List of recommended ROM hacks

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This page lists ROM hacks that are recommended for the enhancement or improvement of several games. As this page only links to downloads of ROM hack patches and not unpatched or pre-patched ROMs, users must first have their ROM backup of the game to be patched saved to their computer. Once this is done, the file can be patched with Lunar IPS if using Windows, or another IPS-capable patching utility if otherwise. To use Lunar IPS, begin by launching the application and selecting Apply IPS Patch. After selecting your matching IPS and ROM files, the application will apply the modifications to the ROM file and finish with a The file was successfully patched! message. The game can then be put into the folder of its respective console on the FunKey S. Note that while ROM hack patches are entirely legal and may be freely distributed (since they must be applied to the associated game's ROM file to serve their purpose), the distribution of pre-patched ROMs, as with regular unpatched ROMs, is considered to be piracy.

List criteria[edit | edit source]

For a ROM hack to be listed on this page, it must:

  • Be a patch appliable to a ROM supplied by the user, rather than a pre-patched ROM.
  • Include one or more substantial improvements (not just additions) if listed in the improvement hacks section.
  • Modify the story and/or world of a game substantially if listed in the complete hacks section.

Reimplementation hacks[edit | edit source]

This section lists game patches that restore game functionality originally implemented via unemulated system or game add-on hardware. Games that require the patch to be fully-compatible with the FunKey S are highlighted in green. As the patches for Boktai 2 and Boktai 3 implement button combinations that interfere with FunKey S system shortcuts, they also require adapted controls to be fully-compatible. Should your backup of either of the first two Boktai games not be the retail North American versions, patch files for other variants of those games are available here. Should the WarioWare: Twisted! patch not function properly with your backup of the game, ensure that your game's CRC32 checksum value matches the one listed here. Lastly, while the patches for the Game Boy Color games below make the respective games believe they are being emulated on a Game Boy Advance to enable additional features, as they are still Game Boy Color games, they should be placed into the Game Boy Color folder of the FunKey S.

Game System Description Source Patch
Boktai: The Sun Is in Your Hand GBA Adds in-game replacement for the solar-sensor Link Download
Boktai 2: Solar Boy Django Download
Boktai 3: Sabata's Counterattack Download
Koro Koro Puzzle - Happy Panechu! Adds in-game replacement for the accelerometer Link Download
Shantae GBC Sets game to GBA Mode to enable additional transformation and brighten color palette Link Download
The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages Sets game to GBA Mode to enable Advance Shop and brighten color palette Link Download
The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons Link Download
WarioWare: Twisted! GBA Adds in-game replacement for the accelerometer Link Download
Wendy: Every Witch Way GBC Sets game to GBA Mode to enable Advance World and brighten color palette Link Download
Yoshi Topsy-Turvy GBA Adds in-game replacement for the accelerometer Link Download

Improvement hacks[edit | edit source]

This section lists game patches that modify a game to improve a certain aspect of it. For games with multiple patch variants, select the patch that you prefer, as they are otherwise equivalent. In the case of The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX, if you choose to use several of its patches, apply them in the order listed. Note that while many of the games listed below have additional patches available elsewhere, those patches will only function with these if their ROM modifications do not overlap.

Game System Description Source Patch
Name Variant
Donkey Kong Land GB Full colorization
Time Attack mode
Additional options menu
Reimplemented unused music
Link Download
Dr. Mario Full colorization Link Download
Kirby's Dream Land More saturation Link Download
Less saturation Download
Kirby's Pinball Land Link Download
Metroid II: Return of Samus Link Download
Pokémon Blue Reg. sprites and battle HUD Link Download
Johto sprites and battle HUD Download
Pokémon Gold GBC Enables RTC time adjustment via the Pokégear (UP to move time forward, DOWN to move time backward, and A to do either more quickly) Link Download
Pokémon Red Reg. sprites and battle HUD GB Full colorization Link Download
Johto sprites and battle HUD Download
Pokémon Yellow Johto sprites Link Download
Super Mario Land Full colorization
Modernized graphics
Link Download
Super Mario Land 2 JP Full colorization
Adds Luigi as an alternative playable character
Link Download
US Download
Tetris Modernized gameplay
QOL improvements
Link Download
The Legend of Zelda NES Modernized graphics
Map fills in as it is explored
Link Download
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX GBC Less interrupting text
No low-health beeping
Link Download
Name stays the same after stealing from shop Link Download
Non-italic font Link Download

Complete hacks[edit | edit source]

This section lists game patches that modify a game to an extent that essentially turns it into an entirely new game.

New game Base ROM System Description Patch
Pokémon Bronze Pokémon Gold GB - New region and story Link
Pokémon Bronze 2 Pokémon Crystal GBC - New regions and story Link
Pokémon Brown Pokémon Red GB - New region and story
- New types
- Implementation of evolved Pokémon forms from later generations
Link
Pokémon Gaia Pokémon FireRed GBA - New region and story
- Implementation of Pokémon from later generations
Link
Pokémon Glazed Pokémon Emerald - New regions and story
- Implementation of Pokémon from later generations
Link
Pokémon Grape Pokémon Red GB - New regions and story
- New types
- Several Fakemon
- Implementation of Pokémon from later generations
Link