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Director's Notes

Written by: FunkyK38 (talk)

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Welcome, everyone, to the September issue of Palette Swap!

I would like to remind everyone reading that we are still accepting advertisements for the Community Advertisements section here. If you have something you'd like to advertise, be it a blog, webcomic, music, art, whatever, send me a PM with your advertisement, username, and any additional information you'd like posted, and I will get it into the next issue! Please remember to keep ads appropriate for everyone, and if you have mature content, please mark it with a warning (18+, Mature Content, etc.)

Now that I've said that, go read our awesome sections!

~FunkyK38

Section of the Month

Big thanks to everyone who voted! It really does mean a lot to us, I promise.

The Pyro Guy (talk) snags the win with his section on "DONKEY," a fan-made cover of... well, Donkey Kong. From a different angle. Congratulations, TPG!

Palette Swap SECTION OF THE MONTH
Place Section Votes % Writer
1st What's on the Box? 12 48% The Pyro Guy
2nd Game Mods 8 32% Baby Luigi
3rd Take Cover! 3 12% Henry Tucayo Clay
4th Ongoing fan Projects 2 8% Yoshi876
Art Sections

Take a look at a new modding project!
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Yoshi876 updates his list of fan projects!
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Music Sections

MJ doing a Beatles cover?? Read on to find out!
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What's on the Box?

Written by: The Pyro Guy (talk)

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13 years ago, on the 25th September, 2003, Super Mario Sunshine was released as a Player's Choice selection for the GameCube. While the game itself has had mixed opinions regarding gameplay, story and voice acting, I personally enjoyed it for the most part (probably because I skipped over levels like this one), and seeing this fan made box art, made by an artist named Masloff, felt pretty good. So without further delay, let's get into this box.

The first thing that I noticed was the light and simplistic aesthetic that formed most of the box; the only non-blue areas are the gameplay screenshots, sections of the title, and artwork of the Shine Sprites. The way the different graphics were put together also gives me a really... summery feel. For instance, you probably would have noticed the rim of water trailing across the back of the box, but did you see the rays of sunlight reaching in from the upper right corner? The fact that the box has a beach backdrop also adds to this. The sun and water feel ties into the use of F.L.U.D.D., and the general premise of being on holiday on an island resort.

The front of the box has these great, crisp silhouettes of Mario and his companion, F.L.U.D.D., with another artwork of Shadow Mario carrying Princess Peach, and a Polluted Piranha. Now, it would look nice as just a blue shade, but the artist took it a step further and placed various images of water, waves and the sky within these silhouettes, which just looks so relaxing and mellow. The back does a good job of showing colorful and interesting screenshots, and also introduces your enemy, Shadow Mario, as the supposed main antagonist, as well as showing F.L.U.D.D. as a helpful companion and major gameplay element.

My only criticism is that having your only advertised task being "put to community service" wouldn't strike me as enticing gameplay, but other than that, this box art does more than draw the gamer in- it's a joy just to look at. If that was the original box art, then I'd probably spend half my time playing the game, and the other half looking at the box! And finally, for a rating, I'd give it an 8/10. It's great.


Game Mods

Written by: Baby Luigi (talk)

Man it feels good to be part of a team, doesn't it? Like, you need to communicate and bond with other team members towards a similar goal. You get to know each other, what they enjoy doing, and be friends with others; you also feel to be an important and integral member of the game. Of course, there's also the big project looming ahead at hand, with fans eagerly anticipating the release of your project. You also have the responsibility to not leak any information, no matter how tempting it is, mostly because you want your fans to be, like, REALLY psyched at the ideas of the said project.

What am I referring to? I'm referring to the fan project revealed last July, Newer Super Mario Bros. U, where my twin, Bazooka Mario (talk) and I are officially part of, as part the team's official modelers. We'll be working with other hackers and modelers, who will help us guide on what assets need to be created.

What is Newer Super Mario Bros. U? It's obviously a mod for the Wii U Mario platformer, New Super Mario Bros. U. People who have heard about this mod have probably heard about the New Super Mario Bros. Wii mod, Newer Super Mario Bros. Wii. Basically, the premise of both mods is to showcase what hidden potential the New Super Mario Bros. games had. People enjoy bashing on both New Super Mario Bros. Wii and New Super Mario Bros. U for their unoriginality and sterile environments, but surprisingly, the game has the foundation to be extremely creative despite people's bashing on the New Super Mario Bros. franchise. Newer Super Mario Bros. Wii showcased that yes, it is possible to have fully functional maps with unique themes, and yes, it's possible to have space-themed worlds that tinker with the game's gravity. And yes, the same old, grass, desert, ice, whatever themed levels is mostly due to the ineptitude of creative juices rather than the foundation of the game itself being mediocre. You can forgive the artstyle if the game environments are creative, as they were in Newer Super Mario Bros. Wii.

What we hope to accomplish in Newer Super Mario Bros. U is the same level of creativity and usage of level themes in the same manner we wowed people in Newer Super Mario Bros. Wii. Some hacks that came in the package are very impressive. We've coded an entirely new suit in Newer Super Mario Bros. Wii, and we played with the functions of switchers, as well as added Shy Guys as new enemies. Much of that was accomplished with ASM hacking, a very complex and difficult route to take if you're a coder.

What have we accomplished so far? We've made Death Foos for starters. Instead of spewing out the regular clouds that obscure your vision, these Foos spew out poisonous purple clouds that will kill you if you touch them. Instead, you need to either avoid their clouds, spin-jump to clear out clouds, or kill them first with long range projectiles such as Fireballs. Several other new enemies will be in the game, but I can't say exactly what they'll be unless the leaders of the project reveal what they are themselves.

