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Make changes on Yoshi franchise articles

Do not make changes 1-4
I want to support some changes on the Yoshi franchise articles. The article about the series of Yoshi platformers could be too excessive and could be deleted and merged into the article about the Yoshi's Island series to classify Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3, Balloon Trip, Yoshi Touch & Go, Yoshi's Island DS, and Yoshi's New Island as direct installments in the Yoshi's Island series and Yoshi's Story, Yoshi Demo, the Purple Yoshi tech demo, Yoshi Topsy-Turvy, Yoshi's Woolly World, Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World, and Yoshi's Crafted World as indirect games of the Yoshi's Island series. For example, Yoshi's Story's working title was Yoshi's Island 64, and the early logo looks similar to the SNES game Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island logo, implying that Yoshi's Story was originally planned as a sequel to said game and would have been a direct title in the Yoshi's Island series. Another example says that third-party company Game Informer calls Yoshi's Woolly World an indirect title in the Yoshi's Island series, stating that the game is "the best Yoshi's Island since the original Super Nintendo title". In addition to this change, the page about the Yoshi puzzle games could be moved to "Yoshi (series)". For example, Tetris Attack could be a spin-off of the Yoshi series of puzzle games.

Proposer: Teh Other (talk)
Deadline: January 7, 2023, 23:59 GMT Extended to January 14, 2023, 23:59 GMT Extended to January 21, 2023, 23:59 GMT


  1. Teh Other (talk) Per proposal


  1. Hewer (talk) I think a better idea would be to just merge the Yoshi platform series article with the main Yoshi series article since the 'platform series' is so vaguely defined. Also, moving the puzzle series to 'Yoshi (series)' is a bad idea because that's easily confused with 'Yoshi (franchise)', and I'm not sure why you brought up GameInformer since they aren't an official source.
  2. Ray Trace (talk) Per Hewer and the comments.
  3. PanchamBro (talk) Per all.
  4. Spectrogram (talk) Per all.


This proposal really needs more options; primarily to be able to support one or the other rather than only all at once. Swallow's profile picture shown in NEO: The World Ends With You Swallow Rindo Kanade 20:43, December 31, 2022 (EST)

I also doubt the proposal format is appropriate for this. Mario Green.pngBazooka Mario BadaBoom! 21:30, December 31, 2022 (EST)

You should probably have a project page to show how this would look if passed. Doc von Schmeltwick (talk) 21:13, January 11, 2023 (EST)

Create Mario Kart course redirects with game prefixes for recurring track names

create redirects for all courses 2-11-0
In case the title wasn't clear, I'm referring to making redirects like GBA Rainbow Road, DS Mario Circuit, and Wii Bowser's Castle. My argument for doing this is simple: I think it would be both useful and in line with our redirect policy.

For my first point: Series convention has people referring to these tracks this way even outside of official contexts, and people aren't going to take the time to think about whether a certain course came back before typing it into the search box. Heck, even I, whose editing hangout spots include not one but two lists of which courses appear in which games, find myself sooner typing "DS Bowser's Castle" into the search bar than "Bowser Castle (Mario Kart DS)", if only because one is shorter.

I do not believe these would be in violation of our redirect policy, as these names are neither silly (being an extension of series convention) nor ambiguous (there's only one course "Wii Mario Circuit" could be referring to). These are really the only criteria they need to meet, as the policy is otherwise very encouraging of redirects.

Now, my initial proposal was to do this for all unprefixed courses with recurring names, not counting MK8 or spinoffs since we don't know for sure what their prefixes would be. This results in this list:

  • GBA Bowser's Castle 4
  • GCN Bowser's Castle
  • GCN Rainbow Road
  • DS Mario Circuit
  • DS Bowser's Castle
  • DS Rainbow Road
  • Wii Luigi Circuit
  • Wii Mario Circuit
  • Wii Bowser's Castle

It seems a bit excessive to me, but I realized while writing this that I may want to include an option to do this for every course (aside from MK8 and spinoffs), so I'm also including that as an option.

DOUBLE EDIT: I've changed the second option to be what the edited-in third option was, since I didn't realize I was leaving Tour out when I first made it. I am sorry if this causes confusion.

Proposer: Ahemtoday (talk)
Deadline: January 27, 2023, 23:59 GMT

Create the redirects listed above

  1. Ahemtoday (talk) Per proposal.
  2. Hewer (talk) Second choice.

Create these redirects for every course (aside from MK8, Arcade GP, and Home Circuit)

  1. Ahemtoday (talk) My listed reasons can apply, albeit more mildly, to all these courses; and as the redirect policy says, redirects don't cost anything.
  2. Hewer (talk) Per proposal, I'm surprised this wasn't already the case (also it's kind of already done with the non-city Tour courses here, here, and here, I would suggest extending this to Tour courses as well but since it's inevitable that they'll all be in the Booster Course Pass I guess that would just end up pointless in the long run).
  3. Tails777 (talk) While the idea of these technically not being official names still come to mind, I'm no doubt supportive of this, mainly cause I'm definitely one of those people who refers to pretty much every track with their system prefix beforehand, official or not. On another note, this could also just make it easier when these tracks inevitably do return, as the article contents can just be moved over to these redirects.
  4. LadySophie17 (talk) Per Tails777
  5. RealStuffMister (talk) per proposal however as i mentioned in my comment, this would be my secondary option if another choice including Tour courses is added.
  6. Killer Moth (talk) Per all.
  7. ShootingStar7X (talk) Per all.
  8. Mister Wu (talk) It makes sense, those redirects will eventually become the actual page names anyway (except maybe for the case of Mario Kart Tour whose non-city courses aren't consistently given the Tour prefix)
  9. TheFlameChomp (talk) Per all.
  10. BMfan08 (talk) Per all.
  11. Arend (talk) Surprised it wasn't done before. Per all.

Don't create redirects


I would say "Create redirects for all unprefixed courses from MK7 or before", however I believe that Mario Kart Tour courses should be included in this list, so the page Tour Singapore Speedway would redirect to Singapore Speedway's article. For now, i will vote the option i mentioned earlier, but if you create an extra option to include Tour courses, then i'd vote that one - RealStuffMister Yoshi Head (light blue) from Mario Kart: Super Circuit (Talk) 19:28, January 21, 2023 (EST)

Like I said in my vote, the issue there is that they'll all inevitably come to the Booster Course Pass and be moved to those names anyway, so it would probably just end up being unnecessary extra work. Hewer (talk · contributions · edit count) 19:33, January 21, 2023 (EST)
that just means some courses will have prefix redirects, while some won't for up to 11 months, this, to me, is an "all or none" situation, if you're gonna do some, you might as well do them all. besides, creating a redirect, then transferring contents of another article to it isnt that much work, there's been more intense stuff done to their articles before. - RealStuffMister Yoshi Head (light blue) from Mario Kart: Super Circuit (Talk) 19:41, January 21, 2023 (EST)
Admins can move pages over redirects, so one can just ask an admin to rename the pages when necessary. ArendLogoTransparent.pngrend (talk) (edits) 15:12, January 26, 2023 (EST)

Ahemtoday, you can still change the second option to include tour courses, the rules state you can append proposals within the first three days of it being written. Im sure if the people voting for it care enough about the other games having the redirects, they'd agree to Tour courses too - RealStuffMister Yoshi Head (light blue) from Mario Kart: Super Circuit (Talk) 12:02, January 22, 2023 (EST)

I'd rather have the prefixes removed from the course names that are unique (and keep them for those that have different iterations such as (character) Circuit or Rainbow Road courses, obviously) then make prefix redirects. I honestly dislike how Tour courses that got added to BCP have the prefix, but those that has yet to be added did not. — Stache (talk) 23:00, January 23, 2023 (EST)

Decide what to do with StreetPass Mii Plaza

Trim and classify as guest appearance 5-0
Merge request has been sitting on this page for a while, so let's resolve it once and for all. StreetPass Mii Plaza features plenty of Mario-related content, so it should be considered a guest appearance. However, it covers too much information unrelated to Mario, so I additionally propose to trim the features section, Find Mii, and DLC to only cover Mario content.

Proposer: Spectrogram (talk)
Deadline: January 28, 2023, 23:59 GMT

Trim and classify as a guest appearance

  1. Spectrogram (talk) I'll go work on my Smash proposals
  2. LadySophie17 (talk) Fine by me
  3. Killer Moth (talk) This makes perfect sense to do. Per proposal.
  4. TheFlameChomp (talk) Per proposal.
  5. RHG1951 (talk) Per proposal.

Classify as a guest appearance (no trimming)

Merge and redirect


Merge certain non-Mario fighters from the Super Smash Bros. series into game-specific lists and trim away detailed special move information for all non-Mario fighters

Trim detailed special move information, merge fighters into game-specific lists 16-11
Here's a simple premise: the Super Mario Wiki is not the Smash Wiki. The wiki has no business giving undue focus to every single element that has been part of the Smash Bros. series. In spite of the efforts to curtail this practice, the elephant in the room is still cosily seated.

I'll first reiterate my feelings on non-Mario concepts featured in this series: in my view, Mario Wiki's mission is indeed to provide information on anything the Mario cast interacts with, and the various Super Smash Bros. concepts, therefore, deserve by all means the privilege to be covered in some way, shape, or form. The problem is that these concepts are currently presented in excessive detail, much of which is specific to these concepts and perhaps as far-removed from Mario as one can get. I believe the two courses of action proposed here go hand in hand towards offering a much more streamlined coverage for the subjects that lack enough notability within the bona fide Mario franchise.

Following the standard of the List of Super Smash Bros. series items and List of Super Smash Bros. series bosses, my initial plan was to propose merging fighters who have had no significant presence within the Mario franchise into one list housing all their current Smash-related information, in addition to, perhaps, any other relevant information from other Mario-related media where they had cameos and mentions. Realising that the resulting page would be excessively long and more than likely violate the article size policy tenfold, I came up with a compromise that aims to achieve a similar effect:

  1. Trim away detailed, textual information on special moves for all non-Mario fighters. Special moves are intrinsic to a character, employing their own abilities and/or weapons. Giving each move a separate heading within a fighter's article just isn't proportional to the extent they manifest a relationship with Mario elements; they can be neatly summarised in prose, as fighter articles already do. In removing this information, a sizable amount of space will be saved, allowing for more compact fighter lists. Images relevant to the special moves will be kept and repurposed as part of the next course of action:
  2. Make a list of fighters for every Super Smash Bros. game (where for 3DS and for Wii U fighters share the same page) containing the relevant sections of each of the non-Mario, non-franchise-significance fighter, complete with a gallery of relevant images for each section. For instance, this means that we take the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate sections of Ness, Simon Belmont, and other fighters who fulfill the aforementioned criteria and throw them in a "List of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate fighters" list, with each section having a gallery that comprises any relevant image that would go unused as a result of the redistribution of information. A visual example of how this would work can be seen at the end of the proposal.

A few notes:

  • if a character has had a significant appearance within the Mario franchise proper, such as having a playable role in Mario Kart--and this includes actual Mario characters--their page will remain intact. They will still have an entry on the relevant fighter lists, but nothing else beyond their representative artwork and a "main" tag with a link to their respective article. Cameos such as Super Mario Maker costumes, Yoshi's Woolly World designs, WarioWare microgame appearances, non-speaking roles, and mentions do not constitute a significant appearance--and neither do appearances in media where Mario characters are guests, such as Captain N, nor appearances in non-Mario media that is syndicated/distributed with Mario media, such as The Legend of Zelda cartoon and the Mario/Kirby OVA.
  • in cases where information on a fighter is split between lists, their current article is turned into a disambig page for their list entries (e.g., for Ness, it'll be "For information on Ness in the Super Smash Bros. series, see: List of Super Smash Bros. fighters § Ness; List of Super Smash Bros. Melee fighters § Ness etc.") For fighters who have only appeared in one Smash game, their current article is turned into a simple redirect to their respective section.
  • current profile sections won't be moved to these fighter lists to keep their size reasonable. Trophies, stickers, and spirits of each fighter are already covered on their parent pages.
  • Subspace Emissary info and classic mode routes from Ultimate will be among the ported information, even for non-Mario fighters. Reason being, these often involve Mario characters as opponents or otherwise.

With all that said, affected pages include:

The following pages will remain unaffected:

  • Banjo - playable in Diddy Kong Racing
  • Fox McCloud - reasonably significant appearance in the Club Nintendo comic "Super Mario: Mario im Wunderland"
  • Inkling - playable in Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  • Isabelle - playable in Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  • Kirby - major appearances in Club Nintendo comics
  • Link - playable in Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  • Mega Man - major appearance in the Club Nintendo comic "Super Mario: Die Verwandlung"
  • Mii - (playable) appearances in many Mario titles
  • Pac-Man - playable in the Mario Kart Arcade GP crossover series
  • R.O.B. - playable in Mario Kart DS
  • Sonic - playable in the Mario & Sonic crossover series
  • Villager - playable in Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

I put together a sample layout that would inspire the appearance of these new fighter list pages; particularities, such as image size and whether or not fighters with intra-Wiki "main article" tags need an image to begin with, are negotiable.

Page title: List of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate fighters

This is a list of fighters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.


Artwork of Mario from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Main article: Mario § Super Smash Bros. Ultimate


Link from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Main article: Link § Super Smash Bros. Ultimate


Ness from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
SmashWiki article: Ness (SSBU)

Ness appears as an unlockable playable fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. While his moveset is mostly unchanged from the previous Super Smash Bros. titles, he has received various new tweaks to his moves. Ness now emits PSI when pummeling opponents and while using his neutral aerial. His up aerial, rather than headbutting, has him waving his hands in the air. In addition, for his PK Fire and PSI Magnet moves, graphics are taken from EarthBound. He and Lucas have a new victory theme, which is an arrangement of the last two of the Eight Melodies from EarthBound Beginnings.

Several of Ness's attacks receive names: his forward smash is called Batter Up!, his up smash is called Around the World, his down smash is called Walk the Dog, his forward throw is called PK Throw, and his back throw is called Reverse PK Throw.

Classic Mode route
Home to Onett!
Round Opponent(s) Stage Song
1 Ness (blue costume) Magicant Magicant (for 3DS / Wii U)
2 Lucas New Pork City You Call This a Utopia?!
3 R.O.B. (purple costume) ×3 Fourside Fourside
4 Sheik Gerudo Valley Bein' Friends
5 Toon Link (dark costume) ×2 Luigi's Mansion Unfounded Revenge / Smashing Song of Praise
6 Villager, Isabelle Onett Onett Theme / Winters Theme
Final Master Hand, Crazy Hand (intensity 7.0 or higher) Final Destination Master Hand
Master Hand / Crazy Hand (intensity 7.0 or higher)


Simon Belmont artwork for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
SmashWiki article: Simon (SSBU)

Simon Belmont is a protagonist from Konami's Castlevania video game series, debuting in its very first entry. He makes his Super Smash Bros. debut in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a third-party playable character, alongside fellow Konami characters Solid Snake and Richter Belmont, his descendant. He was announced to be playable in the game during the August 2018 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Direct, alongside fellow newcomers Richter, Chrom, Dark Samus, and King K. Rool.

Simon's various attacks involve him using his "Vampire Killer" whip. His special attacks are Axe, an axe that is a powerful projectile; Holy Water, a magical, multi-hitting projectile dealing flame damage; Cross, a projectile with boomerang-esque properties; and Uppercut, a powerful uppercut that functions as Simon's recovery move. His Final Smash, Grand Cross, involves trapping players in a coffin and destroying it. Simon's whip is long-ranged, being effective to use from far distances. Simon's forward, back, and up aerials also function as tether recoveries, making them useful for recovering when close to an edge.

Keith Silverstein, Simon's English voice actor in Castlevania: Judgment, reprises his role as Simon. Hideo Ishikawa, who voiced Simon in DreamMix TV World Fighters, also reprises the role in the Japanese version.

In his debut trailer, he arrives at Dracula's Castle and eliminates Death shortly after the latter killed Luigi. He later confronts Dracula himself but is nearly defeated, only to be saved by his descendant Richter.[1]

Similar to King Dedede in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Lucina in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U, Simon's name is announced differently in the Japanese version to reflect the pronunciation in that language. This trait is also shared with Richter and King K. Rool.

In the Adventure mode, Simon is seen standing near a cliff when he and the other fighters oppose Galeem for the first time. Although Simon is not shown to be hit by Galeem's beams directly, he, like every fighter except Kirby, is imprisoned in the World of Light, where a Galeem-serving puppet fighter of him is created. Simon is later freed after his puppet fighter is defeated, and he subsequently joins Kirby's team against Galeem and later Dharkon.

Simon is a heavy fighter, being heavier than Snake, R.O.B., and Banjo & Kazooie but lighter than Samus, Bowser Jr. (and the Koopalings), Dark Samus, and Terry, while having the same weight as Wario, Ike, Ridley, and Richter.

Classic Mode route
Round Opponent(s) Rule Stage Song
1 King K. Rool, Incineroar (black costume) Dracula's Castle (Battlefield) Vampire Killer
2 Giant Ridley Luigi's Mansion (Ω) Out of Time
3 Bayonetta, Dark Pit Free-for-All Umbra Clock Tower Bloody Tears / Monster Dance
4 Charizard (blue costume), King Dedede (green costume) Kalos Pokémon League Beginning
5 Bowser, Ganondorf, Mewtwo Reset Bomb Forest Simon Belmont Theme (The Arcade)
6 Richter Dracula's Castle Divine Bloodlines
Final Dracula Nothing to Lose
Black Night
  1. ^ Nintendo (August 8, 2018). Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Direct 8.8.2018 YouTube. Retrieved August 8, 2018

Proposer: Koopa con Carne (talk)
Deadline: January 30, 2023, 23:59 GMT


  1. Koopa con Carne (talk) According to calculations that came to me in a dream, this proposal has an 86.489% chance of failure.
  2. Spectrogram (talk) Per proposal and the discussion on Discord. Smash Bros. is a crossover, sure, but Mario content is now very minor compared to the games' first installment, and the problem will only continue to get worse and worse with each coming game and their DLC. Edit: also per Somethingone's rant below, dear God, this was one hell of a read.
  3. Ahemtoday (talk) I'm looking at these pages for Smash characters, and... this is just a less comprehensive version of what's on the Smash wiki. I really don't see the need for these. Perhaps they could be just trimmed, but... well, that'll happen anyway with this whole list thing.
  4. Cosmic Cowboy (talk) Yeah. I gauged interest for this on the forums, and we aren't trying to be SmashWiki here. SmashWiki exists for a reason, you know?
  5. Shiny K-Troopa (talk) This is the only NIWA wiki hogging Smash content like this, it makes no sense. Most of it is irrelevant to Mario and Super Smash Wiki has a purpose.
  6. ShootingStar7X (talk) I've never been fond of our Smash coverage here, and nothing's stopping us from changing our policy after this proposal rather than before.
  7. Somethingone (talk) If us worrying about not treating Smash as a crossover was a valid reason to stop all our trimming of the coverage of it, we have passed all the points where we could stop everything and have a reasonable policy whilst keeping that fact in mind. We could have stopped when we first changed its status from "crossover" to "special case", but we didn't. We could have stopped when we merged the items into a list page, but we didn't. We could have stopped anytime between those two critical points and had a (mostly) reasonable Smash policy, but we didn't. Now, we're at a point where simply doing nothing creates a coverage confuddlement of picking and choosing things based on arbitrary metrics, and I can't help but find the arguments against this proposal a wee bit misguided. No, this proposal is not going to remove any information regarding Smash by merging things into a list. That didn't happen when we merged the items, or the bosses, or the Subspace Emmisary stages. At worst, we trim a bunch of sentences to better summarize them with a space limit in mind, splitting the lists up if they get too big. But that is just standard practice on this wiki when we deal with a lot of text, unless this wiki somehow decides to never trim pages ever again? But regardless, how is it possible that after years of debate on this topic there is still so much drama over trimming information about non-Mario characters' Smash appearances, yet nobody batted an eye when we suddenly stopped covering Smash information in full on Mario's own article without any prior discussion? And no, doing this proposed merge would not be inconsistent with the way we cover the stickers, trophies, spirits, etc. We don't have individual pages describing every single one of those in extraneous detail or, even worse, with just the description of each trophy on each page. We keep all of those in list pages instead, just like we now do with the items and the bosses. If anything, it's even more inconsistent leaving our policy as it is now, as like I mentioned it's arbitrary cherry picking what we do and don't want to have full coverage. No, doing this merge will not impact our search results (don't even try bringing that faulty argument up) as we would still have redirect pages on this wiki, under the names people search up to which they click and are brought to the list pages. I've tried it before, and that is what happens, not "nobody clicks on those pages anymore". No, Smash is absolutely not in any way comparable to any other crossover Mario has been in. Why is it not in any way comparable to any other crossover Mario has been in? It's not just because it's a multi way crossover from 50+ different game series, it's because Nintendo has largely treated Smash as its own unique series with its own unique things to it instead of just a multi way crossover. Master Hand, Crazy Hand, Tabuu, Galeem, Dharkom, Battlefield/the other non-series-specific stages, the Home Run Contest and Target Practice, everything in Subspace Emmisary, etc. None of these things are from any specific series, they are all Smash-original. How much crossover-original, interactible, non-generic content do other crossovers like M&S, Fortune Steeet, Mario & Rabbids, etc. have? Very little. And most importantly, No, the amount of Mario content in Smash is NOT in any way significantly more than any other series's content in Smash, and Mario does not have special Smash treatment in any way. Nintendo never marketed it as a Mario game, never treated it as such, never showed a clear preference towards Mario in the Smash games themselves, and if it ever seems like it did, please remember just how big the greater Mario franchise is as a whole. The only time that Mario could have maybe almost kind-of sort-of had a bigger promise was in the first Smash installment, but that's it. Heck, was Smash ever listed on any Mario-series guidebooks (I.e., on ESMB or something else)? I don't know, but I honestly doubt so. TL, DR; If we wanted Smash as a full crossover, we wouldn't have given it special status back then. If we don't want inconsistency by making the fighters into a list page, we wouldn't have merged every* other aspect into a list page. And if we are worried about a loss of information from this proposal, it's most likely just a worry as condensing information & linking to SmashWiki does not do that to such a significant degree. Strong support, I just want this nonsense to end.
  8. WildWario (talk) Per all.
  9. LadySophie17 (talk) Per all, pretty please.
  10. Seandwalsh (talk) Per all.
  11. Swallow (talk) I originally wanted to back out of this one, but when it started I was sort of leaning towards support and following Somethingone's vote reasoning I've decided to put a support vote here too. As lomg as we don't lose too much information, then I'm ok with this.
  12. Glowsquid (talk) This isn't where I would have started, but per my horrible monster of a comment on a past discussion,
  13. Scrooge200 (talk) Per all.
  14. SmokedChili (talk) Per proposal. The Smash Bros. series, which doesn't have much of original content of its own, has the foundational basis on which content from the other series, Mario included, is built.
  15. Cadrega86 (talk) I'm a newer user and I've made only a few edits, but as a longtime reader I've always found odd how much Smash Bros. is covered here, especially compared to other NIWA and non-NIWA wikis.
  16. 1468z (talk) Per all.


