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Shin Megami Tensei for the PlayStation Translation Released

24 July 2022 1:56PM EST - Update by Fothsid

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A complete translation of the PlayStation version of Shin Megami Tensei has been released. Fothsid worked on the hacking, Tom did the translation, and FlashPV edited the title screen graphics. The patch includes 100% translated in-game text and soft subtitles for a couple of FMVs.

We hope you enjoy it!

Elvira's Monster Party (NES) updated

22 July 2022 4:22PM EST - Update by tygerbug

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It’s a blazing hot summer right now, but we’re looking forward to Halloween. You’ll be well prepared with this hack originally issued in 2020, where horror hostess and “Queen of Halloween” Elvira (Cassandra Peterson) hosts a special uncensored version of Bandai’s 1989 NES game “Monster Party.” Based on the prototype restoration by Stardust Crusaders, this hack has been overhauled for 2022, with brand-new, visually complex introductory cutscenes featuring Elvira herself. The rest of the hack is unchanged, as Elvira takes on a parade of movie monsters in a parody world of horrors.

Test Your Mental Mettle with Memory Mania Challenge!

20 July 2022 6:37AM EST - Update by OmniRetro

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It’s button pattern pandemonium in Memory Mania Challenge! Pay attention to the button pattern and try your best to repeat it. It starts off easy, but things can quickly get out of hand. Beat the top score and become the new champion!

Originally released in the early days of the COVID pandemic, Memory Mania Challenge is a homebrew Game Boy Color game inspired by the classic electronic pattern game Simon. It includes three difficulty levels: Easy Mode uses only the D-pad, and each new round builds on the existing pattern; Normal Mode is the same but introduces the A and B buttons; and Hard Mode re-randomizes the pattern each round.

Each difficulty mode has its own battery-saved high score. Enter your initials and challenge your friends!

Small ZAMN 2 is Released!

19 July 2022 6:45AM EST - Update by Zombie101

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The Sequel to “Small ZAMN” is here! This Zombies Ate My Neighbors hack “Small ZAMN 2″ takes a step up in Difficulty in some places but is easier in others! There is a bonus level hidden in every bracket of levels and in every bonus level there is a treasure chest hidden worth 9,999 points, can you find them all? This hack Brings more to the table than it’s predecessor with extra levels, extra sprites and much more! Here’s a list of some of the changes you can expect to experience playing this hack:

  • Random Starting Items and new amounts for what you get with whatever you start with for both weapons and items.
  • 82 New Levels.
  • New Demos.
  • New scores.
  • New sprites.
  • New enemies.
  • New text messages.
  • And custom palettes for every level by multiple ROM hackers within the ZAMN Community!

As you play this hack, you will also see more characters make cameos just like in the first “Small ZAMN.” you may run across characters like, Shantae The Half Genie, Carol Tea The Wildcat, Sally Acorn The Chipmunk And many More! The Link to the trailer and project page are down below.

Enjoy Zombie101.

Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 Color Edition v1.1 has been released!

16 July 2022 1:33AM EST - Update by T92

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The v1.1 of Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 Color Edition has been released!

  • Some crashes in penguin and final boss fixed.
  • Some palettes adapted to look brighter (they were adapted to GBC LCD before, but that doesn’t seem to be the standard for most of the GB color hacks).
  • Background at the end of stages 1-2 & 1-3 with a more colourful palette.
  • Small color fixes.
  • Cart type now is MBC5+RAM+BATTERY (the same one used by the Super Mario Land DX hacks).

NBA Jam Rewind: 93 'til Infinity

15 July 2022 6:28AM EST - Update by ponlork

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Look up in the sky it’s a bird it’s a plane! No, it’s Michael Jordan and he’s in a Arcade videogame? Yes you heard right. For the first time ever a ROM hack is available for the Arcade version of NBA Jam T.E.

Ponlork known for his work on the PS1 NBA Jam 23 project was somehow able to pull off the improbable by successfully hacking the Arcade version to not only include Michael Jordan but the Man of Steel himself Shaquille O’Neal. Furthermore, the secret question mark team consisting of Mortal Kombat characters, cheerleaders and Mark Turmell is unlocked by default.

Revision 2.1 was chosen for this mod as it contains many features that were later removed due to censorship. This includes the Backboard shattering effect, Fatalities, Mortal Kombat characters, playable cheerleaders and several more hidden players that were axed in later revisions.

Check out the trailer below and get ready to say Hoop! There it is! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhwE29KzVe8

Among Us : The Tragedy of Ryohyukan Released

13 July 2022 7:11AM EST - Update by tygerbug

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The crewmates of Among Us make an entertaining appearance on the NES, in the first Family Basic V3 hack to be featured at Romhacking.

In this minigame, there are imposters among us! Find them. Mark them. Stop them before they kill the entire crew of this spaceship.

This is a hack of The Tragedy of Ryohyukan (Ryuuhyoukan no Sangeki), a 1993 NES/Famicom minigame programmed in Famicom Family BASIC V3 by Takashi Endo and published over three pages of the magazine “Micom BASIC (マイコン BASIC)” in early 1994.

The code was scanned and preserved by ozidual for Gaming Alexandria, and ozidual advised on this hack.

