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How to Hack NES Games: Editing Graphics

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✦ Subscribe for chances to win free games and repros ✦ https://goo.gl/BuAo7j I'm posting a series of videos to show you how to edit NES games. Part 1: Editing the game's graphics. Graphic Hacking! ✧Tile Layer Pro - http://www.romhacking.net/utilities/108/ ✧FCEUX - http://www.fceux.com/web/home.html ►Watch Part 2: Importing Graphics - https://youtu.be/Z7SVVLJWA9c ►Watch Part 3: Editing Colors - https://youtu.be/ZkYkFXIBjao ✦Facebook / Twitter / Instagram ✦ https://facebook.com/riggstalgic http://twitter.com/johnblueriggs http://instagram.com/johnblueriggs ✦ Support ✦ If you wanted to send stuff to review or games like broken carts for me to fix or whatever else, (old cereal?) you can send to my work address - John Riggs | 4010 Summitview Ave | Yakima, WA 98908 ✦ Patreon: http://patreon.com/johnblueriggs ✦ "It really helps me out a lot!" ~every youtuber ever
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BrunitoRiv_YT (2 days ago)
I can not open the game that you edit
When I try to open the rom it says I can't because the name is "invalid" and "too easy to read", what does this mean ?
Bryan Edge (14 days ago)
Hi John, really enjoying your YouTube channel! It's been very helpful! I am new to re-editing games, but I'm getting more and more into it. I do have a question I would like to ask. I would like to import graphics from different games to the game I am editing. I'm running into a problem with the sprites I want to import. They are much larger than the ones in the original game. For example, I am trying to replace the ship in Defender II with a sprite I created but it's too big. Do I need to go into the code and change a setting? If so how? If not can you please share any suggestions? Thanks again for the help! I look forward to more of your great videos and advice!
Jeffrey Kontak (16 days ago)
Thanks for the video. I just got started sprite hacking the Dragon Warrior games. Here is my question though: Dragon Warrior 1 and 3 have the sprites come up clearly. On the other hand, 2 and 4 come out mangled and indecipherable. I don't get it. Is there a reason some games produce clear sprites on the software and some do not?
Vo iD (23 days ago)
I want to know how to change the actual level like Mario Maker... And change the color of pipes and sky, enemies, bricks...
Camarão Pixel (1 month ago)
Here's a freaking copy, bro: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Td3SMBgusHhAa1kpESPaklZ-zSR12WN4/view
Kyle Gaming (1 month ago)
Finally a method that could open to the door to game development for n64
Obese Individual (1 month ago)
Where can I download tile layer pro?
TonyLaLikorn (23 days ago)
in the description
ren rendell (1 month ago)
how come everytime I try to load into any mario hack it goes straight to the glitch level?
rachot saengwan (1 month ago)
your the best !!!!!!!
Klugger (1 month ago)
i'm looking for a way, to remove, blocks, obstacles, or stable enemies in NES games, for ex, those shooting turrets in Contra. etc
free2watch (1 month ago)
Thanks 😀
Dashel Scott (1 month ago)
I have a problem... I wanna rip a ton of SMB3 sprites into SMB1, but the SMB3 sprites are always inverted in color when I move them to SMB1, causing a tedious cycle of changing every pixel myself...
Nick Vog (1 month ago)
Can I edit the stomped goomba?
P- Star7 (1 month ago)
I have an important question. So if I a game like Mario Bros. to have moving background; how would I do that? Like change the clouds to actual moving clouds or change the bland blue background to a starry night background.
Aubrey G (2 months ago)
Mario looks like mario exe
JoshuKightus lll (2 months ago)
He just made a German flag 2:07
Christopher Pennie (3 months ago)
This sucks i mean it would be fun to hack Pac Man, Mario or Sonic game, but we want to make our own classic game on a cartridge played in the console if you know what i mean..
IRUZZ GAMING (3 months ago)
where did you find gamechaserscc.nes
UX2 Gaming (3 months ago)
Awesome tutorial dude!
Llama kid (3 months ago)
I need a good rom.Any website references?
Bram Dendunnen (3 months ago)
Any tips or videos on how to make extra animations in super mario bros for the NES, I am working on a project that will need some new animations for custom attacks.
Student Jonathan Chin (3 months ago)
Thanks so much!!! STAY FRESH!!!
Tom Blazee (4 months ago)
I've became a NES rom Hacker* * I mean Cracker (hacker is a person who likes to know about computers and tests their strengh)
Done _ Complete (4 months ago)
Uhm.. i dont know where to find rom :I
PersianImm0rtal (4 months ago)
Is there a tutorial for how to change ttext?
PersianImm0rtal (4 months ago)
Will this work on snes too?
TripleJ82882 (4 months ago)
I wanted to edit Battle Of Olympus to make it Zelda themed and call it The Battle of Hyrule but one look at the game in tile pro I said nope to complicated for me.
Iceypumpkin head (5 months ago)
Cool.
