The 'Shroom:Issue 126/Palette Swap
Greetings, readers! I hope your September has been good so far! Mine certainly has, with that latest Nintendo Direct.
Not much for me to say this month, just the usual "if you'd like to write for us" spiel. Send a completed application to Tucayo on the forums, or if you have any questions, you can send them to me on the forums as well. Palette Swap is also open to fan art as well, so if you have a piece of fan art that you'd like us to feature, send it in! The Pyro Guy (talk) will also be taking up Ongoing Fan Projects.
Anyways, please enjoy all of the wonderful sections we have this month! ~FunkyK38
Section of the Month
What's on the Box?
Hello readers, and welcome back to What's on the Box.
In case none of you realised, I'm actually writing this section before I've eaten anything, which is probably why I've chosen this game's boxart to examine. For those of you not in the know, Yoshi's Cookie is a puzzle game for the NES, SNES and the Game Boy. We'll be looking at the Game Boy version's boxart, but they're all the same, so think of this as three sections in one!
It's a very basic boxart, featuring only Yoshi and the titular Yoshi Cookies, although sadly we don't have the one shaped like Yoshi's head. There's not a whole lot more to talk about, as the only action taking place on the boxart is Yoshi gleefully about to eat one, which let's be honest, who wouldn't be?
That leaves only little details left to look at, and there's really only one of those as well. The "o" in Yoshi's is actually an upside down Yoshi Egg. Other than that, all there is is a tagline box, and a box saying that the game is compatible with the game link.
As basic as it is, however, there's not really a lot that can be done with this boxart. Puzzle games don't really have great ones, barring the Professor Layton series, and seeing as this is a Tetris-esque game, featuring what are the blocks is pretty much all you can do. The only thing I could see working is to run with the multiplayer aspect, and maybe had four different coloured Yoshis battling it out over the cookies.
Featured Character Artwork
Oh hey look! It’s issue 126 and I’m still here! Hooray! Anyway, welcome back to Featured Character Artwork, where I look at artwork I think is amazing (and I guess I’ll tell you, the reader, why). Last month, we looked at a spooky ghost carrot from one of my favorite games, Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars. This month, I’ll be looking at a character from another SNES game I love; Swanky Kong, the minigame host from Donkey Kong Country 3.
Right off the bat, I love this new design for Swanky Kong. He looks so much fancier then he did in Donkey Kong Country 2, where he just wore a blue shirt, some rings, and had bad hair. I love how much effort they put into Swanky’s outfit to make him look like a fancy game show host, from the dress shoes (that I think our Critic Corner director Anton would love) to the way he holds his cane (he looks like he’s inviting us to come on down). I think my favorite detail is the way is teeth sparkle in his smile, which I think gives him a real conman-style look. One detail I think is easy to overlook is that the way this artwork is made gives Swanky a real glossy look, which I think helps bring the total look together. I’m also a really big fan of his stupid yellow checkered shirt combined with his long-sleeved undershirt and dress pants. Throw in some nice dress shoes and I think you’ve got yourself the most dapper Kong on all of Donkey Kong Island. I just love the fact that Rare went out of their way to provide such good-looking artwork to even the most minor of the Kongs, a character so unimportant that you can go the entire game without seeing him. But regardless of that fact, I’m glad they made it, because he looks like the perfect minigame host. 10/10, would look at again.
Ongoing Fan Projects
HI, everyone! I'm your optimistic Statistics Manager, Tucayo, here with your monthly dose of Take Cover! Remember your suggestions for songs to cover (heh) are more than welcome, just head to the forum and either directly suggest a cover, or tell me a song or artist you would like to see featured! I will try to work every suggestion into the section.