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Director’s Notes

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Written by: Yoshi876 (talk)

Thank you so much for voting in the Awards. I know we didn't win the overall Best Sub-Team Award, but to have gotten third with only one vote off of Critic Corner is amazing! And we will definitely be aiming for that second spot next year.

Section of the Month

Pipe Plaza SECTION OF THE MONTH
Place Section Votes % Writer
1st The 'Shroom Report 6 43% Tucayo
2nd Community Report 2 14% LudwigVon
2nd Retro Feature 2 14% Yoshi876
2nd Anniversary Announcements 2 14% Lakituthequick
3rd Monthly Report 1 7% Paper Yoshi
3rd Tip of the Month 1 7% FunkyK38



MarioWiki Sections

A look over the wiki's stats of the past month.
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Recent news on the Featured Articles.
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A helpful tip for wiki editors.
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The month gone by in promotions and proposals.
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All the unanswered talk page questions and improvement threads.
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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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All the latest writers and all the milestones of the current ones.
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Monthly Report

Written by: Paper Yoshi (talk)

Hi everyone, and welcome to another issue of Monthly Report!! No news on this section just yet, so it's time to check what has changed in the wiki stats since July!

(Credit goes to Stooben Rooben (talk), Super Mario Bros. (talk), and Viper26 (talk) for the table coding (I based this on Stooben's coding, which was later modified by SMB, myself, and Viper26 when each one of us wrote this section)

August Statistics
Statistic As of 17 August 2016 (07:55)*
Content Pages 17,252
All Pages 140,644
Files 72,395
Edits 1,898,485
Edits per Page 13.50
Registered Users 21,981
Active Users 305
Bots 3
'Shroom Writers 35
Autopatrolled 38
Patrollers 4
Administrators 11
Bureaucrats 3
Proprietor 1


July — August Statistics
Statistic As of 14 July 2016 (09:10)* As of 17 August 2016 (07:55)* Percentage Change
Content Pages 17,168 17,252 +0.489%
All Pages 139,762 140,644 +0.631%
Files 71,786 72,395 +0.848%
Edits 1,877,448 1,898,485 +1.12%
Edits per Page 13.43 13.50 +0.521%
Registered Users 21,799 21,981 +0.835%
Active Users 336 305 -9.226%
Bots 2 3 +50%
'Shroom Writers 35 35 0%
Autopatrolled 38 38 0%
Patrollers 4 4 0%
Administrators 11 11 0%
Bureaucrats 3 3 0%
Proprietor 1 1 0%
*All times EST.

Featured

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 is one ongoing Featured Article Nomination.

  • Donkey Kong Barrel Blast was nominated on 9 July 2016. The current oppose on it deals with its tense and lack of a development section.

Failed FA Nominations

One new article has failed the featuring process.

  • Rocket Start failed on the 30 July 2016. It failed due to its organization and length.

Unfeatured Articles

No new articles have been unfeatured in the past month.

Unfeaturing Nominations

There are no ongoing Unfeature nominations.

Failed Unfeaturing Nominations

No new articles have 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 writing an article on the wiki, be sure to stay objective while you're writing. On the forums or for the 'Shroom is one thing, but when you're working on an article, you're basically writing an encyclopedia entry. Here's an example:

  • Unbiased, objective view

"Peach returns the serve across the court to Bowser, who hits the ball with a Power-Up shot."

  • Biased view

"Princess Peach hits Bowser's impossible shot and he hits it back while totally cheating with a Power-Shot."


Community Report

Written by: LudwigVon (talk)

Hi readers and welcome back to the Community Report. It shows our the latest goings-ons around the Super Mario Wiki – the promotions, the demotions, the recently passed and ongoing proposals.

(credit to YoshiKong (talk) for previously developing this coded table system and to Crocodile Dippy (talk) for the alterations made)

RECENTLY PASSED PROPOSALS:

Proposer Summary Outcome Deadline
7feetunder (talk) Split Donkey Kong Jungle Beat levels from their kingdoms.

A proposal to split the levels of Donkey Kong Jungle Beat from their kingdoms. The proposer argues that we don't have any articles for the levels of this game and this contradicts the wiki, where even small worlds like in Wario World have their levels split off.

9-0 (read more) July 14, 2016, 23:59
Wildgoosespeeder (talk) Create Play Nintendo Article.

