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Which is the better SNES game?

  • Alien 3

    Votes: 58 62.4%
  • Beavis and Butt-head

    Votes: 35 37.6%

  • Total voters
    93
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Timu

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Oct 25, 2017
3,682

durrTK

Member
Oct 27, 2017
169
Assuming I haven't updated mine since hakchi 2.2f a few years ago, what's the best way to go about getting the latest hakchi2 version? I understand that 3.5.3 is the latest one. I wouldnt mind losing everything if it meant starting over.
 

ReyVGM

Member
Oct 26, 2017
3,719
Assuming I haven't updated mine since hakchi 2.2f a few years ago, what's the best way to go about getting the latest hakchi2 version? I understand that 3.5.3 is the latest one. I wouldnt mind losing everything if it meant starting over.
3.5 is Hakchi CE, it's completely different from Hakchi2.

If you just want to play games, you don't need to update. HakchiCE is much slower to boot and the new retroarch is also slower to load games. Unless you want a newer retroarch, or the USB host ability, then you don't really need to update it.
 

SteevL

Member
Dec 25, 2018
67
Assuming I haven't updated mine since hakchi 2.2f a few years ago, what's the best way to go about getting the latest hakchi2 version? I understand that 3.5.3 is the latest one. I wouldnt mind losing everything if it meant starting over.
It's a bit of a process, and as ReyVGM said, you might consider keeping 2.21f if your stuff is running fine and you're not planning on using newer Retroarch stuff or USB drives.

With that in mind, this is a pretty good guide to upgrading to CE: https://snesclassicmods.com/how-to-switch-from-hakchi2-to-hakchi2-ce/
 

zoodoo

Member
Oct 26, 2017
2,953
Montreal
WARNING to retroarch users. Unisntalling and reinstalling retroarch can corrupt your main menu save files even if its the same version of retroarch. I can confirm that the actual save file from the rom are not affected. I have not tested retroarch save states. So to be on the safe side I always use 3 save system

-Native saves from the game if available
-Save state from retroarch if retroarch is used
-snes mini main menu save

I setup a usb drive with games and for troubleshooting an issue I unsinstalled and reinstalled retroarch. All my main menu saves were corrupted including snes games I used canoe for (which is weird)
But only my external drive was affected. If I boot the snes mini without it, everything works fine including all my saves stored on the actual snes mini. Only the ones that were on the usb drive were affected.
 

SteevL

Member
Dec 25, 2018
67
WARNING to retroarch users. Unisntalling and reinstalling retroarch can corrupt your main menu save files even if its the same version of retroarch. I can confirm that the actual save file from the rom are not affected. I have not tested retroarch save states. So to be on the safe side I always use 3 save system

-Native saves from the game if available
-Save state from retroarch if retroarch is used
-snes mini main menu save

I setup a usb drive with games and for troubleshooting an issue I unsinstalled and reinstalled retroarch. All my main menu saves were corrupted including snes games I used canoe for (which is weird)
But only my external drive was affected. If I boot the snes mini without it, everything works fine including all my saves stored on the actual snes mini. Only the ones that were on the usb drive were affected.
Hmm. I've updated/reinstalled Retroarch several times and have never run into this. That's a weird one.
 

Prince Abubu

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Jul 13, 2019
66
United States

demi

Member
Oct 27, 2017
5,603
I tested it with 0000 just now and didn't notice any weirdness either. I didn't play through a whole battle, but I started a new game as well as loaded up my previous save.
Great thanks. The reason why I want to test 0000 is just to make sure that the game works fine out of the box, since we don't specifically understand what that Preset ID even does or if it's required.
 

Plinko

Member
Oct 28, 2017
4,232
I'm relatively new to using PSX games on this thing, and I saw online that it only reads ISO files. In ripping my PSX games, Imgburn will only put some (for instance, Die Hard Trilogy) into a BIN format. How do I convert that to a file that Retroarch can read?
 