Spingus (5 months ago)
How would you go about adding extra frames of animation or changing the order of frames in an animation?
mateyro999 (5 months ago)
spanish:a question like reversing that ..... I want my super mario to come back as he was
mateyro999 (5 months ago)
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JanekekxYT (5 months ago)
@John Riggs: RIGG'd Games u sure romhacking.net is virus freen?
Video Mash (6 months ago)
When I scroll down (multiple games and emulators) I don't see any game graphics at all, just the tid bits of code. It seems like its not a lot of tiles either, like some are simply missing,. A little help pleeease?! ty
Nick Alessio (6 months ago)
Does this program work with game boy games
Stiffhand (6 months ago)
I remember my screen looking like this 1:00 when the game would mess up.
kobymusic108 (6 months ago)
Is there a way to add special Characters to the hex field? I'm trying edit ratings in Baseball stars. I got numbers, lower case letter, upper case characters, and the basic special characters. But, I'm still missing some characters and I have no idea what to use. Any help?
Foxy 123 (6 months ago)
I wish I can do this on android
Germana Zanotelli (6 months ago)
How do u find the graphics ROM?
Studio Capon (6 months ago)
Thats pretty neat.
Deactivated Channel (6 months ago)
Awesome! Thanks
Cheyenne Steyer (6 months ago)
Awsome
Iram zamudio quezada (7 months ago)
thank you
Cookie Clips (7 months ago)
Can you do this for snes games too?
Thijs Bakker (7 months ago)
Where do you get the ROMs and how do you put this on a NES/SNES card?
Luigi iMax HD (7 months ago)
How I can Import my Customized Music in SMB?
monkeyman monkeyman (8 months ago)
Mario got shot in the head
baldi basic fan 2018 (8 months ago)
hey riggs i made my own donkey kong hack!!!!!
David Brown (8 months ago)
Thank you so much for a simple tutorial video. I know I'm years late though.
beeto45 (8 months ago)
do you know anyone who does complete hacks? not just level editing? like mario adventure?
Lil Yargbiscuit (8 months ago)
you can even hack ROM hacks!
mental abuse (8 months ago)
Yes, you can.
Kai Rada (8 months ago)
Hey could you do one for megaman rom hacking im trying to edit the stage select squares in megaman 1
mental abuse (8 months ago)
Oh, and i'm here hacking Mega Man too. But, Mega Man 4, not 1.
RP (8 months ago)
4:06 what is the game's name right?
Dablue 14 (8 months ago)
I scrolled down and didnt find the sprites
Johnny Webb (9 months ago)
Oh yeah? try IRON SWORD: Wizards & Warriors II. That game is an absolute MESS!!!
Crunch Bandicoot (9 months ago)
Cartridges?!?!?!
Mr BooM (9 months ago)
how to change pc tomb raider 2 texture
Mamertos Power (9 months ago)
Awesome! Does Layer Pro work with snes roms? I wanna change the title screen of some games.
EgglesKlapper (9 months ago)
Use YY-CHR, you can tell which graphics are which and some of the graphics are in order, there is also some shape tools too such as lines, squares,circles,etc. Trust me, its better
Raul Gubert (9 months ago)
very interesting, it seems quite simple...can you also change the behaviour of the Characters?
robertkillian12 Gaming (9 months ago)
how you get super Mario bros?
MIDNIGHT1HALL (9 months ago)
Is there a way to edit the black backgrounds alot of nes games have ?
Rectangle101 (10 months ago)
Awesome video Hicks need to make a game man
Tomy Young2 (10 months ago)
cool nes hacks!
Eric Laviolette (10 months ago)
Wow!
ShadowCat 1442 (10 months ago)
it said "This file is read only. Try another file."
Tyler Leyden (8 months ago)
ShadowCat 1442 change it to read/write
AlonJalea (10 months ago)
It works with gba games?
Stephen Hoskins (10 months ago)
What I don't get about editing the graphics is why sprites always come up in a visible way in Tile Layer Pro. Assuming that 2 bits are needed for each pixel and that each tile is 8 x 8 = 64 pixels, then 64 pixels x 2 bits = 128 bits. 128 bits / 8 bits per byte = 16 bytes. So... is there 128 bit / 16 byte alignment? Otherwise, if the code section is only 14 bytes long (for instance), then once you get to the image section, wouldn't all the images look messed up since 8 of the pixels from the first tile would be showing up in the code section? (Am I making any sense?) I'm guessing that there are standards that you must adhere to for games coded up for the NES, but I don't know what these standards are. I'm curious to know more. (I'm guessing there is actually 8 bit / 1 byte alignment, but that the code section of the NES ROM must have a number of bytes that totals to a multiple of 16 bytes, resulting in potentially unused bytes at the very end of the code block in the NES ROM.) Any help will be hugely appreciated!
MikeDest (10 months ago)
Dr Floppy is the greatest rom hacker of all time.
EddieGames (10 months ago)
WHERE IS THE CUSTOM MUSIC FOR NES HACKS TUTORIAL??? WE NEED THIS!!
