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Love Yourself

Super Mario World Hacks → Love Yourself

Submission Details

Name: Love Yourself
Author: Chondontore
Added:
Demo: No
Hall of Fame: No
Length: 17 exit(s)
Type: Kaizo: Beginner
Description: A hack for the excited beginner and the seasoned veteran, Love Yourself provides a vanilla adjacent kaizo experience accessible (and enjoyable) to all skill levels. Love Yourself features 17 levels (no secret exits), a few custom sprites, plenty of custom graphics/palettes, and a fun soundtrack. Many thanks to the SMWC members who provided the resources used to build this hack. There are also 3 secret rooms, each dedicated to one of the awesome playtesters who helped to polish this hack. Can you find them all?

Love Yourself was built under a semi-strict 9 month deadline. Work began soon after my wife (Mrs. Chon) found out that she was pregnant with our first child. My goal was to create a hack that my kids could play as an introduction to SMW Kaizo. This hack is dedicated to all of my kids (however many there may be).

Please enjoy, and feel free to let me know you played through Love Yourself. I value all of your feedback so that I can better improve my craft as a level maker.
Tags: music wholesome
Comments: 109 (jump to comments)
Rating:
4.9 (59 ratings)
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Solodude15 Link
This is my first real romhack/kaizo romhack of SMW and I have nothing but good things to say about it, despite a few very small nitpicks. This was so fun and so intuitive in every way. Absolutely charmed by this.
Cid_HG Link
Is there a trick to timing the jump to get the Round the Bend secret? I've tried multiple times to make the jump and keep hitting the muncher.
Chondontore Author Link
It's definitely a little awkward, but i usually wait until the flying block is underneath the munchers to hit it (about in the middle between the two. Then i try to get just a bit of momentum jumping up onto the block and then around the munchers. Hopefully this helps. I also have a video on my YouTube of me playing through and visiting all the secret rooms if you need a visual. In the video i do it in a way thats a bit harder than described above lol. https://youtu.be/UxBnquezJqc?si=VW8F7stGt0S5eQPO&t=926
Cid_HG Link
I managed to get it!! https://clips.twitch.tv/DependableRichRhinocerosMikeHogu-G9JtAeuZFZ-SHHoM Was the last secret I needed after I completed your romhack. This is my first Kaizo Mario clear and I feel really good!
ahamza61 Link
Great hack to start Kaizo area. Good job!
iamfromwinnipeg Link
Just finished this hack - second rom i've completed. Wow. Fantastic. Loved every moment of this one. So rewarding. Challenging for me, but not punishing by ANY means. Well done. Would play again and 100% recommend to anyone starting out. There were a few tech moments I struggled with, but did not get discouraged at all. I learned a lot with this one and I believe it's made me a better player!
CJAllinson Link
Great hack! It was the fourth hack I beat. There are so many amazing moments, such as levels 4, 5, 6, 9, 15a and most of 17. There are a couple of bogus parts imo though such as levels 10a, 11, the platform fall near the end of 15b, and 17j. My first playthrough took just over 6 hours. I've beaten it 4 times now, lowering my pb to 1h19m.
Rednbloo Link
Such a lovely hack, I only recently got into kaizo mario and i have to say this was a joy to play, Whats the music for the title screen by the way? its such a relaxing tune #smrpg{y}
Chondontore Author Link
Title Screen: Mario Kart 8 - Ice Ice Outpost (Relaxing Waltz) by Dispace [https://www.smwcentral.net/?p=section&a=details&id=26823]

I also have a full list of music credits. Just go to my profile and go to my Files page. There's a txt file with every song, person who ported it, and SMWC link.