A proposal to create an article about Play Nintendo. The proposer argues that the wiki already covers Club Nintendo and My Nintendo and those articles are not Mario-specific but they still have things related to the Mario franchise.

11-0 (read more) July 24, 2016, 23:59
NSY (talk) Change all critic ratings on series pages to display only Metacritic or remove ratings on series pages altogether.

A proposal to change the ratings reviews to only display Metacritic or removing reviews altogether from series page. The proposer argues that a lot of series pages display ratings and these are limited to IGN and Gamesport and their reviews are often subjective and based on opinion. The proposer also argues that Metacritic displays an aggregate score based on all reviews and gives a much more accurate view on the actual quality of the game. The proposer also proposes to remove ratings on these pages altogether.

3-8-0 (read more) August 8, 2016, 23:59


RECENT TALK PAGE PROPOSALS:

Proposer Summary Outcome Deadline
A51 Trooper (talk) Rename Donkey Kong Racing (series) to Diddy Kong Racing (series).

A proposal to rename Donkey Kong Racing (series) to Diddy Kong Racing (series). The proposer argues that Donkey Kong wasn't playable in the original Diddy Kong Racing or its DS remake and that Diddy Kong is the main character of those games.

7-0 (read more) July 24, 2016, 23:59
Reboot (talk) Merge Aqua Kuribō with Goomdiver.

A proposal to merge Aqua Kuribōs, Goombas that wear a diving helmet in Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins, with Goomdivers, diving-helmet-clad Goombas from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. The proposer argues that the difference are not greater than other differences within enemies between games and that Aqua Kuribō has no English name.

2-7 (read more) July 31, 2016, 23:59
Byllant (talk) Rename Mario (series) to Mario (franchise).

A proposal to rename Mario (series) to Mario (franchise). The proposer argues that the term "series" is too specific because this term only ranges to very similar entries that have particularly something in common. This page covers Mario games, major characters, subseries, major items and power-ups, extended media, comic book and similar publications, animated cartoons, a live-action feature film and the impact worldwide, so the term "franchise" is more appropriate.

16-0 (read more) August 1, 2016, 23:59
Fawful's Minion (talk) Split Young Professor Elvin Gadd from Professor Elvin Gadd.

A proposal to split Young Professor Elvin Gadd, the younger version of Professor Elvin Gadd who appears in Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, from Professor Elvin Gadd. The proposer argues that it will be much easier for people to find information on the younger Professor Elvin Gadd. The proposer also argues that the Super Mario Wiki already has similar articles split (eg: Toadsworth and Toadsworth the Younger, Midbus and Blizzard Midbus).

7-3 (read more) August 7, 2016, 23:59
7feetunder (talk) Split the Super Mario Galaxy version of Mecha Bowser off of Mecha-Bowser.

A proposal to split the Super Mario Galaxy version of Mecha-Bowser. The proposer argues that the Super Mario Galaxy's Mecha-Bowser is too dissimilar to the one of Super Mario Sunshine and there is no connection between to two, other than the name and both being robots.

7-2 (read more) August 7, 2016, 23:59
Bazooka Mario (talk) Merge Harisenbon with Spiny Cheep Cheep.

A proposal to merge Harisenbon, an enemy that only appears in Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins, with Spiny Cheep Cheep. The proposer argues that "Harisenbon" has no source for its name while two official sources state that it's "Togepuku", the name of Spiny Cheep Cheep. The proposer also argues that the only possible thing that sets them apart is the Harisenbon's elongated appearance when not inflated and the inflation behavior itself.

9-5 (read more) August 9, 2016, 23:59


ONGOING PROPOSALS:

Proposer Summary Link Deadline
Lord Bowser (talk) Create a template for the TTYD badge drop rates.

A proposal to create a template for Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door's badge drop rates. The proposer argues that the code of the infobox that shows the rates of badges being held or dropped by enemies during a battle is fairly complex for such a frequently used infobox, and users inexperienced with code can easily ruin the entire infobox by making a typo in the wrong spot. The proposer also argues that creating a template which streamlines the code found in these infoboxes will make them more accessible and far easier to edit.

4-3 (read more) August 17, 2016, 23:59
YoshiKong (talk) Deleting shadow or shadowless versions of artworks.

A proposal to establish which version of artworks we should keep (shadow or shadowless). The proposer argues that users have uploaded both shadow and no shadow versions of the same artwork, and treated them as separate pictures in galleries and that several times, users questioning the necessity of having both versions stored on this website.

