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 the Floating IPS application if using Windows or Linux, or MultiPatch if using MacOS. To use Floating IPS, begin by launching the application and selecting Apply 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 (as 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 applicable 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. As the definition of an improvement can often be subjective, ROM hacks listed in this section should generally only include quality of life improvements that do not alter core gameplay.
  • Apply to all content within a game if listed in the desaturation hacks section.
  • Include a complete and accurate English translation if listed in the translation 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
Mario & Wario SNES Remaps Super Famicom Mouse inputs to controller 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. The following are notes for several of the games listed below:

  • The Breath of Fire and Breath of Fire II improvement patches are compatible with the North American desaturation patches for those games listed below.
  • As Faceball 2000 is incompatible with the default Game Boy emulator, the ROM hack for it is as well. Of the two variants of this hack, both run slower than normal in the third-party mGBA emulator, while the GDMA variant has moderate graphical glitches in the Gambatte emulator.
  • The patches for Final Fantasy VI Advance are compatible with their regional counterpart desaturation patches listed below. As noted on the wiki's compatibility issue list, however, the North American version of the game cannot be saved via any method with the default Game Boy Advance emulator of the FunKey S. It is therefore recommended that either that version be played in one of the alternative third-party emulators or that the European version of the game be played instead.
  • Should you wish to use more than one of the listed patches with The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX, apply them in the order listed.
Game System Description Source Patch
Name Variant
Breath of Fire EU GBA Improved audio quality Link Download
JP Download
US Download
Breath of Fire II EU Link Download
JP Download
US Download
Donkey Kong Land GB Full colorization
Time Attack mode
Additional options menu
Reimplemented unused music
Link Download
Dr. Mario Full colorization Link Download
Faceball 2000 No GDMA Link Download
GDMA Full colorization
Sped up 3D rendering
Download
Final Fantasy IV Advance EU GBA Improved audio quality Link Download
Final Fantasy V Advance Improved audio quality
Fewer frame drops
Link Download
EU (Orchestral introduction music implemented) Download
JP Download
US Download
Final Fantasy VI Advance EU Link Download
EU (Opera music implemented) Download
JP Download
US Download
Kirby's Dream Land More saturation GB Full colorization Link Download
Less saturation Download
Kirby's Pinball Land Link Download
Metroid NES SRAM saving
Scrollable map on pause menu
Ability to combine wave and ice beams
Link Download
Metroid II: Return of Samus GB Full colorization Link Download
Pokémon Blue Reg. sprites and battle HUD Link Download
Johto sprites and battle HUD Download
Pokémon Emerald GBA Enables RTC time adjustment via clocks
Adds a clock to each Pokémon Center
Link 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 Ruby GBA Enables RTC time adjustment via clocks
Adds a clock to each Pokémon Center
Link Download
Pokémon Sapphire Link Download
Pokémon Yellow GBC Johto sprites Link Download
Sonic 3D Blast Genesis Overworld map
Time challenge mode
Level editor
Password-based saving
Link Download
Super Mario Land GB 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 Rev. A 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

Desaturation hacks[edit | edit source]

This section lists Game Boy Advance game patches that adjust color palettes to accommodate devices that display Game Boy Advance games in a backlit manner, such as the FunKey S. As initial Game Boy Advance games were developed with the original, non-backlit Game Boy Advance in mind, many of them had their colors oversaturated to improve visibility. With visibility not an issue for the backlit Game Boy Advance SP, game palettes were now brighter than intended, a difference particularly noticeable when comparing games ported from prior systems, such as Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2.

