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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2012 12:51 pm 
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Here are some ideas about how the graphics will work on the NES.

jungle level:

bg palette 0:
black, dark brown, medium brown, yellow (for ground)

bg palette 1:
black, dark green, medium green, light green (for tree tiles not overlapping sky)

bg palette 2:
black, dark green, medium green, sky blue (for tree tiles overlapping sky)

bg palette 3:
black, dark red, dark pink, light pink (for flowers)


sprite palette 0:
black, brown, yellow (Kongs, bananas, barrels, bees)

sprite palette 1:
black, red, white (DK's tie and Diddy's shirt, 1up balloons, red bees)

sprite palette 2:
dark green, medium green, light green (kremlins, 2up balloons)

sprite palette 3:
black, dark grey, light grey (bouncing tires)


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2012 1:01 pm 
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There are a couple of chinese DKC games for the NES. Here's one of them.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 25, 2012 8:34 am 
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Image

Here is an NES sprite I made.


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Looks good, but with up to 5 sprites in some scanlines the flickering will be intense! I usually allow myself to use up to 4 sprites horizontally per character/object, so that I can show at least 2 of them in the same scanlines without flickering. I do make exceptions for a couple of animation frames here and there, but only when extremely necessary.

The game I linked to looks pretty decent, and the sprites are a bit more cartoony (with outlines and flat colored areas), which might look better than pre-rendered 3D on the NES.

Your style is interesting though, I wonder what a full screen mock-up would look like.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2012 1:27 pm 
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It should be noted that DKC was released on Game Boy Color in 2000-ish. Since the NES and GBC have similar-looking graphics, I think an NES DKC would look just like the GBC version.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2012 2:40 pm 
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"How a game would look" depends on a lot more than just the platform. You also have to consider the year of the conversion, the company who's doing it, the deadline, and so on.

The GBC has considerably more colors and more palettes than the NES, so it definitely has the potential for better looking ports. However, many GBC developers didn't make good use of the resources, for whatever reason.


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DKC on GBC is a really lazy port that obviously recycled the DKL engine with new elements that don't work. For example, the DKL games didn't have you jumping onto moving ropes, but DKC-GBC does, and if you try to roll jump onto a moving rope that is moving away from you, the character rolls through it!

Not to mention the control just feels loose in general. You're barely able to ride a rolling metal keg which was easy enough on the SNES.


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 07, 2012 9:11 pm 
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strat wrote:
Not to mention the control just feels loose in general. You're barely able to ride a rolling metal keg which was easy enough on the SNES.


WTH is that web site? :shock:


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YTMND is a web site where people can upload a still image (or animated GIF) and an accompanying audio file to make a simple web page. (See Wikipedia's article about YTMND.)

As for this page: In DKC, the player can toss barrels and they roll. Metal kegs are like barrels that bounce off walls, and the player can toss one and jump on it to ride it. The image is a demonstration of riding a keg, combined with a meme from Star Fox 64.

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tokumaru wrote:
There are a couple of chinese DKC games for the NES. Here's one of them.

Is Hummer Team (the ones who developed that port) a Chinese company?

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Bootleg Games Wikia's page on Hummer Team states that Hummer Team is based in Taiwan, "the other China".


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Hey, this looks like a nifty little site. :)

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 30, 2013 12:50 am 
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Where your question obviously was "how would DKC look downported to the NES," and that question's already been answered with evidence of the Hong Kong versions, I couldn't help but think "how would DKC look if it had been originally developed for the NES.

My guess is that it would have looked very similar to Mindscape's Conan, with monochromatic sprites, much smaller than the SNES sprites, but with fluid animation with a large number of frames per animation, but a much more limited possible number of animations.

EDIT: Sorry for the necropost as my first post. Hadn't expected a first page topic to be a year old. :oops:

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 30, 2013 10:29 am 
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M_Tee wrote:

Wow, that game is hideous! It's weird how they used wide pixels (like the pixels on the Commodore 64) for the background... maybe this was a cheap way to compress tiles to half their size, since it uses CHR-RAM (a quick look in a tile editor reveals some uncompressed low-resolution tiles though, so I'm not sure about this).

IMO, you should consider the developer of the game. Since the SNES DKC games were made by Rare, it's reasonable to assume that the NES version would also be made by them. One of their most famous games on the NES is Battletoads, which has detailed backgrounds and large, colorful sprites. They even overlaid sprites in order to make them look more colorful and give them more volume. They also went out of their way to implement all sorts of background effects, such as animation and parallax scrolling.

So, considering the history of the company developing the game, I imagine that a Donkey Kong Country developed by Rare for the NES would look nothing like this ugly Conan game, which has dull backgrounds and flat monochrome sprites. Tho only good thing about it are the smooth animations, but DKC doesn't need them THAT smooth.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 30, 2013 11:46 am 
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tokumaru wrote:
M_Tee wrote:

Wow, that game is hideous! It's weird how they used wide pixels (like the pixels on the Commodore 64) for the background... maybe this was a cheap way to compress tiles to half their size, since it uses CHR-RAM (a quick look in a tile editor reveals some uncompressed low-resolution tiles though, so I'm not sure about this).

The graphics are straight out of this C64 game: http://youtu.be/Ede0NkkMXH0

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