Redesigned 8-bit and 16-bit games (Some unbelievable!)

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Sonic 2 Advanced Edit


Dark10x has already mentioned this impressive redesign, but I felt it warranted a bit more exposure. Boasting a wonderfully-realised clean art-style, a new and wholly appropriate soundtrack, stylised enemy sprites, some tremendous momentum/gravity physics work, and a fresh approach to level design; the result is a stand out production. The potential shown here will unfortunately never be realised, as production has been indefinitely suspended. The final beta released a number of months ago offers a solid number of trememndously playable, fully complete levels to traverse. Even incomplete, this is a superb effort.

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Goldeneye - Multiple integration projects


A decade has passed and Goldeneye is still revered as a marvel of design and balance. A number of fans believe the gameplay, arsenal and mechanics the game offered, should not be limited to the same multiplayer maps. A number of projects have been completed which classic multiplayer maps from Counter-Strike and Perfect Dark, and newly designed arenas, and patch them into the code. An interesting idea also applied, is unlocking the single-player levels for use in deathmatches.

Earlier in the thread I explained how new multiplayer arenas for Super Mario Kart gave new energy to a classic. I am sure these projects were undertaken with the same intent.

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F-Zero Multiplayer Mode (Completed, v1.1 released)

An intriguing project. F-Zero notably lacked any form of multiplayer mode, so a two-player addition seems a perfect hack premise. The project has however gone the route of Sonic Mega Mix and transcended the boundaries of the host console. Using a custom-made, multi-screen emulator, the designer of this project has added four-player support to a classic.

This is the first case I know where, to produce the redesign, the author needed to not only hack the game coding, but also that of the emulator too. Hopefully, it is not the last we will see of such a bold approach.



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Legend of Zelda - The Seeds of Time - In development

I know I keep bringing this project up, but it is by far my most eagerly-awaited redesign. The designer has an ongoing thread over at SMWCentral, in which he posts occasional updates. His most recent, after a substantial interval, is amazing.

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This is one of the best transformations I have ever seen. Nintendo developed an amazingly versitile engine for Super Mario World, it is nice to see it achieving further potential so many years later. The game looks, sounds and apparently plays as Zelda. Wonderful stuff.
 
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Sword Familiar said:
Looks pretty cool. Have you added custom sprites or are they all re-used?
Half and half. Sonic is a (somewhat heavily) edited Sonic 2 sprite. The graphics in the christmas demo were borrowed from Ristar. The graphics in the more recent August/October demo were mostly done by me, by hand (minus things like enemies and items, obviously).
 
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A remake of the original Golden Axe using the Beats of Rage engine.



Without a doubt it lives up to the source material while offering some nifty upgrades: slightly redrawn graphics, an orchestrated soundtrack, 3-player support, widescreen, and additional maneuvers. Naturally it's available for play on any platform that supports the BoR engine (Xbox, Dreamcast, etc.).
 

Enk

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CO_Andy said:
A remake of the original Golden Axe using the Beats of Rage engine.

*pics*

Without a doubt it lives up to the source material while offering some nifty upgrades: slightly redrawn graphics, an orchestrated soundtrack, 3-player support, widescreen, and additional maneuvers. Naturally it's available for play on any platform that supports the BoR engine (Xbox, Dreamcast, etc.).

:-O First time I've heard of this. I've probably played Golden Axe more than any other beat'em up in the arcades when I was young (cue typical Bell joke). If there was an arcade, there was likely a Golden Axe machine somewhere in it. I'll check this out soonish.
 
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Guys, I just had so much fun playing f-zero with 2 friends, such a fantastic feeling. Indeed a childhood dream come true. We raced all tracks numerous times, it's times for new challenges.

What are your recommended f-zero hacks with new tracks?
 
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Mario 64: The Missing Stars

The Mario games have always been a popular series in the hacking communities. Their worlds of abstract design, with remarkably balanced rules on everything from enemies to physics, make them ripe for redesigns. As the series has increased in complexity, hacks of later games are more sparse, Yoshi's Island for example, has notably few hacks.

This is, as far as I am aware, one of the earliest attempts to create a whole new game out of the world of Mario 64. As a huge fan of the original, I am very curious to see how this project develops, and whether it will spawn a similarly-talented community of hackers as its predecessors.

The redesign (still in the works) includes options such as multiple playable characers, a day/night cycle, new levels, graphcs and music.

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Sonic 2 Unimpossible



A good hack can have the same effect as well-designed Achievements or Trophies; in that they can take a game you are familiar with, redefine your goal(s) and thus redefine the game experience. This project is one of the best examples of taking a game, a world, a control scheme we have all experienced, and making a subtle change that makes even the Emerald Hill Zone a tense nightmare.

Rather than try to explain what its creator has done, I'll just quote him directly

ShadowsofYesterday said:
Sonic 2 Unimpossible started out as a joke hack. I was screwing around and made it so that you gain a life every time you die, you can't drown, and you don't need rings or emeralds to go Super (and it doesn't consume rings). Needless to say, this was all just for the lulz. And it was good. But then I realized it was impossible to get a game over (hence where the name of the hack came from), and being Oppositionally Defiant, as I am, I was determined to get a game over in the un-game overable game. So I did some more hacking, and now here we stand. The current concept of the game? Everything listed above.

