I cant believe I didnt see this already.
Im pretty sure some of you are familiar with me. Here is a good reason to put forth a story.
Commodore Vic 20 in 83. Intellivision in 86. NES, SMS, GEN, and CMD64, played at friends or sisters house, til Christmas of 89, when I got the NES. Strider, SMB1, and DW, were the initial 3 games. I had already completed a few games, for a few systems, but now I wasnt limited from games that required saves.
DW, automatically took off well with me. It took D&D, and put it into a more desirable format. I played it almost exclusively, and it was around this time of year, mid January in 1990, that I had completed it. That was one helluva great year in gaming for me. SMB3 in March, Super C in April, Crystalis in May, FF1 July, DW2 September, CV3 in October, and many other games I was able to complete, now that I had the system. I remember a friend sold me, Zelda 1 and Deadly Towers, in March or April of 90, and now I wasnt limited to how far I could progress.
Its funny how I see this topic, and my 4th or 5th favorite game of all time is DW2, which is the current game I turned my attention to. I will say this exactly, for how my feel for RPGs are. DW2, is the playable Wizardry, Ultima Exodus, or Might and Magic. It is brutally hard, and has the interface I prefer. Never cared for mapping out everything on graph paper, but I did (almost) complete Ultima. In the late 90's, I progressed through about 2/3 of it, had over 2000 for HP and Food, and then the battery died, which was in 97 or 98. Never completed Ultima or the original Metroid, and those were the years I finally tried. Metroid never got completed, because the NP issue, 33 or 34 I think, came up missing, and having maps was crucial to my interest.
FF1, DW3, DW4, , FF4, and to a lesser extent, FF6, Chrono, Mana, Evermore, and then FF7 and FF9, were the games that got almost all the focus in the 90's. I got REALLY stuck on FF2, FF3, FF5, and DW5, not being released, and kind of drifted from gaming during the PS1/N64 era. Yes I did enjoy KI, MK2, and SF2, but I felt screwed on quality intellectual games, for the trend towards extreme violent games. 3D took a while to get used to, and even though I never owned the N64, I did progress through about 1/3 of Mario 64 and Ocarina.
Cant openly discuss things like this on Gamefaqs, but drugs and alcohol played a huge part in the drift away. Im not afraid to admit this, so I will say it. Between March and June of 1993, I sold 4 systems, over 200 games, and FF1, DW2-4, and select classics of about 17-18 games, was all that was left that summer. I was actually substance free til 7-8 months after I graduated high school. I had an interest in programming and accounting, and in short, I fucked it up.
Phantasy Star III was the main focus in spring of 93, along with Mana later that year. Other then those 2, til Breath of Fire and FF6 in 94, I wasnt paying attention games as much. There was a little bit of a come back in 95, with Chrono, Evermore, MarioRPG, Pitfall32x, DraculaX, KI, and BOF2. It was in late 95 (I think), that the Enix newsletters I was getting, had concluded that DW5,6,1+2 and 7th Saga 2, were not coming. More nails in the coffin for my gaming.
The only real highlight for the rest of the 90's, was Crusin USA, and the skiing games they had at the mall. I played fighting games over a friends house, but I would play NES, GEN, or SNES at home. FF7, FF9, , Anthology, Chronicles, Symphony, and I think that was it for games released in the late 90's.
I did play many of the common platformers on SNES and PS1. DKC or Crash Bandicoot, ect. My gaming wasnt empty, but my focus wasnt there, except familiar classics.
Here are the only games completed since 2000.
DW1-3 GBA. I can almost compete with nfrazee in a still saved file on DW3, with 158/165 medals, over 120 silver, and about 70 gold.
I didnt complete DW7, but it is a worthy mention. For about 2-3 years I played it regularly. I dont remember all the names, but 1 save file got erased in region 11, another in region 8, and the 3rd time through, I fizzled out from pulling a veghester. Ultra hit 4 times per turn killed the game, and no strategy worked, because I was over powered either way. I was at the 2 warring kingdoms, region 17, and I cant remember the names. Region 8 I clearly know, and I worked for the dolphin shield every time. Between the story and the variety, it nearly ties 2 and 3, with 3,2,7,5,4,9,8,6 being the order. I will admit that DW2 only ranks that high, because of the memories associated to it, with 3,7, and 9 reigning supreme game play wise. I played and completed Symphony during this time
All the FF remakes in the mid 2000's got the attention. The only 2 game completions for new games were, DQ8 in late summer of 06, about 8-9 months after its release, and was the reason for a PS2 purchase. New SMB was the other new game completed, with every medal for every level.
To fully bring this story to a close, my daughter was born in 2007, and a major life change for the better unfolded. I got my first modern pc in Sept 2009, and spent 2 full years collecting full rom sets for about 12 classic systems. It stands at about 10,320, and ranges from Atari to PS1 and GBA. I wiped this site clean in 2010/11, just for the sake of completion. I tested it also. 2110 NES games, with the only duplicates being US/EU/JP, and almost every patch here at rhdn and zophars, up through late 2011. It was FF6A for a while after that, and wanting to hack FF6A, lead to my obsession with FF1 since 2013.
Thats where Im at now. Pretty much only wanting to create documentation, and almost no game play. Its been over 2 weeks since I tried a no death challenge in SMB1. I now have about 20-25 no death runs in about 5 years. I have only made it to 7-2 once for a no hit run. Ghosts n Goblins in 2-3 deaths is average when I play it for a few weeks. I hope to eventually get a no death run in Castlevania, and Ninja Gaiden is out of the question, because anything past Malroth is just insane. SMB2 with no deaths is easy if I am patient. 2 no knock down completions in MTPO, which were actually back then in 90 or 91, and that first minute and a half always gets me now.
Hacking FF1 has been the main focus overall though, til my full devotion to DW2. I have tripled my expectations, with a shit load of finds. The only thing inaccessible is map editing. Enemy attacks and RNG, are the only pertinent information I havent found yet. I just found the keys yesterday, and if I can figure out the code structure, then a final key will be made. Treasures and battle formations arent figured out yet, but I know where they are. Everything to do with characters and equipment is already laid out. I just need to find how to change the properties of all items, so more shields and helmets can be had. Expanding past the limit of 8 for item holding and RNG, would be the main things I would ask help for right now, if anyone is interested.
Hope everyone doesnt mind such a long winded story, so I will close by saying this.
I literally had a rod set up, so I could easily hit reset for DW3-4. My DW3 save file died in 98 or 99, and I had about 15 developed characters, all in the mid 50's. I didnt bother with the low gains after 60. MP over 500 for a few, 790 for a soldier, over 500 HP for all, 255 in a lot of stats, over 180 for weaker stats, except strength for a wizard or luck for a soldier. All spells for everyone, including the goof off. Game genie codes in both 3 and 4, and now to 4. All characters in the mid to high 60's, with Nara over 80. Ragnar 835 HP, hero 750 HP, Brey 670 MP, Mara 630 MP, weaker stats ranged from 120-200. Many of my friends who were playing FF7 or Ocarina, would frequently comment on me being stuck on the NES, and that rod to hit reset was a conversation piece.
I didnt care about any of the modern games and a lot of the music, except a certain selection.
In closing, my ultimate hacking dreams, are the following.
INT properties applied to DW3-4. 30% increase in damage at level 15, 50% at 30, double at 40, and triple at 60-65.
Damage with attack and magic reaching 5/6000 in FF1
We need a normal leveling system for FF2.
In July of 1995, I was over a friends house, and got to see DQ5 played on his pc, and even though it was still untranslated, it is a day I remember really well.