The Legend of Zelda:Tutorials

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Editing the Storyboard

Original Text

    MANY  YEARS  AGO  PRINCE
    DARKNESS   GANNON  STOLE
    ONE OF THE TRIFORCE WITH
    POWER.    PRINCESS ZELDA
    HAD  ONE OF THE TRIFORCE
    WITH WISDOM. SHE DIVIDED
    IT INTO  8 UNITS TO HIDE
    IT FROM   GANNON  BEFORE
    SHE WAS CAPTURED.       
      GO FIND THE  8 UNITS  
        LINK  TO SAVE HER.  

The text is located at hex 0x01A3FE through 0x01A81A and can be edited with a hex editor or a utility program like Zelda Text Editor. You should load the Story Text Table in your text editor to help you see what you're doing. You may notice that after editing the storyboard text it will be highlighted strangely in the game.

Color Table

The storyboard text is followed by a color table which must be edited in order to highlight your new text correctly. The table is located at hex 0x01A82B through 0x01A86D. As a point of reference, every two lines of text in the color table are represented by six hex bytes, enclosed by the hex byte 0xFF (which colors the green leaf graphics on either side of the text). Refer to the chart below for color codes.

Interpretation

Each byte represents four different colors split among a block of eight different letters. For example, based on chart below, the value 0xB6 would result in the following color pattern:

    [Red][Red][Blu][Blu]
    [Grn][Grn][Red][Red]

If this hex value was applied to the first two lines of the original prologue above, it would apply color in this way.

    MANY  YEARS  AGO  PRINCE
    DARKNESS   GANNON  STOLE


Color Code Chart

Copyright 2006, Dr. Floppy


Example Edit

This screenshot shows a live edit of the storyboard colors in the hex editor of the FCEUX emulator. These edits can be saved directly back to the ROM.


Z1 storyboard edit.png

Editing in-game text

Special Characters

The hex value 25 is a <BLANK> letter - if you start a message with a bunch of them, you won't hear the game typing out spaces, but you can still use them to center your message.

The hex value EC is interpreted as a period and tells the game to stop interpretation.

Interpretation

The game uses bitwise logic to interpret text bytes. The six least significant (rightmost; d5-d0) bits code for the letter/character tile to be utilized. This allows for a range of 64 characters, from $00-3F. The two most significant (leftmost; d7-d6) bits are used to tell the game to end that current line-write, and how to proceed from there:

00 = Keep writing on same line.
01 = Next character starts 3rd line.
10 = Next character starts 2nd line.
11 = Message end.

This creates four blocks of hex values: normal characters [00 to 3F], second line enders [40-7F], first line enders [80-BF] and overall message enders [C0-FF]. This means that if you write a message that is two lines long, the last letter of the first line has to be written using the [80-BF] set of letters so the game doesn't keep typing stuff offscreen. (You can make the second line of text appear where the third line would normally be by using a value from the [40-7F] set to end the first line.)

$2C = 00101100 = Normal period.
$6C = 01101100 = Second line-ending period.
$AC = 10101100 = First line-ending period.
$EC = 11101100 = Message-ending period.


If you programmed your table file to have capital letters be mapped to the first range and lowercase letters be mapped to the third range, the code from the RO< would read like this:

    (ROM Offset 418B)
    <BLANK><BLANK>BUY MEDICINE BEFORe<BLANK><BLANK>YOU GO.


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