I like hacks which are just a tiny bit harder than the actual SMW.
So I'm more of a normal-hard player.
I like hard hacks too if the hack dont get frustrating with lack of checkpoints and extra lives from the designers part.
I honestly thought the kind of difficulty was of zero importance to me a few years ago, but I've been enjoying myself with medium to hard hacks as of lately [not counting the obvious kaizo] this time around. Of course that's only if they are challenging enough.
Hard, bc I find those hacks to be emblematic of what I look for not only in SMW since I beat SMW a few times and would like a fun challenge that has fair difficulty and gimmick memorability... also because that same challenge to me I would have the satisfaction of earning my victory through my own skill at the game, which to me is the point of video games and why they exist.
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I can play every difficulty, but I like kaizo: light most. I love challenges and kaizo tricks. Kaizo: light is easy enough to be beaten without any tools and whenever I want a real challenge without savestate abuse, there's nothing better than kaizo: light hacks so long as they're done right.Why do America and the rest of the world have to use different 7 Up logos?
In my younger days when I had more time and didn't mind savescumming if I felt like it, I'd play on any difficulty, including the hardest ones. More recently however, I have to be a basic bitch and go with the easy/medium difficulties simply because it's rare I have the patience anymore for something too much more difficult than that.
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Although I don't play that many hacks, I have a preference on more a moderate difficulty (with the one or another challange sprinkled on it) as similar to S.N.N., I use them to relax and hard hacks only when I feel like it (e.g. if the level design is good).
Sometimes, a high difficulty (generally very hard but also hard sometimes) can lead to a frustration (artificual difficulty comes to my mind) so that beating a (very) hard level doesn't give you a sense of acomplishment and more like that the chaos is over. Of course, if done right, like you have an awesome boss battle as a prize, then you're more likely to have the former feeling but please, don't make hacks more difficult than they should be!
Hard through Kaizo light. Hard provide the challenge I want for an easy sit down experience with the game holding my hand. And i am not good enough yet to play the harder kazio hacks. I just found out about rom hacks a month or so ago, so I'm sure that will change in time