Mario and Sonic return for a new sprite adventure in Super Mario Bros. Z
Super Mario Bros. Z was a sprite flash animation released by Alvin Earthworm released on April 22, 2006 on Newgrounds. In an era where many flash animators were trying to make a name for themselves through sprite animation shows such as Rise of the Mushroom Kingdom, Super Mario Bros. Z began as a humble crossover of characters from the Mario series and the Sonic series with heavy DragonBall Z influences. Over time, the show’s fanbase grew and grew and the series itself became a cult classic in internet culture. Many spinoff series drew inspiration and were created as a homage to the original, such as Mega Sonic Bros. AF, Mario and Sonic: Worlds in Danger, and New Super Mario Bros. Z.
In its original run, eight episodes were created and released with a ninth that was in-progress; however, Alvin had stated that he had started to grow tired of working on the episode and announced on March 26, 2012 that the series had been discontinued. However, fans of the series were determined to continue the legacy of the show and bring the show justice. Animators such as Krazzygamer3y2, who wanted to continue the series and add Megaman characters, and LDEJRuff, who titled his continuation Super Mario Bros. Z: resRXion, worked diligently to creatively continue the series on in the spirit of the seemingly discontinued show.
On October 5, 2013, Alvin had made a post stating that he had some interest rekindled in remaking the series after reacquiring Flash. He had also announced that if he was to continue working on the series, he was going to reboot the show from the beginning in order to fix some scenes that he felt were not to his liking as well as alter some plot points that he felt he did not want to use anymore.
Alvin eventually released an updated version of Episode 1’s opening sequence, but strongly emphasized that this video did not have any guarantee that he was remaking the series. All was silent for a while from the creator and some fans were beginning to wonder whether this was going to be just deflated hopes.
However, on September 4, 2015, Alvin released a new introduction to the series’ reboot, much to the exhuberation and joy of the show’s fanbase. After three years from the discontinuation announcement, the show was getting a proper reboot. On January 5, 2016, Alvin released the first episode to all his Patreon supporters and shortly afterward, on January 8th, the episode was released to the general public.
Rejoice, fans, for the heroes have returned with Sonic’s heroic optimism, Mario’s steeled resolve, Luigi’s comedic cowardice, and Shadow’s cynically pragmatic attitude.