Welcome to Mario's 2 Ways 2 Victory (Mario's Two Ways to Victory, or M2W2V for short.)
This is a hack I started a long time ago to test out vanilla resources, which eventually turned out to be a full project. The hack has gone through various modifications since I started it, mostly because the first levels I made didn't match my current criteria on level design. I could have dropped this project a long time ago, but I wanted to have a complete hack and I didn't feel like starting a new one.
The story is a bit of a sequel to the original SMW. When Mario and Yoshi were leaving Dinosaur Land, their ship was attacked by Bowser and the princess was taken in the process. Now Mario and Yoshi have two ways to reach Bowser's castle: they can go through the regular way beating all the Koopalings one by one, or they can find the hidden stars in a mysterious land called the "Land of Magic" which will take them to Bowser's castle.
It's up to you to choose which way they should go. The former is easier but longer, and the latter is shorter but harder. You can also mix both ways.
Note: If you are going to play the hack in Zsnes, change the "per2exec=100" to "per2exec=150" in zsnes.cfg to avoid slowdowns. Other emulators should be fine.
I finally beat it! I got all exits with no save state! \o/
Amazing hack. One of the best hacks I've ever played. It is really very hard.
I spent between 2/3 hours to beat too many stages, including the four Bowser's towers.
In addition, this was my top4 stages where I spent the longest times to beat it.
01º: Bowser's Castle (E) = 11 hours
02º: Haunted Sea = 7 hours
03º: Last Defense Line = 7 hours
04º: Magic Base = 5 hours
great hack i am about to beat it my only complaint is world 7 and on ward to bowser world the levels just got stupid long for some reason.... Before that they were like justifiable lengths but it just felt like the ride never ended but still 5/5.
great hack, i know im not great at speaking of hack, but i had a blast, my only complaint was that every level needed AT LEAST 1 checkpoint, because it was sometimes stingy with them, other things were really great i want to give it 5/5