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No, ROM Hacking.net Has Not Been Shut Down

For the last day or so, ROM Hacking.net has been available online. A main hub for the modding community with thousands of hacks of classic games available to download, the site is basically seen as the centre of the whole community. It’s a site no one expected to go down, and people haven’t taken it well as a result.

As a result, people are now looking on social media sites for answers. Where it seems there are two pages talking about the site’s closure. These pages (like the one on Twitter) imply that Nintendo was behind the whole thing. That thanks to the site hosting mods of classic Nintendo games, the company was threatening to sue the site and its creator pulled it down as a result.

It’s a typical yet scary message. The kind we saw with AM2R and Pokemon Uranium, as well as various other projects since.

But here’s the thing.

It’s also completely false. Why?

Because ROM Hacking.net does not use social networking sites at the moment. There are no links to them on its site, the admin has said he has no interest in the services and the only off site ‘discussion’ portals mentioned are via IRC and Discord.

In other words? The social media pages for ROM Hacking.net are fakes. They’re hoaxes by trolls to trick the unwary, as mentioned in the official IRC chat.

Instead, the actual reasons for the site’s downtime are likely a lot more standard. Like say, the site’s admin being snowed in. Or him having forgotten to pay the hosting bills this month. In other words, typical admin related errors on websites.

The fake ‘legal threats’ posts on the other hand are (apparently) by trolls from another popular ROM hacking website. One that’s on bad terms with the ROM Hacking.net community and wants to make the situation look as hopeless as possible. It’s like the whole Jason Allen thing we had going on a while back. Except you know, with the affected fan game host being a fake rather than the ‘lawyer’.

So yeah, don’t believe these pages. They’re not affiliated with the site, and have no insight into why it’s currently unavailable. Instead, check out the site’s Discord here and IRC chat room here. That’s where you’ll find real updates about the site’s situation.

Just a quick warning message, to avoid fake news getting spread any further.

The Disney Afternoon Collection has been Announced!

Ever wanted to play DuckTales, or Darkwing Duck on a modern games console? Feel like the classic adaptations of TaleSpin and Chip ‘n Dale need a revival? Or wanted to see DuckTales 2 finally get out from its predecessors shadow?

If so, it seems like you’re in luck! Because as the title suggests, Disney have just announced The Disney Afternoon Collection for PC, PS4 and Xbox One! Coming on April 18th and available for $19.99, the title includes six great Disney adaptations from the NES era. Aka:

  • Darkwing Duck (NES)
  • DuckTales (NES)
  • DuckTales 2 (NES)
  • TaleSpin (NES)
  • Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers
  • And Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers 2.

In other words, all the classic Capcom video game adaptations of Disney’s old cartoons, all in one convenient package. Here’s a trailer showing the title in action:

What’s more, these games aren’t just a bunch of ROMs slapped on a disc either. Oh no, there are also other neat additions here too. These include a Museum Mode (where you can see concept art for each game), emulator type rewind options and online leaderboards among other things. So if you ever felt like seeing who was best at these classics… well you can do that too.

Time Attack Mode in Chip 'n Dale

Unfortunately, there’s one downside here. What is it?

This collection hasn’t been announced for the Wii U or Nintendo Switch. That’s disappointing really, especially how the originals got popular on a Nintendo platform, and their fans will likely really want to experience these games again in the near future. Add how the Switch is a hybrid system, and well… you can imagine how awesome playing DuckTales on the go would be!

Still, at least the collection exists, and such games are no longer in legal limbo. So if you’re a fan of classic Disney and have a PS4 or Xbox One, go and check it out. It’s definitely something you might miss if you’re not quick enough!

Source:

The Disney Afternoon Collection Revisits Classic Games on April 18th (Official Capcom Blog)

The Kokiri Are Mutated Hylians in the Zelda Series?

Since their debut in Ocarina of Time, the idea behind the Kokiri in the Zelda series has been a pretty simple one. They’re forest spirits created by the Deku Tree. They can’t leave the forest or grow up. And a few hundred years later, it turns out they’ve gotten changed into living tree creatures in order to survive the flood that created the Great Sea.

It’s all standard stuff for the Zelda series really, and most of the fanbase likely know it all by now.


But now it seems Nintendo has different ideas about the origins! Why?

Because according to the new Zelda Encyclopaedia, the Kokiri weren’t originally forest spirits at all.

Oh no, they were actually Hylians. As in, normal humans that entered the forest after running away from civilisation.

