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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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:iconjindo5:
jindo5 Featured By Owner 29 minutes ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This was great, I'd love to see you back in action again, and I'm sure I'm not the only one.

Poor Goomba, though...
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Phenometron Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Good job.
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Djlightness Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Student General Artist
You should a Kickstarter on this pronto, my friend. Who's with me?
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Rovaen Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015  New member
HES BACK AGAIN
AND ABOUT TIME TOO
AND THIS TIME
HE'S IN THE MOOD
"Oh Pauline" 2 
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wh000ooo Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015
When I saw episode 9 come out like last year my hopes went up, but I figured you were just dumping what was left of a dead series.
This is amazing, and just know that your real fans will back you up whatever you do, I hate that people only complained about SMBZ back then, it was bad.
You and monty oum are my idols, so thank you for making smbz a thing, Alvin <3
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NintendoGamer5000 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey, this looks pretty neat! I like Metallix's design and it is definitely a visual upgrade from Mecha Sonic. 

Makes it look more like him, you know? Still gonna miss the name, though. 
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demidrummer Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015
I felt like I was just discovering the internet again when I watched this this is very good my friend keep it up
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FrenchGuyZ93 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015
Y-y-you are going to remake SMBZ? Oh please tell me you will! oh please please please please please please! Please  I beg you!
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Tyler-Redick Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
Many moons ago, you taught me how to do basic flash animations. Not sure if you remember or not. You've inspired me on many levels and I now have my own Nintendo series going called "Nintendo World" on YouTube which is doing very well. 

I just wanted to thank you for all you've done and I wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors. 
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JacktheCat779 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  New member Student General Artist
Beautiful. Super Mario Bros.. Z inspired me to go and my own fan series. Sadly I lack the skill but I got some people to help.
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TSE1130 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015
Rukaisho Hello! :)
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DJParsley3 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
I am sad that you Alvin decided to stop making the series. I understand that you don't get paid to make these (unless you decided to make a patreon on youtube). In my opinion I think i remember you stating that you wanted to make seasons and movies... which is probably where you really shot yourself in the foot. You set a goal that you wanted to achieve but, realized that life does get in the way. We all will or already understand the decisions that you have made and will learn to accept that SMBZ may never receive another episode. Most people would love to be in your shoes, you have fans and you know you have done good when people in the chat will "defend" you. Good Luck and best of luck to you.
P.S www.patreon.com/
in case you were wondering 
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tomlom165 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015
after watching this i don't even care if you remake the series from the ground up that was the best animation i have ever watched
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ElderxChildx6 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
To be completely honest, I was sad to hear that you had cancelled the series. However, I can understand the fact that sometimes, you just fall out of certain things. Either because you just don't find it fun anymore, or your interests have moved on to something else and it's just something you may not want to do, anymore.

I loved watching the series. And whether you decide to do a complete revamp, or leave it as it is and move on to other things that YOU want to do, at least we have the episodes that you have made thus far, and we are still able to go back and see them and enjoy them as they are. Would I be sad that you don't come back to this, in the end? Yes. I would. But I also understand and realize that if it is something that you don't want to do, anymore, then there's nothing that I can really say or do that can make you change your mind in the whole thing. It would be great for you to come back to this, especially with these new graphics and the editations to the series that you want to do, should you decide to come back to it. But don't feel that you have to simply because of other people really wanting you to do it. I consider myself lucky to have been introduced to the original episodes that you have created and am thankful to not only have been apart of it, but can still go back to those original episodes and watch them over and over again when I desire to.

You are a very talented and gifted person, and just because you decide to not come back to this, doesn't mean anything. It just means that you have found interest in other things and are pursuing what you want in life. And Super Mario Bros Z was a stepping stone in that pursuit. If you come back to it, great, if not, that's fine. Those of us who truly see your talents and respect your wants and feelings as a person will understand and continue to support you no matter what. (And considering that you made this back in 2013 and it is now the beginning of 2015, I'm pretty sure that decision is a solid "I'm not coming back to this". But you never know.)

Either way, just continue doing what you love to do. And us as your fans will continue to support you in whatever way we can.^^ I don't know if you will ever read this comment or not, but it would certainly be nice if you did, and I hope it helps you in whatever future decisions you make, as well as whatever decision you decide to make with SMBZ, if you haven't already decided on it, yet.

