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Projects => Super Mario War => Topic started by: SsF on May 21, 2019, 06:00:28 PM

Title: SMW in 2019, Where Do We Go From Here?
Post by: SsF on May 21, 2019, 06:00:28 PM
Super Mario War's latest update came out in 2009. It has been almost 10 years now since changes have been made to the game.

Certainly, we've tried doing other things. Archives of which still exist throughout this forum.

In the last few months, we've been discussing the possibility of reviving SMW, adding needed features for a game in this age, and giving it needed updates to continue being the excellent, if simple, game that it is.

As it stands, we have a small group of people who are interested in making this work, from discussions in our Discord. Below is a simple plan for proposed changes to get this game back out into the world:

networking skeleton of classic is highest priority (players moving around and stomping other players). after that is set up we can worry about adding items, interactable tiles, etc
- initially will start with 1.8 and try to strip features for networking, if that fails we will go back to 1.6 since it has fewer moving parts and work up from there re-adding

once networking works out we redesign the graphics so nintendo doesn't breathe down our necks. the current popular theming is toys
- keeping the 16-bit snes aesthetic
- keep it simple, stupid. no new graphical features or anything
- tileset should keep old mario war tileset in consideration for map preservation
- we keep the stock smw assets (0smw, tileset, goombas etc) as an optional skin pack and also release it separate from the main game

We welcome and even request support and help in this endeavor. Currently only one of us has shown particular interest in doing the code for this, and the job of going through the old code and making sense of it - even before making changes to it - is daunting. We want to have major discussion in the Discord as well as in the forum, so that we have an archive of discussion and decisions made that we can look back at for reference as we move forward.

I would like this thread to be a location for discussion on what we can, should, and should not do to get this game back off the ground. For more collaboration and a spot to go over the details of things, I recommend joining the 72dpiarmy discord, which is located here: https://discord.gg/SC4uXQB
Title: Re: SMW in 2019, Where Do We Go From Here?
Post by: TheDream64 on May 21, 2019, 06:02:14 PM
Nice  :)  :)  :)
Title: Re: SMW in 2019, Where Do We Go From Here?
Post by: Hinatediz on May 21, 2019, 08:18:56 PM
Wonderful, I've been rusty with modding and content creation, I will give it a chance now that SMW reboots to an original ip, opening the possibilities of official console portings. I would like to contribute with skins and some other graphics.