GBAtemp Exclusive GBAtemp 2018 Game of the Year Voting: Fangames & Romhacks

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  1. Fallout: New California

  2. MaternalBound

  3. Pokemon: Crystal Clear

  4. Pokemon: XG Next Gen

  5. Shin Megami Tensei if... English Translation Project

  6. Sonic 3 A.I.R.

  7. Mega Man Maker

  8. Super Mario 64: Last Impact

  9. Ni no Kuni DS English Translation Project

  10. CTGP-7

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    While the clock to New Year's ticks down, we continue our GOTY voting! For this issue, we're going to be voting on the best fan-made games and romhack creations this year! Your nominations have been tallied, and the best choices have been included in the poll. Certain projects such as CTGP-7, Shin Megami Tensei if..., and MaternalBound are older projects that existed prior to this year, but they have all received major updates in 2018, which allows them to be included in this list. New contenders such as Fallout: New California or Pokemon: Crystal Clear debuted in 2018, and are obviously available to vote for as well. Happy voting!

    :arrow: GOTY 2018 PlayStation: God of War (Runner up: Red Dead Redemption 2)
    :arrow: GOTY 2018 Nintendo: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Runner up: Octopath Traveler)

    Fallout: New California



    Starting work in 2011, and finishing in 2018, Fallout: New California is a modpack for Fallout: New Vegas that tells a brand new story, with new characters and locations to explore, taking place a few decades before New Vegas does. Over 100 fans banded together to offer help with coding, voice acting, and scripting for the game's 30 hour campaign, which takes heavy inspiration from the more classic styled Fallout games.

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    Pokemon: XG


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    What if you loved Pokemon XD: Gale of Darkness, but you just wanted...more? Well, that's what Starsmmd and his team have done. They've taken Pokemon XD, and added Gen VII mechanics, a phys/spec split, and more overall Pokemon to catch within the world of Orre. The romhack is fully playable from start to finish, though further changes appear to be in the pipeline for the future.

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    Sonic 3 A.I.R



    Fangames do what SEGA-don't. Since we still lack a Taxman port of Sonic 3, a group of modders have come together to re-create the game on PC, rebuilding the entire game from the ground up to be 100% faithful and accurate to the original while modernizing it. Six zones are currently playable, as of the latest build.

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    MaternalBound



    If Nintendo's localization for Earthbound doesn't feel as close to the original Mother 2 script as you'd want it to, fear not, as MaternalBound exists. This romhack of Earthbound takes the best of both games and merges that into an uncensored version of the game that's as accurate as you could hope for.

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    Ni no Kuni DS Fan Translation



    While the PlayStation 3 version of Ni no Kuni made it westward, the Nintendo DS version did not. Luckily, after four years of hard work, Ni no Kuni: The Jet-Black Mage has been entirely translated into English, with its accompanying guidebook, which holds 372 pages worth of important data for the game.

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    Pokemon: Crystal Clear



    Pokemon hacks have just about seen it all; catch 'em all patches, graphical changes, engine modernizations. But Crystal Clear intends to become the end-all-be-all Pokemon Crystal Romhack. You can start in either Palette Town or New Bark but from there, you can go anywhere you want. The game will scale its levels to how many Gym badges you have, meaning you could walk from Pewter City all the way to Blackthorn, if you so wished. As of the latest version, Pokemon can follow you on your 8-bit adventure, just as they did in HGSS.

    Shin Megami Tensei if... Fan Translation


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    While the Shin Megami Tensei series and its spinoffs have become popular to millions of fans and earned critical acclaim in the west, things weren’t always this way. This fact was especially true in 1994, when Shin Megami Tensei if... released in Japan for the Super Famicom. For over a decade, the game was only fully playable in its original Japanese language, at least, until translation team Aeon Genesis—led by Gideon Zhi—decided to tackle the project of fan translating the entire game. Starting all the way back in 2002, Gideon released an alpha patch for SMT if, and now, 16 years later, he and his team have released the completed version 1.0 patch

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    Super Mario 64: Last Impact



    Kaze Emanuar is known for multiple romhacks and edits to Super Mario 64, creating wild and interesting different things within the decades old game. One of his latest efforts is Super Mario 64: Last Impact, a romhack that adds 130 new stars to collect, brand new bosses and worlds, and even some new powerups. The latest update made this year, v1.2 meticulously fixes bugs, tweaks gameplay, and more, making for the ultimate Mario 64 romhack.

