It's been a long time since I've been able to even look at Lunar Magic ever since my life has gotten so busy. The friend I had working on this with me lives in another state nowadays. Adult life is real, so I am officially cancelling this long forgotten project. Yeah, I'm one of those hackers now. haha In case anyone is interested, I am going to put up the latest build for download, and explain what my idea was in concept and story! The hack is open and anyone may use the resources. If anybody were to continue it, I'd gleefully let them do so.
Download the Final Build Here
Be sure to check every level! There's some fun design and themes, as well as some weird experiments. The rom also works on a real SNES, which I play every so often. Please play it, use the resources, and let me know what you think. I'm still curious after all this time, and I'd love to hear what you guys think of my old project.
The games core concept and inspiration is mentioned in the original post, so I'll just explain my idea for the story. Or, at least what I remember of it.
At the beginning you were to replay the ghost ship level from Super Mario World (with updated graphics). Once you reach the Goal Point Sphere, rather than ending the level, there would be visions of the new villain in this hack, an Obsidian Castle, and Mario would awake in his bed from the nightmare.
Mario has been having the same nightmare for weeks now, and you find out Mario still has the sphere from that ghost ship. He wishes to find the Obsidian Castle with the Orb to get more answers.
Mario finds the Obsidian Castle. There he learns that there are more of these orbs, and they can be found on other crashed Doomships not far from Dinosaur Land. Turns out Bowser and the Koopalings were collecting the orbs, and the boos crashed these ships to protect the orbs. Bowser was going to use them to bring back the "King of Ghosts" (I forgot the name I gave him). Mario must find and return these orbs to the Obsidian Castle to be sealed away.
The "King of Ghosts" Concept
Each crashed Doomship was to be sort of the "castles" of the hack. One encased in ice maybe, another suspended in the air in pieces by Boo magic or something. There would be a fight with this "King of Ghosts" in the undeworld once all of the Orbs were collected. I forget why, but it my head it sounded cool. I suppose this is all I can recollect!
Please enjoy! I apologize to anyone who looked forward to playing a finished product.
- 3+World (Cancelled - Download Available)
- Super Mario World Beta (2009)