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Director’s Notes

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Written by: Yoshi876 (talk)

Hello 'Shroom readers! Or should that be Merry Christmas 'Shroom readers? Yes, it really should, as I'm sure many of you know it is currently the Christmas period. So if you're tired of all those new games you got, or the family arguments, then continue reading Pipe Plaza, the best Christmas present ever. And don't you dare ask for a receipt!

Upcoming Games is present this issue, but Monthly Report and New Articles are not, as Viper26 has been removed from this post. So if you think you could write these sections, or any of our other vacant ones, feel free to send me an application. I wish you a merry Christmas, and a happy new year.

Section of the Month

Place Section Votes % Writer
1st Banjo 'N' Gutseh's Late-Night Actually Legit Interviews 6 40% Banjonator1, GutsehMan
2nd Poll Committee Discussion 4 27% Andymii
3rd Forum Update 3 20% MrConcreteDonkey

MarioWiki Sections

Recent news on the Featured Articles.
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A helpful tip for wiki editors.
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Wanna know what's been going on in the Poll Committee? Find out here.
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Non-Wiki Sections

The monthly news on the forum.
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A trip back in The 'Shroom's past.
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Thoughts on all the upcoming Mario games.
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Banjo and Gutseh conduct interviews that are held only in the finest of private chat rooms!
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Written by: Yoshi876 (talk)

Hello 'Shroom readers and welcome back to another edition of Featured, the only place this side of the Mario Wiki where you'll get news about the Mario Wiki Featured Articles.

Featured Articles

No new articles have been featured in the past month.

Re-Featured Articles

No new articles have become re-featured.

FA Nominations

There are no ongoing Featured Article Nominations.

Failed FA Nominations

No new articles have failed the featuring process.

Unfeatured Articles

No new articles have been unfeatured in the past month.

Unfeaturing Nominations

There are two ongoing Unfeature nominations.

Failed Unfeaturing Nominations

One new article has failed the unfeaturing process in the past month.

Thanks for reading see you next month, for more Featured Articles news.

Tip of the Month

Written by: FunkyK38 (talk)

When having a discussion with someone, always remember that there is another person on the other side of your screen. It's easy to get mad and say something cruel, because you can't see them or their reaction. You never know what that person is going through in their life, so at the very least, be civil to them.

Poll Committee Discussion

Written by: Andymii (talk)

New Members!

Packy is still not available, so I'm doing Poll Committee Discussion again (don't worry; it's fun!). You may recall last month we announced that we had open spots. We received way more applications than we could take in, and we had to narrow it down to three new members.

We would like to welcome RandomYoshi (talk), Bazooka Mario (talk), and Stargazing (talk) to the team. Congratulations! If you applied and didn't make the cut, don't be discouraged; we'll announce whenever another spot is open. Additionally, we will have our annual Chairperson election in June.

Merry (late) Christmas, everyone!

Recent Polls

Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash (Viper26 (talk), December 13, 2015)

Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash has recently come out in North America and Europe. Will you be buying the game?

Absolutely! This is a must have game for the Wii U. 7.94% (140 votes)
Yes, I really like the courts and character selections this game has to offer, but it can be improved. 15.48% (273 votes)
No, this game doesn't look interesting to me. 30.61% (540 votes)
Not at all! Because this game lacks a significant amount of content, this game is a mess! 11.71% (466 votes)
I don't know yet. 19.56% (345 votes)
Total Votes: 1,764

What is your favorite Mario Kart feature? (Baby Luigi (talk), December 6, 2015)

Which is the best mechanic of a Mario Kart game?

Standard go-karts (Super Mario Kart, Mario Kart 64, Mario Kart: Super Circuit) - Minimalism is the best way to go. 11.07% (241 votes)
Two-person karts (Mario Kart: Double Dash!!) - Two people means double the fun! 27.88% (607 votes)
Emblems (Mario Kart DS) - Individuality in kart insignia form. 7.03% (153 votes)
Bikes (Mario Kart Wii, Mario Kart - Two wheels good, four wheels bad! 11.71% (255 votes)
Gliding and underwater racing (Mario Kart 7, Mario Kart - King of not only the road, but of the skies and seas as well. 18.42% (401 votes)
Anti-gravity (Mario Kart - Up, down, sideways, and upside-down. 23.89% (520 votes)
Total Votes: 2,177

Editing Super Mario Wiki (Andymii (talk), November 29, 2015)

When do you visit the Super Mario Wiki? (select all that apply)

Whenever I need help in a game. This is the most comprehensive guide out there! 14.5% (662 votes)
Whenever I'm randomly in the mood of editing or patrolling it. 7.14% (326 votes)
Whenever I'm bored. It's a great way to pass time, and I can feel good by learning and sharing my knowledge. 32.25% (1,472 votes)
Whenever a page on my watchlist is changed. 1.47% (67 votes)
Whenever a new game comes out. I eagerly read the new information! 18.05% (824 votes)
Whenever I Google something Mario-related, and Super Mario Wiki is the first link. 10.12% (462 votes)
Whenever MarioWiki (the Wikia one) fails me. 2.15% (98 votes)
What's this Super Mario Wiki you talk of? I thought this was Wikipedia. 1.58% (72 votes)
I have my own reasons. 12.75% (582 votes)
Total Votes: 4,565

Favorite soundtrack (Baby Luigi (talk), November 22, 2015)

Which Mario game/series has your favorite soundtrack?

