Editor Type

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In ROM Hacking, there are several types of utilities.

Game Specific

Game specific utilities are only useable in a specific game, and not for any other game. Lunar Magic is an example of a game-specific utility.


A Universal utility will work on all games. An example of a universal utility is YY-CHR, a tile editor that does not rely on any game, or even system-specific needs.


An Accessory utility is one that offers a nice bonus, but is not needed to make a hack. Block Tool is an accessory because you don't need custom blocks to make a hack.


Required Utilities are utilities that form the main and preferred interface for hacking ROMs. Lunar Magic is a Required Utility for SMW hacking.

NOTE: This assumes that Hex editors are not considered useable for hacking ROMS. We all know they actually are, though.