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, by running polls and producing creative mini writing and art projects to present those results in a fun way.
Over the years we’ve made big changes to our Anniversary Ceremony, including the addition of Userpedia, Fail, and ‘Shroom Awards early on (2008, 2009, 2010 respectively), formal game tournaments by 2011 with prizes, and by 2013 having our first Awards Committee Director Election. As time went on, presentation quality rose and activity hit its stride, streamlining the process, with the Ceremonies evolving with the community’s needs, such as merging User and ‘Shroom Awards into Community Awards, opening up a wider venue for recognition of the skills and efforts of our wiki editors. In 2016 we proudly funded a $1,000 donation drive for the Tommy Thompson Park Bird Research Station to honor our late bureaucrat Walkazo.
With the wiki at over 25,000 articles and growing, we hope that 2022 will be another successful year!
Voting has ended for the year! See you all on August 12th for the results presentations!
Along with having awards for the general Marioverse, we like to celebrate achievements within our own community with the addition of the Community Awards. These cover aspects of this vast community that serves as the lifeblood of the MarioWiki and its sub-pages. The nominees of these awards include members from the wiki, forum, and chat sub-communities with their various accomplishments. They also cover projects members have worked or are working on to maintain/improve the site or to promote community solidarity through fiction, comics, artwork, or music. The 'Shroom remains fully represented, and is the Super Mario Wiki's community-written newsletter, delivering various informative or entertaining articles about the Mario series, video games in general, and a number of other subjects the third Saturday of every month. Founded in 2006, this community project has come a long way from its modest beginnings and has become an integral part of the website. This is where hard-working members of our staff teams, as well as the work of our creative users, have some time to shine and receive recognition.
The Community Awards dossier can be found here.
Sign-ups for Award Presentations will open July 1st. Users will be allowed to present a maximum of four awards.
What are these presentations, you ask? Well, you get to reveal the results of the award you choose in some sort of digital medium. We've had written stories (including some with pictures and art), goofy and creative concepts, comics (with many different styles), a picture (or a series of pictures), a mashup of concepts, online puzzles, videos, parody songs, image edits, photographed real creations (including food), collaborations between multiple people, playable videogames, and much more. Basically, anything you can think to do will do, so long as you can find a way to make it relevant to the award you're presenting. These can be serious or silly (though most people prefer the silly ones), so long as they’re relevant to the award at hand. Polls close on July 11th, so users should receive their results in their inbox on the forums some time between then and the 15th. Presentations will be due August 5th. There are no exceptions. Do not sign up for a presentation if you are unsure if you can complete it. Doing so may result in a ban from creating presentations in future award shows. If something unexpected does come up, tell us as quickly as possible and we will be able to cover for you. Be sure to check out the best and favorites from the 2021 Awards Ceremony in the Community Awards dossier!
Who can sign up to present:
Who cannot sign up to present:
Certain awards are reserved until further notice (we are PMing certain users and asking them if they would like to present any of them. This helps us with quality control for several important awards). These awards may or may not be opened to the public, depending on responses from the people PMed. Please note: You will be held to a higher standard of quality if you sign up for Reserved awards, and are expected to deliver quality work quickly if you sign up for a Backup slot.
P.S. It's not all rules and bureaucracy; have fun with it!
To sign up for presentations, please go here.
We are looking for ~10 focused, hard-working community members to join the 2021 MarioWiki Awards Ceremony Committee. 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, presentations, and overall AC policies and structure.
Meetings will begin Saturday, April 9th 8:00pm-10:00pm EDT, and the venue they will be held in will be one of the first topics the Awards Committee will discuss. 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 will be posted once it is determined and will be available in both the public and staff Awards boards on the forum.
There are a few minimal requirements to be an AC member this year:
While it is not a formal requirement, if you sign up for the AC please be willing to do at least one presentation. Only confirmed AC members will be given a vote in meetings but meetings are open to the public, so you can drop in even if you aren't a committee member! We do value what everyone has to say, including non-AC members, so even without a formal vote your voice will surely count and your ideas will be sincerely considered.
The application doesn’t have to be anything fancy; we just want to be sure that you’re committed more to working as a team than you are getting purple stars. In fact, most people who apply are accepted, and this process is just a precautionary screening for intent and seriousness. Applications are due by the end of March 9th Midnight EDT. Superchao and Pitohui will post the final AC member list by March 13th and will provide staff board access shortly afterwards.
The Awards Committee is the only thing you can sign up for at the moment. Depending on its 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 provide any support.
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