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I want to get into playing SMW ROM hacks. Which ones should I start with?
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I just downloaded SNES9x and played through the first world of SMW just to see how it would perform, and I wasn't disappointed. It actually feels nice to play on a keyboard, since you only really need the arrow keys and the three keys corresponding to run, jump, and spin-jump. I've already 100% completed SMW on official Nintendo hardware, so I have no reason to play further. I now want to play some ROM hacks. I'd love it if someone recommended some hacks for me to start out with.
personally I think JUMP and JUMP1/2 are the best hacks of the modern age. long + packed with weird impressive stuff. dunno if they are the best starting place per se (the latter is easier than the formal btw) but i'm not sure what else there would be since a lot of "classic" hacks aren't really that great.

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I think so 2 mice walk in to a bar might be a good choice. Extremely organized level design. Difficulty might be a bit of a pain, though.

New Super Mario World 2: Around the World may be another good choice too, I love the variety.
i'd recommend you:

The Vanilla Level Design Contest series (vldc 7, 8 n 9)

The New Super Mario World series (NSMW 1 n 2)

JUMP series (JUMP n JUMP 1/2)
Since you're just starting out, I think besides what people already recommended (especially JUMP½), I believe some of the Super SIG World hacks could be good too, they're really basic, but I imagine that'd be good for a beginner.
(Although they do have a weird order that is recommended to be followed, which you can check out here).

Panic in the Mushroom Kingdom is also a fairly fun and simple hack from back in the day, and an interesting time capsule of older SMW hacking.
(Although it's definitely NSFW, so beware of that, if it bothers you).

Mario Wants His Lemonade is another one good for beginners, being easy and short.

I'd say that's all I have to really recommend safely, since my tastes lie within stuff that's a bit too hard, old and experimental/weird for beginners to play comfortably and may not be great first impressions.

After you get a good grasp of hacks, I suggest looking for things on your own, both new and old, vanilla and chocolate, easy and hard, action and puzzle, etc., just to learn more about different styles and eventually also find your favorites.

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Gotta say a lot has changed regarding the kind of hacks recommended to newcomers to play.

If this was asked in 2007-2008, Brutal Mario, PITMK, TSRPR, Return to Dinosaur Land, Bowser's Return, and Pac's smw hacks to name a few would have been recommended. Out of all that during that time, Brutal Mario would be a hack id recommend to start out with to see how much of a "wow" factor it has with its ASM while TSRPR and Return to Dinosaur Land for its solid level design.

2009-2016 - Super Mario Omega, Mario Gives Up 1 and 2, Unknown and Kaos Islands, Back to the Classics, SMW2+3 The Essence Star, The Tale of Elementia, A Strange Mission, Golden Yoshi's Hack series, and a large portion of Gamma V's hacks were made are notable hacks made in this period. A Strange Mission, Super Mario Omega, and the first 2 Mario Gives Up games do hold up to this day.

Now, its the JUMP hacks, stick mice, and 2mice.

As for Japanese hacks outside of Brutal Mario, look at the SIG World hacks, SMW Yeah!, and Super Mario Original.

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Truthfully, outside of the stuff everyone already added, I'd have to look up smwdb (at my phone, watching tv). I will add 3000 Leagues in Search of Bowser. Easy hack, very much inspired by the modern 3d Marios with a dash of Yoshi and Goemon.

Horikawa's translation is mostly decent too.


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If your'e looking for something that looks more like a traditional Mario adventure made by Nintendo, I can definetely sugest you Gamma V's hacks:
- Kamek Island
- Bowser's Cataclismic Trap
- Kola Kingdom Quest
- Mario is Missing: Done Right!
- Super Mario Land 3: Tatanga's Return
- Super Luigi Land
- Super MArio Bros 5 Reborn
- Mario wants his limonade
- SMW Oiram's Invasion

Also these hacks below are not made by her, but are also close to
what Nintendo usually do in their Mario games.

- Another Mario World 2: Luigi's Mission
- Return to Dinosaur Land
- SMW The Secret of the 7 Golden Statues
- New Super Mario World The 12 Magical orbs

You can also search for hacks with the normal dificulty on the SMW Hacks section and pick whatever hack you feel interest into, you can filter them by dificulty there too if you wish.
I just recomend that you stay away from kaizo hacks if you dont have the skill yet or you might rage and get frustrated on them even using save states xd
The Second Reality Project Reloaded 1 and 2 are Certified SMW Classics. I recommend them a lot to start.

If you want something more like what Nintendo does then you should try one of the hacks made by Gamma V.

A more personal recommendation from me is A Strange Mission, if you want a taste of the crazy stuff this community does (Brutal Mario is also a classic but I don't think it aged very well).
I think the New Super Mario World 1: The Twelve Magic Orbs is a great one, it has everything I like in a long mario hack, plus the new powerups, the only down side would be that after world 9 things start to get a bit too hard
Second reality project reloaded should always be the first hack newbies play.
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