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May 31st, 2012 | EarthBound, Hacking

For years, EarthBound ROM hackers have had to use tools like PK Hack that edit the ROM directly. This approach makes it easy to understand for most people, but whenever it comes to making complicated modifications, it’s very limiting.

To combat this, Mr. Tenda has created a new EarthBound hacking tool suite called CoilSnake. Instead of editing the EarthBound ROM directly to make a hack, you instead edit text files and .PNG files, then use the CoilSnake tool suite to “build” your hack for you.

This is actually how complicated ROM hacking projects do it, including the MOTHER 3 and MOTHER 1+2 translations. So now EarthBound ROM hackers have a ton of new power at their fingertips!

If you want more info, check out the CoilSnake thread on the PK Hack forum here!

With the recent surge in EarthBound hacking activity, I can’t wait to see what kind of stuff gets made 😀


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24 Comments to EarthBound CoilSnake Released!

Satsy said on May. 31, 2012

I’m curious to see what people will come out with now! We’ve seen some amazing stuff in the past, so this should open up even more doors~~~

Chris Yo said on May. 31, 2012

Awesome it will be esier to edit text files!

Mr. Tenda said on May. 31, 2012

woah cool yay :3

Lollita said on May. 31, 2012

cool. that sound it can create whole new game

Onion said on May. 31, 2012

Will this work with the Mother 2 ROM as well or only Earthbound?

Hukky said on May. 31, 2012

Neat! Though it would be nice if someone made a proper EB disassembly. I’d love to see hacks with major engine modifications.

Johnwalt said on May. 31, 2012

Sounds like BrawlBox for Super Smash Bros Brawl.
I’ll have to try this out sometime ^-^

KingOfSwords said on May. 31, 2012

Oh boy, more awesomeness I don’t know how to use!

reidman said on May. 31, 2012

tendas be SHIPPIN

Nice work 😀

Anne Noise said on May. 31, 2012

Very cool idea!

TragicManner said on May. 31, 2012

Wow, holy crap. Definitely going to check this out tonight. This could make a host of things super simple!

JeffMan said on May. 31, 2012


cherryw17 said on May. 31, 2012

Why is it fake jeff men

Piksel said on May. 31, 2012

Yeah, Jeffman? Why is it fake?

Mr. Tenda said on May. 31, 2012

what JeffMan meant to say is that this program is real unlike Mother 3 Funland which is fake and nonexistent

tintinophile691 said on Jun. 1, 2012

The hack I’d like to see done would be an uncensored version of EB and a translation of the M2 side of M1+2. It is getting a little annoying that people haven’t gotten to that yet, however, with the entire frontpage of EB Central pretty much being all about random hacks and utilities.

The Man With No Name said on Jun. 1, 2012

yo tintinophile there is a huge post detailing why the m2 side of m1+2 cant be done. Tomato would need years!! and thats freakin Tomato!!!

BB Gang Zombie said on Jun. 1, 2012

Just remember that a lot of work goes into these “random hacks and utilities.” Additionally, remember this is a personal site that Mato honestly doesn’t need to do if he doesn’t want to–he puts content out every day, sometimes very interesting and innovative stuff that the community will find extremely useful or neat. Fan translators don’t get paid; they just translate them out of love for the games. Tomato did that twice already. I don’t think he needs to spearhead the Mother 2 side of Mother 1+2.

Even the Mother 1 translation–despite being a much smaller-scale hacking project–took a bit of time to complete. Mother 2 is nothing like that, and was already professionally translated. And there IS a team already working on the Mother 2 side if you look around. I suspect it’ll be at least two or three years, and it’s already playable in English anyway.

cherryw17 said on Jun. 1, 2012

why is it fake it works

cherryw17 said on Jun. 1, 2012

Sorry for double posting

tintinophile691 said on Jun. 2, 2012

@BB Gang Zombie: I was just stating my opinion there – did you think I would tell Mato what he could and what he couldn’t do, especially after all he’s done for us with the M3 translation? And yes, I am aware of the M2 translation project going on in the forums here, but if I was the owner of the blog, I’d try putting that on the frontpage as one of the random hacks I mentioned, especially after he put out this page of partially finished translations of M1+2.


tintinophile691 said on Jun. 2, 2012

@Myself: It is getting a little annoying that people haven’t gotten to that yet

Looks like I never suggested I knew about the M2 project. Whoops!

BB Gang Zombie said on Jun. 3, 2012

@Tintinophile Since the project isn’t even close to being completed, there’s… not really much to show. I don’t see why he would be putting it on the front page yet–maybe when it’s at a 50% playable point with all battle stuff translated and a good amount of NPC text, but it’s not even there yet due to the method they have to edit it which slows progress. In fact, I pretty much know firsthand what stage the translation’s likely at, since a few months ago I helped them insert text(a good majority of the item descriptions and some NPC text). It’s not a hard process, just a long and tedious one.

I’m just saying, with how you put it it seemed like a nuance of negativity. Kind of like a, “Why are all these crappy hacks being shown and not these _good_ ones?” or the one that bothered me, “Why has nobody done this yet?” when people are trying. But if that’s not what you meant, it’s no big deal. It just seemed off to me.

The thing with the M2 fan translation is that even though I’d been helping the project, I feel it’s not front-page worthy until there’s a lot more to show of the translation working and looking pretty. They have a lot of work done, and a lot more to do.

tintinophile691 said on Jun. 5, 2012

@BB Gang Zombie: I’m sorry about the negativity I suggested. I would rather end this argument before it becomes a flame war and this thread gets filled up with arguments like the front page has been with information about hacks.

The other M2 translation was less than 1% complete, by the way.


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