Glad you enjoyed! :)
LateNightRetro Link
Hey. I am new to Kaizo. I really enjoyed this. It set a tone, and vibe that were immensely satisfying. This has been my favorite Kaizo hack early in my journey. Thanks. Bless you, and ya kids. 10/10
Jest3r1984 Link
It really is a very good hack, probably the best easy kaizo hack I ever get through. Simple yet challenging, short and changing. Good music, good themes... I can only hope all new kaizo players try this.#smrpg{y}
Jackhilo Link
I had such a fun time beating this as my first Hack. Thanks for making such a friendly difficulty curve!
Spizixi Link
Really fun quick levels. Loved the messages after i beat it
Leithen Link
Really fun hack. Pretty quick levels and a great entry point. The difficulty seemed consistent, no randomly really hard levels. Awesome gimmicks and unique level design. Highly recommend as one of your first hacks.
PapaPowerbomb Link
A perfect mix of being beginner-friendly, but also scratching that itch of achieving and progressing. This hack filled me with love!

The pre-credits one-room retrospective may just be one of the greatest things I have seen in all of gaming
floatybug Link
very good :)
Tripii Link
Great aesthetics and just a fun cozy time!

GLHF #smw{:peace:}
StygianLoremaster Link
Played this as my first hack! Finished in about 10 hours after getting some practice playing most of the way through 2Kaizo2Learn. This was the perfect difficulty for a beginner like me. It wasn't demanding too much from me but I still felt like I accomplished something by the time I finished. Thanks for the hack!

Shout out to OreosArePoop for introducing me to this hack via his youtube channel.
snowsk8ordie Link
First hack I played in quite a while. Intended to just play for a bit, but I was having so much fun that I played it straight through. Excellent hack that I would recommend to anybody. I will likely run through this again sometime to find all the secrets. I found 2/3.

GG & thanks for making!
Will86 Link
Amazing hack! really fun and just challenging enough, also really chill. thanks!
JikissGamer Link
The final hack I played in 2023, just finished it and had an amazing time. I think it's perfect for beginner Kaizo players to start with.
Jhesper Link
First hack i completed by myself. Loved it, great level design. Thanks, I really enjoyed it! <3
iamstuff_ Link
I really enjoyed this hack. It is also the first hack that I completed. Thank you very much I enjoyed this a lot!
drehimself Link
This was my 2nd hack and I enjoyed every single level. It was still challenging for a Kaizo beginner like myself, but nothing overly frustrating. It took me about 7 hours and I feel like I've gotten better after completing it.

Highly recommend if you're just getting into Kaizo.
sheeptitan Link
First ever hack. Took me about 10 hours, although about 6-7 hours of that was the first 3rd and just getting used to SMW physics. (5/5 stars. Great starting point).
cymx Link
first kaizo game i completed and first SMW hack i completed back in February. incredibly fun, probably a perfect first kaizo hack
LPDGhost Link
Took me 2 hours and 30 minutes and really my first hack after the tutorial ones and Super Moo World. Enjoyed it a lot.
Greedydave Link
Enjoy the journey! #smrpg{<3}
God Of Fruit Link
Overall, this is a fantastic hack to start with if you want to get into Kaizo, and it's even a fun time if you're playing it later on. I came into this a bit overprepared (around Intermediate skill), but I still enjoyed the hack a lot and remember most of the levels even a couple months later despite only spending about 1-2 hours on this hack. This hack will definitely help you learn about certain mechanics, sprite behaviors, and other tricks that will help you throughout your Kaizo journey. There's also quite a bit of chocolate to keep things interesting.

Overall: 9/10
RXDARK Link
Definitely a good starter hack. Not much else to say.
Bas1i0n Link
After watching streamers like Panga and GPB play kaizo hacks and levels for years now, I finally took the plunge into them myself, I played Learn to Kaizo and 2 Learn 2 Kaizo, and jumped straight into Love Yourself. It was such a smooth onboarding process where every level has a unique gameplay and visual style ranging from ice and eeries to rapid fire climbs, all with a banger soundtrack from beginning to end. It was a blast to get through especially with all the secrets (yes i found them all #tb{^V^}) and it was just a perfect starter hack for me. 10/10
davepriz Link
First hack complete and an absolute joy! Thanks for making and sharing!
Tragik Link
Super fun hack! I'm upper beginner/low intermediate player and this took me a little over an hour to finish. This will definitely a recommended hack to any beginner and vet alike!
bradcomp Link
There isn't much to say that hasn't been said.

