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Posted on 05-21-10 08:47:24 PM Link | Quote
Some useful tools for finding goodies

Hex editors:
Translhextion. Using Scan Relative, Generate Table, and Script->Load thingy table..., you can view games that use text in other formats (e.g. 0-9A-Z, instead of ASCII)



Viewing graphics:

YY-CHR is generally the best for any of the older systems, and has a lot of nice features and supports multiple formats, as well as useful palette controls.

Tile Molester is a Java-based tile editor that supports many more formats, but has really poor palette support and tends to be kind of buggy/slow. Used properly, though, it can be amazing.



Viewing data in the ROM:

Djinn Tile Mapper. Choose the graphics page to load, then you can scroll through the ROM with the graphics replacing bytes. This is another way of scanning for text, and can even reveal menus/full screens/other fun things.
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Posted on 08-24-10 08:18:51 PM Link | Quote
Noob question about Transhexlation. I'm getting sort of confused. What exactly do I use to figure out the address of a gameboy game? I've tried to use the tile viewer on visualboyadvance but it doesn't give me two digit addresses like Nesticle would.
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Posted on 08-24-10 08:37:04 PM Link | Quote
I'd also recommend XVI32, for pulling ASCII or CP437 strings out of DOS games and applications =D

Also, I would recommend IDA, but unfortunately it is not freeware... =/
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Posted on 08-24-10 08:49:11 PM (last edited by oaa at 08-24-10 09:31 PM) Link | Quote
Derp I meant how to figure out the address of a tile in a GB game so I can use a thingy table with it.

btw, trying to hack Game Boy Wars but it has like 3 different variations of the same katakana/roman characters but like bolded and crap.
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Posted on 04-04-11 11:08:08 PM Link | Quote
Originally posted by oaa
Derp I meant how to figure out the address of a tile in a GB game so I can use a thingy table with it.

btw, trying to hack Game Boy Wars but it has like 3 different variations of the same katakana/roman characters but like bolded and crap.


Don't bother trying to find the addresses of tiles or whatever. Just find a fairly unique string in your game and do a relative search for it in your hex editor, and build your table based on that. In Translhexation, use Scan Relative, and hit Generate Table to make a table based on that.

Can someone explain to me how to use Djinn Tile Mapper? I'm looking at Yoshi's Cookie right now and the graphics Djinn shows are not the same as the ones shown in YY-CHR. And is there a way to figure out how to align the tiles besides trial and error?
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Posted on 07-24-11 07:32:24 PM Link | Quote
For viewing graphics in a ROM, is there anything other than yy-chr and Tile Molester/Pro that works decently/about as well? I have yy-chr, but it takes a bit of getting used to... and TMP, though I don't have a JRE installed on this system at the moment, and I don't feel like installing one just for TMP.

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Posted on 07-24-11 08:00:46 PM Link | Quote
Originally posted by Aoi
For viewing graphics in a ROM, is there anything other than yy-chr and Tile Molester/Pro that works decently/about as well? I have yy-chr, but it takes a bit of getting used to... and TMP, though I don't have a JRE installed on this system at the moment, and I don't feel like installing one just for TMP.



Well, it's worth noting that there are a bunch of versions of YY-CHR floating about there (0.98, 0.99, and a .NET one) so maybe you could try a different one...

There's Tile Layer Pro, but that isn't nearly as featureful as YY-CHR or Tile Molester. (I don't think TLP is a Java program?)
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Posted on 07-26-11 05:52:40 PM Link | Quote
Hmm. Apparently, the version of YY-CHR I have is 0.97 beta 31 (if I remember the beta number correctly). I can't remember if I grabbed it from romhacking.net or Zophar's, though. Probably Zophar's, so I'll check romhacking. Is the .NET version more recent (at least, in theory)?

I'll probably want to check DS games, too - I don't know if the above programs handle DS games well enough (or at all), and I recall someone suggesting a different program on a talk page somewhere on TCRF... a program beginning with "Ta" ("Tap-"?). Unfortunately, that's all I recall.

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Posted on 07-26-11 09:27:19 PM Link | Quote
Originally posted by Aoi
Hmm. Apparently, the version of YY-CHR I have is 0.97 beta 31 (if I remember the beta number correctly). I can't remember if I grabbed it from romhacking.net or Zophar's, though. Probably Zophar's, so I'll check romhacking. Is the .NET version more recent (at least, in theory)?

I'll probably want to check DS games, too - I don't know if the above programs handle DS games well enough (or at all), and I recall someone suggesting a different program on a talk page somewhere on TCRF... a program beginning with "Ta" ("Tap-"?). Unfortunately, that's all I recall.




