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Super Mario Advance - SNES Color Restoration

Hack of Super Mario Advance

Description:

Super Mario Advance, like many Game Boy Advance games, features bright and washed out colors in order to compensate for the unlit screen of the console’s original model.

This hack replaces the palettes in the “Super Mario 2 / USA” portion of the game with the ones from the SNES (Super Mario All-Stars) version where applicable. The palettes for the new objects, screens and menus were also updated to go along with the imported palettes. Additionally, a few graphics have been altered to fix some oddities or to match how they looked in the SNES version.

As for the “Mario Bros.” portion of the game, all palettes have been adjusted to have their brightness slightly toned down.

Additional information can be found in the “Readme” file included.

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Database match: Chaoji Maliou 2 (China)
  • Database: No-Intro: Game Boy Advance (v. 20210227-023848)
  • File/ROM SHA-1: 4FC77A2397086408554C50F9BF06327ABE04066E
  • File/ROM CRC32: 14A87B75
  • Database match: Super Mario Advance - Super Mario USA + Mario Brothers (Japan) (Virtual Console)
  • Database: No-Intro: Game Boy Advance (v. 20210227-023848)
  • File/ROM SHA-1: 146FDC181061A8B6CF6A97D4DA0530B0E45C5FD2
  • File/ROM CRC32: 49684D37
  • Database match: Super Mario Advance - Super Mario USA + Mario Brothers (Japan)
  • Database: No-Intro: Game Boy Advance (v. 20210227-023848)
  • File/ROM SHA-1: 5AB5ADE42EA0C5F255B3FBF00CDCC07B71BA20B8
  • File/ROM CRC32: B993B92F
  • Database match: Super Mario Advance (USA) (Demo) (Kiosk)
  • Database: No-Intro: Game Boy Advance (v. 20210227-023848)
  • File/ROM SHA-1: 05E41B04CDCD73194C0F836639C5774779F50A3F
  • File/ROM CRC32: 69924CBD
  • Database match: Super Mario Advance (USA, Europe) (Virtual Console)
  • Database: No-Intro: Game Boy Advance (v. 20210227-023848)
  • File/ROM SHA-1: B646CE9765A5061AAC9F1A52346A1F5E42B3D871
  • File/ROM CRC32: 5251F2BF
  • Database match: Super Mario Advance (USA, Europe)
  • Database: No-Intro: Game Boy Advance (v. 20210227-023848)
  • File/ROM SHA-1: F071D45D8F5CB05B48D7D2B804C6CB6A79AD96FB
  • File/ROM CRC32: 1E4C6D6A

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Credits:

Credits
ContributorType of contributionListed credit
Mister ManHacking

User Review Information

Incredible hack, must try out

Reviewed By: SuperStarFox on 23 Jan 2022

This hack makes this into a proper port of Super Mario Bros. 2 on the Game Boy Advance. All of the bright colors are changed to resemble the SNES All Stars game and changed Mario, Luigi, Toad, and Princess Peach look far more accurate. The Mario Bros. game also had its colors tweaked to look exactly more like a 16 bit port of the original arcade game.

Although the “Choose A Game” text has some tiny white lines left over, but that isn’t too much to fix a little. The bosses and enemies have the same colors from the SNES port while some new bosses were given a new color design to look less bright.

This is totally worth a try, you can also play it along with the music pitch correction to get the most enjoyable experience that Nintendo never actually thought of before.

Version 1.2 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
HeadlineAuthorDateVersionRecommended
Even better than Asaki's color restoration, must-have hacksaulfabreg28 Jan 20221.2Yes
Incredible hack, must try outSuperStarFox23 Jan 20221.2Yes
Excellent RestorationNelsonPalacios200124 Dec 20211.0Yes
Very Faithful to the original remaster of the original gameJohnny00823 Dec 20211.0Yes