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Emerald Pokémon Swows

Started by Alexander Nicholi June 18th, 2019 9:20 PM
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Alexander Nicholi

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Pokémon Swows
Hello there! This is Pokémon Swows, a ROM hack that straddles a pursuit of humour with an interest in a deeper, more bountiful Pokémon world on the Game Boy Advance. There was so much more in GSC compared to RBY, so why not follow that and expand the game? Sure, I said! And hey, while we’re at it, let’s not have the game take itself too seriously. So the scripts are let loose a bit. The result: something remarkably original… I hope!
Introduction
The name Swows comes from one of my favourite Pokémon YTPs: Big Meowth, Little Samwich, where Meowth utters the line (through sentence mixing), “I could have swows!” But, it should be understood that Swows isn’t a hack for the funny papers, as they say. There is a lot of serious content I’ve integrated into this work that I call my own, some of which have been waiting for over a decade since I thought them up to be seen through. Every novel kid game idea I’ve had is probably going to make it into this game if it didn’t evolve to feature in Project Trinity a few years ago. One such addition is two new evil teams alongside Team Aqua and Magma: the green-coloured Team Quaz, and the orange Team C.C.A.C.C., who both compound the legendary plotline considerably. I want to do Wally and May much better service as rivals, too. This I claim, and so on.
Story
The plot of Swows is based on Pokémon Emerald originally, but it’s been deepened and reshaped a lot. I think a good parallel would be Black and White compared to B2W2 in terms of changes.
Right out of the gate, you’re informed by your mother that you won’t be staying in Littleroot, but instead moving to Petalburg to live with your father. He has a house there, as well! (Hooray, housing shortage resolved!) Professor Birch also gives you all three starters to venture out with, along with the one you battled the Zigzagoon with.
Team Quaz has gotten wise to the schemes of Team Magma and Aqua, and devised a plan to Shanghai their aspirations to capture Groudon and Kyogre by instead capturing Rayquaza, to rule over the two. In yet another twist, Team C.C.A.C.C. has done their research better than their rivals, and is actually striving to capture all three! They studied some ruins the others overlooked and believe the only way it will work is if they capture the whole trio. How on earth will you stop this impending disaster!?
Features and tech details
  • RUNNING SHOES INSIDEEEENBKLANJKDFLAHBADHFAJDNFALKDJF
  • Developed with the pokeemerald disassembly! Check it out on Git!
  • Several new rare items, including Big Nugget, Pearl String, Comet Shard, and even the totally new Comet Dust!
  • Totally revised maps and events, complete with music and layout changes!
  • I’m a pro C programmer, and I’m totally up for gameplay feature suggestions! Drop me a reply, catch me on Twitter or join the Discord to share!
Screenshots
The Goods
At the moment, I’ve edited up to Petalburg City, including reworks of your introduction with Wally and Scott. Once I get through to Dewford, I will release the first beta in patch form. This also entails a graphics blend with the other Gen 3 games to shake off the default Emerald aesthetic.
While the patch is scheduled as it is, the Git repository for Swows is still public. If you have devkitARM running on a Unix-like machine (my modifications may not run on Windows), you can of course build it yourself and get the ROM that way. Once the patch is ready it will be uploaded there as well.
I post all of my progress updates on the Discord guild, which you can join by clicking here. Updates may also go up in this thread and on Twitter, from time to time, so follow me there if you like!
the beat goes on (ノ^o^;)ノ
ヽ(;^o^ヽ) the beat goes on
the beat goes on (ノ^o^;)ノ
ヽ(;^o^ヽ) the beat goes on
( don’t stop the groovin’ )

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Oh wow, this seem really interesting. I like the idea of starting off in Petalburgh city, I always found it odd that your dad being a gym leader in emerald couldn't find a house to move in there. I'll be keeping an eye on this!
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Karl

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This looks great. Good luck with the project.

Alexander Nicholi

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This sounds and looks promising.
Though the tiles feels like the normals,
The story is GREAT. FOUR EVIL TEAM? WOWWWW.

Can you make your custom title screen though? ^_^
I will, I just have to creatively decide how it should be. I’m going to do the 600-tile 8-bit edit I did years ago with Citrite, so it’ll be super hidef.
the beat goes on (ノ^o^;)ノ
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the beat goes on (ノ^o^;)ノ
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( don’t stop the groovin’ )

Percy

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an opportunity to re-explore hoenn? yes please! good job so far!!

