site that, according to the site’s spokesmen, is “a Brazilian Romhacking.net equivalent” called PO.B.R.E - POrtal Brasileiro de Romhacking e Emulação recently set up shop.
There top priorities are including news about the Portuguese Romhacking Scene, translations, other Romhacking related projects, and tutorials. Thus far the site contains a large number of documents and utilities and is looking to expand their Translations and ROM Hacks sections.
Want to know more about how this site came to be? Do that thing with your clicker right here and you’ll be transported to a thread on the Forum Unificado de Romhacking board that details the rise to power of this Brazilian powerhouse. Seriously, check it out.