The Super Mario Wiki was created on August 12, 2005 at 13:47 PM (EDT) by Steve Shinn. In August 2006, this wiki was off to a good start, but still there was only a small number of active users. In August of 2007, with a userbase finally forming, we marked our wiki's anniversary with an awards ceremony celebrating 30 of our favorite Mario topics, including favorite games, music, items, series, moments, enemies, and more.
In 2008, we expanded this event by including much of our userbase with Userpedia Awards I, and it turned out to be an even bigger success. 2009 saw our first Fail Awards and 2010 included the first 'Shroom Awards. 2011 brought along game tournaments, a Mafia game and prizes for participation and success in said events. 2013 had our first director election, allowing it and 2014 to proceed much more smoothly. In 2015 there was a very noticeable boost in the number of tournaments and participation, with presentation quality very steadily on the rise. 2016 continued the upward trend in presentation quality, and successfully funded a $1,000 donation drive for the Tommy Thompson Park Bird Research Station to honor our late bureaucrat Walkazo. 2017 saw the formation of the Community Awards, created from the merging of ‘Shroom and User Awards, opening up a wider venue for recognition of the skills and efforts of our wiki editors. 2018 took on the challenge of Super Mario Odyssey and further streamlining the workload while still providing a variety of events. With the wiki over 21,000 articles and still growing, we hope that 2019 will be another successful year!
Sign-ups are closed. The final AC list will be posted soon!
The Awards Committee’s main focus is the creation of the polls in June, but they will be responsible for decisions related to the entire anniversary event, including but not limited to tournaments, prizes, presentations, and overall AC policies and structure.
Meetings will begin Friday, March 29th 8:00pm-10:00pm EDT, and are held in #mwikiawards on Darkmyst (irc.darkmyst.org). Do note that European Daylight Savings begins on March 31st, so the first couple of meetings will shift for those east of the Atlantic. If you don’t already know how to join that channel, click this link, enter your name, and then type “/join #mwikiawards”. Following meetings will alternate Friday/Saturday nights with care to avoid ‘Shroom meetings, deadlines, and other potential conflicts, and are subject to change to accommodate. An exact schedule can be found here,and changes to it will be announced in both the public and staff Awards boards on the forum.
Depending on the Award Committee's decisions over the next few months, other projects will emerge in June, and you will be able to sign up for them as well. Announcements regarding these projects will be posted on this page or the public forum board, so if you are interested, keep an eye on at least one of them.
Thank you, and we'll see you around a bunch more in the upcoming months!!
Game Tournaments and Other Events
Mario Awards III featured the first awards-sanctioned tournament, Mario Kart, and ever since then interest has steadily grown to make it a key feature of the anniversary events alongside the poll ceremony. In 2015, we hosted the most tournaments in the history of the awards ceremony with 15 separate tournaments held, over double the previous year. These tournaments have included games like Mario Kart, Super Smash Bros., Pokémon, Mafia, Mario Golf, Team Fortress 2, Minecraft, and also art contests, Guess The Results, and pretty much anything anyone suggests and is able to host. It does not need to be a Nintendo game – DS/3DS, Wii/Wii U/Switch, PC, Steam, forum-/chat-based and online are all valid media for tournaments as long as they have a multiplayer mode or can function as competition.
It’s not required to be a member of the Awards Committee to host and organize a tournament, but we do ask that you coordinate it with us so we can help things run smoothly and help facilitate prizes should they be offered. Anyone who would like to donate prizes to be given out is more than welcome to do so. Please contact Hypnotoad (talk) or Turboo (talk) if you would like to supply prizes. Recommended items include Humble Bundle games, Nintendo points, iTunes cards or gift cards to any other online site or store, or even just cash donations. Any donation is highly appreciated, but please be aware that gifting Steam games is no longer easily possible due to a change in policy by Valve.