Hack Showcase: A Week of Garfield Update (Famicom)

Hack Showcases and RPG Hack Showcases are a series where I show off various game and rpg hacks. I try to stick with hacks that improve gameplay or add quality of life features, completely or partially change the plot and characters, along with additional content, dialogue, graphical and sound improvements. Non-rpgs I try to give a full run to, or at least enough for a solid review. Rpgs I will stick with titles that have enough changes in the beginning to show off, and when I can, show parts later in the games where more differences appear. There may be spoilers in the reviews and videos. Some of these I may stream fully in the future or play on my own. Reviews are open to later revisions due to bug and content updates or me playing them and finding anything new I wish to bring up.

Created by Pangent Technologies, this hack fixes a lot of the issues that plague the Famicom game A Week of Garfield. The fixes to this make the game a lot more enjoyable and less of a chore to play. I finished this on stream once before and it was a tough time and not one of my greatest streams.

This hack features:

  • Overhauled graphics, especially Garfield and the UI.
  • Start with full health.
  • Level select. Press Select at the title screen to skip stages, then press Start.
  • New font in the style of “Search for Pooky” for the Game Boy Advance.
  • All text converted to ASCII format.
  • Graphical bugs fixed, like how the lasagna powerup is rendered.
  • Palette bugs fixed, like the incorrect palette of the Mice on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

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Hack Showcase: Mega Man X1-2 Zero Playable + X3 Zero Project (SNES)

 

Hack Showcases and RPG Hack Showcases are a series where I show off various game and rpg hacks. I try to stick with hacks that improve gameplay or add quality of life features, completely or partially change the plot and characters, along with additional content, dialogue, graphical and sound improvements. Non-rpgs I try to give a full run to, or at least enough for a solid review. Rpgs I will stick with titles that have enough changes in the beginning to show off, and when I can, show parts later in the games where more differences appear. There may be spoilers in the reviews and videos. Some of these I may stream fully in the future or play on my own. Reviews are open to later revisions due to bug and content updates or me playing them and finding anything new I wish to bring up.

Mega Man X and X2 Zero Playable was designed by Programmer Peru and makes Zero instead of X the main hero using his sprites from throughout the games and some other fixes. You’ll proceed normally throughout the game to fight the Mavericks, get items and upgrades on your way to fighting Sigma normally. Skull_emperor_ is the developer behind the graphic and text fix hacks which can be attached easily to the Zero Playable hacks to make some small graphical fixes in both games, and change the dialog in the openings and endings and cutscenes to reflect Zero being the main hero instead of X. In X1 the Dr. Light capsules were changed to Dr. Wily capsules and the dialog reflects that. Future updates for the X2 hack will change Dr. light to Dr. Wily.

The Mega Man X3 Zero Project (as of this writing is version 4.4) by Justin3009 adds Zero as the main hero, with X playable too, and adds a lot more (worth noting this is different and rewritten from the ground up than their original Zero in X3 hack). Added in the Zero project is improved music and sounds, gameplay, Zero and X having their own sets of dialog through the game, and other options like a save/load system! Zero also starts with 2 mega shots and his sword attack! It’s also a bit of a pain to patch and put together.

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RPG Hack Showcase: Filly Fantasy 6 (SNES)

Hack Showcases and RPG Hack Showcases are a series where I show off various game and rpg hacks. I try to stick with hacks that improve gameplay or add quality of life features, completely or partially change the plot and characters, along with additional content, dialogue, graphical and sound improvements. Non-rpgs I try to give a full run to, or at least enough for a solid review. Rpgs I will stick with titles that have enough changes in the beginning to show off, and when I can, show parts later in the games where more differences appear. There may be spoilers in the reviews and videos. Some of these I may stream fully in the future or play on my own. Reviews are open to later revisions due to bug and content updates or me playing them and finding anything new I wish to bring up.

Filly Fantasy 6 by DrakeyC is a hack of FF3/6 themed around the reboot My Little Pony series. The main plot beats of FF6 remain, but everything else is changed from the heroes and villains, locations, gear, Espers and more. This hack is more themed towards fans of the MLP reboot, but anyone who isn’t a fan can still find enjoyment in it (like myself). The readme file included lists the bulk of the changes, but there is a grand database google file (link below) with all of the other changes, fixes and additions. Many enemies were changed to MLP related as drawn graphics compared to sprite work. Also worth noting this hack can tend to be on the hard side, and an easy mode patch is included. Since the list of changes is pretty long, for a preview I’ll stick to the changes of the main cast of FF6 to their pony counterparts:

  • Terra, as Twilight Sparkle
  • Locke, as Flash Sentry
  • Edgar, as Princess Celestia
  • Sabin, as Princess Luna
  • Celes, as Princess Cadance
  • Cyan, as Applejack
  • Shadow, as Fluttershy
  • Gau, as Scootaloo
  • Mog, as Pinkie Pie
  • Setzer, as Rainbow Dash
  • Strago, as Rarity
  • Relm, as Sweetie Belle
  • Gogo, as Trixie
  • Umaro, as Apple Bloom

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Retrorevisited: Sports Night

Retrorevisited is a stream series where I revisit a game or a game series I haven’t played in over 10 or 20+ years. I’ll go through to try see what I remember until a game over or I run out of continues. In some cases muscle memory may slowly return, in others probably not. This is a chance for me to revisit games of my youth that I still have or had at one point, playing them with and without nostalgia goggles, and do with mini-reviews of them too. If I decide to play any fully later and do a full review, parts of the mini-review would be incorporated into it. Depending on the playstyle or system, games reviewed will either be mini-reviews or one about all games in this session.

