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Re: Magic Kids; Scubbing McD's from M.C. Kids
« Reply #60 on: December 11, 2012, 10:26:56 pm »
I remember playing that game many years ago, and ditching it after a very short time, mostly repulsed by the Mc themes. And now, because of this initiative, I tried the game again, and it's actually pretty good. The controls are good and the puzzle type levels make an interesting mix. Without the McDs, it'll be even better. I like the new characters...

Keep up the good work!

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Re: Magic Kids; Scubbing McD's from M.C. Kids
« Reply #61 on: December 12, 2012, 05:09:21 pm »
I think your experience with the game is the most common one. It's similar to my play through of MC Kids, anyway. I had the same vague recollections of the game being corporate shill, then decided to play it one day out of sheer boredom. 

And obviously, I wouldn't have put in so much time in the overhaul if I didn't think it was a fantastic game. Very innovative among NES platformers.

The last hurdle to a finished .ips is getting the text pointers to match the newly-compressed game script. It's a bit beyond my understanding at the moment, but I'm led to believe altering pointer data is pretty simple once you get the hang of it.

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Re: Magic Kids; Scubbing McD's from M.C. Kids
« Reply #62 on: December 22, 2012, 09:19:18 am »
Not earth shattering news, but I've deciphered the control codes accompanying each text block. Each string starts with something like 04 04 18 0A 02 TEXT TEXT TEXT...

The codes preceding the text simply dictate the position and size of the text box. 04 04 gives the screen coordinates of the upper left hand corner of the text box. 18 gives the width and 0A gives the height. 02 begins a new block of text and 01 ends each line of text

We've looked into the pointer system a bit in another thread (http://www.romhacking.net/forum/index.php/topic,15500.0.html) but it seems the pointer system is just as obfuscated as the rest of the text data. I'm thinking maybe I'll just tap out and shoot an e-mail to Greg Tavares begging for help.

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Re: Magic Kids; Scubbing McD's from M.C. Kids
« Reply #63 on: February 01, 2013, 05:15:05 pm »
I've smashed into the brick wall that is text compression, here. Text aside, all the graphical changes are implemented. I've had a few board members saying it's a pity I've put down the project and offering help, so I've decided to make available all my MC Kids/Magic Kids hacking documents if anyone else wants to take up the torch on this one.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/hji0k9mcnw62u6n/MagicKidsFiles.zip

The .zip contains all the decompressed and updated text files, the most current .ips patch, the table files, the python scripts for text decompression and reinsertion, and a document with all the information I have.

So if anyone wants to give the text a crack, please do!

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Re: Magic Kids; Scubbing McD's from M.C. Kids
« Reply #64 on: February 02, 2013, 03:58:21 pm »
C'mon, can't anyone help here? This is so close to completion! :'(

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Re: Magic Kids; Scubbing McD's from M.C. Kids
« Reply #65 on: February 03, 2013, 04:46:23 pm »
Proveaux took a look at it and it looks like he managed to fit the new text. I'll give the rom a playthrough in the coming days and if it all checks out, the .ips will be posted soon.

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Re: Magic Kids; Scubbing McD's from M.C. Kids
« Reply #66 on: February 04, 2013, 03:51:55 am »
Yaaaaaaaaay. This is great news.  :thumbsup:

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Re: Magic Kids; Scubbing McD's from M.C. Kids
« Reply #67 on: February 05, 2013, 10:03:13 am »
Text is good. Just going to make a few last adjustments and then upload the .ips (hopefully no later than tomorrow).


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Re: Magic Kids; Scubbing McD's from M.C. Kids
« Reply #68 on: February 05, 2013, 06:02:50 pm »
So did you 100% figure it out?

I actually was planning to ask my teacher assistant in my programming class if she could help me figure out that problem.

So forget when its done we are all going to go eat a big fat hamburger from Mc Donald's right?

Also keith, I know that you want to post the inp but also don't forget don't rush anything.

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Re: Magic Kids; Scubbing McD's from M.C. Kids
« Reply #69 on: February 05, 2013, 10:54:23 pm »
Proveaux figured out how to  alter the new game text to better fit how the compression script handled it.

I've submitted the hack to the database, but if you'd rather not wait 48 hours for it to be approved you can download the .ips patch here:

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/44890135/Magic%20Kids.zip
EDIT: The above link no longer works. Official .ips now in the romhacking.net database.

It requires a copy of "M.C. Kids (U).nes"
« Last Edit: February 10, 2013, 11:54:24 pm by keithisgood »

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Re: Magic Kids; Scubbing McD's from M.C. Kids
« Reply #70 on: February 07, 2013, 01:35:05 am »
File not found. :C

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Re: Magic Kids; Scubbing McD's from M.C. Kids
« Reply #71 on: February 07, 2013, 07:39:05 am »
Yes, I linked a private dropbox file. Here's the public link:

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/44890135/Magic%20Kids.zip

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Re: Magic Kids; Scubbing McD's from M.C. Kids
« Reply #72 on: February 08, 2013, 01:28:37 am »
Thanks!

So happy to be playin' this. :3

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Re: Magic Kids; Scubbing McD's from M.C. Kids
« Reply #73 on: February 08, 2013, 01:31:22 pm »
Glad to hear it. Let me know what you think once you've given it a spin.

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Re: Magic Kids; Scubbing McD's from M.C. Kids
« Reply #74 on: February 08, 2013, 05:50:06 pm »

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Re: Magic Kids; Scubbing McD's from M.C. Kids
« Reply #75 on: February 08, 2013, 07:47:47 pm »

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Re: Magic Kids; Scubbing McD's from M.C. Kids
« Reply #76 on: February 08, 2013, 08:35:39 pm »
You even got my ridiculous wordmark on there!

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Re: Magic Kids; Scubbing McD's from M.C. Kids
« Reply #77 on: February 08, 2013, 08:53:30 pm »
Is the illustration on the included box art custom?

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Re: Magic Kids; Scubbing McD's from M.C. Kids
« Reply #78 on: February 08, 2013, 08:58:17 pm »
Lol! Figured you had it and the seal on your Baseball simulator 2013 so I'd put it on this one too!

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Re: Magic Kids; Scubbing McD's from M.C. Kids
« Reply #79 on: February 08, 2013, 09:35:45 pm »
M_Tee: I designed the art included in the .zip file, using the European box art as a template.

European release:


My variation: