MarioWiki:Anniversary

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Ceremony: August 16th


See festivities from 2023



1 About   2 Awards Committee   3 Game Tournaments and Other Events   4 Contact

About

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 28,000 articles and growing, we hope that 2024 will be another successful year!

Voting

Included with each award poll are definitions of what the award is to help prevent confusion as to what we intended. If there are any questions or comments regarding them, please let us know!
(Do note that any joke votes, "none", "all", voting for multiple nominees in a single write-in, or votes that don’t fit the award in the Other box will be thrown out and not counted!!)

You can find the Community Awards polls here!

You can vote once a week on each poll. Voting ends 23:59 on June 21st.

Mario Awards

M1. Favorite Major Character
The best recurring character prominently featured throughout the Mario franchise.
M2. Favorite Supporting Character
The best Mario franchise character who is part of the supporting cast. This includes recurring minor characters, as well as major characters that only appeared in one game.
M3. Favorite Mario RPG Character
The best character who appears primarily in RPG titles.
M4. Favorite Power-up
The most interesting, useful, or otherwise superior item or power-up available in the Mario franchise.
M5. Favorite Enemy
The best enemies that appear in the Mario franchise.
M6. Favorite In-game Track
The best music track from a Mario franchise game.
M7. Favorite Soundtrack
The game or other medium with the best musical tracks.
M8. Favorite Game Mechanic
The best feature of a game's functions. These mechanics should be specific to a game or game series, and help shape a game or game series' identity.
M9. Favorite 2D Platformer
The best game featuring the core 2D platforming gameplay of its respective series without too many significant deviations.
M10. Favorite 3D Platformer
The best game featuring platforming gameplay in a 3D environment. The selection encompasses games which focus on the use of skillful jumping to traverse obstacle courses and/or sandboxes to reach the objective.
M11. Favorite Super Mario Bros. Wonder Level
The level in Super Mario Bros. Wonder that uses design, challenge, and Wonder Effects to the fullest extent.
M12. Favorite Wonder Effect
The best Wonder Effect featured in Super Mario Bros. Wonder.
M13. Favorite Princess Peach: Showtime! Transformation
The best form Princess Peach can transform into in Princess Peach: Showtime!.
M14. Favorite Bowser Battle
The best boss battle with Bowser found in the Mario franchise.
M15. Favorite Boss Battle
The best boss battle found in the Mario franchise. This does not include battles with Bowser, who has his own award.
M16. Favorite Mario Kart Item
The best item used in the Mario Kart series.
M17. Favorite Mario Kart Course
The best race course featured in the Mario Kart series. This does not include battle courses.
M18. Favorite Retro Game (N64/GBC and older)
The best game in the Mario franchise released for the Nintendo 64 and older (for console games), and the Game Boy Color and older (for handheld games).
M19. Favorite Classic Game (GCN/GBA through Wii/DS)
The best game in the Mario franchise released for the GameCube to the Wii (for console games), and for the Game Boy Advance to the DS line (for handheld games).
M20. Favorite Modern Game (Wii U/3DS and newer)
The best game in the Mario franchise released for the Wii U and newer (for console games) and the 3DS line and newer (for handheld games).

Fail Awards

F1. Most Forgettable Game
The most forgettable Mario franchise game. These games are not necessarily bad or poorly received, but rather don't have much going on about them that make them memorable.
F2. Worst Power-up
The least favorite power-up featured in the Mario franchise.
F3. Worst Enemy
The least favorite non-boss enemy in the Mario franchise.
F4. Worst Obstacle
The least favorite non-enemy obstacle which hinders the player’s progress encountered in the Mario franchise.
F5. Worst Level Concept
The least favorite type of overarching stage or level theme.
F6. Worst Game Mechanic
The worst feature of a game's functions.
F7. Worst Boss Battle
The least favorite boss battle found in the Mario franchise.
F8. Worst Mario Kart Course Remake
Courses that reappeared in later installments of the Mario Kart series, but didn't do their original versions justice or improve upon them.
F9. Worst Remake
The worst new version or remake of a game.
F10. Most Shameless Business Decision
Decisions largely perceived as immoral, unethical, or anticonsumer.

