|Megaman 7 - Versus Mode|
Hold L & R and press Start
There are still a few things on the ol' To-Do List that need taking care of before I can roll out the next RKS Developer Diary. Assuming everything goes according to plan in the next few days, the next entry should be ready sometime this weekend. As I've hinted to before, we'll be taking a closer look at one of the new features that we had to code from scratch, as well as a handful of related homages that no one had the means to appreciate in our original fan translation. You'll understand what I mean by that once the next post is ready.
In the meantime, I'd like to ask a few of you to lend me a hand with something I've been tinkering with on the side:
As I mentioned in my last post, I enjoy cracking the password schemes of my favorite games both as a mental exercise and as a way of figuring out the intricacies of how the games work. Sundays at my day job have been rather slow as of late, so I've often found myself whipping out my notes and trying to figure out exactly how the password schemes for all four Megaman titles on the Super Nintendo function -- with fascinating results. Well, after a few weeks of waiting around for customers to serve, I'm proud to say that I've completely cracked the code schemes for all four games. I've also written password generators for all four games in Microsoft Excel, so I'm now able to generate passwords for any scenario I could possibly want (provided the relevant variables I want to manipulate are actually stored in the password).
|Megaman X - Hadouken|
Hold L, R, X & Down and press Start
Suffice to say, I've isolated the exact variables that determine whether or not you resume your game with the completion bonus equipped. I've also determined that these variables are automatically reset if a specific combination of buttons is not held down when the Start button is pressed to confirm the password entry. Megaman 7 confirms this theory since its completion bonus, Versus Mode, is unlocked in the exact same manner -- holding down the L and R buttons before confirming the password entry with Start.
|Megaman X2 - Shoryuken|
Starts at X-Hunter Stage 2
Hold Down, Left, R & B and press Y
For the emulation enthusiasts among you, what I'm asking should be relatively simple (if time-consuming). Launch your favorite Super Nintendo emulator (preferably SNES9x, Higan, RetroArch, or ZSNES), boot up either Megaman X2 or X3, and enter the corresponding password pictured in this post. Before pressing Start to confirm the password and start your game, record a save-state. Then, hold down a button or two (or three, or four... could be as many as six buttons - I don't know...) and press Start. The X2 password will start you at Serges' Stage (X-Hunter Stage 2), while the X3 code will start you at Doppler Town Stage 1 with Bit, Byte, and Vile alive and Zero's Z-Saber equipped (remember: to get the Z-Saber, you need fight Mosquitus as Zero, which is impossible to do when while Vile is still alive ^_^). In either case, check to see if the completion bonus is equipped (in X2's case, press Forward, Down, Down-Forward, Y or Back, Down, Forward, Y to execute a Shoryuken; in X3's, whether X's armor is gold instead of blue should be obvious). If it didn't work, reload your save-state and try again with a different button combination, recording which ones worked and which ones didn't.
|Megaman X3 - Hyper Chip|
Vile rematch with the Z-Saber
No code available...
By my calculations, the odds of any particular button combination being the correct one is 255 to one, so only take part in this task if you have plenty of free time to kill. That said, thank you to everyone who is interested in helping out. Here's hoping we're able to find the final piece in this pair of 20+ year old mysteries.
That said, I wish you luck! See you later!
Update: Justin3009 from Romhacking.net has figured out the codes! Good work, Justin!