Last update: 6/29/2021

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Getting Started

Note: this section assumes you are running Windows. You’ll need to do your own research on getting the things I list here running on other operating systems.

Required Software

These are the applications that you’ll need to get started on creating your own mods and doing your own research. There’s wiggle room with which tools to pick, though its recommended to use the tools listed here.

Here’s the software you’ll need to create patches in order to distribute your mods, assuming you didn’t change the size of the final ROM. Note that these are only one of the many options available to you:

Game-Specific Tools

These are the tools that were made just for SaGa Frontier that will speed up your modding process.

Useful Links

These are links to various resources that will help you out as you work on your mods.

Another thing to keep in mind is perusing GameFAQs or Spriter’s Resource might lead you to an answer on something you for some reason can’t answer with the above links.

Opening Japanese Files and Applications

In order to open Japanese files and applications on a non-Japanese system, you need to do the following

  1. Install Locale Emulator
  2. Right-click the application > Local Emulator > Run in Japanese
    1. For some applications , they will need admin privileges

It’s that easy. However, sometimes you will be forced to use tools that are extremely old and not supported by Windows 10 (e.g. BNE2). To run those, simply set the Compatibility Options to use Windows XP (Service Pack 3) and you should be able to run them without any issues.