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I may be shooting myself in the foot here, but I felt like sharing this.
As many of you know, on the 9th of October, it will officially be 4 years since I released Super Mario bros Z episode 8 to the masses. It'll also be almost 19 months since I officially laid SMBZ to rest.
But, with the assistance of a friend, I was able to reacquire Flash and felt like trying out sprite animation again to see if I could re-ignite my passion to work on the series. As practice, I remade the first scene of the first episode of SMBZ. After a few months working on and off, this is the result.
Don't take this as confirmation that I will be working on the series again, but if I did, I would like to remake the series from the ground up. There were numerous things in the older episodes that I felt could have been done better. Namely the fight scenes, the story and the godawful dialogue. Here are some of the key changes I would implement.

1: Mecha Sonic will be replaced by Metallix.
For a supposed upgrade to Metal Sonic, Mecha Sonic was a visual downgrade. The design for Metallix just looks more imposing than the original faceless design. Metallix was going to appear later in the series anyway as Mecha Sonic's perfect form after he got all the Chaos Emeralds.

2: The Pipe maze episode will be removed
The whole episode in general was filler suggested by a fan of the series because I didn't know what to do for the 5th Chaos Emerald. With that said, I feel it was poorly executed on my part. It was too dialogue heavy. It spouted out unnecessary exposition that had no bearing on the plot. And who can forget the ridiculous Deus Ex Machina moment with Kolorado's stopwatch. The 8-bit parts were kinda cool, but to me it couldn't save it from being a bad episode.

3: Captain Basilisx won't be in the remake
While Basilisx was well received by fans, I feel he was shoehorned into the plot. He just showed up out of nowhere with no backstory or buildup. I feel that also distracted from the anticipation of Mecha Mario's appearance and would have undermined the upcoming battle against the Koopalings.

For the time being, these are just ideas. I want to make sure that I would be willing and committed to work on this series again. I don't want to cancel it twice. Until then, enjoy the practice animation.
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Naruto-Gaiden Featured By Owner 7 hours ago
This is so epic, would be awesome if you do remake the whole series again, bringing back our childhood favourite joy Shadow Mario Giving Flower Sonic Battle run FREE Luigi avatar Yoshi new mecha sonic style Free Icon "SMBZ" Extra Sheet Luigi preview 01 Extra Sheet Luigi preview 03 Extra Sheet vol. 2 preview  05 Hammer Mario Sprite Preview 
hythrain Featured By Owner 2 days ago   Writer
So it's been a long time since I watched Super Mario Bros Z. A very long time. Imagine my surprise when I look around and find out this is a thing.

I have to say, this looks really nice. Ignoring the obvious custom sprites you're now using, the animation feels like it's the same, if not better, than episode 8. As SMBZ went on, I was becoming a huge fan of how you were recreating not just the tropes but the look of DBZ with the effects. But then you stopped, understandably so from everything I read.

It excites me to see you've taken another stab at this project. I don't know if you're still working on it right now, but if you are then I'm excited to see more.

I read your notes about the key changes you'd implement if you redid SMBZ and I did want to ask and suggest some things. For what I wanted to ask, what is the plan for Metal Sonic's perfect form if you're going to use Metallix right away as opposed to using him for the perfect form? As for what I wanted to suggest, if your plan is to cut the pipe maze episode, why not use that as an opportunity to write Captain Basilisx in properly? Make episode 5 be devoted not to the good guys or Metallix but to Basilisx and perhaps some other minions that could make for good fights later on, where they are sent by Bowser to obtain an emerald. You could even throw in some other defenders who get their butt handed to them by Basilisx and are taken as prisoners (Donkey Kong for example) or are just killed off if you don't plan to use them in the future. This would give him a proper intro, and then you can build on his backstory. 
artencot Featured By Owner 5 days ago
metallix looks awesome, but would've gone with metal overlord(the form before the dragon mode)
sonicluke Featured By Owner 6 days ago  New member
Cool :)
icekirbyixi Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014
It's just funny how many comments this small animation brought in compared to his other works displayed here... xD
Naruto-Gaiden Featured By Owner 7 hours ago
It's because from being kids, we grew up watching his amazing talent, and to see it remade is such an epic feeling that brings tears of joy. I would say it needs more comments and views :D 
darkdrago25 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  New member
I really, REALLY hope you remake the series, man. I have memories with the show and it gives me nostalgia. :/ 
WileECoyote-Genius Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014
Super Mario Bros Z was my goddamn childhood man. Imagine my childhood... remastered! It would be f**king sweet. My inner fanboy isn't 100% on board with taking out Captain Basillisx and removing the pipe maze episode, but I guess those are just the sacrifices you have to make as a storyteller. Good luck if you do decide to go through with this.
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chauncey01 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014
Let me credit you on one more thing. The time where you made Episode 9, scene 1. After just now re watching the whole series so far. By the time you actually made Scene 1 of Episode 9, you had lost interest in the series at that point. But you only did it to end any further speculation by the fans about who would save Mario (and I must say, of all the predictions I saw online, I saw nobody predict that Luigi would come back the way he did. So great job on tricking everyone!). Anyway, by the time you made scene 1, you were dis interested in the series, but you made it anyway. And even though you weren't interested, you still actually did a really good job on making that scene. The detail in it was really good. From the scene with Shadow, to the laughing dry bones and Luigi hitting that strike when he hit Bassilix. So shout outs to you, because you're really talented.
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