ROM Hack Goodness

The practice of editing ROM images has been around for a while, and it’s probably best known for inserting crude sexual jokes or making games much more difficult.

Of course that’s not its full gamut.

There have been plenty of ROM hacks that tweak games in various interesting ways. Some are even complete overhauls, clearly resembling the originals but providing lots of new content.

I find all of these quite interesting as they represent additions and alterations that the games’ fans clearly desired. There’s quite a few of them too, so here are just a few that caught my eye:

Rockman 3 Endless.

Rockman 3 Endless
Something of a backport, this hack brings Mega Man 9’s Endless Attack mode to Mega Man 3. It’s a standalone patch, not just a small modifier, and it’s a good example of a feature/mechanic of a sequel that the fans wanted to bring back to an earlier incarnation of the series.

Mortal Kombat II Unlimited

Mortal Kombat II Unlimited
It took ages of EGM posting certain spoofed rumours to convince developers of fighting games that implementing some playable hidden characters in their titles was a good idea. Eventually this became quite common, but not before Mortal Kombat II was released. To make things right, this hack not only allows the player to take control of the secret characters, but also to play as the bosses.

Chrono Trigger Coliseum

Chrono Trigger Coliseum
New worlds, quests, enemies, spells, etc., are always longed for with beloved RPGs, but realizing a fan-fiction piece in-game is quite a lofty task. Instead, this hack concentrates on providing a varied gameplay experience by creating an arena where the player (and optionally his party) can compete against numerous enemies for prizes.

Like I mentioned above, these are just scratching the surface, so what are some of your favourite ROM hacks?

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  1. #1 by setz on April 12, 2010 - 3:40 am

    Dragoon X Omega II is one of my favorites, a complete overhaul hack of Final Fantasy, into something that is absolutely nothing like Final Fantasy.

  2. #2 by Kevin White on September 12, 2011 - 9:11 am

    I played Megaman or Rockmann Japanese version a lot and I find this game very challenging, compare to the other type of game, this would be the hardest game that I ever played even though you put some cheats on it still the same.

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