You might think platformers would be easy enough to play without translations, but, many of them have enough plot and internal text elements to get pretty confusing without translation. These two games really have some great innovations for Sega platformers that deserve to be played as they were originally created. Grab these english rom hack translations and check them out!
Twenty years ago this month, the first 3D Super Mario game made its way to North America. Although it was by no means the first 3D video game, Super Mario 64 – the flagship title for the Nintendo 64 – was one of the most comprehensive and immersive 3D platformers up to this point. For many of us, it was the beginning of a new era of console games.
We’ve had tons of articles reviewing some amazing romhacks here on videogamedj.com and yet we’ve only scratched the surface of some of the awesome modifications to your classic favorite games that are out there. The tutorial below can help you not only create the altered playable version of any of the games we’ve reviewed from the original ROM, but it can also open up a huge world of fan-translated Japanese games that you can now play in English.
As any gamer knows, classic console gaming was far bigger in Japan than it ever was in North America. This fact and the lag between getting games translated and new consoles taking over the market lead to a number of incredibly polished, classic gaming masterpieces never getting translated and/or never being released to the North America market.
This is especially true of the SNES/Genesis era when roleplaying games in particular started to become epic works of art with beautiful soundtracks. It’s an interesting period to revisit. You can see the origins many game ideas that are now common – branching plots, real-time RPG battles and character development that impacts the ending – they all got their start in some of these lost gems.
While some of these games have been translated and released officially on other platforms, some have not. Some of the official translations are inferior versions of the originals that don’t quite play the same. Thanks to fan translations that patch the original rom with english text, you can enjoy these games in their original format without learning Japanese first.
While some of the patched English ROMs are available for direct download, many are not. The patches and Japanese ROMs are easier to get, so its up to you to do the patching. Here’s a quick run through on how to do it.
A long time ago, in an article far away, we reviewed a couple of great Megaman II ROM hacks. This article will expand on that one to look at some sweet hacks from the series, some that will seriously have you rethinking what the NES is capable of. We’re going to look at three of the most original ones that turn the original games on their head and up the difficulty level for some of the greatest 8-bit challenges you’ve ever faced.
Any of these games can be found with a quick Google search. Just follow our IPS patching tutorial to learn how to modify your legally-obtained backup copy of the original ROM.
Rockman 4 Minus Infinity
Original Rom: Rockman 4
What Its Like: A massive version of Megaman 4 with more secrets, new weapon and item powers and tons of cameo appearances from past games.