The following are notes for several of the games listed below:

  • The Breath of Fire and Breath of Fire II desaturation patches are compatible with the North American improvement patches for those games listed above.
  • For Final Fantasy VI Advance:
    • An additional patch can be subsequently applied to change the color of the title screen lightning bolt from purple to yellow to match the game's SNES (rather than Super Famicom) color palette.
    • As the IPS patch format is incompatible with games with file sizes above 16 megabytes, such as the European release of Final Fantasy VI Advance, the BPS patch format had to be used instead. Both Floating IPS and MultiPatch are compatible with this patch file format as well.
    • Also note that the game's desaturation patches are compatible with their regional counterpart improvement patches listed above.
    • As noted on the wiki's compatibility issue list, the North American version of the game cannot be saved via any method with the default Game Boy Advance emulator of the FunKey S. It is therefore recommended that either that version be played in one of the alternative third-party emulators or that the European version of the game be played instead.
  • The desaturation patch for the North American version of Super Street Fighter II Turbo Revival was modified to include the changes made by a compatible bug fix patch. The Japanese version of the patch remains unmodified as the bug fix patch is not available for that version of the game.
Game Source Patch
Blackthorne EU Link Download
Breath of Fire US Link Download
Breath of Fire II Link Download
Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance Link Download
Donkey Kong Country EU Link Download
Final Fantasy VI Advance Link Download
JP Download
US Download
Mario Kart: Super Circuit Link Download
Rock and Roll Racing Link Download
Sega Smash Pack Link Download
Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 JP Link Download
US Download
EU Download
Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2 US Link Download
EU Download
Super Street Fighter II Turbo Revival JP Link Download
US Link
Link
Download
The Lost Vikings EU Link Download
Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3 US Link Download
EU Download

Translation hacks[edit | edit source]

This section lists game patches that translate games without English translations into English for improved gameplay accessibility. As this section is only intended to include the most notable of translation patches, users searching for ones not listed here should check the romhacking.net translation index. As many games on this list are for the SNES, a column listing whether or not each patch is intended for use with a headered ROM has been included. Should your game backup have or not have a header when the opposite is required, this online patching tool can be used instead of Floating IPS or MultiPatch to both fix the header issue and apply the patch.

The following are notes for several of the games listed below:

  • While Breath of Fire II is unusual in that its translation replaces an existing English translation, this is due to that translation having been below the standard of most Japanese to English game localizations.
  • While an English translation of Donkey Kong Land III exists for the game's release on the Game Boy, the patch listed below translates the Japan-exclusive Game Boy Color version.
  • Should you wish to add running functionality to Final Fantasy II, apply this patch after the translation patch.
  • While Final Fantasy VI had an English translation in the form of Final Fantasy III, the patch listed below attempts to translate the game in a manner more faithful to its original Japanese script.
  • Should you wish to add unit ordering functionality to Fire Emblem: Thracia 776, apply this patch after the translation patch.
  • As the IPS patch format is incompatible with games with file sizes above 16 megabytes, such as Mother 3, the BPS patch format had to be used instead. Both Floating IPS and MultiPatch are compatible with this patch file format as well.
Game System Header Base language Source Patch
Breath of Fire II SNES No English Link Download
Donkey Kong Land III GBC N/A Japanese Link Download
Dragon Quest V SNES Yes Link Download
Dragon Quest VI Link Download
Famicom Wars Rev 0B NES N/A Link Download
Final Fantasy II Link Download
Final Fantasy III Link Download
Final Fantasy V SNES Yes Link Download
Final Fantasy VI Link Download
Fire Emblem Gaiden NES N/A Link Download
Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem V1.0 SNES Yes Link Download
V1.1 Download
Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light NES N/A Link Download
Fire Emblem: Thracia 776 SNES No Link Download
Kid Dracula GB N/A Link Download
Mario's Super Picross SNES No Link Download
Marvelous: Another Treasure Island Link Download
Mega Man & Bass Yes Link Download
Mega Man & Bass: Challenger from the Future WS N/A Link Download
Mega Man Battle Network WonderSwan WSC Link Download
Mickey & Donald: Magical Quest 3 SNES No Link Download
Mother 3 GBA N/A Link Download
Napoleon: Eagle of War French Link Download
Phoenix Wright: Trials and Tribulations Japanese Link Download
Picross 2 GB Link Download
Pokémon Picross GBC Link Download
Pokémon Trading Card Game 2: Here Comes Team GR! Link Download
Shin Megami Tensei SNES No Link Download
Shin Megami Tensei II Link Download
Shin Megami Tensei if... Link Download
Star Wars NES N/A Link Download
Super Famicom Wars SNES No Link Download
Tales of Phantasia Lowercase Text Yes Link Download
Uppercase Text Download
Trials of Mana Link Download

