This was initially just planned as a quick and easy GUI pack (no tiles / level textures), just to test things out and learn how to use the upscale models.
This pack was initially just a GUI mod. But eventually I upscaled the overworld textures, as well as the intro. Update 0.9.9 Textures for level backgrounds, as well a most 3D models are also included
I do not plan to add any more substantial updates, and I do not plan to add level textures. Because of the way the game code renders the 2D levels, it is impossible right now to dump the level textures.
Most of the textures were upscaled using Cupscale and various ESRGAN models. For some few exceptions, some additional adjustments were made in Gimp. For even fewer exceptions, were the model upscale was completely broken, the texture was redone using additional resources. 99% of the source material are the dumped textures.
and probably some others
You can find what models on each texture by looking at the filename. I left original filename exported by Cupscale in order to better document my process. Citra only looks at the first part of the filename, it ignores the 2nd part
So… I started playing this game, and immediately after that, started creating an HD pack not knowing this one existed. I recreated the game’s textures in GIMP, imported a few from my New Super Mario Bros. Wii pack (found on the Dolphin forums) such as the map icons, and modified artwork for the icons. I did not use any upscaling, so some textures may be slightly different from the originals/upscales. All textures in my pack have been manually created.
I was debating whether I was actually going to release it, but ultimately figured it was worth sharing. I matched the file names and structure of the pack posted here so it can just be a simple copy and paste so the packs can be used together. Some upscales may be a bit better than my retextures, so its advised to sort through and keep whichever ones you want. As a side note, anyone can do whatever they want with the textures. If the author of this thread’s pack wants to include some/all textures from my pack, feel free to do so.
It’s a shame that this game suffers the same issue in Citra that NSMB Wii had in Dolphin. Somehow, devs of Dolphin solved this with partial texture updates, I wonder if a similar solution could be done in Citra? Anyway, with how far upscaling has come, it might be worth going back and hitting the NSMBW textures. When I released that pack like around 8 years ago, it was nowhere near the level it is today. I was kinda blown away with just how nice the textures looked in this pack. Obviously I still don’t think it quite compares to manually redrawing them, but we’re not far off. Anyway, that’s everything. Have fun, enjoy!