PacStar127 (11 months ago)
Hey man, help! Whenever I try to do this, I can't find the sprites anywhere! It's all code! What do I do if the sprites can't be seen?
goliath online (1 year ago)
If you want to use this on a Mac... I'm not sure how you guys install and use WINE, but I installed it with homebrew and use it in my terminal. That is probably not the easiest way for people who don't know about using the terminal. So, see if you can do that. Get WINE and use it to run TLP
Andrew Ambrose (1 year ago)
tile layer pro doesn't work with Mac. do you know any substitutes for Mac users?
Snowboy - (8 months ago)
get wine bottler, that could work
Alfie Abbott (1 year ago)
I made a rom hack making mario have no shoes but still feet
Ethan Man Playz (1 year ago)
John Riggs: RIGG'd Games you should make How to Hack NES Games: Editing Sounds or How to Hack NES Games: Editing Music
HeyySouL (1 year ago)
No idea how you got 18 dislikes... some people.. this was literally like the perfect explanation on how everything works. thanks a ton!
alanthegamerpro1 (1 year ago)
how do you change the music?
RandomCatDude (11 months ago)
There's no standard for music formats, every game has it's own player coded in.
Sonya Marlene (1 year ago)
Too bad they don't have a MAC version.
FreBvhme Hypebeast (1 year ago)
pls how to change music!!!
RandomCatDude (11 months ago)
There's no standard for music formats, every game has it's own player coded in. So you'd have to recode the game or figure out how it store's it's music.
Anthony Mandina (1 year ago)
But How Do you get the games to Edit them?
Emperor Galvatronus (1 year ago)
Its easy to do with SMB but with other games such as Donkey Kong or Mike Tyson's Punch Out i'm having trouble with finding the tiles, and it has me give up easily
DMA (1 year ago)
Nintendo= Nine inche nails left, do right, in and out in the middle. Pretty crazy right?
Andrew Ambrose (1 year ago)
TLP doesn't work on Mac I don't have Windows I have Mac Any substitute for TLP on Mac? Please help!
TheGBCrew (1 year ago)
Yay now I can make bootlegs!!
Miles Troff (1 year ago)
can you change music?
RandomCatDude (11 months ago)
There's no standard for music formats, every game has it's own player coded in. So you'd have to recode the game or figure out how it store's it's music.
Alyssa Garcia (1 year ago)
i can't it give an error
Albin Karlsson (1 year ago)
where do i find pac-man rom ?
RandomCatDude (11 months ago)
google.com
Alanna Lopez (1 year ago)
He can see into your soul
Plush Bros Advance (1 year ago)
Can you do How to hack Genesis games?
Maddy Falconer (1 year ago)
Thank you. I've already put Mario in a wheelchair
peepsmith (1 year ago)
when i did this, my game showed random textures everywhere
MilkeyWatts 1 (1 year ago)
I was about to change graphics in Mike Tysons Punch Out but all I see is code. Does anyone know why?
RandomCatDude (1 year ago)
Scroll down and make sure the format is set to NES.
Zachary Johnson (1 year ago)
I know that this is an old video, hopefully you will still see this. Can you make a SNES editing video/videos? I would like to mess around with games like Super Mario World and all the other great SNES games. It would also be nice if you could make some for editing Genesis games! BTW I love that you made this video! it's so fun getting to put my sprites in Mario and other NES games.
RandomCatDude (11 months ago)
For SMW, use Lunar Magic, it can be found on SMW Central, but for others, i dunno.
Can you do it with Vectorman from Sega?
That's is AWESOMES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
babada (1 year ago)
IMMA MARIO WHY-AH SO AH-SERIOUS
enzo Neuschwanger (1 year ago)
here my nes hack https://mega.nz/#F!MzA1AI6L
Eden GT (11 months ago)
Decryption key please?
Philip Herlitz (1 year ago)
Wow. Your videos are great. The best on youtube for showing how to do this. I had no interest in doing this, and randomly happened upon your channel. But, now I'm trying to build an SMB hack to gift to a friend, and I'm changing the Mario Sprite to something that looks like his small business mascot. But, I am bummed to discover that when mario is standing, from his shoulders down he is mirrored. My sprite has a very big chin that comes below the shoulders, which works fine when running (not mirrored), but not when standing. Is there a way to change a simple line to reference a rarely used sprite square that I could draw his other standing half on?
Eden GT (11 months ago)
Use SMB Graphics Workshop. This tool will change the graphic pointers. And yeah, I have other tips on other advanced SMB Hacking if you're interested.
It's Mir4ge! (1 year ago)
Hey John, ive run into a problem; my tile layer only shows two colors, which makes it almost impossible to tell what is what. How can i change that?
Vincenzo Carpentino (1 year ago)
when ever i open a game, it only shows the codes, not the graphics. Can you help?
Eden GT (11 months ago)
Scroll down to the base of the ROM.
Vinnycarpentino117 (1 year ago)
same....obviously
Josh DoesYTPs (1 year ago)
How do I do it on android

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