Super Mario Bros. 2% (63 votes)
Super Mario Bros. 2 USA 24.0.89% (28 votes)
Super Mario Bros. 3 1.78% (56 votes)
Super Mario World 5.14% (162 votes)
Yoshi's Island 2.1% (66 votes)
Super Mario 64 5.59% (176 votes)
Super Mario Sunshine 3.11% (98 votes)
Super Mario Galaxy / Super Mario Galaxy 2 33.06% (1,041 votes)
Super Mario 3D Land 0.64% (20 votes)
Super Mario 3D World 6.45% (203 votes)
Mario Kart series 10.61% (334 votes)
Mario Tennis / Mario Golf series 0.38% (12 votes)
Mario Party series 1.08% (34 votes)
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars 2.83% (89 votes)
Paper Mario series 9.08% (286 votes)
Mario & Luigi series 10.73% (338 votes)
Mario & Sonic series 0.67% (21 votes)
Mario Hoops 3-on-3 / Mario Sports Mix 0.57% (18 votes)
Other 3.3% (104 votes)
Total Votes: 3,149

Other genres (Andymii (talk), November 15, 2015)

Which of these imaginary Mario genres would you consider buying? (select all that apply)

Open-world sandbox game. I'd love to explore the streets of Mushroom City (and the rest of the kingdom) for myself! 43.5% (1,673 votes)
Shooter. We really should have a sequel to Yoshi's Safari. 6.97% (268 votes)
Tower defense. It's a classic genre, and Mario should really get in the action! 8.63% (332 votes)
Survival horror. Sure, Mario isn't exactly famous for his scariness, but Nintendo has proven that they can be disturbing (Game Boy Camera, anyone?) 6.37% (245 votes)
Strategy. A Clash of Clans-esque Mario game would definitely be an interesting change of pace. 10.82% (416 votes)
Plumbing simulator. Because why not? 7.31% (281 votes)
Other 10.17% (391 votes)
Mario really doesn't fit any other genre. 6.24% (240 votes)
Total Votes: 3,846


Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash: So upon release, this game got pretty bad reviews, calling it (in a nutshell) bland and unoriginal. I guess you all agree; only 23% of voters showed any sign of interest in buying the game. At 1,764 votes, this poll also happened to have the lowest voter turnout in Poll Committee history.

What is your favorite Mario Kart feature?: Two-person karts seems to be our favorite gimmick. I'm pretty surprised (and disappointed) that Nintendo hasn't brought it back; it's a perfect way for an experienced player and a new player to enjoy the game together without frustration. Maybe for Mario Kart 9?

Editing Super Mario Wiki: Yes, some of you (72, to be exact) fail to realize that this is NOT Wikipedia, failing to see the gigantic MarioWiki logo in the corner. Wow. Our poll shows a majority of voters visit this site solely because they're bored. Surprisingly, not many of you have chose the "watchlist" option, even though I personally use it extensively.

Favorite soundtrack: At 19 choices, this poll was so long that we had to change our archive coding. It also made the Main Page extremely long. That was pretty ugly; because of this, we've made a policy that our polls will no longer exceed 10 choices. Anyway, at 1,041 votes, you all definitely love the full orchestra sound of Mario Galaxy; no surprise there. At the opposite side of the spectrum, Mario Tennis/Mario Golf music probably isn't too amazing, at a measly 12 votes.

Other genres: A dream-come-true for me would be an open-world game within Mushroom City. Clearly, most of you agree. Make it a reality, Nintendo! On the other hand, don't make a Mario horror game. No one wants that.

That's about all I have to say. Thank you for reading this month's Poll Committee Discussion, and please enjoy the holidays!

Forum Update

Written by: MrConcreteDonkey (talk)

It's that time of month again! That's right, it's the Forum Update, where I spend as long as possible talking about pretty much nothing, because that's all that happens here nowadays. The forums are dead. Like Santa. Merry Christmas, kids.

So, let's see if November was remotely interesting.


  • 172 new topics were given life.
  • 9587 posts were made.
  • 11 new members joined.
  • 188 was the most online




(Bold means new entry and Italics means inactive for at least the past month. Bold and Italics means I am terrible at coding.)

Thread of the Month

November's Thread of the Month went, with bibbangs, to googlegrenade by 2257, showcasing a number of dubious translations that went unnoticed on the Wiki for too long. I don't even think @SuperMarioFact found these. Also, there was some pretty interesting discussion about translation between 22 and Walkazo. Also, making this Thread of the Month makes it look like I'm actually paying attention to the Wiki.

A very close runner up was Javelin's thread me rn, though it kinda requires some context first. Nabber's so i went on the wiki for once also raised some interesting questions.

Also, after actually playing through Undertale, I would like to upgrade my review from a few months ago from "it's good" to "it's really good".