Alexander Nicholi

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Will this have physical/special split?
I can add that if it’s a popular thing to have. Personally prefer it as far as battle dynamic goes.
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Sidrk

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I'm super excited to see a hack using pokeemerald! Will be watching out for this one :) and as someone who's trying to learn pokeemerald, thanks for making the repo public!

Also yes please, the P/S split would be amazing! (And decapitalization too, if possible)

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this looks pretty promising to be honest. i love the fact theres 4 evil teams. i hope it's as good as the description is. good luck with this project.
Rom hacks i support: Pokemon Adventure Red Chapter, Pokemon Gaia, Pokemon Firered Rocket Edition, Pokemon Orange, Pokemon Unbound, Pokemon Masterquest, Pokemon Saffron Version, Pokemon Dark energy

Hacks I have beta tested: Pokemon Masterquest, Pokemon Saffron.

beta tester for: Pokemon Saffron version. Pokemon Chroma Version

i decided since my beta testing is slow to just try beta testing 3 rom hacks. as i'm currently doing 2 at the moment i figure i could pick up a 3rd one to beta test. PM me or leave a visitor message and i will more than likely help beta test your Rom hack.

Alexander Nicholi

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Status update!
So there are a couple new things in the works I want to update everyone about. First things first, the goods! I have several new overworld sprite sets done up: for Quaz and C.C.A.C.C. Grunts, the team leaders, and custom overworlds for both admins of all four teams (including Magma Admin Courtney from Ruby and Aqua Admin Shelley from Sapphire, who didn’t appear in Emerald)! I also made a lightly-edited custom black belt sprite for Karate Man (new name for the Trainer Class now) Hideki, the man from Dewford Gym who started a revolution around his famous saying “Might is right!”, another allied faction that participates in the plotline to deal with the evil teams. There is also a new sprite for Interpol, which is similar to the work of Looker from Pokémon Platinum, but with a different character tone for them.
Interpol Employee:

Karate Master Hideki:

Quaz Grunts:

C.C.A.C.C. Grunts (pending colour shift):


I will share the admin sprites and the new teams’ leader sprites later on. :)
I have expanded Littleroot Town to include the coastline that actually exists there but was never shown in-game before (see the world map and the anime for canonicity):
My final unveiling today is in a couple story fixups for the original R/S/E plotline. Since there is apparently no law enforcement in the entire country, Capt. Stern has taken the advice of Kilian in his Ruby Recap video and invested in some security for himself. This is provided to him courtesy of X Famous University, where he has tenure, along with Prof. Oak and a lot of other researchers of Pokémon. But like Storm Troopers, they end up being useless enough to not destroy the plot, so he still gets robbed and all that stuff that happens as usual.
Capt. Stern mentions offhand that his henchmen are necessary because the police are too busy arresting kids using their bikes indoors, which leads me to the big feature I will program in at some point, to be scheduled: the most innovative extension to the most amazing feature ever showcased in the history of ROM hacking: bicycling indoors. Please, hold your applause. I know, I know. This is the idea: you can mount your bicycle anywhere, but if you do it inside in a place you’re not supposed to, once you go out you get arrested. The first time this happens it’ll be a freebie, and you’ll be let off with a warning, but every time afterward it’s as costly as wiping out. Think of it like an expensive Teleport.
In addition to my existing plans to make Poké Marts more like Diamond and Pearl by having two ladies, one that sells standard goods based on your badges and another that sells local items, I will be following suit with Pokémon Centers by adding a basement floor. But instead of housing a gateway to the internet, it will house something very similar: the towns’ local jails. They had to put the crazy guys away somewhere. It should be noted, that there are obviously some places this won’t apply, like the power plants. Feel free to ride your bike there, no one cares. Generally speaking, if there’s a chance you might battle, you can bicycle to your heart’s content. But even outside towns, populated places like Trainer Hill will have mall security on you in a hot minute if you try. Remember Dad’s words before they echo, or pay the price. ;)
I'm super excited to see a hack using pokeemerald! Will be watching out for this one :) and as someone who's trying to learn pokeemerald, thanks for making the repo public!
You are very welcome kind PC person. I figure since it doesn’t make much sense to licence the repos anyways, that me making it public or not was really the only decision I had in the first place, and I chose to do so as my tooling for Swows will (eventually) be immensely helpful for people who make fanhacks, because I am overhauling the code and the build to take advantage of the fact that I don’t care about matching.
Also yes please, the P/S split would be amazing! (And decapitalization too, if possible)
P/S split is coming, but when it comes to decap there is something more involved I wish to do: make it an option at playtime. I personally love and prefer the all caps way, ever since I was a kid I came up with a semantic term for it, “key nouns”, but I totally understand the preference for the latter and I realised that I can make it so we have it both ways. I don’t have this scheduled yet of course, but if I can finish overhauling pret’s build system to use my own tooling, I have a collection of tools that can work in its place. I will create a tool that does some higher level parsing of text (which will be their own files), so you can “mark off” where you want that to apply, and under the hood it uses control codes in the text to tell the scripting engine (which is also modded) that its a key noun in those places. So I guess you can look forward to that. Thanks for the support everyone!
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the beat goes on (ノ^o^;)ノ
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Hello again. I'm back :D

