as the title said this is my first hack project and I thought I start easy. The goal is to play as Dark Link instead of Link that's it. So basically just swap Links colors (skin and clothes) to black with maybe the exception of giving him red eyes and perhaps a red (or gray) outline so he wont be completely invisible in dark caves.
here a some images to help I will refer to them laterhttps://imgur.com/a/xiVXMhO
I watched some tutorials and quickly found the following method using fceux -> debug -> ppu viewer looking for the colors that seem to be Link -> found a black panel for transparency followed by light green and 2 brown tones yep that should be Link -> writing the numbers down 29 27 17 -> debug again -> hex editor -> view -> rom file -> ctrl+f 29 27 17
Question 1: I found many instances I am sure not only link but also links sword for example, see image 2. How can I figured out which are actually Link? Not that important since coloring the sword black seems cool anyway
I replaced every 29 27 17 to 0F 0F 0F saved and reloaded the result was Link if fact turned black but clothes did not see image 1 and 2.
I think I know why this is the case: In Zelda 1 you can find 2 rings that change the color of Links clothes from green to light blue and finally to red. Now what I think happens is that I indeed changed the color of the clothes but afterwards they got overwritten again to green because I didn't have the 2 rings. And more importantly I have to stay black when I find the rings aswell.
Question 2: Is my assumption correct or close? And how could I fix that?
I had my own not so cool way to overcome that problem using Tile Layer Pro I was again following tutorials to change the pixels, I had to do that anyway for my outline idea, see image 2. So I loaded the ROM in TLP and after some scrolling and eyes squinting I finally found the correct images, see image 4.
Question 3: is there a more elegant way to find Links Images? I am sure I overlooked some and it was pretty hard to find these
so I recolored Link using only the two brownish colors having him just black and red and therefor not needing his clothes color but I will be in trouble if I need 3 colors. After recoloring everything I gave it a go and the result is image 3. Not bad so far in fact Id consider its almost done but as you can see there are some ugly lines at the top of Link and its half the latter using his green color. As you can see in image 4 they should not be there. I have absolutely no explanation for that so..
Question 4: Has anyone an idea how that happened and how I could fix this?