Only til the many, many ExGFX submissions I had get posted on this site. I've got way too much going on with websites and Mario's Nightmare Quest to post here regularly.
Talking of which... yeah, may as well post it here. Mario's Nightmare Quest. That game you may have seen talked about on the GCN, ROM Hacking.net, raocow's forum, Fusion Gameworks and my own site. It's a very interesting hack...
Mario's Nightmare Quest
[Involves Mario being trapped in a strange world after travelling back home after an adventure. It's why it doesn't take place in the normal Mushroom Kingdom]
Information and Screenshots
Mario starts off walking through the Mushroom Kingdom, in an area free of enemies and with Toads and other NPCs teaching him the controls. It's a new twist on level C5, by actually making it into a proper intro level.
You then end up in the mysterious land. It's kind of surreal at times, but the name of the game should give you a pretty big hint to why that is.
Either way, this world is split into five worlds you can play at any time; the Grasslands, the Foothills, Snowy Mountains, Tropics Beach and Remilitarized Zone.
Have a few pictures of levels from each of these worlds:
Bonus 1: Space Station
Yeah, random. But this doesn't have a space world, strange as that may be.
Secret Level: Aftermath
Nuclear meltdown themed post apocalyptic. Tiles from some Jazz Jackrabbit resources site I can't remember the name of.
Then, the game splits off again, into five new worlds. These are more fancy than the first five, and each one is unlocked after you beat one of the first five worlds on the main map. Kind of like how Romancing Mario works, to a degree.
Once that's done, you get to try the last world, which will have the final levels and boss. These are more challenging.
So that's that. Interestingly:
1. This game is designed to be fairly easy, since I'm getting sick of all these ridiculously hard hacks and fan games, even those that don't mean to be.
2. There are no homing bullets, n00b bosses or Koopa Elites.
3. Peach, Bowser and the Koopalings do not appear at all.
4. Gameplay is mostly Mario based, with very few crossovers and even fewer gimmick mechanics (so no Touhou references, Ponies, mine carts or Brutal Mario style bosses from games outside the Mario universe).
5. The secret levels are often holiday based, with world 2's being a haunted house with a halloween feel and world 3's being Christmas based.
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As for Mario's Nightmare Quest? Well, it's currently on Fusion Gameworks, ROM Hacking.net or the GCN at the moment.