Yeah, Mario Adventure is great. I know I've recommended it in pretty much every one of these threads I've ever posted in. It seems that this one has gone more in the direction of suggesting great translation products, but I would like to do something a little different by recommending some Super Mario World hacks.
Recently I rediscovered the Super Mario World hack scene, it has been years and years since I have payed any attention to it. Since then, there have been great strides in the amount and depth of modified data and code in these hacks. Also, there has been a tremendous
increase in the number and quality of hacking tools, patches, and other resources that the community can use to build hacks for this game. I have been amazed.
Take a look at this page
I would like to highlight the following:An SMW Central Production - v1.5
My favorite out of the half-dozen or so that I have tried out so far. Over a hundred people contributed to this hack, it has over 115 unique music tracks, heavily modified, breathtaking graphics, and the level and world design are top-notch. It's a bit hard in places, but it feels quite satisfying to complete.English Translation of Brutal Mario
From a Japanese hacker. An unfinished project that shows off a lot of neat gimmicks and ASM coding tricks. There are better SMW hacks out there, but this one is still cool and part of SMW hacking history.The Second Reality Project Reloaded
A facelift of one of the very first full level hacks of SMW made with Lunar Magic. This version has original music and incredibly beautiful graphics. Apparently there are extra levels that weren't in the original. I almost gave up on it because the early levels seemed bland, but I'm definitely glad I stuck with it long enough to see the greatness of the 85% of the game that I almost missed out on. Exemplary level design.SMW2+3: The Essence Star
Made by Golden Yoshi, who made two excellent hacks of Yoshi's Island. This is part three of the series, and the level of quality is still very high. It has many unique things that you'd never expect to see in a SMW hack. The degree of difficulty is also more comfortable than many SMW hacks seem to be.Super Mario Bros. 3 X v2.5
It's like Super Mario Bros. 3 from the All-Stars compilation, but yet different. I think the author of this hack has a nice intuition for the art of level design. It was a pleasure to play through. It has an appropriate graphic aesthetic, a variety of music, and numerous ASM goodies.This thread might help if you are looking for more
Somehow I feel a bit apprehensive about posting links to that web site here. I hope it's OK. I think if it gets people to see these really nice hacks, it is certainly worth it.
Also, there are just sooo many great hacks, translations, utilities, documents, tutorials, discussions, and data about rom hacks and rom hacking that it is impossible to make a list that does the whole scene justice.
This is all an amazing success story for all the people who have contributed to the romhacking scene over the years.