  • "do not argue with the vast knowledge of the great and all-powerful mariowiki lest the sleeping ones awaken to claim your unworthy soul" - GBAToad
  • "tfw kids these days will never appreciate the art of arranging punctuation into faces :'-/" ~ Uniju
  • "your genuinely nice response has left me unable to reply as I now realize my collection of reaction gifs are geared mostly for negative interactions" - Anton
  • "believe me, the ritual to invoke the fell demon known only as "p h p" is not for the faint of heart" - 2257


Currently underway are Stooben's 'Shroom Mafia III and Meta Knight's Paper Mafia 64.

Thanks for reading.

Birthday Wishes

Written by: Crocodile Dippy (talk)

Date User Contributions
December 5th GutsehMan (talk) Current Writer for The 'Shroom, Occasional Forum Lurker
December 11th Plumber (talk) Former MarioWiki Patroller, Former Chatroom Operator, Founder of Fantendo, Former 'Shroom Director, Former 'Shroom Editor-in-Chief, Co-Founder of the Cheese Craze of '07
December 13th Neurario (talk) Userpedia Benefactor, Former MarioWiki Forum Administrator, Former Userpedia Bureaucrat, Former 'Shroom Writer
December 18th YellowYoshi398 (talk) Former MarioWiki Administrator, Former Userpedia Administrator, Co-Founder of the Cheese Craze of '07
December 19th New Super Mario (talk) Former 'Shroom Fun Stuff Director, Former 'Shroom Writer
December 31st RandomYoshi (talk) Current Chatroom Operator, Current 'Shroom Statistics Manager, Professional Mathematician, Manakete

Retro Feature

Written by: Yoshi876 (talk)

Various Directors
Used in case of images missing from a section gallery, table, bestiary box, or certain infoboxes.
First article: December Report, Issue I
Last article: Still Going
Sections Written: Various sections and Director's Notes throughout The 'Shroom
Positions held: Director, Sub-team leader (some), Contributor

Hello, readers! I'm your Spotlight manager and Pipe Plaza Director, Yoshi876. Welcome to Retro Feature, a section in which I delve deep into the archives to bring you the best blasts from the past. This time I bring a Director's Election. Something that you may read about in a bit.

The Directors have been around since the start of The 'Shroom, they are in effect, the editor of our publication, checking that everything is in order before release. Most Directors write sections before or during their tenure, like SMB or Tucayo, whilst others only contribute Director's Notes, which were the equivalent to the current Opening and Closing Statements, just sometimes with more cats. One of the first 'Shroom Directors was Wayoshi, but when the first elections were held, it was Glowsquid who triumphed against him, winning 69% of the vote. The next year, Stooben was victorious, having won 85% of the vote, he followed this up the next year with another victory, though only gaining 47% of the vote. In 2010, Super Mario Bros. beat Marioguy1 to the Director's position, winning 83% of the vote, he would then follow these victories up with successive wins in 2011 (with 50%) and 2012 (with 53%), it was so close in the 2012 elections, that Super Mario Bros. offered to co-direct with the other candidate, Tucayo. In 2013, only one candidate, Superchao, stood, and for the 2014 elections the same happened again, just with Super Mario Bros. being the only candidate. 'Shroom Director applicants have been falling away in recent years, so I wonder whether 2015 will yield a new result. Only your votes can decide.

Director Election

Our current director is retiring, so we have.... *drumroll* a Director Election!

Director Election

It's that time of the year again, the Director Election!

What is This?

  • This is an election to decide the new director of The 'Shroom. Naturally, the one with the most votes wins the title.
  • If a director retires, then an election is held again in the latest issue of The 'Shroom.
  • An election takes place every December Issue regardless whether an election has already been held that year.
  • The current director may run in elections if they wish.
  • This election will start December 20nd.
  • In the January issue (18:00 Jan. 19), the winner will be announced, and they will have at most a week to announce their Core Staff in the comments section at the bottom of the page, as well as their calendar.
  • There will be a debate between the candidates, please also state when you can participate in the debate in order to get this to work.
  • You must submit your campaign at least a week ({{{2}}}) before the release of the January issue, or else it will be considered invalid and removed by the Core Staff!
It is currently 23:52, December 3rd (EST/EDT)

This election ends {{{3}}} (EST/EDT)
Candidate Rules
  • Anyone may run for director during any time of the election (except in Overtime), but they must have a forum account.
  • A user may only run for themselves, another user cannot nominate them.
  • All candidates must say what changes will they make. They can also campaign to promote voting for them.
    • Campaigns must use acceptable grammar (judgment is given to the Core Staff).
    • Campaigns must be original. Nobody is allowed to steal another candidate's ideas. However, if campaigns, for the most part, differ from each other or have key elements to which the candidates disagree on, then sharing a few ideas here and there is allowed.
    • No joke campaigns are allowed to be ran.
    • No bribing voters is allowed.
  • Candidates can also hold debates among them in the comments section at the bottom of the page.
  • This is what a voting section should look like:
What will you do, etc.

So as you can see, that candidate has three votes.

Voter Rules
  • Voters may vote with their username, no signatures allowed, or they opt to list themselves as X ('''X''') in order for their vote to not be immediately identifiable– note that people may see who voted in such a manner in the page editing history.
  • Anonymous editors (who do not sign in to edit) are not allowed to cast votes. If you have an account and are simply logged out, please sign in to your account. If you want to vote and you do not have an account, simply create one, sign in, and vote!
  • Voters may only cast one vote.
  • Voters may change their vote at any time while the election is in progress.
  • In the case of a tie, the Core Staff will establish a runoff election for another week between the tying candidates. Ties beyond that will be handled if they come up by a process decided by the Core Staff.
Duties of the Director

This is what you must do if you win, so read carefully.

