As the prices of video games sky-rocketed many video gamers had to get creative about how to enjoy video games without spending too much money. At first these gamers turned to Emulators of old video game systems that would let users play old NES, SNES and Genesis games. Eventually they got tired of that and took an even bigger creative leap into the world of Rom hacks.
Basically video gamers started hacking ROMs, the file that plays a video game on an Emulator, to alter a classic video game. For any gamer out there that has not yet discovered hacked ROMs then these are 10 of the best hacked ROMs to check out.
Mega Man in the Mushroom Kingdom
The title is pretty self explanatory. Mega Man in the Mushroom Kingdom is a hack of the original Mega Man ROM that is altered to make the world look like the Mushroom Kingdom from Super Mario Bros. There are bricks to break, coins to collect and pipes to climb up and down.
Metroid Deluxe does not combine two games like the previous Mega Man ROM. Metroid Deluxe is just a completely altered version of the original Metroid. Any gamer that has played the original Metroid on the NES will get to enjoy a completely new Metroid game because all the items are moved to new places, the puzzles are changed and remembering the old NES version will do no good.
The Legend of Zelda Outlands
This is the best Legend of Zelda ROM hack and is similar to Metroid Deluxe. This hacked ROM will look just like a normal Legend of Zelda NES game but everything has been changed. The items are different places, secret passages are in different places and the graphics of most of the monsters have been changed.
Mario Adventure is the ultimate Mario ROM hack from the NES. The amazing thing about this hack of Super Mario Bros. 3 is that the author did not just change graphics or the placement of items but he completely changed the game engine. The author came up with completely new enemies and new abilities for Mario.
Mario Fantasy Adventure
Mario Fantasy Adventures is another mash-up of two games like Mega Man in the Mushroom Kingdom ROM. This ROM hack combines Mario with the world of Final Fantasy. A typical battle in Final Fantasy will have the heroes on the right with the creatures on the left but in this version you’ll see Mario and friends on the right and common Mario enemies like Koopas and Goombas on the left.