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Samsara Mario World

Super Mario World Hacks → Samsara Mario World

Submission Details

Name: Samsara Mario World
Author: margot
Added:
Version History: View
Demo: No
Featured: No
Length: 22 exit(s)
Type: Kaizo: Expert
Description: Samsara Mario World (formerly known as Super Samsara World) is an intermediate, 99% vanilla kaizo hack that starts pretty easy and ramps up gradually, culminating in a challenging special world for players who find all three of the game's Switch Palaces.

This hack features:
Retry system
Mostly non-vanilla music (except SMW Athletic because it still slaps)
An any% ending, a 100% ending, and a bonus DLC level for players who complete the original game.
Shoutouts to the kaizo creators who kept me inspired along the way

Samsara Mario World is a one-woman project and my first SMW hack.

This hack is dedicated to my best friend, who is the person who first introduced me to Kaizo hacks, and inspired me to try my hand at making one of my own.

v1.1 update: A change log is included in the zip file, but major updates include:
Nerfing/tweaking various tight jumps/awkward setups
Reworking a secret exit to add a checkpoint
Applying FastROM to help with slowdown issues
Tweaking various levels to decrease spawn dependencies
Reworking the water level to eliminate despawn issues
v1.2 update:
Added the ability to save the game on the overworld at any time
Nerfed all of the special world levels
Added a hidden bonus level that is new to version 1.2. DLC, baby!
Tags: traditional vanilla
Comments: 25 (jump to comments)
Rating:
4.8 (6 ratings)
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Comments (25)

GrenudoGames Link
really fun hack, the last levels was a litle bit rough but great work!
Neuromancer Link
Fun hack!
amelyssan Link
Really really good hack, absolutely a joy to play all the way through! There were very few points of frustration, and
Sanguine Sanctum
is one of my favorite levels ever.

You even made a good five-room castle, which is a feat!

Favorite levels:
Sanguine Sanctum
Castle Cainhurst
Parallel Palace (for real, play the DLC)
blackhart Link
#smw{:TUP:}
Sammmoo Link
Very solid kaizo hack. The kaizo blocks almost ruined my experience. Kaizo blocks is not fun. Despite this, I like the hack!
N4m3_H3rE Link
I started playing 2 days ago, currently on the fourth level (switch palace not included) and i LOVE the hack!
AllexGG Link
Honestly and a very good kaizo, one of the best I've ever played ... The only thing I think was a little lacking was the referral coins !! Several times I died because I didn't know if it was to jump with A or B !! But nothing that gets in the way. A great kaizo, I highly recommend it to intermediate players.
callmedoor From older version: Super Samsara World Link
I give this one a 3 out of 5. I am relatively new to the scene, but the biggest concern I have with this hack is the length of the levels and the difficulty spikes that happen within them.

I think of things like GPW or Ultra Kaizo World and I look at what those hacks ask of you in terms of tricks. They are overall more difficult than many places in this hack, but somehow this one seemed less fun. If I had to guess it is that the midways in the previous two hacks I mentioned come at natural points whereas in Samsara they come way too late in the levels.

At certain points I felt like I wasn't making any progress at all even though I was completing long sections of tricks because the CP was nowhere in sight.

All of that aside, there were some really great levels in this hack. Golden Shell Garrison was amazing. Firmament Ascent was really cool as well. But certain secret levels and the 100% of this game are genuinely unenjoyable due to the demand that is put on the player.

For reference, I have a pretty high tolerance for annoying sections as I am working my way through GPW and UKW, but certain parts of this hack got even me to put the controller down for extended periods and not really feel like I wanted to return to finish.
NeZ From older version: Super Samsara World Link
WAHEY! Kaizo beginner here. I've beaten L2K, Quickie World 1, Robfather & Climb the Tower so far, so this is my 5th hack.

I'm 25 hours in and I finally beat Gold Shell Garrison yesterday, so I wanted to give some feedback on it.

First things first: Fuck Gold Shell Garrison. It took me ~14 hours to get through exits 1-6 and the 1st secret exit but it took me ~11 hours to beat Gold Shell Garrison alone, most of it was spent on the 2nd half. The difficulty spike there is absurd, I actually had to use savestates to find setups for all 3 disco shell sections before I managed to beat the whole 2nd half and the boss in one life, something I didn't need to do in any other level so far. As a Split/Second speedrunner, that's not new to me, but I didn't expect it here. A few coin indicators or something for where to jump would've helped me a lot to figure things out sooner. I also wasn't a fan of the boss - I expected a checkpoint and a proper boss. Instead I got no checkpoint and reached the boss with a pounding heart. So of course I touched the boss for some dumb reason while avoiding the disco shell and died. That took me back half an hour and kicked my mood & motivation to the floor. Came back and killed the shell with a spinjump. Well. Fuck. A proper boss and a checkpoint would've made this level great, the way it's designed is just 100% FeelsBadMan. The level itself was difficult, sometimes unnecessarily tight and a bit too long for my taste too but it certainly helped me practice disco shell bouncing. Still, it's definitely my least favorite level so far. I'm glad it's over.

