A script for producing a SNESticle ISO from a Fight Night Round 2 ISO and any SNES ROM.
Fight Night Round 2 is a boxing game by Electronic Arts. The Gamecube version of which includes the SNES game Super Punch-Out!!, playable through SNES emulation. Data mining has shown that the DVD contains the strings "SNESticle" and "Copyright (c) 1997-2004 Icer Addis", suggesting that this emulator is in fact SNESticle, the much anticipated but never released follow-up to NESticle.
This script extracts SNESticle from a Fight Night Round 2 ISO (US version) and produces a new ISO containing just SNESticle and a SNES ROM (Super Punch-Out!! or a SNES ROM of your choice). It also patches the joypad emulation to fix some issues and create a more logical button layout.
fn22snesticle.py requires Python 3. Using custom banners requires the pillow (PIL) module, but this is strictly optional.
There are quite a few options but most have sensible defaults, just check the help screen:
The simplest invocation would look something like this:
./fn22snesticle.py fightnight2.iso superpunchout.iso
This will take SNESticle and the Super Punch-Out!! ROM directly from fightnight2.iso and use them to produce the Gamecube ISO superpunchout.iso.
More interestingly, you can use the --rom option to include a different SNES ROM:
./fn22snesticle.py --rom smw.sfc fightnight2.iso smw.iso
This will produce an ISO containing SNESticle and the ROM smw.sfc (whatever that might mean).
It's generally a good idea to also provide the full name of the SNES game using the --game-name option:
./fn22snesticle.py --rom smw.sfc --game-name "Swell Plumber Place" fightnight2.iso smw.iso
It will be written to multiple fields inside the ISO that can be picked up by your loader. It will also be used to generate the banner image that shows up next to the game in most loaders. If no game name is provided, the ROM filename will be used instead.
If you don't like the generated banners, you can provide your own, using the --banner option:
./fn22snesticle.py fightnight2.iso superpunchout.iso --banner mybanner.png
The image file should be 96 by 32 pixels. Most common image formats are supported, but something non-lossy, like png, is strongly recommended. The pillow (PIL) module is required in order for this to work.
There is generally no need to care about the game id option, just leave it out and hope for the best. But if you are curious, or if you think the game id is causing problems for the script or for your loader, read on.
A game ID is a 6 digit code present on every Gamecube ISO, its structure is the following:
- A single letter identifying the console type (typically G for Gamecube).
- Two letters (or digits) identifying the game itself.
- One letter identifying the region of the game.
- Two digits (or letters) identifying the publisher.
Fight Night Round 2 (the US version) has game ID GEYE69, where 69 is the publisher code for Electronic Arts, the E before that is for US region, the initial G is for Gamecube and EY is just the unique identifier for Fight Night 2 (unique among Gamecube games published by Electronic Arts in the US that is).
Some loaders will exhibit strange behaviour unless every available ISO has a unique game ID, therefore fn22snesticle.py will try to generate a unique ID for every successfully created ISO. The format used is "ZxxE69". E69 still means Electronic Arts and US, but to avoid collisions with existing games the first letter is set to Z. xx is a two character alphanumeric string, essentially a base 36 number that starts at 00 and increments by one for each generated ISO. So after 09 comes 0A and after 0Z comes 10. After ZZ (or 1296 generated ISOs) it prints a warning and wraps back to 00. The most recently used code is written to a file called .fn22snesticle in your home directory. If the file is deleted, game IDs start over at Z00E69.
You can also freely choose your own game ID using the --game-id option. This will not affect the .fn22snesticle file.
A banner is a 96x32 bitmap plus a couple of text strings describing the game. It shows up in the Gamecube OS, as well as in loaders like Swiss and in emulators like Dolphin. a2bnr.py is a Python module that is used by fn22snesticle.py to create a Gamecube banner file from a png, but a2bnr.py can also be used as a stand-alone program to create a new banner from an image file or to modify an existing banner file. A typical invocation would look like this:
./a2bnr.py --image myimage.png mybanner.bnr
This will convert myimage.png to the banner format and write it to mybanner.bnr. If mybanner.bnr already exists, this will only overwrite the bitmap portion of the file, leaving the text strings intact. Similarly, it is possible to replace just (a subset of) the text strings in an existing banner file:
./a2bnr.py --game-name "My game" --developer "I made this" someoldbanner.bnr
This will overwrite the game name and developer fields of someoldbanner.bnr without touching the bitmap or the other text strings.
When creating a new bnr file, the --image option is required but everything else is optional. a2bnr.py will accept any image format that pillow can understand.
SNESticle maps the Gamecube buttons to SNES buttons in a very literal way, ie A on the Gamecube controller becomes A on the SNES controller. This works for Super Punch-Out but is useless for most games, so the script patches the code to map buttons based on physical location instead:
At the time of writing, little is known about the features or accuracy of SNESticle. It happily accept standard SNES ROMS with or without the header (ie SMC or SFC files) and it runs a lot of games with no trouble. It does not seem to support external chips like the DSP or Super FX.
More information on this project can be found at https://dataswamp.org/~josk/snesticle/