I came to this after beating a number of standard hacks, with the intention of trying to figure out if Kaizo was something I wanted to get into. I struggled at times (
specifically Shmovin Shells and Breaking In gave me trouble
), but it always felt fair, and I learned a lot along the way.

There were some really fun and clever levels, and beating them feels really good. Nothing overstays its welcome. It teaches a lot of kaizo concepts in a gentle way.
ashlee_fl Link
This is the first rom hack I've ever tried. I wish I could replay it for the first time a million more times. An absolute joy to play. Great difficulty level for new kaizo players to learn on. I found it fair, well made, and the soundtrack is a banger all the way through. Can't recommend enough.
vreahli Link
I'm about 14 exits in and absolutely loving this hack.

I just finished Quickie World 1 and 2, and I'm really wishing this was my first hack. My favorite level so far is Tippy Toes -
the puzzles along the way were just enough to get me to go "Oh!" while figuring them out. It was a joy.
Thank you for making this hack. If anyone wants to give Kaizo a spin I'm going to send them this way.
Cat says Miau Link
I loved this hack. It took me a couple of days to finish and it was the perfect challenge for a begginer like me. The levels were well made, not long, not too dificult and super fun. 10/10. Thanks for the good work!
Bludra Link
Amazing hack! One of my first completed #w{<3}
tkHilker Link
A terrific hack. Easy enough to turn your brain off and just play with just enough difficulty to get a feeling of satisfaction after beating a level. I recommend this to any beginner or long time player looking for a fun time.
ExtraCheese53 Link
This hack was wonderful. Highly recommend to any beginner, no complicated tech or item tricks. I played this as a cool down hack after dram and it was a really fun play through as an intermediate player. There were a lot of creative ideas in this hack while at the same time being laid back and not too complicated. Hope there's more to come, thanks for the hack
Proxium_ Link
This was my first completed hack after giving up many time with other kaizo hacks -- I absolutly adored every moments I spent playing it, and I consider it as a masterpiece of a kaizo hack! It served as a perfect playground for me, who wanted to tackle their first kaizo hack. Every deaths seemed fair and the levels were fulfilling enough to make me want to push through it until I reached the end.
VolleytheBall Link
I thought this game was really good, loved it :)
e_mcsqrd Link
This is one of my favourite beginner hacks. I loved everything about it and have played it through a few times. Does anyone know the name of the music track for the Looking Back level/credits?
Update: I found the song!
Pixcited Link
Nice very cute and funny Hack <3 Super Beginner Friendly <3
Super Nikuworld Link
this hack is very fun! the lvls are good designed and have no jank! very beginner friendly!
WalrusLife Link
Like a few others here have mentioned, this was also my first hack that I've played through to completion. Thank you for creating something that helped boost my experience and has given me the feeling of accomplishment in the beginning of my kaizo journey! 10/10
sdace Link
This is the best hack I've ever played
germdove Link
I'm sorry it's taken me so long to say anything here, but this is an amazing romhack. It has supplanted all others as my go-to recommendation for players that are new to kaizo. You've really made something special.
Astrakitu Link
Following in the footsteps of my Kaizo comrades, I've managed to beat this romhack today! That was a LOT of fun, I tell ya, especially the Looking Back level, and it's a great introduction to some basic mechanics I've seen in most Kaizo romhacks. As usual, I appreciate using tilesets from people like Gamma V, since the last time I reviewed this hack!
BUX88 Link
Awesome hack, the first one I’ve completed. Had so much fun playing. I would highly recommend this as a first hack to anyone wanting to start out!! 5*
tap52384 Link
This was also my first hack that I've ever completed! This game made me feel like kaizo is something that I can actually become better at. I appreciated the short levels and guiding the player through using different skills and tying it all together in the Looking Back level. Well done.
PeachesOnSteam Link
This is the first ROM hack I've ever played. It was really fun. Thank you so much to the developer, the play testers, and everybody who helped make this hack
haine9 Link
Short and sweet beginner kaizo hack. Very beautiful graphics and music. As a beginner this was the 3rd hack I completed, never felt oppressed, just a little challenged in a couple levels, with very original and funny setup. Thanks Chondontore! #lm{MARIO69}
alibabagaming Link
Great beginner hack. some hard tricks but nothing a beginner cant finish. #smw{:TUP:}
lumi Link
Reignited my love for smw. It will be my go to recommendation for a starter hack from now on.
TheKazooBloccGosh Link
Here's the list for secrets lovers:(from 31/july/2022 to 4/august/2022)