SteevL

Member
Dec 25, 2018
67
I'm relatively new to using PSX games on this thing, and I saw online that it only reads ISO files. In ripping my PSX games, Imgburn will only put some (for instance, Die Hard Trilogy) into a BIN format. How do I convert that to a file that Retroarch can read?
That's not true. It works fine with bin/cue files. If you're using hakchi CE, you can just add the .cue file and it'll automatically import the .bin file from the same location. Then you just set it to the proper PS1 core and make sure the compression box isn't checked and you should be good to go.
 

DAREALGUMMY

Member
Oct 25, 2017
459
Can anyone help me out with some text issues? Some titles are missing letters on the menu. I have the fount remount zip but Hakchi won't recognize the folders when I place them in the user mod folder.
 

SteevL

Member
Dec 25, 2018
67
Can anyone help me out with some text issues? Some titles are missing letters on the menu. I have the fount remount zip but Hakchi won't recognize the folders when I place them in the user mod folder.
There should only be one font remount item, and that's font_remount.hmod. Just put the .hmod file in user_mods and hakchi should see it when you go into Modules > Install extra modules.
 

zoodoo

Member
Oct 26, 2017
2,953
Montreal
That's not true. It works fine with bin/cue files. If you're using hakchi CE, you can just add the .cue file and it'll automatically import the .bin file from the same location. Then you just set it to the proper PS1 core and make sure the compression box isn't checked and you should be good to go.
Psx runs well on snes mini?? I thought it was bad?
 

SteevL

Member
Dec 25, 2018
67
Psx runs well on snes mini?? I thought it was bad?
Most PS1 games run fine. I think some of the 3D ones don't run as well. Last year I played through the Japanese version of Symphony of the Night with a fan translation applied to it and it ran perfectly except for when you die. The audio gets a little stuttery. But that lasts for 5 seconds, then everything is back to normal.

Maybe you're getting mixed up with PSP games? Most of those don't run well.
 

zoodoo

Member
Oct 26, 2017
2,953
Montreal
Most PS1 games run fine. I think some of the 3D ones don't run as well. Last year I played through the Japanese version of Symphony of the Night with a fan translation applied to it and it ran perfectly except for when you die. The audio gets a little stuttery. But that lasts for 5 seconds, then everything is back to normal.

Maybe you're getting mixed up with PSP games? Most of those don't run well.
Oh wow
Time to mess around with my snes mini again :)
 

demi

Member
Oct 27, 2017
5,603
Zero. Minimal. Miniscule. Microscopic. You really have to try your hardest. If you screw up making toast, you'll probably make your Mini explode.
 
Jul 18, 2019
2
Hi guys - I bought my first SNESC yesterday and read nearly 12 hours "How to upgrade my SNESC".
I have to be honest, I am still a little bit confused. I tried to work with the "SNES Classic Mini Canoe Compatibility List" (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/12HKfz4ZQBy6Ip5awvh8t2aV5cVswYlnsdKxn9xoIW2Y/edit#gid=2014317767) and now here are some questions, after I set up SFROM Tool perfectly!
1) Some of the Issue-Patches are in the SFROM Tool Database (many from Robin): Do I have to add the additional ROM-Description-Patches (like LoROM to NTSC) in SFROM TOOL / Advanced (also bps-patches?) or do I have to run the patches with Lunar etc.?
2) Some of the Issue-Patches are not in Robins Pack (for example Arcus Odyssey). Do I have to run the named patches for example with Lunar IPS or could I add these patches in SFROM Toll / Advanced? If I use Lunar befor using SFROM Tool, does SFROM Tool still recognizes the ROMS or should I use hakchi2 then to generate the sfrom?
3) Then I found the SFROM Mega Pack - wow!!! Unfortunately I miss some games (for example supper soccer or the adams family): Is the reason, because there are no packages needed or why are they missing? The sfroms reffering the US-Versions, right?

Okay, I hope my questions aren't to bad and you guys can help me!

Thank you so much for alle your work!
 

