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ULTIMATE Adventure Island

Hack of Adventure Island



  • 1.1 - Color palette VASTLY improved. The colors look almost identical to the SMS version now.

This hack combines Wonder Boy with Adventure Island Abridged.

  • The sprites are now Wonder Boy, not Takahashi Meijin/Master Higgins (manually copied from “Wonder Boy” with YYCHR)
  • Only the player’s hair color was modified, all other colors are identical (”Wonder Boy” had a modified palette intended for systems with an RGB PPU such as the PlayChoice-10, it looked really bad on a normal NES or Famicom)
  • The game is only 9 levels long, but the hardest ones were chosen
  • Continues are available after all lives are lost
  • Many easier settings in ARRANGED mode
  • The title screen was modified to be more vanilla

In case you didn’t know, Hudson HAD the right to use the original Wonder Boy sprites, but decided to replace them with Takahashi Meijin, whose relevance outside of Japan is null. Therefore, there are only two reasons the sprites are the same across all regions - either someone thought the character design was better than the original (it isn’t) or someone was too lazy.

ROM / ISO Information:

  • No-Intro Name: Hudson's Adventure Island (USA)
  • (No-Intro version 20130731-235630)
  • File SHA-1: 22EE75B82F4A6412AA6BB940E109704975B95185
  • ROM SHA-1: E8EA2DEB2D65FC64F0DC038A2C95CA6CE8CA31B9




ContributorType of contributionListed credit
KozakurainkoGraphicsPrimary sprite artist
NesrocksOriginal HackingPrimary hacking and ASM work

User Review Information

Well done job + a suggestion

Reviewed By: CryinOnion on 20 Oct 2021

There’s not much to say about this hack, except that it delivers what its author promises, which means a significant improvement on a classic like Adventure Island, whose first installment really wasted the technical capabilities of the NES and felt inferior to the Master System. As far as I’m concerned, it seems to me a well done and quite recommendable work. Just a suggestion: If in practice this hack turns Adventure Island into Wonder Boy, the title screen should also reflect that.

Version 1.1 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
Well done job + a suggestionCryinOnion20 Oct 20211.1Yes