Okay, so true story.
There once was this guy, this weird gross furry, who liked lions a lot. He was wandering through the database of this guy, Zandro, I believe his name was? He was going through Zandro's database, specifically the Japanese section. He runs into this weird hack called "SUPER". "SUPER, what the fuck kinda name is that?" but then ya boy notices that it was made by somewhat known Japanese romhacker wagokoro, also known as wa_. So naturally he's like "Wait, Wagokoro made a hack?" and he downloads the hack. Upon witnessing the galaxy brained nonsense going on with the hack, the dude's like "Yo, I gotta Tell People about this.", so he went to translate it to the best of his abilities.
And people played it.
They knew not what past sins they've reaped that were best left forgotten.
Fast forward to today, a much better translation has been done by someone who is actually fluent at speaking Japanese, with the help of two good boys online.
Oh yeah btw, that furry? That was me. I'm sorry for this LP even happening.
SUPER is a comedic, very hard, at times kaizo-light, hack made by Wagokoro in like the early 2010s? Its entire design ethos is basically "what is the funniest, stupidest gimmick slash mechanic slash enemy slash concept for a stage and how can I make it hinder the player".
Stage 1? Hammer Bros in cramped hallways. Stage 2? Bullet Bills that swerve to hit Mario when he's underneath them and ones that explode when they hit something. Yellow Switch? A fake out P-Switch puzzle. Stage 3? A waste treatment facility with crumbling, rotting floor followed by blocks full of trash you have to incinerate to make your way through. (rao if you spoil yourself any of these I will Find You)
It's the kind of hack that a lot of aspiring hackers would do good to take inspiration from in their own endeavors (they don't need to make trap stages like this one though).
It was basically lost forever until Zandro got a hold of it somehow, probably through fullsets. I think it was posted in Kaizou Mario Uploader X? Next time you act like pirating from Nintendo should be made a felony, think about what ROMs have done for you in your day to day basis.
Compare it to say, Hyper Mari World 6 (Hyper VI, if you'd rather) and its player-hostile level design. While in Hyper it was a case of Haimari not having a very good grasp on what makes game design work outside of "How do I punish the player the hardest", SUPER essentially turns Mario into a series of gotcha traps that are actually well designed, clever and quite funny, all in a Mario context. It's assholish and rude, but it's a fun assholish and rude.
It's also much shorter, three levels a world, sometimes a switch, for like 7 worlds.
The dialogue is necessary for the brunt of the humor (and understanding how stuff works), so a translation was needed either way. I hope you all enjoy this hot mess, and I hope Samuel has fun self-flagellating himself with this masterpiece. Just don't forget!
The strong have no need for mere pause buttons.
1. the level with the hammer bros and the yellow switch
- Stuff Nobody Cares About (With Bonus!)
- Cramped Plains
- Just Your Regular Old Garbage Switch
- Sunset Lake
- Waste Processing Castle
- The Cliff Where All You Do Is Climb
- "Hurry!? Exciting "Hit That Switch!!"-esque
- Revolving Platforms and Flying Faces
- That Random Cliche: "Forest = Bog"
- Collection of Scrapped Ideas (cw: Haimari tier bullshit)
- Infuriating Tower
- Slippery Sky World
- ON-OFF Sky Athletic
- Sky Labyrinth Castle
- Fugu Sashimi
- Key Protection with Auto-Scroll
- Hot Current Cold Current
- Chocolate Cast1e
- Windy Cave
- Bullet Hell! (No it's not)
- Lava Cave (cw: bad)
- So Much Podobooing
- Rest Area
- That Lovable Mr. Tank
- That Admirable Ms. Airship
- Castloli: act I of II
- Castloli: act II of II
- You're Gonna Need All Four Switches
- Uninspiring Ending
I advise keeping raocow in the dark about the levels as much as possible, for maximum hilarity. If you've watched any streams of this or videos, please refrain from spoiling the upcoming stages.
If you must talk about them, please do so behind spoilers. This is final.