first i dont see that you are new here... so be welcome
i try your hack and i like all the ideas you have, sounds good and not are very common have sor hacks so is cool. i remember a cool save state/pro action replay code that makes shiva have more life bars during the game and was cool and funny.
the only thing i think are too strong is these rapid attack, but like you say, you can do some difrent versions with/without these thing as desire of the player
after try your sor2 hack, and because i make right now, one BIG recopilation of pro action replay cheats found by myself for be posting in the forum, i have for you one idea/suggestion...
let me explain it...
some years ago, i found one arcade game. but not one normal arcade game.
the game are the "sonic 3 genesis game" hacked for be played in arcades.
first, the game are limitated to can be only played if you insert one coin (of course), and more important: you only have 2 minutes!!.
when time reaches 2 minutes starting from zero, you earned a "time over" and lose 1 of the 3 lives.
so you are limitated TO PLAY HARD, and use several cheats like got these 3 lives that exist in 1st stage, for die and repeat the process (4 or 5 times) for earn some extra lives before continue your way to try finish the game.
and you have to run fast always, for find the lampost to ensure you can continue from there when you run out of time.
even you have free continues! (if you earned it during bonus as in the original genesis game).
but i remenber perfectly that the end are the more hard thing in the whole game, because you only have rest from 1 to 3 seconds left, after defeat the boss (if you can do it). even you have to attack him when go down with the spikes up (you have to attack him with flash 2nd jump of sonic) so you must attack in the exactly moment.
i try make this by codes thousand of times, but like pro action replay codes make the things infinite is impossible, and i dont have one alternate code for make this with game genie for example.
so my question is... can you make one patch for s3 and also for s3&knuckles games roms, for have 2 minutes only of maximun time (or maybe make start the time always from 8 minutes) ?
this can be very cool, and in here are several sonic fans, like sor fans.
can be very cool if you can, (and of course, if you like the idea)...
some aditional info:
apart, these rom never comes to mame32 emulator.
i play it several times years ago, and is very cool for a sonic fan like myself, can pass these very hard version for say: hey im a god, YES i do it!
, because believe me that are a really challenge, but not impossible.
i see 2 more genesis pirate games in arcades: aladdin and jurassic park. the first has come to mame32 not too much time ago, but these 2, the jurassic park and the sonic 3 pirated games, are really RARE that never comes to mame until now....
sorry my bad english
you can even include continues? cool!, well maybe a good idea can be another "special version" with inf or 99 credits, like arcade games, for can play to the end and with one friend without run out or credits and have to select stage.
or even you can do that the hack have included the level select cheat already on? i think can be a good idea