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Other: Castlevania HD Pack for Mesen NES emulator
« on: April 06, 2018, 07:50:18 am »

Update By: kya

Last year's Castlevania 30th Anniversary facelift patch was recently updated. It is now available in a form of an HD pack for the Mesen NES emulator.

This HD Pack applies to a NES version of Castlevania (USA non-RevA ROM only) and replaces  
its graphics with the higher resolution graphics from Castlevania for mobile phones. It also replaces the game's music tracks with ogg files.

In order to use this pack you have to download the latest
Mesen emulator (0.9.5 and up) from

http://www.mesen.ca

Then you should unzip and run it. Mesen will greet you with a
configuration window. Pay attention what folder will be
specified there as a "Data Storage Location".

You need to place the contents of this HDPack zip file into the
[Data Storage Location]/HdPacks/[CastlevaniaRomName] folder
(e.g "HdPacks/Castlevania (USA)" if you are loading "Castlevania (USA).nes")

After extracting the HDPack you should enable HDPacks in Mesen.
Tick the box at Options-Video-Enable HDNes HD Packs, and then load the ROM into Mesen.

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Re: Other: Castlevania HD Pack for Mesen NES emulator
« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2018, 01:52:32 pm »
wait...there was a castlevania for mobile phones?

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Re: Other: Castlevania HD Pack for Mesen NES emulator
« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2018, 02:19:48 pm »
wait...there was a castlevania for mobile phones?

Three generations, actually, and the second one in three parts and in two flavors :)

Read here, for example:
https://thelifestream.net/forums/showpost.php?p=766499&postcount=31

Or here:
http://www.vgmuseum.com/mrp/NewCV/screen-cvcphone.htm
http://www.vgmuseum.com/mrp/NewCV/screen-cvcphone2.htm
http://www.vgmuseum.com/mrp/NewCV/screen-cvcphone3.htm

It really puzzles me how people collect all things related to Castlevania and completely ignore those ports.
Promoting their existence was one of the reasons I've made this HD Pack (and the previous one too)

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Re: Other: Castlevania HD Pack for Mesen NES emulator
« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2018, 05:57:18 pm »
Awesome work again, kya! I'll have to do a full playthrough with this soon!

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Re: Other: Castlevania HD Pack for Mesen NES emulator
« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2018, 12:39:15 am »
But OGG music doesnt work, i need to enable another option for that?

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Re: Other: Castlevania HD Pack for Mesen NES emulator
« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2018, 07:59:24 am »
Excellent. Thanks for this.
Also works great with Mesen via Retroarch.

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Re: Other: Castlevania HD Pack for Mesen NES emulator
« Reply #6 on: April 07, 2018, 09:23:37 am »
But OGG music doesnt work, i need to enable another option for that?
According to someone in another thread, this happens if you didn't use the correct version of the Castlevania 1 ROM.  You probably used Rev A, which won't work for this.

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Re: Other: Castlevania HD Pack for Mesen NES emulator
« Reply #7 on: April 07, 2018, 01:50:24 pm »
Three generations, actually, and the second one in three parts and in two flavors :)

What emulator is even used to play cell phone games. For example the preserved Castlevania game on the forum thread that you linked to.

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Re: Other: Castlevania HD Pack for Mesen NES emulator
« Reply #8 on: April 07, 2018, 04:09:12 pm »
What emulator is even used to play cell phone games. For example the preserved Castlevania game on the forum thread that you linked to.

Google for "SjBoy Special Edition Chinglish 2.0"

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Re: Other: Castlevania HD Pack for Mesen NES emulator
« Reply #9 on: April 07, 2018, 10:14:07 pm »
Can the autor of this hack make it compatible with this hack? So the music could still work


Castlevania improved controls:

http://www.romhacking.net/hacks/3867/

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Re: Other: Castlevania HD Pack for Mesen NES emulator
« Reply #10 on: April 08, 2018, 01:30:49 am »
What a minute, you can actually add higher quality music to NES games with .ogg files? So many games could actually benefit from that! NES games could get a musical revolution from such a awesome change unless it doesn't work for console emulators and only PC emulators like the one you linked.

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Re: Other: Castlevania HD Pack for Mesen NES emulator
« Reply #11 on: April 08, 2018, 02:21:25 am »
What a minute, you can actually add higher quality music to NES games with .ogg files? So many games could actually benefit from that! NES games could get a musical revolution from such a awesome change unless it doesn't work for console emulators and only PC emulators like the one you linked.

The music replacement will work on any (powerful enough) system which is supported by RetroArch.

http://www.retroarch.com/?page=platforms

But replacing music is not as easy as replacing graphics. 6502 assembly knowledge is required.

