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2021 Sonic Hacking Contest - Update

28 July 2021 7:59PM EST - Update by RadioTails

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It’s time for an update regarding this year’s Sonic Hacking Contest. Please see the 2021 information page for more details: https://shc.zone/2021.html

There’s just a few months away before the deadlines. The website should be updated and available for submissions by August. This will allow at least one month’s window of submissions to the Contest and Expo. Another update will be made when the site is available. Please prepare your entries so that you are ready to go as soon as the site goes up, and remember, there is an updates period too (this does not include the Expo since they are not being judged).

A few things have been clarified regarding 2D PC entries and what is part of the 2D PC section. This includes the status of Sonic 3 A.I.R submissions as there have been some people asking about entering those.

Without saying much for now, something will be introduced this year that hasn’t been included in any Contest or Expo before. More details will be announced near the time.

If you have any questions, use the SHC Contact US Form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfVsJ8uyZiKhrhLwjIhVUmzpp3rPplURCHzJ4CfoQqz3tzYEQ/viewform

And remember, anything can be submitted to the Contest or Expo, providing it meets the criteria, for example, including small demos of one or more levels.

Super Mario Bros. 8 is here! (with a little bit of delay)

26 July 2021 6:07PM EST - Update by CryinOnion

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With a little bit of delay, here is Super Mario Bros. 8!

This project has its origins in the 90’s, when it was usual to find bootleg consoles and cartridges of the old NES in small bazaars. The most popular of course, were those starring the Nintendo mascot, which led to a bunch of bizarre pseudo-sequels that exceded about twenty of them.

The vast majority of this bootleg games were actually hacks of games from reputable companies that bore some resemblance to the plumber. And of all those games, the best remembered was Super Bros. 8, which is actually a hack of Don Doko Don 2 modifying only the essential.

As the original game is pretty damn good, and even its authors admitted that they were inspired by the hero of the Mushroom Kingdom, it’s not surprising that the author decided to use it as a base to create a “reimagining” of Super Bros. 8, which makes it feel like some kind of collaboration between Taito and Nintendo.

If you want to take a look at the game first, you can click on “relevant link”, where you'’ll find a short video introducing it (English subs available).

Below the video in the description you can have exclusive access to the “Onion’s Cut”, a patch that restores a small detail that had to be removed from the final version for violating the explicit content policy of the website, and some covers for the game created with original artwork from friends and enthusiastic fans.

And that is all. As you already imagine, romhacking is not very different from cooking: The greatest compliment you can receive is to see how people enjoy your meals, so “bon apetite”!

Final Fantasy Adventure Gender Swapped

23 July 2021 9:30PM EST - Update by xenophile

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In Final Fantasy Adventure (the first game of the incredible Mana series) you take on the role of a warrior fighting against an evil empire. Become a Gemma Knight and wield the legendary Mana Sword. This is no quest for some boy.

At start of Final Fantasy Adventure, two very similar characters see their paths diverge. One destined to greatness, the other to follow the arc of an NPC. FFA Gender Swap switches who answers the call to adventure, and who assumes the role of NPC.

FFA Gender Swap has been called “a really interesting little twist”. Whether you are looking for a main character you see yourself in, want to try a different role, or just looking for a great way to revisit the world of Mana you owe it to yourself to give this a try!

NoMoneyRanger and Mr. X Challenge You to a New Quest… with a Gaiden…

20 July 2021 3:28PM EST - Update by eskayelle

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After numerous years and even more battles, the Shredder has been defeated… perhaps for good?

To celebrate, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles head down to sunny SoCal for some R & R. But… there’s no rest for the weary as our heroes are ambushed by a faction they’ve never encountered before. Raph, Don, and Mikey are kidnapped, leaving Leo wounded and the only turtle outside captivity.

Meanwhile, gang wars and riots have been breaking out across everyone’s favorite Sega city. Mr. X has killed off his previous threats and fortified his stronghold, and he challenges any and all vigilantes to try to oppose him.

With a team of unlikely allies, Leo and his new “friends” must use every ounce of their strength and courage to rescue his brothers and stop the flames of chaos from engulfing the city and spreading beyond it.

The artistic vision of NMR and the code monkeying of Double Z bring together TMNT Gaiden, a grittier take on previous SoR2 / TMNT mash-ups, with a cast of fan favorites popping straight out of the the SNES hit TMNT: Tournament Fighters.