Thank you for creating it. It will continue to hold a special place in my heart for years to come. And I was glad to have seen it, and after a fashion be apart of it in terms of sending you this comment.
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Voltex12345 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
god i missed this
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:iconsonicvt:
Sonicvt Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015
Dont We all?
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:iconvoltex12345:
Voltex12345 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i mean he had an entire array of adoring fans
and he suddenly stopped. glad to know he's considering to restart at least
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Sonicvt Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015
:/
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:iconvoltex12345:
Voltex12345 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
something tells me you're not satisfied with just that XD
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michael91brandon Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014  New member Professional Interface Designer
Your animations are by far the best I've seen. But do what you want, do what you absolutely love. 
Don't listen to those who want you to do it because of their wants, they have to learn that what you do shouldn't effect their lives. 
I've lost a passion once because it wasn't fun for me but EVERYBODY wanted me to keep doing it because I was "talented" and they could make $$ from me.
I've since rediscovered my passion after focusing on MY wants, and why "I" want to do it.
And it's like you do something people don't expect they shit their pants lol. But you're your own person and what others think of you doesn't matter at all.
You probably know all this already.

But know that there's people who support you for the right reasons and ultimately want to see you happy :-)
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Voltex12345 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i second that!
i would not have said it myself =D
there is just soooo much love for these series around
and seeing it finished now more than ever would be what many would wish for so badly.
the appeal is amazing
and i would maybe have suggested a donation based system
maybe it's going a bit far or someone already suggested it before but damn i wish i could see this through the end
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DragonbloodRain Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Professional General Artist
dockidds
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Sonicchaosc Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014
Ah, My childhood. I remember watching your flash animations since I first started browsing the internet and Newgrounds. Your work was so amazing that I was looking forward to your next animation. Each episode was epic, exciting, and amazing. After EP 7 and some years past, I lost hope in seeing another epic episode. Now its 2014, and we havent gotten past episode 7. Of course, I dont mind, I moved on. Seeing how you possibly have a job, a wife and some kids, or a girlfriend to socialize with, I understand why you stopped making these. This animation was amazing, and I love every single piece of it. Every part of it was amazing, seeing from you it was no surprise. Continue what you love best, and remember that you still have some old fans out there that doesnt mind if you make something or not.

Now for the remake, it'd be nice to have the Old Mecha Sonic sprite until Mecha Sonic gets a "Self Upgrade" so he can get even stronger, where his sprite is now "Metallix" Or the other way around. I like both sprites, simply because Metal Sonic is one of my favorite characters in the Sonic Series. It'd be also awesome to see Metal Sonic and Mecha Sonic fight eachother.
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PokeVoreMaker Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Episode 8 was the last episode. It came out like 5 years ago, not episode 7.
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KVENOM Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014
So, long time, no see.....
Nothing new, Alvin?
Or should I better call you Rukaisho?
You have abandoned us once, fooled us with false hopes of something, which was nothing, but a spoiled meat, and then abandoned us again!
That's not very awesome, don't ya think?
I am not against furries, but is all you really want is just drawing pointless hentai, Mark?
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:iconsonicvt:
Sonicvt Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015
F u
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:icontvngames:
TVnGames Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That was just insensitive. He has a life, you know. Plus, do you even know how long it takes to do an animation? It's people like you that he "abandons" the series. You guys kept forcing him to continue a series that only pleases yourself.
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KVENOM Featured By Owner 2 days ago
I was gentle. I was hoping. Untill this third time he abandoned us. What did he gave us, beside false hopes of continue? Nothing. If he decided to quit, I would understood this, but why fooling us? What for? This is sick. Seriously I was his fan from the begining of his works in 2005, but now he is just going into hentai, and nothing else. I understand his affection to that kind of art, but why abandoning us? Why not telling us the truth? "I quit. I will never be continuing this series. Thanks for your watch and support." - THAT'D BE ENOUGH. I would understand. We would understand.
Mark, for god sake, TELL US, WHAT DID YOU DECIDE ABOUT THE SERIES, JUST BE HONEST, THAT'S ALL WE ASK! Not this "maybe or maybe not". Not this silent threating. Just truth.
Why am I even bothering? Ah yes, because I am still his fan. Even after all of this lying. I still like his works, even if they are only furry hentai art. 
The only thing, which made me burst, is his infamous tactic of waiting. Silently waitig with no news. Just as always.
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TVnGames Featured By Owner Edited 2 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Translation: U DONT HAVE 4 LIFE WAAH PAY A10SHON 2 MAH GR33DI3 N33D5!!! WAAAH EVEN DOUGH U SEID DAT U QIT N IT WAS STATED CL33RLY, U ABENDUN US...BCUZ I SEID SO!!!11!!1!ONEHUNDREDELEVEN N EVEN DOUGH U SEID IT WAS TEST WAAAAH!!!!


