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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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Aubrey G (12 days ago)
Mario looks like mario exe
JoshuKightus lll (24 days ago)
He just made a German flag 2:07
Christopher Pennie (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
where did you find gamechaserscc.nes
UX2 Gaming (1 month ago)
Awesome tutorial dude!
DA JEFF DUDE XD (1 month ago)
I need a good rom.Any website references?
Bram Dendunnen (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
Thanks so much!!! STAY FRESH!!!
Fat Cakes (2 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 (2 months ago)
Uhm.. i dont know where to find rom :I
PersianImm0rtal (2 months ago)
Is there a tutorial for how to change ttext?
PersianImm0rtal (2 months ago)
Will this work on snes too?
TripleJ82882 (2 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 (3 months ago)
Spingus (3 months ago)
How would you go about adding extra frames of animation or changing the order of frames in an animation?
mateyro999 (3 months ago)
spanish:a question like reversing that ..... I want my super mario to come back as he was
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JanekekxYT (3 months ago)
@John Riggs: RIGG'd Games u sure romhacking.net is virus freen?
Tomy Young (3 months ago)
cool graphics edit tile layer pro and nes emulator
Video Mash (4 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 (4 months ago)
Does this program work with game boy games
Bobofett 72 (3 months ago)
Nick Alessio no
Stiffhand (4 months ago)
I remember my screen looking like this 1:00 when the game would mess up.
kobymusic108 (4 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 (4 months ago)
I wish I can do this on android
Germana Zanotelli (4 months ago)
How do u find the graphics ROM?
Capon Design TV (4 months ago)
Thats pretty neat.
Deactivated Channel (4 months ago)
Awesome! Thanks
Cheyenne Steyer (4 months ago)
Iram zamudio quezada (5 months ago)
thank you
Cookie Clips (5 months ago)
Can you do this for snes games too?
Thijs Bakker (5 months ago)
Where do you get the ROMs and how do you put this on a NES/SNES card?
Luigi iMax HD (5 months ago)
How I can Import my Customized Music in SMB?
monkeyman monkeyman (6 months ago)
Mario got shot in the head
mlp fan (6 months ago)
hey riggs i made my own donkey kong hack!!!!!
David Brown (6 months ago)
Thank you so much for a simple tutorial video. I know I'm years late though.
beeto45 (6 months ago)
do you know anyone who does complete hacks? not just level editing? like mario adventure?
Lil Yargbiscuit (6 months ago)
you can even hack ROM hacks!
mental abuse (6 months ago)
Yes, you can.
Kai Rada (6 months ago)
Hey could you do one for megaman rom hacking im trying to edit the stage select squares in megaman 1
mental abuse (6 months ago)
Oh, and i'm here hacking Mega Man too. But, Mega Man 4, not 1.
Romain Production (6 months ago)
4:06 what is the game's name right?
Dablue 14 (6 months ago)
I scrolled down and didnt find the sprites
Johnny Webb (7 months ago)
Oh yeah? try IRON SWORD: Wizards & Warriors II. That game is an absolute MESS!!!
Crunch Bandicoot (7 months ago)
Mr BooM (7 months ago)
how to change pc tomb raider 2 texture
Mamertos Power (7 months ago)
Awesome! Does Layer Pro work with snes roms? I wanna change the title screen of some games.
duck knuckles (7 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 (7 months ago)
very interesting, it seems quite simple...can you also change the behaviour of the Characters?
robert killian 12 Gaming (7 months ago)
how you get super Mario bros?
MIDNIGHT1HALL (7 months ago)
Is there a way to edit the black backgrounds alot of nes games have ?
Rectangle101 (8 months ago)
Awesome video Hicks need to make a game man
Tomy Young2 (8 months ago)
cool nes hacks!
Eric Laviolette (8 months ago)
ShadowCat 1442 (8 months ago)
it said "This file is read only. Try another file."
Tyler Leyden (6 months ago)
ShadowCat 1442 change it to read/write
AlonJalea (8 months ago)
It works with gba games?
Stephen Hoskins (8 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 (8 months ago)
Dr Floppy is the greatest rom hacker of all time.
EddieGames (8 months ago)
PacStar127 (9 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 (10 months 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 (10 months ago)
tile layer pro doesn't work with Mac. do you know any substitutes for Mac users?
Snowboy - (6 months ago)
get wine bottler, that could work
Alfie Abbott (10 months ago)
I made a rom hack making mario have no shoes but still feet
Ethan Man Playz (10 months 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 (10 months 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 (10 months ago)
how do you change the music?
RandomCatDude (9 months ago)
There's no standard for music formats, every game has it's own player coded in.
Sonya Marlene (11 months ago)
Too bad they don't have a MAC version.
FreBvhme Hypebeast (11 months ago)
pls how to change music!!!
RandomCatDude (9 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 (11 months ago)
But How Do you get the games to Edit them?
Emperor Galvatronus (11 months 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 (11 months ago)
Nintendo= Nine inche nails left, do right, in and out in the middle. Pretty crazy right?
Andrew Ambrose (11 months ago)
TLP doesn't work on Mac I don't have Windows I have Mac Any substitute for TLP on Mac? Please help!
TheGBCrew (11 months ago)
Yay now I can make bootlegs!!
Miles Troff (1 year ago)
can you change music?
RandomCatDude (9 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 (9 months ago)
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
Evan Wyttenback (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 (9 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)
enzo Neuschwanger (1 year ago)
here my nes hack https://mega.nz/#F!MzA1AI6L
Eden GT (9 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 (9 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 (9 months ago)
Scroll down to the base of the ROM.
Vinnycarpentino117 (1 year ago)
Josh DoesYTPs (1 year ago)
How do I do it on android
Advanced Koishi (1 year ago)
help! i open the rom and it only shows garbage!
Eden GT (9 months ago)
You have to scroll down to the bottom of the ROM; that's where you'll find the graphics.
ThoseCoolGamers (1 year ago)
this video is pretty old and maybe back then the sites were safe. But does anyone know if they are still safe to use?
rob jr (1 year ago)
How do you compile nes files into 1 rom like I got a nes rom with 8 different nes files but they're all part of 1 game how do I combine them into the one rom or one nes file?
Caloob (1 year ago)
thanks! i gave mario a top hat!
Kevin Velez (1 year ago)
can I please have a download link for the hack that you made in this video?
YoshiFan64 (1 year ago)
can you make a rom hack of mario or sonic with this guy as the star? https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B2ATUftGpQ4AMENlZ0lnMXlsNms
RandomCatDude (9 months ago)
No, never.
Dai 大 (1 year ago)
Cool! Can you take an NES Rom's code to make your own game ?
RandomCatDude (9 months ago)
NES games are coded in 6502 assembly, so you'd have to learn 6502 assembly to do that.
TheLegofan21 (1 year ago)
can you do one of these for genesis games (mainly sonic)
Rockruff Gaming (1 year ago)
Can you do this on mac?
GAmEr Haxx (1 year ago)
Gaijin Guide (1 year ago)
Hey Riggs, I've successfully changed a few sprites in a few games, but I'm having trouble editing larger sprites. I can't seem to find all the pieces for them. I would like to make a Punch Out edit ( each sprite is obviously a lot more tiles than Mario) I feel like there has to be an easier way to find the pieces and arrange them on the tile arranger. Can you give me some advice please?
臭青蛙 (1 year ago)
how to change link's sprites?
What about Background sprites? (Example: Pokémon Battle Sprites GEN 1/2)
RandomCatDude (9 months ago)
Those are compressed, so you're outta luck.
Steven Zemo (1 year ago)
this is awesome

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