Types of BLO
BLO filetype is used by several Nintendo games such as Pikmin, Pikmin 2, Super Mario Sunshine, and The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker to control screen data, such as which sprites appear and where. There are 3 main types of a blo file,
scrnblo1 (which Sunshine and Wind Waker use),
scrnblo2 (which Pikmin 2 uses), and the format Pikmin uses, sometimes called
scrnblo0. There are several differences between them and they are not interchangeable. This page will focus on
scrnblo2, the flavour Pikmin 2 uses.
The first main segment of a
scrnblo2 file, this is where the game loads BTI textures in
/new_screen/eng/*screen szs*/timg. You can change the filenames of the textures to be loaded, and possibly add or remove entries. The number of textures to load is defined in a BE 32 bit integer 0x08 away from the sections magic
This section is dedicated to loading fonts, hence the name
FNT1. In Pikmin 2, this only ever loads
This section creates screen "objects" with internal names that the game uses to control them. Its by far the biggest segment of the
BLO. The important part is where the names of the materials are listed. They always follow the naming convention of
mat_name_v. The main makeup of this section is padding.
This section acts like a group, it holds many
TBX2 segments together so you can easily move a whole object as one piece. There is always a
PAN2 section called
ROOT in every
scrnblo2, and sometimes more.
0x12: The name of the material.
0x20: 2 floats representing x and y size coordinates. Does nothing in PAN2.
0x28: 2 floats representing x and y scale. Often 1.
0x3C: 2 floats representing x and y coordinates, relative to parent PAN2.
A PAN2 is like an opening curly bracket, everything after it will be a child of it, until you reach and "END1" command, which acts like the closing bracket. You can have PAN2 objects nested in other PAN2s as well.
This is very similar to the last segment, but for an individual sprite object. They are notably longer than
PAN2 segments. You probably shouldn't change their parameters if you have the option to edit their whole
PAN2 segment instead. Here's some info about them:
0x07: string saying
0x19: Name of material, it likes to have
REbefore it for some reason, but that's not part of the name.
0x28: x and y pixel dimensions.
0x30: x and y scale.
0x45: x and y coordinates relative to parent
After that is a whole row for the RGBA gradient colors for each corner of the sprite.
These are a lot like
PIC2, and are also part of a
PAN2. The difference is they write text using the loaded font.
0x07: string for
pan2, could be what connects the single
0x1A: internal name of material being used.
0x21: text ID used. The developers like to put placeholder text IDs here when the screen could show multiple messages, so it only really works for fully static text.
0x27: x and y dimensions of containing box
0x30: x and y scale.
0x43: x and y offset to parent.
After that is some random data, followed by the text itself, in an early version where things like color and size change and text box terminators are called by their internal names. Can show early scripts of the games text in some areas.