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What's a good number of sublevels to use in a hack?

Super Mario World has 512 sublevels in the ROM available to use, but how many would be a good number to actually use in a full length hack? How many sublevels can fit in a 4 MB ROM?

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I don't think there's any definitive answer for this as it will largely depend on what levels you make.
I'm not sure the answer to the second part either but I don't think it's something to even consider worrying about.
A hundred and ten thousand
All of them, of course. Gotta use every space inch possible from the rom and make the biggest hack ever possible.

However many you need.

For what it's worth, I personally use levels 0-60 for main levels (with the patch to move overworld levels 101-13B to 25-5F), I use levels 61-FF for additional main rooms, and I use levels 100-1FF for bonus rooms. The titlescreen and intro are usually levels FE and FF, debug levels can either be near there (say, FA-FD) or in 100-1FF, and many of the late 1xx levels I use as templates for different graphics sets.

As for how many can fit in a ROM, it's kind of a moot point because SMW normally only supports 512 sublevels anyway, and adding custom code to have more than that would likely break compatibility with Lunar Magic. If you were willing to do that, though, you'd only be limited by how many bytes each sublevel used and how much other stuff was in the ROM.


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What IS the overworld patch to do that?
Originally posted by M A R I O
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Well, I thought it was in the section, but it got moved to the hex edit repository and is now here. That version doesn't have defines for the intro level and title screen level, though, so you just have to change the hex values (the three C5s and one C7 near the beginning).


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