Here’s the page about it from the book that confirms it:

As well as a translation about the species via the nice guys at Source Gaming:

ok the Kokiri were originally Hylians who rejected civilization, so they ran into the forests. Then they started their own society and eventually became the Kokiris. It was said if they left the forest they would die, but in reality that was because the Great Deku Tree was holding them back from aging. Once the forest is revived by the sage, and the Deku Tree Sprout is born, the Kokiri could leave the area. In a later era, they worked as the wind sage. (Very loose translation)

As you can see, it’s a pretty drastic departure from their concept back in Ocarina of Time. However, here’s the thing:

It’s also an illogical one. Why?

Well, go back and play Ocarina of Time for a minute. Because if you do, you’ll notice that the game actually says that humans who get lost in the Lost Woods turn into Skull Kids or Stalfos. This is backed up by both a certain Gossip Stone:

They say that when non-fairy folk enter the Lost Woods, they become monsters!

As well as Fado in the Biggoron Sword sidequest:

That guy isn’t here anymore. Anybody who comes into the forest will be lost. Everybody will become a Stalfos. Everybody, Stalfos.

So yeah, it doesn’t really make a lot of sense when you think about it for a moment. But hey, it seems that’s the official viewpoint none the less. That despite lost folk becoming Stalfos or Skull Kids in later years, the original Kokiri folk were actually random Hylian citizens who wandered in the woods and never came out.

It’s a very strange reveal for the Zelda series, and makes you wonder what other crazy things the book will say about the species and their history!

The Making of The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild (Official Dev Videos)

Yesterday, Nintendo mentioned that they’d be posting some ‘making of’ videos about The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild.

Well, it seems they’ve lived up to that promise. Because here are the videos in question. All of which showcase a different aspect of the game’s development process:

So what’s interesting here?

Quite a few things actually! For starters, the one about the beginning of the game’s development actually states Nintendo has an ‘internal message board system’ which the game’s developers use to discuss ideas they have for the title. Like a sort of Miiverse setup, except for concept art and footage.

This is a pretty neat idea for sharing information about the game, and opens up the (very real) possibility that gaming’s Edward Snowden might have the perfect opportunity to post a bunch of Zelda development docs and concepts online.

And the cool aspects don’t end there. Oh no, they also gave a few details about how the enemies and characters were designed too. For example, did you know the Bokoblins were designed first in this game?

No, me neither. But apparently they were, even though they had some of the most complex AI in the entire experience. So that’s interesting I guess.

As is the talk of how certain sound effects were recorded. For instance, that horn said Blins use to summon backup… is actually a recording of a real horn a staff member owned. So yeah, calling for help through one of those things would actually sound identical to the Bokoblin calls in Breath of the Wild.
Other interesting things revealed are:

  • That the Guardians were based off a staff member’s experiences with the Octoroks in the first game. Apparently he thought they were huge and imposing, so the team designed an enemy kind of based on his conception of the things.
  • How Link’s whole design came about based on his character and personality. In other words, they didn’t design Link and then create his personality, but went the other way around.
  • That part of the game’s concept came from being able to break free of tech limitations limiting the world designs to more linear setups. Interestingly, Skyward Sword is mentioned here, with comments about how they wanted to let players explore the world outside of the bits of the surface you visit in game.

Finally, they made it clear that the game’s development involved revisiting the series conventions and seeing what ones made sense at this point in time. So hey, it seems like the Zelda series is finally breaking away from the traditional formulas of the past and trying something new instead.

So what do you think about the videos? Do they give some interesting insights into Breath of the Wild’s development? Post your thoughts on them here in the comments or over at the Gaming Latest forums today!

You can get A KING’S TALE: FINAL FANTASY XV for free on Xbox and PS4

While I am no xbox or PS owner, I felt that I should post this so that others can get this.

In the past this game was available as pre-order bonus for Final Fantasy XV. This meant that if you didn’t pre-order the game you wouldn’t have gotten this game.

Now the developer, Square Enix has opened up the game for everyone, including those who don’t own Final Fantasy XV in the first place. Here’s a brief description from the PlayStation store:

 

Set in a fictitious 30 years before FINAL FANTASY XV, this game features retro-style inspired graphics centered around a fast-paced combat system with influences from modern gaming. The in-depth combat system blends intense attacks, devastating magic, mighty summons and unique companion attacks into a singular gaming experience through three diverse locations in the world of FINAL FANTASY XV.

Restless before bed, young Noctis asks his father, King Regis, to tell a fairy tale full of fantasy and adventure instead of just another generic bedtime story. Regis begins with a peaceful day being disrupted when monsters raid the royal capital, Insomnia. Young Regis, joined by Weskham, starts his adventure from the royal capital. Eventually they are joined by friends Cid and Clarus, where they travel to the plains of Duscae only to discover a mysterious cave where their enemy resides.

This offer is available to those on PS4 and Xbox One. You will need to have an account with PSN or Microsoft and you can create one if you don’t have one already.

I don’t know how long this will be free for so if you want to get this I would suggest that you get it ASAP.