Last update: 6/29/2021
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.
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.
- psxfin / bizhawk / duckstation / any PS1 emulator that has a memory viewer
- This page will be using psxfin 1.13
- CEP / anything that can enable GameShark codes
- Locale Emulator
- LibreOffice Calc
- Python 3
- Cheat Engine (optional, but useful)
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:
These are the tools that were made just for SaGa Frontier that will speed up your modding process.
- sagafup0051 (extremely powerful Japanese BNE2 settings)
- ScriptHelper (splits battle scripts into individual sections via header pointers)
- Misc. tools and notes from Zanerus
- Japanese save file editor
- Note that this hasn’t been confirmed to work on the American version as of the last update to this page
These are links to various resources that will help you out as you work on your mods.
- Zaraktheus’ Data/Mechanics Guide
- The Sakura Site (Japanese)
- SF Data Project
- SF atwiki (Japanese)
- My translated pages
- Sevon’s The Essence of SaGa Frontier Translation
- Wandel Raum (Japanese GameShark codes) (Backup link)
- 5chan hacking forum archive (Japanese)
- Save editing (Japanese)
- Choi Research Institute (Japanese)
- Blog of an extremely proficient Japanese modder
- American GameShark codes
- Misc Links
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
- Install Locale Emulator
- Right-click the application > Local Emulator > Run in Japanese
- 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.