4/august/2022 Edit: After I posted this comment, I felt guilt about showing secrets knowledge too directly for a hack I didn't made, I felt I was stepping too far.
So I decided to remove the list, freeing my mind.

I'm still listing all secrets I can find, but not on the comments sections anymore.

Was I too precautious? Probably.
spooonsss Link
Really fun and well-made. Thanks for making this.
TheKazooBloccGosh Link
I was playing this hack to check if this is truly a good entry to kaizo.
Well, it's actually a great flawless kaizo entrance, congratulations #w{<3} (no required shellsjumps smh)

Rating: 5/5
FantasticFox Link
I started kaizo recently and tried a bunch of beginner hacks but this is the one I stuck with. Just super enjoyable. You made a heck of a gift for your child(ren).
ZX497 Link
A really fun hack, very varied and creative for a beginner kaizo. Good feels all around.

255 glitch led to something that may be a secret or maybe just some cut content? Could not locate the door, tho.


Highly recommended.
LoFi Link
Loved every minutes of this hack. Big recommend for new players that just want to practice tricks without the jank and trolls with amazing music and such! #tb{^V^}

My highlights are definitely
the Round the Bend Level with the "back and forth" and the ending with the "one screen" section revisiting each levels. #smw{<3}

fugalfervor Link
Very fun
BunBunAshly Link
loved this hack the entire way through, a true joy to play! <3
TeddyWap1738 Link
This was my first ever kaizo hack. What a great introduction to the world I've been watching online for so long but never played myself. Loved the ending and can't wait to see what you do in the future!
Izakuzao Link
Recomendo muito pros brazucas iniciantes. Essa é minha primeira kaizo que joguei e zerei e ainda por cima no celular sem controle físico algum. Se eu consegui, vocês também consegue.
DeBuGWoLf Link
Love it!
its the first Kaizo Hack that i completed and i had a lot of fun playing it.
nick_whiskey Link
I can't express how much fun I had playing this hack. Easily one of the best hacks released this year, and top 3 beginner hacks of all time.

+ Nothing felt blind,
+ no jank,
+ every level had a clear goal,
+ no puzzles,
- a few tight spots with the munchers.

9/10 hug someone you love
Alxetiger Link
man, anyone know what the song for level wobblin is? its crazy good
great hack btw. really fun playing, not too hard and would recommend to beginners
D10s_Sah Link
si no es dificil no es divertido xp
bonjoursauce Link
Very nice hack. Superb introduction to the hack and kaizo world. Quick and well done. Easier than QW1 or QW2 so it's less scary for a beginner to tackle. But very enjoyable nonetheless and somewhat challenging (with a great curve and variety) for anyone who's getting into kaizo etc. Well done from A to Z! Had a blast playing it.
bonkstrats Link
So good and fun and beautiful that I am writing my first comment on SMWC. Great job, so fun, really aesthetically beautiful, top tier music, effective difficulty curve, and smart moments that introduce players to future kaizo difficulties. Stellar hack!
Wolfguy423 Link
Really fun hack, Glad i gave this one a shot!
GiraffeKiller Link
I don't love myself quite yet, but I definitely loved this hack. Well done!
Chondontore Author Link
Originally posted by Rune911
Made an account just to say this. I've been looking forward to starting rom hacks for a long time and I wanted to start with this one. I just finished it in
roughly 3.5 hours
. It did a great job of introducing me to a lot of concepts I've seen people do in their rom hack videos, but I've never actually done myself. Congratulations to you on the new family and thank-you for making a wonderful, beginner friendly kaizo rom hack :D


