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Battletoads - Bugfix

Hack of Battletoads


This patch fixes many of the bugs/glitches found in Battletoads, including the famous Clinger-Winger two players bug.

Many of the fixes were taken from the European version, but the level’s design remains untouched.

In some cases, the game balance was changed, because some bugs were making the game easier, and some made it harder, but overall it remains like the hardcore original.

See the ReadMe for the full changelog.

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Battletoads (U) [!].nes (GoodNes 3.23b)
  • CRC32: BA9164E7
  • MD5: BBAFEAD19C25B38A5A129BB8C51AAF8D
  • SHA-1: 5C3A497A82BE60704DEDF45248B6AD9B32C855AB




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User Review Information

Introduces more problems than it solves.

Reviewed By: Mr. Pennington on 02 Feb 2020

This hack’s heart is in the right place. It’s nice knowing for sure that the game isn’t going to crash or soft lock, it’s cool that it’s now at least BEATABLE in multiplayer, and the graphics are a bit prettier in spots. However, if you’re familiar with how to beat this game, you’re better off sticking with the buggy original.

Most of the problems this hack addresses relate to multiplayer. I’ve never met ANYONE who primarily plays Battletoads multiplayer. It’s such an inherently unpleasant 2-player experience that any bugs present in that mode are almost irrelevant. As for single-player, while there are, indeed, many bugs that you can CAUSE in the original, the ones beyond your control are infrequent enough as to not warrant this hack’s biggest misstep: making the toads come to a full stop when ducking in 2-D stages.

There is a good reason you’re supposed to coast when you duck in the 2-D stages: because you have to simultaneously duck attacks and move toward enemies. This introduces a great, big problem in Intruder Excluder (especially at the boss, who you also, weirdly now have to perform an additional jump to trigger, thus INTRODUCING a bug), Terra Tubes, and Rat Race—and the latter two are the LAST stages that need more problems. Also, some of the enemies seem to behave a bit differently in Terra Tubes. You DO NOT want the enemies to behave unpredictably in this level.

It’s a real shame, because the most frequent game-breaker by far is the Rat Race bug, and knowing that won’t happen is an enormous plus. What I most wish this hack would’ve done is somehow compensate for the screen lag in Rat Race and Clinger Winger, which makes those levels significantly more difficult when played on anything except a CRT. Still, I admire the effort here and would love to recommend it, but the ‘no coasting’ change is a deal-breaker.

Version 1.0 Recommended - No

User Reviews
So good so far, just one bug as the originalnad8420 Aug 20211.0Yes
Introduces more problems than it solves.Mr. Pennington02 Feb 20201.0No
This patch is simply perfectmadness flame23 Feb 20171.0Yes
This is Great !DeadMark17 Jan 20161.0Yes
Battletoads (U) - Now it's correct (24 years after)!Goros Lair31 Aug 20151.0Yes