Crazy ass rom hacks


Just as games allow players to do the impossible, rom hacking lets fans give their favorite anything a shot at a starring role. Through the magic of pixel-pilfering, these classic characters get to walk a very crude mile in another man’s shitty shoes.


Riddler’s Escape From Arkham
Hack of: Mega Man 3

Other than a change to the bosses, you’ll find the nearly every damned level and enemy design is exactly the same as Mega Man 3. Don’t look for some 8-bit Gotham City masterpiece. Although, when compared to the Dark Knight’s other games, Riddler’s Escape from Arkham could very well be the third-best Batman game ever made. But that’s not saying much. Mega Man 3’s only palette swap away from being the best Superman, Barbie or Hitler game ever, as well.

Above: How could we forget Poison Man?


Pac Gentlemen
Hack of: Ms. Pac-Man

Lovingly inspired by Doctor A’s saloon-era salute to old world gaming, this hack of Ms. Pac-Man substitutes the prissy bow for a manly bowler hat. And that’s to say nothing of the generous mustaches and 19th century speak! Sadly, Pac-Gentlemen would perish during the Great California Power Pellet Rush of 1885, leaving Pac-Marm and Pac-Lad widowed and without spin-off.



Wilford Brimley Battle
Hack of: River City Ransom

The charismatic, oatmeal-shilling man-walrus we all loved from Cocoon and The Thing has made quite a name for himself in the land of Romhackia. But Wilford Brimley Battle was the first, and thereby best Brimley-fication by sheer and utter default. Outside of an unseemly amount of oatmeal references, it’s still a largely playable version of River City Ransom. Though most will take issue with the criminally underrepresented magnificence of Brimley’s mustache.


Hack of: Kung-Fu

These two '80’s firebrands have more in common than just hyphens. Neither has aged well over the past two decades, so as expected, their unholy marriage produces five level litter of boring offspring. We’d like heap tons of shit on the graphics, featuring blocky versions of Two Bad, Rattler, and possibly Mosquitor, but we would’ve found them perfectly acceptable at the time. It’s also fairly accurate: Just as in the show, He-Man never uses his sword on anybody.


  • PatHan-bHai - February 23, 2013 11:40 a.m.

  • fobidenerror - December 11, 2010 1:13 a.m.

    With the exception of Jomb's hacks, I don't see where these others are so bad, Jomb is the NES Rapist he'll rape any game any day of the week. He'll make a program that rape's a game and call it Rapist like "Monster Rapist" the Nes game Monster Party level editor. People on the internet begged him to make many of his hacks because they wanted them more than he did. that is the darkside of romhacking you either want to get somewhere fast or nowhere after years of work, the main focus of the Rom hacking community is on Fan Translation bringing accurate English translations of games unreleased in our country to the U.S.A.. I have been a rom hacker since 1998 who knows about me nobody I made two really awesome complete hacks one that is a total conversion of the original game they aren't perverted, So nobody knows who I am.
  • fobidenerror - December 11, 2010 12:33 a.m.

    You think those hacks suck, or that they aren't that great get your self a character editor like Tile Layer Pro or YYchar open the ROM "Game Image" and see what you can do with compressed graphic's, nothing. Laugh away they weren't copied and pasted many of them had ASM coding changes, decompression and all kinds of things you have no idea how to do. Try it some time you aren't skilled enough to alter Super Mario Brothers yet alone anything else and we know you are just angry cause you can't copy a real Rom hackers work and claim it as your own. Waka Waka Waka you can talk but you can't deliver.
  • BoondockSaint54 - July 9, 2010 1:32 a.m.

    Awesome article, Chris. I laughed at a lot of those.
  • waffledragon33 - July 8, 2010 10:22 p.m.

  • Thirteenth - March 13, 2010 1:57 p.m.

    Oh IWBTG, thou art a heartless bitch.
  • dmaster225 - March 1, 2010 5:26 a.m.

    what about kaizo mario world? thats a pretty difficult one.
  • D0CCON - February 27, 2010 5:45 a.m.

    Bottom of page 3, the children here will suck your... Woah....................................
  • hdofu - January 16, 2010 2:26 a.m.

    Also I feel bad for not saying this, in the above, but how can this list not give mention to the legendary Wilfred Brimley, the patron saint of Rom Hacks
  • hdofu - January 16, 2010 2:23 a.m.

    To be fair this article gives the impression this is the only kind of rom hacks out there. There are some good examples out there like Mario Adventure, Extra Mario Bros, Super Kitkiu World, Legend of Zelda Parallel worlds. BS Zelda: The Ancient Stone Tablets Wouldn't even be playable ever again without rom hacking. Some great games also are translated via hack Also there are official rom hacks... like Super Mario Bros 2
  • FanofSaiyan - December 12, 2009 10:13 p.m.

    Nude Mario?! These guys must have seperate lives to waste exclusively.
  • Sorekara - December 3, 2009 1:30 a.m.

    I am downloading IWTBTG now.
  • shnazzyone - November 5, 2009 6:01 a.m.

    This list is missing one of the greatest rom hacks of all time. Pussy city pimps.
  • Rockman - July 17, 2009 6:57 p.m.

    @nyef Actually it's not a typo. "As we're wont to do" is a phrase meaning something to the tune of "as we have a habit of doing". I used to mess around with Rom hacks all the time, so this article made me laugh. Good stuff GR!
  • Kaz993 - July 17, 2009 6:03 a.m.

    I am one of those that beat I wanna be the guy. Smashed 2 keyboards and the neighbors complained for my screaming. I gotta say, for some reason dracula always seemed the most irritating part of the game, aside from the Guy at the end (who took me well over 400 tries to beat.)
  • darkshadow0308 - July 22, 2009 2:47 p.m.

  • nyef - July 17, 2009 3:19 a.m.

    lol i give props to the people that made these roms... even though they're illegal p.s. "When gamers sit around in their wicker rocking chairs and ponder who should’ve been in Super Smash Bros. Brawl - AS WE'RE WONT TO DO -" uhhh... i think that's a typo...
  • RebornKusabi - February 9, 2009 12:05 a.m.

    Holy God! Your a complete and total fucking tool if you have never played "I Wanna Be The Guy"...

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