It's comments like these that put a big ol' smile on my face! Thanks for your kind words, and I'm glad you enjoyed it! Kaizo will only get worse from here ;)
SovOv Link
Awesome hack, I've always wanted to start doing kaizo and this hack is very good for beginners like me. It taught me a lot and is very forgiving and fun.
Rune911 Link
Made an account just to say this. I've been looking forward to starting rom hacks for a long time and I wanted to start with this one. I just finished it in
roughly 3.5 hours
. It did a great job of introducing me to a lot of concepts I've seen people do in their rom hack videos, but I've never actually done myself. Congratulations to you on the new family and thank-you for making a wonderful, beginner friendly kaizo rom hack :D
LimeeySauce Link
This might be my new recommendation as a "first kaizo" hack, very forgiving, short sections, and explanations for things that aren't obvious (single tile gaps, water jumping, etc).

Kaiz0bro Link
Loved this hack, quick and easy. Shouldn't take more than an hour for an advanced beginner/intermediate level player.
Loved the concept of the final level, taking a trip backwards through all the level themes was a genius idea.
BoozeWash Link
Perfect hack for beginners. Fun and polished hack, awesome work dude. #smw{^_^}
vampirelich Link
Originally posted by Chondontore
Originally posted by vampirelich
I have a question: The pins on my SNES are bent on the 1P side, so I use my controller on the 2P slot, and I havent had any trouble playing other hacks from the 2P slot, but this game would not detect my controller inputs until I switched to the 1P side with my old controller, Is there an update that can fix that so I can use my newer controller?

thanks. :), the 1st 6 levels I've played seem really fun.


I think somewhere during development I had the idea to swap between Mario and Luigi to lead to the final level (as if playing through a Mario set of levels and Luigi set of levels). Maybe there's some remnants from that botched ASM that are affecting that? I'm happy you got it to work though and that you're enjoying it so far :)


Only because I'm playing with my old controller in slot 1, but I'd love to be able to play this with my new controller in slot 2... :)
Chondontore Author Link
Originally posted by vampirelich
I have a question: The pins on my SNES are bent on the 1P side, so I use my controller on the 2P slot, and I havent had any trouble playing other hacks from the 2P slot, but this game would not detect my controller inputs until I switched to the 1P side with my old controller, Is there an update that can fix that so I can use my newer controller?

thanks. :), the 1st 6 levels I've played seem really fun.


I think somewhere during development I had the idea to swap between Mario and Luigi to lead to the final level (as if playing through a Mario set of levels and Luigi set of levels). Maybe there's some remnants from that botched ASM that are affecting that? I'm happy you got it to work though and that you're enjoying it so far :)
vampirelich Link
I have a question: The pins on my SNES are bent on the 1P side, so I use my controller on the 2P slot, and I havent had any trouble playing other hacks from the 2P slot, but this game would not detect my controller inputs until I switched to the 1P side with my old controller, Is there an update that can fix that so I can use my newer controller?

thanks. :), the 1st 6 levels I've played seem really fun.
Lightning Link
very good hack.

Also, congrats on your first kid, Chon!
riobaldo Link
Quite fun. Great job, Chondontore!
dativ Link
Awesome!#tb{^V^}
Nicoke42 Link
A lot of fun!!!
JudithPrietht Link
Great beginner hack!
Hiroki Link
chondontore this hack made my day, awesome hack full of love!
Astrakitu Link
I watched LzyTom beat this on stream, and not gonna lie, this hack is really good! Love the usage of some of Gamma V's tiles in there, they're my favorite!

Also this looks like the type of romhack I might be able to beat someday!
nobletofu Link
Typically beginner hacks are forgettable/uninspired, however this is one of the best hacks out there that is labeled as "Kaizo: Beginner".

