I was inspired by a music hack Tweaker made that replaces many of the songs in Sonic 3 with songs from Sonic 3D Blast (I still find it hard to beleive people could think so badly of this little gem, although maybe if you've played that awful Flicky master system game it could be understandable). Anyway, I've always thought that the shields in Sonic 3 have had an underpowered and downplayed role. I'd have a blast making levels with the shields abilities in mind.
Basically, I would like someone to help me with an ASM hack I have in mind. The various shields in Sonic 3 have a very underplayed role in the game play, and I think they could be put to better use if they were modified. Ideally, I'd like to make it so that the different shields aren't necesarilly displayed graphically. The user would be able to cycle through each of the shields with, say, the A button, or pressing left right A (or something). The shields would not be nearly as delicate as before, retaining their potency despite such things as water and taking damage. The abilities they impart have way too much potential to make awesome levels with them in mind. To counter this usability I would propose to make the shields rely on rings whenever their power is tapped, so to speak (which might be impossible for the passive abilities of the shields, such as immunity to fire based weaponry, the ability to breathe underwater, and the ability to attract rings). Active abilities like the Fire Ball, the Spark Jump, and the Bounce Jump would be easier to handle. Perhaps if, in shield mode, rings are subtracted slowly (not as quickly as in Super Sonic form). Any input anyone has to offer would be appreciated, especially help if anyone is willing to hold my hand, so to speak. This is such an awesome idea I really hope someone could get just as enthusiatic about it as I am. There's nothing better than working on projects with people that are just as excited as you are. You could say it's my ideal of romhacking in general.
Finally, as a general disclaimer, this is not any kind of attempt to get someone to do my dirty work for me. I have every intention of following through with these ambitions, although as a complete and total novice to Genesis and Sonic hacking I could certainly use some guidance. It is enough to point me in the right direction.