NHL94 2021 ROM by The Sauce


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Hi everyone!

So, just like in past years, I am posting my NHL94 2021 edition ROMs (various updates throughout the season).  

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.
*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 Clockwise's sprite patch.
*The rom has the WAS/WPG freeze bug.  When corrected, it causes an issue for the playoff mode.  If you use Kega Fusion, it will not freeze the player cards for those teams.
*Uniforms have been updated for Calgary, Ottawa, Buffalo and Colorado.  Calgary and Ottawa are going retro this season and Buffalo is returning to their royal blue color.  Colorado will wear blue helmets and pants.  The retro Sens and Flames logos have been added for team selection and center ice.
*Lines/d pairs may not accurate, in several cases, especially, for teams who have coaches who change them every five minutes.  Feel free to change them to what you'd like them to be.  The opening night players are all there for you to select.  There are some "taxi squad" folks as well (but not all).
*Injured/COVID-affected players expected/rumored to be returning during the season are in the active rosters for line changes.  If someone is confirmed as being out for the season (Kucherov, for example) they will be on the roster but inactive for anything but NLC.

Anywho... enjoy!

The ROM:
V1: Posted on 1/14/21 (start of regular season)

NHL94 2021 V1.bin

V2: Posted on 2/8/21 (updated after Laine/Dubois trade)

NHL94 2021 V2.bin

V3: Posted on 3/1/21 (updated player and team ratings)

NHL94 2021 V3.bin

V4: Posted on 3/27/21 (updated player and team ratings)

NHL94 2021 V4.bin

V5: Posted on 4/14/21 (Trade Deadline Edition)

NHL94 2021 v5.bin

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Removed "Way Too Early" and "Preseason" versions. Added "V5" on 4/14/21.
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Hi everyone! So, just like in past years, I am posting my NHL94 2021 edition ROMs (various updates throughout the season).   About the ROM: *32 teams.  Seattle Kraken are included.  The team co

Hi Everyone! So, recently, I made some notable changes to my "NHL 2021 "Way too Early" ROM.  In particular, I wanted to see how close (for my own taste) I could get the player ratings distribution

Hi All! I just posted V3 of this rom (in the OP).  I updated the ratings for a good chunk of players and finally got around to updating the team ratings, as well, to reflect how the season is going

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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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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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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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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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