  1. Wikiboy10 (talk) Absoutely no. We have had many proposals to restrictSmash Bros. information that failed and this would be one of the most serious. The game is a crossover, so we have to cover all the relevant information that a crossover game must have. At least with other instances, those were just gameplay mechanics or related to non-playable characters. This is merely giving the game a guest appearance role, which would go against what we stood on the games for years. This proposal also fails to mention the Subspace Emissary which has many of the characters interact (and this is why I felt merging Master Hand and other story-related bosses wasn't a good decision). I'd only really accept this if the game was considered a guest appearance but we have consistently referred to it as a crossover. I feel that these pages could be important if people want to know which characters have crossovered with the franchise at one point.
  2. Waluigi Time (talk) Our stance on trimming Smash coverage has, in almost every instance, been to condense information, not cut it. This would not only completely reverse that stance, but start top down at what is pretty much the most important aspect of the series - a change like this, if it were to go through, should really start bottom up. Axing this much information on fighters, when we couldn't even get a consensus on merging the stages just a few months ago and elements of the series like trophies, stickers, and spirits are still covered in full, is a weird way to go about it and definitely too much, too fast. Aside from that, I don't think splitting this into one page per game would be the best way to do this. There's a lot of overlap between fighters, and realistically, how different is Captain Falcon across the series that we need to split that information over five pages? (Also, I'd say Samus would be worth keeping around too since she had a physical appearance in SMRPG.)
  3. TheFlameChomp (talk) Per all. Though I have been in favor of condensing and limiting some of the Smash Bros., but like my position on having articles for stages, I feel that fighters are important enough to have their own articles, especially when the games are considered crossover appearances. I am also not in favor of completely cutting content unless it refers to very minor aspects of the series.
  4. Doc von Schmeltwick (talk) - Yeah, no. Per every individual point raised above.
  5. Paper Jorge (talk) If we're gonna start violently trimming Super Smash Bros. content, I think starting at the prominent, notable and major playable characters with various crossover cameos instead of starting at trophies, Lylat Cruise convos, spirits, challenges, you name horrible. Terrible prioritizing. I actually think if we're gonna reinvent the wheel and start from scratch, the playable characters and stages should be the most important things to keep.
  6. Killer Moth (talk) After thinking about for a little bit, I have to agree with the opposition here. Trimming down coverage on things like items and bosses is one thing, but these are the characters that are the most vital part about the game. This wiki covers all Mario-related crossovers. It is why we have articles for Sonic characters because they appear in the Mario & Sonic games and make up half of the cast, we can't just go around trimming content for the sake of them not being Mario characters. Ultimately, like the users above, I find this to be unnecessary.
  7. Hewer (talk) The main reason I'm opposing this is because I think it's inconsistent with how we handle other crossover games. While it's true that, say, Mario & Sonic has a much greater proportion of Mario content than Smash does, that doesn't change the fact that there is still a significant amount of Mario content in Smash, and the Sonic characters in Mario & Sonic that we give their own articles don't have much more to do with the Mario series than all the Smash characters, the only real difference between them being that one crossover has significantly fewer franchises involved in it than the other. If we decide to make a change like this then I think we should first revise the coverage policy as a whole, because it doesn't seem logical to me to merge the Smash cast into Lists of Super Smash Bros. fighters without also having List of Sonic the Hedgehog characters in Mario & Sonic, List of Dragon Quest characters in Fortune Street, etc. Also, merging fighters when every stage is still split even after a somewhat recent failed merge proposal for them is kind of ridiculous.
  8. Tails777 (talk) Per all. I've thought about the comparison to Sonic series characters in the Mario & Sonic series as well; even if Mario & Sonic is a much smaller crossover compared to Smash, both are still crossovers. If we cut/trim/lower information on Smash fighters, we'd have to do the same for characters like Tails or Shadow or Vector cause even if Mario & Sonic is just two franchises, those characters have about as much relevance to the Mario series as characters like Ness, Wii Fit Trainer or the Duck Hunt Dog do.
  9. Arend (talk) Per all.
  10. MrConcreteDonkey (talk) Per all. I don't really have strong opinions for or against trimming Smash content down (I don't think it's something most visitors to the Wiki care about or something that reflects badly on us to have), but splitting characters across 5 (6?) different list articles seems so needlessly complicated. Also if anything it makes our coverage even more like SmashWiki's, so I don't really understand the support votes that seem to be opposed to that? If our aim is to cut down on unnecessary Smash content then something like listing characters by the game they debuted in (as Ultimate basically does) would be much neater.
  11. LinkTheLefty (talk) I get where the support's coming from, but still, I think the proposal would be compacting too much. I for one believe the Yoshi's Woolly World designs and Super Mario Maker costumes, for instance, are significant enough to push a number of subjects as their own article (the former is notable because, unlike the latter, the credits don't even mention or market third-party permissions), since those are Mario franchise games through and through. Not every player of these games is going to be aware that they even are recycled guests from Super Smash Bros. Suppose someone new has no idea what a "Captain Falcon" is and decides to look it up on the Mario Wiki because of course he's from a Mario game. They'd be confused when they then get redirected to a list of Super Smash Bros. fighters with the original Yoshi's Woolly World / Super Maker Maker information made less accessible (nevermind the fact that the Blue Falcon gets an article but he doesn't under this proposal, despite making a Mario-related comic appearance). That's basically my issue with some of the lists in these merge proposals - they sometimes don't take into account that beginners could be looking for information elsewhere and instead redirect wholesale to what's taken to be the search of the majority. There's just some overlap with articles like the Subspace Army, Assist Trophy, and list of Smash Run enemies, not to mention Smash Run Pokémon such as Gastly not covered properly in the main Pokémon article, and then we're left wondering why it's not as intuitive as it used to be to find what you were looking for. I do like the idea of disambigs over redirects, and suggest extending that to the aforementioned and trophies, stickers, and spirits.


@Wikiboy10, err, there's a specific statement right there in the proposal that Subspace Emissary info will be kept. -- KOOPA CON CARNE 12:44, January 23, 2023 (EST)

@Waluigi Time: Where do we draw a line between condensation and removal of information? What about the former bonuses pages: that information was outright removed due to being irrelevant and having equivalent coverage on the Smash Wiki. The amount of detail given to each character's special move set is similarly completely out of line with this website's scope and is being better handled on the other wiki. -- KOOPA CON CARNE 13:01, January 23, 2023 (EST)

It seems to me that anything we have cut has always been the nitty-gritty minor elements of the series. Besides fighters, we still cover all the available information on the stages, items (including Assist Trophies and Pokemon), bosses, side modes, and the collectibles I mentioned, even for what's been merged to list pages. Setting aside my own opinions on Smash coverage, I just don't think starting by gutting the most important element of the series is a good idea when all of that is still on the table. There's a reason why the successful Smash coverage proposals have been done gradually, and why the ones that have tried to do too much at once failed. --Waluigi's head icon in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Too Bad! Waluigi Time! 13:20, January 23, 2023 (EST)
And wouldn't the in-depth explanations that this wiki currently provides for each character's moveset be well beyond reasonable? Smash Bros. items, Assist Trophies, and assist Pokemon aren't nearly comparable to fighters in gameplay role; there's only so much you can write about these, and their current coverage already lays down the gist for each. Recurring side modes like Break the Targets and Home Run should be broken up and merged with their relevant game articles (keep in mind that subjects like Mob Smash and Classic Mode are currently handled in this way, and that works well enough), and the collectible lists continue to have hosts of irrelevant information the likes of which this wiki should get rid of, albeit I agree the way this was attempted was not the best. In contrast to the unsuccessful proposals you mentioned, the present one pursues a very clear goal: merge fighters into game-related pages and, in the process of assuring these pages are within acceptable parameters, trim the useless and deprecated information that takes the form of detailed movesets. The alternative approach would have been to make this proposal a two-parter, where one establishes whether said information should be trimmed, and the other finally advocates merging the fighters provided the first one passes, but I think the proposal in its current form serves to accelerate the process whilst providing two simple options. With all that said, I do operate under the assumption that, given the two-part proposal situation, there would have been a sizeable overlap between the people who would support one and the people who would support the other, as would be the case with the opposition. -- KOOPA CON CARNE 16:14, January 23, 2023 (EST)
I think we're just going to have to agree to disagree on what's "reasonable" to cover then, since we have totally opposed stances here and I doubt any more back and forth would change that. --Waluigi's head icon in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Too Bad! Waluigi Time! 17:00, January 23, 2023 (EST)

@Paper Jorge: As far as the wiki is concerned, fighters and stages are just another aspect of the game, regardless of how you or anyone else perceives them. Fighters may be the game's main draw, but that essentially only plays into player preference and sympathy, and this is their only claim to coverage priority on this wiki; there otherwise exists zero ingrained, objective priority to cover one group of Smash subjects better than another. (Name one besides "characters are playable and I relate to them more than to an inanimate object".) The proposals that aimed to restrict information on stages, trophies and the whole shebang had too many options, and Smash coverage is already contentious as it is, so it's not difficult to see why these proposals had users pulling in different directions, yet those subjects should definitely be revisited especially if this proposal, by a miracle, succeeds. -- KOOPA CON CARNE 08:54, January 24, 2023 (EST)

Unlike crossovers where Mario franchise makes up a very large portion of the game, such as Sonic or Fortune Street, Smash should be covered as a guest appearance. There is no reason why a series with countless franchises put together should be covered in full. Mario elements deserve pages, I don't understand why we should bother with the rest. Spectrogram (talk) 14:06, January 24, 2023 (EST)

Not sure if treating Smash as a guest appearance is optimal, but I agree on maintaining a differentiation between it and other crossover situations. Hewer, respectfully, did you even read the coverage policy before bringing it up? It says right there that Smash Bros. is an exceptional type of crossover, as it's marketed as "many franchises coming together" rather than "Mario and then something else". Thus, quote, "pages for the [Smash] series are decided on a more particular basis", different from the treatment of other crossover titles. Your vote, and Killer Moth's for that matter, are based on wrong premises. -- KOOPA CON CARNE 14:20, January 24, 2023 (EST)
You misunderstood my point (though it is my fault for not explaining it better). "should be covered as a guest appearance" does not imply "should be classified as a guest appearance". Smash Bros. as a crossover should only have in-depth (key word is in-depth, lists are a perfectly fine compromise) coverage of Mario elements and the rest is unneeded. I know coverage policy well, thanks. Spectrogram (talk) 14:28, January 24, 2023 (EST)
I was addressing Hewer with the part of my message that concerned the policy, not you. -- KOOPA CON CARNE 14:44, January 24, 2023 (EST)
I apologize for being an idiot. Spectrogram (talk) 15:11, January 24, 2023 (EST)
Ok, sorry for having worded my vote badly, but what I was trying to say is that if we're doing things like this to our Smash coverage I think we should first revise the coverage policy as a whole because I don't think it's consistent to give subjects only related to Mario via Smash less importance on the wiki than subjects only related to Mario via other crossovers. For example, Sticks the Badger and Incineroar really have the same amount of relevance to Mario as each other, both being characters we only cover because they were playable in crossovers with a lot of Mario content, and I don't think the proportion of Mario content in each crossover is a good reason to treat these otherwise virtually identical cases differently to each other. Yes, there are a lot more other franchises in Smash than in those smaller crossovers, but there is still a very large amount of Mario content in Smash probably comparable to the amount in those other crossovers even if the proportion may be very different. I'm aware the coverage policy says Smash is something of a special case but I personally don't think that exception should be taken to this much of an extreme in trying to have our cake and eat it too. I've reworded parts of my vote to hopefully be more clear. Hewer (talk · contributions · edit count) 18:11, January 24, 2023 (EST)
You excuse yourself for having worded your vote badly, then proceed to restate the very same wrong premise you went with originally. The policy already makes a distinction between Smash and crossovers like Mario & Sonic, and that's because, again, Smash isn't billed as "Mario + other franchises", which would give it the privileges of a Mario game proper, it's "this, and this, and this franchise all coming together (and Mario just happens to be there)", something that hasn't actually been tried in any other Nintendo propriety. [Late Edit: And as Somethingone states, Smash Bros. is more of a franchise of its own, it isn’t claimed by any one franchise represented in it; heck, the first game wasn’t even originally conceived with an all-star Nintendo cast.] No, the argument that Mario is disproportionally represented doesn't hold water, that's yet another metric powered by subjectivity and is easily dispelled by the aforementioned fact. Besides, whether the changes proposed here should extend to coverage of the other crossover games is up for another discussion, not this one, because it would entail an overhaul of policies that currently operate separate from each other. The fact that the opposition knowingly ignores this just reeks of bad faith. -- KOOPA CON CARNE 15:08, January 26, 2023 (EST)
The part of my vote I worded badly is when I originally said that the proposal was inconsistent with the coverage policy, when what I'm really trying to say is that I don't think the exception Smash has should be taken this far (i.e. I think the coverage policy should be changed if this were to pass). I'm aware this proposal isn't technically against the policy, but again I reiterate that the Sonic characters in Mario & Sonic or Dragon Quest characters in Fortune Street have about the same relevance to Mario as the crossover characters in Smash, all of them being characters we only cover because they were in games with lots of Mario stuff in them and that are otherwise just as irrelevant to the series as each other. I never said that Mario is 'disproportionally represented' in Smash (in fact I specifically argued against the proportion being prioritised in importance over the amount), I'm just saying that there's a lot of Mario stuff in Smash even though it isn't a Mario game itself in a similar fashion to, say, Fortune Street. I'm aware I'm discussing potentially overhauling policies, that's because I think it's necessary to have that discussion first before deciding to make a change like this due to the large inconsistency it would cause in our crossover coverage. Basically, I don't think we should be merging the Smash fighters into lists without also doing the same for other crossover characters. I'm also not quite sure how exactly my argument is a 'wrong premise' or 'reeks of bad faith'. Hewer (talk · contributions · edit count) 08:47, January 27, 2023 (EST)
On the one hand, you claim that Mario's disproportionate representation is not your argument, but then you make a case for Mario being prominent enough in Smash that the other fighters represented within deserve an equal type of coverage. These two stances are contradictory. I apologise if this response seems austere, or if I'm simply too obtuse, but I'm genuinely perplexed as to what you're trying to get at. -- KOOPA CON CARNE 14:29, January 27, 2023 (EST)
I'm saying that because Mario plays a big part in Smash (not necessarily a bigger part than all the other series, but still undeniably a big part), the other crossover characters and series in Smash are no more Mario-relevant than those in smaller crossover games. I don't think Mario's representation in Smash is disproportionate and I recognise that it's considered equal in importance to the other series in Smash, but ultimately I don't think that changes my argument much. Similarly, even though games like Mario & Sonic have a much greater proportion of Mario representation than Smash, I'd say my argument stands because that doesn't make the crossover characters they feature any more relevant to Mario. Hewer (talk · contributions · edit count) 15:27, January 27, 2023 (EST)

*I will say one criticism to the proposer though; if you are going to merge the fighters, then you reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeally should have done the same with the stages as well, as they have the same treatment as fighters but a lower degree of importance. I still support this proposal, but if it passes it means that this wiki will be treated inanimate, generic floors with a 3D background as more important than the characters you play as, which I guess is kind of a thing this wiki has as a whole for any game. S o m e t h i n g o n e ! Badge Bandit 17:21, January 26, 2023 (EST)

A similar proposal will be made to account for the stages, provided this one passes. Playable characters don’t have any perceived importance over stages; both of these groups are gameplay features added consciously and with a clear goal. Obviously, in game design, you have to establish a hierarchy between the player and the elements in their environment, but that has no bearing on the fashion these subjects are documented on a wiki at all. -- KOOPA CON CARNE 21:14, January 26, 2023 (EST)

I would like to point out that opposition is right that spirits, trophies and stickers should be trimmed. Spectrogram (talk) 01:34, January 27, 2023 (EST)

There are many arguments here, so let me explain my stance on this. We have crossover games, guest appearance games, and cameo games. The crossover games are stuff where the whole point is that these franchises are interacting with each other. For example, Mario & Sonic are about the Mario and Sonic characters competing at the Olympics. That's a crossover. Mario characters team up with the Rabbids. Another crossover. Calling those guest appearances would severely downplay how much of a significant role these other characters have. Guest appearances are when Mario elements have a prominent role in the game's story or have one of them as a playable character. The NBA game is an excellent example since that game does not advertise itself as a crossover. Also, while Nintendo Land does try to reference various Nintendo franchises, the games are primarily self-contained and don't crossover with each other. Link's Awakening only gets the article because Wart plays a minor role in the game's plot. The same case for the Starfy article for Wario. Cameo games are when games where that are more subtle or are just minor gags, if anything. The Zelda series occasionally likes to reuse enemies such as Chain Chomps and Lakitus, but those are more like fun nods than serious significant crossovers. The reason for Link's Awakening was because of Wart, who has retroactively become part of the franchise. LEGO City Undercover has tons of Mario-related cameos in the game, but many are just gags. The closest thing to the characters are the Mario enemies.

Super Smash Bros. is very tricky because it's hard to fit into any of those categories. Not a cameo game because the Mario characters play a significant role in it. Calling it a guest appearance would also be wrong because the games are treated as crossover games with Nintendo characters fighting. Starting with Ultimate, it's become a general crossover game, not just Nintendo. Calling it a crossover is thorny because, while Nintendo treats them as crossovers, there are all on the same level. Ultimately (no pun intended), you'd have to reach a compromise. Not a cameo game, more than just a guest appearance, kind of a crossover. So here's the thing. It's a crossover franchise, but barely. It meets just the bare minimum for such a qualifier. If there is just barely enough to qualify, that's good enough for me.

The pages serve as a helpful tool for people to know what non-Mario character has a role in the franchise. Remember that Amiibo support for the Smash figures is a thing in multiple Mario games. Sure, it's just minor stuff (I'm not for giving Hello Kitty an article) but historically interesting to document. Also, to Somethingone, the Smash games are indeed mentioned in Super Mario Bros. Encyclopedia. Wikiboy10 (talk) 13:37, January 27, 2023 (EST)

I'm not convinced this wiki should cover all of these characters in full. This is why we attempt to merge them, not outright delete them. I'm yet to see a good arguement why this specific NIWA wiki should cover it all. Spectrogram (talk) 13:58, January 27, 2023 (EST)
First off, please try to stick more to the proposal's topic. Coverage policy for crossovers in general is not what's addressed here. This is an advisory for everyone here.
Secondly, with the last paragraph, you're seemingly losing track of the proposal itself. The proposal doesn't put any non-Mario Smash info at risk of being completely eviscerated from the wiki, it just argues containing the info differently while trimming and condensing it at specific points--something that's already been done with items and bosses. -- KOOPA CON CARNE 14:29, January 27, 2023 (EST)

I'd like to ask the supporters a question specifically regarding the organizational method proposed here, which is to merge the fighters into separate lists by game. What this means is that, with the exception of Ultimate newcomers, the information on them will be split up and scattered across anywhere from 2-5 pages, depending on the character. The Ultimate list would not go into detail repeating details that are unchanged from Sm4sh, or any other comparable situation - the example provided actually shows this with Ness, merely saying that he is "mostly unchanged from the previous Super Smash Bros. titles" while providing no help to the reader to actually find that information. Keep in mind that on a surface level, Ness has pretty much remained unchanged since Melee, besides getting a Final Smash in Brawl, and still has a lot of elements retained from the original 64 game. So if you want to find out what Ness is like in Ultimate, the page for that game is actually pretty useless, and you instead have to track down that information split across three other pages (Sm4sh muddying the waters by being an extra page that's not very useful here), trying to piece together which information still applies, instead of simply being able to scroll.

Is this actually a setup you would find ideal and helpful for readers, or are at least some of you just caught up in the idea of less Smash content? Whether you think the fighters deserve any coverage isn't important here, as this proposal does not remove that coverage. It's still going to be here, so it should be organized as best as we can. Even if I were supportive of trimming Smash, I don't think I could support this. I would sooner support keeping all the information on each character in one place, whether that's accomplished through "List of fighters introduced in X" pages for each game (a subtle change, but one that would improve this a lot), or just all fighters being merged to one page for the entire series.