SRAM hacks[edit | edit source]

This section lists game patches that implement in-game saving into games without the feature to allow for the transfer of save data from the FunKey S to a wider variety of third-party emulators. Due to the patched-in nature of these in-game save implementations, however, methods of saving and loading, as listed below, are often unconventional, and may have varying compatibility between emulators. To avoid overwriting save data in case pre-existing save data is accidentally not loaded by the user, several of the autosave implementations do not begin to save gameplay progress until a game's second level. Games highlighted in yellow use SRAM to save high scores, rather than gameplay progress, while games highlighted in orange are for the Master System, whose emulation on the FunKey S currently does not support battery-based saving.

The following are notes for several of the games listed below:

  • The SRAM patch for Metroid also includes several quality of life improvements, as listed above.
  • The SRAM patch for Tetris is incompatible with the Tetris improvement patch listed above.
Game System Save instructions Load instructions Source Patch
Alien 3 Genesis Finish level Press A, B, Y, and Start in sequence while the game is paused Link Download
Bare Knuckle III (Streets of Rage 3) JP Automatic Link Download
Batman: Revenge of the Joker Finish level Select New Game after pressing Up at the Main Menu Link Download
Batman Returns Press Start + Right while Options is highlighted at the Main Menu, then press Start to load game Link Download
Beavis and Butt-Head Lose a life Start game after pressing Right with Music highlighted Link Download
Bram Stoker's Dracula Finish level Unpause after pausing and pressing Up in-game Link Download
Bubba 'N' Stix Press Start in the Load menu (formerly the password menu) Link Download
Castlevania II: Simon's Quest US NES Select SAVE on the Game Over screen Select LOAD at the Main Menu Link Download
EU Download
Clu Clu Land D Automatic; adapted to not use the Famicom Disk System Link Download
Columns Genesis Automatic Link Download
Comix Zone Finish level After selecting Load and pressing A in the Options menu, return to the Main Menu and start game Link Download
Contra: Hard Corps Select Continue After pressing Up in the Options menu, return to the Main Menu and start game Link Download
Desert Strike: Return to the Gulf Start level Press Start in the Options menu Link Download
Devil World NES Automatic Link Download
Dick Tracy Genesis Lose a life Exit the Options menu after pressing Up Link Download
Donald in Maui Mallard Finish level Press Start in the password menu Link Download
Donkey Kong NES Automatic Link Download
Donkey Kong: Original Edition Download
Donkey Kong Jr. Download
Donkey Kong 3 Download
Double Dragon 3: The Arcade Game Genesis Finish level After highlighting Load and pressing Right in the Options menu, return to the Main Menu and start game Link Download
Ecco the Dolphin Press Start in the password menu Link Download
Excitebike NES One save slot for custom tracks Link Download
F-1 Sensation Re-enables unused battery save feature Link Download
Garfield: Caught in the Act Genesis After Game Over Set Music to 15 in the Options menu and press A on the subsequent password menu Link Download
Gargoyles Finish level Exit the Game Options menu after setting Sound Test to 010 Link Download
Gauntlet IV Upon returning to main hub Go to the Options menu of Quest Mode, press Right twice with Language highlighted, and press Start + A after selecting Continue Link Download
Golvellius: Valley of Doom Master System Enter a "Password House Select LAST GAME CONTINUE at the Main Menu Link Download
Guardian Legend NES Press A in Blue Lander room without sub-weapon selected Press A to select END in the password menu Link Download
Hoshi Wo Miru Hito Three save slots Link Download
Ice Climber Automatic Link Download
Jewel Master Genesis Finish level After pressing Up in the Options menu, return to the Main Menu and start game Link Download
Jungle Strike Start level Press Start in the password menu Link Download
Kid Chameleon Finish level Pause and restart level (no life penalty incurred) Link Download
Kung Fu EU NES Automatic Link Download
M.U.S.H.A. Genesis Finish level After pressing Up in the Options menu, return to the Main Menu and start game Link Download
Majou Densetsu II: Daimashikyou Galious NES Receive password from Goddess Select Continue at the Main Menu Link Download
Mario Bros. US Automatic Link Download
EU Download
Mega Bomberman Genesis Defeat boss Press Start in the password menu Link Download
Metroid NES Three save slots Link Download
Ninja Gaiden Finish level Press Select at the Main Menu Link Download
Popeye JP Automatic Link Download
Road Rash Genesis Finish level Press Start + A at the Main Menu Link Download
Road Rash 2 Select Set Password in the Game Options menu and press any button Link Download
RoboCop versus The Terminator After pressing Up in the Options menu, return to the Main Menu and start game Link Download
Rocket Knight Adventures Lose a life Link Download
Rolling Thunder 3 Finish round Enter AAAAA in the password menu Link Download
Shinobi III Finish level Unpause after pausing and pressing A on Stage 1 Link Download
Spellcaster Master System Use the Passwords spell Select Continue at the Main Menu Link Download
Splatterhouse 3 Genesis Finish level Press A six times in the password menu Link Download
Street Fighter II': Special Champion Edition Automatic Link Download
Streets of Rage Link Download
Streets of Rage 2 Link Download
Super Street Fighter II Link Download
Tetris Rev. A GB Automatic; use of specific SAV file required Link Download
The Goonies II NES Press Select on the Continue screen Press Start in the password menu Link Download
The Revenge of Shinobi Genesis Lose a life Start game after setting shuriken count to 90 in the Options menu Link Download
Tiny Toon Adventures: Buster's Hidden Treasure Start level Exit the Options menu after pressing Up Link Download
Track & Field US NES Automatic Link Download
EU Download
Urban Strike Genesis Start level Press Start in the password menu Link Download
Vectorman Lose a life Press Right while Restore Game is highlighted in the Options menu Link Download
Willow NES Press Select + A + B; KEY file required Select Continue at the Main Menu Link Download
Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap Master System Enter a Password House Link Download
Wonder Boy in Monster World Link Download
X-Men Genesis Start level Crouch and jump while standing on black panels of character select screen Link Download
X-Men 2: Clone Wars Left + A while game is paused (also used for character selection) Right + A while game is paused Link Download
Xexyz NES Press Select on the Game Over screen Press Start in the password menu Link Download
Zombies Ate My Neighbors Genesis When going from one numbered level to the next Link Download