  • The director must accept or decline all new writers' ideas for sections they want to write.
  • The director assigns a section to users who want to write, but don't know what to write.
  • The director gives out a warning to users who have not yet sent in their sections one week before The 'Shroom is due.
  • The director puts The 'Shroom together, and edits the front page, the single page, the 'Shroombox template, and the Shroom Issue template.
  • The director writes the Director's Notes section, which comments about the month's issue.
  • The director includes the due date of the next 'Shroom in the Director's Notes, and in the Shroomwarning template.
  • The director gets to choose their Core Staff, this is: Fake News, Fun Stuff, Music & Art, Pipe Plaza, Critic Corner directors and Sub-Director.
  • The director must send applications to users who want to become writers.

Looks easy? It is not. So get ready.

Now get out there and go!


Stooben Rooben

  1. Super-Yoshi
  2. Phailure
  3. Jaffffey K. Kool
  4. Xpike
  5. Luigi001
  6. Glitz Hawk
  7. Guy Tim
  8. Glitchman
  9. Mametchi-Lover
  10. Palkia47
  11. Cheep-Cheep
  12. ralphfan
  13. Dom
  14. SLNO
  15. 3DD
  16. Storm Warrior
  17. User:PrincessWave
  18. MrsDaisyLuigi
  19. Yoshi Boo 118
  20. X
  21. The Chozo Yoshi
  23. Randoman123456789
  24. Mateus 23
  25. Fire MARIO bros
  26. 1337Yoshi
  27. Nega-Mario
  28. Luigiman
  29. Shyguy27
  30. Supertroopa
  31. Bloc Partier
  32. SmartyGuy11
  33. Dark Lakitu 789
  34. x
  35. Agent A
  36. Dry Paratroopa
  37. Luigifreak
  38. KnJ4E
  39. YellowYoshi398
  40. Mario3v
  41. Zafum
  42. TutiFrutti112
  43. supermario6449
  44. SilverYoshi95
  45. Toad4566
  46. Angeloblaze
  47. Luigi 128

Garlic Man

  1. Mario304
  2. Kamicciolo
  3. The Gravitator



  1. Supermariofan14
  2. Yoshi301
  3. Blitzwing
  4. Boozooka
  5. X


A lot of good choices... ill have to think about this for a bit. Luigifreak
I have to truthfully say, I didn't expect so many support votes. O_O — Stooben Rooben 17:40, 21 December 2008 (EST)
thats rite. C???
Wow 32 people voted for St00by! He's in the lead. GrapesGrapes Grapes

Stooben will phail like the others, but... McWolf

How wonderfully optimistic! Thanks so much for your helpful views! :\ I believe in you, Stooby. BLOC PARTIER.
Wow, MCDimentio being a trolling moron. Surprise? --Blitzwing 13:04, 22 December 2008 (EST)
It's comments like that that'll make it even more certain that I'll do my best, just to prove him wrong. — Stooben Rooben 23:36, 23 December 2008 (EST)
McDimentio? Don't you mean Mc Wolf? GrapesGrapes Grapes
He got a name change. BLOC PARTIER.
Oh. GrapesGrapes Grapes

I feel that Stoob really does deserve to be Director, but if he is only going to be on 1 hr. a day, will he be able to do his work on time? MisterJaffffeyPeteyPiranhaBanana.gif G0 Issue 105/Pipe Plaza

yah come on hes st00by he can do anything :O C???

=D Lol. GrapesGrapes Grapes

Yeah, although I feel sorry for the other competitors being up against the most popular User on the entire Wiki... I really want Stooben in charge. (He payed me to vote for him.) th_DimentioSigLeft.png Dom »» McTalk th_SMKDimentiobyStooben.png

Jaffffey: I've rearranged my schedule quite a bit, so I should actually be on for around 3 hours a day, which is more than enough time to get things situated. :D S-Y: lol Dom: I actually feel some guilt about that too. While I have the feeling that some of my support votes may be "fan votes" (for lack of a better term), I feel more than confident that I won't let any of my supporters down. — Stooben Rooben 21:50, 3 January 2009 (EST)
Yeah, even though Stooben is popular, i think he is responsible and hardworking. Luigifreak

Yeah, it's a good thing Stooben is both popular and reliable, as I wouldn't support him even if he was my friend but not a good User worthy of being a Director. He has both of these qualities, which is a rare and wonderful combination. th_DimentioSigLeft.png Dom »» McTalk th_SMKDimentiobyStooben.png

Well, thank you! I appreciate everyone's kind comments. =) — Stooben Rooben 00:39, 6 January 2009 (EST)
Hey, you deserve 'em Stoobs! :D Good luck with the job. LuigiZ3r0 Tw0Zerotwo.jpg

I really hope you win Stooben, you really deserve to win the Director Election. Mario5x.pngMario5x (talk)Mario5x.png

Thanks, guys. All this encouragement is making me feel even more able for the job! — Stooben Rooben 22:40, 7 January 2009 (EST)

I'm rooting for you, Rooben Stooben! I looked at everyone's userpage, and you are definitely the one for the job. I think you are both dedicated and skilled. TutiFrutti112

Stooben so far it look like you are going to win, lets all hope it stays that way, you have to win i'm ROOTING for you, we are all ROOTING for you k. Mario5x.pngMario5x (talk)Mario5x.png

Go Stooben Rooben! I'm going to wish you good luck! Fire MARIO bros babyfiremariolb2.png

  • Good luck, everyone! I wish you all the best of luck!


