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 23,000 articles and growing, we hope that 2020 will be another successful year!
We are looking for ~10 focused, hard-working community members to join the 2020 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 11th 8:00pm-10:00pm EDT, and are held in #mwikiawards on Darkmyst (irc.darkmyst.org). 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 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 31st Midnight EDT. Anton and Turb will post the final AC member list by April 4th 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 help facilitate prizes should they be offered. As of last year, using tokens for prizes was discontinued, and any prize offered is up to a tournament host, who will also be responsible for prize distribution should they choose to have it as an incentive. 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.