I’ve been interested in the early days of Fire Emblem ROM hacking for a while now, and recently I’ve been doing some serious digging. The issue is that there is only so much information I can find myself, and I know there are some people who frequent this forum that were around during the dawn of FE hacking, who might be able to help me out on this weird quest of mine.
As far as I can tell, Iggy’s FE7 Hack: Nino’s Adventure seems to be the oldest ROM hack that attempted to provide a custom experience (please correct me if I’m wrong). Here is a thread I managed to find dating all the way to 2004: (https://fessforum.proboards.com/thread/863/fe7-hack-ninos-adventure). All the images are broken, and its unclear if a patch was ever released. If anyone has any screenshots, or recollection of this hack I would be happy to get any additional information about it. And if a patch was released and someone has it gathering dust, I would be extremely grateful if you could share it with me.
There are a couple of other hacks that I am interested in getting my hands on. Nintenlord Saga and Blazer’s Prince of Durand are both of interest to me. Both of which don’t seem to have working download links anywhere. There also appears to be a several chapters long hack made by Pukachi/SpyroDi that @Lamia mentions in this thread: (https://forums.serenesforest.net/index.php?/topic/59682-rarest-fe-rom-hacks/). A download link was provided to it, but it no longer works. I have Pukachi’s other hacks (Eliwood vs Everyone and her contest hack), with her 1 chapter contest hack still being one of my favorite hacks to replay. So I am very curious about this lost hack of hers, even if it is just “3 very hastily done chapters”. This is because I am mostly interested in the technical accomplishments of these early hacks than I am in good game design.
I’m also more than happy to have this thread foster discussion about the old days, and the accomplishments/credits that certain pioneers deserve to be recognized for. I know Iggy was quite important very early on, but I can’t find much information about his contributions aside from some super old posts on the archive of FESS. I also know that documentation from Zeld, Pukachi, and IcyToast was instrumental to a lot as well. IcyToast in particular I find interesting because I know he made an excellent early tutorial on hex editing, map insertion, and event hacking and then just disappeared from the scene around 2007/2008.