Talk:Spike Top

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I'm not completely sure (I haven't played in a while), but don't Spike Tops appear in Super Mario World and New Super Mario Bros.. -- Sir Grodus

Spike Tops first appeared in Super Mario World. And I'm pretty sure they appear in New Super Mario Bros., but someone else should confirm that. -- Son of Suns
Yes, in many of the middle-world cave levels and later-world castles they cling to the surface, upside, side or downside. Wayoshi ( T·C·@ ) 16:42, 13 September 2006 (EDT)

I've played both games and they exist in both, but are far more annoying in Super Mario World because you can't kill 'em while they're on a block of some sort.
The preceding unsigned comment was added by Big-bang (talk).

Stats Infobox Formatting[edit]

While the infoboxes in the Stats section usually look fine, the Super Paper Mario one extends towards the right past the article's border when there's a banner being displayed on the right side (for me, at least; I'm using Firefox and a 1024x768 resolution); besides looking strange, this results in much of it being covered by the banner, making it unreadable. I don't really know how to fix this without moving the infobox to the next row (which makes the formatting of that section look even worse than it already does), but if someone can think of a better solution, it'd be nice if that could be repaired. Any other article that has three infoboxes next to each other with similar formatting most likely suffers from this as well.--vellidragon 15:37, 5 December 2010 (UTC)

As far as I know, the three-infobox formatting is fine these days; it look ok for the two versions of Firefox I use (one on my computer, one on my bro's), at least... - Walkazo 12:23, 14 June 2011 (EDT)

Combine Red Spiked Buzzy[edit]

I think we should merge R.S.Buzzy because they are red and most Spike Tops are red. Besides theta article is a little short. We just merge the two articles. --YoshiMP8Artwork.pngYoshiGo99YoshiNSMBW.png 07:37, 19 February 2011 (EST)

Merge Spike Top and Red Spike Buzzy[edit]

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Keep split 4-10

I'm gonna try this again the reason i feel that these two should be merged together is because there is very little difference between the regular Spike Tops and the Red Spike Buzzy both are red both have spikes on their heads and to top that off the Spike Tops in Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door. I would also like to point out that we have had mergers like this before such as Goby Shy Away etc. I think that there just isn't enough of a physical difference between the two to justify having two separate articles.

Proposer: Goomba's Shoe15 (talk)
Deadline: April 29, 2011, 23:59

Merge[edit]

  1. Goomba's Shoe15 (talk) Per Proposal
  2. YoshiGo99 (talk) Per Proposal.
  3. Zero777 (talk) I do remember that a specific type of Buzzy Beetle in PM:TTYD was called a Spike Top.
  4. Nicke8 (talk) Per Goomba's Shoe15.

Keep split[edit]

  1. Walkazo (talk) - Rather than comparing this to Goby, it should be compared to Mr. Kipper, since it's not actually a naming issue, but a matter of sub-species: Spike Tops are found in PM:TTYD alongside Red Spike Buzzies, like how Goby/Cheep-Cheep were fund alongside the Mr. Kippers. Different (sub-)species get different articles, as with all RPG enemies.
  2. Mario4Ever (talk) Per Walkazo.
  3. UltraMario3000 (talk) Per Walky.
  4. Reddragon19k (talk) - Per Walky! This is an oppose proposal so, I'm agreeing with Walky!
  5. Bop1996 (talk) Per Walkazo.
  6. Magikrazy51 (talk) This is exactly like that dumb proposal I accidentally made. Per Walkazo.
  7. Kaptain K. Rool (talk) - Per all
  8. SWFlash (talk) Per Walkazo.
  9. Holyromanemperortatan (talk)- Spinies and Spike Tops are related to each other but their not the same species. I mean, should we merge Goomba, Grand Goomba, Octoomba, Paragoomba, Gloomba, etc. together? No.
  10. Yoshiyoshiyoshi (talk) Per Walky,the paper mario ones just Look similar to the nsmb ones.It doesnt mean that theyre the same thing.

Comments[edit]

But different sub-species also don't look like every other Spike Top found in any other Mario game also they tend to have different stats Goomba's Shoe15 (talk)

(Every other game except SPM, you mean). Anyway, I suppose this was done to make them stand out from normal Spike Tops, like how the KP Koopas are different from normal Koopas (aisde from the colour, they're the same too, or at least the KP Paratroopas are: the land-based Koopas apparently differ in using Shell Shot/Shell Toss). In both cases, I guess Nintendo didn't feel like making the Glitz Pit difference more than cosmetic, which is annoying, but Nintendo's like that sometimes, and without any official names being the same, there's not really anything we can do about that this time. - Walkazo 19:01, 15 April 2011 (EDT)

would have made more sense just to make them blue considering how Spike tops are usually red and does any one know the Japanese name for Spike top Goomba's Shoe15 (talk)

