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    Hi guys,

    I am a hardcore Mega Man fan. When Mega Man 9 came out, I was intrigued to play it, but unfortunately didn't have a Wii. After reading about it, I finally caved and decided to just buy it on a friend's Wii to try it. And...I love it. They did a perfect job. Capcom is my new favorite company for having the balls to go through with all the hell they got I'm sure trying to make a game with such horrible graphics by today's standards.

    Now anyone who has played Mega Man 9 knows that the game was obviously made with the NES in mind. It looks exactly like it was made for the NES back in 1987 (although NES programming experts will tell you that the game breaks some rules in NES physics). I don't know about any other Mega Man fans who have played MM9 but as I play, I feel like we owe it to this game to be ported to the system it was designed to emulate and be played on. Unfortunately, I know nothing of NES programming or Wii hacking, but I know that there are definitely some Mega Man fans with the knowledge needed to actually make an NES rom out of MM9.

    I am not naive; I know that it is a HUGE project. But I know that there are others who, like me, would like to hold a copy of MM9 on an NES cartridge, blow in it to get it to work, stick in their NES, and play with that beautiful NES controller, and then when they're done, put it on their shelf next to Mega Man 1-6, where Mega Man 9 belongs to be.

    As I said earlier, this game breaks some rules with NES physics that will need to be fixed. For example, some parts have more colors/sprites/graphics/notes than an NES could render. Although this may seem like a big deal to some, it really isn't. Anything that the NES can't do can be easily downgraded to a point that it CAN handle, without ruining the gameplay.

    Once a rom is ready, then any of us can take an old NES game that we don't care for anymore, delete the game, flash over the MM9 rom, put on the MM9 cover sticker, and we will have a playable NES copy.

    I have been talking to the folks over at nesdev.com, and they definitely have the talent to put this thing in NES format. The problem is, they have no idea what to do with a .wad file from a Wii. That's why I am posting here now.

    Is there anyone here (presumably a Mega Man fan) who is willing to take the MM9.wad file and unpack it and prepare it in such a way that an NES developer could take the graphics from MM9 and make it into an NES rom that we can flash onto an NES cartridge, put on an MM9 sticker, and put it in an NES to play?

    Thanks.

    P.S. If you would like to see the nesdev.com thread discussing porting MM9 to NES.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wildonrio View Post
    Hi guys,

    I am a hardcore Mega Man fan. When Mega Man 9 came out, I was intrigued to play it, but unfortunately didn't have a Wii. After reading about it, I finally caved and decided to just buy it on a friend's Wii to try it. And...I love it. They did a perfect job. Capcom is my new favorite company for having the balls to go through with all the hell they got I'm sure trying to make a game with such horrible graphics by today's standards.

    Now anyone who has played Mega Man 9 knows that the game was obviously made with the NES in mind. It looks exactly like it was made for the NES back in 1987 (although NES programming experts will tell you that the game breaks some rules in NES physics). I don't know about any other Mega Man fans who have played MM9 but as I play, I feel like we owe it to this game to be ported to the system it was designed to emulate and be played on. Unfortunately, I know nothing of NES programming or Wii hacking, but I know that there are definitely some Mega Man fans with the knowledge needed to actually make an NES rom out of MM9.

    I am not naive; I know that it is a HUGE project. But I know that there are others who, like me, would like to hold a copy of MM9 on an NES cartridge, blow in it to get it to work, stick in their NES, and play with that beautiful NES controller, and then when they're done, put it on their shelf next to Mega Man 1-6, where Mega Man 9 belongs to be.

    As I said earlier, this game breaks some rules with NES physics that will need to be fixed. For example, some parts have more colors/sprites/graphics/notes than an NES could render. Although this may seem like a big deal to some, it really isn't. Anything that the NES can't do can be easily downgraded to a point that it CAN handle, without ruining the gameplay.

    Once a rom is ready, then any of us can take an old NES game that we don't care for anymore, delete the game, flash over the MM9 rom, put on the MM9 cover sticker, and we will have a playable NES copy.

    I have been talking to the folks over at nesdev.com, and they definitely have the talent to put this thing in NES format. The problem is, they have no idea what to do with a .wad file from a Wii. That's why I am posting here now.

    Is there anyone here (presumably a Mega Man fan) who is willing to take the MM9.wad file and unpack it and prepare it in such a way that an NES developer could take the graphics from MM9 and make it into an NES rom that we can flash onto an NES cartridge, put on an MM9 sticker, and put it in an NES to play?