Thanks! TucayoSig.png Though luck will barely help here :(

Stoob reallie deserve to be the new Director! And, wow, that isn't a little number of votes... Minishyguy.PNG Guy Tim Minishyguy2.PNG

Stooben you are going to win, I mean look you have 47 votes currently but, Stooben would you add more ideas if you win or would you just leave it, but still I am ROOTING for you dont forget it k. Mario5x.pngMario5x (talk)Mario5x.png

I appreciate the support guys, thanks! As for new ideas, I do have a few. I thought a section where users could submit questions, suggestions, and comments on the paper could be cool; then the next month, the Director/staff of the paper could respond. I also think after my talk with Son of Suns that a section that allowed fan work should be allowed. As he pointed out, and I have always thought, a lot of The 'Shroom contains information that can be found in articles already. There's a few other ideas in the rough, but I'm still working on them. — Stooben Rooben 20:46, 15 January 2009 (EST)

Thats good Stooben, as for the rough ideas I am sure you will be able to work on them with no problem k. Mario5x.pngMario5x (talk)Mario5x.png

How bout adding a non-mario game review?? TucayoSig.png It sounds good to me
Not a bad idea. I might try that. — Stooben Rooben 23:18, 16 January 2009 (EST)

Stooben, you have good ideas! What's a journal without the everyone's part? Minishyguy.PNG Guy Tim Minishyguy2.PNG

hey stoob, are you still gonna send the warnins? I rely on those like pancakes. MisterJaffffeyPeteyPiranhaBanana.gif G0 Issue 105/Pipe Plaza

Just a slightly nervous question: When will the first Shroom section under your rule... er, direction... be due? I noticed today is the election deadline (well, in my far-ahead-of-the-US-timezone-in-Australia), and obviously you have won it, Stooben (woot!).

th_DimentioSigLeft.png Dom »» McTalk I rely on warnings like muffins. th_SMKDimentiobyStooben.png

Yeah, I guess I did win! :D Awesome. The next issue of The 'Shroom? Well, I was thinking maybe February 14th? I thought it'd be easy to remember because it's Valentine's Day. — Stooben Rooben 04:57, 19 January 2009 (EST)
Phew, that's heaps of time! But I'd better do it while still on holidays, else my amnesia will curse me. Bleck... Valentine's Day... a day of nothing but self-hate for me. Oh, and I'm very glad you won, Stooben! You'll be an awesome director... but are you sure you can handle it with your status and stuff? th_DimentioSigLeft.png Dom »» McTalk th_SMKDimentiobyStooben.png I have a problem when I try using the sig code... :/
Cool, I can't wait to get your section in. Thanks again! Yeah, I can handle it. If anything, I'll have to wait until Friday to know exactly when The 'Shroom is due. I'm going to try and work the due dates to fit my schedule, as well as make it easier for others. Also, what problem is that? — Stooben Rooben 05:18, 19 January 2009 (EST)

I just noticed that the Main Page is out of date, as it says we're currently having a director election. Can someone remove that (probably a protected template)? th_DimentioSigLeft.png Dom »» McTalk th_SMKDimentiobyStooben.png

Upcoming Games

Written by: Paper Yoshi (talk)

Hello, beloved readers, and welcome to my second and last Upcoming Games issue of the year!! First of all, I apologize for deviating from the release schedule so early on; I was extremely busy with my finals (which I passed, by the way), so that prevented me from writing in November.

Also, I would like to thank everyone who voted for Upcoming Games and helped it win the August SOTM; I must admit it's thrilling to see people still appreciate my writing in this section, and it only encourages me to keep doing so, only in a much lower scale now due to time constraints.

Anyway, I guess that's all as far as news go, so let's check some of the Mario-related games being released, and (hopefully) purchased by thousands of fans all around the world, as I write this.

Smashing Through!!

After the release of Mario Tennis Open for the Nintendo 3DS in 2012, Mario Tennis is back to the home console realm for the first time since the re-release of Mario Power Tennis for the Nintendo Wii in 2009, as part of the New Play Control! series.

The gameplay in Ultra Smash is similar to previous Mario Tennis installments, with the same basic controls from other games in the series. Additionally, Chance Shots from Tennis Open make a return, working the same way as they did before.

A screenshot of Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash
A doubles Mega Battle, with Mario and Bowser playing against Peach and Toad.

The game may be played with three different controllers: the Wii U GamePad, the Wii Pro Controller, or the Wii Remote. However, unlike the previous home console title, the Wii version of Mario Power Tennis, Ultra Smash does not support motion controls, meaning players can only use the Wii Remote on its side to control the characters, akin to the way Virtual Console NES games are played on the Wii and Wii U.