If you are looking for a Japanese name to justify merging, then I'd look at this for a full explanation of what gets an article in this situation. Bop1996 (Talk) 19:32, 15 April 2011 (EDT)
Also, the name you're looking for is in the Spike Top article. 19:33, 15 April 2011 (EDT) Mario4Ever
Indeed it is: Togemetto for Spike Tops, Aka Togemetto for Red Spike Tops. 'Tis exactly the same naming convention as in English (and French and German, too). - Walkazo 20:13, 15 April 2011 (EDT)

Artwork Improvement[edit]

I have already obtained the Mario Enclycopedia and I can't do a good scan of the Spike Top. Thus, that's why the current artwork has to be improved. Sledge Bro, Goomba, and Kamek got their artworks improved, and you left that Bowser Minion in the dust. So, you only have until Dec. 27 and January 11th to improve the Spike Top artwork, or I can't get any more Bowser Minions artwork or models. Think on it, please.--Hamshamcart (talk) 16:40, 25 October 2018 (EDT)

For which game? Also, don't act so condescending. Doc von Schmeltwick (talk) 17:29, 25 October 2018 (EDT)

New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Doc. Sorry for being condescending. ;)--Hamshamcart (talk) 19:12, 25 October 2018 (EDT) I have the artwork I scanned from the SME. Feel free to top me with a better scan, Doc. --Hamshamcart (talk) 18:06, 3 November 2018 (EDT)

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You should have this be a new revision of the existing file, to be honest. Doc von Schmeltwick (talk) 18:09, 3 November 2018 (EDT)

Split Spike Top (fast) from this article[edit]

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canceled by proposer
If we're splitting "Note Block but it makes different sounds" and "Koopa Clown Car but it spits fireballs", then I believe the teal-bodied, blue-shelled, faster Spike Tops also from Super Mario Maker are no exception.

Proposer: Toadette the Achiever (talk)
Deadline: March 18, 2019, 23:59 GMT
Date withdrawn: March 4, 2019, 12:54 GMT

Support[edit]

  1. Toadette the Achiever (talk) Per proposal.
  2. Bazooka Mario (talk) I'm relieved that it's not just a regular Buzzy Beetle with a spike. Split.

Oppose[edit]

  1. FanOfYoshi (talk) Per my comments.
  2. Doc von Schmeltwick (talk) Color variation with the same name. I believe both this and the PM thing (to which I added a merge template months ago) should be here. Color variations shouldn't get their own articles unless sufficiently unique, and these just have their movement value increased and a hue value alteration on their textures, so no. These should stay merged, and the "Red Spike Top"/"R.S. Buzzy" should be merged as well. Name is an important distinction, and these lack a distinction there. These are even more similar than red and green Troopas. Anyways, regarding Red Spike Buzzy, look at the "Profiles and statistics" section for, say, Snifit and see how all the colors are rightfully merged.
  3. SmokedChili (talk) Per opposition.
  4. LinkTheLefty (talk) Per Doc, and the fact that it may be too soon given Super Mario Maker 2 will have names in text, which should be more reliable than the original's verbal names.
  5. Mario jc (talk) Per LinkTheLefty.
  6. TheFlameChomp (talk) Per all.
  7. Doomhiker (talk) Per LinkTheLefty.

Comments[edit]

What does this blue variant look like? Because if it's just buzzy beetle with a spike, then I wouldn't be as supportive because that leaves out the Paper Mario stuff. And whaddwe do with Red Spike Top? Mario Green.pngKaBoom! 00:25, 4 March 2019 (EST)

Here you go. Also, unlike this case, Red Spike Top should probably be merged with Spike Top, as it shares nearly every stat with regular Spike Tops in the game it appears in except for its Tattle. (But that's for another proposal.) Toadette icon CTTT.pngArchivistToadettefont.png(T|C) 00:32, 4 March 2019 (EST)
It's a color variation. Per how we didn't split the red and green Koopas. Red Spike Top should stay on its own article IMO. --Toasty.jpg FanOfYoshi NSMB - Splunkin Model.png 01:51, 4 March 2019 (EST)
You're not making an ounce of sense. These shouldn't be split because they're "a color variation," but Red Spike Tops, which are also a color variation and have zero differences from the other Spike Tops in TTYD outside of that, do deserve their own article? How can you possibly justify that? PMTTYD Dark Bones.pngSig.png 02:11, 4 March 2019 (EST)
I meant that the previous proposal failed, so i'm kinda confused for the PM one since i'm kinda not hyped if fails a second time... --Toasty.jpg FanOfYoshi NSMB - Splunkin Model.png 02:15, 4 March 2019 (EST)
So? That proposal is almost eight years old; there's nothing stopping a brand new proposal's outcome from overriding it. Around that same time, there were proposals to split levels from their worlds that failed. Today, such a thing would be preposterous. PMTTYD Dark Bones.pngSig.png 02:31, 4 March 2019 (EST)

