This is a great way to show Mario in another light, and it definitely looks like it could be Mario in the same canon. I say that the environment in the Mario universe (first game), is delightfully captured; perhaps it's the themes involved, the author just nails it.
It is awsome you should do anotehr one.
I remember playing "Farewell of Slavianka" in high school band--great song choice! I also like how the animation mimicks Soviet propaganda posters.
Good Job ..
if only russia actualy made a game like this.....or an ng user....hint hint.....take the hint damnit