Final Fantasy 3/6 Hacks Part 2: A Complete Hack & Brave New World

So I ended up diving into romhacking.net for FF3 mods, and tried out a couple other ones which I found enjoyable and a challenge. Let’s proceed with a mini-review of them, shall we?

ALSO YAY THIS IS MY 50TH BLOG POST!! *THROWS CONFETTI*

A COMPLETE HACK:
A Complete Hack is just that, a complete rebuild of FF6. The plot is the same, but it’s been turned into a parody, with a lot of funny moments and characters, even npcs. All of the heroes were changed, with new names, sprites, and portraits. Default names are by what their class are. Gear and other equipment has been modified, some new stuff added, and better balanced then was in the vanilla game. The plot follows the vanilla game, but becomes more of a comedy quite quickly, which may not be for everyone. Some bad language is sprinkled throughout the dialogue too. Some fights are harder than the original game, even some bosses! Included with the patch is a harder mode if you so wish. Learning magic is different; the Espers act as summoned monsters like from other FF titles such as FF4. Learning magic comes from various gear and relics. I recommend this hack for something different and quite amusing at times!

You can get A Complete Hack here: https://www.romhacking.net/hacks/650/ ver 2.0.1 May 23 2019.

BRAVE NEW WORLD:
On the other hand, Brave New World keeps the plot and characters, and overhauls everything else. The dialogue and plot is cleaner. Magic is still learned from Espers, but not everyone can use all of them as in the vanilla title. So you’ll have a hero who can only use white and support magic, and someone who can only use white and black spells. Leveling up stat bonuses are now different and each hero has certain stats that can be boosted depending on how you want to build them up. This hack is hard! You’re gonna have to un-learn things you would have done in the vanilla title to survive here, such as having Locke attempt to steal from everything that moves. Status ailments such as slow, muddle and poison are useful here and the key to tackling many bosses now. Equipment has been re-balanced and dead weight items removed. The optimize option when equipping is gone, so you can manually equip your heroes with gear and relics based on your likes, not just raw power. Relics also now give stat boosts when equipped! I definitely recommend giving this a try, and reading the readme file that comes with the patch to learn how this mod works.

You can get Brave New World here: https://www.romhacking.net/hacks/2095/ ver 2.0 January 1 2020.

So I also did a showcase of A Complete Hack and Brave New World on twitch one night to show parts of the game up to Kefka attacking Figaro Castle. With Brave New World I went farther up to South Figaro to show the different way that gear is equipped. Check it out here:

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RetroRevisited: Tecmo Super Bowl (NES)

Tecmo Super Bowl was released on the NES in 1991. It’s a suped up version of the classic Tecmo Bowl. Now with all NFL teams (at the time), all players on teams, and great graphics, gameplay and music! This game means a lot to me. I don’t play many sports games and to this day hate the Madden series. Tecmo Super Bowl you can pick up easily, play a game, and go right back to it later. Setting defensive and offensive plays, changing players are all options along with playing full seasons and playoffs. I used to play this a lot as a kid and a teen and was happy to get a new copy some years ago. What’s also great is there’s a hacking team that updates the teams and rosters yearly!

So for the Super Bowl for the 2019-2020 season I decided to give this game a run after so many years. Took me a little while to remember how the controls worked but I had a blast! I ran this stream after my 49ers choked the recent Super Bowl *cries*, and ran the original 1991 game, along with the recent roster hack for the 49ers and Chiefs, under a preseason matchup. Later decided to add this to the RetroRevisited banner.

Above are my final scores, left is 1991 game, right with the 2020 roster hack.

So a review:
This game means a lot to me. You have all of the NFL teams (as of 1991), along with all the players. The graphics are clear and easy to see, and you get close-ups of big action scenes! Scoring a touchdown either by pass or running, field goals, catches and interceptions are depicted in the great cinema scenes that Tecmo is known for from the NES Ninja Giaden trilogy. The music is very catchy and gets you in the mood easily, especially the cheering and jeering music. You even get cinema scenes during halftime!

Game control is easy to figure out outside and in game. Choosing your defensive or offensive is easy, pushing the a or b button and a direction on the d-pad. In-game you can catch and throw the football, switch players and punch other players to knock them down and end a play. Game isn’t difficult at all, sometimes depending on your team and how good they were in 1991. Of course later in a season and the playoffs the difficulty ramps up to the Super Bowl as everyone is gunning for you.

Rating: 4.5 footballs out of 5!

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Twitch Affiliate!

