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Landstalker Alternate Controls

Hack of Landstalker: The Treasures of King Nole


This is a modification of M.I.J.E.T. controls hack released by MagicianLord on the forums, here:

It changes the controls to be more friendly with standard 4-direction d-pads. Original controls require diagonal inputs, which can be a problem with modern d-pads. This patch changes this so that the standard ordinal directions replace the diagonal ones.

Up = ↗ Down = ↙ Left = ↖ Right = ↘

Note: Original M.I.J.E.T. patch has a different control scheme and is MIA.

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Database match: Landstalker (USA)
  • Database: No-Intro: Genesis (v. 20180824-045026)
  • File/ROM SHA-1: 24345E29427B000B90DF778965DD8834300A9DDE
  • File/ROM CRC32: FBBB5B97




ContributorType of contributionListed credit
Jon NajarHacking

User Review Information

There is nothing wrong with Landstalker controls played on original hardeware

Reviewed By: NiggelMyNiggel on 17 Mar 2021

I’ve played through Landstalker 3 times. It’s one of my favorite games. Today I popped it in to play through it again. I was troubled to find that the controls handled like shit. The controls never bothered me before. I have seen reviews online where people gripe about the controls and I think I have figured out why

You see, I’ve always played this game on original hardware and had no problems with the isometric controls however today I tried playing it on the MiSTer with a Hori fighting comander pad…and it controls terrible with the hori pad on MiSTer.

I have a component switcher so I did a test running Landstalker to three different setups simultaneously.

I ran Landstalker with an emulator (with the controls patch) and the hori pad. I also ran Landstalker vanilla with MiSTer and the same hori pad. And lastly I ran Landstalker vanilla original hardware.

I came to the conclusion that the game controls poorly with the vanilla rom and a usb game pad. It’s not the emulation that is the problem or the game itself and the patch doesn’t help. The patch just makes it handle poorly in a different way. Landstalker doesn’t handle well on anything but a Sega Genesis controller.

I could go on and on but I feel like this review is already long and no one probably cares about Landstalker anymore. Sadly, I think no one cares about Landstalker because they think it controls poorly. This is because most people don’t game on original hardware. I’m not saying this to be elitist about original hardware. I rarely game on original hardeware anymore.

I can’t recommend this patch. I feel that you would be much better off playing it on original hardware. If this is not an option than I would recommend trying to find a way to plug an original Genesis controller into your emulatuon setup however I have not actually tried this myself.

Version 1.0 Recommended - No

User Reviews
An excellent patchilya_indigo23 Apr 20221.0Yes
May need quite a bit of practiceducknukam30 May 20211.0Yes
There is nothing wrong with Landstalker controls played on original hardewareNiggelMyNiggel17 Mar 20211.0No
Huge Improvement in Controls!redhotiron200423 Jan 20211.0Yes