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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Mega Man Derusting: Mega Man 5 (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! 

THE REVIEW: This one was more fun than I thought it would be! It’s not very hard, but not easy either and Capcom seemed to find a great balance when it came to this. New additions to the game include the best birb Beat who attacks enemies for you once you get the 8 MEGAMANV plates in the 8 stages. The Robot Masters were pretty tough even with their weaknesses and same with the bosses in the castles. The stronger mega buster takes longer to charge and seems stronger or equivalent to the strength of most weapons. Fight through the Robot Masters to find out why Proto Man kidnapped Dr Light, and discover the truth!

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Hack Showcase: Beatles Adventures in Pepperland

 

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 Nesdraug and Shauing, this is a complete overhaul hack of SMB2. Adventures in Pepperland and loosely based on the Beatles Yellow Submarine film and follows the plot as the Beatles venture from Liverpool to Pepperland to save the people from the Blue Meanies and bring back color and music there.

The Fab Four replace the cast of SMB2 with George as Mario, Paul as Luigi (with no shoes), Ringo as Toad, and John as Peach. The music is all 8-bit renditions from the Yellow Submarine album and you’ll find yourself humming along as you play, especially if you’re a Beatles fan. Game does have a streaming warning that the soundtrack could cause copyright claims on Youtube/Twitch and offers a simple fix for this issue.

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Hack Showcase: Zelda 2 – Amida’s Curse (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.

Created by Ok Impala!, this Zelda 2 hack changes the game from the ground up with a new story, revised graphics, different gameplay and more! The game is more balanced and there’s less grinding and combat isn’t a chore as in Zelda 2 itself. Temples and towns are redesigned for this new world and you’ll still find all the elements of Zelda 2 here someplace: the magic spells, items, stat building and more. In this hack, Link finds himself in an all new world, trapped there until he discovers the secret of Amida’s Curse.

Features:

  • 9 new temples to explore (vs 7 in vanilla Zelda II).
  • 11 new towns to visit (vs 8 in vanilla Zelda II).
  • New soundtrack.
  • Brand new overworld.
  • New story.
  • New graphics.
  • Animated tiles on the overworld.
  • Balanced difficulty, no cheap deaths.
  • No random encounters on the overworld.
  • Loads of gameplay tweaks (building on Zelda II Redux).
  • Lives you find are permanent.
  • No grinding necessary.
  • Enemy rebalancing, no more huge HP pools.
  • Press A as a Fairy to instantly return to your normal form.
  • Temple stones give fixed EXP.
  • Fairy can’t fly through doors.
  • Save anywhere by pressing up and A on the start menu. Be aware though, that you’ll be warped back to the starting point of the game. So, only use this option when you want to stop playing.
  • And so much more…

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New Ghostbusters 2 (Famicom) Review

New Ghostbusters 2 was released in Japan and Europe by Lal Laboratories. This game is much different and a lot better than the crappy ghostbusters games that came out in the US. It’s likely thought licensing issues is what stopped this hidden gem from a stateside release. You proceed through 5 levels based on the movie and trap ghosts which appear and fight some bosses in levels. You can pick from the 4 Ghostbusters: Egon, Ray, Peter and Winston (who is blue) and even Louis. Your partner is controlled by the ai and controls the ghost traps while the player traps ghosts with the proton packs. your player loses a life with one hit and there’s limited continues, so a lot of proceeding through the game is memorization of where ghosts appear, avoiding any attacks, and how they move. This game is really fun! I discovered this last year but couldn’t finish it, but recently did in 2021!

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Hack Showcase: Castlevania Hacks

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 dialogue, graphical and sound improvements. I try to stick with games that have enough changes in the beginning to show off, and when I can, try to show parts later in titles. There may be spoilers in the reviews and videos. Some of these I may stream or play on my own.

Continuing my Castlevania theme, I decided to try some Castlevania hacks. Not like the Bisqwit one, the kind that really change the nature of the game. inspired by some friends, I found some neat ones I tried out on stream for the 3 NES titles, and after some searching, found ones for Harmony of Dissonance and Aria of Sorrow even! I really enjoyed trying these out and going to revisit them! I’ve never been into hacks that increase the difficulty of games, some of these do, but it’s not a major difficulty spike that feels unfair.

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Retrorevisited: Ghouls & Ghosts Series

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.

The Ghouls & Ghosts series by Capcom is known to strike fear in the hearts of gamers due to their high difficulty, cheap deaths, and having to complete the game twice for the ending. I’ll be covering the NES, Sega Master System, Genesis and SNES ports in this edition of Retrorevisited. Prior to this I had only played the arcade version, NES and the SNES games, and had forgotten the Genesis and SMS ports existed. Each port brings something new to the table, especially the SMS one with its rpg elements. The NES game being based on Ghosts & Goblins, the prequel title to the Ghouls & Ghosts series. The Genesis and SNES ports are close to the same as the arcade G&G, but with a key gameplay mechanic difference: the Genesis one lets you shot up while the SNES port has the double jump and you cannot shoot up. I’ve never really been that good at any of these, especially the NES one, but willing to give these a try again. After doing this edition of Retrorevisited I still enjoy the SMS port and plan to finish both loops on stream sometime, and I really enjoyed the Genesis port too! I did enjoy the SNES game to a point when it was released in my teenage years and I was surprised with how well done and how much I enjoyed the SMS and Genesis ports too! least they all have unlimited continues!

