Fierce Battle Between Fierce Rivals! The Super Mario Bros. Z Reboot’s First Episode is Now Live


Four months ago, Mark “Alvin Earthworm” Haynes announced that he is rebooting Super Mario Bros. Z, his Dragon Ball Z-inspired flash series crossing over fan favourite gaming franchises Super Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog. After Mobius has been reduced to ashes by the merciless and power-hungry Metallix, it is up to Mario, Luigi, Sonic, Shadow, and Yoshi to search the Mushroom Kingdom for the seven Chaos Emeralds before the mechanical menace finds them first.

Now, the first episode of the reboot—”Fierce Battle Between Fierce Rivals”—has finally launched, and is ready for viewing above!

With the Mushroom Kingdom’s first official Smash Tournament underway, the final round of the melee tourney pits the heroic plumbers Mario and Luigi versus the double-crossing bad boys Wario and Waluigi in an all out brawl for the championship title. That is, until the tyrannical King Bowser Koopa intervenes and begins his latest attempt at Mushroom Kingdom conquest – and the first step of his plan? To destroy Mario!

To those familiar with the original series, “Fierce Battle Between Fierce Rivals” combines the events of the first two episodes into a glorious 30 minute-long presentation. In Mark’s own words, this was how he had originally intended it to be back then, but technological limitations at the time caused it to be split into two episodes.

You can continue to support Mark Haynes and Super Mario Bros. Z via his Patreon – as a bonus, those who pledge a certain amount can actually watch new episodes three whole days before the public release.

SMBZ’s first run began in 2006 and spawned 8 episodes in all before the series was put on an indefinite hiatus in 2009. In 2013, Mark spoke of a number of alterations he would perform on the overall story before ultimately confirming a series relaunch.

Source: Patreon

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  1. Finally! I’ve been waiting for him to finish doing my this series, I’ve been watching it since I was 12!


  3. Super Mario Bros Z episode 1 has a first time to do a perfect amazing animation that is my favorite episode of all I will give this one out of 10/10 thank you EarthWorm for this for Mario fans & Sonic fans, to enjoy it this episode of Super Mario Bros Z!!!

  4. I’m still avoiding this like Hellfire, because he refuses to budge on the whole “Everyone except Sonic and Shadow dies” nonsense. The only thing I can say for it is that it otherwise encapsulates the general atmosphere and energy of Dragonball Z…

    … Which I’m debating whether or not that’s a good thing, because I honestly found Dragonball vastly superior.

      1. How’s it childish? I honestly really am not a big fan of Dragon Ball Z. And the fact that the whole thing begins with “all the characters I like are dead” is going to rub me wrong. If that’s childish, then so be it.

    1. Yeah, as much as I enjoyed the series in its original run, that part always kind of bugged me too.

    2. No, avoiding this great series because of something as silly as that is indeed childish. Sonic and Shadow still have very big roles in the series if there’s something that really bothers you about Mario.

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