1-2-7 (read more) August 18, 2016, 23:59
3D Player 2010 (talk) Remove critic ratings from the wiki entirely.

A proposal to remove critic ratings entirely from the Super Mario Wiki. The proposer argues that in a recent proposal, it was decided that series pages such as Mario (franchise) should have critic ratings removed. The proposer also argues that critic ratings have bias to them based on the opinion of the critic, and biases are not desirable on the wiki. This is why the proposer think we should expand the decision to every article on the wiki.

1-9 (read more) August 18, 2016, 23:59
Wildgoosespeeder (talk) Create Mini Article.

A proposal to create an article about the Mario Toy Company line of toys that describe Mini Mario, Mini Toad, Mini Peach and others.

5-0 (read more) August 20, 2016, 23:59


ONGOING TALK PAGE PROPOSALS:

Proposer Summary Link Deadline
Mario jc (talk) Split Bramble Scramble (Donkey Kong Land 2) from Bramble Scramble (Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest).

A proposal to split Bramble Scramble (Donkey Kong Land 2) from Bramble Scramble (Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest). The proposer argues that every other Country and Land level article are split, so those two variations should be on separate pages. Same level names, different layouts.

8-0 (read more) August 16, 2016, 23:59
Yoshi the Space Station Manager (talk) Merge Pokey (Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again!) with Pokey, or change the title.

A proposal to merge Pokey (Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again!) with Pokey. The proposer argues that those Pokeys look like and does most things like other Pokeys. The proposal also has the option to change the title of this article, in case the merge should not be done.

3-1-0 (read more) August 25, 2016, 23:59


NOTE:All stats and figures included in this section were correct as of August 14th.

That’s all for this issue of the Community Report. Thanks readers to take your time to read this section and remember to participate to ongoing proposals. See you again in September.


Projects Seeking Contributors

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Written by: YoshiKong (talk)

G'day 'shroomers, YoshiKong here. I would like to welcome you to a new and improved series of Pipe Plaza's Projects Seeking Contributors, a monthly section which summarises the latest projects, collaborations and important discussions which concern the MarioWiki. All readers, regardless of experience or position within our community, are invited to share their opinions and valuable input on the following projects and discussions.

I am making some changes to how the section was written in the past, designed to make it easier for you to quickly identify different types of available projects. We will now organise all projects under three different headers, as presented below. Each header contains a neat table which provides the name of the topic concerned, with a brief summary of what that topic is about and what you can do to help. The sections are further split into projects being discussed on the wiki or forum respectively. Well, here we go!

Projects Seeking Contributors

The following are a selection of projects or special requests which are taking place on wiki talk pages. Please see here for a complete list.

Topic Description
Talk:Coin Heaven
A source has been requested for the title "Coin Heaven".
Talk:Game Over
Help us upload and list any "Game Over" screenshots which are missing from the article.
Talk:List of PMTTYD glitches
Users who have access to the game are asked to double check how a described glitch is performed. Ideally it should also be added to the article's list.
Talk:Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story
A screenshot showing the use of SPD-Up in the game Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story has been requested.
Talk:Shell Helmet
Help provide input on whether the "Spiny Helmet" and "Buzzy Beetle Helmet" should become separate articles. An image showing the "Buzzy Beetle Helmet" has also been requested.
Talk:Softnica
Help clarify the relationship between "Softnica" and "Pax Softnica". It has been requested that a user who is fluent in Japanese should provide a translation of several given webpages, which may contain information of assistance.
Talk:Super Smash Bros.
Help us find the correct Australian release date of Super Smash Bros.
Talk:Tetris DS
Help source better quality versions of several given images. Also, it has been suggested that Tetris DS be merged with the list of Mario references in video games article.
Talk:Underhand
Players of Super Paper Mario have been asked to confirm a certain piece of information on the Underhand article.
Talk:SandWorm
Discuss the validity and correct usage of the title "Big Scorper", in regards to conflicting sources.
Talk:Yoshi's Safari
It has been suggested that TOSE Software Co. may have developed Yoshi's Safari. Any users who can confirm this with a reliable source have been invited to respond to this discussion.


The following have been taken from the Wiki Collaborations forum board.