Also, @Koopa con Carne, are you open to pulling Samus out of this, at least for now? Aside from her physical appearance in SMRPG (which I'd argue is worth a page by itself), she's made multiple appearances or at least been referenced in several Mario and Mario-adjacent pieces of media, and I think she has enough history with the franchise to at least not immediately be tossed into this as a package deal. Nevermind it's too late to edit the proposal --Waluigi's head icon in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Too Bad! Waluigi Time! 13:58, January 27, 2023 (EST)

Wouldn't it be too late to edit the proposal? Also, I like the idea of creating lists of characters based on the game they were introduced in. Spectrogram (talk) 14:06, January 27, 2023 (EST)
This issue is addressed in the proposal; "in cases where information on a fighter is split between lists, their current article is turned into a disambig page for their list entries (e.g., for Ness, it'll be "For information on Ness in the Super Smash Bros. series, see: List of Super Smash Bros. fighters § Ness; List of Super Smash Bros. Melee fighters § Ness etc.") For fighters who have only appeared in one Smash game, their current article is turned into a simple redirect to their respective section.". If that's not enough, we can easily put a "see also" hyperlink above each section of a fighter that appeared in multiple Smash games that links back to their disambiguation page, where readers can then go to their information in other Smash games.
Also for the record, I am not "caught up in the idea of less Smash content", I am caught up in how inconsistent and inertic this wiki is with how it treats Smash coverage. Had the original "merge items and bosses into lists" proposals failed, I would have been fine if a proposal came out to expand our view on Smash coverage. But those passed, and so we should be consistent in that decision by applying it to all aspects of the series instead of picking and choosing which aspects we deem "more notable" than others. S o m e t h i n g o n e ! Badge Bandit 14:38, January 27, 2023 (EST)
I don't really see the disambiguation page as a solution here, nor do I think adding see also would help much. The issue is, again, that information on one subject will be scattered across as many as five pages, which is especially bad when you're talking about Smash fighters, as each game builds upon the previous installments with them, and the pages even say this. Simply having links doesn't tell readers where to actually find anything specific that they're looking for, it just reduces the time it takes to find it. It's a band-aid fix that makes an inconvenient situation for readers slightly less inconvenient - but why should we be doing that at all when there are other ways to cover it that are much more convenient and don't send readers on a wild goose chase across multiple pages just because a page that they thought was about a specific game tells them very little about what is actually in that game? (Also, if we want to talk consistency, how is splitting up the fighters across multiple pages like this consistent with any other Smash lists so far?) --Waluigi's head icon in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Too Bad! Waluigi Time! 14:48, January 27, 2023 (EST)
@Waluigi Time, I'm fond of your idea to organise fighters by debut Smash game, and support it wholeheartedly. I reckon this would involve considerably smaller and more digestible lists than what's proposed here, in addition to having better organisation. As it's already been said, though, it's too late to edit the proposal. Unless it's possible to change the course of action by having enough of the current supporters plead for it here in the comments, a follow-up proposal should take care of it--all provided this one passes, of course. As for Samus' appearances in the Mario franchise, most of them are squarely cameos (with Samus Doll already having a page of its own), and the one in SMRPG also seems like a cameo appearance more than anything, but it's probably best if there's a separate discussion on this. @Somethingone, what WT suggested would be more efficient than disambig pages, as you'd keep the continuity of information on each character on one page. -- KOOPA CON CARNE 15:05, January 27, 2023 (EST)
Named NPCs policy Spectrogram (talk) 15:18, January 27, 2023 (EST)
I can agree to organizing the lists by debut game instead of splitting the info itself across multiple pages, that I can whole-heartedly agree on. I must have misread Waluigi Time's comment. S o m e t h i n g o n e ! Badge Bandit 15:21, January 27, 2023 (EST)
I don't think much can be done about it now, so the proposal would have to run its course and then depending on the outcome, either a new proposal or counterproposal would be made. I don't think this would be viable for an admin cancellation at this point, but I could be wrong. (I suppose if this were to pass, the responsibility of enacting the changes would fall to you, so you could just put it off until enough time passed to be able to do the new proposal.) --Waluigi's head icon in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Too Bad! Waluigi Time! 15:20, January 27, 2023 (EST)
Let it be known that I still support the principle of merging non-Mario Smash subjects by appropriate criteria, and that I do not wish to cancel or nullify this proposal. -- KOOPA CON CARNE 15:25, January 27, 2023 (EST)
On the other hand, if this proposal passes, four weeks isn't a long time, and overall this proposal is perfectly fine. Spectrogram (talk) 15:28, January 27, 2023 (EST)

I have thought about this proposal a lot, and I will say that I think that I would be more willing to consider supporting if it was organized the way that Waluigi Time suggested above. While merging character articles goes further than I personally prefer, I do understand the reasoning, but I would like it to be done in a way that is actually convenient for readers. I think one main thing that doesn't really sit right with me about the proposal is the fact that merging characters is being considered before smaller things like trophy, sticker, and spirit lists, as well as some other things such as bonus stages and challenges (Snag the Trophies!, Race to the Finish! (minigame)). --A sprite of a Flame Chomp from New Super Mario Bros. Wii.TheFlameChomp (talk) 18:18, January 27, 2023 (EST)

I'm sorry if it seems like I'm annoyingly repeating myself, but--to address the latter part of your comment as well as some other comments made in the meantime--I never had any regard for any preconceived "priority" these fighters have over other elements, hence why I took the liberty to "jump" straight to fighters. They're simply just another set of things with attributable gameplay roles. I am still waiting for someone to explain in what manner does this priority operate, other than the fact that these fighters are playable (which doesn't change anything, Dixie Kong has the same tier of coverage as Pebble despite one being playable and another being a borderline joke item) and are more relatable than an object (subjective criterion). -- KOOPA CON CARNE 18:35, January 27, 2023 (EST)
"yet nobody batted an eye when we suddenly stopped covering Smash information in full on Mario's own article without any prior discussion?"

Just to clarify, the information I cut wasn't because it was Smash Bros. coverage creep. I was in the process of cutting down excessive plot details in the Mario page (which is huge and we need to split off the history section at some point, sooner the better imo, which I did bring up) and I did exactly that to this section. I redirected to SmashWiki's page because it seemed like the best place for readers to see Mario's role in the Subspce Emissary. Sure, I could redirect it to a section in Brawl's main page or a related article on MarioWiki if not that, but then you'll have a lot of information iirelevant to the character's role in the plot, so I settled on SmashWiki's page. Mario Green.pngBazooka Mario BadaBoom! 18:33, January 27, 2023 (EST)

Merge "Yoshi (platform series)" and "Yoshi (puzzle series)" into "Yoshi (franchise)"

merge the pages 5-0
My last proposal has been declined, so Hewer is right—a better idea will be to just merge both the "Yoshi (platform series)" and "Yoshi (puzzle series)" articles with the main "Yoshi (franchise)" article since the former is quite unclearly defined and movinf the latter to "Yoshi (series)" is a bad idea because that's easily confused with "Yoshi (franchise)".

Proposer: Teh Other (talk)
Deadline: February 2, 2023, 23:59 GMT


  1. Teh Other (talk) Per proposal
  2. Hewer (talk) I wasn't originally thinking about merging the puzzle series too (my argument quoted in the proposal was a reason not to move it as was proposed before and not an argument for merging it), but now that I think about it, it does make sense to merge both of these because they aren't clearly defined and for the most part seem to just be standalone games that happen to share a genre, whereas we usually only split series with games that have an official or clearly indicated connection beyond that.
  3. Killer Moth (talk) Per all. The puzzle games aren't clearly defined as a series and only really share the same genre.
  4. SONIC123CDMANIA+&K(B&ATSA) (talk) I was a bit skeptical at first, but now I see that this would be good for the wiki, as the Wario Land series & the WarioWare series are both on the Wario (franchise) page. Per all.
  5. Spectrogram (talk) Per a

Leave the way they are


It's time to talk about Visual Editor once again

canceled by proposer
Previous proposal failed to implement Visual Editor as the second option. The opposition failed to make a good arguement against its implementation. Just like I said in my vote months ago, "It doesn't take away anything and encourages newer users who don't yet have experience with source editor to contribute." Since that proposal has failed, I now have to make a new one to overwrite the last one.

Wikipedia has a Visual Editor. I see time and time again newer users who don't yet understand source editor go for Visual Editor instead. Source editor makes perfect sense for us, but not for everyone. Sure, newer users should learn the source editor, but for some people it takes time. We shouldn't discourage newer users from editing. It doesn't take away anything. It is a toggleable option for those who choose to use it. It can be helpful for more experienced users too. It's overall a win-win situation. It doesn't take away anything, and it only improves the experience of everyone on the wiki. If Wikipedia is using it, clearly the Visual Editor is alright. Thanks for reading.

Proposer: Spectrogram (talk)
Deadline: March 3, 2023, 23:59 GMT
Date withdrawn: February 26, 2023


  1. Spectrogram (talk) I encourage everyone to overwrite the previous proposal.



You seem to have missed a very important point brought up in the previous proposal: namely, that this is not something that can be decided purely through proposal. Implementing new tech is something that's up to Porplemontage (talk), the proprietor of the wiki, since it's work he would have to do. Talk to him about it first, and if he wants community feedback, then you can make a proposal about it. If you can get his approval, then I don't see a problem with implementing Visual Editor, but it's something he has no obligation to do. Dark BonesSig.png 17:33, February 24, 2023 (EST)

I'm aware. The problem is that a proposal needs to be overwritten first Spectrogram (talk) 00:13, February 25, 2023 (EST)
And in order to "overwrite" that proposal, you have to re-propose--and earn a supporting majority for--the same changes presented there, which is basically what you're doing here and 7feet is advising you not to do without some kind of go-ahead from the one person who is able to enact these changes. Ground zero can't be reached again; you're either going to have it one way or another based on community consensus. -- KOOPA CON CARNE 12:50, February 25, 2023 (EST)
Alright. Spectrogram (talk) 13:00, February 25, 2023 (EST)

Discourage drive-by templating

Require improvement templates to have their reason parameter filled, remove unfilled/vague notices on mainspace articles 25-0
Improvement templates are a necessary, or at least beneficiary, eyesore but they can be subject to degenerate editing behaviours. Namely, it's very easy (and common) for editors to just slap improvement templates on pages with no or vague reasons and then leave (Template:Rewrite-expand in particular is subject to this). Not only can it be Kind of Rude when it's slapped on a recently-created article, the resulting eyesores stay on pages for years, as it's not clear to anyone but the editor who added the template what needs to be done - the Donkey Kong page has had a Rewrite-Expand notice since 2017 for vague "bad writing" and it's hard to tell what's so awful about the existing writing or what content must be added.

Through conversations on our Discord server, I've found other editors share my frustration with this behaviour. Fortunately, I believe there's an easy fix. Most improvement templates have parameters to explain in the template text why the template was added to a page, and any improvement template that currently does not incorporate this can be easily modified to have it. As such I propose, should this pass, that from this point, any improvement template added to a page must have its reason parameter filled with specific, actionable points. Emphasis on the "specific" - just saying a page has "bad writing" or "is missing images" without specifically saying what is bad about the writing or what images are missing won't cut mustard. Any currently-used instances that do not have their parameter filled (or only give a vague reason) will be removed, although it does not mean the templates can't be readded if specific reasons are listed.

Proposer: Glowsquid (talk)
Deadline: March 6, 2023, 23:59 GMT

Require improvement templates to have their reason parameter filled, remove unfilled/vague notices on mainspace articles

  1. Glowsquid (talk) ^^
  2. Waluigi Time (talk) Per proposal.
  3. TheFlameChomp (talk) Per proposal.
  4. Swallow (talk) Per proposal.
  5. RHG1951 (talk) Per proposal.
  6. Koopa con Carne (talk) was always bothered by this
  7. Somethingone (talk) I don't see any reason why we should not do this.
  8. Doc von Schmeltwick (talk) - Per (also the reason parameter should be the second one, not date or user or whatever irrelevant garbage)
  9. Bazooka Mario (talk) per. Also we should encourage going on talk page or linking to an existing talk page discussion, which can also serve to elaborate on points being made that can't fit on a rewrite template.
  10. Spectrogram (talk) per Bazooka Mario (talk).
  11. Platform (talk) Per proposal.
  12. Killer Moth (talk) Per all. I remember doing some edits to the Donkey Kong page and having trouble finding what was being considered "bad writing". So I ended up mostly just removing false information and fixing the formatting on the page.
  13. LadySophie17 (talk) Per proposal, (maybe without the Trivia template).
  14. Ahemtoday (talk) Per proposal.
  15. 1468z (talk) Per proposal.
  16. Tails777 (talk) Per proposal.
  17. SONIC123CDMANIA+&K(B&ATSA) (talk) per all the users who interacted with me previously in one way or another.
  18. 7feetunder (talk) Possibly out of the scope of this proposal, but I also think that split and merge request templates without a discussion tied to them (I've seen several) should be removed for the same reason.
  19. Lord Grammaticus (talk) Absolutely on board.
  20. Power Flotzo (talk) Per proposal.
  21. ThePowerPlayer (talk) Per proposal.
  22. Shadic 34 (talk) Literally a day before the deadline, but... Per proposal.
  23. Mario jc (talk) Per all.
  24. Mister Wu (talk) Yeah, these templates should clearly indicate how to improve the page, otherwise they're pretty much worthless.
  25. Scrooge200 (talk) Per proposal.

Keep things as they are


This is probably a given already, but will this also apply to "more image" templates? Again, what kind of images required should be stated as well. Swallow's profile picture shown in NEO: The World Ends With You Swallow Rindo Kanade 21:42, February 27, 2023 (EST)

Yeah, I think in spirit, this should apply. Mario Green.pngBazooka Mario BadaBoom! 01:54, February 28, 2023 (EST)

Two questions: Specifically what templates would be covered under this proposal? And what would happen to existing examples of unhelpful templates on the wiki already? (i.e.: Donkey Kong's page, Kamek's page) Will they just be removed (per proposal) with no discussion (if so I do agree)? — Lady Sophie Wiggler Sophie.png (T|C) 11:17, February 28, 2023 (EST)

The proposal does say that any templates that either don't have any reasoning or are too vague will be removed from articles. I'm assuming templates like Template:Rewrite, Template:More images etc will be the ones affected. Swallow's profile picture shown in NEO: The World Ends With You Swallow Rindo Kanade 11:37, February 28, 2023 (EST)

So the templates covered would be the following:

"Will they just be removed (per proposal) with no discussion?"

Yes. --Glowsquid (talk) 12:41, February 28, 2023 (EST)

Are you sure including the trivia template for this proposal is a good idea? Spectrogram (talk) 12:53, February 28, 2023 (EST)
I almost put "Maybe it could be an exception? idk" next to it. It already identifies a specific problem so I guess it can be excluded. --Glowsquid (talk) 13:04, February 28, 2023 (EST)
Seconding this question. The community has already discussed specific criteria for trimming improper trivia, so any problems signalled by this tag are often easy to detect and fix, even without providing specifics in said tag. -- KOOPA CON CARNE 13:06, February 28, 2023 (EST)
That makes sense. You have my vote, although I believe Trivia template should not be included. — Lady Sophie Wiggler Sophie.png (T|C) 13:36, February 28, 2023 (EST)
The trivia template probably could be reworked some way, maybe agree on how many trivia points in a trivia section there should be before the template becomes warranted (I'd often say about five or six). Swallow's profile picture shown in NEO: The World Ends With You Swallow Rindo Kanade 16:00, February 28, 2023 (EST)

As 7feetunder proposed, would it be possible to include Template:Split, Template:Merge to and Template:Merge from in the list? — Lady Sophie Wiggler Sophie.png (T|C) 17:22, March 2, 2023 (EST)

Those (however inexplicably) don't even have reason parameters, so that is inapplicable here. Doc von Schmeltwick (talk) 17:48, March 2, 2023 (EST)
7feetunder said if they could only be used if there is an active discussion or proposal regarding its respective matter, which I would agree with as well. Swallow's profile picture shown in NEO: The World Ends With You Swallow Rindo Kanade 17:51, March 2, 2023 (EST)
I also agree. Wolf Link costume pose in Super Mario Maker Mario JC 23:08, March 4, 2023 (EST)
I would agree with requiring an active discussion or proposal in order to use merge or split-related templates, as like with the templates currently covered by the proposal, I have seen occasional instances of the reasoning for the split/merge request being only stated in edit summaries. I feel like it is important for the templates to be able to link directly to discussions that include reasoning, as I feel that having to search page histories for reasoning makes it more likely for the templates to just sit on articles without getting attention. --A sprite of a Flame Chomp from New Super Mario Bros. Wii.TheFlameChomp (talk) 23:34, March 4, 2023 (EST)
If someone wants to propose merge or split or rename, they should be required to actually start a discussion on the talk page or make a proposal. Spectrogram (talk) 01:55, March 5, 2023 (EST)

Trim the Smash Bros trophies page

Trim Smash Bros. trophies pages 11-0
Special:LongPages tells me List of trophies in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is the biggest page on the wiki. That's pretty weird! List of trophies in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS follows it at #3, List of trophies in Super Smash Bros. Brawl at #12 and List of trophies in Super Smash Bros. Melee #135. I don't have any investment in making List of The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! quotes the rightful new biggest page on the wiki but I think a case can be made for trimming the fat.

It's pointless content: I think the trophies page, in a way, best illustrate the follibles of treating Smash Bros like it's a Mario game that happens to have other Nintendo characters in it. There's a certain amount of sense in thinking "Well Mario is playable in this game and he can punch Joker so why not have a page on him" but by going from there and treating everything Smash Bros as it's a Mario game, you end up with a situation where spend a lot of bandwith talking about Doshin the Giant, Mach Rider, Judy from F-Zero, etc etc. Characters that have no relevance or presence in the Mario IP, but happens to have some text written about them in a crossover game Mario & co happens to be playable in.

We have a precedent for trimming Smash content: A recent proposal agreed to merge characters that don't have any substantial appearance beyond Smash Bros to list pages. It's not been enacted yet - but that's not my problem~

It's not original content: An argument to keep Smash stuff in previous discussions is that the current Smash Wiki we're affiliated with is overtly written for hardcore competitive players in mind and that our Smash Content allows for a "Simple English" alternative for people who don,t care about that stuff. Leaving aside the validity of using the perceived failings of another wiki as a factor in our content, this is so not the case here. It's all straight text dumps directly from the game - text that can be read on other websites and video slideshow of those other trophy galleries. In this instance I believe that, yeah, "just go to Smashwiki" is a valid argument.

It's simple. I propose to simply trim those trophies list pages to only the Mario/DK/Wario etc. character and cut the rest. This includes crossover characters that have pages on the wiki - while we may have a Link page because he's in Mario Kart 8, his Smash Bros trophy is about Link the protagonist of his own independent intellectual property and not Link the funny Mario Kart 8 man, and it leads to the bizarre situation of having a listing of Link but not the character his series is named after. Best keep things simple.

What about stickers?: Those have a (minor, barely discernible) gameplay purpose so I thought people might object to the removal of relevant gameplay information.

What about spirits?: I thought of lumping them in this proposa, but the deal is that because of the format of World of Light, a PNG might not represent a Mario character but may involve characters, items or stages as part of the fight gimmick. I don't know what to do, so I'll let someone else do it.

Proposer: Glowsquid (talk)
Deadline: March 8, 2023, 23:59 GMT

Trim the Super Smash Bros trophies list to only the content relevant to Mario and related franchises

  1. Glowsquid (talk) ^^
  2. LadySophie17 (talk) Per proposal.
  3. Spectrogram (talk) Cut, cut, cut, cut!
  4. Koopa con Carne (talk) Godspeed
  5. ShootingStar7X (talk) Per proposal.
  6. Wikiboy10 (talk) Per proposal
  7. SONIC123CDMANIA+&K(B&ATSA) (talk) A bit skeptical, but per proposal.
  8. 7feetunder (talk) Per proposal.
  9. TheFlameChomp (talk) Per proposal.
  10. Scrooge200 (talk) Per proposal.
  11. Killer Moth (talk) Per proposal

Keep things as they are, don't trim


How would this affect characters like Sonic or Link who would be removed from the lists but still have their own pages? Will their trophies still be in their respective profile sections? --Waluigi's head icon in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Too Bad! Waluigi Time! 13:32, March 1, 2023 (EST)

My gut response would be to keep them there. It's the same thing as articles mentiong random character have appeared in Captain N - why not? --Glowsquid (talk) 13:55, March 1, 2023 (EST)

What about the weird situations of some generic subjects? Mainly apple because it has a gameplay purpose, just not Mario-based. Doc von Schmeltwick (talk) 12:47, March 2, 2023 (EST)

Change the way Super Smash Bros. fighter lists are organised

List fighters by debut Super Smash Bros. game (and include other Mario-related appearances) 9-0
If I may...

A month ago, a proposal passed to collect Smash fighters who've had no significance within the Mario franchise into lists, each list having a focus on fighter appearances in one particular game. A valuable point was made by the opposers, stating that this particular organisation obfuscates the information and disrupts its continuity, forcing readers to jump between pages to get a thorough impression on only a single character--to say nothing of the fact that any other Mario appearances they had, which are obviously relevant to the wiki, are eviscerated for no reason. The proposal advanced too far in time for me to be able to make changes to it, so I bided my time for another proposal to amend these shortcomings, hence why I personally didn't act upon it.

With that said, the present proposal isn't meant to overturn the nitty gritty of the one before it. Before I list the specific stuff that I'm proposing to change, here's a recap of what's gonna stay put:

  • Obviously, the fighters are still gonna be compiled into lists, with "main article" links to pages for Mario characters and those who had some relevance in the franchises this wiki focuses. The list of affected articles is the same as in the previous proposal.
  • Detailed move listings are going to be laid to rest, or at most condensed into a fighter's appearance section (if that isn't the case already).
  • To avoid inflating these lists, no "profile and statistics" sections will be moved over, especially considering the concurrent proposal to remove trophy information for non-Mario fighters.
  • Contrariwise, information on The Subspace Emissary and Classic Mode routes are going to be covered within these lists, since they may involve Mario elements. To potentially clarify, just as in the current status quo, they will be covered in sub-sections of their respective game appearances. (e.g. "Subspace Emissary info will go in a section under Brawl's.)

Now, onto the proposal's actual matter:

  • The fighters will be organised by the Smash game in which they debuted. Fighters who debuted in the og Super Smash Bros. game will be listed on one page, as should be the case with Super Smash Bros. Melee, Brawl etc. (with Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U debuts covered on a single list). By extension, instead of splitting their individual Smash appearances between different pages, fighters will have all Smash-relevant contained on one page (e.g. "List of fighters debuting in Super Smash Bros." will have Pikachu's appearances in all Smash games).
    • If the size of these pages and consistency with similar Smash-relevant pages is a concern, the proposal's Support option will be split into having all other appearances in Mario-media covered as well (dubbed "Option 1") and having only the Smash information covered.
  • All or the majority of images related to one fighter's game appearance will be moved into a designated gallery sub-section within its respective appearance section. This is done, in part, to avoid image clutter; however, if you think one or two images are representative enough to be shown front and center in a section, you may so choose, albeit this is up to each user's or group of users' discretion. The images in question include any images that would potentially be orphaned as a result of purging the move lists. (e.g.: An image of Ness's PK Fire move from Brawl will be placed along with all the other Brawl images in Ness' "Super Smash Bros. Brawl" section.) Whether these images or a part of them are necessary to the wiki's well-being is up for another discussion; this proposal only advocates a place for them in the meantime.
    • As an exception, the fighter's main artwork for their most current Smash appearance (as of today, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate) is placed at the top-right of the fighter's section, since it's representative of the character's current state in the series. A caption stating that it is the character's artwork from <Smash game> should also be included with the image.
    • As part of Option 1, miscellaneous images from other Mario media will be collected into a Gallery section under a character's "Appearances in other Mario-related media" section. The gallery section will have the same tier as the individual Mario game appearances.

