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Super-Rival Saga Announcement: The Boys Are Back! :iconshadicstudios:ShadicStudios 16 3
SMBZ Ramble: Spin-Offs and Originality

Greetings everyone, how have you all been? Before I get started today, I'd just like to give my late congrats to Alvin Earthworm for reviving SMBZ. While I'm personally not the biggest fan of the series, it's good to see a lot of people are happy that it's back. I wish Alvin the best of luck with his series and I may check out an episode or two when they're done. Anyway, onto some controversy!
Today's little post is going to be both a PSA to the internet and a bit of a rant. This has been something that has been bugging for quite awhile and now I think this is the best time to address this. Do please try to keep an open mind when reading this. I'm not trying to start any arguments, call out Alvin/the quality of his series or anything of the sort. I'm actually trying to clear up some misconceptions the internet has created over the past few years in regards to "Super Mario Bros. Z". Debates are welcome after reading, let's just not bite each o
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Mario and Sonic: Super-Rival Saga Zone 1 Poster :iconshadicstudios:ShadicStudios 30 13 Super-Rival Saga Character Profile: Mario :iconshadicstudios:ShadicStudios 12 3 Super-Rival Saga Character Profile: Sonic :iconshadicstudios:ShadicStudios 10 0 Super-Rival Saga Character Profile: Luigi :iconshadicstudios:ShadicStudios 12 0 Super-Rival Saga Character Profile: Tails :iconshadicstudios:ShadicStudios 13 1 Super-Rival Saga Character Profile: Princess Peach :iconshadicstudios:ShadicStudios 14 1 Super-Rival Saga Character Profile: Dr. Eggman :iconshadicstudios:ShadicStudios 12 1 Super-Rival Saga Character Profile: Bowser :iconshadicstudios:ShadicStudios 12 0 Super-Rival Saga Ep. 3 Script Preview :iconshadicstudios:ShadicStudios 4 11 Bowser's Airship Fleet Sheet :iconshadicstudios:ShadicStudios 45 43 Super-Rival Saga Opening: ''Wings of Freedom'' :iconshadicstudios:ShadicStudios 10 8 Bowser's Inside Story - Giant Battle Intro Sprites :iconshadicstudios:ShadicStudios 51 3 Bowser's Inside Story: Bowseritis Sprites :iconshadicstudios:ShadicStudios 44 4 Bowser's Inside Story: Bowser's Castle Side View :iconshadicstudios:ShadicStudios 39 4


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Hey there everyone, hope you all had a great holiday season and hopefully 2016 has been kind to you all so far.  Anyway, let's get down to business!


I have some excellent news. With tax season finally here in America, I was finally able to file my W2 from my job and I'm getting back quite a bit more money than I was expecting. With it, I'll finally be able to upgrade this computer into one that can handle programs like Flash and Photoshop (and games) a lot better. According to the emails I've gotten, I should see the refund sometime this week, but it'll still be awhile before I can do anything animation wise. In short, I still have to order the computer parts I'd want to get, build the computer itself and transfer everything I have over to the new machine (little over 400GBs of stuff). Plus, making sure it works and everything. However, should the transition to the new machine go as smoothly as I hope, I can expect production on Episode 3 to go back into full swing around March.

UPDATE (2/13/2016): The new PC has arrived and has been built. Only need to get to a Wifi USB stick now and do the data transfer.  Can hopefully start production again before the end of the month.


Before anyone asks, no. I am not planning on introducing voice acting into the series. At least, not in the sense you maybe thinking. The main series itself will continue to be un-voiced, however, seeing going text-only in trailers is very hard to do, I am calling for actors and actresses for trailers for the series (and possibly some side videos I may come up with.)

At the current time, I'm only looking for an actor for Toadsworth, but characters like Bowser, Tails, Sonic, E. Gadd and Princess Peach will be open later down the road. Should you be interested in this, or know anyone that maybe interested, just send me a note and we'll go from there.


So I got tagged by :iconsoulhunter67: in one of those little question journals that tend to go around this website. For future reference, this will be the only one I'm doing. I am only answering the questions that were asked in the journal. I am not tagging anyone, nor am I making up my own questions. Should you wish to ask me something, just post a comment on this page or note me. I don't bite, I promise.

"1.) Who inspired you to start spriting? Who are currently your role models for spriting?"

