Thanks for the heads up on SMB3 extended, that looks like an amazing piece of work.
*True, the Metroid hacks I was referring to do have lua's if you use them on an emulator, but you don't have to use them. I've used Metroid Mother fine on my powerpak
*As far as I'm concerned SMB Special is better by default because that was the console SMB was designed for. I tried playing the original on a PC88 emulator and I game up in disgust. I say beautiful because.....well you have to sift through a lot of Mario hacks to find one that you like, this hack is unique as its based on professionally designed levels. I haven't played every SMB hack, never will be able to in a lifetime, I really enjoyed SMB Special on the NES, and I feel that's the best way to play it.
*Uninvited, yeah if you have a vintage Mac lying around knock yourself out, I was interpreting "definitive version" as the "best way to play a console game on the console" (or something like that.)
*Yeah, I forgot about that SMAS patch, I typed that all from memory. lol
*AST did star the BS mascots, the plot was that 6 years after Alttp, a new hero appears, and stuff happens. Link was thankfully put back in for the sake of the fans.