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Chaos Seed English Translation Released!
15 April 2014 6:25PM EST - Update by Draken
Finally, after several years of hard work, D-D is happy to announce the release of Chaos Seed! This is a very special game that is so unlike any other; it’s part RPG, part SIM, part Adventure, and at times involves a lot of resource management. It’s such a unique experience that it is quite certain you have never played a game quite like it.
In the game you play the part of a Dousen or “Cave Hermit” who is tasked with the job of healing areas of the land that have become unbalanced and lost their energy. This is where the resource management aspect of the game comes in to play as you must build and maintain an Enchanted Cave in order to channel energy back into the earth. A large group of NPCs and monsters will both aid and hinder you in your progress to restore the land to its former self. This is not the only aspect of the game, however, as there are portions of each Scenario in which you must venture in to town to progress events in the storyline. The choices you make during these events can drastically alter the way each Scenario plays out, allowing for multiple endings and adding much incentive to replay each part of the story.
A lot of work went into this game. Bongo` is probably still having nightmares over the ridiculous number of hacks he had to implement! D-D hopes you enjoy the story as much as we do!
Note - For patch formats other than IPS, please visit the Dynamic-Designs homepage.
Magic Knight Rayearth 2nd: The Missing Colors Translation Update
14 April 2014 5:01PM EST - Update by Bob Liu
The 99% version of Magic Knight Rayearth 2nd: The Missing Colors is finally here, nearly everything has been translated so for all those waiting until it’s done then now has never been a better time to play. You can get the English patch here on Romhacking or from my dropbox at my blog or the project page.
Silva Saga II Romanian version released!
13 April 2014 10:34AM EST - Update by Recca
After about a year of hard work, Silva Saga II has finally been fully translated in Romanian! This means that you can now either grab the patch here at RHDN or at Dynamic-Designs, your choice. The game has been completely translated and should work well on most SNES emulators. But if you’re using Zsnes, make sure it’s the latest version (1.51) to avoid some minor graphical glitches that seem to randomly occur with the older versions. Dynamic-Designs will continue to bring you high quality translations in both English and other languages as well, so stay tuned!
Final Fantasy Zz Hard Type (Version 1.8)
13 April 2014 9:31AM EST - Update by zzonkmiles
One year after its previous release, the latest version of Final Fantasy Zz Hard Type (Version 1.8) is now available for download. For those unfamiliar with this, FFZz is a considerably more difficult version of Final Fantasy for the NES. FFZz offers new weapons, buffed enemies, new magic spells, revised text dialogues, new enemy formations, and redesigned dungeons. Even though almost every team is required to be at Level 50 in order to beat this hack, it never feels like grinding.
Final Fantasy Zz also offers numerous enhancements and bugfixes. The critical hit bug, Black Belt armor bug, door bug, invisible character bug, enemy magic bug, double-level up bug, broken spell bugs (SABR, HEL2, XFER, LOCK, etc.) and all other known bugs have been fixed. There are also some enhancements, including being able to dash by holding the B-button, being able to buy 9 potions at a time, being able to see the contents of a treasure chest even if your inventory is full, moving Heal Potions to the top of your inventory to make them easier to use, not rearranging poisoned characters after a battle, and increased spell capacity for anyone who can use magic. Other enhancements and bug fixes are listed in the hack’s readme.
Even though Version 1.0 was a lot of fun to play, there was a bit of wasted potential, particularly regarding the Temple of Fiends Revisited. Some of the monsters also could have benefited from further tweaked stats. This resulted in the release of Version 1.1 in April 2013. That version was superior to 1.0, but it introduced some unanticipated bugs regarding the wrong enemies appearing in the northwestern corner of the northwestern continent and around Matoya’s Cave. The fights against the later fiends were also still unacceptably underwhelming. The TOFR still was not quite right and needed to have a way of accessing Chaos without having to spend an hour just fighting your way to him. However, the shortcut introduced in 1.1 overcorrected by making accessing Chaos a bit too easy. Version 1.51 remedied these issues by including new treasure chests, even more difficult enemies, an improved Red Mage, and more difficult fights against the late-game bosses. However, this version still left untapped potential on the table and may have even frustrated well-intentioned players who were unaware of this hack’s difficulty.
