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Super Mallow RPG
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Super Mallow RPG is a project I've worked on within the past year, and released not too long ago! What is Super Mallow RPG?

It's a ROM hack of Mario RPG, where instead of playing as Mario, you play as the all loveable cat hero known as Mallow! You may have seen this feline character in Super Mallow World, an SMW collab hack I've worked on years ago.

Mallow is a cat owned by Glitchcat7, one of the most profound SMW streamers on twitch, and co-founder and commentator of Romhack Races!

The goal of this hack was, simply, to learn Lazy Shell and learn how to create custom graphics in it. In addition I learned how the dialogue works, to change all dialogue relating to Mario to Mallow. And yes, frog/prince Mallow is in this game too. The dialogue was... altered, to reflect this.

I also wish to share some lessons learned in all of this.
1: Back-ups, when working with Lazy Shell. Always use back-ups.
2: Not all things are editable in Lazy Shell, when trying to edit Mario's graphics. Namely the world map sprite, several cutscene sprites, some mode 7 graphics, and various other miscellaneous bits around the game. If you see Mario in this hack, thats because there is no feasible way of editing that part of the ROM as of current.
3: Palette editing is possible, but finding the correct palette sets can be difficult. There are several copies of palette sets around the ROM, which can be edited in the palette editor itself or by using the built in hex editor.
4: SMRPG is too big of a game for, me personally, to be able to take on a full ROM hack of it. This project alone, which is just a character hack, took months of passionate dedicated work. There are just so many frames to edit, and various bits of detail to get it as polished as I could within the limits of Lazy Shell.
5: As janky as Lazy Shell can be, it truly is a super robust editor for SMRPG. It's got some bits and pieces missing here and there, sure. Comparing it to Lunar Magic, Lazy Shell is like a behemoth and Lunar Magic is like an ant, in terms of which editor is more powerful in editing its base game without requiring external tools like addmusic, pixi, gps, etc. With all that said, the tool still isn't "complete". Like I said there is still things I can't edit, and I'd still like to see this tool developed more and more.

You can find and download the hack here: Super Mallow RPG

Of course, make sure you have a SMRPG rom available to patch this! You will need the USA version.

Some screenshots:












Nice sprite replacement! When I clicked on this, I was thinking of Mallow from SMRPG getting his own SMRPG hack though lol

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That's what I thought as well.

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Holy crap something SMRPG related!? It's been too long
Good work on the sprite btw

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I'm amazed you made something with Lazy Shell. I remember using it once upon a time and got very lost. The sprite replacement looks good based on the screenshots.

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Originally posted by Ruberjig
Holy crap something SMRPG related!? It's been too long
Good work on the sprite btw

Agreed! This is really nicely done.

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Mhhh Looks not Bad I Like How Good The Attack Animation Turned out so far and I Could Imagine that it would Give some Laughs When Mallow meets Mallow :D

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Does this hack also replace Mallow with a cat cloud named Mario? :D

Never tried Lazy Shell but looks good

you're mom bannd
It is rare to see something like this surface, but it is certainly a welcome addition. It just goes to show you how easy a program Lunar Magic is, especially compared to other game editors.

Anyways, good work.
Hey you better have left Yo'ster Isle fully in-tact, I don't wanna be getting home and find its been turned into a castle or something!

Do what you want to the other locations, I don't care. Great news to know there's still some hacking going on for SMRPG.
I wish you best of luck, it's been a while since I saw a SMRPG hack.

A friend of mine was creating one, but i don't what happened to it. It has been a while since he showed me SMRPG hacking stuff.

Overall, that's something very nice to see. #smrpg{y}

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It's a cute sprite edit, and not bad at all given you were tasked with fitting it into a game full of 3D renders without looking out of place. I'm wondering why he has Mario's boots on, though... walking a mile in someone else's shoes for this one?

