Tip: A common level trope to avoid is "item babysitting". This involves forcing the player to carry P-Switches, springboards, or other items all around the level. Usually, this doesn't end up being very fun or engaging, so use another level gimmick if you can.
In an entire sub-genre of acquired tastes, Casio feels like the ultimate one. It's somehow even tougher than it already looks, and is unapologetically cryptic and obtuse, but for those who manage to break through its outer shell, it proves to be a sublime experience as well as a master class in variety and purposeful level design. I'm glad more people have warmed up to it overtime, and I'm grateful to have done so myself. Completing it tested every aspect of my strength as a player, but I still have a ton of respect for it; it's taught me more than I ever cared to know about the intricacies of SMW's mechanics, and in doing so, given me a new wave of appreciation for the game in its many, many forms.
After putting this hack off for months and months I finally went for it and I'm glad I did. Fantastic level design and incredible song ports, Wyatt. This hack will serve as a mountain that many will strive to climb in their kaizo journeys for years to come.
Finally finished this hack after a very long time (I didn't time it but my guess is somewhere around 60+ hours). It definitely lives up to it's reputation as both a brutal and high quality hack. While I might not agree with every choice made in every level, it's very obvious that tons of care and love went into this hack and I think that, despite its difficulty, it is mostly fair.
Extremely well made, extremely challenging, and (mostly) extremely fun. 5/5, great job, hope you continue to make more hacks.
I’m just starting my SMW kaizo rom hack journey and am mesmerized by videos of this run on a technical level. But the main reason I wanted to comment is that I also do music production and have started to look into porting my music to be used in hacks... and I can not stop listening to the soundtrack for Casio. It is mind blowing and inspirational. Incredible work!
My favorite hack of the year. Incredibly creative and unrelentingly difficulty while somehow being fair and consistent. This hack has such a unique look and feel, there’s really nothing I can compare it to. Unbelievable work Wyatt, I hope to see more from you soon