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Upaluppa
Posted on 12-29-09 06:49 PM Link | Quote | ID: 124473


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@copyRIGHThunter;
Sure thing, I'll create you such a level!
I'll try to place all of the stuff you listed as well as those Flutters into it!

Should be done in an hour or two!

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Kiiro
Posted on 12-29-09 08:18 PM (rev. 2 of 12-29-09 08:20 PM) Link | Quote | ID: 124501


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I prefer to wait for the Sprite List before doing Solar Magic Advance 0.33 again.
I actually want a stable sprite + names support for this version.

Anyway, interesting stuff.

(Stable object support will be for 0.34, and that will be all, before 0.35, that can add objects and sprites (NOT EDIT THEM, ADDING THEM).)

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Posted on 12-29-09 10:17 PM (rev. 10 of 12-29-09 11:16 PM) Link | Quote | ID: 124505


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@Kiiro:
I'll try to get the list finished as fast as possible, but I also want it to be as correct as possible, so I'm not going to rush this one.
I'll check all of the sprites for parameters, as many of them have them, but they are not explained in the old sprite lists we currently have...


@copyRIGHThunter:
I've just tried some of the things you have listed.
I must say, that I am amazed what cool stuff there's hidden inside this game!

Just look at this:

Those blocks have numbers on them.
You can pick them up and throw them as often, as the number says.
Each time you throw one the number on it counts down.
But the sick thing is, that they'll stick to any other solid object you'll throw them at, allowing for creative stair building puzzles!

I don't think such blocks ever appeared in any other Mario game.
I can't believe, that such great ideas remained unused...

SMA4 could've been much more than a simple SMB3 remake, if the e-Reader wouldn't have been such a failure...

I'm building a short level which has all kinds of cool unused stuff to play around with.
It should be finished soon.
Maybe not today, but definitely tomorrow, promised!

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copyRIGHThunter
Posted on 12-30-09 12:19 AM Link | Quote | ID: 124511


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Awesome stuff Upa! I'm getting lots of level ideas from this stuff! These'd be really cool to use with puzzles that use the P-Switch or the (!) Switch. Like having floating coins and these blocks with a P-Switch. You hit the switch and a hidden door appears in the air, and the coin becomes a brick block. You'd have to toss the Sticky Blocks against the coin quickly to access the hidden door in the air. Or these could be used to divert Lil' Spark or Hot Head. I wonder if these can be used to stop Thwomps? There's also the possibility of having to find invisible blocks, then tossing these to stick to them. Oh, also, I could use these to build small bridges for enemies or kicked shells too! Oh the ideas!!!

Thanks for doing all of this. I wish you luck with the sprite list so progress on Solar Magic Advance will continue.


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Posted by Upaluppa
@Kiiro:
I'll try to get the list finished as fast as possible, but I also want it to be as correct as possible, so I'm not going to rush this one.
I'll check all of the sprites for parameters, as many of them have them, but they are not explained in the old sprite lists we currently have...


I don't mind that, just take your time ^^
Anyway, about that numbered blocks, it just makes me wants to make those eLevels. Ideas just comes to my head. But i will make eLevels once i did Solar Magic Advance 0.35 (with his add objects and sprites support).

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Upaluppa
Posted on 12-30-09 04:39 AM (rev. 4 of 12-30-09 01:02 PM) Link | Quote | ID: 124531


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It's finished!!!
Here comes my very first custom e-Level: http://acmlm.kafuka.org/uploader/get.php?id=2704

Just use this save with an US V1.0 SMA4 ROM, go to World-e, select "Dreamcourse 1" and have fun with sticky blocks!
There are some other levels I've been working on in that savefile as well, most of them are unfinished, but just go see for yourself, ok? ^^

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Upaluppa that is absolutely amazing. Thank you.

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KDE User X
Posted on 12-30-09 11:40 AM Link | Quote | ID: 124535


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It dosent work on vbag nor VBA for symbian60v3pf1 sma4 keeps formating save file, so..

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Upaluppa
Posted on 12-30-09 01:07 PM (rev. 6 of 12-30-09 09:28 PM) Link | Quote | ID: 124540


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@Xeruss:
Thanks a lot for these kind words!


@KDE User X:
Now that's kind of strange...
I also use VBA and the file works fine for me.

I'll check it again, maybe something went wrong when uploading the file.


@All:
If you want to see footage of my custom levels in action visit my youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/upaluppa
I have just uploaded some videos of the new levels!

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Kiiro
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The sav works for me.

So, KDE User X make sure you were using SMA4 US.

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Upaluppa
Posted on 12-30-09 06:46 PM (rev. 5 of 12-30-09 07:47 PM) Link | Quote | ID: 124552


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Sorry guys, I forgot something in that save...
I've promised copyRIGHThunter to show him the Butterfly enemies I've found in spritebank 1, didn't I?

