YouTube is home to a number of excellent fan projects dedicated to classic gaming franchises, including plenty in honour of Nintendo. A particularly popular and short-live series from 2006 has now returned to join the ranks, and is already finding an audience.
Super Mario Bros. Z is a project from digital artist and sprite animator Mark Haynes (AKA: Alvin-Earthworm). It brings Sonic and some of the SEGA cast into the Mushroom Kingdom, with plenty of witty storytelling; below is Haynes' own summary.
Metal Sonic has gone rogue and turned against Dr. Robotnik. Fusing himself with all of the older Sonic robots to become a new super robot called Metallix. After nearly taking all the Chaos Emeralds, he goes on a genocidal spree in Mobius, killing nearly all the Sonic characters with the exception of Sonic and Shadow. Being hopelessly outmatched, Sonic and Shadow, in a last ditch effort, use their powers to teleport all the Chaos Emeralds to an alternate universe. That universe happens to be the Mushroom Kingdom. The Chaos Emeralds are scattered throughout the land and the combined forces of Sonic, Shadow, Mario, Luigi and Yoshi, must find them before Metallix gets to them.
The show has now returned with a full episode that's combined the first two into an improved package. Intriguingly, Haynes has also launched a Patreon page that has quickly amassed over 500 patrons and $5000 per episode. The only fuzzy area, perhaps, is that it's described as a "non-profit fan crossover movie project", and we're not sure how that applies when patronage is sought.
In any case it's a fun and accomplished animation show - check it out below and let us know what you think.
With thanks to Allav866 for the heads up.
I watched this series back in 2009 and I was blown away with his work
I'm glad he's back to do more, hey if the patreon donations keep rising then he could do this for a living
Oh man, it's been such a long time... Well not really, but still long enough for me to forget that was a thing.
Welp, to watching !
What year is this?!
I've known about this legendary series' return for a while now but I didn't know that the first episode's out! I'm watching this immediately!
Wow... this takes me back. Adding in the DBZ elements was a bit odd (especially all the "OMG SUPER SONIC / SUPER SAIYAN" and other loose similarities that people keep drawing between Sonic and DBZ), yet somehow... this worked.
I've waited years for this! Hope it catches up to the last series quickly.
Woah! I'm happy to hear he's back at this, I loved watching them back in the day.
Holy crap, this takes me back. How long's it been since the last episode? 6 years?
That was a great watch, never thought the series would be back. The animation improved a lot compared to when it first started and the visuals are nice too.
I remember when my cousin showed me these when they were new. We watched all that were available at the time. I didn't watch any after that day though.
Used to watch this when I was a kid. It gripped me then and it's gripping me now. There seemed to be a drastic decrease in the use of speed and effects but I think it'd coming into its own as a different style rather than a direct parody on DBZ.
Man I remember back in the days when this was still updated on Newgrounds. Far and beyond one of the best fanworks on the site. Can't wait to see the rest!
I remember discovering this show back in 2012. Glad I did!
He changed the Kart Race by a Smash tournament so it made it more action and also longer than the original.
I LOVED THIS SERIES! So glad to see it coming back!
Oh man, this brings back memories. I may just have to rewatch some of the more epic battles in the original series. It's been long enough!
I see there are more than a little Smash influences this time around. I like.
Oh the memories. I was kinda afraid to go back to the old videos because I was worried that it will be one of those things where it was made early video on the internet and by today's standards would look cringy so it being remade is awesome. (And this is well done animation). My major hope is he makes that minus world episode not as long. Also hopefully it actually ends this time .
oh wow! i never thought this would ever comeback, i watched all episodes 5 years ago, and thought it was a pretty good crossover of Mario, Sonic and DB. glad to see that there doing a reboot of it.
i do like the changes to this, pretty well done for a reboot too.
@dadajo He says he's cutting out the Minus World entirely.
How come I never knew about this awesome series? Even it it was cancelled for some years, I should have watched the series during the hiatus.
