Monday, January 31, 2011

Proto Man 3


I wanted to play as Proto Man in Mega Man 3 but a good romhack didn't exist so I made one myself. Before Proto Man 3, the best Proto MM3 hack was Pixelboy's "Break Man." However, I always though Proto looked funny in that version. More importantly, "Break Man" was FUCKING PINK! Proto Man, obviously, should be red and grey, which is how I rendered him here.

I've been painstakingly meticulous with this romhack, every one of Proto's pixels is in the proper place, a rarity in these things. Usually one or two frames of animation are off, which really makes the entire effort worthless except as a minor curiosity. There are no awkward frames of animation, Proto Man runs, jumps, and shoots like a pro, and I think this version looks good enough to burn on to a real NES cart (if anyone is ever so inclined).

Hacking Mega Man 3 presents many more challenges than either MM1 or MM2. Graphics must be changed in (some cases) 8 separate locations in order to properly display in-game. The palettes, likewise, exist in multiple places. Several utilities were used: Tile Layer Pro (for graphics), MM3TextEdit (very easily allows for editing of the text), MegaManFLE (a MM3-5 editor), and Hexposure (good old fashion HEX editing). This was a lot of fun, and very useful as an exercise, and I'm very pleased with the finished product and hopefully the quality here will show. Enjoy!

Download Proto Man 3 (Mega Man 3 Hack)


14 comments:

Anonymous said...

sick! Too bad he doesn't take double damage though, MM3 is way too easy. I'd also like it if the whistle played when a stage started.

Anonymous said...

8-Bit City, the download link isn't working...

8bitcity said...

Thanks, I fixed it. Not sure what was wrong, very strange. Other guy: thanks! The whistle is a great idea, it should be possible with hex editing... I'll see what I can do, and maybe there are some better, more technical MM3 resources out there (HEX tables or something)

Anonymous said...

hey guy i always been waiting for this version tanks,

god bless you!!!

TysonAtTheMovies said...

Thank you, this looks freakin' awesome!

Anonymous said...

This is awesome! I know you probably can't give him deflecting, charge, and double damage, but would it be possible for him to keep his shield when he's jumping and when he's shooting, like in MM9 and 10?

Starz Lol said...

Why does Proto Man fight Proto Man? Since when do 2 Protomen/Blueses exist?

Anonymous said...

Hi. I have to say great work on the hack. I've been looking for a version of this game where you can play as Proto Man for quite some time & I love his appearance on the item/weapon acquisition screen as well.

My 1 recommendation if you release a 2nd revision is to add that wide plasma burst seen next to his cannon as he fires in Mega Man 3. Here's an example of what I mean:

http://i.imgur.com/4ZnOOH9.png

I always loved it because it's yet another differentiating factor between him & Mega Man.

Riccardo Sartori said...

Ahahahaah in Shadow man stage you combat whit yourself xD

Rigmods Modding said...

I have this on a real nes cart (I made it myself today) and got to just say its incredible, like capcom made a standalone protoman game, its really that good.

Schmaltzy Cynic said...

Hey man, incredible mod. MM3 was always my favorite of the series, and being able to play as my favorite character is awesome.

Do you think you might update this mod with the Legacy Collection assets?

Anonymous said...

It'd be cool if you made a working shield and stuff, some sort of way to make it feel more Protoman rather than just a redone Megaman.

thainferno305 said...

can anyone hack megaman 4 to play as protoman ?

Alex Koopa said...

Excuse me, Mr. 8bitcity, is it possible that you could replace the title screen music with the whistle concert song (The one played when mega man is walking and sees proto man's face in the sky)? Without it being cut off by the credits music? Pretty please? It's a great hack by the way