Bust through the Syndicate with the following foursome:

  • Leonardo: Leader of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the only one to escape the joint ambush attack by the Syndicate and an unknown faction. Shell shock indeed! With anger and vengeance flowing through his shell, Leo will do whatever it takes to avenge and rescue his brothers. To fight this new enemy, it’ll take not only leadership skills and dual katana swords, but courage, friendship, and Bare Knuckles too!
  • Aska: A young female ninja master from the West Foot Clan. Aska arrived in time to stop Leo from being kidnapped but was too late to save the others. Her father and leader of the clan, Shiro, is rumored to be the younger step-brother of Shredder. Their purpose is to keep peace and order with the East Foot Clan in times of conflict. Upon hearing rumors of the East Foot Clan being revived, Aska sets out to join her new friend Leo to hunt down the person allegedly responsible for bringing the East Foot back: Shredder’s daughter Karai!
  • Rat King: After waking from a heavy nap, the Rat King notices all of his sewer rat friends are dead. It turns out their last shipment of California Cheese was tainted with poison by the Syndicate. Not cool! Learning of the Syndicate’s origins and whereabouts, he scurries to California to rendezvous with Leo. Despite their previous conflicts, the Rat King is willing to cast aside his differences in order to avenge his fallen rat friends and take down this common enemy.
  • Wingnut: Every town needs a hero, and Wingnut considers himself as one to people of Hollywood. Sadly, no one ever acknowledges his deeds and heroics. Despite being a bat-mutant with flying abilities, he developed a fear of heights from a recent flight incident. While learning that Leo and his new teammates were in need of a fourth member, Wingnut volunteers himself without concern for danger. He’ll do his best to prove his worth as a hero, definitely bust some heads in the process, and perhaps overcome his fear of heights.

With new animations, heroes, and sounds, get ready for a whole new TMNT experience!

Star Fox Exploration Showcase 8.45.2 is out!

19 July 2021 4:11PM EST - Update by kandowontu

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Star Fox Exploration Showcase is a fully featured showcase of some of the possible things that can be done to modify the original game. Some of the notable features are 2 player mode, new views, new weapons/ships, a new 4th course, and endurance run, a new game+ mode, a god mode, and much, MUCH more!

Today Star Fox Exploration Showcase has unleashed a force that has never been seen before. An update so massive, so expansive that Luigi himself has shown up and joined forces with Andross to bring you MECHA LUIGI! (Thanks to Starxxon for the model)

Challenge the game in New Game+ mode to face him!

The game also now proudly features an in-game pause menu, a further expanded pre-game menu with many more mods, accurate first person views available in all areas of the game, a 4 player CPU assault mode, a new view, and much, much more under the hood.

Lots of love and care went into each and every feature of this mod. Enjoy! Will you be the first person to beat Mecha Luigi?

Full Changelog:

8.45

  • Pregame menu expanded to add:
  • Palette Changes
  • No Ground Dots
  • Disable BGM or SFX
  • Fast/Slow BGM mode
  • Dark Mode (No light sourcing)
  • 2 player CPU+ mode
  • 4 player CPU assault mode
  • In-Game Pause menu to change the following:
  • Ship Model
  • Weapon
  • Double Shot on/off
  • Fire Rate
  • Freeze and Explore mode (Hit the brakes after turning this on to activate)
  • Step by Step mode - move the game one frame at a time with left or right when highlighting this. You can also hold left or right to continue moving through frames, and you can hold up/down and shoot while holding left or right.
  • MECHA LUIGI added to New Game+ mode - he replaces Andross’s core, and he has a completely new attack pattern. Good luck! (Thanks for the model, Starxxon!)
  • Key combinations for ship models/weapons/double shot/freeze and explore mode have all been disabled due to the new pause menu
  • More features disabled for NG+ (infinite barrel rolls, continues)
  • First person view fixed for every course
  • View distance is properly fixed for larger ship models
  • Course 4 properly displays its name on the map (Credit: Hayao)
  • Drunk mode removed, new view added as a far view (UP+SELECT)
  • New title screen (Credit: Hayao)
  • New weapon added: Shotgun (Spread laser)
  • Thank you screen to those who have supported the project throughout this journey
  • Many more misc bug fixes for 1 and 2 player modes!

Huge update for the voice hack of Dragon Ball Z: Buyuu Retsuden!

16 July 2021 8:08AM EST - Update by Kanon

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The recent voice hack for Dragon Ball Z: Buyuu Retsuden has received a new update with lots of improvements!

The patch, previously known as “voice changes” has been renamed to “New Voices” to better reflect the modifications made to the game. While the previous version only swapped some voices for others (like removing Son Gohan’s Kame Hame Ha, to make room for his voice for Masenkō) due to limitations in the sound driver, this new version bypasses that limitation, allowing the addition of voices without the need to remove anything.

The cumulative changes now include new voices for almost every character: Gohan now says “Masenko” (added in the previous version) AND “Kame Hame Ha” (restored), Piccolo adds “Gekiretsu Kodan” while keeping the “Makankōsappō“, Vegeta now says both “Final Flash” AND “Big Bang Attack“, just like Trunks with “Burning Attack” and “Finish Buster“. Cell keeps his “Kame Hame Ha” voice and the grunt used for Makankōsappō is restored. Rikum screams “Rikum Eraser Gun!” when performing this attack, and Krilin joins the Kame Hame Ha club, getting his own voice when performing the trademark attack of the Turtle School.

