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RetroAchievements for Romhacks

Wednesday, July 31st, 2019 at 9:34 pm | Game

RetroAchievements adds Xbox 360-style achievement hunting and leaderboards to thousands of classic games and romhacks. Uncommon games often have romhacks that work with RetroAchievements. Check for patches you can apply with utilities like Floating IPS. I’ve already recommended Rockman 4 Minus Infinity but it also has RetroAchievements.

Dynamite Headdy delocalization by M.I.J.E.T. (RetroAchievements)
The localization we got here removed most of the dialogue, added American pop culture references, and made the annoying tower boss fight four times as long. This fan translation doesn’t do any of that. Go collect those secret bonus points.

Pulseman translation by M.I.J.E.T. (RetroAchievements)
My favorite game on Sega Channel had you build up static electricity and then discharge it to attack and move around. Most of the team that made it went on to make Pokémon Red and Blue.

Super Mario Land DX by toruzz (RetroAchievements)
Also Super Mario Land 2 DX by toruzz (RetroAchievements)
Super Mario Land is the first game I ever beat and a fine place to get started with romhacks. This turns Super Mario Land and its sequel into Game Boy Color games with some graphics redrawn for better visibility. The RetroAchievements add some nice challenges to keep things fresh.

Extra Mario Bros. by ATA (RetroAchievements)
This romhack gives Mario a dose of Metroid-like exploration with collecting keys and permanent upgrades to reach new places. It’s still Super Mario Bros., so the screen only scrolls to the right.

Umihara Kawase translation by satsu (RetroAchievements)
A new Umihara Kawase game just came out and I’m afraid to start it because I get hooked on these games for a long time. We’ve got a wedding to plan! The original game’s RetroAchievements keep track of every door and backpack you’ve reached, so try to get them all.

Source: RetroAchievements,, and My Life in Gaming

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Thank You Scientist – Swarm (8-Bit Version)

Saturday, June 15th, 2019 at 11:50 pm | Audio

Thank You Scientist is a seven-piece band playing jazz fusion progressive metal, my favorite! Their new album is streaming in lots of places including YouTube. The band’s drummer, Joe Fadem, thought Swarm would sound cool as a chiptune, so he made it happen. The title says “8-Bit”, but the SNES samples and K.K. Slider vocals say otherwise.

Source: Thank You Scientist Bandcamp
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Chart Party – The search for the saddest punt in the world

Saturday, May 25th, 2019 at 1:16 am | Video

Sports geekery is geekery like anything else. SB Nation’s Chart Party answers tricky questions by doing deep dives into a vast amounts of statistics. The show has tackled what if Barry Bonds didn’t have a bat and just how profoundly bad the Cleveland Browns are. This one’s still my favorite. It uses a complex formula to determine how “sad” a punt is, and then runs it on every punt in the modern NFL. This inspired me to do my own absurdly complicated formula to decide what retro games I should put on my handhelds’ limited storage space. I might report on that later, but I should stop punting and finish a blog post already.

Source: Chart Party via GeekNights
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Corruption as Art – Go Straight (remix EP)

Wednesday, March 6th, 2019 at 8:01 pm | Audio

Corruption as Art uses a real-time corruptor mod for BizHawk to flip random bits in memory while a game is running. Usually this just crashes the game, but sometimes things break in interesting ways. When applied to Streets of Rage 2, the music keeps playing but goes out of sync and creates strange remixes. Be warned that some posts, like How to Draw Kirby, feature “extreme flashing”. Lately I’ve been tearing things down and putting them back together in better organized ways, but this has introduced some glitches.

Source: Go Straight (remix EP), by ramon via corruptionasart via kinsie
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Dr. Fatbody – Sonic the Hedgehog 1 at AGDQ2019

Wednesday, January 30th, 2019 at 8:15 pm | Video

Awesome Games Done Quick 2019 brought us a Sonic 1 run by Dr. Fatbody, a highly entertaining player with the speed and precision of a yung Wumbo. He tries risky tricks that backfire sometimes and will goof off a little for style. When everything works, he’s really fast! He reminds me of my own playaround style, and now I know why. He’s also from the fighting game community and plays Zangief in Street Fighter V! It all makes perfect sense now.

Source: Games Done Quick via GeekNights
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