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Re: Other: Castlevania HD Pack for Mesen NES emulator
« Reply #12 on: April 11, 2018, 12:42:45 pm »
Thanks you so much at kya for this awesome HD pack with all the futures used I know off. And thanks to Sour mesen for picking up HD nes and making this possible.

Mesen still needs Video Tutorial on youtube.

 -How to set up mesen and how to use HD packs. There are already three packs available.
 -How to creat a HD pack. May be just a short tutorial about the function so people see what is possible.

I think it would be cool if RHDN would accept HD packs as a graphic hacks. Even when they don't host the files but it would be easy to find and we would be able to represent the skin on the Romhack section. 

It is very easy to just replace the sound like I did here. I did add the CV banjo cover that really fit the scene in my opinion. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQmfB6aEWOI


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Re: Other: Castlevania HD Pack for Mesen NES emulator
« Reply #13 on: April 11, 2018, 01:39:03 pm »
You are welcome :)

Sour has written quite a thorough documentation on HD Packs.

https://mesen.ca/docs/hdpacks.html

There are sections on both using and creating the packs (either with a builder or manually).

If a current way to load HD packs seems complicated, one may ask Sour to implement a simpler procedure (for example, via a File->Open dialog).

As for the sound replacement, it's complicated, when making a new HD Pack. When a pack is finished, replacing tracks is very simple, just overwrite oggs in an HD pack folder with your own.

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Can the autor of this hack make it compatible with this hack? So the music could still work


Castlevania improved controls:

http://www.romhacking.net/hacks/3867/

Someone has already requested it in another thread (sorry for a confusion with two threads, it turned out I have no rights to edit top posts in both of them).

Here's the patch. You should overwrite the old one in the hd pack folder.

https://yadi.sk/d/bYezcx3-3U8yoZ
« Last Edit: April 13, 2018, 08:08:30 am by kya »

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Re: Other: Castlevania HD Pack for Mesen NES emulator
« Reply #14 on: April 13, 2018, 11:49:23 am »
Can the autor of this hack make it compatible with this hack? So the music could still work


Castlevania improved controls:

http://www.romhacking.net/hacks/3867/

I have a version that he made to be compatible with Ultimate Castlevania - I'll give it a try and see if it works.

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Re: Other: Castlevania HD Pack for Mesen NES emulator
« Reply #15 on: April 14, 2018, 09:33:06 am »
Very nice!
You should put the CRC32 code in your "readme" to identify the ROM because Mesen shows this code, not SHA1.

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Re: Other: Castlevania HD Pack for Mesen NES emulator
« Reply #16 on: April 18, 2018, 01:43:38 pm »
This is beautiful, like an arcade game. How nice to have great visuals with the gameplay mechanics we know and love.

I agree, this should be submissible as a Graphics hack. Or perhaps a new hack category could be created.

I second the desire for compatibility with the Improved Controls hack. Is there a general way to preserve compatibility with HdPacks while editing/hacking the intended source ROM, or is it entirely specific to the ROM and HdPack involved?

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Re: Other: Castlevania HD Pack for Mesen NES emulator
« Reply #17 on: April 18, 2018, 02:40:48 pm »
Is there a general way to preserve compatibility with HdPacks while editing/hacking the intended source ROM, or is it entirely specific to the ROM and HdPack involved?
This specific pack contains a small IPS patch to change the music - this patch is only applied when the ROM matches the SHA1 hash that's written in the hires.txt file.  This is why applying another patch to the ROM makes the music revert to the original soundtrack.  The simplest way to fix it on your end at the moment would be to apply the IPS patch contained in the pack to your rom manually, this should force the sound patch to work with any other patch (assuming the patches don't conflict with each other).

For graphic-only packs, this should never be a problem in general.

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Re: Other: Castlevania HD Pack for Mesen NES emulator
« Reply #18 on: April 19, 2018, 03:55:03 am »
The simplest way to fix it on your end at the moment would be to apply the IPS patch contained in the pack to your rom manually, this should force the sound patch to work with any other patch (assuming the patches don't conflict with each other).

The other way is to merge two patches (ogg music patch + improved controls patch) using Lunar IPS. This is how I've prepared the patch linked above.

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Re: Other: Castlevania HD Pack for Mesen NES emulator
« Reply #19 on: July 03, 2018, 10:09:37 am »
Hi, thanks you very much for the patch, and it works perfectly with the jump-control-improvement patch you uploaded here (the ips file you uploaded).

I tried to combine it with this other patch

https://www.romhacking.net/hacks/1726/

But it didn't work to me.

I wanted it for new people in the Castlevania franchise, because it makes the game a easier, and i wanted to prepare an "easy mode" packed together with the "normal mode" (I was looking for a harder mode too).

That "Castlevania Simplified" didn't work well with jump-control-improvemente patch neither (the original one), I'm sad :_(

Thank you very much for the patch, I like the original Castlevania, but I like it this way a lot too ;)