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UPDATE! - A more recent version of this scene is available on my Youtube account in High Quality 1080p!

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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Townzelman2013 Featured By Owner 1 day ago
AWW HAW MAN!! I remember watching this series back in 2005 and I was always so commited to it and I watched EVERY SINGLE EPISODE. I always got hyped and wondered when the next episode was going to be released and when I found out the series got canceled after episode 8, I was CRUSHED!! I felt like a certain part of me died after seeing the news on newgrounds. But it's awesome to know that you're working on the series again man, I hope the reboot is as good as the original although I find it sad that the pipe maze or basilix won't make comeback in it. But you're work on sprite animation is magnificent, don't quit man just keep up with it.
Tonberry2k Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015
Wow, great to see you back after all this time. Let me know if you have all the necessary sprites, or come over to TSR and we'll see what we can do. 
By the way, for what it's worth, I really liked the Pipe Maze episode. It was a lot of fun and still had stakes. The 8-bit stuff was a great exercise in limitations in an action-oriented sprite movie, and it's always nice to see cameos by minor Nintendo characters like Kolorado.
DEMarq Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2015
  Agreed, the pipe maze episode was great and just plan fun to watch.
RDA31 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2015
Alvin, this news makes me so happy! I remember loving Super Mario Bros Z growing up- my little brother would sit on my lap and we'd watch this epic love story to both DBZ and Mario unfold.

Not to put any pressure on you because I understand real-life can be stressful, but what's the general time frame you're looking at for releasing the first remade episode? Also, I'm a huge Nintendo and Dragon Ball fan, as well as a film student, so if you ever need any consulting on the script, I'd be more than happy to help!

Anyway, can't wait!!!
darkshadow278 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2015
Is Sonic's voice in the reboot going to be replace by Roger Craig Smith's voice of Sonic?
Alvin-Earthworm-SMBZ Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nope. I'll be sticking with the original and best...... Jaleel White.

Nah, just kidding! Ryan Drummond.
darkshadow278 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2015
Thought it would make sense with Roger's voice of Sonic in the reboot. With the Yoshi flashback which is one of the funniest moments is the sprites going to be the same or is it going to be replace by the Yoshi's Island DS sprites (excluding Baby Bowser)?
ValAndy7 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015
Just a suggestion Alvin, make Metal Sonic in the flashback adsorb the other Metal Sonic robots and after that make him transform into Metallix, than Mecha Sonic.
Well still to you could make a leader of the Koopatrols and make him the leader of the group, kinda like in my series in which my General leads the Koopatrol and the Koopa Troop for King Bowser, and he will have his own back story.
kjmn1999 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2015  New Deviant
so happy to hear from you. I loved your super mario z episodes. Also why remove the Pipe Episode. I personally liked the fights in them. But you are the creator so all im happy about is that you are remaking this. Hope you do well. Also make the Bros v Turtles v Power rangers fight the best there is!!!!
Doctormario8442 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Well its nice to hear from you again!
eveyonestealsnames Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2015
\dude please please dont get too stressed and quite again. i love this seres too much to see it die again. it was perfect in every way. every fight put me at the edge of my seat. i rewatched old episodes over and over and im going back agan to watch it again. you are the best sprite animator of all time!
SILVERBRO13 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2015  Student General Artist
Is this not on Youtube?
Igetin Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2015  New Deviant
Wait... the pipe maze episode was my favourite, hands down. o_o I enjoyed the dialogue and the story!
Ace-Catel Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Neato. This series was the heart of my childhood. I can't wait to see new stuff, remake or original.
teamguy100 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2015
plz dont completely remove the pipe maze episode, while i agree it was like a filler an dialogue heavy, the 8 bit parts were amazing, the 8 bit fight between mario and sonic vs mecha sonic was the best fight in the series in my opinion between the fighting an the amazing 8 bit style, you've got to incorporate it into the series somehow
Alvin-Earthworm-SMBZ Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The original episode 7 will remain on Newgrounds and Youtube. It just won't be included in the remake.
teamguy100 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2015
ok i get it, i just hope you somehow incorporate the 8 bit fights somehow cant wait for the new series 
Enigmus-288 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2015
Perhaps maybe the main reason I kept complaining about it being rebooted is just how are you hung to top the old over the new one? But actually I think the important questions is if your mind is made up on removing those things then what are you going to do in all?
PapiTrooper Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
Really good !!
hadou17 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2015
hadou17 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2015
Don't be a little faggot and allow the internet to deter you so much this time around. You're not a fucking tortured soul, I'm sure it's not THAT grueling to be a little famous on the internet, you just have a very enthusiastic fanbase of preteens. Finish what you start for fucking once and put the furfaggotry to the side.

