Vitor Vilela is the godfather of Super Nintendo SA-1 enhancement chip romhacking, and the creator of both the method for applying SA-1 enhancements to ROMs, and the suite of tools to apply them. SA-1 is a powerful chip that was used in games like Super Mario RPG and Kirby’s Dreamland. A new SA-1 core by Redguy allows SD2SNES owners to experience these games on real hardware. Vitor’s toolset, called the SA-1 Pack, is currently at version 1.26 since February of 2017. It’s used by the Super Mario World Central romhackers to create Super Mario World romhacks that bring major improvements to the game, like faster loading, slowdown elimination, sprite rotation, offloaded sprite loading to the SA-1 chip (which is three times faster than the SNES’s CPU), larger ROM sizes, and other technical wizardry that has never been dreamed of. Vitor has also authored SA-1 tools, tech demos, and Super Mario World Hacks like the upcoming Touhou Mario 2.
Coming soon will be a major update to the SA-1 Pack tool suite, in version 2.0. Vitor commented that he is not the type to increase versions lightly, so this should be a huge release for romhackers. He recently brought his open-source tools to Github and invites other to collaborate. Follow Vitor on Twitter #HackerVilela.
Vitor recently chatted us up about SA-1 in the SmokeMonster Discord Channel:
SmokeMonster: “Vitor is the god of SA-1 romhacking, and he makes the SA-1 pack that romhackers use to do their SMW hacks.”
Vitor: “Thank you, hahah! Maybe not the god but I certainly I know a lot about the chip and I’m pretty much the responsible for all SA-1 SMW hacks.
Nice to meet you all”
SmokeMonster: “Is it possible to patch regular SMW to take advantage of your SA-1 enhancements? If so, is it just a matter of applying sa-1.asm to the ROM?”