[GUIDE] How to make loadiine tga files

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  1. KiiWii
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    KiiWii GBAtemp Psycho!

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    This is a really quick guide for anyone who wants to make custom icons and backgrounds for the awesome carousel view in Loadiine GX2! It's so simple I'm not even going to post loads of explanatory images, its not necessary!

    Examples:
    SNES
    Warning: Spoilers inside!
    N64
    Warning: Spoilers inside!
    NES
    <in progress>
    DS
    <in progress>

    Icons:
    Your icon must be in TGA format, I have found that 140x140px is a fairly decent size (similar to original) to make legible and uniform squares (although you can actually alter the dimensions to suit your needs!)

    Decide on your preferred look: box art/label art/custom images and stick to one theme for each selection... or do what you like: its all about customization!

    I chose label art for N64 as its the most striking and visually appealing to me, where as I chose the box art for SNES as I felt it was more uniform and interesting.

    I got my box art from a variety of sources including:
    http://www.gametdb.com/
    http://www.thecoverproject.net/
    ..and good old google images > search tools > size: large/medium! "<game name> box art" or <game name> cover art" works well!

    Then use this simple online conversion site to convert to TGA at 140 x 140! Its that simple!
    http://image.online-convert.com/convert-to-tga

    Name the file iconTex.tga and you're ready to put it in your meta folder!

    Backgrounds:
    In order to give my selection some uniformity, I went for a simple background logo for each format to denote what format the game was for from a distance. Originally I wanted a still from in-game behind each one but I found it messy, impractical to choose a decent image and too time consuming for what is just a selection screen.

    Whatever you decide the image must be 1280x720px and again TGA format, use this website to convert online: http://image.online-convert.com/convert-to-tga

    Name your file bootTvTex.tga and you're ready to drop it in your meta folder!

    Other Meta Files:
    Although there is no need for these files just yet you can just use existing files from dumped injects/eShop content to bulk out your meta ready. These include:
    bootDrcTex.tga = gamepad logo (doesnt do anyting yet)
    bootLogoTex.tga = boot logo (doesnt do anything in loadiine yet)
    bootSound.btsnd = boot sound (could be great for loadiine per game in future!)
    bootmovie.h264 = short "Wii U" ripple logo (not used yet in loadiine but could be very customizable!)

    Naming convention:
    Keep it simple, or keep it legit. TITLEID6 is recommended so for example [ABCD12] for simplicity. Game ID's can be legitimately found in a variety of places so purists can have real game ID's with their back ups. I prefer to invent my own so for N64 mine would be named: [FZXN64] for F-Zero X and [DK6401] for Donkey Kong 64 (padded due to number of letters). The choice and method is up to you but if you then want to use 2D cover art the TITLEID6 has to match the box art name. As an example my F-zero 2D box art would need to be named "FZXN64.JPG".

    Source: wiiubrew.net

    Downloads:
    Feel free to use the ones I have made as a template, or even better improve them, and add to them! These are a selection of game that I am currently playing or will play in the near future: not every game. I will not include any dumped/copyright files in these: all files uploaded were made from images online and converted to work.

    SNES META FILES: Here or Here
    N64 META FILES: Here or Here
    NES META FILES: NES bootTVTex.tga = http://s000.tinyupload.com/index.php?file_id=05144924945619428144
    DS META FILES: DS bootTvTex.tga = http://s000.tinyupload.com/index.php?file_id=00268032686763630695
    GBA : GBA bootTvTex.tga = http://s000.tinyupload.com/index.php?file_id=62819835438086199962

    Variety pack Part 1: http://s000.tinyupload.com/index.php?file_id=86483873727264473635

    Requests:
    If you don't have time to make these sorts of thing, then drop a request and I'm sure someone here (if not me) will pick it up when they have 10 mins to spare.

    Thanks:
    @dimok for Loadiine GX2
    @Marionumber1 for Kexploits
     
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    I wish I had never found out about running Virtual Console games on Loadiine. I am going to be wasting a lot of time I should be spending on other stuff. :D
     
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    KiiWii GBAtemp Psycho!

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    I have played Jurassic Park on SNES 24/7 since I found out about injects. Never finished it as a kid, now loving it, but its god awful! LOL
     
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    Thanks for sharing the Meta files, but your SNES Meta Files file is corrupted or something. It was only 20 bytes when I downloaded it.
     
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    KiiWii GBAtemp Psycho!

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    Thanks :)

    I though it uploaded way to quick, I'll fix them in a bit....

    EDIT yup even my rar here is corrupt, ill re-upload fresh a bit later...
     
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    You don't know how much time you are saving me here. LOL

    Much appreciated.
     
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    Let me know if there are any games icons you want me to make for you if you need.

    Uploading now mate
     
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    Dang nice job! Can't wait for DS
     
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    I've got the background and art for a few games (mostly marios and zeldas), will try sort it out this weekend. I'm outtatime right now :(
     
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    Duckling Sorry for being dumb ;(

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    Is this how nwplayer manage to play ds games on the wii u?
     
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    Sure thing, thanks a lot for this. Right now I only have about 50 - 60 of them, not sure how many more I will get, but you've probably done the majority of the ones I have so far. I will check a little later and see if there are any missing though.
     
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    Lol I have done only about 15 so far for SNES.

    I literally selected the games I will play for now.

    I'm happy to knock up a load for you though bud.
     
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    Well, only 12 of mine are SNES, the majority are NES, and I have a few N64 and GBA ones. I am pretty sure you will have the majority of my SNES ones, especially if they are the more popular ones. :)

    The background image is the most important, because you can tell at a quick glance what type of game it is, I don't mind filling in a couple game icons here and there. ;)
     
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    If you really feel froggy, here is everything I have right now. It's pretty possible that some other people might have the same exact files. Just a guess I have. ;)

    VC-List.jpg
     
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    If I'd had this list this morning... :P

    Ill take a look when I get some time mate.
     
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    Hey, no hurry, and you don't even need to do them, but I think these particular ones might be kind of popular, if you know what I mean. ;)
     
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    getting chomped by the T-Rex is cool or being stomped out by the triceratops. I used to love this game. the interior of buildings suck tho xD
     
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