So for this edition of Retrorevisited I wanted to do something different. I’m not that big into sports games, or sports in general. I enjoyed some sports games growing up and now if they get my interest and easy to pick up and not complicated. For this Retrorevisited, I thought about the various sports games I’ve played growing up for Atari 2600, NES, and SNES, and wrote them down. This edition will be mini-reviews of each game I played, from what I remember of it then and revisiting it now. From the following list I put them into a randomizer wheel and played which game came up:

Tennis – Virtua Tennis (Dreamcast)
Racing – Mario Kart 64 (N64)
Bowling – Bowling (Atari 2600)
Racing – F-Zero (SNES)
Golf – Golf (NES)
Basketball – NBA Jam TE (SNES)
Football – Tecmo Bowl (NES)
Golf – Nes Tournament Open Golf (NES)
Hockey – Blades of Steel (NES)
Baseball – Ken Griffey Presents Major League Baseball (SNES)

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Mega Man Derusting: Mega Man 7 (SNES)

So I have a long history with the Mega Man games growing up. I came up with the Mega Man Derusting series to do such a task. The goal is to play and finish Mega Man 1-8, and possibly 9-11 later, along with Mega Man X1-4. I still have my Mega Man 1-4 carts and hadn’t really played them in years but I wanted to share my adventures on stream of relearning my way through the classic titles, and in some cases finish the later games to completion! 

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RPG Hack Showcase: Final Fantasy 6 T-Edition (SNES)

Hack Showcases and RPG Hack Showcases are a series where I show off various game and rpg hacks. I try to stick with hacks that improve gameplay or add quality of life features, completely or partially change the plot and characters, along with additional content, dialogue, graphical and sound improvements. Non-rpgs I try to give a full run to, or at least enough for a solid review. Rpgs I will stick with titles that have enough changes in the beginning to show off, and when I can, show parts later in the games where more differences appear. There may be spoilers in the reviews and videos. Some of these I may stream fully in the future or play on my own. Reviews are open to later revisions due to bug and content updates or me playing them and finding anything new I wish to bring up.

FF6 T-Edition translated is a long waited hack finally translated by Tomato of FFC2 fame. This is a lengthy harder hack of FF6 with a lot of new features, things to do, quality of life changes and more!

  • Retains the original story, but adds a LOT of new content *around* the main story, including side quests, locations, dungeons, super-bosses, unlockable character costumes (each with stat changes), a music player, and more
  • Celebrates the Final Fantasy series in countless ways, including hundreds of pieces of music from other games in the series
  • Updates the game’s mechanics with bug fixes, difficulty modifications, new spells, new attacks, new items, and a whole lot more

The hack also comes with EX Mode, which adds even more post-game content, superbosses and things to do! Big thanks to my buddy Chris474 for helping me get the save files together for the Hack Showcase video and this review.

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Hack Showcase: T2 Arcade Remix & Macross Scrambled Valkyrie Overtech (SNES)

Hack Showcases and RPG Hack Showcases are a series where I show off various game and rpg hacks. I try to stick with hacks that improve gameplay or add quality of life features, completely or partially change the plot and characters, along with additional content, dialogue, graphical and sound improvements. Non-rpgs I try to give a full run to, or at least enough for a solid review. Rpgs I will stick with titles that have enough changes in the beginning to show off, and when I can, show parts later in the games where more differences appear. There may be spoilers in the reviews and videos. Some of these I may stream fully in the future or play on my own. Reviews are open to later revisions due to bug and content updates or me playing them and finding anything new I wish to bring up.

Note: Seeing how I streamed both games together, I kept the gameplay video together along with this double review.

T2 Arcade Remix is another great game hack from BillyTime! Games! This hack tones down the difficulty of T2 The Arcade game and makes a number of changes to make the game more welcoming to newer and veteran players:

  • Infinite Continues
  • John Connors Truck is now invincible in Stage 3
  • The Swat Van is now Invincible in Stage 6
  • Gunpower for both Player 1 and 2 regenerate faster
  • Less Cyberdyne Items need to be destroyed on Stage 5 to obtain the good ending.
  • Damage Upgrade is available until end of the level once obtained.

