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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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doombones Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015
OMG if i could kickstart this project 
I'd so would donate money for this series 
just i love to see it... i wish this would be something that will happen
but i am afraid not
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Ouroboros-Armageddon Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I remember watching the series years ago, it was one of the coolest things I had ever seen but aside from that I hope this takes off one day (though if it doesn't, I can keep dreaming).

As for your points:

1) As much as I like the original design (EP:6 being my favourite because of Semi-Super Mecha Sonic), the new design has potential and I hope to see it in action. Of course, Metallix/Mecha Sonic's new perfect form is something I can wonder about.

2)I won't miss that episode anyway, because I'm sure that your skills will now give us something even better.

3)I'm sure you could always move him to a different episode. Mecha Sonic aside, he was one of the cooler antagonists (in my opinion).
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Mukkip Featured By Owner Edited Jul 8, 2015
Another huge fan of SMBZ here, knowing it could be a bit late, but better late than never, which is the basis behind why I'm talking to you today. People across the nation, around the world looked up to your sprite art and wanted to make some of their own. Even by your own admission, another titan of animation, Monty Oum, was so touched by your work it set him off on his own path, and he's just one of many. Especially here : 

archive.moe/v/thread/301846467…  . Most everyone talks about how they loved your work, choreography first and foremost. 

Maybe you've lost 'the spark', maybe you just got tired of people begging for the new episode. But like with any master level work, there will always be a crowd clamoring for your next platinum hit. However, if you do continue to never come back, just know that there are a large group of people who even today, after nearly six years, would still welcome you with open arms.
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Magic-artsy-farts Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2015  Student General Artist
tbh I would love to see this series remade or continued, but if you plan on doing anything I think someone else should help. Because making episodes this long and with a complex plot can be exhausting especially considering that you had to write, animate and produce this all by yourself. I personally would help with writing and small amounts of animation (I can do hand-drawn animation but I'm a complete begginner in sprite animation) but like I said it's ultimately your decision if you would like to continue this series.

The thing about the pipe episode however and basilisx. I might have to disagree a bit on that. Yes the Pipe episode wasn't as good as I remember it, Kolorado's watch was a deus ex machina and it was a bit too exposition-y, but if there's pre-planning and foreshadowing added, I think it could make for a very mystery oriented episode with more character development rather than action. I mean even in the original we see Luigi jumping after Mario in the minus world despite being scared. That's character development! And the minus world doesn't exactly have to be an 8-bit world. It can be played up a bit and turned into a more abstract horror-esque world. i mean people starved to death in there, it should be a bit creepier at least.

I also feel the same about Basilisx. With a bit more build up and backstory, he could make a very interesting villain. And he doesn't have to be as powerful as he was, that way he doesn't undermine the koopalings.

As a long time fan of this series, I would love to see it rebooted, but ultimately, it's your decision. Best of wishes yo
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ReploidAvenger Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015
This is....AWESOME!!!!!!!! 
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ChaosZero102 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015
This looks SWEET! I hope you do remake and restart the series!
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Nimi450 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015
Damn I just discovered that and... Mind blown that is all.