Where do you get the name "Spike Top (fast)" from? SmokedChili (talk) 02:49, 4 March 2019 (EST)

@SmokedChilli, i think that "fast" is an identifier. --Toasty.jpg FanOfYoshi NSMB - Splunkin Model.png 02:53, 4 March 2019 (EST)

What he's asking is if it's called that in-game or anything like that. It's not in-game; it's simply Spike Top, as said by the wavery robotic voice. Doc von Schmeltwick (talk) 03:28, 4 March 2019 (EST)
I mean that there cannot be two articles with the same name without an identifier. Also, this is not an item, this is simply a color behavioral variation of an enemy. --Toasty.jpg FanOfYoshi NSMB - Splunkin Model.png 03:33, 4 March 2019 (EST)

@LinkTheLefty: Okay, yeah, I didn't take that into consideration. I guess I'll cancel this proposal then. Toadette icon CTTT.pngArchivistToadettefont.png(T|C) 07:55, 4 March 2019 (EST)

Merge Red Spike Top with this article[edit]

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don't merge 4-7
This should've been done a long time ago. A Red Spike Top is the exact same thing as a regular Spike Top, just a different color than the other Spike Tops in TTYD. It has the same stats and everything. These aren't like White Clubbas, which have higher stats, a resistance to ice, a weakness to fire, and an extra attack that normal Clubbas don't have, it's just a Spike Top that's red. Which is the default color for Spike Tops in every other game aside from SPM, including the other Paper Mario games. Since color variations generally don't get their own articles and especially after that proposal to merge the Yoshi colors, there really is no excuse for this anymore.

Proposer: 7feetunder (talk)
Deadline: April 9, 2019, at 23:59 GMT

Support[edit]

  1. 7feetunder (talk) I fail to see how TTYD randomly deciding to change Spike Tops' primary color magically makes the red ones a new and unique thing. KP Koopas are at least something that TTYD came up with and not generically named. The only thing these things have to stand out is their Tattle, and unique profiles were not used as a justification to keep the ScareScraper bosses split.
  2. Doc von Schmeltwick (talk) I put the suggestion up a while back due to how the Color Splash recolors are handled. This is even less than that. This is a visual difference of one texture, and a complete lack of functional difference. KP Koopas are not a comparable situation, as their name isn't just "color identifier" "enemy name."
  3. Doomhiker (talk) Per all.
  4. HEROMARIO (talk) Per all.

Oppose[edit]

  1. Niiue (talk) I'm kinda wary about merging these since they're distinct RPG enemies with unique names and Tattles, and merging them feels worse from an organizational standpoint. Incidentally, regular Spike Tops drop Slow Shrooms, and Red Spike Tops apparently don't.
  2. FanOfYoshi (talk) Per Niiue. I'm not too sure how to proceed. I opposed merging all of the Yoshis, and hoped we at least keep out the Super Mario World ones. I fear this might affect the Electro Koopas. And even worse, the blue Lava Bubble itself. And if it looks like i should bring up the Super Mario World Yoshis on the talk page, i'd do it later. Like i said, per Niiue.
  3. SmokedChili (talk) KP Koopas are likewise base enemy palette swaps with identical stats and are fought in Glitz Pit. Besides, TTYD made Parabeetles and Spike Tops direct Buzzy Beetle derivatives instead of basing them on what was established previously, and Red Spike Top is both the RPG-original derivative (which this wiki still seems to give their own articles) and the only member of the otherwise unused Red Buzzy Beetle line. The split is thus perfectly fine imo, as bizarre as it sounds.
  4. Tails777 (talk) Per Smoked Chili
  5. Waluigi Time (talk) Per Niiue and SmokedChili.
  6. Pseudo (talk) Per SmokedChili.
  7. MarioManiac1981 (talk) SmokedChilli drives the point home with the KP Koopas.

Comments[edit]

@Niiue: So? Differently colored Shy Guys appear in Paper Mario: Color Splash and are labeled as such in-game. Doesn't make them split-worthy. Your point about Red Spike Tops not dropping Slow Shrooms has no relevance whatsoever, since RSTs only appear as opponents in the Glitz Pit. The nature of Glitz Pit fights means that no item drops occur, so even if they were programmed to be capable of dropping items, there would be no way to see it happen. PMTTYD Dark Bones.pngSig.png 23:35, March 25, 2019 (EDT)

Besides, it looks like TTYD is the only game with this disrespancy to begin with, as even the 64 Paper Mario had default Spike Tops as red. I think the only argument to keep merged is different tattle logs, different enemy entry in TTYD, item drops (yes, I read your comment but that's actually a point in favor keeping it split, since in tandem with that, they have different locations where you fight them), and a different name. As the Shy Guy situation is brought up, not sure to keep the Spike Tops split further. BabyLuigiFire.png Ray Trace(T|C) 00:00, March 26, 2019 (EDT)

