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Welcome To The General Section

 Samus Logo Welcome MetConstian to the General guides section, whether you are looking to get into hacking or to improve your level design, its all here, if you are new here you should check out Why ROM Hack to see why you should try getting into ROM hacking if you have a serious interest in getting into games design, once you read that you can go check out the rest of this section of the wiki for all the tools and guides to read to get into ROM hacking more.

Useful tools and utilities

Below is a section of essential downloads for any hacker, you should probably have these already downloaded, but just in case we will list links to them below.

General
xvi32 xvi32 is a freeware hex editor, you can pick between this or HxD depending on your tastes.
HxD HxD is a hex editor, useful for when you need to do any kind of hex editing in your ROM.
Lunar IPS Tool for applying any IPS patches you may download from MetConst.
Lunar Address SNES address converter tool, useful for during hex editing.
Graphics Editors
Tile Layer Pro Graphical editing tool, used to edit any GFX files you may download or uncompressed graphics inside the ROM.
YY-CHR The other graphical editing tool, both function pretty well, its a matter of preference to which you use.
Tile Molester Another graphical editing tool, some people prefer this, it also has support for Mode 7, something which the other editors lack.
NES
fceux Contains debugging tools for Metroid hacking, nestopia is probably better for playing, but lacks debugging tools.
nestopia Latest version of nestopia, for playing Metroid ROM hacks.
GB
BGB BGB is a GB/C emulator and debugger.
SNES
SNES9x Latest version of SNES9x, for playing Super Metroid ROM hacks.
SNES9x Geiger Debugger version of SNES9x, for tracing and debugging your Super Metroid hacks.
SNEStuff This program combines Lunar Address/ips/Expand, xkas v0.6, an HDMA color converter and more. Very useful.
xkas a 65c816 assembler, you will need this for any assembly you download from MetConst.
ASMDev ASMDev is mainly a ASM code editor that allows users to change the ASM code in a ROM without the use of an external assembler.
GBA
VBA Debugger VBA with enhanced debugging abilities, useful for GBA hacking.
no$gba A recommended GBA debugger, useful for when assembly hacking.
Visual Boy Advance VBA is an emulator for playing GBA and GB games.

Guides

Starter Guides

  • Beginners Guide to playing ROM hacks - Useful quick guide for anyone not knowing how to patch a ROM.
  • Other guides before…
  • Pre-production - The final starter guide, inside this guide we talk about your preperation for making your hack or fan game, including setting a goal and planning out what you want and need to do, this is a must read!

Guides

  • Tile Molester Graphics Guide v1.2.3 - Quick Guide on using Tile Molester to Rip, View, and Edit graphics.
  • Hex Editing - Quick guide on hex editing, including problems you may face and need to avoid.
  • Graphical Editing - Quick guide on using the graphical editors.
  • Hacker Pitfalls - First time hacking? Better check this to make sure you dont bugger up anything.
  • What Not To Do - There are a lot of things people do wrong first time they start on their journey to making a game, read this and make sure you don't fall prey to these problems.
  • Spikes - Read this before you start using spikes.. please..

Aesthetics Guides

  • guide_name - basic level design rules test guide thingy

Game Specific

Since some guides are game specific, they have been split off to their own pages, click a game title below to be taken to their page, you may find guides written up on how to use publicly released tilesets on MetConst below in their specific game page.

general.txt · Last modified: 2017/05/31 17:56 by felixwright