Originally posted by aj6666
If you are going to introduce Lakitu, I'd advise you to use a fishing lakitu, so he won't be too annoying, but don't put him at the begining of the level because the players will start farming 1-ups if you do. Also, since you will be using a lot of pipes in this level, maybe you should introduce the pipe lakitus as well.
Why not simply edit the sprite so Lakitu carries a red Mushroom rather than a 1-up?
Also, I find forcing the player to deal with spinies in a confined space to be a rather interesting gimmick (such as requiring the player to be temporarily sealed in a one-screen wide area by a P-switch, while the Lakitu continues to toss Spinies). However, that's certainly too difficult for World 1.