    Thanks.

    P.S. If you would like to see the nesdev.com thread discussing porting MM9 to NES.
    this is one of the most stupid ideas ive ever heard on here...

    you want to take a 66 mb game, remove, and edit pieces... so it can be ported to a overly out of date system.... where you would need working carts, and people who want to take the time to do this so you can play it on the old controller...

    cut out the middle man

    get that, and its close enough =P

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    Quote Originally Posted by admiral victorinox View Post
    this is one of the most stupid ideas ive ever heard on here...

    you want to take a 66 mb game, remove, and edit pieces... so it can be ported to a overly out of date system.... where you would need working carts, and people who want to take the time to do this so you can play it on the old controller...

    cut out the middle man

    get that, and its close enough =P
    Hi. I can tell you're not a Mega Man fan, because a true fan would not think it was stupid at all. And the point is not to play it on a Famicom controller, I can already do that with the Classic Controller for Wii. The point is to have a copy of MM9 on an NES cartridge. Calling this idea stupid is like calling people stupid who still play their NES and buy games for the NES. How stupid, it being such an old system that is easily emulated on computers nowadays, right? Maybe to you and several others, but there's a whole group of hundreds of thousands, if not millions of others who disagree.

    The file size is not an issue, once it's converted to a ROM, the size will go way down. Since it was made to look NES, there will be very little "removing" pieces of the game. Just basically downgraded colors here and there.

    There are MILLIONS of working NES carts too, by the way. Millions and millions all over the place. That isn't an issue.

    If you're not interested, then you don't need to participate!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wildonrio View Post
    Hi. I can tell you're not a Mega Man fan, because a true fan would not think it was stupid at all. And the point is not to play it on a Famicom controller, I can already do that with the Classic Controller for Wii. The point is to have a copy of MM9 on an NES cartridge. Calling this idea stupid is like calling people stupid who still play their NES and buy games for the NES. How stupid, it being such an old system that is easily emulated on computers nowadays, right? Maybe to you and several others, but there's a whole group of hundreds of thousands, if not millions of others who disagree.

    The file size is not an issue, once it's converted to a ROM, the size will go way down. Since it was made to look NES, there will be very little "removing" pieces of the game. Just basically downgraded colors here and there.

    There are MILLIONS of working NES carts too, by the way. Millions and millions all over the place. That isn't an issue.

    If you're not interested, then you don't need to participate!
    ive been playing rockman for as long as i can remember... but theres a difference between wanting to make/edit/create/flash a game to be on a out of date format... and just making due with what it is

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    Quote Originally Posted by admiral victorinox View Post
    ive been playing rockman for as long as i can remember... but theres a difference between wanting to make/edit/create/flash a game to be on a out of date format... and just making due with what it is
    Well the only reason I am here is to see if there is anyone who is a big enough fan of Mega Man on the NES to go through with this port. I can see that you're not, and that's fine, there are many that would agree with you. I personally think it's worth it and I just want to see if there are others who also think it's worth it.

    For example, here is a list of many hacked versions of Mega Man 2 that people have done, basically switching out the content in Mega Man 2 for their own content. This is basically what we would do for Mega Man 9, just more extensively.

    And here is a level editor for Mega Man 2, we could use it to put in Mega Man 9 levels. Now my question to the wiihacks.com community is, how can we get the graphics for MM9 out of the MM9.wad file? Is there anyway to unpack it and find the graphics?
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    ok so youre saying in 7 more games, their still the same... its not gonna happen, and if youre such a fan, and its so easy, get off your A** learn to do it yourself, and own Rockman 9 on a cart

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    I hope you're not angry or anything. As I said, I don't know how to do it, I'm not a programmer. And I never said it was easy. Why can't I wait to see if anyone here is willing? That's all I'm doing by starting this thread. Let me just see if anyone else is interested at this site, if not, then I'll look elsewhere.

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    Ok I found the Mega Man 9 In Game Tile sets, how useful is that? You can download them here MEGAUPLOAD - The leading online storage and file delivery service

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    in game tile sets?

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    Quote Originally Posted by admiral victorinox View Post
    ok so youre saying in 7 more games, their still the same... its not gonna happen, and if youre such a fan, and its so easy, get off your A** learn to do it yourself, and own Rockman 9 on a cart
    dont be an ass he is here for help. email me all the info u find and i will help i love all the megaman games ill put all my power into makeing it for u and put it up 4 a download k

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