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Romhacking => Personal Projects => Topic started by: Aclectico on July 16, 2021, 03:34:22 pm

Title: Contra: Remastered (Mesen Enhancement Pack)
Post by: Aclectico on July 16, 2021, 03:34:22 pm
A Remastered Stage 1 "HD" pack is now available for the Mesen Emulator. Keep in mind, this enhancement pack is for stage 1 only.

Gameplay Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQXi3TDCvxE

**Mesen Enhancement Pack Building Tutorials**
-Part 1 - Using the Automated Pack Builder: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwVH4y46Bbg
-Part 2 - Basics of Condition Features and Inserting Custom Title Screens: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADJ_DnSSGv0
-Part 3 - Using FrameRanges and Adding Frames to Walking Animations: https://youtu.be/HJKJuHHpqy8

***Download Location (V0.1 Demo): https://drive.google.com/file/d/1XS2PyyHfwkAo8_taDRZS3v5RkLIFaTNm/view?usp=sharing

Rather than rely exclusively on traditional 1:1 tile replacement, this pack utilizes larger .png files to make up layered "backgrounds" of the environment. This helps to avoid an overly repetitive look. A similar approach was used for various areas in the Castlevania and Zelda packs. While implementation is difficult, it does allow for maximum creative freedom. Special thanks to KYA for helping to pull this off.

Most graphics are borrowed and modified from Contra 4.

Credits are noted below:
-Credit to Henk Nieborg as the primary artist for Contra 4 (most graphics are derived from his work)
-Special Thanks to KYA for Programming Support
-Title Screen Source: https://wallpapercave.com/w/AO7M79s
-Bill Rizer Art Was Modified from this source to work with the pack:
https://www.deviantart.com/kradakor/art/Bill-Rizer-Sprite-Upgrade-478462196

Mesen Enhancement Pack Discord Server: https://discord.gg/VZcGvfE9eE

(https://drive.google.com/uc?export=download&id=1MIMI2asDM3nGdatnwyVxOig4LlzQdGAu)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?export=download&id=1oMVYFSoYgJpg4Pu65_kIREHzp3f3WfTv)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?export=download&id=1Y8pcTg75NtffT9qpKdiLLSqlh0DzpYyU)

(https://drive.google.com/uc?export=download&id=1Dg-WzGdbt6crih3D3YnuP1NnZsHj-8rF)
Title: Re: Contra: Remastered (Mesen Enhancement Pack)
Post by: MathUser2929 on July 16, 2021, 04:01:13 pm
Theres a smart phone Contra port that you should consider using graphics from.
Title: Re: Contra: Remastered (Mesen Enhancement Pack)
Post by: Aclectico on July 16, 2021, 04:05:16 pm
Thanks for the tip. Are you thinking of the Contra 4 mobile phone edition or something else?
Title: Re: Contra: Remastered (Mesen Enhancement Pack)
Post by: sevin0seven on July 16, 2021, 04:12:03 pm
Thanks for the tip. Are you thinking of the Contra 4 mobile phone edition or something else?

I believe his talking about this one: https://contra.fandom.com/wiki/Contra:_Evolution

..but what you shown so far looks great!  :thumbsup: Thanks for making this one possible.
Title: Re: Contra: Remastered (Mesen Enhancement Pack)
Post by: Aclectico on July 16, 2021, 04:18:03 pm
Ah, that one. Yes, it didn't really look to have traditional pixel graphics at first glace. But, I'll investigate a bit more for that entry in the series. And thanks :)
Title: Re: Contra: Remastered (Mesen Enhancement Pack)
Post by: Noside on July 16, 2021, 04:21:24 pm
Omg yes! fantastic work!
Title: Re: Contra: Remastered (Mesen Enhancement Pack)
Post by: nesrocks on July 16, 2021, 05:32:01 pm
Awesome idea!
I much prefer Henk Nieborg's Contra 4 pixelart over that mobile one that to me just looks generic.
Title: Re: Contra: Remastered (Mesen Enhancement Pack)
Post by: Supergamerguy on July 16, 2021, 05:43:57 pm
I'm very interested to see how this project evolves and progresses in the near future. What's shown here already is beautiful!

I much prefer Hank Nieborg's Contra 4 pixelart over that mobile one that to me just looks generic.

I wholeheartedly agree.
Title: Re: Contra: Remastered (Mesen Enhancement Pack)
Post by: tygerbug on July 16, 2021, 08:13:19 pm
Looking good!
Title: Re: Contra: Remastered (Mesen Enhancement Pack)
Post by: Lusofonia on July 16, 2021, 08:49:04 pm
Is it just me, or Contra looks like a different game with that pack? Nothing against the pack, it's just that I'm not used to it.
Title: Re: Contra: Remastered (Mesen Enhancement Pack)
Post by: xZabuzax on July 16, 2021, 09:35:53 pm
Man this looks awesome, can't wait to replay this game with this enhancement pack. Too bad it's only 1 stage but good things take time, hopefully all the stages will be released one of these days.

