A new project for WL4 ROM hacking and Level Editing

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#1
A Wario Land 4 Editor is been making now. All the code is available on the github for better version control. (Goldensunboy/WL4Editor)
The software is been made with Qt and we hope we can make a cross-platform editor as good as Lunar Magic.

we have finished a lot of work in coding for base classes, but there are still a lot of work to do. The first release version is estimated to be available in August 2018, so be patient and just wait for the first release version coming out.
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if you are interested in the progress of the project, or you would like to be a level maker for WL4 and share your level around, you can join our discord server with this invite link: here. (PS: we already have an demo level for fun, you can get it from our discord community. :))
We also welcome people who would like to hacking WL4 ROM or those who were able to help us making progress in our project to join our discord community.
 
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I will update the screenshot in #1 when there are some inspiring changes in UI, new post will create once we release version beta 1.0
 
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Hmm, looks interesting. Always wanted to see more of a ROM hacking scene for Wario Land 4, and this looks like the first steps towards a full Lunar Magic style level editor that'll make this possible.

Keep up the good work @shinespeciall! Really interested in seeing where this goes next!
 

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I'm definitely interested in this too!

Thanks so much for taking the time develop this. I really hope the project continues to go well, and that you keep us in the loop as it updates. While I don't know much about the technical side of rom-hacking or the tools to do it, I would totally love to make my own levels in Wario Land 4 and play other peoples' hacks of the game as well. Looks very promising!
 

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my discord server seems always kick out the new comer (only if i set roles for the new one person by person) and i don't know why, can anyone help me to solve this?
 

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my discord server seems always kick out the new comer (only if i set roles for the new one person by person) and i don't know why, can anyone help me to solve this?
the problem is solved, you can use the invite link in the first post to get into my Discord server.
I usually program in the night (sometime before and at the American morning), I will update in this thread and on warioforum Discord server simultaneously when the fist release version is out.
my own Discord server have provided some advices in WL4 game hacking and emulator playing, you can also get in for further information.
@Dr. Mechano
 
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I am personally very looking forward to see where this goes.
Wario Lands 1-3 all got level editors over the past years, but not much came out of them. Perhaps because they were very hard to use.
 

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I am personally very looking forward to see where this goes.
Wario Lands 1-3 all got level editors over the past years, but not much came out of them. Perhaps because they were very hard to use.
Making editor is a big project, including the ROM hacking and programming, perhaps most of the developers will spend more time in ROM hacking than programming, and in any condition there are always a lot of things remain to be found in ROM. It cannot be very easy to insist on one reverse engineering, and the whole project is a harder task.
"Editor is hard to use" isn't against common sence, take "super mario maker" as an example, that game make the player concentrate more on object (in GBA we call it Sprites), and we will pay less attention on the other things, but in the game editor case, we should not only pay attention to Sprites, but also something like matching of Tiles in not only 1 but up to 4 layers (you should joint Tile one by one, it take a lot of time), Camera control setting, BGM changing, level testing, etc. They all cost time and increase the difficulty of Editor using. Sometimes we have to design a complicated GUI to give user as much chance as we can to edit everything we found.
 

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Well, just gonna mention that this project will be mentioned on Gaming Reinvented at some point as well. Hopefully that'll bring some more attention to it.
 

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This is an incredible project and I wish you the best of luck in finishing it! Personally, I think Wario Land 4 had some of the best aesthetics in any 2D Platformer I've played, so being able to use its parts to create a new adventure would be a dream.
 

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#11
In this period, we are going to make the editor to just make changes directly on ROM, so the sotfware will just patch the changes, so you will need to use another software called Lunar IPS to share your level.
 
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