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So as of sometime in the morning of 3/15/2020, I made Twitch Affiliate. Didn’t realize it until I finished a recent FF4 Free Enterprise stream till I was shutting down for the night. What a great surprise! i think it was a raid from the awesome Sirhcman that brought me over the top. Like to thank him and Hungrygoriya for the inspiration and the advice!

So as of this publishing, i think I have my first badges and emotes ready and waiting to be approved. Meant to stream something small last night but fell asleep. So barring any problems tonight gonna celebrate with part 2 of my arcade Sega Spectacular.

Like to thank everyone for coming to my streams, talking or even lurking, and checking out my video exports on youtube also.

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Coronavirus

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Please everyone be safe during this pandemic. if’ you’re sick, stay home and get tested. Our governments are doing the best they can. If you gotta self-isolate do it. If you get lonely, read, text friends or spend time with your streaming friends on youtube and/or twitch.

More information about Coronavirus: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html

If you want to donate to help out here’s some links:
https://www.canadahelps.org/en/donate-to-coronavirus-outbreak-response/
https://www.redcrossblood.org/donate-blood/dlp/coronavirus–covid-19–and-blood-donation.html
https://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=content.view&cpid=7779

 

 

Upcoming Stream Content: RetroRevisited, Relearning Mega Man, and Final Fantasy

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So I’ve mentioned before and done a couple blog posts regarding them, RetroRevisited and Relearning Mega Man are 2 series I’m doing on stream on Twitch, and uploading to youtube later. Both these series I’ll do new editions of monthly. Unlike Arcade MAME Mondays and FF4 Fridays these series will be monthly.

RetroRevisited:
RetroRevisited is me replaying series of games I haven’t played in 20 something years. The current list includes:
TMNT 1-4 -nes/snes -TMNT1 going till 1st continue, TMNT 2 and 3 using Konami Code for extra lives so stream isn’t short.
SMB 1-3, World -nes/snesplaying normally
Castlevania 1, 3, 4 -nes/snesNo Castlevania 2 since it’s an adventure title and I barely played in to begin with.
Ninja Gaiden 1-3 -nesplaying normally
Sonic 1-3 -genesisplaying normally
Donkey Kong Country 1-2 -snes –finish first world
Super Star Wars trilogy -snes –possibly use extra life codes like i did with Contra/Super C due to difficulty to prevent short stream.

Contra/Super C, MUSHA/Task Force Harrier EX/Silpheed, and Tecmo Super Bowl are done and I need to do blog posts on them eventually. Pretty much my rules are going through one set of lives till first game over/continue. Some games I’m doing additional things for. I might add DKC3 for the DKC 1-2 run later and Sonic & Knuckles to the Sonic run too. Some streams may be two parts if I have really good runs, which I’m partially expecting when muscle memory kicks in for some titles. Even though I did runs on my own a few months ago for Castlevania 1 and Ninja Gaiden 1, I’ll do them again and hope for the best once more. I’ll soon put up a poll on Twitter for which games should be next for this series.

 

Relearning Mega Man:
I’ve always been a big fan of the Mega Man titles from growing up. I still have my Mega Man 1-4 carts now, MM2-4 being complete, MM1 being cart and manual only. So I had gotten out of practice on a lot of them over the years so I came up with this as a reason to replay, relearn, and finish them. I’ll be doing classic Mega Man 1-7. 1-6 being the NES titles, 7 being for the SNES. I might pop in Mega Man Reloaded for the psp in there as a bonus, this being the psp remake of MM1 with the additional Robot Masters Time Man and Oil Man.

The plan with the series is at least 2 streams for each game, some cases may be 3. First stream being the Robot Masters and learning my way through Wily’s Castle, or whoever may belong to the first Castle. Next stream(s) restarting from the Castle by password and fighting our way to the end. Also depends on how late I start and if i feel like keep pushing to the end. I’m aiming for Mega Man 3 being 1 stream seeing I know that game the best between the Robot masters, Doc Robots, and Wily, and I’ll be playing the Improvement hack of MM3. Hopefully I won’t screw up as bad as i did playing the Roll-Chan 3 version with Improvement hack. lol

So far, we have Mega Man 1 done, March will be Mega Man 2 at some point:

 

Final Fantasy:
So I plan to get back to my SquareEnix/Final Fantasy roots on stream soon once I knock off some other content first (as of this writing), including doing another FF6 Worlds Collide seed. This will include: FF1-3, FF4 Ultima, FF6 Woosley Uncensored, FF7 Crisis Core, along with Chrono Trigger, and FF Adventure, Secret of Mana and Seiken 3, so 10 titles. Not doing FF5 since I recently finished the gba port, but may include it in the listing at a later date. I’m changing around FF4 Fridays to probably just FF4 Free Enterprise till I figure things out. FFF4 psp I still wanna do, but separate from the main FF wheel seeing I wanted to play the og game, Interlude, and After Years. I’ll be playing these alongside the FF6 Return of the Dark Sorcerer hack. Needing advice please.

