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Ancient Chozo by Albert V. [SM Vanilla+], rated by FV2112 on Apr 12, 2021 (Star Star Star Star Star )
86% in 4:06
If there is an SM hack that can cause me to suspend my disbelief enough to think that it's an official remaster of Super Metroid, it's SM Ancient Chozo. This game is absolutley GORGEOUS to look at, especially in Marida.The new soundtrack for Kraid's junction, the re-arrangement of Marida's two themes, and including an entirely NEW area of Maridia with a SNES remix of Lower Torvus are all just top-notch...

I love how the awkward and disjointed Brinstar from vanilla SM became way more developed and intuitive in this hack, especially how some of these rooms inter-connect with one another to create new shortcuts that weren't there in the original...

My only complaint would be Tourian. It really doesn't work as just a dark series of caverns with sidehoppers and metroids, it needs to be a futuristic space pirate lab. The escape sequence also needs some more visual clues so that you don't get turned around or lost. I almost didn't make it my first time.
Super Metroid - GBA Edition by The Brothers Crafters [MZM Exploration], rated by FV2112 on Jan 30, 2021 (Star Star Star Star Star )
84% in 2:54
This hack REALLY surprised me in a very good way. I've noticed lots of "SM within ZM" romhacks start and then fail over the years so to see one finally be completed in of itself is absolutely insane.

It does have a couple of caveats though, Phantoon and Draygon have been replaced with the Chozo spirit boss and an underwater Imago. The Golden Torizo has been replaced by the Moa (Acid Worm) and Botwoon is now the Deorem. Very creative use of ZM bosses, although I think their health needs a little bit of buffing. Deorem you can easily cheese with one super missile when I think it should be about 5 or 6 super missile hits for how advanced you are by the time you fight it. And of course no giant metroid or bipedal mother brain.

But once you look past all those things, you have a VERY VERY faithful replica of Super Metroid. The feeling I had playing this hack was similar to my first time playing AM2R, when I was just blown away by how much everything was upscaled and upgraded visually and by how smooth the gameplay was. I'm seriously looking forward to whatever the future of this hack is!