I'm a big fan of the Game and Watch games. This one was released last year and I want to make the 35th anniversary version that you see below (the copyright string is the only difference from the original SMB1). Looks like a pretty basic edit.
I've tried using the SMB Title Screen Editor (this one: https://www.romhacking.net/utilities/1513/
) but I get 'The title data exceeds the size limit' box on screen. Strangely, I also get this if I try to save, having made no edits at all so I'm not sure if this is a problem with the program or if the edit I'm trying to make really would exceed the size limit. The only way I'm able to get the program to actually edit the rom is to remove at least one tile first.
So, I guess my question is (to those who know), is it possible to recreate the 35th anniversary Game and Watch variant as a rom that works on NES hardware? If so, what's the best way for a programming layman like me to do this?
If you're asking 'why would you want to?' my answer is 'because I want to recreate the latest, official variant and see it running on the SNES using Project Nested'. The image above is the same image on the box. I already have the 25th anniversary variant working (released for limited edition Wii consoles where the '?' blocks were swapped out for '25' blocks).
I watched a video where the Game and Watch was hacked. The original SMB1 NES rom is in there but it seems the extra text characters are added by the emulator hot patching the rom rather than a different rom being on the device (flick to 9:20 in this video: https://youtu.be/Rsi8p5gbaps
). He runs a hacked version of SMB1 and it replaces that string of text with the 2020 text.