Look, good sir, like I said: people like you were acting like spoiled little kids, Mark clearly stated that he quit a long time ago and this is just a test. Technically he did said it. So, he never "abandon" us, if that's what you wanted to call it. The reason why you're even bothering is that you don't have a life outside of the internet. Good day, sir.
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TVnGames Featured By Owner Edited 2 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh blah, blah, blah YOUR needs
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JeremyBoateng Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015
OH MY GOD... WHAT HAVE I DONE... i never thought of it like that... THANK YOU FOR showing me what I've been doing wrong! Seriously!
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:icontvngames:
TVnGames Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No prob. Just make sure to be careful of you say and everything will be good. ^^
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SonicASD Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014
Well he stated that these were just ideas. It was never confirmed that he was going to start on the series again.

"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."

With the practice animation he's at least considered bringing it back. That, at most, should be enough for fans.
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MilkTimeforMe Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014  New member
You have no idea how many people are going to hang this over your head if you decide to halt it again.
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:iconthunderslash:
thunderslash Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014
I can only say please... I want this to return, so... so badly... just please
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The-Knight-Omega Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014
it would be great for the series to comeback and remade like that :D        i say go for it, you can do it :D
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:iconicekirbyixi:
icekirbyixi Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014
I would cry if these started coming back. With happiness of course.
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:iconanother-color:
Another-Color Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Sooo I'm guessing this is dead. Again.
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:iconwinteremperor:
WinterEmperor Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  New member
It has been dead since years ago.
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Another-Color Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, he was supposed to start working on it again from scratch, but I guess he gave up again to make more furry art.

Not that I blame him, he spent a lot of time and effort on something that was never going to get him any money (then again, he could have uploaded to Youtube and get a partnership...)
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MilkTimeforMe Featured By Owner Edited Dec 21, 2014  New member
It's not the money that matters; it's the fact that you're doing something you enjoy.
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:iconwinteremperor:
WinterEmperor Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014  New member
He was not enjoying it.
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:iconmilktimeforme:
MilkTimeforMe Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014  New member
What do you mean?
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:iconwinteremperor:
WinterEmperor Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014  New member
He constantly said he hated working on it because of the constant fan dumb, so your argument falls flat.
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:iconmilktimeforme:
MilkTimeforMe Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014  New member
Oh, come on...
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WinterEmperor Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  New member
It was not that practical at the time, but now is a possibility and it would help him with that boring job of his.

He said that if he ever did the series again, he will heavily rewrite it. I feel that is a bad choice, not only you created this story for years, with fans who are interested in knowing how will end. That feels like a prima donna sort of thinking. Just finish the story already, don't talk about remakes, you will only piss people that have been waiting YEARS for a resolution off.

So yeah, its better canceled if Alvin is thinking in remakes/reboots already.
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MilkTimeforMe Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014  New member
He never should have halted it in the first place.
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WinterEmperor Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014  New member
Considering the annoying fans (And trust me on this one, I remember a bunch of guys in his original Deviantart account constanly asking him when the next chapter is out, hell, he even fought againts some Asshole with a FC sprite as avatar because of how persistent he was), the boring job, I think it was a better choise for his mental health.


I mean, he wasn't even gaining money at the time! Why risk your health for that?
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MilkTimeforMe Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014  New member
Well, if you're going to do something, even if you get money out of it, you should do it simply because you enjoy it. I suppose it stopped being fun once people started heckling him.
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WinterEmperor Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014  New member
His enjoyment, or yours?
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