Shigesato Itoi at 20
Today is April 1st. So let’s skip the nonsense and just show you a good past prank you might not have heard of 😀
A few months ago, a skilled EarthBound ROM hacker named NLA posted the following on the PK Hack message board. If you’d rather just skip to the coolness, just download the ROM and try it out. You’ll need a Super NES emulator, of course. I really recommend trying it, even if you’re not interested 😛
Now, for the post:
[ALPHA] Earthbound Chrono Trigger Battle Engine
Yes, it’s real.
It’s been a while since I’ve posted or helped with anything in the forums, but I’ve actually been learning 65816 assembly, and I set out to do what everyone thought couldn’t be done: “port” over the Chrono-Trigger engine to EB. I’ve been working together with my long-time buddies, Mr. Accident, Michael1 (Michael Cayer), Mr. Tenda and others to make test patches for this radical new concept, as well as an extremely ( 😯 ) experienced ASM hacker from outside SM.net, Smallhacker and smkdan, so I give them full credit. Overall, I just guided the project, made sure the hack would work correctly, and offered my knowledge when necessary.
Lots of work has been done on this project, and Mr. Tenda has been helping me get the files and information about the process online. I’ll post the specs and instructions at a later time. As for progress, here’s a screenshot I took with ZSNES a few minutes ago.
Right now, the hack is ALPHA so at the moment not much is well-polished; you can see the little not-so-good white spots near Ness is effect of outside-battle PSI Flash, for instance. It doesn’t not look that great, but having the fullscreen flash just didn’t look much better. 😛 I’ll probably edit this a bit later. The outside-battle effects that are at the core of the new engine thats been written are based in sprite animations, so I’ll probably be looking for a spriter, if anyone’s interested in that sort of thing. The sprites need to be 128×128, and will be stored in the expanded ROM area. They will be accessible thanks to a new editor Mr. Tenda has been working the kinks out of for a while now.
Also, if you look, the little boxes above the characters are status boxes. The policeman has “sniffling” status, and one of hippies has “Uncontrollable Crying.” They don’t look too great either, but remember, this is an ALPHA hack. It could break at any time. I assume the details of whether or not it breaks depends on moon/star/planet alignment, time of day, how many cups of coffee have been consumed, and whether or not one has made the proper sacrifices, in the proper order. Honestly, having the status boxes hover has been the biggest headache of the project; the ASM work here was HORRIFIC. Mad props to Michael1 for not exploding (and taking us down with him) while he worked at this on 5 cups of black coffee, each with (supposedly, I can’t comprehend it) 7 shots of espresso. Yikes!
With this, I’m going to get some much needed rest. Comments and questions welcome. I hope the PK Hack forums see more hacks like this develop, something to break the monotony of the “CLAUS AND LUCAS IN EB” sprite hacks, and the occasional teen-angst hack which is laden with swearing and confused sexual references. We all want to see something that clearly rivals Mother 3: Hero’s Genesis, or even JonBound, or even ThaiBound, and the sooner the forums stop being so hell-bent on individualism at the cost of real imagination, the better. 😉
NOTE: APPLY TO 4MB EARTHBOUND ROM. Also, don’t try to temp apply it by having the IPS and ROM share the same name. IT DOESN’T WORK FOR SOME REASON. NOTE: APPLY TO 4MB EARTHBOUND ROM. Also, don’t try to temp apply it by having the IPS and ROM share the same name. IT DOESN’T WORK FOR SOME REASON. NOTE: APPLY TO 4MB EARTHBOUND ROM. Also, don’t try to temp apply it by having the IPS and ROM share the same name. IT DOESN’T WORK FOR SOME REASON.
BUT ENOUGH OF ME LECTURING. GO PLAY THAT HACK and witness the future of Earthbound. 😀
Note: You can ignore all the patching instructions, because you can download it pre-patched here.
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