ReyVGM

Member
Oct 26, 2017
3,719
Hi guys - I bought my first SNESC yesterday and read nearly 12 hours "How to upgrade my SNESC".
I have to be honest, I am still a little bit confused. I tried to work with the "SNES Classic Mini Canoe Compatibility List" (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/12HKfz4ZQBy6Ip5awvh8t2aV5cVswYlnsdKxn9xoIW2Y/edit#gid=2014317767) and now here are some questions, after I set up SFROM Tool perfectly!
1) Some of the Issue-Patches are in the SFROM Tool Database (many from Robin): Do I have to add the additional ROM-Description-Patches (like LoROM to NTSC) in SFROM TOOL / Advanced (also bps-patches?) or do I have to run the patches with Lunar etc.?
2) Some of the Issue-Patches are not in Robins Pack (for example Arcus Odyssey). Do I have to run the named patches for example with Lunar IPS or could I add these patches in SFROM Toll / Advanced? If I use Lunar befor using SFROM Tool, does SFROM Tool still recognizes the ROMS or should I use hakchi2 then to generate the sfrom?
3) Then I found the SFROM Mega Pack - wow!!! Unfortunately I miss some games (for example supper soccer or the adams family): Is the reason, because there are no packages needed or why are they missing? The sfroms reffering the US-Versions, right?

Okay, I hope my questions aren't to bad and you guys can help me!

Thank you so much for alle your work!
Don't use SFROM tool if you don't know what you're doing. Just take the patches from the compat list and patch the games yourself with LunarIPS. SFROM is for hardcores.
 
Jul 18, 2019
2
Don't use SFROM tool if you don't know what you're doing. Just take the patches from the compat list and patch the games yourself with LunarIPS. SFROM is for hardcores.
Thanks for answering.I know I am not a hardcore, but don't be angry with me, I don't think the Idea from sfrom TOOL was to be an mir complicated software, but to sum up the patches and thus be more easy.Independently of that I am willing to learn to work with sfrom TOOL.
I really would appreciate if you guys could answer my three issues, please:

Hi guys - I bought my first SNESC yesterday and read nearly 12 hours "How to upgrade my SNESC".
I have to be honest, I am still a little bit confused. I tried to work with the "SNES Classic Mini Canoe Compatibility List" (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/12HKfz4ZQBy6Ip5awvh8t2aV5cVswYlnsdKxn9xoIW2Y/edit#gid=2014317767) and now here are some questions, after I set up SFROM Tool perfectly!
1) Some of the Issue-Patches are in the SFROM Tool Database (many from Robin): Do I have to add the additional ROM-Description-Patches (like LoROM to NTSC) in SFROM TOOL / Advanced (also bps-patches?) or do I have to run the patches with Lunar etc.?
2) Some of the Issue-Patches are not in Robins Pack (for example Arcus Odyssey). Do I have to run the named patches for example with Lunar IPS or could I add these patches in SFROM Toll / Advanced? If I use Lunar befor using SFROM Tool, does SFROM Tool still recognizes the ROMS or should I use hakchi2 then to generate the sfrom?
3) Then I found the SFROM Mega Pack - wow!!! Unfortunately I miss some games (for example supper soccer or the adams family): Is the reason, because there are no packages needed or why are they missing? The sfroms reffering the US-Versions, right?

Okay, I hope my questions aren't to bad and you guys can help me!

Thank you so much for alle your work!
 

ReyVGM

Member
Oct 26, 2017
3,719
Thanks for answering.I know I am not a hardcore, but don't be angry with me, I don't think the Idea from sfrom TOOL was to be an mir complicated software, but to sum up the patches and thus be more easy.Independently of that I am willing to learn to work with sfrom TOOL.
I really would appreciate if you guys could answer my three issues, please:
Robin's patches are the same patches found in the compat list, but incomplete because he stopped updating it his pack. Meanwhile the community has still been making patches once in a while and they get posted in the compat list.

You don't need any of those SFROMT VC patches unless you want to psychologically feel that you are technically using the same VC ROM versions Nintendo used on the Wii.

Hopefully someone else can answer what you want, but like I said, you don't need the tool.

Just take your clean ROM, patch it with Lunar and the ips patches in the compat list and add them to hakchi.
You don't need any other kind of patch that's not an issue patch.
 
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SteevL

Member
Dec 25, 2018
67
Are you able to put GBA roms on the SNES mini by just using Hakchi?
Yes. Of course, you also need to get Retroarch and a GBA core like mGBA on the system too, but if you're using hakchi CE it's easy enough to find that in KMFD's Mod Hub within hakchi itself.