Topic Description
Manga coverage: Kodansha's Super Mario
A new area of coverage in Japanese Mario manga has been sourced: a series titled "KC Deluxe". Significant progress has already been made, although there are some further requests on translating some content.
Japanese object names from the Mario Encyclopedia
The Japanese Mario Encyclopedia may confirm some official names for those which are currently conjectural. Any users who own the book are asked to share the relevant pages, and translations where official names could potentially be found.
Collab: Articles for All of the Levels
Individual world missions, such as those seen in Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Galaxy, should be split into separate articles as per policy. Check out which missions still require an article, and help fulfill this goal.

Discussions Seeking Input

The following are a selection of discussions on the wiki which are in need of input from users. Please see here for a complete list.

Topic Description
Category talk:Artifacts
Help decide whether Category:Artifacts should be provided with specific category-qualifying constraints, or simply be deleted and the pages re-categorized.
Talk:Clampy
Discuss whether Clam and Clampy should share a single article.
Talk:Dry Bones
(Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga)
Discuss whether this article should be merged with Dry Bones.
Talk:Grab Block
Discuss whether the Ice Block appearance from Super Mario Bros. 3 should be merged with Grab Block, due to their identical in-game usage.
Talk:Mini Bob-omb
Discuss whether the Mario vs. Donkey Kong-variant of Bob-omb should be merged with the main Bob-omb article.
Category talk:Nintendo DSi XL Images
Provide input on the necessity of this category, and the usage of other subsystem categories.
Category talk:Politicians
Provide input on the necessity of this category, due to crossovers with Category:Mayors.
Talk:Pure Heart
Give input about a reanalysis of the "Sources of love" information on the Pure Heart article.
Talk:StreetPass Mii Plaza
It has been suggested that StreetPass Mii Plaza should be merged with list of Mario references in video games and Nintendo 3DS.
Talk:Super Mario Galaxy 2
Provide input on whether Super Mario Galaxy 2 should be referred to as a "sequel" by definition.
Gallery talk:Toys
Several images showing toys have been left unused. Help us decide where they belong.
Talk:Wario's Woods
Discuss how information about a secret "Challenge Mode" should covered as part of the game Wario's Woods.


The following have been taken from the Wiki Collaborations forum board.

Topic Description
Scrap the "List of Implied" pages?
Discuss how the "List of implied" pages should be re-hauled in order to remove generic subjects and low-quality information.
Artwork hunting!
A unique artwork of Yoshi has been discovered, although the physical source where the artwork comes from is currently unknown. Any users who may know where the artwork came from have been asked to post their input.

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These are long-running projects, areas of discussion or collaborations which are continuously being worked on towards achievement. They will feature in this section every month.

Subject Description
Holy Grails
The "Holy Grails" is a list of elusive article subjects, where information is extremely difficult to find. Please take a look at the list, and let us know if you are able to provide us with information on any of these subjects.
'Shroom Spotlight
Check out this month's edition of The 'Shroom Spotlight. It brings attention to a small group of articles which need improvement. Each of the articles are normally taken from a different improvement category, such as rewriting an article or adding more images. So there is always something for everyone's interests and abilities.
Category:Stubs
Stubs are articles or sections which are currently too short due to missing information. We invite you to take a look at the category, and contribute to any subjects that you may be familiar with.
MarioWiki:Proposals
Be sure to check the Proposals page where you can vote for, and give your opinions on proposed changes to the wiki. Such as new policies and features, splits and merges of articles, and deletions.


And that concludes the first of a brand new series of Projects Seeking Contributors. I hoped you enjoyed viewing the section. I want to know what you thought of the design and reorganisation in how projects are presented, so therefore I invite all readers to leave me feedback. You can send me a personal message, or simply fill out this form (external website). My goal is to continuously improve the section's presentation.

Thank you!
– YK



Poll Committee Discussion

Written by: Tucayo (talk)

HI, wonderful readers! I'm your analytical Poll Chairman, Tucayo, here with the first Poll Committee Discussion of the Seventh Poll Committee! And there are some news to cover; since the last time we talked, Andymii (talk) and I chose the seven members we needed to complete the Seventh Poll Committee, out from the MILLIONS of applications we received. They are:

We have a great combination of experience and fresh ideas and I'm confident we'll have an excellent year! And now, it's time to take a look at the polls we had since last issue's release. (August 14th's poll will be included in next issue since it locks after this issue's release).

Recent Polls

Which of the Mario sports series do you like the most? (Tucayo (talk), August 7, 2016)

Which of the Mario sports series do you like the most?

