Bomber’s Run is now officially a thing. I have made some solid progress on this new game. Most of that is due to how quickly I was able to learn from other developers in the PICO-8 community. They seem to have a solid understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the virtual console.
The game plays a lot like how I envisioned it. A mix of several mario games with a dash of Bubble Bobble. My hope is to release this in the next couple of weeks ( at least before the end of this month ) and perhaps port it over to gamemaker in order to learn a bit more about that middleware.