Well, I'm just glad I got to discover it (thanks so much, Nintendo Life). And just at the right time, too! The first episode was mindblowing! I especially liked the random sound effects, such as the Tom & Jerry effect, and Toadsworth's "yeye yeye blah blah!"
Oh man, I remember watching this when I was like 12! Been so long! So glad it's back.
This episode... Right here!!! Makes me anticipate the more epic fights to come!!! Like Axem Rangers and the awesome Airship battle with Basillixx!!
Also, I LOVE how they gave Hercule's voice to Rawk Hawk!
Oh wow, SMBZ was a huge part of my high school years, along with Harry Potter meets DBZ and the Pico games on Newgrounds. Glad to see it's returned to show these flash animators how it was done in my day XD
Waluigi and Wario are hilarious.
The nostalgia on this one. The cartoon style is fantastic and my favorite thing is that it fleshes out all my favorite characters.
I'm crying tears of awesome.
The pre-reboot SMBZ sadly ended on a cliffhanger, hopefully we'll get to see what happens next this time around. I would have hoped for a straightforward continuation, but this has proved to be worth the reboot.
A bit of a spoiler for you all: Fire Sonic. Mark my words. (Those who saw the first series know what I'm talking about.)
Meh, didn't think much of it.
This was nothing short of amazing. I was already enjoying the video enough as is, but then they threw that Goofie reference in there, which made it that much more enjoyable. Awesome job.
It's back! Yes!
So awesome. I loved this series back in the day. Good thing I actually started it a few years late so I wouldn't have to be waiting as long as everyone else did. That said I can hardly wait until 2018. Episode 2 here we come!
Oh yeah, the series I keep hearing things about, but never get to watching. Soon, though...
Whoah did not expect this! I loved this show back in the day! I just hope he doesn't get shut down with Nintendo's bigger emphasis on copyright and all, especially since he has a patreon for this. Honestly, as much as he deserves to have a patreon for something like this, it seems rather dangerous to me.
DUUUUUUUUUUDE, this series was the sh*t back in the day!!!
Glad to see it make it's triumphant return!
I remember watching this back in my high school days and loving every second of it. Although I am glad to see this series get back on its feet, I can't really get back to watching more of this series anymore nowadays due to life. Watching every episode, the last episode I've watched is 8 and I felt that the action blew my house open (I was THAT satisfied). Hopefully when I have the time, I'll watch the future episodes.
After watching this series, it makes me sad that we never got a proper Mario and Sonic game that isn't Olympics (I have nothing against the Mario & Sonic Olympic games) to this date. The closest to having that Mario & Sonic game would be Super Smash Bros series (after Melee) and Super Mario Maker.
The creator is a freelance designer. The money is probably so he can have more time to work on the series, because he is losing money for not doing a job he might get for spending time on this.
When it says non-profit, I'm sure is to cover the costs of his time, whereas making profit would mean he gets more money for doing this.
But he mentions that they will eventually get released when the time is right even if the funding is not complete, meaning he works on his free time on this.
Lol, I am really happy to hear that! I am fan of this series! GG!
SMBZ is great. Would be funny if they called the new one Super Mario Bro's Super.
Glad to see its back but honestly,
Call me when that cliffhanger is resolved
Oh my lord, I remember watching it all and being so sad when I was younger that it ended.
Oh yeah, loved the original. Glad to hear it's back!
This here is the only... fanfiction, if you will, that I'll let slide. It's too awesome not to!
There might not be Basilissx in the new version if I remember Alvin's comments correctly.
This is great. But I don't like that he removed the DBZ music from the opening and ending scenes.
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Hey guys (and anyone else) if you like Mario Bros. Z feel free to join this new forum dedicated to it and Anime and Gaming in general:
You all seem like nice people and this site has potential to grow into something special.
Hope to see you there!
@Jab187 I'll check it out in a moment.
One word to describe this whole episode, floored.
I didn't think he would even reboot this especially at this caliber but he did.
That's a long time ago! I believe I saw all episodes, except the last one. Will give this a shot someday, a pity though that its a reboot (from what I have heared) and not a continuation.
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