Keep up the awesome work man.
Title: Re: Contra: Remastered (Mesen Enhancement Pack)
Post by: Lusofonia on July 16, 2021, 10:37:22 pm
Yeah, I'm very excited to see how the Hangar (Stage 7) turns out with this pack.
Title: Re: Contra: Remastered (Mesen Enhancement Pack)
Post by: Aclectico on July 17, 2021, 08:22:51 am
Thanks for all of the kind words.

A question did come up recently regarding music replacement that may be worth discussion here. At this time, the pack does not contain music replacement. With that said, a music only pack was created a couple of years ago by someone who goes by PepilloPeV for the Japanese variant of the game. The pack can be found here: https://www.zeldix.net/t2056-nes-gryzor-jap-contra-enhanced-audio-patch

With this in mind, I'm debating if it would be worth it to transfer the graphic work over to the Japanese version (and include an English patch with the bundle as well). But, I'm not sure how widely used the Japanese variant is for the user base. In addition, I haven't even reached out to PepilloPeV yet to see if they would be okay with combining forces. Not to mention, the additional content could be challenging from an artistic workload standpoint. More people may be familiar with the North American release anyway. I'm interested to hear community thoughts on this one.
Title: Re: Contra: Remastered (Mesen Enhancement Pack)
Post by: MathUser2929 on July 17, 2021, 08:49:58 am
If you have to do it, it might be worth it.
Title: Re: Contra: Remastered (Mesen Enhancement Pack)
Post by: Supergamerguy on July 17, 2021, 09:50:10 am
I think it would be really cool if that music replacement hack got added to the English version of the game, but only after you've (potentially) finished your graphics pack. That way you can focus on what really matters to you and then maybe add a little something extra at the end to top off the experience.
Title: Re: Contra: Remastered (Mesen Enhancement Pack)
Post by: Bonk on July 19, 2021, 12:32:02 am
This looks fantastic!
Title: Re: Contra: Remastered (Mesen Enhancement Pack)
Post by: Aclectico on July 23, 2021, 12:40:19 pm
The Stage 1 "HD" pack is now available for download. Keep in mind, this enhancement pack is for stage 1 only.

Gameplay Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQXi3TDCvxE

**Mesen Enhancement Pack Building Tutorials**
-Part 1 - Using the Automated Pack Builder: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwVH4y46Bbg
-Part 2 - Basics of Condition Features and Inserting Custom Title Screens: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADJ_DnSSGv0
-Part 3 - Using FrameRanges and Adding Frames to Walking Animations (New Upload 7/23/2021): https://youtu.be/HJKJuHHpqy8

***Download Location (V0.1 Demo): https://drive.google.com/file/d/1XS2PyyHfwkAo8_taDRZS3v5RkLIFaTNm/view?usp=sharing
Title: Re: Contra: Remastered (Mesen Enhancement Pack)
Post by: 4lorn on July 23, 2021, 01:20:50 pm
Might as well credit Henk Nieborg, seeing as the pack is using his spritework.
Title: Re: Contra: Remastered (Mesen Enhancement Pack)
Post by: Lusofonia on July 23, 2021, 01:23:05 pm
 :thumbsup: Congratulations, keep up the good work
Title: Re: Contra: Remastered (Mesen Enhancement Pack)
Post by: Aclectico on July 23, 2021, 01:38:08 pm
Might as well credit Henk Nieborg, seeing as the pack is using his spritework.

Done - Credits now call out Henk specifically.
Title: Re: Contra: Remastered (Mesen Enhancement Pack)
Post by: 4lorn on July 23, 2021, 03:50:53 pm
Done - Credits now call out Henk specifically.

Nice. You did the right thing :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Contra: Remastered (Mesen Enhancement Pack)
Post by: wow8szh on August 10, 2021, 10:40:37 am
That's really great work! Looking so so nice!
Title: Re: Contra: Remastered (Mesen Enhancement Pack)
Post by: WingMantis on August 20, 2021, 06:26:25 pm
Ah, that one. Yes, it didn't really look to have traditional pixel graphics at first glace. But, I'll investigate a bit more for that entry in the series. And thanks :)

Contra Evolution looks terrible...

I prefer the Contra arcade graphics to Contra 4 (I do like the boss base and the rotary turrets though). Contra 3 is good too.

Consider clipping from the cover art from 'Double Hawk' on sega master system to use one the title screen, great knock-off of Arnold and Sly