I know it is not a confirmation, plus it is now 2 years old but hell... The remake would be darn awesome.
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Metalex123 Featured By Owner May 27, 2015
This was posted in 2013? Yeah... I don't think he's gonna work on it soon...
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checkmann Featured By Owner May 26, 2015
Jeez,man!
at first i thought ,,well,and whats new?'' but then i just saw metallix incoming and was completely amazed :D
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JB-SuperPants Featured By Owner May 23, 2015  Student Digital Artist
hooooollllly....
Damn, I remember this series. Finest sprite animation I'd ever seen.
Considering this is a practice run... I'm getting tingles, man! Looking forward to it!
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dor2bcorse Featured By Owner May 22, 2015
Dude... I'm on ! After what I just saw, I'm sure that Super Mario Bros Z will be entitled to a new life :-3 !
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zecle Featured By Owner May 21, 2015   Digital Artist
not sure if i like metallix. mecha sonic was colDer with his robot one eyed face.
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DEMarq Featured By Owner May 19, 2015
   A mushroom lost his life that day.....   I love it.
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darkflamesangel Featured By Owner May 18, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
you have our full support 
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OzzyBlue Featured By Owner May 17, 2015
Holy fuck, I'd love to see you continue this!
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Systalis Featured By Owner May 16, 2015
Do you have a Facebook or Twitter page that will keep us updated on the progress? I've been an enormous fan of your work since the very first original episode, and I only just now discovered you're remaking it because I looked you up on a whim for nostalgia's sake. I'm hella excited for anything related to this series and I don't want to miss a moment of it!
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Happy-Potat0 Featured By Owner May 15, 2015  New Deviant
If you're having trouble getting that animating spark you should go to Screwattack honestly. I know they'd love to help out, they even made a video in dedication to this series.
Ofcourse, that's IF you decide to do it after all. :D
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aaronankka Featured By Owner May 14, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really want Captain Basilisx to be in the series since hes so cool, you could just make an introduction for him and some build up and it would be super awesome.
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xXKaijuFanXx Featured By Owner May 13, 2015  Student Interface Designer
Pls come back. Over 2,000,000 people love this show!
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lcal799 Featured By Owner May 9, 2015
This needs come back, but is the decision of alvin. Anyways i always be a fan of his artworks here on deviantart :)
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wabburio Featured By Owner May 9, 2015
Personally, I don't think you should get rids of Basilsx. He was a great addition however i do agree he was just added in essentially as filler. i think a good idea for him would be to add his introduction in earlier. Maybe as a replacement episode for the pipe episode in which Basilisx is sent out on a test mission to acquire the 5th chaos emerald. the previous 4 episodes could build up towards basilisx then the next 4 to mecha mario.
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Chaos-Infection Featured By Owner May 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I do hope you keep the old versions uploaded on Newgrounds, and I hope the remake will be just as good, if not better. In either case, you are awesome, Alvin-Earthworm.
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Lionwoman Featured By Owner May 6, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Cool remake, I've not seen nothing related to SMBZ series since the last chapter released. I was surprised to found this link in a youtube video.
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MrButtsavage17 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015
NO offence i'm sure you worked hard on this, but I gotta say. I don't like this, if you are planning on doing this again you shouldn't reboot it. if you remember back to when you made the originals i'm sure you put a lot of work into them to, to just disregard them like that. And new mecha sonic's look is so cartoony. he's not even threatening looking in the slightest. If you do plan on doing this again you should just continue the series.
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CouockCubbage Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015  Student Digital Artist
God it's been a few years since I've even looked into the series, and to see you redid part of the first episode, god it brings back memories.

I know you submitted this about 2 years ago now, and probably aren't planning currently to redo the series, but just seeing after all this time, that it's still somewhat relevant is more than enough for me.
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UmbrotheUmbreon Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Dear god this is a vast improvement over the original. It is beyond badass. It gives off a great vibe, it flows smoothly, and even looks smoother than it's previous counterpart.

I got into this series extremely late, and had the biggest heart ripping moment ever when I discovered the series was discontinued. While I can understand the reasoning, it didn't make the blow any less painful. I occasionally go back and watch the series (like I just did moments ago) and sometimes hope that by some miracle it'd be continued.

Don't worry, not here to harass or beat it into your head. I only say that if you were to continue this series, whether finishing off the old or remaking it from scratch, you'll have a new supporter and viewer waiting to see what awesomeness you pull out next. Super Mario Bros Z is possibly one of THE best things I've found on the internet, and seeing this masterpiece get finished, would be a dream come true.
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RJKilla86 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2015
Have you considered kickstarter?

I'm sure that people would pay for the series to be brought back to life. I know I'd pitch in a few bucks. This series has captured the hearts of (literally) millions of viewers. These episodes are very time consuming I can imagine, I have a friend who does flash (who is also a big fan of the series)

Please consider it, and know you've got an entire fanbase behind you for support. SMBZ ftw
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Rukaisho Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's out of the question. I remember one guy wanted to make an SMBZ movie and started a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for it, only to be hit with a cease and desist from Nintendo. They won't allow people to make money off their IP's.
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callmesora Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015
Due to how kickstarter is, it would not be possible. The series could face possible legal actions if it was generating money, atleast directly anyway. The artist does have a patreon account, but that still runs into the legal risk of what I mentioned if he were to offer SMBZ as a reward tier.  So yeah, unfortunately, there isn't all that much that can be done. The only best option I can think of would be merch, such as shirts and what not. It's one of the ways that groups like TeamFourStar have been able to make money off of their abridging work.
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TheShadowHatter Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2015
I miss SMBZ so much, so if there's a possibility that it'll come back I'd be all over it.

With that said...PLEASE! for the love of GOD! see if you can find some extra animators to help you out with it. I honestly believe you'll cancel the series again due to the heavy workload it takes to do the series, especially if you're still set on the 45 episodes with 1 movie like you were in the past. 