    CTGP-7



    Even though Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has been gracing our Nintendo Switch systems, there's still a huge reason to go back to your 3DS for some Mario Kart action, and that reason is CTGP-7. Custom Track Grand Prix 7 is a mod for Mario Kart 7, which adds new karts, new characters, new music, and even new custom race tracks. Peach Beach isn't in Mario Kart 8, but it sure is in this great fan remix.

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    Mega Man Maker



    Made with enough care and boasting enough detail to be official, this unofficial fangame lets you create your own classic Mega Man levels, and even share them with other players. Much like with Super Mario Maker, Mega Man Maker is a (literal) game changer

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    Whew! And that's all of our nominations! Let's hope the romhacking/fan modding scene has another equally great year in 2019!
     
    Discussion (20 replies)
  1. The Minish LAN

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    My vote was originally going to New California, but my vote has to now go to the Ni No Kuni DS fan translation. Such an incredible translation made over four years, and the devs are still working on it too. New California had 100 people, but the Ni No Kuni translation had 3.
     
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  2. Chary
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    Researching all these romhacks was really fun, and it was great to see so many cool projects from this year. Ni no Kuni and SMT if are utterly fantastic, Sonic 3 AIR makes me remember why I love Sonic 3 so much, but my heart belongs to anything Fallout related.
     
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  3. PabloMK7

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    I think it's finally time to remake that custom track to make it look great then. ;P

    Thanks for the nomination! ^_^
     
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    I love NNK!
    You know where me vote is going to!
     
  5. SexySpai

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    your mom lol
    Holy shit my nomination actually mattered. Woohoo
     
  6. KingVamp

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    I haven't even seen, let alone played any of these fan games. Got some watching to do.
     
  7. WiiHomebrew+Snes

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    Thank goodness diagonal Mario 2 didn't get in, there's so many hacks that moreso deserve it
     
  8. ShadowOne333

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    Oh wow I didn't expect MaternalBound to actually show up in there :D
    Thanks for including it, guys!
    It's an honour just to be part of the contest :)
     
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  9. face235

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    Pokémon XG made it! Awesome!
     
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  10. Lilith Valentine

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    I am sticking with Crystal Clear for shameless and bias reasons
     
  11. Hells Malice

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    Clearly the winner is Valk-

    owait

    I mean Super Diagonal Mario
     
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    in the game voting i wanted to vote for one or two maybe.... in the Fangame/Romhacks i wish i could vote for them all.
     
  13. graeme122

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    Ni no Kuni DS Translation duh
     
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  14. RedoLane

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    Kind of a shame that the SRW A Portable translation project wasn't nominated.
    Well, my vote goes to Ni No Kuni.
     
  15. Delerious

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    Seems a lot of people are going Ni No Kuni. I'm throwing my vote in on SAGE, since I grew up on Sonic the Hedgehog.

    When you consider the scope of how much work went into the Fallout mod though, you have to consider graphical and audio assets -- 3D models, textures, music, voices, etc. -- along with all the writing and map editing, which usually takes a considerable team to make. With Ni No Kuni, it's mostly translation (usually with some editing for culturalization), file sorting and some de/encrypting files. One could also argue that the translation wasn't totally necessary, since Wrath of the White Witch is essentially the "Definitive Edition" of the game. Granted, I also understand that gameplay mechanics are probably different, and not everyone has a PS3.
     
  16. SexySpai

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    your mom lol
    Of all the letter combinations, they chose Pokemon XD
     
  17. Azmort

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    It's hard to choose, 2 of my favorite franchises are here, Pokémon and Fallout and even I'm really hyped for New California, I can't just hold what I felt with Crystal Clear, the perfect way to play Pokémon, it's just the best Rom hack ever for me. On the other hand Ni no Kuni it's a project that amazed me as it shows a game that I haven't any clue that actually existed and made me wonder what it is about just by making it playable for me, however I just love Pokémon and the way Crystal Clear is making revive one of my favorite games of all time, means a lot to me so that's why my vote is for it.
     
  18. sephurchin

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    Ni No Kuni hands down!
     
  19. Jayro

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    My vote was for Super Mario 64: Last Impact. I've been following that room hack for quite a while, and it's incredible.
     
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