I really enjoyed it. Chondontore did a fantastic job.
Kimota Link
Probably my favorite true beginner hack. Often beginner hacks don't play anything like harder kaizos, which detracts from their value as entry points to the genre. Love Yourself deploys actual kaizo level design, but introduces the player to it in a gentle, forgiving way. The stages are varied with some true gems to delight players of any skill level (ex: Tippy Toes). I highly recommend this hack.
Shadwmage Link
Gotta say, after spending about 2 hours(I think) beating all of the levels(except for one), this is probably my favorite Kaizo hack I have played so far. Probably one of the least frustrating, without it being the easiest. The one level I was not a fan of was the Disco Shell level, but that is only because I dislike Disco shells in Kaizo in general, not that level specifically. So I decided to skip it just so it would not ruin my experience with the rest of the hack, which is stellar.

Tippy Toes was easily my favorite of the levels. I enjoy the concept of a level based on hitboxes that are just a tiny bit larger than what it looks like. I am also glad that it was more than just showing this gimmick off and using it in more creative ways, while still being fun to play. If I ever make a Kaizo Hack, I might look at this one for some ideas.
will___ Link
Fantastic hack. Very accessible to new players, while still having level design that is fun and interesting to more experienced players. I really love the style of level design you use where you're not just holding right, but weaving back and forth to set up the platforms/enemies in a way that lets you proceed. Your last hack did this as well, but it's more varied and natural here.

My one complaint would be what twicepipes mentioned - there are a few places where I couldn't tell what was solid/background/semisolid. Most notably the orange platforms in level 1, the bamboo shoots in the triangle level, and the semisolids in the ice level. I would recommend making those first two things I mentioned more saturated (if that's the right word) and making the top of the ice semisolids thin, or at least more rounded.

My favorite levels were Wobblin, Tippy Toes, and Looking Back. Great job!
1MoreDeath Link
One of the greatest beginner hacks ever, I highly recommend this hack to anyone, beginner or vetran kaizo players need to play this.
tobson Link
What a wholesome hack indeed!
iKPbot Link
Great hack! I highly recommend this to any beginner and also any player looking for a fun time. I hope your children, however many there may be, one day enjoy playing this hack that you made for them with love!
Serge Link
Amazing beginner hack! You can tell a lot of love was put into it... and that's what this hack makes you feel. I will be recommending this to anyone who is new to kaizo smw! Great job Chon.
twicepipes Link
What a fun hack, I had a really good time with this throughout. A lot of cool mixups on mostly vanilla stuff that I hadn't seen before. I also like how a lot of the setups felt good whether you one-cycled them or played more patiently. The only issue I had at all was visibility type stuff on one or two occasions where I couldn't tell that some foreground blocks weren't solid.
Neuromancer Link
Fun hack!
LightAligns Link
Very fun and creative hack! Definitely added to my list to recommend to those starting out in kaizo, or those who are more experienced and want an enjoyable break from a grind!
Retr0_Dave Link
Amazing hack!! Thank you for making it! Also for those interested, I’m moderating the leaderboard, so get your runs in!!

https://www.speedrun.com/love_yourself
AdeliahSunshine Link
Awesome hack, enjoyable. Thanks to Chondontore to let me playtest it!
neidoodle Link
I guess "wholesome" is the most accurate word to describe this hack. Well done!
mmmdoggy Link
Really fun beginner hack. Well done :D
 Fernap Link
Wow, what a fun little hack. Very beginner-friendly while still full of creativity. Definitely on my list of first-or-second hacks to play for new players. The last level was a really nice way to end it, too.
juzcook Link
This is an absolutely fantastic beginning hack with a lot of fresh ideas. Great work!
deporteed Link
that was honestly so great! fun and creative
super good job
GiraffeKiller Link
What a lovely, lovely hack. Found myself smiling at the very end, won't say what happens, but that was so unique and fun. Congrats on the newborn!
ScatmanJones49 Link
Good luck with the family man, it’s life changing