So, I still don't have a demo, but I have the next best thing. My goal has always been to make something completely different from all existing Mario hacks. One thing in particular that I've always wanted to do was what everyone called impossible...
All hacks so far either have just one playable character, or if you choose two-player mode, they alternate. But where's the fun in that? You already know I somewhat circumvented this by introducing Lucian, but I wanted to go a little further.
So I looked around at a few other games to see how they did it. And a certain series caught my eye. The series that used to be competing with Mario...
I looked at how they did it, and then it hit me. That game also had two main characters, but the way it was handled was much different.
So I decided to copy them.
If you still don't know what I mean, then let me spell it out for you...
TWO PLAYER CO-OP!
No, this is not a joke. There's an entirely new character that you can summon at any time just by pressing start on the second controller. Completely new physics and attacks, and though he may be hard to control at first, he can make your job much easier.
He can double-jump, shoot fire, and fit through small passages, as well as some other things that you'll have to figure out on your own. If you don't have a second controller (or someone to co-op with), it's not a problem - in certain stages, you can find a badge that will make him automatically follow you, and you can simply use select to switch between the two characters.
But enough with the text. You just want to see it in action, right? Well, here you go. I use "one-player mode" (switching with select) for the first half, then co-op for the second half.
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Ignore the strange video glitch at the end.
I'm not going to release the two-player mode as a separate patch, because it would be almost useless - you'd still have to code your own character, and there's a lot of things that are only usable with my current setup. Sorry about that, but that doesn't make this any less fun, does it?Unexpected end tag (</embed>) at 2040, expected </center>