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It'sa me, Kaizo Mario!

lincolnic

can stop, will stop
(he/him)
I think Snake has earned a lifetime pass to be excused from all future Bumpty levels.

As far as the fire flower level in New Comfy, yeah, that one's really input-heavy. It's also the level that took me the longest. I think I ended up having to claw grip for some of the disco shell parts. But if you've made it to the Chuck, you're nearly done! I don't think there's much left past that point.

I hope I can run Celeste.smc on my Super NT, that's super exciting news. If I can, that'll probably be the next hack I try. I haven't played any kaizo since Day in the Life!
 

MCBanjoMike

Infamous third lava dolphin
(He/him)
Does Celeste.smc use any custom chips? If so, you might be in trouble. The Super Nt with jailbreak can handle a few of the more basic ones, but if it uses SA-1 you'd need to get an FX Pak Pro or equivalent.
 

MCBanjoMike

Infamous third lava dolphin
(He/him)
Well I had a look at the post about the demo on the SMWC forums and it didn't mention anything about custom chips. Unless you've heard otherwise, I would assume it'll be fine? Not many people dip into SA-1 for kaizo hacks, since it ends up excluding a lot of people.
 

MCBanjoMike

Infamous third lava dolphin
(He/him)
Finished New Comfy! The editing really did that game wonders, the 2nd edition is a super tight hop-and-bop that's extremely generous with its good ideas. When I watch runs of the original Comfort Zone, it seems like everything memorable was kept in and all the filler was cut. That also keeps the difficulty pretty reasonable, even if some of the stuff you're doing can be quite technical. In that way, it really reminds me of El Dorado, whose sections were short but dense. It's a good way to make a kaizo! I'm not quite sure this one will make it into my pantheon of favorite hacks - it might not be weird enough for that - but as usual, I'm already considering doing some runs of it in the future. I may have to replay Waterworld, Luminescent and New Comfy back-to-back to decide which one will be my next speedrun.

In other hacks, this morning I caught Purple Eagle playing a ridiculous hack called Illusionary Blossom of Cranium Prayer. It seems to be a Touhou-themed bullet-hell standard hack? Mario's hitbox has been modified to make it smaller, and you can take multiple hits before dying. Every enemy is capable of firing off a swarm of bullets, so there's probably some SA-1 trickery happening. It looks ridiculous and fun and it makes me very happy that people are doing this to SMW.
 

lincolnic

can stop, will stop
(he/him)
I'd like to see some New Comfy runs! Looks like Stew has reclaimed GPW1 and moved on to Luminescent today, so you could also steal some strats from him if you wanted to dig into that one.

Juz just posted a video of his Illusionary Blossom playthrough yesterday, it's pretty wild. Definitely not a hack for me, but I'm glad people are still finding new things to do like that.
 

lincolnic

can stop, will stop
(he/him)
Oh yeah, meant to add this since Mike and I were talking about Rock 'n Roll Mario Show Set 2 the other night -- also not a hack for me, I think. I've seen a couple of people playing it (including some of GlitchCat's moderation) and it looks like I'd just get very frustrated very quickly. Judging from how long it's taking people like Glitch and Laser to beat levels, any given level would be an hours-long grind for me. Not really into that idea right now.
 
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