Hell, you'll probably bitch and moan about this one specific comment.

"Woe is me! I have no motivation, the pressure of being barely famous on the internet for sprite animations is too much to bear!~"

All in all, I'm not getting my hopes up.
BudokaiHyuga Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dude, chill out with all that. Your bitterness is not welcomed. Grow up or shut up.
puregalaxy Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2015
It's thanks to people like you that people lose interest in what they make. Grow up.
Alvin-Earthworm-SMBZ Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Once you reach puberty, you'll start to understand the pressures of modern life.
streakside Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2015
Wow, what a sad, salty little man child. You are the perfect example of what is wrong with the internet.
supaman2525 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2015
oh yea alvin is back ! :D
PxlCobit Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2015
Your series inspired everybody. =)
nickanater1 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2015  Student Artist
darkrenegade92 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
i just orgasmed so fuckin hard!!!!!!!
XtheDark Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2015
Preach, man
theveryboy17 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2015
Honestly, is really epic and make me feel happy how Alvin-Earthworm get better in the animation and Posibly.. is coming back to the series... i know than is a "Posibly welcome back" but I really loved SMBZ series, and i was stocked in the ep 8, What the F*¨k happen next? xD PD: i speak spanish, so if i'm wrong xD please understand-
YoshiTFFan Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Filmographer
So great, it lagged my mom's computer! Even if you're not doing this anymore, this is still at least a good rekindling of an old flame. Thx!
MADDOGGER237 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015   General Artist
I've been wondering.. if you do get to the Smithy Saga, what sprites will he get?
Benicthedragonhog Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2015
do you think you could try to keep Tails, Knuckles, Cream and Amy alive in the remake? please. if not, then I hope you will have a plan for them to be brought back to life since I would love to see how Sonic and Shadow react to see their friends brought back to life after seeing Metallix killed them in their world.
CrimsonSunset218 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015
*gapes at clip*   Jawdrop

 Holy SHIT!!!!  

This is, by far, your best work yet!

*gapes some more*

Does this project have a patron account? (or whatever place the project will get it's funding from)  If a place is set up, I'll participate. 

I do have conditions; 1,  you MUST be inspired to continue the story.  and 2,  you MUST take all the time you need to produce such amazing work!!!

The only thing I miss is the metallic sound effect that indicated Metallix was speaking.  I thought the sound added menace to him, enforcing the fact that he's a robot bent on his own designs.  If the sound effect is no longer applicable, then don't feel pressured to include it.  This just a tiny thing.  I'm sure you'll be peppered with people all putting in their own opinions about who and what should do what and where and when. 

It's your story and as such I bow to the creator.  Worship
YoshiTFFan Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Filmographer
Dude, he said in his comments, fan ideas were a REASON he quit. It might be the same reason that at some points, the grammar wasn't accurate.
CrimsonSunset218 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2015
I thought it was "life" that caused him to quit;

His job, or other non story related situations, got in the way of his being able to work on the episodes.  That was also why it took so long for the episodes to come out.

Besides, why would fans being enthusiastic cause him to quit?  I thought he had the plot all worked out.
YoshiTFFan Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Filmographer
I looked at his forum posts, and he stated that he was tired of a fan flooding his inbox with suggestions for number 7. Eventually he just blocked the guy. There should be a club that states No-Fans-Should-Have-Demands.
CrimsonSunset218 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2015
. . . Oh.   That bastard!!!!   I think that fans should know better than to submit ideas/demands constantly.  ONE is "okay" but not FLOODING the poor guy!!!  No wonder the pressure got to him.  *sigh*
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
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).
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 :…  . 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.
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
Redtop1995 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2015
With regards to character development, I believe the fact that King Boo is in the reboot would be a better way to show it. Since he's Luigi's nemesis, it might imply that the green bro will have to defeat him once again. Most likely alone. 
Magic-artsy-farts Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2015  Student General Artist
I just heard abt the reboot and i'm excited. Also king boo is in there? I really hope luigi has an adventure, he's my fav character along with Daisy and Rosaline
I guess you could call it a reBOOt ayyyy
ReploidAvenger Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015
This is....AWESOME!!!!!!!! 
ChaosZero102 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015
This looks SWEET! I hope you do remake and restart the series!
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.
Metalex123 Featured By Owner May 27, 2015
This was posted in 2013? Yeah... I don't think he's gonna work on it soon...
checkmann Featured By Owner May 26, 2015
at first i thought ,,well,and whats new?'' but then i just saw metallix incoming and was completely amazed :D
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