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. With the wiki at almost 19,000 articles and still growing, we hope that 2017 will be just as good as the previous ceremonies if not better!
Voting has ended for the year! Be sure to check out the results August 11th, and come back next time!
Along with having awards for the general Marioverse, we like to celebrate achievements within our own community with the addition of the Community Awards. 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.
This year we've done something new, merging the former User Awards and 'Shroom Awards into one ceremony, to better reflect our community as it stands today, rather than trying to base it off of how it was 5+ years ago. Doing so nets a loss of 5 combined awards between the former User and ‘Shroom ceremonies, but the remaining 15 have been reworked to 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.
To vote for Community Awards please go here to find the dossier and polls.
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, whether it is a written story (usually a narrative or an interview with a user or Mario series character), the tried and true summary (usually silly), the very popular comic style, a picture or series of images, split into multiple parts, or even a playable game, a song, or a combination of multiple forms. 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 17th, so users should receive their results in their inbox on the forums some time between then and the 20th. Presentations will be due August 4th. 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 2016 Awards Ceremony in the Community Awards dossier!
Who can sign up to present:
Who cannot sign up to present:
Users that were previously banned but are not banned anymore will be accepted in some cases, but not all. This will be up to the discretion of the Awards Committee.
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.
Please edit here if you would like to sign up!
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, Steam, forum-/chat-based and online are all valid media for tournaments as long as they have a multiplayer mode.
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 tokens to later be exchanged as prizes. One of the best parts of the previous years' events was that we were able to give prizes to the participants who performed well in the numerous tournaments and contests. We hope to be able to give away prizes to the winners this year as well. Anyone who would like to donate prizes to be given out is more than welcome to do so. Please contact Anton or Turb if you would like to supply prizes. Recommended items include Steam games, Nintendo points, iTunes cards or gift cards to any other online site or store. Any donation is highly appreciated.
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.