A suggestion, nevertheless not obligately imposed by this proposal, is that each fighter who is covered into their own page should have a short, concise statement about an aspect in the Smash series, as per MarioWiki:Empty sections. Something along the lines of "This fighter is available by default in <games>, while they are unlockable in <yet other games>." would work, I think, since it's often the first thing mentioned about a fighter in a given Smash appearance.

All of the changes in Option 1 are exemplified in a userspace page I prepared specially for this proposal, which you can view here: User:Koopa con Carne/List of fighters debuting in Super Smash Bros. As a point of comparison, you can visualise what the previous proposal espoused at this page: User:Koopa con Carne/List of fighters in Super Smash Bros.

Proposer: Koopa con Carne (talk)
Deadline: March 8, 2023, 23:59 GMT

List fighters by debut Smash game (and include other Mario-related appearances)

  1. Koopa con Carne (talk) Imma go with this one, seeing as how this is the Mario Wiki after all, and List of Super Smash Bros. series objects already has info on the F-Zero machine in Mario comics.
  2. ShootingStar7X (talk) Per proposal.
  3. TheFlameChomp (talk) I strongly prefer this method of splitting the fighters over the method established by the previous proposal, as it keeps information about each fighter together on one page, rather than splitting information of each character across five pages. I also do not see harm in keeping additional Mario related content.
  4. Waluigi Time (talk) If we're going to do this, this is a much better organization method.
  5. Spectrogram (talk) While I would much rather prefer a different option of keeping all characters on one page (while keeping Mario-related appearances), for the sake of article size I'll go with the majority.
  6. Hewer (talk) Per Waluigi Time.
  7. Wikiboy10 (talk) This will be much more useful.
  8. SONIC123CDMANIA+&K(B&ATSA) (talk) This will be fine for me.
  9. Killer Moth (talk) Per Waluigi Time

List fighters by debut Smash game (but exclude other Mario-related appearances)

Keep the course of the previous proposal


Merge Mario Kart Tour Kart and Glider variants or Split Character variants: The Threequel

do nothing 5-4-6
Oh boy, he's at it again

I understand I’ve brought this up many times before, be it through discussions or past proposals, and regardless of which solution has been agreed on thus far, I still feel this situation could be handled better. Thus I feel it necessary to revisit the whole ordeal with Mario Kart Tour’s karts and gliders. The way we cover the characters, karts and gliders is still glaringly inconsistent and it feels it gets more inconsistent the more I think about it; character alternates, kart alternates and glider alternates all share the same differences; different favorite and favored courses, differnet visual appearances and different special items/skills/item bonuses. However the characters do not get their own articles (for reasonable reasons), but the karts and gliders, despite being palette swaps, just as Yoshis or Shy Guys are, can have their own articles, creating that inconsistency between not only the character alternates as a whole, but how we naturally treat other palette swaps. And I feel we need to fix that. I’ve brought this topic up at least twice in previous proposals, with the only passable outcome being to create list articles on character variants (something I have still failed to follow through with). But with the arguments against splitting Yoshi colors, I can’t help but be bothered by how the arguments there contradict with how we handle these karts and gliders. One the main arguments being that splitting the Yoshi colors seems excessive. I still don’t understand how extra articles for different colored Yoshis is excessive, but extra articles for different colored Yoshi karts is not excessive. And while splitting Yoshi colors extends to other species, merging karts and gliders does not extend to nearly as many similar problems, with the only real one being the Mario Kart: Double Dash!! karts and several Mario Kart 8 wheel sets. Those, as well as other arguments, are here with my attempts at answering them:

  • The Karts and Gliders have different statistics: A point I feel is completely null at this point. As I’ve mentioned, character alternates feature the same differences and they are deemed too excessive to split. On top of that, again drawing parallels to the Yoshi debate, the colored species such as Yoshi, Shy Guy and Birdo have the same Tour differences, with Yoshis having even more beyond that across many other games and that’s still not enough to consider their own articles. Heck Shy Guy has variants that are a mix of coloured variants and themed variants (Pink Shy Guy (Ninja) for example, being an alternate of Pink Guy Guy while also being a variant of Shy Guy (Ninja), if that makes any sense). As such, “different stats” is either not enough to warrant a split or there needs to be a general agreement on how different said stats need to be. Until then, karts and gliders having different statistics feels like a nullified point.
  • They look different/have different names: Sure, the Magic Parasol has a different texture than the Peach Parasol, but if having gameplay function isn’t enough, then I fail to see how having a visual difference means anything. The Magic Parasol still looks identical to the Peach Parasol, just with a different visual appearance, just as Santa Mario still looks identical to Mario, just with a different visual appearance (or outfit appearance I should say). It wouldn’t be hard to list variants of karts and gliders in the same way we list variants for characters. Heck, we can list variants off in the same way we list the Mii Racing suits: a table with an image, tour debut and special skill/item bonus. As for naming, it WOULD be a viable argument if several karts didn’t follow the same naming convention as the colored alternates; Blue Biddybuggy, Green Cheep Charger or Gold Clanky Kart are literally the same concept as Blue Yoshi, Green Shy Guy etc. And that’s not even covering the fact that there are gold characters as well as gold karts and gliders. Even ignoring those names, a lot of karts are just “Insert descriptive word” “Insert original Kart name” (Grand Badwagon, Sunny Surf Sailer etc). Compare that to real life; do we consider cars completely different if they’re different colors? I’m pretty sure a blue Nissan Micra and a red Nissan Micra are still Nissan Micras. The naming of karts is generally no different than character alternates.
  • Some of the kart variants have different sizes: Again, gameplay differences of a bigger scale don’t cut it, I can’t see how this would.
  • It’s harder to pinpoint the original kart/glider: Originally, yes, it was and that was a very good point to make. But as of now, both file names and ID numbers can and have proven to be reliable ways to work around this, as we have done with the Butterfly Wings and the Dragonfly/Dozer Dasher idea. Some karts, like the Speeder (Jetsetter), which doesn’t really have a set variant name (as the first variant was just named Green Speeder) don’t really need a kart with the base name, as it kinda already exists from before. The Kiddie Karts are in a similar boat, with neither names indicating which the original variant is, but the file ID seems to point towards the Red Kiddie Kart being the original variant. Which debuts first doesn’t seem to make a difference.
  • Mario Kart Double Dash and Mario Kart 8 also feature palette swapped karts/parts: Indeed they do and they should definitely be under the microscope too. However Mario Kart Double Dash’s palette swapped karts are of fewer numbers when compared to how many variants of karts are in Tour, though in all fairness, these aren’t creating an inconsistency in the same way Tour does. If we do end up merging karts and gliders, THEN it’s something to discuss and I am definitely not against discussing that and I’d fully support the idea of merging kart part variants in Mario Kart 8 (the wheels specifically, as they feature no stat differences and are only palette swaps), but right now, I would like to focus on Tour’s problem and bring up that possibility later. I will say, however, that at the moment, I’d like to leave the Gold Standard, Gold Tires and Gold Glider off the list of things to merge, as they have had consistent appearances across several games, though if the idea of merging them too comes up, I’d gladly discuss that.
  • What about other similar topics: Honestly, this proposal isn’t meant to cover and consider every instance where this happens, it’s meant to concern Mario Kart Tour. If this passes and other areas become inconsistent, we can discuss those instances separately.

All that being said, I think the options are simple. While I do feel there’s a general agreement on how we cover character alternates, for the sake of keeping all options on the table, I will still include the idea of creating articles for character alternates.

  • Split character variants into their own articles: Character alternates like Mario (Santa), Yoshi (Kangaroo) or Dry Bones (Gold) will get their own articles, just as kart and glider variants do. As per comments below, this, for the time being, will exclude colored alternates like Blue Yoshi, Pink Shy Guy, etc and focus more on the established characters like Mario, Daisy, Wario etc. Alternates like Yoshi (Kangaroo) or Toad (Party Time) are still viable to be split, as they are directly based on the characters themselves, while something like Pink Shy Guy (Ninja) will be worked into a Shy Guy (Ninja) article.
  • Merge Kart and Glider variants to their parent articles: Kart and Glider alternates, such as the Blue Badwagon or the Shell Parachute, will be merged with the kart/glider they spawned off of, with the variants being listed off in a similar manner to how character alternates are listed off on character pages or how Mii Racing Suits are listed. A separate gallery section can be added to each page to showcase variants. In terms of which are the parent topics, we can easily use file names or IDs to determine this, though many of these variants are pretty easy to spot.
  • Do nothing: We decide to leave everything as is.

I have made a complete list of each kart and glider and the variants they have on my work page. If there is anything I missed or anything to question, let me know.

Proposer: Tails777 (talk)
Deadline: March 12, 2023, 23:59 GMT

Split Character Variants

  1. Ahemtoday (talk) I agree that we need to treat these things consistently, but I think we need to go the other direction. Aside from the arcade games and Live, which Nintendo does not seem to consider part of the main series, there's little precedent for character "variants" outside of that set by Tour itself. There's just the different colors of Yoshi and Shy Guy for Download Play stuff up until 8, which has... well, still Yoshi and Shy Guy colors, but also the different Villager genders. 8 Deluxe introduces Gold Mario and BotW Link, but also splits the Villagers and Inklings. That's all of two costumes that actually stayed costumes instead of getting their own spot on the character select. And one of them's unlockable and the other one's a post-launch update, so neither of them are exactly "normal". It falls to Tour, then, to set the precedent for how the series treats "costumes"... and it treats them all as their own characters. And why shouldn't it? The other games have stuff like Dry Bowser and Tanooki Mario and Pink Gold Peach, and they've all been listed as separate characters despite being exactly as different as your average Tour variant. This is unlike palette swaps, which have a much stronger precedent of not having their own space on the character select. To summarize: the handheld games set a precedent for color variants not being separate, so they should stay merged. In the entire rest of the main series, in and outside of Tour, non-color variants are treated like separate characters, and therefore they should be split.
  2. Spectrogram (talk) No, I don't think this is the right call.
  3. SONIC123CDMANIA+&K(B&ATSA) (talk) Per this. EDIT: We could do this for the Yoshis, Birdos, etc.
  4. Waluigi Time (talk) You know what, sure. I've said before that the Tour variants are basically just that series' version of power-ups, so why not? We can keep all the information on each variant in its own dedicated place, and it's an easy way to document the history (if any) of that variant beforehand.
  5. Killer Moth (talk) Per all.

#Tails777 (talk) While I'm still a bit more on the idea of merging karts and gliders, as to be consistent with all character alternates, I'm still open to the idea of splitting character variants too.

