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Video Game: The Second Reality Project

The Second Reality Project is a series of ROM hacks of Super Mario World by FPI. The games feature Mario's adventures in Another Dimension.

The series begins with Mario learning that Bowser had discovered a new power source and is using the resources to construct an invasion fleet of airships in order to strike the Mushroom Kingdom. Eventually, Mario discovers the Second Reality and must put a stop to Bowser's plot. The second game concerns Mario's unexpected return to the Second Reality and a new foe named Zycloboo. The upcoming conclusion to the trilogy will involve a quest to destroy the Power Switch.

After the release of the second game, FPI created The Second Reality Project Reloaded, a remake of the first game with improved graphics and a more original and coherent plot. A "reloaded" version of the second game is also in the works. Another ROM hack by FPI, a deliberately bad parody of bad hacks called Chaos CompleXX, is loosely connected to the plot of The Second Reality Project via Retcon in Reloaded. The remake of the second game was released in Summer 2014 and can be found here.

You can find the games as .ips patches on either ROM hack archive SMW Central or FPI Productions.


Tropes that apply to the series as a whole:

  • Another Dimension: The Second Reality itself. The remake of the first game also features Thirdspace.
  • Check Point Starvation: Since Super Mario World levels can only have one Check Point in them, this occurs in Bowser's Starship and Chaos CompleXX in the first game. This is even more common in the second game, which has extremely long levels, but this was toned down in its own remake now that it's possible to add multiple checkpoints to a single level.
  • The Chessmaster: Zycloboo.
  • Big Bad: Bowser in the first game, Zycloboo in the second.
    • Big Bad Ensemble: Both Bowser and Zycloboo return in the third game, and they both have the same goal: to take back the Power Switch.
  • Cute Kitten: The Powercats.
  • Giggling Villain: Zycloboo. "Hee, hee, hee..."
  • MacGuffin: The Power Supply Switch in the second and third games.
  • Mr. Exposition: Marty Mole. In TSRPR, he only appears in Chaos CompleXX, but in the remake of TSRP 2, he's around for most of the game.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: In the remake of the first game, launching Ludwig's castle into the volcano leads to the portal to Thirdspace being reenabled. In the second game, reactivating the Power Supply switch gives Zycloboo unlimited power.
  • Retcon: Chaos CompleXX was retconned into the story of the TSRP trilogy as the result of the Roboxx's Glitch Cannon destroying Thirdspace.
  • Reused Character Design: The design of the Powercats were taken from the Game Boy video game Trip World. Likewise, the Roboxx' from Reloaded were based on the final boss of said game.
  • Video Game Remake: The first two games.

Tropes that apply to the first game:

Tropes that apply to the second game:

  • Advancing Wall of Doom
  • Ascended Extra: In the original version of the game, the pirates were just one-off villains that appeared in a secret level, and Lemmy Koopa shows up as the boss of the level. In the remake, they appear far more often, and Lemmy forms an alliance with Zycloboo. Also, Marty Mole from TSRPR returns to assist Mario throughout most of the game.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: One of the possible endings in the remake — if you decide to fight Zycloboo without help from Catgoom Kingdom, he'd be unbeatable no matter how much you endure, but Zycloboo allows Mario to do whatever he wants in the end.
  • Dead All Along: In the remake, Schrödering, the owner of the haunted hotel at Catgoom Kingdom, is revealed to be this.
  • Dual Boss: In the remake, you fight imposters of the Great Kings of the Catgoom Kingdom this way.
  • Hell Hotel: The aptly named "Hotel Horror". In the original game, it was completely irrelevant to the plotline. In the remake, it's the climax of the Catgoom Kingdom subplot.
  • Kaizo Trap: In the secret level "Old Aquaria" ("Anicent Mouse Trap" in the remake — the old name is given to "Ruined Ruins" instead).
  • Gangplank Galleon: "We Are Pirates!"
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: Thirdspace from TSRPR is mentioned often early in the game.
  • Magic from Technology: Thirlox is a technomage/technomancer. He uses the power of technology to cast "magic" spells.
  • Non-Standard Game Over: The remake includes three of them. Two of them involve giving Thirlox's control panel to either Kamek or Thirlox himself. The other one is the end result if Mario attempts to fight Zycloboo without the Catgoom Kingdom characters' help.
  • One-Winged Angel: Zycloboo upon Mario's activation of the Power Supply Switch.
  • The Power Of Teamwork: In the remake, Mario will have no chance against Zycloboo unless he saves the Catgoom Kingdom and Golden Yoshi.
  • Punny Name: In the remake, the secret Lost World is renamed "Catgoom Kingdom".
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: In the remake, after Zycloboo becomes more powerful after the Power Switch is activated, Marty Mole decides he's out of his league and leaves Mario to fend for himself.
  • Sequel Hook: The Powercats and Happy Goombas construct their great fair, while Bowser learns from Marty that Lemmy is still alive in the Second Reality.
  • Shout-Out: Hansel and Gretel and Mission: Impossible are name-dropped in the remake.
  • Take a Third Option: In the remake's secret "Battle of the Mages" level, Mario is left with giving Thirlox's control panel to either Thirlox himself, or Kamek (who, Thirlox warns, will betray Mario once he has Thirlox's power). The solution? Give it to the Fire Brother in the cellar, who will throw it into the heating stove.
  • Techno Wreckage: In the remake, Bowser's base from TSRPR has fallen into decay.
  • Temple of Doom: Literally. One of the levels is called Temple Of Doom.
  • Recurring Boss: Zycloboo. While in the remake he appears at the end of every world, in the remake he only starts recurring at the end of World 4.
  • Womb Level: The penultimate level takes place inside Zycloboo.

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