Golf 7.07% (125 votes)

Tennis 13.74% (243 votes)

Strikers 11.93% (211 votes)

Baseball 15.09% (267 votes)

Olympic Games 19.9% (352 votes)

Hoops 1.81% (32 votes)

Sports Mix 6.84% (121 votes)

I like them all equally 12.15% (215 votes)

I don't like any of them 11.48% (203 votes)

Total Votes: 1,769

Which Nintendo home console controller is your favorite? (Baby Luigi (talk), July 31, 2016)

Which Nintendo home console controller is your favorite?

NES 2.79% (62 votes)

SNES 6.13% (136 votes)

Nintendo 64 6.85% (152 votes)

GameCube 38.2% (848 votes)

Wii Remote + Accesories 14.55% (323 votes)

Wii U Gamepad 23.65% (525 votes)

Wii U Pro Controller 7.83% (174 votes)

Total Votes: 2,220

Mario smartphone app (Tucayo (talk), July 24, 2016)

After the success of Miitomo and Pokémon GO, what would you like to see in a Mario smartphone app?

A new, full-fledged game. 33.2% (756 votes)

Mini-games in the style of the Mario Party or the WarioWare series. 25.52% (581 votes)

Ports of classic games. 12.82% (292 votes)

A companion app for console games. 4.83% (110 votes)

A social app such as Miitomo. 1.32% (30 votes)

Other 3.47% (79 votes)

I don't want Mario smartphone apps or games. 18.84% (429 votes)

Total Votes: 2,277

Analysis

  • Which of the Mario sports series do you like the most?: With the Rio 2016 Olympic Games taking place at the same time this poll was running, it's probably no surprise they took the gold medal. This poll proved to be particularly interesting in the country breakdown: baseball took the top spot in the US (and it performed rather poorly everywhere else), soccer came in first in Colombia, and the Olympics topped the poll in most other countries - even winning over 40% of the total vote in Brazil.
  • Which Nintendo home console controller is your favorite?: It's no secret the GameCube's controller is very much liked, and this poll just goes to prove it; it got exactly the same amount of votes as the Wiimote and the Wii U Gamepad combined. I don't like seeing the N64 Controller in third-to-last, but older options always have the problem of not having reached as much of our audience as more recent options.
  • After the success of Miitomo and Pokémon GO, what would you like to see in a Mario smartphone app?: The big surprise in this poll was seeing almost one fifth of voters don't want Mario on their phones. Sadly, Nintendo is not stupid and they'll want to take advantage of their biggest selling series in any way they can, so my bet is before end of year there will be an official announcement of a Mario smartphone game or app. I'd personally prefer a port of a classic game, because I love classic games, but the poll shows our users would prefer a new, full-fledged game; however, I think option #2 is the most plausible one, since that type of games lend themselves so well for casual play and the infamous microtran$action$.

That's all from me! Next month you'll be in Freakworld's very capable hands, he has notable experience in analyzing polls, so I hope you read us then!


Forum Report

Written by: MrConcreteDonkey (talk)
Hello, and welcome back to the Forum Update! I'm still MCD, and this month we're looking back at July!

News

The "Where are the rules?" section of the FAQ was updated.

Statistics

In July, 30 members joined - the highest amount so far this year. 169 topics were created and 8915 posts were made. The most users and guests online at once was 210.

TOP POSTERS

TOP TOPIC STARTERS

MOST TIME ONLINE

(Bold means new entry and Italics mean inactive for at least the past month.)

Thread of the Month

July's Thread of the Month is SiFi's SiFi tries to move on from Grand Dad, which documents his unsuccessful attempts to curb his thoughts of Grand Dad.

Runners-up include Javelin's ignore terrible capitalist threads, Lord Bowser's what were the people who registered around you like? and Lord Bowser's what is your sexual orientation?.

Quotes

  • "they just invented indigo to distract us from real colors, like chartreuse" - Nabber
  • "My town is Schrödinger's settlement right now. As long as I don't look at it, nobody will have moved out." - Mr. Edo, on Animal Crossing
  • "You know you're slowly drifting into adulthood when 95% of your gifts are clothes. And you're cool with that." - Tucayo
  • "I don't know anything about music. I know there are instruments and that is how much I know about music." - Pi

Mafia

The only game currently ongoing is still BMB's Steven Universe Mafia.


Thanks for reading.


