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Super Mario Bros. Z is a crossover web series created by Mark Haynes. As a reboot of the 2006 series of the same name, it features several major alterations to its writing and production. It was first announced in September 2015, with the first episode released to Patreon donators on January 5, 2016, and then 3 days later, publicly on January 8, 2016.

Not long after, Mark Haynes' Patreon was shut down by Nintendo, which eventually led to the series going into hiatus, with only the title card of the second episode being the only post regarding the series. With no official news in at least a year, Haynes appeared to have abandoned the project, though nothing official had been said relating to a cancellation. In September 2019, his Twitter account had also been deactivated, cutting off his main source of announcements.

Despite this, however, a new account was created in December 2019, where Mark stated that he wanted to continue the series, giving the series the potential to continue, bringing the series out of a four-year hiatus. [1] As of February 2nd, 2020, production of the second episode has begun. [2][3]

Episodes

# Name Description Character Debuts Public Release Date
0 Intro 1-6
Intro
The introduction and opening theme song to the series. While it does reveal many of the characters, it is inapplicable to the series. September 4, 2015
1 Ep1thumb
Fierce Battle Between Fierce Rivals
Mario competes against Wario in the final round of a Smash tourney, but Bowser and Kamek interfere in a takeover plot of the Mushroom Kingdom. At the dire peak of Mario's defeat, a mysterious capsule with two otherworldly heroes prompts Bowser's takedown. Metallix, Mario, Luigi, Wario, Waluigi, Rawk Hawk (cameo),Princess Peach, Toadsworth, Bowser, Kamek, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Shadow the Hedgehog. January 8, 2016
2 The New Threat Sonic and Shadow team up with Mario, Luigi and Yoshi to find the Chaos Emeralds. Yoshi Unknown.
3 Episode 3 Sonic's past is explored.

SynopsisEdit

Metallix Saga Edit

Metallix has arrived in the Mushroom Kingdom, searching for the Chaos Emeralds and wreaking havoc. Mario enlists the help of his brother Luigi, his friend Yoshi, and the strange new warriors from Mobius, Sonic and Shadow.

Smithy Saga Edit

Three years after the defeat of Metallix, Smithy has returned. Geno and Mallow are confirmed to be appearing.

Tentative Title Edit

Not much is known about this saga, besides that Rosalina is hinted to make an appearance.

Similarities to Dragon Ball Z and Other Works Edit

Episode 1 Edit

  • The Goomba-killing scene has returned but with a touch-up; Metallix enters the scene in a manner not unlike the Terminator, scanning his surroundings just like the android after finally arriving in the Mushroom Kingdom.
  • Several of Mario's attacks during the fight with Bowser reference other media, such as the Kamehameha-esque Fire Mario attack, a Metsu Shoryuken from Street Fighter, and the Hokuto Hyakuretsu-Ken from Fist of the North Star.

Trivia Edit

  • Alvin stated in 2013 about many changes he wanted to bring to the reboot such as replacing Mecha Sonic with Metallix, removing the Pipe Maze episode due to him deeming it filler, and removing Basilisx due to him merely hindering the progress of the plot.[4] Because Metallix is the new character in episode 1, these changes may be valid.
    • However he has since changed his mind about Basilix and has confirmed that he will appear in the Smithy Saga.[5]
  • Alvin considered changing the name of the reboot to "Super Mario Bros GT", "Super Mario Bros Z Kai", or "New Super Mario Bros Z", but had decided against it due to fan-made "resurrection" projects of the same names already existing.
  • Alvin may be debating whether to have Blaze the Cat as a character in the Smithy Saga.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. https://twitter.com/AlvinSmbz/status/1223019705465634816?s=09
  2. https://twitter.com/AlvinSmbz/status/1223793928878555137?s=19
  3. https://twitter.com/AlvinSmbz/status/1225400862924845060?s=19
  4. http://alvin-earthworm-smbz.deviantart.com/art/Sprite-animation-practice-SMBZ-ep-1-remake-405291459
  5. https://twitter.com/AlvinSmbz/status/1219467374694404101
  6. https://twitter.com/Alvin_Earthworm/status/676950583501307904 (deleted tweet)

Start a Discussion Discussions about Super Mario Bros. Z (2015 Series)

  • Rumored to be Cancelled?

    26 messages
    • MrBoss Slender wrote:It is Mark's unpleasant mistake, but I still do not understand why he gave up. There are still many people who would...
    • Sad that creating an animation is so horrible for him, but somehow, despite his "huge" depression, he is able to create levels in Ma...
  • Release Date for"The New Threat"??

    119 messages
    • Maybe there oughta be some original items/artifacts created exclusively for Super Smash Bros. Infinite.
    • We have gone off track. Closing this thread.
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