So much love for the kitty. After Cool Zone 2: Electric Boogaloo do you intend to morph this into a complete overhaul or has the objective been accomplished with the character replacement? If character replacement was the goal, what other games do you plan on putting Mallow in? Will the M in SMWC3 come to mean Mallow by the time you're through with today and tomorrow?

Originally posted by Von Fahrenheit
Does this hack also replace Mallow with a cat cloud named Mario? :D
Two Mallows are better than one. :P

Just look above you...
If it's something that can be stopped, then just try to stop it!
Originally posted by Counterfeit
It's a cute sprite edit, and not bad at all given you were tasked with fitting it into a game full of 3D renders without looking out of place. I'm wondering why he has Mario's boots on, though... walking a mile in someone else's shoes for this one?

So much love for the kitty. After Cool Zone 2: Electric Boogaloo do you intend to morph this into a complete overhaul or has the objective been accomplished with the character replacement? If character replacement was the goal, what other games do you plan on putting Mallow in? Will the M in SMWC3 come to mean Mallow by the time you're through with today and tomorrow?

Originally posted by Von Fahrenheit
Does this hack also replace Mallow with a cat cloud named Mario? :D
Two Mallows are better than one. :P


I think this hack is pretty much done. SMRPG, and RPGs overall are such a gargantuan project for any one person to take on. The only way I’ll make an SMRPG hack is if its a collab project.

I have often jokingly toyed around with the idea of putting Mallow in all the games. He’s one of my favorite characters to draw in sprite form, the orange and white fur with green bandana are truly iconic, in my eyes. I’ve thought of bringing him to 3D with SM64, Ocarina of Time, and even Wind Waker. However I don’t know a lick of 3D modelling, not to say I wouldn’t wanna learn it. If I put Mallow in any other game, its probably going to remain in the 2D sphere, possibly in SMB3, Mario Kart, whatever is possible.
I don't blame you; RPG hacking is where I started (and quickly moved on from) and that's strictly for level 255 ascended wizards.

Now about Super Mario Kart: Before the tool here that lets you scale graphics, I wouldn't dare have patience to sprite for Super Mario Kart because it's boring to do all the angles and have to do them again a little smaller and again and again etc, but nowadays it would save you a significant amount of time because you'd have to draw far fewer frames and just work out the downscaling to replace the old character completely. IIRC the driver sprites are uncompressed in the ROM so it should be fairly easy. You should strike palette gold with Princess Peach or Bowser, and then the rest is text editing.

Just look above you...
If it's something that can be stopped, then just try to stop it!
There can't be enough Mallow in this world!
It's cool to see you tried SM64 hacking. Mallow fits there quite well, too. He's such a cute cat and good protagonist.

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Originally posted by FedoraFriday
I think this hack is pretty much done. SMRPG, and RPGs overall are such a gargantuan project for any one person to take on. The only way I’ll make an SMRPG hack is if its a collab project.


Taking on the development of an RPG seems really overwhelming yeah. One of my dream projects is to turn Smash Bros. into a Fire Emblem style game but man that would take time.

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I tried using Lazy Shell once, and I can see where you're comming from, the editor felt too big and complicated, and I barely could do anything with it. There's also not a lot of tutorials online on how to use it.

I'm curious though, when you say there are remnamts of Mario you couldn't edit, you mean parts from the playable character? Or non-gameplay things like the image at the end of the credits?
I don't know much about SMRPG hacking (or SMRPG, I never finished the game) but I haven't seen anyone post something like this in a long long time. Love the sprite edit and overall it looks really nice!
Oh, more mallow stuff. I've barely learned about the little guy and yet here we go!
To be honest, it's unlikely that I'm going to replay SMRPG with just a sprite replacement, but that being said, I really like how he looks here. That grumpy expression on his face, haha. I love it! I also think you really nailed the pseudo-3D art style of SMRPG. Definitely would love to play as him in something more ambitious!

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At first I though this was a full hack, but I have to say the graphic replacement is also pretty good given how difficult SMRPG hacking should be. The documentation and tips you give here are also great, so good job here.
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