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Metroid Other ZM

Hack of Metroid: Zero Mission

Description:

WARNING: This hack may not work with some emulators that are older and/ or for mobile phones, because of the way I implemented new ASM routines. If your game crashes when collecting a powerup, this is probably the case for you.

Well… this is a hack of Metroid Zero Mission for the Game Boy Advance.

The goal of the hack was not to completely redesign every room and map of the game, but rather to make a different, more difficult, yet somewhat similar experience to the original. That being said, there are some areas which are very different from the original - Chozodia comes to mind as one of the areas which I have changed the most.

To create this I have used all of the following, which I would like to give credit and my honest thanks for:

  • The original Metroid Zero Mission(U) ROM by Nintendo
  • Double Helix, the Metroid Zero Mission/ Fusion editor written by Interdpth
  • A patch which enables the Item Toggle feature, made by Trunaur68
  • The (sadly incomplete) RAM and ROM maps of this game posted on Datacrystal, as well as several ARM Opcode sheets used for manual hex editing
  • The debug-version of VBA, as well as its normal incarnation

Notable changes that I implemented in the hack:

  • Kraid and Ridleys hideouts in particular follow very different paths, requiring to look very carefully at the layout to find the correct ways. Brinstar and Norfair also have a fair share of redesigned pathways and rooms, of course…
  • Some Item locations were swapped or otherwise moved. Chozo hint statues no longer exist. Item requirements for beating (certain parts of) the game have also changed. Unknown Items no longer are required (in fact, simply collecting them can take a while… as the Screw Attack, which is now located in Chozodia, is required to get them)
  • try looking for some new sequence breaks… like skipping the dreaded Power Grip. Skipping that thing may be very rewarding for the patient…
  • of course many minor Items were hidden elsewhere as well
  • all enemies have raised attack and hp, while also dropping less stuff. This also accounts for bosses, some of which also have other nasty surprises
  • Like the original Metroid, only one of the Ice and Wave (and later Plasma) Beams can be equipped at once. Collecting a certain other powerup may allow for equipping them all at once, though

WARNING: This is NOT intended for the easily frustrated, or to be easily accessible. You are required to know the original game very well to sometimes make suggestions for finding the correct path. If sometimes searching for more then 5 minutes isn’t your thing, then this will likely not be your type of game…

Thanks for trying!

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Metroid - Zero Mission (U).gba
  • CRC32: 5C61A844
  • MD5: EBBCE58109988B6DA61EBB06C7A432D5
  • SHA-1: 5DE8536AFE1F0078EE6FE1089F890E8C7AA0A6E8
  • Metroid - Zero Mission (U)(TrashMan)

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Tedium Incarnate

Reviewed By: Killerdude23233 on 05 Jul 2020

Just no. Another reviewer put it more eloquently than I am able, so just go read their review, but this hack uses cheap tactics (higher tier enemies early on, invisible blocks, fake item blocks, heavy-handed backtracking requirements, fake secret paths with dead ends and no pay-off, etc.) to raise the “difficulty” and suck all the fun out of what is normally a very fun exploration adventure game.

I don’t mind a proper challenge (some of the level design puzzles are very good) but when progressing boils down to having to stand on a cliff edge and use a turbo button to mow down a fly nest and the flies themselves provide zero drops (health nor rocket ammo later) while being constantly swarmed TWICE in a single room really sucks the wind out of your sails. It’s not “challenging”, it tedious and frustrating.

Rom hackers take note: this is NOT how you make a hack challenging but fun. This is how you frustrate players.

I quit after getting to Kraid’s zone out of frustration. Go play Spooky Mission and Deep Freeze. Those were challenging but fun.

Version 3.8 Recommended - No

User Reviews
HeadlineAuthorDateVersionRecommended
Tedium IncarnateKillerdude2323305 Jul 20203.8No
It has some good ideas, buuuuuuuut...yumil16 May 20203.8No
Really?lexluthermiester11 May 20163.7Yes