Didn't read first page.
But I remember something else - the game glitched up after I defeated the big thwomp in Bowser's Tower. I couldn't move. The screen just kept on shaking from all those little thwomp.
thomp bug?? hm.. I'lllook into it. skip that fight for now. it's there in case you need to level up, but you should be fine.
I might have to remove the part that freezes marfio when he gets smashed or something...but editing field events can glitch the game..and you have to start a new game for the updates.