I've dabbled a bit in roms and rom hacks in the past. Seeing as there appears to be a smw hacking renaissance going on right now, I'd like to get back onto it.
Problem is, emulation can be complicated. No matter how I configure setting, or what controller I plug in, I just can't seem to recreate that good old snes experience I grew up with. Recently though, I've discovered the existence of flash carts. These are cartridges that plug into uour old snes and emulate roms stored on a sd card. A lot of the popular kaizo streamers on twitch use them to play their various rom hacks.
Now I'm no kaizo player. But if I were to begin shopping for a flash cart, what would I need to look for? Are there some that are capable of loading hacked roms and others that aren't? And if a flash cart were able to load a vanilla rom hack, would it be able to load a chocolate (or otherwise heavily altered) rom? I mean, rom hackers are showing themselves capable of some pretty crazy stuff nowadays.
As someone with a budding interest in midi sequencing, and a lover of smw's delicious soundfont, where would I go to learn how to make custom smw music? Is there a thread in this forum? How did you learn?
If you don't want to bother answering my question, then I do have a request for you:
Castlevania SOTN: Marble Gallery or Requiem for the Gods.
So this was just about the best thing I've played all month. You know SMW was the 2nd game I ever played (1st was Gradius 3.) But I can't say that at age 3, I had quite the imagination you must have had.
Not really into emulation or hacking, but when I saw someone showcase this hack on Youtube, I knew I needed to get into it right away just to play it. Now that I've had the refresher course, I think I might just check out some of the other hacks on this site. Thanks for the gateway addiction.
Concerning the dinosaurs, I loved each and every one of them design-wise, but there's something about them that doesn't really fit into the games visual style. I don't know what it is. Too American looking maybe?
I loved the extra love Yoshi gets in this hack. Double jump, and unlockable colors, that's the sort of thing I expect to see in the Mario games after world, but it would seem yoshi is all but forgotten in most proceeding games. Imagine if there were more colors than just the 4. It would be a great incentive to really comb through levels. That seems like it would be a good idea for a larger hack than the vanilla world.
I really liked your original levels, but some of them seemed a bit too difficult compared to the other vanilla levels. The Forrest secret level with the trees in particular was infuriatingly difficult, even though I really loved the idea.
I was most impressed with how you replaced all (but one) of the fortress bosses with original dinosaur bosses. Each one was a delight, except for Nothorton, who was just plain annoying.
I guess I got to join in with all the other people in this thread in saying I'd really like to see what a fully original hack by you would look like. As stated earlier, I really liked the creativity and design behind the original levels, but they stood out a bit in a vanilla hack. Let us know what you're up to, we're looking forward to it!