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Status Icon Overflow

Hack of Final Fantasy III

Description:

In FF3us/FF6j, there is a game-freezing memory bug with displaying status effect icons on the Skills page in the field menu.

Every time the player navigates to the top-level menu on the Skills page, the game renders or re-renders any applicable status effect icons for the selected character. A new instance of the icons is created whether or not the icons are already being displayed.

This behavior results in the following glitch & lockup scenario:

  • Inflict a character with a status effect such that a status icon appears on the field menu
  • Open the character’s Skills menu
  • Navigate back and forth between the Skills menu and an ability list (Espers, Magic, etc.). After about 16 repetitions, the portrait graphics will become corrupt. After about 38 repetitions, the menu will lock up. (It takes fewer repetitions for the glitch to appear if the character has more than one status effect.)

The bug could theoretically pose a problem for one or two chronically indecisive players out there.

This patch resolves the bug by skipping over the status effect icon display code whenever the player is navigating back to the main Skills menu from an ability list.

The fix applies to FF3us versions 1.0 & 1.1 (SNES) and FF6j (SFC). The archive contains *.ips patches for both headered and unheadered ROMs.

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Database match: Final Fantasy III (USA)
  • Database: No-Intro: Super Nintendo Entertainment System (v. 20210222-050638)
  • File/ROM SHA-1: 4F37E4274AC3B2EA1BEDB08AA149D8FC5BB676E7
  • File/ROM CRC32: A27F1C7A

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