How to Change Mugen Lifebars
By Luis Delgado
Updated September 22, 2017
Mugen is a fully customizable, community-supported two-dimensional fighting engine for Windows PCs that allows players to create a fighting game to match their personal tastes. Using fan-made files you can customize everything from characters, stages and music to the health bars. Changing the stock health bars with new ones can change the look of the whole screen and requires only minor tinkering with the game's files.
Download a life bar that you like. These can be found on most websites that offer Mugen character and stage downloads, such as Mugen Free For All (see Resources). These files usually come in RAR and ZIP, which can be opened by right-clicking the file and selecting "Extract Files."
Extract the files to a folder in the Data folder for Mugen.
Open the file called System.def with a text editor such as Notepad.
Scroll down to the line that says "[Files]," and there will be a line that reads "fight = fight.def". Edit this line so that the name of the folder containing your new life bar is before "fight.def" with a "/". For example, if your life bar is in a folder called "NewBar", the line should now read "fight = NewBar/fight.def".
Save the changes to the text file.
Luis Delgado has been writing since 2002. He has written reviews, news stories and short fiction for various websites and publications concerning "geek" culture and interests. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from California State University, Stanislaus.