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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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NeoMetalSonic360 Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Student Digital Artist
I kinda liked more the old Mecha Sonic and keeping Metallix as a perfect form, but the change's okay I guess.
But will Metallix also have a perfect form too?
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MetaKaios Featured By Owner Edited Jan 22, 2016
The design for Metallix just looks more imposing

No. No it does not.
Mecha Sonic was one of the coolest villains I have ever seen. (And heard)
He was one of the best parts of the series.

Still, that was largely due to his ability to somehow have just the right balance between villainous monologuing and cutting right to the (lethal) point, as well as the occasional (but excellent) use of voice clips. So hopefully the appearance change won't detract much if he acts much the same way.
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BuraiPlayerStudio Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Man, months and months to make a good animation... I understand that, making a good animation is quite hard, but it worths the hard work... It's as I say, it's quite or almost quite simple to MAKE the animation, but having ideias, that, that is the hardest thing... So, what i want to say is, good luck on your next animations, i wish you more and more good ideias to making the episodes of this masterpiece called Super Mario Bros Z, this masterpiece inspires me and a lot of other animators, sooooo.. Good luck man, and welcome back!!!
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DigitalLuv Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so exciting, and from the reading the description it sounds you've made some really good executive story decisions. I wish you much more success this run around and I hope your Patreon is successful!
I'm excited to see you and your work back in action.
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CrazyMouseInc Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2015   Writer
Mario And Bananna Icon :Bummies: Joy :shuffelin: :excited: Anticipation / Creepy Joy Face :tinyhappyclapwithbounce: +plz :excited: Revamp :happybounce::iconyourocksonicplz:...slowly running out of emoticons to express my joy. Time for words!
How old was I? I don't even know, but this was such a big part of my childhood! It was so cool! It's still so cool!
1. Mecha Sonic being replaced by Metallix only begs the question of "What will Metallix turn into with all the Chaos Emeralds?" Since it seemed like Mecha Sonic would become Metallix. I'm guessing that it would go the whole Neo Metal/Metal Overlord route, but that sounds like some serious custom sprites that I've never run into assuming that they exist all.

2. Episode 7 was my favorite. I think I always knew that it was a filler episode, and it was an hour long. AN HOUR! That was awesome! And it had my favorite fight in it: Mecha vs Sonic! I would always find the moment it began, mute it, and start finding the most fitting songs I could. I don't think it was a bad episode. It was funny, serious, and, as usual, pleasing to watch, though I am forced to agree on the weird, unnecessary exposition. I completely respect not remaking it, but it will always be my favorite episode.

3. Kind of relieved about Basilisx not being in the remake. When he was introduced, I had the same sort of worry I had with the Negative World: facing an truly inescapable situation/facing a truly unstoppable foe. This is usually followed by "Power of Friendship/Teamwork/Love/Willpower" being able to overcome the "problem," but the series felt more cynical than that.
I'M SO EXCITED, I JUST CAN'T HIDE IT! Dancing Cream Emoticon 
Even though you say it's just an idea...my excitement lives on.
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IAMWEEGEE24 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2015
hey im pretty surprised that ur removing The Pipe maze episode, i thought it was pretty good especially #1 the best 8-bit battle in flash history, i kidd u not but it was pretty good. #2 the minus world backstory u created was amazing because the minus world in the mario games was just a pointless glitched world. listen i like this series and i defiantly would want to really help come up with original idea for u in the future after u reboot all of those old episodes.  if u were to make a movie where u didnt know what this smbz movie should be about i can do it right away and have ur back on it...like for example "SMBZ: resurrection of M" u see what i did there (maybe it could happen later) i used a dbz movie title and just used the original title. listen i might be nutzz right now but im serious. i even have an original smbz movie idea call "SMBZ: Destruction from Nega World" its about when mario & co. (mecha sonic/metallix is in it) go investigate a accident at bowsers where they find a outcold makikoopa and a dying kammy (tho after the whole story she forgot she had a 1up shroom earlier) and they stared asking questions, so when they got their answer they were ambushed my a pure evil group that looked like the crew except for shadow 1st is nega mario bros, neuton sonic (neutonic speed), Raptorius (nega yoshi). thats all i can give u, if u get a chance to look at this please reply
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superfakeguy Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2015
Also, I know you probably answered this before, but why change the Mecha sonic/ Metallix look? Not hat I don't like the new one, but the old one looked so much more menacing and tyrant-like.
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Alvin-Earthworm-SMBZ Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Because Mecha Sonic was easily defeated in Sonic 3 and Knuckles. He's an inferior robot to Metal Sonic.
Plus, I wanted Metallix to look more like Metal Sonic, since he's supposed to be an upgraded version of him.
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superfakeguy Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2015
Never mind, just saw the answer.
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superfakeguy Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2015
Were Silver or Blaze ever going to appear?
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Alvin-Earthworm-SMBZ Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Silver was penned for the third saga, but I later gave the part to Rosalina.
Blaze on the other hand, I've been having conflicting opinions about. Part of me thinks she'd be a good inclusion for a strong female fighter, but at the same time I would prefer to keep the cast predominantly Mario focused.
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Sm4sher-Vader Featured By Owner Edited Jan 14, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I completely agree with you. As much as I (as well as most of others) would love to see Blaze in SMBZ, we have to remember: This is Super MARIO Bros. Z, not Super Mario AND Sonic Bros Z (or something). Can't splash in too many Sonic characters because then it'll defeat the purpose of the series' title. So far, we obviously got Sonic, Shadow and I'm going to assume Eggman is going to be sticking around Mushroom Kingdom as well so that's three Sonic characters (Not 100% sure if Metal Sonic is going to be around after the Metallix saga). Personally, I think squeezing in Blaze wouldn't hurt. Blaze would be a great addition for a strong female fighter since I don't think we'll be seeing Peach in action any time soon or at all. Out of all of Sonic's friends (besides Shadow), Blaze is the only possible character to potentially be in the series since she was at her own dimension and thus didn't face Metallix's rampage like Tails and the others had.

