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Have you ever wanted to make your own fighting game but didn't have the time or the knowledge to do so? Well MUGEN is the first step for any fighting game fan with these dreams to start. With MUGEN, you can build your own fighting game with all the characters you wish, just look at mine for example. Building a MUGEN is very simple and will only take about one day to learn! Perfect for anyone with a weekend appetite for gaming! So sit back and let's explore the world of MUGEN!
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Step 1: Download MUGEN

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 First step is to download MUGEN. The site is here. Once you download it, unzip it using whatever program you wish, I use 7Zip. This is the basic MUGEN that most people start out with. Very bland, gray and has two characters with 12 slots for more characters.

Step 2: Find a Screenpack

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 This boring screenpack will not do for us. A screenpack is MUGEN term for the whole system. All the menus, the character select and more. The characters and stages are their own separate files, so we will get to those later. You can find other screenpacks here.
The screenpack that I am using and will use for this instructable is IMT (Blue) by user Acey. It can be downloaded here

I recommend this one as it can hold as little as 70 characters, a good start for anyone. Mine hold's 336, which also comes with the pack.

Some MUGEN screenpacks do not include the program and require you to copy all of the contents of the screenpack into the default MUGEN you downloaded last step. This one, the author was nice enough to give us MUGEN with it, as well as a very helpful program called VSelect, but we will get back to that later. Special thanks to the creators
NearN14 days ago

Help! My characters are appearing outside the boxes.

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iAmTheWhite3 months ago

I cant open .def files, what program do I need to open those

mistah.jay.733 months ago

Ok I'm having this problem...There's a blank spot in front of Snake and I can't figure out why...can anyone help please?

MosesP4 months ago

tried mugen on files but still will not work/characters wont show

YukariA6 months ago

What is the name of the screenpack in the first picture? please reply thanks :D

it's the same one that he linked for you to download, there are 4 different options. Each one looks different because they vary in roster size, the first image is option 3. To get option 3, go into the data folder, select the Mugen file (CFG) and make sure there is a ; in front of the word motif for options 1,2 and 4 and remove the one in front of motif under option 3. Then go to folder IMT03 (still in the data folder) and add the characters names into that select.def file instead of the one in folder IMT04.

to open the Mugen file (CFG), use notepad.

MrOmega10 months ago

I found a fix to get your chars to show. instead of edtiingt the slect.def in ITM04 do it in ITMO3, is that does not work, edit it in ITM02. do all the same steps just igrone the ITM04.

or just go into the data folder and open the mugen (CFG file) file with notepad and choose the 70 character motif
under the Select Screen section. To do this make sure there is a
; in front of the the word motif in option 1,2 & 3 and remove the ; in front of the
one under option 4 and then make sure you added characters to the
select.def in the right folder (this one being 004). If you want more than 70 characters, choose one of the other options in this doc instead and then go into the appropriate folder (the pics show the roster image) and edit that specific Select.def

LoneWulfHD5 months ago

please help. when i extracted IMT Blue two files (system.sff and VSelect.exe) dont extract. I have tried multiple times. WinRar says it is a VCC error, pls help can play game with files.

try it again or maybe use 7Zip to extract it instead.

JeremyS46 months ago

I do all this, and then I open it, and only the kung fu man shows up! Please help!

to get them to show up, make sure you have the right set up, go into the data folder and open mugen (CFG file) with notepad and choose the 70 character motif under the Select Screen section. it will tell you to make sure there is a ; in front of theones you don't want and remove the ; in front of the one you do want and then make sure you added characters to the select.def in the right folder (this one being 004)

Thanks, but my characters won't be in my roster :(

ben.scrannage11 months ago

My characters aren't showing up on my selection screen, and I followed the tutorial perfectly, what happened?

amriorda2 years ago
I don't know if I'm stupid, or just technically challenged, but I seem to not have the ability to get the characters to appear on the selection screen. Any help would be great. Thanks.
MatthewK1 amriorda12 months ago

Same here!

RyGuy176 (author) 2 years ago
Sorry but do to the policy held in place by the MUGEN community, i am not to share a screenpack with characters that I didn't make myself. Making your own is the fastest way
could you upload yours complete so i can just download and play it