This has been a long time coming.
I originally came up with the idea for this hack in the summer of 2013 when I had to read a book about Greek mythology over the summer, but the past 10 years of my life have been so insane that I didn't have the ability or energy to make this hack. Thankfully, my life has progressed to a much better place in recent times so I've decided to make the hack I've always dreamed of making.
This is going to be a hard kaizo hack that requires stuff like savestates and slowdown to proceed like many of the hacks that inspired me to make this (Cool or Cruel, the Mario Must Die series, anything by TheAbuseFreakHacker, etc), but blended with ideas from more modern takes on Kaizo like Invictus and Send Your Regrets To The Czar to make it more fun and less tedious. As of now I plan for this hack to have 15 levels, 4 switch palaces, an intro stage, and there will most likely be easter eggs sprinkled throughout.
I've spent a lot of time preparing the baserom so I don't have a ton of stuff to show off but I have enough that I think a thread is warranted.
My idea for the intro stage was inspired by the intro stage to Mega Man X, in that it serves as a tutorial level by way of letting you experience the game and it's mechanics rather than overly explaining things. I also wanted to give the level an atmospheric and trippy atmosphere, both by way of the color palette and also the music I chose for this level.
For the first stage I don't have a particular theme in mind at the moment, but this stage is largely gonna be focused on general platforming and avoiding obstacles.
Beyond this all I have is the palette I came up with for the first underwater level of the hack:
That's all I have for now, but I'll be updating this thread frequently with updates.