I'll upload a new save, which has a level with them included in a few minutes!
Until then you can already see some pictures:



Edit:
Alright, here's an updated version of the same file:
http://acmlm.kafuka.org/uploader/get.php?id=2705
It includes some bugfixes, two new levels and you'll have all items in your inventory!

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eddine67
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But it is normal that when I want to change the region of the save with Solar Magic Advance, the world-e is not any more there?

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Upaluppa
Posted on 12-30-09 09:13 PM (rev. 4 of 12-30-09 09:19 PM) Link | Quote | ID: 124566


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Posted by eddine67
But it is normal that when I want to change the region of the save with Solar Magic Advance, the world-e is not any more there?

I don't know, I've never tried to do this...

But I can create a savegame for your region!
What version of SMA4 do you have?


@Others:
I've gotten a weird error in VBA while testing the bank 1 sprites:


Does anyone know, why this happened?
It only seems to happen with specific sprites...

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I have the version EU (FR)

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Kawa
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My guess? Unused sprites with broken or otherwise invalid code, crashing in interesting ways. This is just one of those ways.

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Upaluppa
Posted on 12-30-09 09:21 PM (rev. 2 of 12-30-09 09:22 PM) Link | Quote | ID: 124569


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Posted by Kawa
My guess? Unused sprites with broken or otherwise invalid code, crashing in interesting ways. This is just one of those ways.

Ok then, I suppose, that there's nothing to be done about this...
I'll just mark them as nonfunctional in the sprite list.

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Renegade X135
Posted on 12-31-09 04:28 AM (rev. 2 of 12-31-09 06:09 AM) Link | Quote | ID: 124607


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@UpaLuppa:

Thank you so much for correcting it!

MY goal is to eventually UPLOAD a save file that has all 37 (currently existing) e-reader levels in one file. (with Star 1-5 erased, and Mushroom 1-30, PR1 and PR2 all accessible)

All the levels will have english names, work properly, and (of course) the file will have maxed out coins and score.


Your uploading of that Mushroom 29.level will HELP ME achieve this future upload of mine, so thank you!

One quick question however:

How do I convert the .level file into a .raw (or .bin) file?

I presume this would involve me having to use Solar Magic Advance? If so, what should I do?



On an unrelated note, I intend on playing that custom level of yours soon when I get some free time! Judging from what I've read from you, you've been laboring away at this project intensely, and I want to be one of the first to honor your effort-driven works!




EDIT:

Also, the level SHOULD be titled as exactly: (without the quotation marks)

"Bowser's Airship Pt 1"


(this is because the second one [Mushroom 30] is entitled "Bowser's Airship Pt 2")

But if the ability to edit the level name IS within Solar Magic Advance, then this shouldn't even be an issue at all.

I'm just worried about converting it into either .raw or .bin, as previously stated.

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We can put .level with "sma4savtool" (with sma4savtool, I do not manage to put the levels but if we have .level but his would be better to make the save with this software rather than with a .level there .bin for the simple reason that the converter " .level .bin " do not still exist (finally I believe ...))

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Kiiro
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Solar Magic Advance does not make bin files of eLevels yet.

But it will, as you can see in the File Menu : "Make Level Card..."

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Posted on 12-31-09 10:09 PM (rev. 3 of 01-01-10 08:37 AM) Link | Quote | ID: 124677


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Kiiro, PLEASE release a build of Solar Magic Advance that WILL convert .level to .raw (or .bin) and vice versa!!!

If you do so, it will be a BREAKTHROUGH in e-Level hacking!!!


I will be eagerly/patiently awaiting this release. So GODSPEED on it's development!!!



EDIT:

I just learned how to use sma4savtool AND Solar Magic Advance!


I can just automatically add levels (from the .level format) into my game, so that adds a breath of relief for me.


So here is my question:

HOW DO I CHANGE THE NAME OF A LEVEL???

I tried hex-editing levels' name data, and then adding them to my save file. But the results ended in the game crashing every time I tried loading the levels themselves.


CAN SOMEONE HELP ME OUT HERE?!?

(I already know that the name data starts at 0x40 for regular e-levels, and 0x180 for e-coin e-levels. WHAT ELSE should I know here???)


EDIT 2:

Disreguard that. It turns out that when EXPANDING or contracting the character size of a name (ei, XXXX instead of XXX) the Data headers (0x05 through 0x3F) ALSO have to be edited to whatever offsets the data level was originally positioned at.

For example, if the first data header referenced data at 0x004F, then 0x05=4F and 0x06=00. And conversely, 0x4F would be what it's referencing (which in most cases is '40')

so if that '40' gets moved up one or two bytes, (example, now 0x5F='40', instead of 4F), then just add +10 ALL the data references. (in other words, change 0x05=4F to 0x05=5F)

I hope that made sense to anyone familiar with Hex Editing.

All I'm trying to say is that if one is going to edit the Name of a e-Level, just make sure to also edit the Data Headers, so that they too work correctly. Otherwise your 'edited' e-Level WILL crash the game when selected!!!
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