 

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Super Mario All-Stars + World (SNES)

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So Super Mario All-Stars + World came out in 1994. This was the Mario All-Stars game but with Super Mario World added as a 5th title. I got my SNES originally before 1995, I cannot remember the exact year, so I don’t remember if I had this or the original All-Stars as my pack in title. Either way i was thrilled to see and hold this as a teen. Being able to play the NES Mario trilogy again back in 16bit glory? Yes please! Game play just like the original? OMG a save and continue function! So you’re telling me i don’t have to play these in one shot anymore, or leave my game paused while I eat a meal or water the garden? YES! Being able to play these 3 games, AND Mario World on the same cart was a thrill! Oh and what’s this Lost Levels thing?

Lost levels was the original Super Mario Bros 2. It was deemed too hard (for good reason!) for US audiences, so when Super Mario Bros 2 was in development, Mario and the gang were imported into a lesser known Famicom title called Doki Doki Panic. Which explains why 2 is so different than the previous title along with different gameplay elements and a new enemy Wart, instead of the mad turtle Bowser. Lost Levels is HARD. Think of Lost Levels as the first Kaizo Mario.

GAME SELECTION:

 

TITLE SCREENS:

 

Turning on this pak you’re welcomed by a group shot of Mario, Bowser and the others on the title screen. Probably discussing the weather or where to go for dinner. After that you can scroll through the menu to select SMB, SMB 2, SMB 3, Lost Levels, or World. Select your game play file and how you want to set the controls and you’re golden! You’re welcomed by a fully 16bit version of the game you loved growing up. gameplay of all the title is exactly what you remember. Enemies and powerups too. The same tricks you used as a kid still work! Mario World is the exact same as when it was one of the first SNES titles, but Luigi’s sprite was altered so he looks less of a palette swap of Mario. Green Mario is still the best Mario.

But those Lost Levels. You can start as Mario or Luigi, Luigi being able to jump higher thanks to taking more mushrooms then his brother. 8 worlds of possible Hell await you, with a special World 9 if you made it through without using a Warp Zone, and Bonus Worlds A through D. Lost levels has 32 worlds normally, but factor in those bonuses the amount is upped to 52.

Gameplay is the same as SMB, but there’s a number of different elements to make your life harder. A poison mushroom was added which can depower or kill you if you touch it. You have to fight the gusting wind in some levels. level warps that take you backward instead of farther, and jumps that will make you tear your hair out because they require precision timing. If you managed to finish this as a kid, you were the talk of the town on the playground or cafeteria. This is why that save function is very much welcomed.

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Final Fantasy 4 Ultima v8.35 (Updated 3/13/2020)

Current version is v8.35 which added the Normal and Novice modes. My gameplay was based on a prior version before the 2 different modes, v8.30

Long time Final Fantasy fans know the US release of FF2 on the SNES was a dumbed down version from the original project of FF4. It was later called “easytype” for a reason. FF4 Ultima fixes that. You can call it the FF4 Deluxe Collector’s Edition package. Ultima keeps the plot going and makes TONS of changes to everything. The plot script is cleaner and makes more sense, you got new changes in the overworld, underworld and even the moon! Expect to get lost if you try to take the normal way to the Towel of Bab-il in the underground from the Dwarf Castle! Best way to explain the changes is this list from the page on romhacking.net and the FF4 Ultima website:

List of features, additions and changes:

