|Question:||What is a ROM?|
|Answer:||A ROM is a hardware chip in a game cartridge that contains the game data.|
You can play this ROM using an emulator, and you can use this ROM for hacking.
|Question:||Where can I find a ROM?|
|Answer:||Search for it on Google. Don't ask for it on the board. It's against the rules. It's also against the rules to post links to ROMs or sites containing ROMs.|
|Question:||How do I play a ROM?|
|Answer:||In order to play a ROM, you need an emulator.|
|Question:||What is an emulator?|
|Answer:||Just like a SNES can't play SEGA games, a computer can't play SNES games. Therefore, it needs a program called an "emulator" to translate the game into something the computer understands. The most popular SNES emulators are ZSNES, Snes9x and BSNES.|
|Question:||My ROM has got the extension ".zip". It can be played in an emulator, but won't load in Lunar Magic. What's wrong?|
|Answer:||The file is compressed. To decompress it, you have to use a program like WinZip, WinRAR or 7-Zip. (The most recent Windows versions allows opening .zip files as a folder.)|
|Question:||My ROM has got the extension ".rar" or ".7z". It won't work. What's wrong?|
|Answer:||The file is compressed. To decompress it, you have to use a program like WinRAR or 7-Zip. (Note that WinZip won't work.)|
|Question:||What is the correct version of the Super Mario World ROM?|
|Answer:||Most hackers use a headered ROM image of the American (U) version of Super Mario World.|
Nintendo released four versions of Super Mario World for SNES. These versions are Japanese (J), American (U), European (E) (V1.0) and European (E) (V1.1).
Nintendo also released SMAS+SMW for SNES. This ROM contains both Super Mario All-Stars and Super Mario World. A few SMW hackers use SMAS+SMW.
Nintendo also released Super Mario Advance 2, the GBA version of SMW. The hacks and tools for the SNES game do not work with SMA2.
|Question:||How do I identify the version of Super Mario World in my ROM?|
|Answer:||Play the ROM in an emulator. If the game language is Japanese, then you have the Japanese (J) version. If the game language is English and the emulator uses PAL, then you have one of the European (E) versions. If the game language is English and the emulator uses NTSC, then you have the American (U) version.|