With that rant out of the way, I enjoyed all other levels so far (especially Grinder Palance!) and I will continue and play through the hack. I've already seen the CP pipe on Laughing Glade (took me half an hour), so it's just the difficulty spike of Gold Shell Garison that taints the picture. Thanks for making the hack!
Kimota From older version: Super Samsara World Link
Amazing hack with great music choices. Nothing too groundbreaking, but everything is done very well. I thought the last level in particular with
jumping between two winged ? blocks
was really cool. I disagree with the previous commenter in that I enjoyed the Kaizo blocks.
katun24 From older version: Super Samsara World Link
A hidden gem, this hack deserves more attention. The levels generally feel very smooth and free of jank or overly tight setups. I like how the difficulty often comes from lengthy sections rather than tightness. Setups should feel intuitive for players used to intermediate-difficulty kaizos from 2018/2019, that is, the obstacles don't leave you hesitate often.

Beware of the difficulty ramping up steeply (and unexpectedly) with the final few exits. This felt out of place but the level design there is still great.

My biggest complaint would be the overuse of (invisible) kaizo blocks. With at least 3 of these in most levels, they get annoying very quickly. I think kaizo blocks are unfitting for a hack like this which has otherwise fast-paced levels.

Graphics and colour palettes are very nicely done, music is meh as some of the tracks are quite repetitive (short loops), and one stage has vanilla music.

Also:
In the second half of Firmament Ascent, the platform despawns if you go too quickly. This left me scratching my head as to how to continue there at first. I suggest having the platform spawn a bit higher up (2 or 3 tiles maybe) since the challenge of the section isn't really in being fast enough to catch the platform.
B2De From older version: Super Samsara World Link
Well, I had a great time playing through this. I was slow at work, so I decided to hook a snes up on the side and ended up getting through the game in one sitting. It was challenging, yet fair. I see a lot of inspiration within the levels. It has good design and music. I appeciate all the effort put in to make this enjoyable to the kaizo fam. #smw{:peace:}
margot Author From older version: Super Samsara World Link
Originally posted by Chosentw0
But there are some litte things, I like to point out:
-> As you mentioned in the hack itself, the first boss is a joke. The Level was super cool but the boss wasn't. I prefered a bit more of a challenge. Place a checkpoint and make a boss which is worthy the level.


Re: this.

The joke is that it's free and stupid after the suspense of no checkpoint.


THAT's the joke. It's dumb but it's funny to me. :) I get what you're saying but I'm probably not going to change it if I release a version 1.2 in the future.

I'll check out the playlist when I get some free time! Thanks for putting that together! I'm glad you enjoyed your playthrough, and I really appreciate the feedback <3
Chosentw0 From older version: Super Samsara World Link
For your first hack, you really did a great job!
I enjoyed playing through this and it never felt boring.
But there are some litte things, I like to point out:
-> As you mentioned in the hack itself, the first boss is a joke. The Level was super cool but the boss wasn't. I prefered a bit more of a challenge. Place a checkpoint and make a boss which is worthy the level.
-> Since I play a lot of kaizo, I have seen the gimmicks of your levels in a lot of kaizo hacks I played before. Please don't understand this wrong; your levels were great; but I missed the "WOW"-effect in the Levels. I think you have the potential to come up with even more creative and crazy ideas. Keep up the work and improve yourselfe. You can do it ;)
-> I found some cheese and unintended things while playing. I made a TAW and pointed out some parts. You can find it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9uDfSKzOMWc&list=PL_v0ZZF2m13hILPTv52SVGWUpO7PBeo3B

Over all this hack was very good especially for your first one. Keep improving and I hope, there will be a second Hack from you soon.
I like to give your Hack 4.5 Stars. Since I can't give half stars, take an extra 0.5 Stars for a "first hack"-bonus. :)
Holy Shinx From older version: Super Samsara World Link
very good, my favorite was "Gold Shell Garison"
phillybhatesme From older version: Super Samsara World Link
Just downloaded! Thanks.
NeXuS15 From older version: Super Samsara World Link
Really good hack, the update got rid of the super tight spots which makes this even more enjoyable now. good job!
pengy From older version: Super Samsara World Link
Fun hack, I'm more of a beginner but enjoyed the stages I've made it through so far. Great first effort imo.
pengy From older version: Super Samsara World Link
Solid effort, can you provide the soundtrack in the readme? thanks :)
Zavok From older version: Super Samsara World Link
pretty good!
NeXuS15 From older version: Super Samsara World Link
Pretty solid hack with very interesting level design throughout the whole thing.
Vivian Darkbloom From older version: Super Samsara World Link
Congratulations on finishing your first hack!
yygdrasil From older version: Super Samsara World Link
Pretty much. A good hack.
the levels are pretty much with a nice architecture.
Congratulations on the work done.
5/5
margot Author From older version: Super Samsara World Link
Thank you, Nexus! I will patch that at some point. It was an oversight on my part and I appreciate you catching it!
NeXuS15 From older version: Super Samsara World Link
Pretty solid hack with very interesting level design throughout the whole thing.

The biggest error i found would be this, since you didnt actually disable the item box you can just wait for the mushroom and damage boost. Would be nice if you fixed that if there is another update.