NHL 2021 “Way Too Early Edition” ROM


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Hi everyone!

So, just like in past years, I am posting my NHL94 2021 "Way Too Early" edition ROM.  As we don't know if and when the season will start, this may be a fun way to pass some time!

About the ROM:

*32 teams.  Seattle Kraken are included.  The team contains players from the Seattle Metropolitans circa 1917-1919.
*The ROM is based off of the @slapshot67 32-team template.  
*60 Min. OT.
*Each team has 13 forwards, 7 Dmen and 3 goalies.
*Several last names were shortened (like the original NHL94).  There is a 10 letter max to fit the names on the "GOAL!" window when a goal is scored.  If you go beyond it, it extends the name off of the window which looks awkward.
*The ROM has the "weight bug fix". 
*No "stamina hack".  I decided against it this time around.  I only tried it on my recent 2020 playoff ROM (as I posted two versions) but have decided not to use it moving forward.
*The ROM has the @clockwise sprite patch.
*The ROM contains the "Washington & Winnipeg Player Portrait Freeze Bug" but won't freeze if you use Kega Fusion as an emulator.
*Unlike previous ROMs of mine, the players are now rated on a 2-year average instead of 3.  You'll see some nice bumps in ratings.
*Unlike previous ROMS of mine, I decided to edit not just the team ratings but, the PP, PK, Home and Away ratings as well.
*Uniforms have been updated for Calgary, Ottawa and Buffalo.  Calgary and Ottawa are going retro this season and Buffalo is returning to their royal blue color.  The retro Sens and Flames logos have been added for team selection and center ice.
*Colorado has its new arena name.
*Most of the new jersey numbers have been confirmed but not all.  In some cases, I based it off of numbers that certain players may have worn on another team or in the AHL/CHL/College/etc.
*The ROM rosters are up-to-date as of 11/7/20.  All unsigned UFAs have been removed except for Zdeno Chara (still on the Bs).  Call it a "hunch" that if he doesn't retire, he'll stay with the Bs.
*Alexis Lafreniere, Quinton Byfield and Tim Stuetzle are the only recent draft picks that I put in the ROM.  

Anywho... enjoy!

The ROM:

NHL94 2021 Way Too Early Edition.bin

NHL94 2021 Title Page.png

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MacK Scores.png

 

 

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Hi again!  I noticed a potential issue on the Blackhawks roster.  I fixed it.  The ROM has been re-posted.  Sorry about that... no more posting in the wee hours of the morning.  LOL

Assuming there are no reported issues with the ROM, my next post might be a "pre-season" version, with more roster updates, if and when that actually begins/happens.  If I don't do that, I will definitely do an Opening Night version.  

Cheers!

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Final update (assuming no serious issues are reported)... I didn't like the original Title Screen art so I just  changed it.  The original version had too much of the white helmet and jersey color bleeding into the background.  So, I went with a different image and created a background that allows the white to pop.  I'm sure my fellow ROM editors know the frustration of trying to get something that you like for the finished product.  LOL

Anywho... if you downloaded the original post, only the Title Screen art changed so no need to re-download unless you want the new image.  :)

Cheers!

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Awesome work as always, @Sauce.

I have just knocked this together in a few minutes, just in case anyone wants it for RetroArch.  It will need resizing depending on what system you use.

NHL 94 - 2010s Covers - 2020-21 Edition (Way Too Early Edition) (Cover).png

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1 hour ago, LaTormenta said:

Awesome work as always, @Sauce.

I have just knocked this together in a few minutes, just in case anyone wants it for RetroArch.  It will need resizing depending on what system you use.

NHL 94 - 2010s Covers - 2020-21 Edition (Way Too Early Edition) (Cover).png

Thats a cool cover to reflect the times. it would be cool if you could find a picture of one of the rinks used during the playoffs.

Maybe make a rom with no fans in the stands???

 

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8 minutes ago, Tabs3121 said:

Thats a cool cover to reflect the times. it would be cool if you could find a picture of one of the rinks used during the playoffs.

Maybe make a rom with no fans in the stands???

 

This is the best picture I could find (at this time of night!), so hopefully it does the job. 

The problem with the rink pictures seems to be that very few are taken with a wide angle lens, so there is not much "dead space" at the side of the actually rink to stop it fading into white, if that makes sense.  If you happen to find a high resolution one, post it by all means and I'll have another stab at it.

  NHL 94 - 2010s Covers - 2020-21 Edition (Way Too Early Edition) (Cover V2).png

 

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12 minutes ago, Tabs3121 said:

Thats a cool cover to reflect the times. it would be cool if you could find a picture of one of the rinks used during the playoffs.

Maybe make a rom with no fans in the stands???

 

Disagree... the NHL already stated it doesn't want to start the next season (of which this ROM is based) if it can't have fan attendance in any capacity.  The image is more apropos for my playoff rom vs this version.

However, I do like the work that @LaTormenta did with his image.  Nice job!

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Just now, LaTormenta said:

And this is along the lines of the ones I have done in my mega-thread elsewhere:

NHL 94 - 2020s Covers - 2020-21 Edition (Way Too Early Edition) (Cover V3).png

This image makes perfect sense.  :)

 

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@Sauce Great work on the latest ROM!  I always look forward to new updates.  I like the new jersey colours, especially the new navy ones for the Jets.

I know nothing of ROM editing, but would it be possible to implement third jerseys?  Perhaps a toggle on the start menu?  If it's impossible to do, no worries, but it would be super cool.  Just an idea.  