1. I'm just wondering if you can add fake mid-evo / alter-evo / new last stage or new 1st stage (baby) pokemon for some existing pokemons?
Like for example, Golduck will evolve into Poseiduck? Arcanine will evolve into something?

2. And here's a suggestion hehe.
Can you avoid putting 2nd-staged (mid) pokemon and last-staged pokemon form in low levels?
For example, some games has level 12 butterfree in the wild. Butterfree is a last staged pokemon but only at level 12.


If you train a catterpie, it would not evolve a butterfree at level12 right?

HOPE YOU'RE HAVING A GREAT WEEKENDS ^_^ AND REALLY LOOKING FOR THE RELEASE OF THIS GAME HEHE.

Alexander Nicholi

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Hey everyone! I have some new updates!
New cave system under way:
New trainers and areas, and updated dialogues:
New! All the starters:
Newfangled reflection system:
I’ve made a lot more progress on the update, and I’ll be releasing a patch once the game is revamped up to Dewford Town. I’m bringing back the walkable island area of Dewford that was shown in the Ruby & Sapphire promotional beta advertisement!
For real-time updates you should definitely join our Discord by clicking here. Until next time!
the beat goes on (ノ^o^;)ノ
ヽ(;^o^ヽ) the beat goes on
the beat goes on (ノ^o^;)ノ
ヽ(;^o^ヽ) the beat goes on
( don’t stop the groovin’ )

Alexander Nicholi

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I have a lot more progress done! There was a technical setback about a week ago, but I managed to revert the Git history to a working state, and recover the maps and other content from the broken branch. Also, both player sprites are properly recoloured now: they’re blue! Da ba dee daba die.
New signage spritework for Rusturf Tunnel, made by Nex:
Updated Rustboro Gym battles, with new Pokémon. Also fixed the level curve for having all three starters:
A lot of scripting has been done for a totally revamped Tunneler’s Rest House:
There are also more trainers on Route 104, 116 and in Petalburg Woods (not pictured). From here, the updates will move on to Dewford Town, as we approach the first release patch!
the beat goes on (ノ^o^;)ノ
ヽ(;^o^ヽ) the beat goes on
the beat goes on (ノ^o^;)ノ
ヽ(;^o^ヽ) the beat goes on
( don’t stop the groovin’ )

Alexander Nicholi

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Nex got some spritework made today for an extended part of Rusturf Tunnel. You can see it in-game:


I also slightly modified the in-battle HUD to look more consistent and legible:


From here I have a lot of scripting to catch up on around Rustboro, Route 116, and the like. I wanna put the effort forth and confidently move on to editing Granite Cave, and adding the new island that’s part of Dewford. So you might not hear updates for a little while – I do have school and a marriage and all to tend to IRL. Hope you enjoy!
the beat goes on (ノ^o^;)ノ
ヽ(;^o^ヽ) the beat goes on
the beat goes on (ノ^o^;)ノ
ヽ(;^o^ヽ) the beat goes on
( don’t stop the groovin’ )

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I was pretty interested in your other project since a youtuber i follow covered it recently but this one looks good too.
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