Although Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash does include the classic tennis experience found in previous installments, the default mode, called Mega Battle, presents a new twist in the form of Mega Mushrooms, which randomly spawn on the court during the match, allowing the players to grow, improving both their offense and defense. The game includes other three local modes, namely Classic Tennis, Knockout Battles and the minigame Mega Ball Rally, while also supporting online matches.

As for the playable characters, while the usual crew of Mario, Luigi, Peach and co. are available from the get-go, one notable addition to the default roster is Rosalina, making her debut in the series.

Paper Brothers

(Just as a heads-up, since Pyro (talk), this section's former writer, has pretty much covered all there is to say about this game without major spoilers, I'll try not to be too repetitive when talking about it.)

Anyway, when I actually figure out how to write "anyway" without hitting the "h" key on my keyboard, we can talk about the next game that hit stores, according to the release schedule. It's none other than Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam, where silly dialogue meets stationery characters.

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam screenshot.
The three heroes in action.

In a nutshell, since I'm not here to tell you guys the whoooooooole story, it begins with Luigi and Toad, who are at the attic of Peach's Castle, trying to be helpful by searching for the source of a drought. They see a hole above a bookcase, so Luigi investigates that; meanwhile, a Scaredy Rat enters the room and starts chasing Toad. As it approaches Luigi, he gets scared (surprise, surprise) and falls. Although it might seem that everything is ok, the dust on the floor (attics...) causes Luigi to sneeze, which, in turn, knocks him into the bookcase, making a book fall open onto the floor, releasing the Paper Mario world within it.

At first, Mario and Luigi only need to rescue the Paper Toads scattered all around the Mushroom Kingdom, but later, as Paper Mario joins them, the trio founds out that both Bowser and Paper Bowser have kidnapped the respective Princesses (another surprise...), meaning it's up to them to rescue Peach and Paper Peach.

The controls are very similar to previous Mario & Luigi installments; Mario uses the A Button button and Luigi uses B Button, while Paper Mario uses the Y Button button. Since Mario now has two characters following him, instead of just his little brother, they are able to jump simultaneously with the X Button button. Players are also able to trigger special jump and hammer actions by combining different buttons, as is the case with other titles in the series, either on the overworld or during battles.

Release Dates

Released Games
  • Ultimate NES Remix (3DS)
    • Japan: August 27th (as Famicom Remix: Best Choice)
  • Super Mario Maker (Wii U)
    • Japan: September 10th
    • North America and Europe: September 11th
    • Australia: September 12th
  • Yoshi's Woolly World (Wii U)
    • North America: October 16th
  • Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash (Wii U)
    • North America and Europe: November 20th
    • Australia: November 21st
  • Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam (3DS)
    • Japan: December 3rd (as Mario & Luigi RPG: Paper Mario MIX)
    • Europe: December 4th (as Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Bros.)
    • Australia: December 10th (also as Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Bros.)
Upcoming Games
  • Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam (3DS)
    • North America: January 22nd, 2016
  • Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash (Wii U)
    • Japan: January 28th, 2016
  • Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (Wii U & 3DS)
    • Japan: February 18th, 2016
    • North America, Europe and Australia: 2016

And that concludes 2015 for Upcoming Games!! I hope you all had a great time reading those two sections I wrote, and I sure hope there'll be even more next year for you to check!! Merry Christmas everyone, and a Happy New Year to all!!!

"Stay tuned to Upcoming Games for news on the games you'll be playing soon!"

Banjo 'N' Gutseh's Late-Night Actually Legit Interviews

Written by: Banjonator1 (talk) and Gutsehman (talk)