In this mod, we hope to actually have fully 3D maps this time around. In Newer Super Mario Bros. Wii, the team intended to have fully 3D maps, but their modeler left, so they have to improvise with those 2D maps. It's less than stellar than the final product, but what can you say for a small modding team with zero budget, who also have to work around the limits of the game as well? Even World 8 in that game was barely manageable, they had to compress that level like crazy to actually make it function in the game.

Not much else I can say about this project without breaking sensitive information to any of you. It's still in its early stages, and only recently I was contracted to work on a project (finally!). A lot of the focus is making the base of the mod, I'm just the artist to create works after the foundation has been established. In the meantime, here's a gallery of images you can oogle at.


I'll update this thread when official updates come around. We don't have an official release date yet, so don't expect this mod to be released any time soon.

Thanks for reading this section, and I hope your Autumn and/or school year will be fun. Working with the game and hackers has made me found a new appreciation for the New Super Mario Bros. series; placed in the right hands, the games can be a very memorable and worthwhile time to play with that official experiences may fail to offer.


Ongoing Fan Projects

Written by: Yoshi876 (talk)

User Thread Description
Luigi_Fan Luigi_Fan's custom Fortune Street boards A thread where Luigi_Fan shows off the board design of his custom-made Fortune Street boards. The recent update is based off of Mario's Rainbow Castle from Mario Party.
Pesky Plumber Nano's drawings. A thread where Pesky Plumber shows off some art that they have created. The recent update includes a picture of Dr. Eggman's face and Mario standing at Star Hill.
Maria Renard Pwwnd123's Spriting Work A thread where Maria Renard shows off some sprites that he has created. The recent update is a sprite of Princess Peach.
Cory Baxter MarioWiki: Saga (Chapter 12/25) A comic made by Cory Baxter. In this update Anton and Viper26 have to escape from an attack from the trolls.
BEEEEEAAARRRS Stuff I make - ill fix all the broken links soon A thread where BEEEEEAAARRRS shows off things he has created. The recent update is of an ID card.
Cory Baxter TPG's Art Thread (rip computer fans, rip 3D) (celebrating 10,000 views!) A thread there Cory Baxter shows off some art that he has created. The recent updates include a drawing of his OC, and the house in which he lives in.
Niiue Niiue's Sprites A thread where Niiue shows off some sprites for a fan game he is designing. In the past month we have seen a new enemy, some redesigns on existing enemies, and even some game screens. I recommend checking these out.
Ninelevendo Ninelevendo's Amazing "Art" A thread where Ninelevendo shows off art he has created as well as requests. Most of the drawings are in Super Paper Mario style.
TyrorexDMZ Prelude to the recolored Paper tale... A thread where TyrorexDMZ has designed many characters and screenshots for the new Paper Mario game: Paper Mario: Color Splash.

Take Cover!

Written by: Henry Tucayo Clay (talk)

HI, everyone! I'm your brave Stats Manager, Tucayo, here with a brand new edition of Take Cover! This past month has probably been one of the busiest months in my life but don't think for a moment I would leave you without your monthly dose of covers! So let's get to this month's songs.

Michael Jackson covering The Beatles? Yes, please. The King of Pop gives his spin on the timeless classic, Come Together and it's everything you'd expect and more. I have no clue how I hadn't heard it until a couple of weeks ago, because - believe it or not - I spend a good portion of my free time looking for covers. Anyway, the song came at the peak of John and Paul's problematic relationship, and Lennon didn't even want McCartney to sing backing vocals when performing the song and his vocals in the studio version were added after Lennon recorded his. Fun fact, in Lennon's only concert after leaving The Beatles and his last full concert, this was the only Beatles song he performed. Back to MJ, his version of the song debuted in his 1988 movie, Michael Jackson's Moonwalker, and it was later also included in his penultimate album. Personally, this is right up there with his cover of Smile as my favorite MJ cover.

Let's jump forward to this decade and to The Boss himself covering Lorde's first hit, Royals. Lorde is from Auckland, New Zealand, so naturally this cover came when Springsteen was giving a concert in Auckland. The cover is completely acoustic, just Bruce with a guitar and it's every bit as good as the original song, albeit very different in style. Bonus points for Bruce for changing the "Queen bee" lyrics to "King B". There are many other covers of this song, both by famous and non-famous people, and Springsteen's is definitely the best among them, at least to me. A well-deserved mention goes out to this Royals/Cups cover, which is quite unique.

What better way to celebrate Nintendo's 127th birthday this month than with an "evolution" cover medley of Nintendo music? This medley was made by New Game Plus, who have other great covers you should listen to, like this Super Mario 64 rock medley or this terrific marimba cover of Super Mario Bros. 2's "Overworld Theme". The medley, as you can see from the video, has drums, bass guitar, electric guitar, and keyboard as the main instruments, and it takes us from the NES days all the way to the Wii, since this video was released in 2014 and the Wii U and the 3DS are just not that good. The video is also very visual about which game's music is being played, which is something all medleys should do, and you can see the names of each song in the description. As a medley, it does get some points deducted for not being recorded in one take, but I'm just being picky there, as this is still a great "evolution" cover medley. Pick your favorite moment, for me it was Chrono Trigger from 2:25 to 2:50 and the Wii Shopping Channel song at 7:15.

This past month, one of the most prolific Latin American singer-songwriters, Juan Gabriel, passed away; he was credited with writing around 1,800 songs during his lifetime. I'm not exactly a fan of his work but his influence and legacy are undeniable. One of his last songs recorded was a baffling Spanish cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival's Have You Ever Seen the Rain?, which caught John Fogerty's ear. Fogerty proposed a duet but it never came to be. Enjoy this peculiar cover, and see you next month.



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