But you might ask "Wait, doesn't that mean it's still impossible to get a game over?" No. See, the game runs on 8 bit hexadecimal. What does that mean? It means there is no number larger than 255. It basically means that 256 = 0. Now I've made the hack so that in addition to gaining a life every time you die, you gain a life for every ring you pick up. By this method, you get 256 lives quite quickly. Now recall what I said: 256 = 0. Because of its 8 bit programming, the game automatically resets your life count to zero once you have 256 lives.

Initially, this didn't give you a game over. You could have zero lives without getting a game over. This is because you're not supposed to be able to have zero lives without dying, so the original game only ran a game over check upon dying. I rewrote the game over subroutine and added a branch to it in Sonic's main routine, so that every frame it checks if you have lives, and if you don't, your game is over. So now, having 256 lives is the end for you. And believe me when I say that it makes the game incredibly difficult.
This hack contains NO new levels, art, or music. It is the Sonic 2 we know and love, with a slight change. When the extra-life counter hits 256, the game-over text hits without warning. And every single ring you pick up will earn you one of these toxic extra-lives.

Playing Sonic 2 with the goal of avoiding as many rings as possible is a tense, challenging, patient test of endurance. It is still unknown if it is even possible (over at Sonic Retro they are obsessing over the challenge, trying different runs, seeing who can get a Game Over further and further into the game). Myself, I can only make it to Casino Night 2, and this was by far the hardest level so far. Those jolly fruit machines? Death-traps from hell.

If you would like to try a simple twist on a classic, or would like to see how a trip through a 16-bit wonderland can become an excercise in tension, then I'd recommend you give Sonic 2 Unimpossible a look. Expect to swear.
 
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great thread i had forgotten about, which makes me wonder...

is there any coder gaffer out there who'd like to work on a remake ?

i'll be glad to provide updated graphics.

Back in the 16-bit days of Amiga i've worked on graphics for several games that never actually came out, or were never finished in fact, but got nice previews on several magazines (TGM actually said our SF2 clone had some of the best graphics they had seen on amiga). I wish i could extract all those .IFF files from those amiga floppies but it's just too much hassle i believe (assuming they still work, which i doubt).
I kind of miss pixel art.
 
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Date of Lies said:
Amazing thread, I can't believe it isn't getting more attention. Is there a forum or a community out there that focuses on these rom-hacks?
There are a few I check regularly:

http://www.s2beta.com/forums/index.php?showforum=13 - Sonic-Retro's forums. Some amazing Sonic-related projects here. Most recent news is that the amazing "Sonic Megamix" is no longer cancelled. Be sure to look at Sonic 2 HD too!

http://www.smwcentral.net/?p=hacks&level=1 - Super Mario World Central, a site and forum dedicated to the hacking of SMW. Some very impressive works-in-progress in their forums, in particular Legend of Zelda - The Seeds of Time which I've mentioned a few times.

http://www.romhacking.net/ - Romhacking dot net, a repository of hacks for a wide-selection of games. Be sure to check out their message board's "Personal Projects" section for an amazing, varied selection.
 
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Super Mario 64 Classic NES Edition

Though the redesigning of Nintendo-64 games is still in relative infancy, a number of Mario 64 texture hacks exist. Of those available, I find this project was the most eye-catching. Its a simple idea done well, a re-texturing of Mario 64 with NES artwork. The result? A bit mixed on some levels (though the project is very incomplete) but many look suprisingly good. In particular, the field and external castle are very well realised, as are the ice levels. Some other touches deserve credit: replacing the castle artwork with sprites; having the bob-omb explode Super Mario Bros. 2 style, and dozens of other small touches.

Its not an improvement, nor does it intend to be. Its more of a glimpse into an alternate reality, and an interesting reality at that.

(Note - the screenshots are not the highest quality, I'd suggest watching the video to see how fluid it looks in motion)

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It really is too bad there are not links to these patches in the original post. I'd love to try out a bunch of these but it is really just too daunting to scour the internet for a dozen patches and tools to make it happen ;_;
 
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Well, it seems like the Mario 64 posts open up the door for more than just 8-bit and 16-bit games in this topic. Rather than create a new thread, this one seems appropriate to ask this in.

Anyone have any good suggestions of other Nintendo 64 game mods/redesigns? Or even just high-res texture packs for certain games?
 
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Oh my god...

Sonic 2 XL



Its probably best you watch the video rather than me posting screenshots. Its much more powerful to see this astonishing hack in motion:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lGKeFd4MKqE

This original hack forces the player to approach Sonic's levels in a completely different way. Each ring collected is consumed by Sonic, increasing his obesity till he dies as a fat lump. The only way to survive the game is to avoid collecting rings.

Technically this is superb. Sonic's size and physics change depending on his mass. Its also silly, hilarious and fun. A must play for Sonic fans.
 

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Now THIS is how you make a hack :lol.

Apparently the question mark TV sets reset Sonic to his fit self. Running gradually consumes fat (as long as you don't collect rings obviously). Brilliant.
 
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Wow I had heard of that SMB Extra hack but never got around to trying it, but now I think I'll load it up and play it on Wii via Homebrew. Going to try that Brutal Mario and Second Reality.

I've played Mario Adventure and the Knuckles in Sonic 1 hack. Both are great.
 
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