There's a couple: Tahaxan is good for viewing static files and for exploring and decompressing the NDS rom in general. Crystaltile2 can view more graphic formats than Tahaxan, but it's not as easy to use.
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Posted on 08-29-11 04:09:58 AM Link | Quote
I notice some games have full maps people put up. Is that done through a certain program, are people taking individual shots of areas and piecing it all together(sounds impossible), or is it that those games in particular might have level editors that make ripping whole maps possible?

For example I see some areas in Wario Land 4 have some full maps up. As far as I'm aware there's no map editor program for that game though, so how did they get those full maps?
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Posted on 08-29-11 10:26:33 AM (last edited by Peardian at 08-29-11 10:27 AM) Link | Quote
Regarding Wario Land 4: VisualBoy Advance has a built in map viewer, as do some other GBA/DS emulators. I combined the rips from that with screenshots of the sprite objects in Paint. For most 2D games, it's as easy as that. Other people simply use screenshots, and no, it's far from impossible.
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Posted on 03-01-12 03:15:31 PM Link | Quote
Would there happen to be any model viewers for Mac OS X systems?

Yes, I'm aware I can get them for Windows and Linux; I'm trying to have tools set up across all my systems (Windows, Linux, Mac), so that I don't have to switch computers just to examine games in depth. (Or install a VM, dual-boot, or use Wine. )

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Posted on 03-09-12 05:50:58 PM Link | Quote
Save-state editing tools for various games on various platforms. Check the list on the left under SaveData改造ツール. You can edit health, items, number of deaths, and things like that.

http://www.geocities.co.jp/Playtown-Queen/5355/main.html
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Posted on 03-09-12 06:43:44 PM Link | Quote
Originally posted by GlitterBerri
Save-state editing tools for various games on various platforms. Check the list on the left under SaveData改造ツール. You can edit health, items, number of deaths, and things like that.

http://www.geocities.co.jp/Playtown-Queen/5355/main.html


How many freaking Super Robot Wars games are there? :psyduck:
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Posted on 03-09-12 07:16:25 PM (last edited by divingkataetheweirdo at 03-09-12 07:32 PM) Link | Quote
Originally posted by sister miyagi

How many freaking Super Robot Wars games are there? :psyduck:


I counted 61. Wow, that's quite a bit for a series that's pretty much unreleased/unknown outside of Japan.

There was a tool called Extractor, by Nova Software, which allows the extraction of .jpegs, .oggs, .bmps, among several other formats. I believe that it can only extract files if they are done in a certain format, however. The site's no longer up, but I have the latest version on my computer. I'm not sure if the site allows tools to be uploaded, especially of those no longer available on the internet.

EDIT:A ha, one missing 'a'. Also, the reason I wondered why is because I am seriously considering uploading this to the website.
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Posted on 03-09-12 07:24:58 PM Link | Quote
I'd like to put forward Tinke if you're looking into NDS games. It actually supports a whole bunch of the specific formats and whatnot and can open the graphics on the fly.
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Posted on 03-17-12 06:01:09 PM Link | Quote
Game Extractor

To me, it's like Nova Software's Extractor, but so much better. It can extract everything that Extractor can/could and much more. I only downloaded the free version, but I might buy the full version. Strongly recommended for PC games.
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Posted on 03-20-12 07:23:45 AM Link | Quote
Originally posted by divingkataetheweirdo
Game Extractor

To me, it's like Nova Software's Extractor, but so much better. It can extract everything that Extractor can/could and much more. I only downloaded the free version, but I might buy the full version. Strongly recommended for PC games.

I might have found it for free, i'll see if it is the full version and if not i'll carry on searching. Personally the Sites lack of visual appeal makes me a bit worried about downloading it, it does seem to good to be true.
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Posted on 03-21-12 02:22:14 PM Link | Quote
Originally posted by SamuelEarl666
Personally the Sites lack of visual appeal makes me a bit worried about downloading it, it does seem to good to be true.
Don't judge a book by its cover. A website's looks often have no relation to the quality of the software contained within. Some of the best software has come from websites that are little more than text files with hyperlinks.
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Posted on 03-21-12 03:00:53 PM (last edited by Norman Google at 03-21-12 03:01 PM) Link | Quote
Originally posted by BMF54123
Originally posted by SamuelEarl666
Personally the Sites lack of visual appeal makes me a bit worried about downloading it, it does seem to good to be true.
Don't judge a book by its cover. A website's looks often have no relation to the quality of the software contained within. Some of the best software has come from websites that are little more than text files with hyperlinks.

No. NO.

NOBODY HERE KNOWS ANYTHING ABOUT WEBSITE APPEAL WHEN IT COMES TO FREE SOFTWARE UNLESS YOU MENTION SUPER

This is one of the best video conversion freewares out there, but I frigging DARE you to find the download file.

http://www.erightsoft.com/SUPER.html

You'll find it eventually, but boy is it a journey. One that everyone experiences every time they go to download it.
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