Community Awards

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 Mario Wiki 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 on 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 polls are now open and will remain open until June 22nd!

Presentations

Presentation sign-ups will open on June 8th. 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 video games, 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.

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 2023 Awards Ceremony in the Community Awards dossier!

Who can sign up to present:
-Basically anyone that can complete their presentation within the work window!
--It is encouraged to have accounts on both the wiki and the forum, but it is not a requirement.

Who cannot sign up to present:
-Basically no one! But what can reduce chances and trust are:
--Users who are banned in any community venue (Wiki, Forum, Chat).
--Users that have been banned from participating in Awards-related activities.

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.

Awards Committee

We are looking for ~12 focused, hard-working community members to join the 2024 MarioWiki Awards Ceremony Committee. The Awards Committee's focuses will include creating polls for the ceremony, determining details such as scheduling and committee structuring, and generally overseeing the anniversary event at-large.

Meetings will begin in early April, with the meetings taking place in the Awards Discord server. In general, 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:

  • You must be a forum member. We will be utilizing an underground forum to discuss topics in more detail and keep track of progress. The ceremony takes place on the forum, after all!
  • You must either currently use or be willing to use a Discord account, and have the availability to check the Awards server, semi-regularly if not regularly.
  • You must be active and in good standing with the community; applicants will be screened by Awards Directors. You must exercise basic judgment and common sense to be allowed on the committee. Committee members represent the Super Mario Wiki, so we expect a basic level of maturity, intelligence and kindness towards others.
  • You should at least try to attend meetings/vote in them, but if you are unable to attend meetings due to time conflicts or time zone differences please be sure to still post in the board regularly and keep updated.
  • You are expected to vote/voice abstention in staff board polls, as well as participate in discussion, in a timely manner.

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.

To sign up, send a PM to Roserade and/or Hooded Pitohui letting them know that you are interested in joining the committee, including details such as:

  • A brief explanation why you want to join the AC and why you'd be a good fit.
  • Any potential scheduling conflicts. This likely will not work against you but is just to figure out scheduling (i.e. can't make Friday meetings, live in a time zone that's outside the US, etc.)
  • Roles or expertise you might be interested in fulfilling for the Awards Committee this year. Taking on more responsibility than just attending meetings and voting/giving input is not required, but we welcome AC members who are interested to directly participate in managing parts of the Awards experience which match their interests and skills. Examples of roles could include "decorating the Discord server", "community advertisement", "maintaining documents or threads", etc.
  • Ideas or conversations you'd like to bring forward.

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 a fun title. 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 6th Midnight EDT. Roserade and Hooded Pitohui will post the final AC member list by March 20th and will provide staff board access shortly afterwards. At that time, the committee will delineate tasks and responsibilities, as well as initiate conversation regarding what our schedule will become for the rest of the term.

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 over the spring and summer, 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!!

Awards Committee

  1. Roserade (talk) (Roserade) (Director)
  2. Hooded Pitohui (talk) (Hooded Pitohui)(Sub-Director)
  3. Lakituthequick (talk) (Lakituthequick) (Awards Record Keeper)
  4. Waluigi Time (talk) (Waluigi Time) (Awards Staff)
  5. Superchao (talk) (Raiko Horikawa)
  6. Flygon64 (talk) (Flygon64)
  7. TPG (talk) (TPG (2))
  8. Turboo (talk) (Turboo)
  9. Smasher (talk) (Smashley)
  10. Coco (talk) (Hot Cocoa)
  11. Morgan (Morgan)
  12. Fun With Despair (talk) (Dr. Alexander Wexlyn)
  13. Youngwii (talk) (youngwii)
  14. winstein (talk) (winstein)

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.

Contact

Roserade (talk) (Forum profile)
Hooded Pitohui (talk) (Forum profile)
The Mario Awards Discord Server
@Roserade or @Hooded Pitohui in the Super Mario Wiki Discord Server
marioawards@gmail.com
Official Super Mario Wiki X account

Do you have suggestions to make the awards more interesting? Or issues from last year that need to be resolved? Please, let us know.