SO HOW IS IT? Playing this was the first time I had Played T2 in a long time, having loved playing it in arcades (I don’t remember if I have this for MAME) and on the Genesis, and never getting past the Stage 3 with John Conner’s truck. Having the truck in Stage 3 and the SWAT van in Stage 6 invincible really cuts down on the stress while you’re fighting off other enemies. This was my first time getting past Stage 3 and seeing how the rest of the game played out!

I’m not sure what the normal amount you have to destroy in Cyberdyne is but having it reduced down lets you mow down more enemies instead of having to worry about destroying objects and makes a tough level easier. Regenerating gunfire helps a lot since there’s nothing worse with your gun slowing down and you’re trying to beat down Terminators, SWAT or the T-1000 in the liquid nitrogen level. Infinite continues is basically the same as having a jar full of quarters when you go to the arcade to play this, or just playing it on MAME.

I really recommend this if you’re a fun of T2 The Arcade Game and want the game balanced out more, instead of feeling like a quarter munching port of the arcade game. I had a blast streaming this one!

I GIVE T2 ARCADE REMIX 5 OUT OF 5 TERMINATORS!!

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Mega Man Derusting: Mega Man 6 (NES)

So I have a long history with the Mega Man games growing up. I came up with the Mega Man Derusting series to do such a task. The goal is to play and finish Mega Man 1-8, and possibly 9-11 later, along with Mega Man X1-4. I still have my Mega Man 1-4 carts and hadn’t really played them in years but I wanted to share my adventures on stream of relearning my way through the classic titles, and in some cases finish the later games to completion! 

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Hack Showcase: Rock Man 3 Claw (NES)

Hack Showcases and RPG Hack Showcases are a series where I show off various game and rpg hacks. I try to stick with hacks that improve gameplay or add quality of life features, completely or partially change the plot and characters, along with additional content, dialogue, graphical and sound improvements. Non-rpgs I try to give a full run to, or at least enough for a solid review. Rpgs I will stick with titles that have enough changes in the beginning to show off, and when I can, show parts later in the games where more differences appear. There may be spoilers in the reviews and videos. Some of these I may stream fully in the future or play on my own. Reviews are open to later revisions due to bug and content updates or me playing them and finding anything new I wish to bring up.

Mega Man 3 Claw is the 3rd hack of the Mega Man Claw series by Tsukikuro. This is a hack not of Mega man 3, but Rockman 3 – Dr. Wily no Saigo!, so be sure to patch the correct rom. This hack changes all the graphics, colors, level designs throughout the game to add additional challenge and fun. Enemy AI has been changed also, but passwords for vanilla Rock Man 3/Mega Man 3 do still work! Sliding is closer to how it looks the sliding distance from MM4 and MM5. You can also select weapons and Rush Adapters via the select button now and backwards by holding down and select instead of going to the sub-menu. Note: this hack is for the Japanese Rock Man 3, not the US Mega Man 3.

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Hack Showcase: Batman (Easy) and Batman: The Dark Knight Hacks (NES)

Hack Showcases and RPG Hack Showcases are a series where I show off various game and rpg hacks. I try to stick with hacks that improve gameplay or add quality of life features, completely or partially change the plot and characters, along with additional content, dialogue, graphical and sound improvements. Non-rpgs I try to give a full run to, or at least enough for a solid review. Rpgs I will stick with titles that have enough changes in the beginning to show off, and when I can, show parts later in the games where more differences appear. There may be spoilers in the reviews and videos. Some of these I may stream fully in the future or play on my own. Reviews are open to later revisions due to bug and content updates or me playing them and finding anything new I wish to bring up.

I decided to give a couple NES Batman hacks a try: the Easy hack of NES Batman and The Dark Knight hack on stream one night. Finished both to completion and decided to give my thoughts on them. Gameplay video and links to both at end of review.

BATMAN (EASY) HACK: This hack makes Sunsoft’s NES Batman less of a chore to play between going through levels and fighting bosses. The levels are redesigned in a way that there’s multiple paths to progress to the next one or a boss fight. I was really happy to play through some of the levels and find additional platforms and less traps to take damage when I had to jump places or those long wall jumping portions in some levels.

Enemies still pretty much act the same, but there’s less in some sports where you have to do the wall jumping portions, and again, less places to take damage in those portions making you rethink how and where to wall jump. Powerups give you 20 ammo instead of 10, and hearts fully restore your health too.

The other big change is the way bosses are fought. Boss difficulty was toned down quite a bit so you can punch your way through them easier. Especially with the final 2 Firebug and Joker. Joker isn’t a bullet sponge and take a few good punches to the face to defeat so Batman can throw him off the Cathedral tower.

I do recommend this one if you had trouble with NES Batman, or you just want an easier run through this hard, but excellent Sunsoft title. I also stream this using the Batman Color Fix hack, which changes Batman from purple and black to his more traditional black and gray, and his face is more defined too. Find this hack here: https://www.romhacking.net/hacks/2156/

I GIVE THE BATMAN (EASY) HACK 4.5 OUT OF 5 BATARANGS!!

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