|It's a lot of fun to have custom GFX, sprites and music in a ROM hack, but it's out of reach for noobs until they've spent a lot of time learning about SMW hacking. These people could be perfectly good level designers, just not familiar with the tools yet.|
Why don't we have base ROMs to make it easier for people to make themed hacks?
Megaman Base ROM with all the GFX and ported music from the original, and ported sprites, with a .txt to help explain where everything is addressed and how to access it in Lunar Magic.
All Stars Base ROM, this could be well utilised with SMB X like levels and custom power-ups and example levels.
Sonic The Hedgehog Base ROM. Well, not a lot of custom stuff exists for this yet, but a base ROM can be the point of making new things for others to use. It doesn't even need to have custom sprites or bosses.
You could just have a completely custom drawn and coded base ROM that's not based on any existing game at all.
These base ROMs can be updated over time with new sprites and better optimised content. You could have different collections of assets for the same game, let's say if a base ROM was just SMASSMB2 stuff and had really háčky things like Subspace, without taking up loads of space with unused elements from the rest of SMAS.
The possibilities are endless, really. You give people greater means to start building their hack where they're not just confined to Vanilla. I'd play hacks that use a base ROM since it will be fully customised level design and that's mostly what Vanilla hacks have going for them. People will still want to know how to customise more things in the ROM and there's still motivation to grow as a SMW hacker, it's just they're no longer held back from making a Chocolate hack.
Credits for the base ROM resources can be in .txt for the person using it to insert them into the hack somewhere.
Why wouldn't it be okay to have a base ROM section starter pack for new people to decide early on how to begin their hacking?
You could even literally have a fully customised and original base ROM with your own graphics, original sprites and et cetera for new people to learn with!
I'd contribute for sure.
Originally posted by Conal
All Stars Base ROM,
That would be cool for anyone who wanted to make a ROM hack of The Lost Levels without having to actually hack SMAS.
Originally posted by Conal
Sonic The Hedgehog Base ROM.
Wonder if there's any combination of resources allowing Mario to run through roller coaster loops.
Legacy custom music
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