Retro Feature

Written by: Yoshi876 (talk)

MrConcreteDonkey
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First article: Fake Characters, Fake TV , Issue XLII
Last article: N/A
Sections Written: Main Team: 22
Fake News: 97
Positions held: Contributor; Fakes News Director

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 you a section from our Fake News Director: MrConcreteDonkey.

Before I delve into MCD's past with The 'Shroom, there is a small tale I must tell first. Back when I was an unregistered user, and the thought of registering hadn't even crossed my mind I saw in the bottom corner of the screen something called The 'Shroom, now whilst I didn't take the biggest interest in it there was something that grabbed my attention: Should Have Been. I read it and loved it, and waited diligently every month just so I could read the next section. Eventually, I started looking into other sections before reading through the entirety of The 'Shroom's history, therefore it should be no surprise that when I applied it was his sub-team that I first wrote for. Essentially, it was MCD who got me interested in The 'Shroom. So blame him for having to put up with all my sections :P

Anyway onto the man himself. MCD joined The 'Shroom in Issue XLII writing both Fake Characters and Fake TV. He would write Fake Characters eleven more times and Fake TV thirteen more times. But those weren't his only Fake News sections; not only does is he Director of the team he writes legendary editorials as well as a Game Corner section, two Headline News sections, a Hot Records section, four Shop Scouts and a Weather Forecast. He's also dabbled in the Main Team, helping out in Director Elections and End of Year Award sections, a Feedback Survey, the Satoru Iwata memorial, a Scavenger Hunt, a Section of the Month, thirteen Should Have Beens and five Special Sections alongside a Special Travel Guide.

He's also found fame elsewhere, not only is he a Patroller on the wiki, but he's also a Chatroom Operator and a Global Moderator on the forum. Not bad going for someone who registered on 15 May 2010.

Anyway, you're not here to hear about the history of MrConcreteDonkey or me, so instead I'll just have you enjoy one of his Should Have Been sections, more specifically the one from Issue LII.


Should Have Been

by MrConcreteDonkey (talk)

Mario Kart Wii
Hey, everybody, it's your worst enemy everyday, tacky, friendly neighbourhood super-villain MrConcreteDonkey here, to present to you Should Have Been. Sorry there was no Should Have Been last month. There should have been, (haha) but I had exams which just consumed everything else like a chicken club sandwich.

This and last month I received no PMs about the thingy I'm doing. I can't remember what it is— oh yeah this. If you have a suggestion for a game I should cover, or want to suggest something that should have been in the game I am covering, just send cuttlefishCuller a personal message (PM) on the MarioWiki Forum.

So, let's-a-go! This month, with Mario Kart 3DS being announced at E3, I'm going to do Mario Kart Wii!

Without any further ado...

Any second now..


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I'm going to start writing it in 5...
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SQUIRREL

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What should have been in this game?

PICTURED: Funky Kong drives to Earth.
Starting off, I really enjoyed Mario Kart Wii. It had a great range of playable characters, fun tracks, cool features, great online capabilities, and smooth graphics. It was great to see Funky Kong making his Mario debut, among other cool things. Therefore, there isn't too much I think could have been improved on this game. But don't worry, because there's also some pretty cool beta elements! And I'll also nitpick like the fussy teenager that's inside us all!

Well, first, I find some of the unlockables a little too hard to achieve, especially if you go by number of races. Unlocking Toadette and Birdo is really easy via Time Trial, and hard via number of Vs. races, so, even though this is a pretty pointless complaint, I think that could have been a bit more balanced. Sometimes, when I try to go into an online race, I, being the klutz that I am, forget that I didn't turn on the internet. Which means for several minutes I just have to wait until I get an error. This is particularly annoying, so I think there should have been some kind of way to stop trying to connect. That might not have been possible, however, but I still believe something could have been done to improve that.

I find team racing fun. It adds an element of teamwork to the game, among other things. But with the maximum amount of racers in one race increased to 12, why
Sadly, there were only two boss battles.
not expand from the bland red and blue that have forever swept over the Mario Kart land? I think having at least 3 teams for team races and battles would have been much more competitive and much more chaotic, which is what Mario Kart is all about. Yes, racing has nothing to do with anything. The Competitions are great; racing on tracks reversed and the like is fun. But one kind of Competition really hasn't been presented enough: bosses. There has only been two bosses in the whole history of the Competitions: number one was against a Spiked Topman on Galaxy Arena, a never-seen-anywhere-else, awesome arena. Complete with epic music. Then against a huge Pokey in Thwomp Desert. There should have been more of these new boss battles,
BLUH
especially with the world record time up for grabs. But that's it, just two. All Nintendo does now is repeat some of the old competitions. But I want new competitions, with more boss battles, and I hope some of you do too.

