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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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Rock-X Featured By Owner 4 days ago
I want to say that this is pretty awesome how you re-did this scene, especially seeing that this only a practice run.  The one thing I want to suggest you do different if & when you decide to redo this series is this;  It would be best to treat Metallix as a horror monster movie creature & observe the rules to those horror movies.  For example, the 1st rule of a monster movie is to not show the monster until the end of the first act, you build up to the reveal.  Yes, its cool to see it right off the bat, but here I honestly think it would be better to have kept it in shadow, do a close up of its eye when it lights up, things like that.  You don't want to have it end up like "The Killer Eye".
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Solarcis Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Except this isn't a horror series.
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PoketendoTheFox Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Artist
its back. Everything is holy again....*victory Scream*
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taismoisreal1254 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the fact that all the people say when is episode 9 and stuff after every episode is realeased first comment is when is the next episode that is the thing that kinda can piss off animators like alvin i'm pretty sure... it takes time too do a series as good as smbz and i'm pretty sure that because he cancelled it has taught the people who were trying to push him harder and harder too finish it too have patience either that or they have even less patience now XD it takes time too animate and take as long as you want if your going too remake it i won't stop you... 
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taismoisreal1254 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wait smbz is returning?!?!!?!?!?!? please tell me i'm right!!!!!!!!
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taismoisreal1254 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh wait never mind didn't read the description XD
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SQuietSonamy Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, yes! I won't hold my hopes up that you'll continue this series, but I would be so happy if it did. From what I see, it still looks great as ever!
This is a great sprite animation, first sprite animation I've ever seen, even until now the best one I've seen, and the one who brought me back to liking Sonic.
Even if you're not planning to continue this series further, just know that I greatly enjoyed the animation and the story.
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Krazzygamer3y2 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014
Whoa, I didn't know you liked SMBZ.
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SQuietSonamy Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't think anybody on DA around me knows I like this sprite serie so no suprise there XP
But well, SMBZ is what made me a Sonic fan =p
I found it when I was still a Mario fan and I was just browsing the net for more stuff about him, and SMBZ was popular enough to wriggle it's way into my 'recommended video' list on Youtube ;)
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Legna-Siul Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Its been SO long since I became a fan of this series. And still, here I am, watching the old episodes, still being in AWE of how great it is. No one's ever been able to do something similar, not even those animators trying to make their "what-if"episode continuations.

It's amazing you've still got these people waiting, if it was me, that'd be all the inspiration I would need. But we're two different people. I sincerely hope that spark does come back. Something like this DESERVES a finish. At the very least someone who would be willing to help you continue it for you... but I'm just rambling here.

Best wishes.
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