Yikes this thread is a ghost town.
I was exploring the Mario Fantasy tech demos last night for fun and I found some interesting stuff.
Not only do these graphics looks sick but if you'll notice, Romi used not only Layer 3 in this, but Layer 4 as well. Layer 3 didn't become a commonly used thing until earlier this decade and hardly anyone uses Layer 4, so to see both of them in use in a hack from 2008 is pretty cool.
Apparently there was supposed to be a Culex battle in Mario Fantasy. There's a full fledged cutscene in the hack but there's no real boss when the cutscene is over.
Just thought this was neat.
Pretty neat animation for an SMW hack. Sad this never got fleshed out into anything either.
Overall this hack looked to have been far ahead of it's time but sadly it never progressed past the alpha stage.