Anton{Politoed} poses
<banjonator1>: Good evening and welcome to a Christmastime special of Banjo and Gutseh's Something Something at Late Night Interviews!
<banjonator1>: We have a special guest, our very own Anton Claus, here to spread a little holiday joy!
<Anton{Politoed}>: are you calling me fat
<banjonator1>: i'm calling you jolly
<Anton{Politoed}>: >:[
<GutsehMan>: anton are you taking 'jolly' as an insult
<banjonator1>: Please don't put me on the naughty list i still haven't got splatoon and i was railing on getting it for christmas
<banjonator1>: Related, how's the list coming? Can we hear who in the community has been naughty and nice
<banjonator1>: ?
<Anton{Politoed}>: I guess it's ok, I won't have to ban you guys from the awards just yet
<Anton{Politoed}>: well
<Anton{Politoed}>: I'm on the nice list, of course
<banjonator1>: congrats
<Anton{Politoed}>: I went shopping today and 22 didn't join me despite me asking him to do so about 3 dozen times
<Anton{Politoed}>: so he's on the naughty list
<GutsehMan>: can i ask what was on the shopping list
<Anton{Politoed}>: the rest of the list is spoilers
<Anton{Politoed}>: well today I planned on doing all of my christmas shopping for everyone
<banjonator1>: no gutseh you don't want to know what you got for antonmas
<Anton{Politoed}>: while I did get a few things, mostly gift cards, and a new 2ds and a bunch of games for my niece
<Anton{Politoed}>: I ended up splurging on goodies for myself
<banjonator1>: sounds rad
<Anton{Politoed}>: I'll probably get the rest of the things the night before and just pretend I put thought into it
<banjonator1>: anything you're hoping to recieve for yourself?
<Anton{Politoed}>: satisfaction in life, an end to loneliness, a stable future, some reese's cups
<Anton{Politoed}>: cash
<Anton{Politoed}>: the older I get the less specifics I want and instead I just want people to fund my own shopping trips
<banjonator1>: i can provide you with at least 3/5 of those; maybe i should get in on secret santa
<Anton{Politoed}>: I'll let you in on a secret for secret santa
<banjonator1>: anything you want for christmas, guts?
<Anton{Politoed}>: there's a secret secret santa
<Anton{Politoed}>: that turb didn't tell you about
<GutsehMan>: i don't really know what i want for christmas
<GutsehMan>: outside of christmassy things
<GutsehMan>: and milk
<banjonator1>: is turb on the naughty list
<Anton{Politoed}>: it's the one that I signed up for because all of the gifts are naughty~
<GutsehMan>: but i tell you what
<GutsehMan>: i saw my daddy-o man
<Anton{Politoed}>: I'm also the only one who signed up so it's a gift for myself
<GutsehMan>: make a steam account earlier today
<Anton{Politoed}>: milk is an excellent choice
<GutsehMan>: then he opened up mine
<GutsehMan>: just to gift me 3 things
<Anton{Politoed}>: what kind of milk
<banjonator1>: hold up guts what kind of milk
<GutsehMan>: well
<banjonator1>: as you can see, this is important
<GutsehMan>: *thinks*
<GutsehMan>: chocolate milk tbh
<Anton{Politoed}>: not my top pick, but it's within reason
<Anton{Politoed}>: you did well
<GutsehMan>: i was gonna put some marshmallows with it
<GutsehMan>: make it warm you know
<GutsehMan>: christmassy
<Anton{Politoed}>: do you just warm up chocolate milk instead of getting hot cocoa
<banjonator1>: milk isnt christmassy unless it composes hot chocolate
<Anton{Politoed}>: I guess it does remove the extra step of stirring, but I haven't tried that yet myself
<GutsehMan>: it all depends you know
<GutsehMan>: like what sounds easier
<GutsehMan>: getting a dang old package of hot cocoa
<GutsehMan>: or just taking chocolate milk and warming it up
<banjonator1>: christmas confession: i hate eggnog with a burning passion
<Anton{Politoed}>: it's ok, me too
<GutsehMan>: i have never had eggnog
<GutsehMan>: am i missing out
<Anton{Politoed}>: good, you remain pure
<banjonator1>: you're not missing much
<GutsehMan>: anyway yeah i saw my daddy-o man gift me 3 games on steam
<GutsehMan>: but i haven't checked
<GutsehMan>: for the sake of purity
<Anton{Politoed}>: hey wasn't this interview supposed to be about me
<GutsehMan>: well yes
<Anton{Politoed}>: I dressed up nice for this and we're focusing all on you >:[
<GutsehMan>: you've brought christmas joy to our little interview show
<Anton{Politoed}>: oh, :)
<banjonator1>: gutseh isn't pulling his share as usual so i have to resort to asking him questions ;^)
<GutsehMan>: >:(
<GutsehMan>: alright fine i got a
<GutsehMan>: i got a question you meanie
<banjonator1>: (ilu guts)
<GutsehMan>: anton
<Anton{Politoed}>: gutseh
<GutsehMan>: who's the GRINCHIEST GRINCH on the boards that you know
<banjonator1>: good one, guts
<Anton{Politoed}>: wow you're looking for blood, huh
<banjonator1>: i trust you to answer this question with tact and proficiency
<Anton{Politoed}>: honestly I haven't seen really anyone too grinchy lately
<Anton{Politoed}>: sure I can dig up some demons from the past
<Anton{Politoed}>: and no this totally isn't a PR-safe comment, it's true
<banjonator1>: (yeah to be fair we've all mellowed out quite nicely)
<Anton{Politoed}>: it makes it harder for me to put people on my naughty list; there's a quota I need to achieve, you know
<banjonator1>: any real fond christmas memories, particularly from younger times?
<banjonator1>: it can be game-related, or not
<Anton{Politoed}>: well despite its random eccentricities, my childhood was actually pretty boring
<Anton{Politoed}>: my parents didn't let us get too many games because they wanted us to be super smart
<Anton{Politoed}>: I only got the n64 when I was like 12 because our edgy neighbor gave it to us for $20 with a bunch of games
