Tip: When determining a time limit, remember that players won't be as familiar with the level as you are. If you normally complete the level with around 100s left on the timer, others might run out of time on their first try.
Yea, you really should changethenameof the hack (And i forgot about SMW Returns 1 2 and EX), this name is overused.Hey i liked your Mario palette, level design hum.... i think you need improve, try filling those empty areas with lands or enemies, i'm pretty sure it should help.
Honestly, Mario games have never relied heavily on story, so I wouldn't worry too much about a story if you don't want to. Just focus on having fun and unique levels, and then a story can be come up with later.
For a newcomer, it's not bad, although this level is reminding me a lot of the original level 105 due to the way the objects and sprites were placed (especially that pipe with the piranha plant), as well as the sprite tileset...
I haven't seen it entirely to judge it as a whole, but if the design is very similar to that, I'd suggest taking out the things that are blatantly placed and make your own level.
As for the story, it's very vague right now, honestly. :/ But I assume it's not final.
Your dirt seems too dark in contrast with the grass IMO. Also your level looks kinda flat and it doesn't have many options to explore. I suggest adding more hills and multiple pathways to make it less linear.
Looks better now, although as said above it looks kinda flat this time. Try to mess up with the design a bit by adding multiple pathways and maybe hard-to-find secrets, like a 3-up moon. A normal level generally has a lot of ways to explore and hide things on the places I least expect to.
Also, if you ask me I like your way of designing so far, it just needs to be less flat and not have levels that look like they were blatantly edited from the original game.
What patches, Custom blocks, Custom sprites, etc. should I add to this hack? What do you recommend?
try to use the asar tool for add patches
That's not really what he was asking. He was asking which things we think he should add.
Anyway, it's hard for us to tell you what you should add. It's your hack, so you have the best idea of what you want it to be. If you really want to add things, just go browse the sections, and see if you find anything interesting. If you think you can build an interesting, fun level around it, go for it.