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8:00 PM on 08.11.2014

Even Zelda: Ocarina of Time is better with Waluigi

Thanks to a ROM hack by Russmarrs2, Waluigi is playable in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, just as we always wanted. Our collective hopes, dreams, and prayers have been answered. In the wrong hands, such an endeavor co...

Jordan Devore


Updated! Panel details revealed:

Hironobu Sakaguchi Reflection: Past, Present, Future of RPGs

The father of Final Fantasy, Hironobu Sakaguchi, has announced his PAX Prime 2014 panel where he will discuss his history developing role-playing games, along with revealing more about his new RPG, Terra Battle. Find out more info at PAX Prime website.






The Mega Man 4 ROM hack to end all ROM hacks photo
The Mega Man 4 ROM hack to end all ROM hacks
by Tony Ponce

When you hear the phrase "ROM hack," two thoughts may flitter across your mind. One, somebody took an old game from a legacy console and slightly altered the color palette or sprites to make it look like, for instance, all the boxers in Punch-Out!! are bare-ass. Or two, the level layouts have been altered to the point that no mere mortal could hope beat the game and keep their sanity in check. The former is the kind of stuff hacking newbies pull to get a few shock laughs, while the latter results in a project that is more frustrating than entertaining.

While the majority of hacks aren't worth your time, there are a few gems that rival what major developers could have conceived. Further still, there are hacks so elaborate that it's nearly impossible to recognize the source game at the heart of it all. PureSabe's Rockman 4 Minus Infinity is one such hack, being less of a remix of Mega Man 4 and more of a total evolution of the Mega Man formula.

I first saw clips of MI late last year, and though my interest was piqued, I couldn't find much else. Last week, The Mega Man Network discovered that the hack, which had been in development for at least three to four years, was finished. Technically, it's on version 0.01, but aside from some potential tweaks down the line, it's in a fully playable state. But before you make your decisions on whether to check this out, please watch a these gameplay videos. Believe me, you're body is soooooo not ready!

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11:00 PM on 06.01.2011

New NES homebrew game Super Bat Puncher appears

This is a run-through of a demo for Super Bat Puncher, an entirely new homebrew game for the Nintendo Entertainment System. A platform game, you have to free the nature spirits guarding a dangerous planet and punch a lot of ...

Conrad Zimmerman

4:00 AM on 02.22.2011

Retro Game Challenge 2 fan translation moving forward

Earlier in the month, ROM Hacker Xvirus demonstrated the potential for a fan translation patch for the sequel to Retro Game Challenge, long ago doomed never to escape Japan. While the patch was technically possible with Xviru...

Conrad Zimmerman

4:00 AM on 02.10.2011

Retro Game Challenge 2 may get a fan translation

I adored Retro Game Challenge, the localization of Game Center CX for the Nintendo DS. Sadly, not enough people were willing to take a risk on such a quirky title and odds for its sequel to see release in Western market...

Conrad Zimmerman

4:00 PM on 01.18.2011

Grab these Chrono Trigger fan games while you can

I wrote this post up as fast as I could. In fact, I haven't even had the chance to try these games out yet. That's because by the time you read this, they may be gone. Square-Enix is notoriously ruthless about taking down fan...

Jonathan Holmes

5:00 AM on 08.06.2010

Sonic 2 hack takes a dig at DIMPS

This just goes to show you how out of touch I am with Sonic the Hedgehog fans. I had no idea there was a contingent of people out there who seem to despise the way Dimps has been treating the speed freak. I suppose it w...

Conrad Zimmerman

10:20 AM on 04.06.2010

Final Fantasy gets fan translation ... into Latin

Fan translations are nothing new. Usually, its the result of Japanese games not getting released in English despite fan demand. Which of course begs the question -- who the Hell is demanding their games in Latin!? Whether peo...

Jim Sterling

7:00 PM on 01.21.2010

Genesis emulator coming to iPhone, won't be taken down

Here's something you don't see every day. An emulator for the Sega Genesis is on its way to the iPhone App Store and, get this, it probably won't be taken down within 24 hours. Sega is getting set to release their own officia...

Conrad Zimmerman

11:00 PM on 12.28.2009

Make room on your shelf for Battle Kid, a new NES game

Confession time: I spent my holiday weekend playing Final Fantasy II. So I understand if, even in this age of bump mapping, lens flares, and bloom lighting, you feel the need to play games lacking in polygons (or level desig...

Joseph Leray

6:00 AM on 07.08.2009

Play Mega Man on the Atari 2600, if you wanna

Two years ago, for the 2007 I Am 8-bit gallery, artist David Galloway (re)created Capcom's original Mega Man on the Atari 2600. If I were picky, I would insist that Galloway's de-make be played on an Atari 8-bit Family machin...

Joseph Leray





9:40 AM on 05.29.2009

Destructoid interview: Breath of Fire II translator Ryusui

A few weeks ago, a member of the ROMhacking community named Ryusui created an English translation for Capcom's classic Breath of Fire II. Nuka Cola -- a Destructoid community member and one of Ryusui's beta testers -- wrote a...

Joseph Leray

5:02 PM on 01.23.2007

On your NES: Mystery Science Theater 30XX and other hacked ROMs

In the not-too-distant future, a boy ... no, a man ... NO, a ROBOT must face evils the likes of can be seen only in the worst movies of all time. Not every hacked ROM can be a work of art like Cory Arcangel's Clouds, but ...

Analog Pidgin

1:18 PM on 08.10.2006

The state of DS homebrew: Jesus inside

The mother of all mobile gaming sites Modojo is ran a seven page feature on the state of DS homebrew games, with special emphasis on some of the most polished games created for the system and an interview with the sleepless t...

Niero Gonzalez