The 'Shroom:Issue 121/Palette Swap
Hi, everybody! I hope you all are doing well, and haven't been too busy with schoolwork.
I've got some news for you regarding the upcoming special issue! We'll be running at least one art gallery for you to submit artwork to, opening next issue for submissions. Think of it as an art contest, without the contest. We'll be giving you a prompt, and you can let your imagination go crazy. Additionally, I'm trying to gauge interest in a Minecraft contest as well. If you are planning on getting Minecraft for Switch, plus the Mario expansion pack, and you think you'd like to participate in a contest, please send me a PM and let me know! If we get enough people interested, we'll give you more information! After all, a contest isn't so much fun with only two people contributing.
Consider the art possibilities! And read on! ~FunkyK38
Section of the Month
WOW, what an incredible turnout this month! Thank you to everyone who voted! Our SotM winner for issue 120 is Yoshi876 (talk) in his comeback of What's on the Box? Congratulations, and everyone, please keep voting!
What's on the Box?
Hello readers, and welcome back to What's on the Box? This month I will be covering our first Nintendo Switch game, and hopefully the first of many. I enjoyed the Wii U, but the games never seemed to come to it. I mean Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash was the last game I covered when I wrote this section, and since then only three more Mario Wii U games were released. Anyway, let's get to focusing on this month's boxart, the North American Mario Kart 8 Deluxe boxart.
The boxart features eight characters, although two are hard to make out. They are: Mario, Princess Peach, Bowser, Link, an Inkling, Isabelle, Yoshi, and Toad. Obviously all eight of them are in Karts and they are: the Standard Kart, the Standard Bike, the Standard ATV, the Master Cycle, one of the new ATVs, another Standard Kart, the Mach 8, and the Sneeker respectively. Something I like about this boxart is how Link and the Inkling are driving vehicles that were introduced at the same time as they were. I do find it odd, however, that Isabelle isn't driving the Streetle, as it would have been nice to have referenced her DLC. Something else to point out is how all of the non-Mario characters are above the Mario characters, although they are upside down. Perhaps this is to show how the Mario Kart series was flipped on its head with the introduction of these characters.
All of the characters are driving on Rainbow Road, although it is the remake of its Nintendo 64 incarnation instead of the more recent Wii U version, perhaps due to the course's newfound popularity. I am slightly disappointed, however, that the fireworks are just generic ones instead of characters from the Mario series like it does during the race.
There's not much left to point out. Princess Peach is holding a Bob-omb, and judging by the way she's looking at Bowser, it looks like she may be planning on throwing it at Mario. The Inkling is holding a Green Shell, and looks primed to throw it at the unsuspecting Link. Also, you can see Yoshi and Toad approaching Item Boxes at the rear, and if you look closely you can see Double Item Boxes, like in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, perhaps this is foreshadowing a return to that style of gameplay in a future Mario Kart game. However, since they're highlighting a returning feature on the boxart, I think it would've been nicer to have had some of the returning characters, like Dry Bones or King Boo approaching them instead of series regulars Yoshi and Toad.
Ongoing Fan Projects
Hello guys, welcome to the Ongoing Fan Projects. What I do here, is provide links to all of the updated art threads of the past month. Our Fan Creations board on the forums has lots of different kind of sections though, some of which don't appear here, so do check it out.
HI, readers! I'm your juvenile Statistics Manager, Tucayo, here with a brand new edition of Take Cover! I don't have much to say here this month, so let's get right into the music!