The 'Shroom:Issue 117/Palette Swap
Happy holidays, everyone! Welcome to the Holiday issue of Palette Swap! I hope that you have a relaxing end of the year, whatever holiday you may celebrate!
First things first, I am sad to announce that our resident box-art critic, The Pyro Guy (talk) is stepping down from What's on the Box. I'm sad to see him go, but he did hint at maybe returning in the future, so I wish him the best in his endeavors!
This does mean that What's on the Box is now open for new applicants, so check out his section this month! If it's something you think you might want to do, please consider applying for it!
With that all out of the way, please enjoy this month's issue! ~FunkyK38
Section of the Month
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What's on the Box?
Hiya everyone; today we'll be looking at yet another box by YoshiStar. This time, we're wrapping our fingers around Kirby's Epic Yarn, released for the Nintendo Wii a while back.
So, content. On the front we have Kirby falling down the page, following a zip line which is unzipping the game. He also is using pink string to hook onto the logo, which shows how the new yarn system allows Kirby to interact and control the world around him, like a kid in a playground. Now the fact that he isn't using any obvious special ability or giving the classic suck tells me that the gimmick of this game is how unique it is compared to other Kirbies in the franchise. Right from the get go we know that this isn't a regular Kirby- this is yarn Kirby, and that's completely different.
(By the way, according to YoshiStar the zip took more than an hour to make, so props to them.)
The back end is notable because of the screenshots used. By just observing them, we can find out that:
All of this is shown in three little images tucked away in a corner, but it still lets us know what variation of things await in the game. And if you don't overanalyse screenshots like I do, some handy text tells you. Neat!
Now, presentation. I'd like to direct your attention to the box's background. A nice orange to blue gradient, right? Looks kinda exotic, riiigghhtt? Kinda like how the game could be considered exotic compared to the original formula, *breathes in* RIIIGGGG-
Ahem. What I meant is that this whole game screams 'different' to me and I really think the box was designed to reflect that. For example, the border of the casing is not white, or even a solid color; it's a wooden texture! The entire box is made using handcrafted materials (not in real life, you know what I mean) and the stitch marks and clever fabric textures really drive the aesthetic home.
In conclusion, YoshiStar has captured the artstyle of the game perfectly, as well as being eye-catching and well crafted. It has also gotten its main gimmick across- it's different, and so because of all of its merits I'm giving this one a 10/10. You've done well, YoshiStar.
Well, that's a wrap! As 2016 ends so does my commitment to write this section. You heard me; this is the last 'What's on the Box' section that I'm writing. Whimpering? Don't be sad, because I'll be back in this team soon enough so you can enjoy some more content from yours truly. But for now, bye-bye!
Merry Christmas from your lovable female user with a male character's username! Here's hoping 2017 will be a better year than this one.
Sorry, I'm not going to discuss how to mod Christmas carols into your game as well as adding Christmas-themed stages for your jolly jamborees. You can always convert those music to .brstm format via BrawlBox and listen on those things with an endless loop if you're sane enough to listen to the same Christmas carols you've been listening on the radio for weeks now.
Anyway, I'll come back to Super Smash Bros. Brawl modding this month, this time talking about yet another Baby Mario and Baby Luigi hack that I've made, this time, it's the Baby Mario Bros. over the Ice Climbers. It's a very often idea that I see for both bros. to get paired up, to the point where I occasionally see people wanting the Baby Mario Bros. over the Ice Climbers even, because they're both hammer-wielding children who operate as a duo, especially the bros.'s role in Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time. So why not make a hack around that concept? The sole reason I make those character hacks is...well that they're my favorite characters and there's usually always an empty gap that I fill in because they don't really have much fans. So this helps me create some motivation to learn how the game works and therefore, work on mods for that specific game. Super Smash Bros. Brawl has been the very first game I modded, so my earlier hacks...aren't the best.
Then came around recently, where a Marioboards thread about the mod, Super Smash Bros. Infinite, has given me inspiration to try again recently. I've learned much more about animations and bones, to the point where I'm confident enough to pull this off without the Ice Climbers looking distorted, thanks to having some modeling/animation experience in Garry's Mod and Left 4 Dead 2. Hence...this beautiful result:
If you don't understand what I'm talking about, here's a victim of what happens if you DON'T edit animations when you edit bones:
The biggest downside to any animation editing aside from the aforementioned one-slot size modding? It will affect all Ice Climber slots. If you want to use this, regular Ice Climbers will be seriously affected, they'll appear as if they had Baby Mario and Baby Luigi proportions and it wouldn't look pretty either. You can use my Baby Mario and Baby Luigi model import without the edited FitPopoMotionEtc.pac and they wouldn't look like a Pikadorf, but....just look at those fingers.
Anyway, this is not released yet. I still have to make more tweaks to the vanilla animation file (the Project M version should be ready) as well as give the characters metal textures, also need to make more small voice tweaks. I am planning on releasing it, though, so if you want it, keep a head up.
That's pretty much I all have to say for this. Sorry for not delivering a Christmas gift yet, but the hack simply isn't ready yet. Hope you got other Christmas gifts, and I'll wish you happy New Year! Go 2017!
Ongoing Fan Projects
HI, everyone! I'm your jolly Statistics Manager, Tucayo, here with the December edition of Take Cover! Ah, December, a prime month for covers and also the perfect time to look back on the year we leave behind. Why is it a prime month for covers, you may ask? Because December obviously means holiday music, and artists just can't escape from covering a holiday song or two. Or making album after album of holiday music. This is a special double-length (double-and-a-third for the mathematically correct) and I will cover (pun not intended) some of my year's favorite covers and also some holiday tunes to get you in the mood for opening presents. Let's get rockin' (around the Christmas tree).
Each year, the Super Bowl is one of the most viewed events; even people who don't necessarily like football tend to tune in for the halftime show. This year the main act was none other than Coldplay; I like football and I love Coldplay so I was excited about this Super Bowl. And precisely for that reason I was annoyed that supporting acts Beyoncé and Bruno Mars took up about a third of the time allotted for the performance, and I was especially annoyed Beyoncé performed a new, unknown song, but that's a rant for another occasion. Anyway, the moment relevant to our section came in the ending; as some of you may know, this was Super Bowl 50, so the final part of the performance paid homage to past halftime acts. As a montage was being shown with bits of past performances, Coldplay performed a medley of Clocks, Midnight, Fix You, U2's Beautiful Day, Prince's Purple Rain, Destiny's Child's Independent Women, and Bruno Mars' Just the Way You Are; this led to the three acts performing Coldplay's Up&Up as with the words "Believe in Love" was assembled in the stadium.
Moving on to a classic sung by two legends, one of which was covered in the first song of this section; it's Bing Crosby and David Bowie with their mashup of a holiday classic and a new song written for the occasion, Little Drummer Boy and Peace on Earth. It's admittedly a very well-known cover, but hey, there's nothing wrong with featuring a classic every now and then. The duet was recorded as part of Bing Crosby's Merrie Olde Christmas TV special in 1977, which also featured a with all guests except Bowie, followed by a touching speech by Crosby in which he wishes for a day when there will be peace on earth and good will towards all men. 39 years later and we are still waiting for that day to come...
And so we've come come to the end of another year. 2016 draws to a close and what a challenging year it was; loss, tragedy, war, hatred, violence, division... But as Google's Year in Search video put it, love is out there, we just need to search on. From the bottom of my heart I wish you and your loved ones happy holidays and all the best for 2017. See you then.