UPDATE: MARCH 2015
A new version of FFZz addresses these deficiencies and makes the game even more fun to play. Some of the changes include the following:
1. You can now see which enemy formations are unrunnable without trial and error. This should greatly aid your battle strategies.
2. The contents of several treasure chests were changed or improved.
3. Some magic spells were strengthened or moved around. Access to some spells was gained or taken away, particularly for the Red Mage and Red Wizard.
4. Several monster stats have changed. There are also a few new battle formations. Enemies are also worth less gold, especially near the end of the game.
5. There are some new weapons and pieces of armor. Some of the stats of existing equipment have been changed.
6. Some of the dungeons received slight redesigns.
For additional changes, please consult the readme.
After extensive playtesting and debugging, Version 1.8 of this hack is probably as good as a hard-type Final Fantasy hack is going to get. The original Final Fantasy pales in comparison to this. Final Fantasy Zz has been downloaded over 1000 times as of this writing, and there are at least three different sets of videos on YouTube of people playing the game. It’s gotten great reviews. One person has even called it the Final Fantasy equivalent of Legend of Zelda Outlands in terms of quality.
You can download Final Fantasy Zz 1.8 here: http://www.romhacking.net/hacks/1278/
If you know Final Fantasy inside and out and are looking for a challenge, Final Fantasy Zz has more than enough challenge and suspense to keep you on the edge of your seat. There’s nothing cheap here, but carelessness will almost always result in trouble! Good luck, have fun, and get those Heal Potions ready! Are you up to the challenge?
Thanks for giving Final Fantasy Zz a try!
New Utilities Added to the Database
11 April 2014 5:49PM EST - Update by RHDNBot
This is an automated message generated by ROMhacking.net’s RHDNBot.
The following Utilities have been submitted and approved to the database (in submitted order oldest to newest):
- Floating IPS (Patching)(NA)
- Final Lap Twin Toolbox (Game Specific)(TG16)
- BioHerb (Game Specific)(Multiple)
- Secret of Mana Level & Stat Editor (Game Specific)(SNES)
- Habsentminded (Game Specific)(NES)
- IPS Info (Patching)(NA)
- AddIntroGen (Miscellaneous Graphics Tools)(GEN)
- Pokemon Pearl Platinum HeartGold Evolution Editor (Game Specific)(NDS)
- Pokemon Black Black 2 Evolution Editor (Game Specific)(NDS)
- DreamTool (Level Editors)(NES)
- FF7Tools (Data Extraction / Insertion)(PSX)
- Tiny Hexer (Hex Editors)(Multiple)
- Lufia and the Fortress of Doom Multi Editor (Game Specific)(SNES)
- 7th Dragon Translation Kit (Script Extraction / Insertion)(NDS)
New Alttp forum opened
10 April 2014 3:26AM EST - Update by puzzledude
Today (on the best april fools day ever) a special forum has been opened to public, Zeldix, equal to SMW central (only this time it is A link to the past that’s being modified).
Join your primary A link to the past hacking resource.
A year and a half ago, in order to finish my hack much faster, I’ve created a secret message board for my hack in development. It was meant at first as a workplace for me, Puzzledude and Euclid as secret hideout for us to concentrate on all the features and aspects of this hack without the need of sending multiple emails between each of us.
Overtime, I’ve invited other people currently making Zelda 3 hacks and eventually it simply became an enormous resource/help for hacking this game! Pretty much everyone contributed something, whether it is documents, asm patches, small hacks… Anything that could help us change other aspects of this game beyond Hyrule Magic. Called ”Zeldix”, it could be almost regarded as the vatican secret archives, only that it’s meant for Zelda 3 modding instead!