@SmokedChili Spike tops and Parabuzzies look basically like their prior artwork, and KP Koopas have some minor plot importance. Alternatively, all of their plot importance can go onto KP Pete's page. Doc von Schmeltwick (talk) 12:48, March 26, 2019 (EDT)

I don't think Shy Guys should be split though. --Toasty.jpg FanOfYoshi NSMB - Splunkin Model.png 13:01, March 26, 2019 (EDT)
One or the other. It is the exact same situation. Except these are less different. The only difference here period is the tattle (which is wrong in some versions) and a single texture. Having this be in the "profiles" section along with the other, and the ones in other PM games that look like this, would be better for organization. Doc von Schmeltwick (talk) 13:03, March 26, 2019 (EDT)
Location is also pretty important for distinguishing characteristics, though. I mean, your point would be stronger if they were fought in the same area of the game. BabyLuigiFire.png Ray Trace(T|C) 22:33, March 26, 2019 (EDT)
Alternatively, it can be compared to the dark Little Mousers in one secret level of SMW2, where the color and locations were the only differences. To say nothing of the brown, blue, and gray enemy palettes in SMB, which in fact are in a different encoded location than the foreground palette (hence why underwater bloopers aren't green). Doc von Schmeltwick (talk) 22:56, March 26, 2019 (EDT)
Well my point is, it's not the individual traits alone that make them distinct. It's a culmination of them that causes them to be distinct. Red Spike Tops already have two points in their favor, being fought in an entirely separate location than blue Spike Tops, and the aforementioned tattles. I do see where you're coming from though, hence why I didn't take a side here yet. Just playing advocate here. BabyLuigiFire.png Ray Trace(T|C) 22:59, March 26, 2019 (EDT)
That doesn't take away from the fact that Buzzy Beetle derivatives in TTYD are treated the same way as the Goomba ones: stick wings or spikes (or both) on them and call it a day instead of using what "looks basically like their prior artwork". Is it a gameplay reason or something else, we may never know. And KP Koopa page already has the basic necessary info without the plot stuff, which seems important because... why? SmokedChili (talk) 13:07, March 27, 2019 (EDT)
These are different from other derivatives in that they are functionally the same thing. As for the "location" thing, many enemies in the Glitz Pit are in other portions of the game; this basically functioned as the trash dump for enemies they couldn't otherwise fit into a game location (like Pokeys) but still wanted to implement. Additionally, it's worth noting that in a prototype, it seems the KPs were regular red-shelled Troopas, if the trivia point on KP Pete's page is anything to go by. They probably just wanted them to look more distinct in the final so their asset reuse wasn't so conspicuous. Doc von Schmeltwick (talk) 16:17, March 27, 2019 (EDT)
For what it's worth, the trivia point on KP Pete's page is an unsourced factoid that's existed on the wiki for almost 10 years. Niiue (talk) 22:58, March 27, 2019 (EDT)
Regardless, that doesn't cover the other points. These are functionally less different than red and green Troopas in your average platformer, with the name difference being a color identifier. KPs can be compared to the situation regarding "Spookums" in the English SMRPG. Doc von Schmeltwick (talk) 00:23, March 28, 2019 (EDT)

Here's one thing I'd like to know: How can Red Spike Tops even be called "distinct RPG enemies" when 1) they're not distinct and 2) they aren't even new? KP Koopas, while not the first yellow-shelled Koopa Troopas, are at least something that TTYD actually came up with, and they have a name that doesn't pertain to their color in both English and Japanese. Red Spike Tops, on the other hand, are just that. They are not the "RPG-original derivative" as SmokedChili is erroneously claiming it is, since they are not original in the slightest. Red Spike Tops have been around since Spike Tops have been around, which is 14 years prior to the release of TTYD. There was just no reason to call them that because that was their normal color. And it still is.

Think of it this way: Let's say a new Paper Mario game came out, and it was in the style of the first two games. Enemy Koopa Troopas are red normally, but at one point, you have to fight green Koopa Troopas for whatever reason. They are labeled as such in battle, but are functionally identical to regular Koopa Troopas. Would we create a "Green Koopa Troopa" article specifically for those green Koopa Troopas? PMTTYD Dark Bones.pngSig.png 23:12, March 29, 2019 (EDT)

Expect red is not Spike Tops' normal color in TTYD, it's blue as with Buzzy Beetles. If it was, Red Spike Tops wouldn't be clarified as red. With how TTYD did it, Red Spike Tops are separate from the normal Spike Tops, which are blue in this game but red almost everywhere else. Which is why I call it bizarre. SmokedChili (talk) 13:38, March 31, 2019 (EDT)