I think I'm going to get around to finally doing this tomorrow. Question, is the guide in the OP still up to date?
The guide's only outdated in that it's referring to an older version of hakchi CE, but the link there will take you to the latest version. The way you install the custom kernel and add games hasn't really changed.
 

Mikebison

Member
Oct 25, 2017
10,453
Yes. Of course, you also need to get Retroarch and a GBA core like mGBA on the system too, but if you're using hakchi CE it's easy enough to find that in KMFD's Mod Hub within hakchi itself.



The guide's only outdated in that it's referring to an older version of hakchi CE, but the link there will take you to the latest version. The way you install the custom kernel and add games hasn't really changed.
Thank you!
 

arkiokin

Member
Jul 15, 2018
19
Hi guys - I bought my first SNESC yesterday and read nearly 12 hours "How to upgrade my SNESC".
I have to be honest, I am still a little bit confused. I tried to work with the "SNES Classic Mini Canoe Compatibility List" (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/12HKfz4ZQBy6Ip5awvh8t2aV5cVswYlnsdKxn9xoIW2Y/edit#gid=2014317767) and now here are some questions, after I set up SFROM Tool perfectly!
1) Some of the Issue-Patches are in the SFROM Tool Database (many from Robin): Do I have to add the additional ROM-Description-Patches (like LoROM to NTSC) in SFROM TOOL / Advanced (also bps-patches?) or do I have to run the patches with Lunar etc.?
2) Some of the Issue-Patches are not in Robins Pack (for example Arcus Odyssey). Do I have to run the named patches for example with Lunar IPS or could I add these patches in SFROM Toll / Advanced? If I use Lunar befor using SFROM Tool, does SFROM Tool still recognizes the ROMS or should I use hakchi2 then to generate the sfrom?
3) Then I found the SFROM Mega Pack - wow!!! Unfortunately I miss some games (for example supper soccer or the adams family): Is the reason, because there are no packages needed or why are they missing? The sfroms reffering the US-Versions, right?

Okay, I hope my questions aren't to bad and you guys can help me!

Thank you so much for alle your work!

- ReyVGM had right answers : to my knowledge, only one or 2 games only needed a VC patch with SFROM Tool to solve any issue with canoe (just remember mother 2/japanese version of earthbound) and SFROM Tool was mandatory only for "SDD1 games" (Star Ocean/Street fighter alpha 2), cause their patches were done using a "perfect" SFROM by DarkAkuma.

- For some games, the Robin patch pack only give the correct preset ID (and not particular .ips patch more), but it's not totally updated, and a few new issues (with a few new preset ID solutions) were found and are not in this pack (but yes, on the compatibility list). However, it should save you a lot of time, cause it's the only way you can patch a bunch of games in a row with the use of SFROM Tool. Btw, SFROM Tool was not originally created for patching games, and so you can also use this tool for some very useful actions, like convert your PC emulation saves (.srm) to canoe save format easily.

- Sfroms refer not to US versions only but for all Super NES/Super famicom games (it's just a format created by nintendo, like a box including any SNES/SFC Roms)
The SFROM Mega pack had the goal to give the "best" games directly available for a beginner user, doing all the work of patching one by one with SFROM and the different patch packs (including mainly Robin64 one) + some translation patches, so to have just to add in hakchi.

BUT, I don't know who really did this job, if it's really reliable, which roms he used for patching (and he clearly used some roms from the Goodsnes rom set, whereas all patches were made using the no-intro rom set, even if most of these roms should be the same, it couldn't be sure at 100%), if this patching work was correctly done, if you really want a translation rather than another (or none), or if you want, like you, some other games. And, as he used not 100% updated packs, some issues should have not been corrected in this "Mega pack". By the way, don't use this pack or robin patch for kirby's dreamland 3 if you don't want to crash the game at the end ...
For me, the only reliable thing to do is to follow that ReyVGM said upper : patch manually each game you want, following the instructions on the compatibility list : take more time, but much more reliable imho.
 

Mizar

Member
Jul 21, 2019
1
Hi guys, new member here, I'm back on the snes mini after a year because I'm doing the work for a friend, what a bad return! I just discovered what's happened to Sluffy.