A little bit of a substitute
A pretty good Mario sprite flash,and definitely well-suited to be a short. However, there's nothing original that hasn't been done before in this flash and I really did feel you were just trying to make a spin off of ROTMK, and you shouldn't try to do that, because ROTMK can never have any substitutes....
First off, graphics. Nothing wrong with the graphics I loved them - they were cute and pretty and taken right out of Mario. The sprites moved with grace and like other Mario flashes I don't normally like films just made up of sprites (because it could be considered as lazy), but with this flash it worked and I liked that you included some of your own graphics. However, I think you could have drawn some of your own stuff better such as the heart and the speech-bubbles. But overall graphics were great, and I liked that block border for good presentation.
Sound, next. Superb, because again this was taken right out of Mario. I loved the familiar music and the sound effects were crisp and accurate. However, I did think you could of included more music more often since there were times when the music just cut out and it was silent, and because this flash is meant to have action it it this brief silence makes the flash seem a little rushed and really doesn't suit it. I also think you could of added more sound effects such as a scream when Bowser was defeated and some presentation music at the beginning credits.
Content is good but unfortunately it doesn’t really outshine the other two aspects of this game, and as a flash this should because content > looks of the flash, any author should know that. Whilst the flash was happy and cheerful I just felt you didn't offer much originality - for example spinning Bowser around and jumping through the roof? Seen It I'm afraid, like most of the aspects in the flash. The fight on the roof was taken right out of ROTMK and I was kind of annoyed to see most of that was taken out of another flash, because if you can't pull it off as well as the original you should just use your own ideas. There was some humour in the flash like the part with a close up of Peach kissing Mario, and the extra 'bloopers' part of the flash with all the funny outtakes. But that was practically as long as the actual flash and that shouldn't be, I mean the actual story should be the heart of the flash compared to this little extra. In all honesty the flash was a little boring - Mario gets a power-up, goes to get Bowser, defeats him, the end. Not much is it? You really need to create some side stories, and I'm sorry to bring ROTMK into this but what Randy Solem really does is create mood and originality in his flashes, he brings the characters to life. You can use the Mario sprites, but use them as frames for your own story, bring Mario to life in the way YOU want. However, I do acknowledge you tied well on this and it is very suitable for a short, I like the bit of drama in it with Bowser and this is good for a bit of entertainment.
In Conclusion, a nice try for a short but unless you take this further, this never will go beyond that flash that is good for ' a quick 5 minute chuckle'. I'm sorry to be giving some negative points about this, but in all honesty I feel as if it's just a clear remake of ROTMK (and I mean a re-make, it's obvious you watched it and use it for this) and that we are just staring at a lesser substitute. This is satisfactory though and isn't so bad that you need to re-make it, I just think a more thoughtful sequel could be in order. Improve and impress us, well done :)
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