Merge Kart and Glider Variants

  1. Tails777 (talk) I still support this idea. It's easier and more consistent with how we handle the character variants and other palette swapped characters.
  2. Hewer (talk) Per proposal, and I just can't imagine pages for the character variants being anything but a mess. Seeing as they're currently adequately covered in one or two sentences on the main characters' pages, I'm having a hard time imagining full articles being made for these variant characters (especially the Tour-original outfits), and to my knowledge it's not consistent with any other game we cover.
  3. Somethingone (talk) I would much rather prefer this over the splitting option, as all these character costume things are just that; costumes that characters wear. They did not make a different character that looks and acts like Mario but with a different outfit, they simply made Mario change his clothing. Replace "Mario" with any other MKT character, and it works out the same way. We don't split the costumes from SMO, or the endless combinations of enemy stacks you can make in SMM, or all the ghost outfits in Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, etc. Plus, the parameters the split option entails ("include other appearances of this costume it is based on on the page with the MKT instance of the costume") would inadvertently lead to us splitting off the Luigi's Mansion instances of King Boo from the regular King Boo page, something that nobody but a few IPs have advocated for in the past as they are otherwise treated as the same thing.
  4. Arend (talk) Per proposal; also, as Hewer and Somethingone said, splitting off all character variants would make quite a mess, and is something we don't really do for any other variant outside of Tour. I cannot really imagine why anyone would rather split every character variant (even with the passed proposal of just making them list articles being a fine enough option as it is) just to not deal with the merger of many karts and gliders, and the difficulty of determining which kart/glider is a variant of which.

Do Nothing

  1. Arend (talk) Secondary choice. I'd rather not do anything at all than split off all character variants. As explained above, it would just be a clunky mess that would be inconsistent with how we deal with variants in any other game.
  2. Hewer (talk) Per Arend, second choice.
  3. Ahemtoday (talk) Well, in stark contrast to y'all two, I'm putting my second choice here because I feel that merging the karts and gliders would be a mistake. I can live with merged characters (easily, since some very good points have been raised about awkward situations that would come up) but I just think merging things that, unlike characters, have never been shown as anything but separate options with the same importance as the original, isn't the way to go.
  4. Spectrogram (talk) Second option as well, because I reeeeally do not want the other option to pass.
  5. TheFlameChomp (talk) Per all.
  6. Waluigi Time (talk) Since this is gaining traction now, second choice, don't really think this needs to be an either-or situation.


Would articles on separate character variants detail any prior history of that variant? Like, would Mario (Chef) have separate sections on the outfit's appearances in Yoshi's Cookie and Super Mario Odyssey? -- KOOPA CON CARNE 08:54, March 6, 2023 (EST)

Honestly, for those cases, I wouldn't say so. Mario dressing as a chef in Yoshi's Cookie is merely for the theme of the game and Super Mario Odyssey, it's just a costume with no gameplay features. Neither appearance treats the outfit as anything special; Mario's still Mario, just dressed as a chef. It can easily be mentioned that the outfit is based upon said appearance, but otherwise, it would only cover Tour as that's the game it has an actual functional difference from normal Mario (different special item, different favorite/favored courses, different availability across the game's history). I am aware that if we do split variants, it could cause further inconsistencies, such at the commonly mentioned palette swaps or even the power-up variants. But I wanted the option to be there for people who believed it was a better course of action and if it passes, we can work out inconsistencies from there. Sprite of Yoshi's stock icon from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Tails777 Talk to me!Robin's stock icon from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
I'd say yes, though it would be fairly brief. Taking inspiration from another part of Tour, the national landmarks: appearing in Tour is not enough for a landmark to get its own page, but for any landmark that does because of an appearance in (for example) Mario is Missing!, its article has a section its appearance in Tour. I think these variant articles could do something similar. Ahemtoday (talk) 16:25, March 6, 2023 (EST)
I'd also support including those other appearances. If we have an article on a subject, all of its appearances should be included, even if individual ones aren't necessarily article worthy. Omitting them is just going to be confusing. (It's worth noting that this is the approach we took with Builder Mario. We didn't make an article on it until it became an actual power-up in SMM2, but its earlier appearances where it's just a visual difference are included.) --Waluigi's head icon in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Too Bad! Waluigi Time! 17:32, March 6, 2023 (EST)
I have no conflict over splitting the character variants at all, but my only concern rests in the fact that this will affect the colored alternates like Yoshi, Toad, Shy Guy and Birdo and I'm aware there has been a common disagreement on that stance. As previously, I do still support this, but I know others may not. In the case of the Yoshi species especially, that would basically mean they get their articles back, since most of them are playable in Mario Kart Tour with the same qualifications as any other variant. Sprite of Yoshi's stock icon from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Tails777 Talk to me!Robin's stock icon from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Well, like I said in my vote, they differ from other variants in that they have a lot more precedent as "variants" within the series, which otherwise (in the same games, even) treats likes of Metal Mario and Cat Peach not as "variants". Given that, I think it's defensible to keep the color variants merged while splitting the other variants. Ahemtoday (talk) 19:43, March 6, 2023 (EST)
That's kinda the thing, Yoshi, Toad and Shy Guy have the "Color name" "Species name" deal going while Birdo has the same naming convention as the rest of the variants, suggesting the colored Birdos are variants in the same way that Mario (Santa) is to Mario. On top of that, Shy Guy has two variants that split off into colored variants as well; Pink Shy Guy (Ninja) is named as if it's a variant of both Pink Shy Guy and Shy Guy (Ninja). And while there isn't a Shy Guy (Explorer) yet, there is a Light-Blue and Yellow Shy Guy (Explorer), so if we were to just bypass the colored alternates, what would we do about those examples? Do we just relegate every version of Shy Guy to the Shy Guy article or do they get treated the same as every other alternate? And do we treat Birdo differently because they are named the same way as the other variants being split? Sprite of Yoshi's stock icon from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Tails777 Talk to me!Robin's stock icon from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
I think it's pretty clear what's a color variant and what's not, regardless of in-game terminology. Birdo colors are colors of Birdo. Pink Shy Guy (Ninja) is a color of Shy Guy (Ninja) and could get covered there. A "Shy Guy (Explorer)" could cover both Light Blue and Yellow Shy Guy (Explorer)s. Ahemtoday (talk) 20:39, March 6, 2023 (EST)
I will say, though; I understand the desire to also split the colors into their own article, and that also seems like a fair way to do it. If my option and a complete split were separate options on this proposal, I'd vote for both. (And honestly, as I sit here typing, it's growing on me.) But splitting the colors has consequences that extend far beyond Mario Kart Tour, so I think it might need its own dedicated proposal. (That said, a split may also have far-reaching consequences on how we handle powerups, so maybe I'm being a bit hypocritical here.) Ahemtoday (talk) 20:39, March 6, 2023 (EST)
I agree; working with colored variants is beyond the scope of this proposal. And while I was thinking of making a separate option, I think it's best, for the time being, to focus on the established characters. The colored Yoshis can stay with the Yoshi (Species) article while things like Yoshi (Reindeer), Yoshi (Kangaroo) etc can be split. But I still think that it's really worth considering colored characters like Yoshi especially. I know a recent proposal failed to split them, but I myself will always stand by them being enough to have their own articles, as they have had consistent appearances across the whole franchise that have gameplay differences. For now, I think I'll specify that splitting character alternates will exclude colored alternates. I'm pretty sure that should be fine, as it's less than 3 days since I started this.
Edit What are the thoughts on the Mii Racing Suits? Should those just remain with the Mii article or are they worthy enough for a split? Sprite of Yoshi's stock icon from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Tails777 Talk to me!Robin's stock icon from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
The Mii Racing Suits strike me as much more similar to costumes than colors. Even the basic colors would seem quite odd to me lumped together on the Mii article if the others were split. Having an article for "Brown Mii Racing Suit" also feels odd, though... Not sure how to handle that. Ahemtoday (talk) 05:09, March 7, 2023 (EST)

@Spectrogram Sorry, I'm a bit confused at your vote. You say you don't think this is the right call, but you're voting for splitting the character variants. Are you merely saying that merging karts and gliders isn't the right call or is there a typo/miswording in there? Sprite of Yoshi's stock icon from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Tails777 Talk to me!Robin's stock icon from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Pretty much Spectrogram (talk) 10:17, March 6, 2023 (EST)
Okay, just clearing that up. Sprite of Yoshi's stock icon from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Tails777 Talk to me!Robin's stock icon from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Change how we display staff ghost information in race course infoboxes

passed 10-0
Currently, all of the relevant information is plain text, with one line showing the time, player, and game; and another, smaller line beneath it showing their character and vehicle. This worked for some time, but now we're in the age of 8 Deluxe. We have wheels and gliders and the CC to fit down there. The smaller "line" is spilling into two lines. Tokyo Blur's 150cc has so much to convey, it looks like this:

1:36.317 by Nin★Yuya (8 Deluxe)
(Blue Inkling Boy with the Splat Buggy, Blue Standard,
and Super Glider) (150cc)

At this point, I feel like it no longer makes sense to display staff ghosts this way. I propose we do it like this:

8DX 150cc Nin★Yuya
1:36.317 Male Inkling's head icon in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.Blue Inkling Boy's Splat Buggy body from Mario Kart 8 DeluxeBlue Standard tires from Mario Kart 8Thumbnail of Inkling Boy's Super Glider (with 8 icon), in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

This 2x2 grid shows the game (and CC), the name of the ghost, and the ghost's time. In the bottom right, we show the ghost's character and vehicle combination as a line of icons, similar to how 8 Deluxe shows them. These would go under an expandable header near the music samples and course maps.

Here is a demonstration page where you can see these in action for Yoshi Circuit, as well as see them for other games in the series.

While I'm very open to recommendations for how to improve and better implement these, I think this 2x2 grid layout is the best way to cleanly show many staff ghosts' information in a compact space.

Proposer: Ahemtoday (talk)
Deadline: March 24, 2023, 23:59 GMT


  1. Ahemtoday (talk) Per proposal.
  2. Hewer (talk) Per proposal.
  3. Shadic 34 (talk) I honestly can't think of any other way to present ghost information other than yours, per proposal.
  4. Arend (talk) Per all.
  5. Tails777 (talk) Per proposal. I honestly think it would look much better this way. Plus, we have these sprites, it honestly just looks better to use them like this.
  6. ThePowerPlayer (talk) Per proposal.
  7. PnnyCrygr (talk) Per all. For me it is visually appealing; better appearance than before.
  9. Killer Moth (talk) Per all.
  10. Camwood777 (talk) - This definitely looks a lot better and conveys info a lot better, though I would like to state that we should probably make sure to include alt text on the actual images for the sake of stuff like screen readers; otherwise, this could become a bit cumbersome for those. (Tried testing it myself, but uh, it turns out Windows Narrator is a little jank on my PC???)



@Ahemtoday: I'm all for this proposal, but wouldn't it make more sense for it to go under the "changes" section? This isn't exactly a new feature to me. It's more of a change. Mari0fan100 (talk) 21:42, March 17, 2023 (EDT)

I also agree, this should be probably moved to the "changes" section. Shadic 34Animated sprite of Yoshi from Mario & Wario. Yoshi, Yoshi! 21:47, March 17, 2023 (EDT)