I have stated in the past that Alvin Earthworm was one of my main driving forces behind starting to animate, but I also have to give major credit to the duo of araskin500/pthouse (who made Bowser's Kingdom and Smash Kingdom) and Bigfoot3290 (who made some hilarious, random Mario flashes back in the day). As for current role models, probably nobody. I don't exactly follow anyone anymore or watch other sprite animations.

"2.) What is your career, or what career do you plan on pursuing?"

Currently work at a local Grocery Store, but that's less of a "career" and more of a "day job". As for what I plan on doing with my life, not exactly sure. Gotta get back to school first.

3.) What is your favourite video game franchise? And who is your favourite video game character?"

In terms of nostalgia, it'd have to go to Sonic the Hedgehog. The blue blur was my first video game ever and has been with me for over 18 years. Even if his games aren't the best in the end, I still find myself getting hyped with each new game announced. If only SEGA would reveal the 25th anniversary game...

However, in terms of quality, it'd have to go to The Legend of Zelda. Every single game has given me an overall positive experience (except Skyward Sword) and I just want Zelda U info now. Come on, Nintendo!

"4.) If you won 1 million dollars, how would you use the money?"

Probably help my family pay off some debts and use what's left over to go back to school.

"5.) Are you happy with how your life is right now? What could make it better?"

Hey life, if you could make it so my Mom can get a kidney transplant this year, that would be great. Otherwise, things are alright at the moment.

"6.) What are your opinions on the sprite community? What do you like about it, and what problems do you think the sprite community needs to work on?"

I haven't exactly socialized with other spriters (be it artists or animators), so I can't exactly give my opinions on the community as a whole (although the few times I've tried to be social have been...unpleasant, to say the least). As for problems that can be fixed, well, that's an easy one.

Dear Fellow Sprite Animators: STOP putting all of your focus into how a battle looks and put more focus into making a somewhat decent story. Unless all you're making is a simple sprite battle video, give me something to follow. I want good stories, I want dialogue that I can quote, I want the characters to feel three-dimensional. Yeah, your battle scene is epic and looks pretty, but if the story is crap, my review is pretty much gonna be "it's a great looking piece of shit." Do not use your first draft of a story. Stories go through many, MANY changes in the writing process (that's half the fun of it) and your end result maybe completely different from what you started out with.

Fun fact: Super-Rival Saga was meant to be a sequel to "Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time" and involved Fawful resurrecting Cackletta. It also had Shadow instead of Tails. The current story of Super-Rival Saga is nothing like what I had originally came up with.  Start with a concept, get a first draft, get friend's opinions on it, let it simmer for awhile, change around things that wouldn't make sense, make a second draft and keep repeating until you get something you think is ready to be written. Writing a good story takes time, yes, but it'll all be worth it in the end.

Here's another thing, stop making DBZ-Style, fast paced battles. Add some variety to your fight scenes. DBZ-Style fights have gotten boring to watch, they're extremely easy to animate and it's a little ridiculous to see a character like Link or Bowser doing stuff like that. If you want it to be funny, go for it, but if you want me to take a fight seriously, make the characters move like they actually would. Also focus on trimming the fat in fight scenes. A standard fight scene that goes on for 5-10 minutes gets boring after awhile. You usually want to save those for the climax of your story, not in the middle. Finally, make sure there's enough quiet time in between fights, otherwise you'll wear your viewer out.

The last thing that needs to be fixed is for everyone to stop using the stupid "It's my series, so I do what I want" defense against criticism. This counter-arguement is extremely weak, childish and is telling me that you do not care to improve yourself. I am very blunt when it comes to judging stuff, I don't pull any punches, but I don't flat-out insult someone, say what they made is complete garbage or just act like a typical asshole on the internet. I offer advice on trying to improve the next time around, things I personally think that can be improved. I believe everyone has the talent to make something amazing, but it will take people pointing out flaws in your work. Embrace those people that offer constructive criticism to you, don't argue with them.

"7.) List your top 5 favourite sprite animators."

Don't watch any, NEXT!

8.) What is your greatest achievement in your spriting career so far?

Actually making one. I talked with my friends for years that I was gonna make one before actually doing it.

"9.) What are you looking forward to this year?"

