Spurred on by a suggestion from Tecmo Turd, I've decided to take a look at giving the 32 team Original Tecmo Bowl (no Super here) a graphical touch-up, starting with the title screen.
There's precious little info on OG Tecmo here, and I have a question i was hoping someone (with greater hacking knowledge) could answer:
Would it be possible to shift the title screen cursor down a line or two? I can't seem to find where it's being drawn in the hex. The rest of the title screen starts at 0x006686 in the 32-team TB rom. I believe it's the same in vanilla TB.
I ask because moving the "1 Player / 2 Players / Coach" text and accompanying cursor would give me more hex space to draw a better title screen.
I'm keeping notes on everything I do and will post info for those interested as we go along.
Any interest in revising the large helmet template? Very few players use the classic circular shell anymore, choosing instead the more sleek (and protective) Revo Speed. I mocked up what a Revo Speed helmet would look like on the team data screens. I've included the "single stripe" and "Double stripe" large helmet templates. Yea? Nea?
The facemask is just a stand-in at this point.
I needed a high-res version of the text from the TSB title screen, so I GIMP-ed one up using paths. It wasn't difficult, but it was time-consuming, so I figured I'd post it up here in case anyone has use for such a thing.
Note: The image has a transparent background, so it's a little difficult to see the words "Super Bowl." It will be easy to see in any image editor.
I've been noodling around with the graphics on TSB for Sega using Fatilety.
You'll notice, I've given the Pitch a more "old-school," classic feel. Also, it looks as if it's actually been played on.
I changed the Chain Crew.
I've also modified the ball, so that it accords with the much rounder football used until (I believe) the 1950's in the NFL.
If I could, I'd have rather wanted to place the Goal Posts on the Goal Line as per their (logical) placement in the NFL until the 1970's. Alas, I couldn't find a way. I was, however, able to change them to the traditional, H-style posts . . . or, at least, came close to making it appear to be so.
There are some glitches in the alignment of the Yard Lines (e.g., at the 50- and 35-yard lines) based on that fact that they placed the NFL and Tecmo logo's on the field, both of which I removed. I don't think either is too noticeable.
I think, I might try my hand at the SNES version and do the same. Though, I must admit: I like TSB Sega better.
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