After reading my fellow emailer’s idea of adding new worlds AFTER we beet Bowser and think it’s time to call it a day, an idea of how to expand the Mushroom World came to me. It’s related to the same emailer’s suggestion of adding an underground world.
Like you said, adding an Underground World might be a bad idea since it would likely turn other such stages stale. But if there is another issue, it’s that the theme of “underground” is wasted in merely “adding” another world, when instead it should be multiplying.
Here’s my suggestion: once I unlock that fantastic World 9 (maybe Delfino World or Vacation World?) I could get an new power-up called the Mole Suit (it could give you sunglasses like a Monty Mole). Once I have the Mole Suit, I could go to World 1, since it has grass and that means it should have dirt I could dig:
Only once I dig deep enough, the screen goes black! and suddenly I’m in World -1! (or World A if you want to seperate it from the OTHER -1)
There could be a World -2, -3 and so on! You could even add a new kingdom with another princess with a new kind of Toad (glowing ones!) and a new hero (so that Nintendo finally stops from putting an anchor around Mario! Maybe I want LUIGI to save the princess). The new villain could be a Bowser-like Koopa that resembles those shelled things in underground stages (the Mario Wiki says they’re called Buzzy Beetles) and he could join forces with him by the end of the game .
You could even insert some of those interesting ideas here. There could be a construction stage right next to an earthquake stage, explaining why they need to construct all the time (but maybe it would be best to not give an explanation?). The earthquakes could be cause by the stage above, the Dust Cloud Stage, where an enormous dust cloud is constantly raining boulders on anything bellow. The sole enemies in this stage would be the Hammer Brotherhood (Hammerhood?) that constantly train mind, body and hammer by destroying the falling boulders (you could go there with the Hammer Bros Suit and get an upgrade to it!)
I’d like to thank you for the observations and insights that you’ve given us, and not just the video game ones. I’m not exaggerating when I say that you’ve given me a new perspective in life and I feel that I’m better for it.
Let’s hope Nintendo listens!
And the ideas keep coming.