<Anton{Politoed}>: although a few years ago we spent christmas at my uncle's house and he proceeded to think that an airplane was the aliens finally coming to get him
<Anton{Politoed}>: and later on in that night my cousin came home drunk, too a scythe off the wall, and chased me around the house trying to behead me
<Anton{Politoed}>: maybe that was on new year's, who knows, it's all in the same week pretty much
<GutsehMan>: why was there a scythe on your wall
<Anton{Politoed}>: ambiance
<banjonator1>: god damn i hate having such a not dysfunctional family sometimes, i wish my life was more like a tim allen sitcom christmas special
<Anton{Politoed}>: roseanne had the best holiday specials
<Anton{Politoed}>: halloween was always fun and silly while every other holiday was filled with a family crisis
<banjonator1>: my parents got me a gamecube with metroid prime (because she thought it was related to transformers), super mario sunshine, the spyro game for gamecube, and jimmy neutron attack of the twonkies
<banjonator1>: roseanne was great
<Anton{Politoed}>: have you ever watched her reality show, Roseanne's Nuts
<banjonator1>: (i proceeded to suck at all of the above games)
<Anton{Politoed}>: about her life on a macadamia nut farm in hawaii
<banjonator1>: I remember my dad being really pissed at her because she didn't take the national anthem seriously
<banjonator1>: and yes, i vaguely remember the show
<Anton{Politoed}>: "jimmy neutron attack of the twinks", banjo is this a window into your childhood
<Anton{Politoed}>: is this why you are the way you are
<banjonator1>: anton i've come to realize repression is natural and has a biological function so stahp
<GutsehMan>: jimmy neutron was a pretty good show as far as i'm concerned
<Anton{Politoed}>: I can't stop, I'm sorry
<GutsehMan>: at least for a young'un
<Anton{Politoed}>: wanna know what a good movie is for all ages
<Anton{Politoed}>: Legally Blonde
<banjonator1>: This is the point where the interview runs out of questions and degrades into banter. Which is just fine, but as soon as we start to run dry, I'm gonna wrap it up, lol
<banjonator1>: and legally blonde was great
<GutsehMan>: i have vague memories of legally blonde
<banjonator1>: make them less vague
<GutsehMan>: but i remember it being pretty good
<Anton{Politoed}>: we should all watch it again
<Anton{Politoed}>: it will be my secular winter gift to you
<GutsehMan>: i mean i guess i got a question
<Anton{Politoed}>: come to my place and I'll have some meat and cheese trays set up
<GutsehMan>: !!! meat and cheese !!!
<banjonator1>: Christ-mas anton, christ-mas
<banjonator1>: >:[
<GutsehMan>: i thought it was chris t. mas
<Anton{Politoed}>: idk who this Chris guy is but this interview is supposed to be about me
<GutsehMan>: i just realized i want chris t. mas as a warioware character
<GutsehMan>: make him jimmy t.'s north pole cousin
<Anton{Politoed}>: also banjo you realize my name is taken from the founder of the church of satan right
<Anton{Politoed}>: this entire time I've been corrupting your minds
GutsehMan starts kinda losing it
<Anton{Politoed}>: ono gutseh got into the eggnog
<GutsehMan>: e.g.g.n.o.g
<banjonator1>: eggnog is such garbage
<GutsehMan>: hey i was gonna ask my question
<banjonator1>: shoot
<GutsehMan>: alright so you know
<GutsehMan>: the big old last smash direct is tomorrow
<GutsehMan>: and stuff is gonna happen
<GutsehMan>: so like
<GutsehMan>: who would you want in smash
<Anton{Politoed}>: kamek
<Anton{Politoed}>: no doubt
<GutsehMan>: you know what i was thinking of
<GutsehMan>: like yesterday
<banjonator1>: people who think kameks stage in mario party ds sucked are little weenies
<GutsehMan>: like
<GutsehMan>: since cloud is in smash
<banjonator1>: who can't handle kamek's japers
<GutsehMan>: and there's clearly a working relationship between the smash team and square right now
<GutsehMan>: ...please tell me we can get like
<GutsehMan>: a geno mii costume or something
<GutsehMan>: just to shut those guys up
<banjonator1> well that wasn't...
<banjonator1> wait never mind i lost my train of thought
<banjonator1> time to edt that out in post pro
<banjonator1>: Well, i think that wraps this up pretty nicely.
<Anton{Politoed}>: I'm good at making people lose their train of thought
<Anton{Politoed}>: just ask stoob
banjonator1 is now unable to edit his flub out post-pro because anton's comment would lose context
<Anton{Politoed}>: I've single-handedly delayed at least half a dozen shroom mafia deadlines by just blabbing at him
<banjonator1>: Goodnight!
*Interview ends*

<Anton{Politoed}> that was quaintly informal
<banjonator1> it usually is
<Anton{Politoed}> this will be my first foray into pipe plaza
<Anton{Politoed}> soon my influence will reach all of the shroom
<banjonator1> one time we got really deep with shoey for a little while about the future of the wiki
<banjonator1> it was cathartic
<banjonator1> but mostly interviews are low-tier chat banter
<Anton{Politoed}> I can get deep, you just caught me in a different mood
<Anton{Politoed}> there'll have to be an Anton: Part 2 interview soon
*Lights shut off.*
<Anton{Politoed}> the edgy sequel
<Anton{Politoed}> and then there can be a Part 3
<Anton{Politoed}> where all of the characters are portrayed by different actors

The 'Shroom 105
Staff sections Opening Statement
The 'Shroom SpotlightEnd-of-the-Year AwardsDirector Election
Sub-teams Fake NewsFun StuffPalette SwapPipe PlazaCritic CornerStrategy Wing
Specials 12 Days of 'Shroom ChristmasThe Best Songs of 2015Fantanoice InterviewHappy HolidaysHoliday Super Mario Maker ChallengeHow Do I Art?Oh Christmas TreeTucayo's TenUltimate Character TournamentThe Year of Ashley 2015
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