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 18,000 articles and still growing, we hope that 2017 will be just as good as the previous ceremonies if not better!
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 10th 8-10pm (EST for the first meeting, EDT for the rest), and are held in #mwikiawards on Darkmyst (irc.darkmyst.org). Following meetings will alternate Friday/Saturday nights with care to avoid ‘Shroom meetings, deadlines, and other potential conflicts. 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.
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 vote your voice will surely count and your ideas will be sincerely considered.
Depending on the decisions made 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, so if you are interested, keep an eye on this page.
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.