On the topic of online world records, hackers undeservedly hold world record titles by hacking a race to win almost instantly. For example, once on Toad's Factory, I watched a replay of a hacker just zooming into a wall and winning a race. I think Nintendo should have done something where they kind of patrol the online world records, taking away those of hackers and giving them to those who really deserve the title. Now onto a small side topic: WHY THE HECK DOES THE THUNDER CLOUD EXIST?! Okay, I've just found out it was all Mario Kart Arcade GP's fault, but come on! Why bring it back? There's loads of better items from the Arcade GP games. There should have been one of them...like...uh...

And the invasion began...
A thing I find disappointing about Mario Kart is that it never crosses over series. There's no cameos, if I remember correctly, from any other series. It's sad, really. Maybe there could have been a course based on another Nintendo series, or a character from said series (why did we have to get MII x2 COMBO?), or even a cameo. Sticking with Mario for the lose! Another thing related to that the series lacks is Easter Eggs. If you read my special section in Issue L, you'd know how keen I am on these things. The best secret this can present to us is some bland shortcuts and a bucketload of unlockables.

Beta elements

FINALLY. THE BEST PART.

Okay, there's not as much here as usual. First, there are some unused character icons for four characters: Paratroopa, Petey Piranha, Hammer Bro. and *grumble* Mii Outfit C (gets a C for originality). Paratroopa and Petey were both playable in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, and, if I remember correctly, were the only characters not to return from that game. How sad, because they were two of the most awesome too.

Where's Mii Outfit C, you say?

...

Unused item sprites.
Moving on, there were also some items that never made it out of the beta. Looking at the image nearby, you can see four beta items. The instantly recognizable one is the Chain Chomp, two others later being revealed as the Fireball and the Wiggler, which were apparently available in some special event or something? The fourth, however, remains unknown. The beta logo was different to the final one, as was the HUD. The design of the Standard Karts (S, M and L) was changed slightly. Two
A few beta models
beta courses were found, but both are pretty boring. One is called "old_mario_gc_b", and is basically just GCN Mario Circuit without the Chain Chomp, and there are no Warp Pipes (yet still there are Piranha Plants). The other is "draw_demo" - Mario Circuit with no lap or route data and completely trippy graphics. Scrapped sprites include a view of Mario in a Kart, the American flag, a Mii, a single Wii Remote (surprisingly not turned on its side), a Wii Wheel, a couple of lights and a retro Coin.

That's all, folks! See you next month! If you have a suggestion for a game for me to cover, or something that should have been in Mario Kart Wii, just PM cuttlefishCuller on the MarioWiki Forum. Bye!



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The 'Shroom Report

Written by: Tucayo (talk)

HI, everyone! I'm your tactful Stats Manager, Tucayo, here with another installment of The 'Shroom Report! Let's get right to it; as a general reminder, in the Milestones section, writers will get mentioned every 10 sub-team sections and every 50 all-time sections, teams will get mentioned every 100 sections, and The 'Shroom will get mentioned every 500 sections. All information is based off our Historical Sheets. By the way, if you encounter any problem in the sheets please let me know in that thread! This section will cover Issue 112.

Tables are based off the End-of-the-Year Awards tables, so credit goes out to Crocodile Dippy (talk).
First-time Writers
Writer Section
None


Milestones
Writer/Team Milestone
Andymii (talk) 30 Fun Stuff sections
Lakituthequick (talk) 10 Pipe Plaza sections
Yoshi876 (talk) 70 Pipe Plaza sections


Most Sections Written
Team Writer Number of Sections
Main/Staff Super Mario Bros. (talk) 131
Fake News Ralphfan (talk) and MrConcreteDonkey (talk) 97
Fun Stuff Henry Tucayo Clay (talk) 121
Palette Swap FunkyK38 (talk) 103
Pipe Plaza Paper Yoshi (talk) 117
Critic Corner Crocodile Dippy (talk) 76
Strategy Wing Stooben Rooben (talk) 18
Overall Henry Tucayo Clay (talk) 292

For the first time since I started writing this section we have a change here. MrConcreteDonkey (talk) has tied Ralphfan (talk) with the most Fake News sections written! And adding this issue (113), MCD has actually taken the lead, so congratulations to him!


