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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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JEWTzilla Featured By Owner 6 hours ago
Looks Great!
Worthy of Alvin-Earthworm himself! :3
(f.y.i., be prepared for a swarm of his Trolls, once they see this they'll start to pester you relentlessly.)
gigaus Featured By Owner 5 days ago
First, awesome animations, a lot smoother and detailed.

Second...Are you Alvin-Earthworm? ow0  I didn't quite expect another furry to be behind this series. 
Ray915 Featured By Owner 6 days ago
Not bad, it gonna take YEARS of work but good job man!
marioandsonicseries Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014  New member
it's been ages i'm upset because i know he wont do it
AureliusKaos Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Student Photographer
Go for it, man. You have a real talent that shined brightly through your work on the series, and I (amicably) urge you to flex your creative muscles and keep it going. I greatly enjoyed your original series, despite your retrospective misgivings. There aren't many who could have an idea like this and pull it off in such a badass fashion. Give it another try. Not just because you know so many of us would eat it up (lol) but do it for yourself, as well. All of your work is simply awesome, and don't let any potential haters or people that badger you sabotage your enthusiasm. The ideas for the changes sound pretty good, and I wish you much luck in you attempt to make an already great series of animation kick even more kinds of ass as you re-envision it from the ground up. Keep it up!
DragonbloodRain Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Professional General Artist
trilliondollerman Featured By Owner Edited Nov 14, 2014  Hobbyist
I really want you to continue or remake this it doesn't matter as long as you're the one making it! I don't care what you're into, believe me when I say ignore those haters. Do what you want, but I beg you. Do this series again! A lot of crap filled the gap while I've been waiting. Will you Please please please PLEASE continue this!? I don't care if it takes years, just please do it. Me and my brother really care for your sprite work. I prefer you over DBZ, no lie.
malice936 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm probably a little late to the party, but I just wanted to say that SMBZ is the reason I first found you here on DA. Your furry art is amazing, and I stuck around because of it, but SMBZ will always have a nice place in my heart, but to give my thoughts on your main points there;

 1: No problem what so ever.
 2: I wouldn't get rid of the entire episode. At the very least the minus world was a very good plot point, and had some merit.
 3: Honestly most of the characters didn't have that much build up. So there are far worse things than can be done than keep Basilisx.

Anyway those are just my thoughts on the matter. At the moment I'm working on my own animation, I'm basing it on the actual Mario games, and plan to make it an episodic series. If everything gos to plan I'll be reusing the title animation I've been working on for a couple days now, and have seasons to it or something. Either way I can't wait to see more, and good luck. ^.^
Darlos9D Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ingame I always thought Mecha Sonic looked really cool, but now that I take a look at various pieces of art and compare it to Metallix, I think 'll be alright with the change, heh.

Honestly it's the animation and choreography that really matters anyway. You could make a Teletubby badass.
Gardboyz-Productions Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Sweet! I really enjoyed watching this series years back, and it's nice to see you considering bringing it back.

If I had one comment, it would have to be that I'd like to see a few more Sonic characters. It was effective storytelling to have them taken out, but it was kind of disappointing to only have four Sonic characters. I get that it centers mainly on the Mario Universe, but I'm just saying. Maybe draw from non-game mediums, like the comics?

Again, just a suggestion if you do get around to it.
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