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Legend of Zelda (NES) Review

 

Released in 1987, Legend of Zelda was a huge hit and the start of the long running Zelda franchise for Nintendo. Sporting a huge map, dungeons, various enemies, and many secrets, people flocked to this title. It was also a surprise to many when a harder 2nd quest was revealed after finishing the game! Link would need his sword and many items to traverse the obstacles in his way and get the pieces of the Triforce to defeat Ganon and save princess Zelda.

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Theme Night: Spider-Man games

So I’m a big Spider-Man fan from the comics and various movies and cartoon shows. When i came up with the Theme Night ideas, doing one of various Spider-Man games throughout the years was one of my first ideas. I started reading Spider-Man on and off as a teen when the infamous Clone Saga was revving up, and later officially added the book to my comic pull list when the Big Time arc started when Brand New Day was winding down. I think my fav Spider-Man movies are the 2 MCU films, the animated into the Spider-verse (I’m also a big fan of Spider-Gwen), and Spider-Man 2 of the Sam Raimi trilogy. Kinda a tossup between my favorite cartoon series of the Fox Kids 90’s Spider-Man, and Spectacular Spider-Man (a show cut off prematurely in its prime). I’ve enjoyed the later animated series since marvel took over to a point. I like what they’ve done adapting classic stories and making new ones, but some of the animation and gags are really lame. So this is gonna be me trying out 10 various games across systems, including Spider-Man the arcade game.

Games played:
spider-man (arcade)
amazing spider-man (gameboy)
spider-man web of fire (sega 32x)
spider-man vs kingpin (sega cd)
spider-man lethal foes (super famicom, translation patch available)
spider-man return of sinister six (nes)
spider-man the movie (gba)
spider-man & venom: maximum carnage (snes)
ultimate spider-man (gba)
spider-man 2: enter electro (psx)

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Star Wars Day & Mini-Reviews 2021

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May 4th is Star Wars Day, with the familiar motto “May the 4th Be With You. Being a big Star Wars fan, I wanted to try to make a yearly Star Wars may 4th variety streaming night a thing. This year I played a bunch of games that I played last year, and some other ones! I was also running out of game ideas, lol I also forgot being i had work that day to try again with buying some games cheap off Steam and fussing around with getting them windowed and blowing up the dosbox window. lol i also played a neat little hack i found of Galaga but with Star Wars ships!

So this year I played a bunch on more modern systems as well, this year’s list was:
arcade (MAME) star wars
famicom star wars
atari 2600 death star battle
gba episode 3
32x star wars arcade
nes star wars galaga hack
gba star wars trilogy apprentice of the force
psx masters of teras kasi
psx rebel assault 2
n64 shadows of the empire
dreamcast jedi power battles

I’m gonna add a few mini-reviews of a handful of these later in this post like I did with a few games I played last year. If i longplay any of these there may or may not be a full review of them.

GAMEPLAY VIDEO:

ONTO THE MINI-REVIEWS:

STAR WARS EPISODE 3: REVENGE OF THE SITH GBA: This game is a GBA version of the Episode 3 PS2 game. That said, this is very well done. The graphics, animation, and music are beautiful for the GBA’s look and feel. Character portraits are well done, though some facial expressions leave a lot to be desired. Force powers are controlled by one of the shoulder buttons and directional pad. Gaining force points in levels let you build up your main stats along with your force powers, so it adds an rpg element. Plot pretty much follows Episode 3. Decent challenge, seems like boss fights you need to fight and defend instead of taking them out with brute force. I may have to give this another play!

STAR WARS TRILOGY APPRENTICE OF THE FORCE GBA: I believe this game follows all the major story beats of the original trilogy and it looks well done as well. Animation is pretty fluid and the graphics are decent as is the music.Controls are easy enough to figure out too.

MASTERS OF TERAS KASI PSX: This game is trashy. I see what they were trying to accomplish with a Star Wars fighting game, but it really feels phoned in. Music is the same John Williams tracks we all know and love, backgrounds for fighting arenas are familiar Star Wars locations. Character models look something between Legos and blocky action figures and the controls are quite stiff. You got the main cast of the OT here along with some new folks and even Boba Fett. Play this if you really want to or drunk.

REBEL ASSAULT 2 PSX: This game has the distinction of being the first (at the time) new Star Wars footage filmed after Return of the Jedi was completed. That said, this game feels like a Star Wars version of Dragon’s Lair where you go from a sequence of hiding and shooting Stormtroopers, to flying scenes where you control your craft through a small tunnel trying to avoid running into things. The space battle scenes are really nice! The FMV has an old “this is so bad it’s good charm” but then again that was the case of most FMV in the 90’s.

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