Merger hacks[edit | edit source]

This section lists game patches that merge similar games into one as a means of organizing one's game library. The following are notes for several of the games listed below:

  • F-Zero Final merges the three circuits of F-Zero with the one circuit of BS F-Zero Grand Prix 2 and allows the use of vehicles from either game in any circuit. Up and Down are used to select a circuit, while L and R are used to switch between the two sets of vehicles.
  • To access Mario Bros. in Super Mario All-Stars NES, use the A + Up button combination while Super Mario Bros. is selected.
Compilation Base ROM(s) System Source Patch
Name Components
F-Zero Final BS F-Zero Grand Prix 2 JP SNES Link Download
F-Zero US
Sonic 1 and 2 Sonic the Hedgehog Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Rev A Genesis Link Download
Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Sonic 3 Complete Blue Spheres Sonic & Knuckles + Sonic the Hedgehog 3 Link Download
Sonic & Knuckles
Sonic the Hedgehog 3
Sonic the Hedgehog 3 & Knuckles
Super Mario All-Stars NES Mario Bros. Super Mario Bros. 3 US NES Link Download
Super Mario Bros.
Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels
Super Mario Bros. 2
Super Mario Bros. 3

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
Pokémon Sors Pokémon FireRed GBA - New region and story
- Implementation of Pokémon from later generations
Link
Pokémon Unbound Link