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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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Fleetwaysonic64 12 hours ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dude people would probably pay you to see this happen lol...or just upload it on YouTube, get a partnership with google on there, and get popular and make money that way lol. 

I loved this as a kid/younger-teen, I'm 18 going on 19 now and I'd freak out in excitement if you remade the series. :) ...or just continued where you left off, something along those lines. But hey, it's your final decision. 
Personally, I don't really like Mario Z anymore because so many people including myself and my sprite buddies have tried to replicate it, and I'm sick of it now. Although, I enjoy watching sprite cartoons, if you reboot this I would just leave out the pipe maze and keep everything as it was, that or continue from ep.9, really all your doing with this is getting everyone hyped up for something you might now even do. But that's just my opinion. 
Fleetwaysonic64 12 hours ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't really think too many people tried to recreate it exactly, more so they just created better flash animations. A lot of people saw this and looked at it saying "wow so this is what a sprite animation looks like all flared up and done with crazy new animations" and people wanted to in a way yeah sort of recreate it with their animations, but more so just use SMBZ as an example of how a standard action sprite animation should be. 
Fleetwaysonic64 12 hours ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Now that I think about it, ironically, it's kinda like how DBZ came out and then after that happened tons of more fighting/action animes that were similar came out and simply used DBZ's style as an example. Hell, Naruto, Bleach, Fairytail, Kill La Kill, all use some things that are, in a way, similar to DBZ's style. 
Fangdrik 1 day ago  Professional Artist
That's bullshit!Let thepipe maze one stay!If you can't do it,let me help!And plus Captain Basilisx was a great antagonist!I vote to let everything be the same except for Mecha Sonic.I know that Mecha Sonic kicked almost everyone's butt.And plus that cliff hanger needs to stay,or w would never see Captain Balsilisx get his shell crushed!And plus about that his friend was pushed in the lava pit,we could atleast get a flashback about that.But I guess that we will have to watch a remake instead of the original creative idea.And plus I would kill to see that battle when Luigi and Mario was about to fight him again!And then when Sonic and Yoshi was trapped into stone,I guess that will be unknown forever...
dreamcastboy99 1 day ago  Student General Artist
I used to watch your series when i was a wee 11-year-old lad, and I still like it today, mate.
I actually liked the Pipe Maze episode, it's one of my favorites.
Anyway, this looks much better than the original, and that's definitely saying something. I hope you find the inspiration to at least remake the rest of the first episode
RobotnikHolmes 4 days ago  Student Digital Artist
I wish you luck, mate. :)
I have to agree, this is even better than the first version. And I didn't think that was possible, XD.
All the same, it's your series. Continue it or don't, it's up to you and I don't mind either way.
ObsidianInvader Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconsoonplz: Soon... xD Just kidding.

I really love the animation in this, it's definitely better than the original in my opinion.  (Oh my god, I fanboy so hard over the old episodes though.) I shit you not, I watched this on loop about 40 times. Just seeing the new reintroduction of Metallix/Mecha Sonic left me awestruck. I got shivers down my spine when I saw him walk up to the Goomba, the footsteps, and the Goomba's look of pure fear really set a good atmosphere, I almost felt the fear the Goomba was! And when Metallix obliterated him I squealed like an excited young child on Christmas morning. You don't even need to make more, I could just be happy from this animation! (Although more would be badass!) I do have a few ideas, they're stupid but I might as well say them anyways.

If you brought SMBZ back maybe you could do little non-canon specials, kind of like the Dragon Ball Z Movies. They have no affect on the real story, just meant for entertainment.

And what I want more than anything, and I think I speak for everyone else here: I just want to see and hear Metallix yell "I'll crush you!!".

But seriously though, I love the animation! And thank you for uploading it. Don't continue the series if you don't want to though, do whatever you want to man. :3
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