A very interesting case is the changes made for Android 18. She gets what could almost be described as make over: Instead of her boring “Sora!” scream, now she has two interesting choices when performing her special attacks. One is the phrase “Uttoshine!“, lifted from Super Sonic Warriors for GBA, and the other is “Jā ne, bye“, her famous line from the original manga and anime (in the scene when she first kisses Krilin), also used for attacks in Dragonball Fighterz.

And finally, Freezer gets and additional voice, also from the source material and Dragonball Fighterz: “Ima sugu damara sete yaru zo” (”I’ll have you shut up now” a reference to chapter 322 of the manga, and episode 99 of the anime)

As a bonus, there is also a small surprise in the intro, reminiscent of SNES’ DB Super Butoden.

Download the patch HERE and check the new voices!

A short video with the changes can be found here: https://youtu.be/h1YKxSVCSwA

Mega Man 7 Refit Gets "Custom Fit" Update

12 July 2021 8:17PM EST - Update by Josephine Lithius

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Remember that fun little ROM hack for Mega Man 7? The one that was released three years ago and made the game play a little more like the older games in the series? Well, it finally got an update, and it’s a doozy!

Josephine Lithius (formerly “Joseph Collins”) decided it was high time to stop putting off something very important. Going forward, it’s been decided that… the Life and Weapon Energy Capsules, and even the 1ups, should look like they do in the older games!

In all seriousness, on top of some more altered graphics and changed text strings, this version also makes a big change to the damage data tables. Inspired by the older games, the Charged Mega Buster Shot has been made a tiny bit more powerful, doing 3 damage to normal enemies instead of 2! But wait, there’s more!

Thanks to user interest, the main patch now comes with optional customization patches for all the different tweaks and features available! That means players now have the option of full control over what modifications they make to their game! Like the faster Charge Shot but not the new title screen? Think the shorter I-frames and Rush’s invulnerability make the game too easy? Pick and choose to your heart’s content! The mini-patches even work with US-based ROM hacks! This means that it’s possible to have a better Charge Shot in “Mega Man 7 Restored”, or even make the game more merciful with longer I-frames and “Nerfed Spikes”! Wow!!

For fans of Mega Man 7 looking for something new, or fans of “Refit” looking for some true customization options, this update is for you!

A ROM Hack With a Touch of Googie Toons!

11 July 2021 12:01PM EST - Update by Googie

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Here’s Googie’s second ROM hack with his cartoons in it, Googie has to demolish walls and ladders in old abandoned building so he can get paid. But there’s monsters and an evil version of Googie who wants to see him dead. Will Googie be able to get the money to buy the current gen systems? Only with your help.

Version 1.2 of Megaman 1 - The New Lands is finally out!

10 July 2021 11:01AM EST - Update by Timaeus

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After around 9 months, the new revamped version is finally out. Everything in the game has been improved in some way or another, mainly the level design, weapons, AIs and graphics. Expect a much different and enjoyable version compared to the old one. Please enjoy. Peace~

NBA Jam 21: Bucks vs. Suns & the NBA Playoffs?

07 July 2021 9:13AM EST - Update by ponlork

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Things are heating up in the world of NBA Jam. From the Arcade source code being leaked in April, to the upcoming documentary based on the NBA Jam book by Reyan Ali, to the Insert Coin documentary and various other projects in the works it’s fair to say that interest in NBA Jam is on the rise. And to help further that resurgence is superfan Ponlork with a new update of his wildly popular NBA Jam 21 project right on time for the NBA Finals.

Going along with Finals theme, version 1.3 adds Paul George, Clint Capela, Devin Booker, Deandre Ayton, Khris Middleton, and Jrue Holiday into the mix. The East and West conference finals championship teams the Milwaukee Bucks and Phoenix Suns are represented with 3 current players while the runner-up teams the LA Clippers and Atlanta Hawks consist of 2 current players.

Improving on gameplay there are now faster inbound passes to pick up the pace, and newly restored play-by-play audio commentary by Tim Kitzrow that was missing from the retail release. Famous lines such as “from downtown!”, “wide open!”, “launches a shot!”, “from long range!” and many more are back.

On the graphical side of tings there are updated portraits for Lebron James, Kevin Durant, Snoop Dogg and The Hulk, and a fix that expands the head size dimensions to prevent clipping around the edges. It’s subtle but when dealing with sprite based graphics, every pixel is important so the additional 2 pixels make a world of difference. Details on the fix can be found on the official RHDN Project thread

It’s time to get live, it’s time to represent. NBA Jam what time is it? It’s time to grab yourself a copy of NBA Jam 21 today!

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