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MDbtroid: One Hack to Rule them All!


I don't post that often here to this blog anymore. However, I wanted to get word out about my hack to as many people as possible. I'm basically reposting what I wrote on the MDb this past Sunday. Please download my hack and give it a shot! Thanks.


Metroid fans, boys and girls, today (8/15/10) marks the 23rd Anniversary of the release of Metroid for NES in North America. With this, I am unveiling something very special for you. Metroid Presented by the Metroid Database, or "MDbtroid" for short, is a graphical overhaul for the original NES game. I have been working very hard on this ROM hack for the past 3 months and I am very proud and happy to let you all get your hands on it for the first time. Forum users may have been able to see a bit of the game during its development, but now I am publicly releasing it for everyone to play! I really hope you enjoy my hack, it was an incredible learning experience for me and I feel a great sense of accomplishment from it. I also have a newly found respect for the original Metroid and it has given me a great insight into the way NES games were developed.

With this release, I also would like to point you in the direction of the Metroid Lua Script developed by Neill Corlett, who is well-known among emulation circles for his work on the English fan-translation of Seiken Densetsu 3. The Lua script is an awesome extension to the original Metroid, and gives the game much-needed capabilities that were brought about in the more modern titles such as a minimap, a pause screen map, and item toggling! For those who might have been frustrated or put off with the original's difficulty, this Lua script makes playing Metroid a much easier, accessible experience. (and be sure you have the FCEUX 2.1.2 or later to run it!)

I wholeheartedly recommend using this script while you play MDbtroid.

Together, they essentially create a brand new version of NES Metroid - and I hope you all have a lot of fun experiencing it! Please feel free to email me any compliments, comments, concerns, or complaints. Or, just write in the forum thread.

There's a little more than 2 weeks left until Other M is released! Are you excited yet!?

SCREENSHOTS: (with LUA script enabled)

And here's my YT video with commentary:
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About Infinitys Endone of us since 11:38 PM on 03.31.2008

Favorite games, in absolutely no particular order - Just how they started popping in my head.

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
Super Metroid
Metroid Zero Mission
Metroid Fusion
Metroid II: Return of Samus
Metroid Prime
Metroid Prime 3: Corruption
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow
Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin
Super Castlevania IV
Megaman X
Megaman 2 (NES)
The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time
The Legend of Zelda A Link to the Past
The Legend of Zelda Link's Awakening
The Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess
The Legend of Zelda Majora's Mask
The Legend of Zelda Wind Waker
The Legend of Zelda
Super Mario Bros. 3
Super Mario World
Super Mario 64
Super Mario Galaxy
Metal Slug series
Alien Hominid
Tetris NES (Tengen)
The New Tetris (N64)
Tetris DS
Bust A Move
Ms. Pac-Man
Mario Kart 64
Mario Kart DS
Super Smash Bros.
Super Smash Bros. Melee
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Final Fantasy VI
Chrono Trigger
Secret of Mana
Seiken Densetsu III
Vagrant Story
Gunstar Heroes
Gunstar Super Heroes
Sin and Punishment
Astro Boy: The Omega Factor
Maniac Mansion
Day of the Tentacle
Full Throttle
Grim Fandango
Shadow of the Colossus
Shadowman (N64)
StarFox 64
Demon's Crest
No More Heroes

I'm also a DDR fan, but don't play it that much anymore (i'm out of shape).
and there are probably more that I can't think of right now...