People say, that sharing is caring.. so today, it is my great pleasure to make it open to the general public! I’m hoping that by doing so, it’ll give greater hopes to people who think that Zelda 3 hacking in general has been hibernating! Far from that actually, we just have been working in secret ;) If you’re just curious or anything, you can of course just visit us to say hi! We won’t bite!
Regarding the future beta testing phase of Parallel Universes, it’ll be required to register an account there since I’ll create private sub forums when the times comes! Oh yeah, almost forgot, here’s the address!
I’m pretty sure that’s the best April Fools you’ll ever get! ( Maybe because it isn’t a true one ;) )
P.S: If you ever wondered why my hack has advanced so much in so little time, Zeldix is the only reason for that! See you there!
Pokémon Throwback - Evolve Your Pokémon Experience!
09 April 2014 8:31PM EST - Update by RichterSnipes
Yes, Pokémon FireRed hacks are a dime a dozen. However, Pokémon Throwback doesn’t seek to be like the rest. This hack’s goal is NOT to rewrite the story, grant access to many full generations of Pokémon uncomfortably cramped into a single game, or increase the difficulty of the game. Wait…what?
Instead, the goal of Pokémon Throwback is simple: To make the most complete, featured, version-transcending, official-feeling version of the original 1st Gen adventure. Simply put, this hack, started two years ago, strives to be the quintessential version of Pokémon Red/Green/Blue/FireRed/LeafGreen.
With this hack, you’ll get access to all the Kanto Pokémon, with the Johto Pokémon as a post-game bonus. You will be able to listen to the original, 8-bit music and switch between the retro and advanced soundtracks at any time. Dress the main characters in their original outfits to heighten the sense of nostalgia. But that’s not all. Want decapitalized text? Throwback’s got you covered. Want reusable TMs and move tutors? You got it. What about trees you only ever have to cut once, running indoors, a more aesthetically-pleasing Mt. Moon, access to extra items, and more? Come right in. Along with a host of error fixes for the base game, Throwback tries to accomodate to every desire of the gamer who wants only the best for his or her games.
Check out a test of the new GB Player item below. The next time you want to play vanilla Pokémon FireRed or LeafGreen, do it with Throwback! You’ll never be able to go back to the base game again.
IPS Peek Version 0.2.0
06 April 2014 7:37PM EST - Update by vectorman
IPS Peek, the IPS (International Patching System) patch viewer, has been updated to version 0.2.0.
This version adds some nice new features such as:
- ‘Modified’ appears in status bar.
- Added ‘Go To Row’ and ‘Copy Row’ menu items.
- Added ‘Size (Hex)’, ‘#’ (row number) and ‘IPS Size (Hex)’ columns.
- ‘Size’ and ‘IPS Size’ columns now display in decimal.
- Columns can be reordered and hidden (by right clicking the column headers.)
- Exporting only exports visible columns.
- Export file format improved.
- ‘Data View’ bytes are no longer fixed to 16 per row.
- ‘Data View’ height is no longer fixed when window is resized.
- ‘Data View’ contains line and column information.
This is just the start of several new releases in the coming months, so keep a look out for updates.
7th Dragon Translation Release
02 April 2014 2:33AM EST - Update by Pokeytax
As many people figured out, yesterday’s release of an Etrian Odyssey retranslation was an April Fool’s Day joke. However, there was a kernel of truth to the gag - a complete translation of 7th Dragon for Nintendo DS has been finished, and is available for download. It’s a terrific RPG well worth a playthrough.
Etrian Odyssey Retold
01 April 2014 10:44AM EST - Update by Pokeytax
After an enormous amount of quiet work, a definitive retranslation of “Etrian Odyssey” for Nintendo DS has been released - Etrian Odyssey Retold: Yggdrasil no Labyrinth. This version corrects many liberties taken with both the original 2007 translation and the 2013 remake and more faithfully renders segments that were eloquently, but loosely, translated in those releases. Additionally, an enhanced difficulty setting has been enabled to provide a truly old-school experience.
The patch is available at cavespeak.org.