I'm calling this a hack because no translation was required, and it wasn't a huge amount of effort.
Ninja Ryuukyuden ( www.pcengine.co.uk/HTML_Games/Ninja_Ryukenden.htm ) already has a translation embedded in it - you just need to hit a key sequence on the title screen (I + II + Select). (Probably most people here already knew this, but some people may not.)
This hack just makes English the default language up front, so you don't need to fiddle around.
I was asked (challenged ?) to quickly look at this on another communications channel, and it was easy enough to do, so here it is.
I was just about to submit it to Romhacking.net, but the documentation and other requirements would have been more work than creating the patch, and I thought it would make more sense sharing it here anyway.
Stage one is definitely an eyesore, but later levels, though still unacceptable, look better with the scrolling peering through small openings in the layer between the background and play area.
I also don't think the first level's music is a patch on the NES version, however it still sounds nice for what it is. Again, the later levels music compares better as they are the NES compositions only with more raw Turbo Power.
The fake BG layer doesn't actually scroll and that's part of the problem. It remains fixed in essence, but for 8 pixels it follows the foreground and then snaps back to correct itself (which is different than choppy scrolling like Ys 3). That effect is so jarring. No other PCE game does that (snaps it back). It doesn't look like scrolling and it sure doesn't look like it's supposed to be remaining fixed. It just looks like hot garbage.
More than anything though, they could have added an option to disable it. I was looking at the code years ago, and you can disable it.. but you also need to modify the background maps themselves. The backgrounds maps, fortunately, are uncompressed. Probably as weeks worth of hacking work. The difficult part is extracting the background, updating the entries, and then writing them back into the rom. Else, no real hacking of the game code.
When you say disable it, do you mean make it completely solid with the rest of the BG(for lack of a better term)? Or do you mean static, to give it a nice pseudo parallax look?
If there aren't enough frames in the rom for smooth parallax, the only options to fix it enough that most people would be happy is to make it static or make a bunch of complete sets of frames, hack them in and program them to animate correctly.
spenoza: So Power Golf and Lords of Thunder are too laggy to be much fun, but most of the other shooters are pretty sound, owing to being pretty damn responsive in their original form.
Jun 1, 2020 16:59:44 GMT
sunteam_paul: Looks like Amazon UK are finally starting to send out Minis now
Jun 5, 2020 8:10:57 GMT
sunteam_paul: Mini arrived, Fantasy Zone is sooo much better in the new version.
Jun 6, 2020 13:53:47 GMT
tron: Finished ys 1&2 again recently.Since i got ys memories of celecta for ps4 recently,time for that game.
Jun 11, 2020 8:23:39 GMT
sunteam_paul: I've just finished Memories of Celceta on PC, great game
Jun 11, 2020 12:06:22 GMT
sunteam_paul: Nice to hear remixes of some of the Ys IV music in it
Jun 11, 2020 12:06:50 GMT
bigusschmuck: Hope everyone is well, still trying to adjust working from home.
Jun 27, 2020 14:37:26 GMT
sunteam_paul: Not working at all at the moment...awaiting
Jun 28, 2020 21:29:46 GMT
spenoza: I have been working from home quite a while, but have begun alternating furloughs due to financial constraints.
Jun 30, 2020 20:21:05 GMT
spenoza: All retro prices are up. Something about people being stuck at home and desperately needing stuff to do. It's why Netflix viewership is up and why Disney+ accidentally stumbled into the perfect launch window.
Jul 20, 2020 18:49:55 GMT
bigusschmuck: I suppose so. So much for a price crash lol
Jul 22, 2020 18:13:45 GMT
tron: yup same thing for blazing lazers/gunhed,digipiggy etc.It's getting rather insane for the sega saturn as well even commons for the console have skyrocketed in price.
Jul 24, 2020 8:09:11 GMT
tron: Speaking of retro i got a refurbish snes classic recently.I heard nintendo was selling ones again so i snag it finally,neat little plug'n'play gonna have to hack it since i hear it's easy to do.
Jul 24, 2020 8:13:52 GMT