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58 minutes ago, ehlerscheif93 said:

@Sauce Great work on the latest ROM!  I always look forward to new updates.  I like the new jersey colours, especially the new navy ones for the Jets.

I know nothing of ROM editing, but would it be possible to implement third jerseys?  Perhaps a toggle on the start menu?  If it's impossible to do, no worries, but it would be super cool.  Just an idea.  

Thanks...unfortunately, that functionality doesn't exist.  3rd jerseys didn't become a thing, in the NHL, until 1995-96 so it wasn't a thought for the developers of the game.

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29 minutes ago, Sauce said:

Thanks...unfortunately, that functionality doesn't exist.  3rd jerseys didn't become a thing, in the NHL, until 1995-96 so it wasn't a thought for the developers of the game.

Ah, got it.  That makes sense.  

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Thanks @Sauce for doing this. I social media’d that. 

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21 hours ago, Sauce said:

Final update (assuming no serious issues are reported)... I didn't like the original Title Screen art so I just  changed it.  The original version had too much of the white helmet and jersey color bleeding into the background.  So, I went with a different image and created a background that allows the white to pop.  I'm sure my fellow ROM editors know the frustration of trying to get something that you like for the finished product.  LOL

Anywho... if you downloaded the original post, only the Title Screen art changed so no need to re-download unless you want the new image.  :)

Cheers!

It is, hands down, my least favorite part of making a ROM. So much work goes into finding out that you picked a lousy image and it doesn't look good in-game...

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Always love and appreciate your passion and updated ROMS @Sauce. I always download your newest updates but I don't always leave my grateful gratitude for you buddy. Just wanted to let you know you always do a great job and the many that dl & play your creations thank you for it! :dal_skater_hand_grab:

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4 hours ago, Fiddz said:

Always love and appreciate your passion and updated ROMS @Sauce. I always download your newest updates but I don't always leave my grateful gratitude for you buddy. Just wanted to let you know you always do a great job and the many that dl & play your creations thank you for it! :dal_skater_hand_grab:

Thanks @Fiddz!  I appreciate your kind words!

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Tell you what- these Genesis hacks might be what it takes to stop playing SNES. The amount of time you guys are putting into these mods deserves it!

Question- do you (or others) change/modify the in-game sound effects? That's primary why I don't play Genesis versions; they drive me crazy.

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8 hours ago, DEG3ORGE said:

Tell you what- these Genesis hacks might be what it takes to stop playing SNES. The amount of time you guys are putting into these mods deserves it!

Question- do you (or others) change/modify the in-game sound effects? That's primary why I don't play Genesis versions; they drive me crazy.

Yes, a whole lot of time/effort does go into them.  But, it is worth it.

No, I do not change/modify the sounds.  I can't speak to what the others do but feel free to ask them on their posts as most appear happy to discuss their own work.  I long since solved the issue of hearing things I don't want to hear.  I simply press on the volume button on my laptop or TV until it is zero.  Problem solved.  :)

Cheers!

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@mitch13 caught a headshot mistake within the ROM, and was kind enough to hit me up.  Thanks Mitch!  I felt it was worthy of a timely fix (as opposed to waiting for the next version) so I took care of it and the rom has been re-posted in the OP.

Cheers!

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2 hours ago, Jkline3 said:

DAL new.jpg

Don't adjust your TV...

That's the Stars new alternate jersey color scheme.  Rumor has it, many teams will have a "4th jersey" this year.  I saw Vegas' the other day.  Gotta make money back so way/how.

This will not be in my roms as it is an alternate.
 

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12 minutes ago, Sauce said:

That's the Stars new alternate jersey color scheme.  Rumor has it, many teams will have a "4th jersey" this year.  I saw Vegas' the other day.  Gotta make money back so way/how.

This will not be in my roms as it is an alternate.
 

Not going to follow the NFL's lead with a Color Rush version of the ROM? :lol:

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19 minutes ago, Jkline3 said:

Not going to follow the NFL's lead with a Color Rush version of the ROM? :lol:

Nah... just sticking with the standard Home/Away schemes.  :)

 

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@Sauce I might've run into a bug, or maybe it's just me, but when I at the startup screen and Dmitry Orlov's player card comes up the ROM freezes and requires a restart. I replicated the issue three times to be sure.


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50 minutes ago, DEG3ORGE said:

@Sauce I might've run into a bug, or maybe it's just me, but when I at the startup screen and Dmitry Orlov's player card comes up the ROM freezes and requires a restart. I replicated the issue three times to be sure.




 

WSH/WPG all freeze on the 32 team rom.  Switch to Kega Fusion and that won't happen.  You'll still see the 3s but it won't freeze.  It's a well-known issue with the expansion of the 32-team rom.  There is a way to fix it but, it disables something else.  Not worth it.  

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Just now, Sauce said:

WSH & WPG freeze on the 32 team rom.  Switch to Kega Fusion and that won't happen.  You'll still see the 3s but it won't freeze.  It's a well-known issue with the expansion of the 32-team rom.  There is a way to fix it but, it disables something else.  Not worth it.  

 

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5 minutes ago, Sauce said:

 

By 3s, I mean the 8 mysterious 3s you see in your image.  Although, in KF, I see 16 when I look at the VGK, WSG and WPG player portraits.  You'll also see the images, in B&W, if you use Kega Fusion.

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