  • 33 New Weapons! Including Ultima Weapon!
  • 25 New Spells! Also revamped existing spells!
  • 25 New Bosses!!
  • New Enemy Graphics!! (HUGE thanks to chillyfeez!)
  • New Areas! New Side Quests!
  • New Events! New Endgame Scenarios!!
  • New Equipment Screen with DETAILED buffs and stats!!
  • New attack/swing/spell animations!
  • New weapon graphics!! New sound effects!
  • New maps, new areas and new edits to overworld maps!
  • New events! New enemies!! Sprint with the Y button!!
  • New commands for characters. New Armors and Gears!
  • Revamped shops/equipment and balanced their progression.
  • Dark Knight Cecil now dual-wields and is 2-handed!!
  • Edge is now buffed offensively! Stealing is also buffed!
  • Rydia has also been buffed(slightly). It’s a surprise!
  • Cecil has been buffed as a tank.
  • Rosa can use more White Mage combative gears.
  • Kain has new offensive buffing spells at end-game and new commands as he rejoins the team.
  • Rare items and summons now drop much easier! This hack is designed as a ‘play-through’ without grinding.
  • Many enemies now have meaningful rare drops, and all end-game enemies now have rare ultimate drops!
  • New thrown weapons and back-row weapons!
  • Lots of secrets that can lead to early acquirement of better equipment!
  • Few minor tweaks to the base game such as save points, etc.
  • Useless finds now replaced with good items or equipment!
  • All weapons/armors used by characters no longer in party are now usable by at least one character from the end-game party!
  • MOST items/equipment are now non-missable. Meaning they will be acquirable in some ways at end-game.

v8.35 added the option to patch FF4 as Normal Mode or Novice Mode. I’ll copy the changes from the included faq file:

-= Normal Mode =-

  • -This is the intended version and difficulty of this hack by the devs.
  • -The Main Story parts of the game should be accessible to the general audience. The Optional and the Extra Endgame content, however, will see a spike in difficulty.

-= Novice Mode =-

  • -99% of the Main Story parts of the game remain the same as Normal Mode. The only changes are the Required Bosses in the Lunar Subterrane/Core, including Zeromus. They have been nerf’d.
  • -All of the Optional and Endgame Super Bosses have been nerf’d! They are now much easier and the difficulty progression should be much more natural from the end of the Main Story game.
  • -Saves are 100% compatible and transferable between the Normal/Novice Modes. So, if at any point in the Normal Mode becomes too difficult or overwhelming, simply move your saves over to the Novice Mode and you’ll be good to go!
  • -All other items, weapons, gears, spells and other aspects of the game remain the same as Normal Mode.

So as of the writing of this blog post, I’m finishing up the Giant of Bab-Il and replacing FuSoYa with Kain, getting ready to stumble my way down into the Moon to find Zemus. I’ve already been surprised a number of times later in this game by how difficult even some of the normal enemies are now, along with bosses. Oh and bosses in surprise places not in the vanilla title! Sure you can use the same techniques from the vanilla game, or even from playing FF4 Free Enterprise, to fight bosses, but you may be surprised that said bosses have new tricks. So you may find yourself having to tweak your strategies. Traveling around the 3 different world maps you can see the love and detail put into the changes on the maps, and the new locations! I’ve explored a few of them, gotten wrecked, but I’m excited to explore them further when I hit the end-game stuff and have to power level to 70+. The new menu for equipping gear is great, you can see the upgrade or downgrade each new equipment gives, along with any attributes! Ultima also brings back Japanese only items from FF4 such as the silver and golden apples for increasing hp, sirens for rare enemy calls, moon/starveil items, and more! Stealing is fun now and doesn’t feel a chore! The game starts out at a normal difficulty, you’ll find a bump in the difficulty later in the game, then near the end it can get what some old school gamers consider “Nintendo Hard.”

I love how some party members in what becomes your end-game party have new abilities and can equip new stuff! Having Rosa using something other than a bow and arrow is so much fun. Being surprised at the new spells and gear is great and the graphics are pretty too! Be prepared to run into old favorite bosses from other FF games too! Peeking around I’ve noticed many the new bosses, and end-game ones, are from other FF titles and they seem to have been inserted organically into the game, instead of “oh you’re here, so let’s just add x, y, z here even though it may not make logical sense.” Then again, logic does tend to go out the window at times with a FF title. I mean look at the Big Whale. XD Also worth noting if you’re in areas that you’re familiar with, and you come across a save point that wasn’t in the vanilla game, SAVE, or you’re gonna have a really bad day.

I do plan to stream this at some point! I am a little scared of the upcoming huge difficulty bump. I love the quality of life improvements, but maybe I’m spoiled from playing Free Enterprise, but kinda wishing the dash in towns and caves was automatic instead of pushing Y. Also kinda wishing all items had a tag at the top of the screen, in and out of battle, telling briefly what they do. Kinda annoying when you find something, need to save, go into battle to see what it does, then reset so you don’t waste it.

In conclusion, I love this. If you like any FF game, or FF2/4, give this a try!!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Crystals sitting in the Lunar Palace

LINKS:
https://www.romhacking.net/hacks/4134/ – romhacking.net page
https://discordapp.com/invite/4MqjwJt – Discord server
http://www.8bitfan.info/ – main website with other information and tips

 

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