Someone else recently created a palette restoration for Yoshi's Island GBA by the way. There were a couple of things that couldn't be fixed entirely, but it's still 99% complete.
Okay, that sounds familiar.
Yeah, there were some problems with that game...I remember the first stage, there's a butterfly or something in the foreground, and I had to recolor the sprite by hand.
Someone actually created their own palette restoration for Breath of Fire 2 GBA, inspired from your hacks of other GBA ports.
Yeah, I helped him with that, but I didn't know if he ever released it or not. I seem to recall he was having some trouble finding the animated palettes.
Good call skipping Pitfall, it's an awful port of the SNES/Genesis versions. Not just visually and sound wise (which are awful of course) but the physics and hit detection is ruined.
Yeah, I remember it having a lot of other issues, I just couldn't remember what they were =)
I wish you'd unretire and do more ports tho. They couldn't be appreciated back then cause it was still current gen and the hacks couldn't be hosted here.
I'm not really retired, I'm just not great at hacking, so I don't do very many. Lots of other things on my plate, and it's hard to find time when I'm always busy at work. I just helped finish a hack of the GBA Game & Watch Gallery not too long ago.
There's a couple more ports I'd like to palette hack, but most of them are either not very good ports, or games I don't care about, or I just can't find the DATA. But really, if I could crack whatever auto-brightness algorithm is used on most games, that would be killer (if, indeed, that is the case).
There were a couple games that I thought I could fix, because Advance Wars and the Mega Man Zero games were also on the DS...but they have the same exact palettes!!!
Some of Capcom's other GBA ports also had similar options- the second and third Magical Quest games included (not the first game unfortunately).
I think the first game actually does have the option, there just isn't any access to it. I seem to recall that I tried to fix that game, but either I couldn't find the palettes (which I doubt), or I found them and they were fine. There's a few games that are like that, like DOOM 2, and I think maybe Super Ghouls and Ghosts?