Altered the OP quite a bit but it's just the text. Hopefully that makes things more cohesive. It also has a list of things I have left to do, and things I would like help with that are beyond my skill level. It's mostly things that aren't important though.
I think that if people are voting based on this comparison alone, then the votes will likely favor black outlines. However, if you were to compare the black outline Mario to the image that Triforce posted giving Mario darker brown for contrast, then I think it would be a much closer race (while also being more indicative of your actual intent).
It looks like the dark colored outlines are winning in the poll by a landslide anyway
Which is good because it means I can start working sooner rather than later.
I don't think that's going to be technically possible, but since there are two different Bowser fights in the SMB3 final level it would be cool if you could fight caped and uncaped Bowser depending on which room you fight him.
The shuffling around of kings to different worlds is something I really don't like at all and think that's going to far and has no basis in artworks as far as I know.
There's likely going to be some changes made that some people might not be happy with, sorry, but the kings are such a small part of the game, so I hope it won't prevent you from playing.
As for the Bowser thing, I would have no idea how to do that, but if I could, I think this is a "one or the other" situation.
There are two rooms that are distinct from one another where bowser has the final fight... one accesible above and one below.
Is it possible to have both incarnations? And if so... should you use the cape may I suggest using another color for the cape? If you use color theory a dark blue might be more fitting. Or grey even.
As I said, I wouldn't know how and I think it should be one or the other anyway. But if I WAS to use the caped Bowser, I think maybe grey would be a good idea... it would be consistent with the caped Bowser Easter Egg I'm planning in the portraits of Bowser's Castle:
I have to say, that redrawn Bowser is a perfect improvement on the original without losing anything in the process. Really well done! That being said... that purple cape looks AWESOME and it sticks more closely to the point of this particular hack. Are you going to make some optional patches for things like that?
Perhaps. More people seem to like the caped Bowser than I expected so I might just make it the default. I'd need to make the sideways facing sprite look better... almost time for another poll I suppose. I want to avoid having to make too many "optional patches" by the time the final version is ready.
You can just change the sprite assembly index values to easily switch the kings around:
; king sprite assembly indexes
org $21F3B8 ; 0x10F3B8
db $00 ; world 1
db $08 ; world 2
db $10 ; world 3
db $18 ; world 4
db $20 ; world 5
db $28 ; world 6
db $30 ; world 7
I'll be starting work on converting your graphical changes into a build script with support for SMAS and SMAS+W today. I was going to start the other day, but wasn't feeling good, so that caused a delay.
Sorry for my ignorance, but I haven't really done this kind of thing before. Do I just copy paste this into notepad, swap the numbers at world 6 and 7, and save it in the code folder?
The GBA version actually rewrote that final line to be closer to the original. Maybe the retranslated line could be backported?
Super Mario Bros. 3
pocket ... you value restoring the original Japanese dialogues of the Famicom version.
- No joke -
The Japanese SMB3 features a more serious Princess Toadstool. In the original Japanese version, Princess Toadstool originally said, "Thank you! Finally, peace returns to the Mushroom World. The end!"
USA version ( heavy joke )
Japanese version ( original )
"Thank you! Finally, peace returns to the Mushroom World. The end!"
All I can do is alter existing graphics, I don't have a good understanding of how to do anything beyond that. If someone else wants to volunteer alter the text before the final version is released, I'm all for it. ( I also need someone to change Clawgrip's name in the end credit's sequence. )