'Shroom Trivia
MrConcreteDonkey (talk) has the longest continuous stint as member of the Core Staff; 58 issues (up to 112) and counting!



Anniversary Announcements

Written by: Lakituthequick (talk)

“I can lose on every other artistic award, but a story I wrote three years ago is going to keep raking in the gold for me.”
Toadbert101 (Talk Page · Forum Profile)

Thanks for tuning in to the Double A News Outlet. I'm Lakituthequick, and I'll be your host for tonight.

We would like to thank everyone involved in and attending the Awards Ceremony, which was held on 12 August! If you haven't had the chance to read them yet, or somehow haven't heard about them being that day, or elseway, please do so now! I'll wait!

And you're back! Just in time for a quick peek at the tournaments. Let's see how things go in that department.

Art Contest

Host: Hypnotoad
FinishedForum Topic

Voting for the submissions has finished and we can say that we have winners! Congratulations to Uniju for winning the Beginner tier, Turboo for winning the Amateur tier and Mr. Edo for winning the Experienced tier! More details are in this issue's special section.

Awards Mafia VI

Hosts: Stooben Rooben and Superchao
Date: TBA
Forum Topic

The sign-ups have closed last month, but you can still sign up as a replacement. If someone drops out for any reason, you can then replace them in the game. The game is in final planning stages and will start soon.

Guess the Results

Hosts: Awards and Staff
ClosedForum Topic

The Awards have happened, and you can't edit your predictions after the start! The results are still being tallied as of writing this, but you can compare your own or other's guesses with the results of the Awards in the meantime.

Mario Kart 7

Host: Stargazing
Date: July - August
Forum Topic

The preliminaries have been raced and currently, only the finals have to be raced between Cirdec, NSY, Nyrie and Turboo.

Mario Kart 8

Host: Lakituthequick
FinishedForum Topic

The tournament has finished and has resulted in a winner! Congratulations to Cirdec! Tied runner-ups are Nyrie and Turboo.

Minecraft

Hosts: Uniju and Toadbert101
Date: TBD
Forum Topic

There is no news for this tournament.
Description: A set of (mini)games on a Minecraft map, including classics like Capture the Flag, Spleef and building contests, as well as fishing and racing competitions, and others.

Pokémon

Hosts: Crocodile Dippy and Palkia47
Date: 1 July to 31 July
Forum Topic

Five rounds have been finished and the sixth and final round is currently going. Currently leading is Timmy.

Splatoon

Host: The Pyro Guy
Date: August
Forum Topic

The tournament is currently waiting for its participants to friend each other on Nintendo Network.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

Host: Groden
Date: 1 July to early August
Forum Topic

Three rounds have been finished and the fourth is currently going. Currently leading is Timmy.

Yu-Gi-Oh

Host: DragonFreak
FinishedForum Topic

This tournament has finished and we can congratulate DragonFreak with her win! Running up are Vocal Beat and Yoshin.

Now for a quick word from our sponsor about prizes. For every tournament, you can earn tokens, which you can then later exchange for prizes. These don't come out of Yoshi Eggs, so if you are interested in donating such prizes, please contact Hypnotoad, Mr. Edo or Twentytwofiftyseven on the Boards. Recommended items include all sorts of gift cards and Steam items. We are grateful for any donations!
Keep in mind that certain items impose a region lock, but you can buy most items for another region. Past years have pointed out that there are mostly North America gift cards, but European cards are welcomed as well!

Also, if you don't want to exchange your tokens for prizes, because none of prizes interest you, you have an excess of them or for any other reason, you may also donate your tokens to a special pool, which will then be converted to a monetary value and donated to the Tommy Thompson Park Bird Research Station, where late bureaucrat and friend Walkazo volunteered to study and protect birds.
You can also directly donate to Hypnotoad via PayPal to help fund this. Please contact him for information on this.

Which brings us to the end of this month's Double A News. Thanks for reading, and maybe till next month, or next year!
Auf Wiedersehen!

All information above was correct as of 18 August 2016.


The 'Shroom: Issue 113
Staff sections Staff NotesThe 'Shroom Spotlight
Features Fake NewsFun StuffPalette SwapPipe PlazaCritic CornerStrategy Wing
Specials Awards 2016 Art Contest Results

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