If you had a team with you then you could crank the show out faster, and all you'd need to REALLY worry about most is how the story is written and how the other animators animate certain bits, but other then that it'd be solid.

I know I'm way late into this looking at the year, but I still hope you're looking at this every once in a while and thinking..."some day"
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foxkyubiirabbid Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015
I hope you bring the series back!! you're such an inspiration! :(( love the battle scenes most especially! so creative :((
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Drazilto963 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Student General Artist
Ep 7 was my favourite actually.
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sparksparklez Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015
Back when I first discovered SMBZ, it was the only thing I lived for. Watching this clip was great, and I want you to know that you got my full support if you ever decide to bring the series back.
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Vinzan17 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015
Hey but the Pipe Maze episode was great, I really liked its ideas, and If you feel like it was justa refill, let´s be honest, every good show has them. It´s just an oppinion but I would still like to see if anyone would like to keep that episode and then what would you think about that.
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UmbrotheUmbreon Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Pipe Maze was amazing in my eyes. It got me into the whole Minus World glitch in the actual game. When I discovered how to do it, I did it just cause I loved this series for referencing it.
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TheGreatLuigiKnight Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015
I really hope you do the series again. I LOVED it!
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SuperScratchKat Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
If you decide to do this, you have my full support.
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Squiddw3r Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015
Hmmmm, I don't think you should remove Basilisx. If I were you, I'd treat him like the ginyu force. When Bowser's main forces can't handle the mario bros, he'd call his secret army, the basilisx force, to take care of them. Just like what Freiza did in order to stop Vegeta.
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SwiftOracle Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
This story is based off of the Cell saga.
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sparksparklez Featured By Owner Edited Apr 8, 2015
Didn't he treat the Koopa Bros like that?
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aurakimbozz Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015
Please keep Mecha Sonic
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CorbenikMercier Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015
Oh my god...that was****ing awesome! I got chills from that! The feel I got from the angle of Metallix looking down at the Goomba while charging his blast....I got ****ing chills! I seriously hope you continue. 
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StarlightNyx Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015  Hobbyist
Alvin, 

I watched all of Super Mario Bros Z from the moment I found it and eagerly awaited for new episodes. When you laid it to rest, I was a bit heartbroken. Your series was amazing as it was, but I understand that as an artist, you wish to perfect it. I would love nothing more than to see this series come back to life and embrace any and all changes you would make to it! It is a piece of art that I have loved from day one, and nothing can change that. 

I have seen that people have been giving you a difficult time, but I think that you should do exactly what YOU want to do, not what everyone else wants you to do. I understand that you listen to your fans, but don't let them deter you from your breathtaking animations and story line with SMBZ. We support you and understand that life gets in the way. What you have created is amazing, and if you do indeed remake it, I will support you 100%. Personally, I would love for this series to flourish and reach its true conclusion, but only if you WANT to make it. 

You have loyal fans behind you, Alvin.  Keep up your wonderful work. We are all behind you. <3

~Starlight Nyx
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icantpausenow Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015
Continue your old series.It was great!!
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GoliathDoesFlash66 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015   Filmographer
Yay Alvin!!!
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arimibn Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015  Hobbyist
This makes me want to get back into Sprite Animating again. Haha. But will you continue with your art if you get back into Sprite animation? 
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Davy0 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015
Alvin, you're giving yourself too little credit man. The series was awesome. If you feel like you need to remake it just so it fits your grand design again, there's nothing wrong with that. But don't let dubious idiotic fans throw you off your game (if you ever do come back or not, don't let peoples opinions in general throw your game off). Take criticism not blatant harassment over the release of the next episode, do it when you feel is right, and take the initative to relax. You're not getting paid for this, you're doing it because you wish to, not because people are forcing it down your throat. Your series was awesome before, you're just gonna make it more awesome in what you put in if it's remade once more. And if not. It's not because of something you did wrong, it just means that you move on to something better with your time, and there's nothing wrong with that.
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KVENOM Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015
Rukaiisho is silent, yet the comments are loud!
You know, guys, I hate two things:
1. People who can't make a difference between people with mental conditions and foolish douches(like :icontvngames:)
2. Perverts who think way too much of themselves.(once again, like :icontvngames:)
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ZatchZ Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Yay!
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mwrspeedy23 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015
I would love to see this appear again.  I was a huge fan of it, and even though this'll be a remake with parts removed, I would love to see how it'll turn out now!
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