Give me Zelda U Info, Nintendo. Please. But besides that, Sonic's 25th anniversary game, FFIX FINALLY coming to Steam, Ace Attorney 6 and the Ace Attorney anime. There will probably be more stuff throughout the year that I get hyped for, but those are the ones I want the most right now.

"10.) What are your goals this year? If possible, list at least one related to sprites."

Real life goals being going back to school and getting my driver's license. Spriting wise, I want to finish Episode 3 of Super-Rival Saga and finally move on with the series. Hopefully I'll be able to finish Episode 4 as well and wrap up Bowser's arc.

That's all for now. If you guys have any questions, feel free to ask.  Until next time.


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HeiseiGoji91 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2017  Hobbyist Filmographer
Happy Birthday! :D
DarkKyu09 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2017
Happy Birthday!
scott910 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy Birthday!
Toad900 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2017  Student General Artist
Happy B-day! Again! XD
SoulHunter67 Featured By Owner May 2, 2016  Hobbyist Filmographer
Hey, I'm pretty sure you are aware that sprite series like Super Mario Bros Z and Super Mario Bros Heroes of the Stars are getting translated into different languages like Spanish. Would you be okay if someone translated your series into a different language? I'm not asking this because I plan on translating your series anytime soon, but just out of sheer curiosity.
MyPicts Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Look who's back, back again!
IanSit Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2016
From the looks of your animations, you use vcam. Right?
ShadicStudios Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2016
That I do.
IanSit Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2016
Well...where did you get the sprites of tails?
SoulHunter67 Featured By Owner Edited Mar 22, 2016  Hobbyist Filmographer
Happy birthday man! I could tell that things have been rough on you for a while, like having your computer go kaput. I hope things are resolved or getting resolved, and I can't wait for the future content of your series! So once again, happy birthday, and have a good one!
Darkshoethephoenix Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2016
Happy Birthday. :D :cake:
Toad900 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2016  Student General Artist
Happy B-day! :D
scott910 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy Birthday
Cpninjagrrl Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2016  Student Filmographer
So, I just found your series, and I have to say.. I was damn near blown away. I came in, admittedly not really expecting a whole lot. I've not seen a lot of satisfying, fun sprite-based animation series in the past, but this? This satisfied a long-dormant itch- an itch for a crossover of this caliber.

I really absolutely adore the AlphaDream-in-spirit comedy, the fantastic action scenes, the spritework and animation work, and the whole setup itself! I found myself totally glued to it as I watched both episode 1 and 2 in one go. You flawlessly combined both series, and I'm sitting on the edge of my seat, near-literally, excited to see where things go next.

I wish you the best of luck with the series! You and your team are very, very talented, and I'm glad I stumbled upon this project. The whole reason why I found it is because I was hunting for a Mario & Luigi RPG and Sonic crossover. And hey, looks like I found it. Good luck, and thanks for making such an awesome series.
alvaxerox Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2016
It must be intense to make the next episode
SoulHunter67 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2016  Hobbyist Filmographer
Hey, just wondering, where did you get the Eggman sprites from? I can't seem to find it...
ShadicStudios Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2016
Eggman sprites can be found right here:…
SoulHunter67 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2016  Hobbyist Filmographer
Thanks, man! You're a lifesaver!

I actually have another question. I'm not too sure if anyone has asked this to you already, but how many episodes do you expect your series to have?
ShadicStudios Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2016
I can't give an exact number, mainly because, while the story has been done for a long while, I'm still ironing stuff out and figuring out what goes in each episode.

Bowser's Arc will end on Episode 4. Eggman's Arc is looking to be 3-4 episodes and the final arc will be the longest one.  Guesstimating here, but the series itself will be about 13-15 episodes.
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StephenBVoices Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2015
Are you planning to make more Episodes when your computer is running better?
ShadicStudios Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2015
Yes.  I still plan on continuing the series (and doing a few mini animations I've been coming up with) once my computer is up to the task.  Until then, I'm probably gonna post some behind-the-scenes stuff and concept art in the near future.
alvaxerox Featured By Owner Edited Nov 11, 2015
So no episode 3, it's been a year.
Miles-Quickster Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2015
Hate to ask, but are you actually gonna make Cubot & Orbot sprites and post the sprite sheet on DeviantArt afterwards? Even other sprite work you've done for the series? (Except for the logo of course)
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