Family Basic was a Japan-only add-on for the NES/Famicom from Nintendo and Hudson Soft. It included a full keyboard and the ability to program games in the BASIC programming language, within the limited RAM available. The available graphics were borrowed from Mario Bros and the Donkey Kong series, among other sources.

Computer hobbyist magazines at the time would publish code for this and other systems, that you could type in yourself to play these games. Some of these magazines are now being preserved by Gaming Alexandria, along with all that now-rare game code.

Graphics and text have been changed in this version to translate the minigame from Japanese, and reflect the 2018 PC game Among Us, by Innersloth, Marcus Bromander and Forest Willard. The hack is by Garrett Gilchrist.

There is a group of red crewmates on the screen and your job as detective is to find the imposter killer(s) and mark them pink/purple, before the timer runs out or they kill all the other crewmates.

Sicari 2 - The Brink of Time has arrived!

12 July 2022 4:08AM EST - Update by Yukivee

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Sicari 2 - The Brink of Time has been released. As the sequel to “Sicari Remastered”, Sicari 2 is a complete overhaul of Super Mario World, set in a silly new universe, with new characters to go with it. Each level is uniquely themed, with all the graphics being original and hand-drawn.

Play as Sicari and cut through your foes with her trusty knife, or snipe them from afar with K-16’s laser bolts. Many challenges lie ahead! Good luck!

Can you find all 46 exits?

The Year of the Cabbit

11 July 2022 8:20AM EST - Update by rari_teh

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Klonoa is one of those franchises that most people are either oblivious to or marginally aware of, never really being able to crack out of obscurity despite consistently good reviews and a persistent, passionate fanbase. Its inaugural game, Klonoa: Door to Phantomile (PSX, 1997), brought a poignant story full of symbolisms within a whimsical, seemingly innocuous 2.5D mascot platformer, rendered in a highly atmospherical mixture of polygonal graphics and billboarded sprites. Almost four years later, it saw a direct sequel in Klonoa 2: Lunatea’s Veil (PS2, 2001), which, despite following the act remarkably well, improving on almost every aspect of its predecessor and reviewing even higher, still underperformed on the market, especially in the West.

Besides the two mainline games, there was also a puzzle platformer gaiden of sorts in Klonoa: Moonlight Museum, published in 1999 exclusively on the Bandai WonderSwan, a budget handheld console that never left Japan. It was very gameplay-focused, with very little narrative, and translation guides were already available on the Internet in 2004. Moonlight Museum’s structure would later be built upon and expanded in Klonoa: Empire of Dreams (GBA, 2001), which took place in an alternate continuity from the mainline games. That would be the last game with series creator Hideo Yoshizawa on a writing role. The next year brought the odd sports spinoff Klonoa Beach Volleyball (PSX), which was tied to the GBA continuity and was never released in America despite being officially translated to English for the British market. Later in the year, two more very different titles were released that were being worked on by mostly separate teams: in August, it was Klonoa 2: Dream Champ Tournament (GBA), which loosely followed Empire of Dreams, and then in September, it was Klonoa Heroes: The Legendary Star Medal (GBA): a quite highly produced story-heavy action RPG that took place in yet another alternate universe… and, like Moonlight Museum before it, never left the shores of Japan.

The Legendary Star Medal would be the last original Klonoa game to be made. Door to Phantomile would still be ported after that, twice (to the PS2 in 2005 and to Java i-mode in 2009, both Japan-exclusives), and also have a quite divisive remake for the Wii in 2008, but the only fresh material on the franchise that came from Bandai Namco themselves after 2002 would be in the form of a very tonally dissonant slapstick comedy manga by CoroCoro (2002–2003) and a Western-made webcomic epic (2012–2014) which was cut short by the demise of its publisher, ShiftyLook. An anime movie was also announced to be in the making in 2017, but it was soon confirmed to be cancelled.

Being an over 20 year old fandom with such little material to orbit around, it’s only natural that the existence of a full-blown RPG sitting just out of arms’ reach untranslated was more than enticing. Over the years, there were quite a few attempts at getting a fan translation made, but none managed to go very far.

All this was true as of last year. But now, in 2022 – the 25th anniversary of the series – the tides are turning back. Officially, the two mainline games are being remade for all major platforms under the compilation Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Series, which should be already out by the time this article is published – the first release of a Klonoa game since the 2009 Japan-exclusive feature phone port of Door to Phantomile, thirteen years ago. From the fandom, a complete and unabridged translation hack of Moonlight Museum was published, ditching the need for a translation guide to fully experience the game… and, at last, Klonoa Heroes: The Legendary Star Medal was finally translated, in an enormous collaborative effort that resulted in a beautifully polished patch that very much feels like what the game should have been had Namco translated it themselves way back in the mid-2000s. For the first time since the early 2000s, all official Klonoa media can now be enjoyed in English, and the future of the franchise once again shines bright.

Graphical Update for Final Fantasy IV SNES

09 July 2022 12:55PM EST - Update by T92

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A Battle sprites update hack has been released! The hack ports Record Keper sprites to Final Fantasy IV SNES.

It’s compatible with Project II, Namingway Edition, Final Fantasy IV - Ultima (The port of the patch it’s included in FF IV Ultima’s main download.)

It’s also compatible with the Enemy Graphics Update hack.

Must be compatible with the MSU-1 hack, but it hasn’t been tested.

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