Super Mario Land 3: Tatanga's Return is my attempt at creating a "true" third Super Mario Land game, ie a game where the player actually controls Mario. As such, this hack is pretty much a traditional Mario game with a simple plot that takes a backseat to stomping on heads. This hack contains 60 levels spread across 7 Worlds.
UPDATE: Fixed some instances of cutoff and incorrect tile behavior pointed out by Blind Devil.
UPDATE: Fixed another glitch on the Overworld discovered while watching a Let's Play. I also tried to eliminate the possibility of accidentally killing the Level Ender with a shell during the Angry Sun boss battle by placing a row of blocks above the visible level area.
Just beat World 3. So far it's been a nice, easy hack to play between difficult ones -- down to the easy health system. A few things to look into though:
The boss of World 3 is absolutely broken. There's nothing intuitive about the fight (it's not initially clear you can go through its stem, rather than try to jump over it, nor how you're supposed to hit it -- it took me a while just to figure that out). The rocks you need to throw at it can pass through if you throw them too early. Nothing telegraphs its attacks, and the fact that you can see it through the tubes is quite distracting when it in fact warps to a new spot before each attack. This is how I finally figured out how to fight it: Stand in a corner because it can't pop up in one; as soon as it pops up, run through its stem because its one dangerous attack (the barrage of horizontal fireballs) can't hit you if you're in a corner more than two pipes away; rinse and repeat until you finally hit it enough times. It felt like I was playing around a glitchy boss that was impossible before I figured out how to break it, and impossible to die against afterward.
I like hard games, but this boss is difficult for all the wrong reasons -- it just doesn't feel finished. I'd love to see this addressed in an update.
In addition, the spiky muncher pillars (not sure what to call them?) that pop in and out of pipes in the second half of that level are slightly wider than the pipes themselves, meaning you can be hurt by them just standing next to the pipe. Not a huge deal, since the level itself is easy, but it might be something to look into.
I'd also love for the game to be clear about when it saves. I think it's every level? I've just been manually saving the SRAM, but even adding something in the description would help.
A really brilliant hack. The size of this game is really impressive and plays out (for the most part) like an authentic Mario game. Very fun. Each world has a distinctive visual style that works with the theme. I really liked a lot of the music on here too. Overworld 5 theme really stands out and there are some quality rearrangements of familiar Mario tunes. The whole presentation of the coin/life/item counter is a very nice touch.
There are a small number of things that Iíd suggest fixing here and there but itís really the difficulty increase during World 6 makes everything very unforgiving from this point. Most levels from here are far more challenging than an authentic Mario game and I would have given up without save states.
Aside from these things, it is the most impressive Mario hack that Iíve played in terms of size, level designs, fun original ideas, music, custom graphics and tweaks and custom enemies and bosses. You can really feel the love that has gone into making this massive project. 4.5/5
As always, I took great pleasure in playing your hack. Difficulty is well-balanced, the last world is sometimes quite challenging, especially Tatanga's castle, but always beatable without using any savestate.
I particularly loved the graphics, the overworld and the system of showing coins, Golden shrooms coins and lives only when you collect one of these (the best would be, if possible, to show also these status when you push the "pause" button, which would be very helpful if you want to know how many Golden shrooms you have collected so far). It is a good idea to have just put 3 Golden coins instead of 5, as they are less numerous it made me want to find all for all levels =]
10/10 (5 stars), thank you again for the great work !
Not much changed from previous versions. I liked the fact that, despite this being the 4th update, or something, there are still issues I suggested to fix in the first version of the hack (read: w1 boss going trough walls; replacement of w4 boss; issues in alt. gravity levels with rideable sprites).
Yet, it's your hack, feel free to do what you want I guess...