For those of you that don’t know, there’s a whole subcategory of classic gaming out there called “ROM Hacks”. These games are the most amazing moonshine you can imagine when done well and the bad brown acid of Woodstock if they are awful. Anyone who has tried to play a handful of these knows the heights and the depths of these homemade forays into classics like Super Mario 3, The Legend of Zelda, or Mega Man X.
Generally speaking, I’m a big fan of these kinds of games and I often wonder how one might bust into the code of a game to make a ROM let alone hack into it and shake things up to add your own flavor to a classic. I also wonder, when these games are good, how it is that giants like Nintendo, Capcom, et al aren’t looking to recruit these creative guy and girls making a great remix of their beloved titles.
Anyway…seeing is believing. Check out these awesome ROM hacks (don’t forget to click next!). If you feel inclined give ’em a spin and drop a comment about how they play. Inquiring nerds want to know.