If it's not Kaizo, why is Kaizo in the title? Well, it has to do with a meta-ish plot I came up with in the shower when considering what kind of hack to use my OWDC entry for. After all, almost all my level contest entries have ended up in hacks, so why not an Overworld? Gotta love shower thoughts, right?
What IS the plot? It involves Bowser and the Koopalings stealing the wands of the 7 Guardians, each of whom will be based on a veteran of SMWC. He plans to use said wands to turn the Mushroom Kingdom into a Kaizo World. It's up to Mario (and Luigi) to stop them before everyone gets eaten by Floating Munchers!
Since this hack's Overworld is my OWDC entry, I won't be showing screens of that.
Here's the title screen. The gradient in those clouds is not actual HDMA. There's already UberASM active to hide Mario after all. Yes, I know how to make multiple UberASMs run in a level and how to stop gradients from disappearing when the menu is brought up. I might even use that ASM that fades the screen to black when the menu is pulled up. That Title Screen is pretty busy after all.
1-1 - Here We Go Again
Well, I'm out to have a real good time...
I've been on a GFXing spree lately, so a lot of my newest graphical creations are going to be in this hack.
1-2 - Green Grass of Home
I've wanted to do this particular Message Box reskin for a while now. It just seemed so appropriate given Teletraan X's color scheme. Getting all the details into a 16x16 space was a bit harder than anticipated though.
Yoshi Coins can come out of blocks. This isn't anything new for me, as I've been doing it since 2014. EternityLarva's block just makes it look more refined.
Gemma T's Pitstop
These are the hack's version of Toad Houses. Gemma T is one of the Guardians, and she's also an Author Avatar. To be fair, I did say the Guardians would be based on SMWC veterans, and I've been here for over a decade.
1-3 - Earthy Caverns
Here's the semi-obligatory underground level in the grass world. It's named after the song that plays in it, which the composer is actually in the process of remastering.
What's that robot-looking thing in the corner? It's a collectible Transformer. This was not an easy thing to implement, especially for someone with very little ASM experience. I wanted to do it so bad though, both because there's a precedent in Essence Star's collectible Character Cards, and because I love me some Transformers. So does Gemma T, naturally.
The Collection Room
Perhaps you wanted to know what was behind that door in Gemma T's first Pitstop...or you wanted to know what happens to the Transformers after you collect them. Well, this is where they end up. As you collect the figures scattered throughout the hack, they'll appear on these shelves.
Pressing UP in front of a figure brings up a bio screen like this. So far, I have about half of these done (7/16).
1-S - Yellow Switch
Once again, Switches are in otherwise normal levels.
Seems like I always get a screenshot near a Venus. This is the level that introduces them.
Here's the Switch room itself. I might release this FG/BG.
1-4 - Goom-Bounce Garden
This level revolves around Pea Bouncers. Some are the original sprites. Others are blocks. The lightest colored blocks will only bounce sprites, like the Goombas. The medium-colored ones bounce both Mario and sprites, and the darkest ones are the original Pea Bouncer sprites.
1-F - Giga-Goomba's Fort
How cute! Some Goombas wanted to play Combiner...or maybe they found the Enigma of Combination. If so, it doesn't work quite as well on Goombas as it does Cybertronians. One stomp, and their "Combiner Mode" is disengaged. Then they're just puny little Goombas again.
That's a big Goomba! Is he from Gigantion? Doesn't matter. He goes squish just as easily as the normal-sized ones.
Goomba-Generating Pipes....but VERTICAL!
1-5 - Donut Walk Away
Yep, this level introduces Donut Lifts.
This second area also introduces the dreaded AUTO-SCROLL!
I probably should've gotten better screens of this level. These make it look kinda flat and boring, but it isn't.
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Quintesson Judge: Silence, or you will be held in contempt of this court!
Hot Rod: I have nothing but
contempt for this court!
- Transformers the Movie (1986)