I've been wanting to do a game hack for a while now, but as many of you already know, these old games can be tough nuts to crack. After giving up on Fighter's History 2 (everything is encrypted! Auugh!), Alex Kidd in Shinobi World (I can't even find the text! Auugh!), and every Game Gear game ever (I STILL can't find the text! Auugh!), I finally found a game I could handle. Practically anyone could, since the text shows up in Windhex the moment you open the file. You don't have to run a search or anything... just scroll down a little and it's waiting for you to fold, spindle, and mutilate.
So that's exactly what I did! After finding the hex code for carriage returns and end-of-file markers (0D and 00 respectively), I gave the game a script that almost makes it worth suffering through. Just apply the patch to the Super NES version of Shaq Fu, enter the cheat codes supplied, and watch the fireworks.
Why didn't I tackle the Genesis version, widely regarded as the lesser of two evils, first? Well, that was the original plan, but editing so much as a single letter stopped the game from working. Even checksum fixes didn't help. So for now, this will have to do. (As mentioned previously, I'm not very good at this! Hopefully the strength of the new script will make up for my deficiencies as a hacker.)