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Ersanio's ASM Tutorial - Assembly for the SNES (v2.3)

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Name: Ersanio's ASM Tutorial - Assembly for the SNES (v2.3)
Author: Ersanio
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Platforms: SNES
Games: General
Type: Tutorial
Language: English
Description: This tutorial covers (almost) everything of ASM, but it does not cover the SNES itself-related stuff (such as PPU registers). Furthermore, it focuses more on the opcodes in-depth rather than their practical SMW applications.

For information on getting started with SMW-related ASM, read my other tutorial, "Assembly for Super Mario World". That one does not go nearly as in-depth into ASM itself as this one, but will teach you how to put even basic ASM codes into practice right off the bat.

It's recommended to read that one first if you are completely new to ASM.

Included in the zip are multiple formats of the tutorial: docx, HTML, PDF.

What's new in this version: Fixed some errors and implemented some suggestions, please refer to the changelog. Most notable fix is the part about SRAM.

If you notice any errors, please don't hesitate to contact me so I can fix them. You could also contact me for suggestions.
Tags: asm coding snes
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SimFan96 Link
Halfway in and I'm starting to understand ASM so much more. Excellent job on this tutorial!
HammerBrother Link
Oh, this tutorial is missing JML.w (WordTable,x)
HammerBrother Link
Also, you can have pseudo 16-bit math with the second ADC/SBC being a nonzero number when adding or subtracting a number greater than $FF:

;#$F2FF + #$0101 = #$1335

;#$FFFF + #$0101 = #$10100

LDA #$FF		;\#$FF + $01 = #$00, carry set
CLC			;|
ADC #$01		;|
STA $00			;/
LDA #$FF		;\High byte handling; #$FF + (#$01 + carry) = #$01,
ADC #$01		;/carry set
STA $01

;$00-$01 : 0100

Thus by chaining LDA : ADC : STA, you can have any number of bytes (24 bits? add another LDA : ADC : STA). Same goes with subtraction. You only need CLC/SEC for handling the lowest byte.
Darolac Link
Top-notch. Nothing more to say
MrGoomba64 Link
thx for this
HammerBrother Link
You forgot another info about LSR/ASL/ROL/ROR - doing that on a RAM address does not affect the value in A, just like INC/DEC.
 Ersanio Author Link
The bits are numbered like 76543210, not 01234567. Bit 7 is cleared as there's nothing which moves into bit 7 and bit 0 moves into the carry flag.
TheBiob Link
LSR is correct though :thonk:
ASL would clear bit 0 and move bit 7 to carry.

Unless you're in 16-bit mode in which case bit 7 will be bit 15 but that's unrelated to what opcode is correct here.
HammerBrother Link
The carry flag has an important role during the bit shifting process. When bit 7 is set, and you do a LSR, bit 7 will be cleared, and bit 0 will move into the carry flag, either setting the flag or clearing it. It depends on the value of the bit shifted into carry. If the bit is 0, the carry flag clears. If the bit is 1, the carry flag gets set. If you do an LSR again, the carry flag will be set or clear again, depending on the result. Examine the examples closely, and it will begin to make sense. Examples:

you mean ASL.

Edit: I get it now (carry represented as c, lowercase when clear):

10000010 c
01000001 c

00100000 C
 Ersanio Author Link
HammerBrother Link
Note that MVN and MVP's $xxxx are backwards in this tutorial (not having it $xx,$yy). The First two hex digits are the destination bank, while the last two are the source bank.
ASuperMarioWiggler Link
ASM tutorial? I've been waiting for a long time for something like this! 5/5 stars!
 Ersanio Author Link
@benjausen yes, feel free to.

SMW-specific ASM tutorial is out:
benjausen Link
Can I translate this tutorial into Spanish please?
HammerBrother Link
INC $19 (GHB's body starts to bug out)
DiscoTheBat Link
After reading this tutorial, I saw how well organized it was, as well how easy to understand the informations were displayed, as well the good habits of programming. Nevertheless, I have no doubt that this is THE book for people that are new to the 65816 ASM and want to learn it nicely.
 Ersanio Author Link
As I mentioned in my previous version's download page, I will be working on a SMW-specific ASM tutorial as well which is way shorter and is straight to the point with plenty of images. Stay tuned!
 Veck Link
l33t sp34k translation when??? :D
lion Link
lol @ emojis
 Hobz Link
love this tutorial. thanks for the update. i wish it was written with a few more emojis so I'd be able to follow it easier, but as is it's a great stepping stone to learning how to become a great assembler!
 Ersanio Author From older version: Ersanio's ASM Tutorial - Assembly for the SNES Link
I plan to write a sequel to this tutorial which DOES focus on the practical SMW applications of ASM. It should be easier for SMW hackers to understand ASM in a SMW context thanks to more... Tangible examples.

Furthermore, Vitor pointed out the mistakes in my tutorial with a PM, so I'll fix those issues soon-ish.
Vitor Vilela From older version: Ersanio's ASM Tutorial - Assembly for the SNES Link
An excellent tutorial for anyone interested in doing a start up into the ASM world. There's some minor mistakes there and there but they're nothing compared to the quality of this tutorial. After all, I'd never learned ASM without this tutorial, at first place.
HammerBrother From older version: Ersanio's 65c816 ASM Tutorial V2.1 Link
Don't forget this one too:
LDA #$xx
STA $yy,x

Where if you are storing to a ram that is indexed.