But of course, it is your series and therefore you call the shots. Blaze is in SMBZ, Blaze isn't in SMBZ. Regardless of your decision, you're doing fantastic with the reboot series so far and all of us will be supporting you and looking forward for your next episodes.
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superfakeguy Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2015
Dang, I really wanted to see those two. Not trying to pressure you or anything , just rambling.
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Psyxypher Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2015
I think my favorite change will be Metallix replacing Mecha Sonic (as an STC fan, it makes me feel a bit fuzzy inside). Other than that, I'm not sure how to feel about changes 2 and 3, but I have high hopes. I hope you enjoy making this series as much as people will enjoy watching it Alvin.
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yugioh1985 Featured By Owner Edited Nov 20, 2015  Student Filmographer
Okay for questions 2 and 3, I see your logic after re-watching you're old SMBZ episodes, but what do you plan to do in place of the Pipe Maze episode in search of the 5th Chaos Emerald and the scene abroad Bowser's new battleship with Mario and the gang coming to save Princess Peach? 


2: The Pipe maze episode will be removed
3: Captain Basilisx won't be in the remake


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Alvin-Earthworm-SMBZ Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The Pipe Maze will be replaced by the King Boo arc.
As for the Doomship, it will have more focus on the Koopalings.
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yugioh1985 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2015  Student Filmographer
Okay than. But are you be make another new SMBZ opening as soon as the King Boo Arc comings up? And for Doomship, will Mecha Mario make his appearance later like its was shown in the previous old episodes?
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BKbros Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2015
Metallix doesn't have the power of the actual Metallix right? It's just a look to make him more imposing right? Right?
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Alvin-Earthworm-SMBZ Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is correct. I have never read the comics, so I don't know what powers that Metallix possesses.
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BKbros Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2015
Neither have I, I just know he's powerful
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KaijuATTACK877 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2015
Man, remaking the entire thing?
2: The Pipe maze episode will be removed
What about the Bowser's Castle sequence?
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AlterWeavile Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2015  Student General Artist
for a practice animation, this was fire :]
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Townzelman2013 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2015
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.
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Tonberry2k Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
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.
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DEMarq Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2015
  Agreed, the pipe maze episode was great and just plan fun to watch.
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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!!!
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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?
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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.
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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)?
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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.
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kjmn1999 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2015
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!!!!
ROOTING FOR YA
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Doctormario8442 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Well its nice to hear from you again!
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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!
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SILVERBRO13 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2015  Student General Artist
Is this not on Youtube?
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Igetin Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2015
Wait... the pipe maze episode was my favourite, hands down. o_o I enjoyed the dialogue and the story!
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Ace-Catel Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Neato. This series was the heart of my childhood. I can't wait to see new stuff, remake or original.
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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
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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.
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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 
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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 replacement....is all?
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PapiTrooper Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
Really good !!
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hadou17 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2015
1854
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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.
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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.
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puregalaxy Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2015
It's thanks to people like you that people lose interest in what they make. Grow up.
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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.
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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.
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supaman2525 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2015
oh yea alvin is back ! :D
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PxlCobit Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2015
Your series inspired everybody. =)
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nickanater1 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2015  Student Artist
.....NO.......NO WAY......YOU REALLY DOING IT??? THATS AWESOME!!!!
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