The 'Shroom:Issue 126/Pipe Plaza
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Hello readers! Welcome to Pipe Plaza, the 'Shroom team that's probably the lesson you fall asleep. I hope not though, we're pretty fun. We even have balloons... somewhere.
You might notice that Pipe Plaza is looking a lot smaller this month. That's because our long-time Community Report and New Articles writer, LudwigVon (talk) has had to stand down due to time constraints. We wish him all the best, and hope that he follows up on his promise to return to write for Pipe Plaza.
In the meantime there are lots of sections you readers could fill. If you want to write Monthly Report, Featured, Projects Seeking Contributors, New Articles, User Interview, Community Report, UPdate, or Birthday Wishes just write out an application to Henry Tucayo Clay (talk) (you'll find him pretending to be Hobbes on the forum) and you might get the chance to write for this brilliant sub-team.
Section of the Month
All the latest writers and all the milestones of the current ones.
Tip of the Month
Remember, wiki editing is like writing a research paper for school: you should have reputable sources for any news you encounter, especially for unreleased games. Leaks can be false, and posting wrong information looks bad for everyone. Make sure you cite your sources as well if it's not something that's explicitly stated in game- for example, if Peach says in-game that her favorite food is pie, no need to cite. But if Shigeru Miyamoto says her favorite food is pie out of game, that's something you need to cite.
Greetings everyone! Alex95 here to tell you all about an upcoming game and my thoughts about it. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 was announced as one of the several games at this year's E3 as the sequel to 2012's Xenoblade Chronicles. You know, that game Shulk is from. The sequel offers more of the same from the original game, but also gives us plenty of differences to experience.
If you've played Xenoblade Chronicles or Xenoblade Chronicles X before, you'd know what to expect. This is a role-playing game, or RPG, centered on the main hero Rex. One day, he encounters a being known as a Blade named Pyra, who has become lost from her paradise home of Elysium. Thus begins the story. Typical RPG stuff occurs from this point: Explore the world, complete side-quests, buy gear and items, fight monsters, win! Or die. That depends on your level. The Xenoblade Chronicles series is known at this point for having large worlds to explore. Xenoblade Chronicles X's Mira is larger than The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild's Hyrule, so imagine how big this world will turn out! The world of Xenoblade Chronicles was set on two colossal beings locked in combat, and it appears Xenoblade Chronicles 2 will do the same with the player exploring large beasts called Titans.
The previous Xenoblade Chronicle games had a more realistic tone to them. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is instead going in the extreme opposite direction with an anime-styled look and cel-shaded graphics. Think Toon Link's head and style on regular Link's body. Yes, the earlier games did have an anime feel to them, but XC2 is heavily animed. Whether that's a good or bad thing is up to you, but the brighter colors may make it easier to see where I'm going. I get lost a few times in Xenoblade Chronicles X because I can't differentiate a wall from an enemy or character sometimes (the game is dark in more ways than one…). Personally, I'd rather it stayed with the more realistic characters, but I can see this working.
Now let's talk game play. You explore the world, collect items, and talk to non-playable characters (NPCs) like you would any other game, but the battles are where things really start to heat up. Literally. See, Pyra appears to be a flame-based Blade, and she acts as a partner to the other characters. You assign her to one of the lead characters and she'll add a flame-based property to their attacks. There are several other Blades as well, like a guy in a suit of armor and the love-'em-or-hate-'em Nopons (like Riki). These partner characters will offer various skills and parameters, but the lead characters aren't going to be defenseless on their own. They have use to a total of four skills of their own, called "Arts", which is limited compared to the previous titles. Players have to assign the Arts strategically before they enter battles. Do you want this character to use nothing but offensive Arts, or do you want them to hang back with healing Arts?
I'm not very familiar with the Xenoblade series, with the only game I've played begin Xenoblade Chronicles X. I'm having a lot of fun with it, though it appears it may end up being secluded from the other two titles. I may be completely lost if I ever play Xenoblade Chronicles 2. There's no set release date for the game at the time of this writing, but when it does come out, I'm sure it will satisfy the RPG fans as there is a lot of content in these games. Usually, I'd link to the game's main site here, but, uh… there isn't one at the moment. But there are some trailers on Nintendo's YouTube channel, so go enjoy watching those!
Poll Committee Discussion
Welcome to all Shroom readers! I’m Stargazing, here to present this month’s Poll Committee Discussion! I hope you’ll all enjoy.
It’s analysis season! This Shroom issue also has our Awards Analysis section, where the entire Poll Committee analyzes all the Mario and Fail Awards. Please check out this section and seeing in-depth looks at everyone’s hard work!
Now, without further ado, let’s jump straight into my analysis!
How do you feel about Super Mario Odyssey returning to the Super Mario 64/Super Mario Sunshine style of 3D gameplay? (Superchao (talk), August 13th, 2017)
With seven Kingdoms having been shown in Super Mario Odyssey, which one is your favorite thus far? (Superchao (talk), August 27th, 2017)
If you were a Paper Mario series partner, what species would you want to be? (Roserade (talk), September 3rd, 2017)
Welcome back to the Forum Update! Today we'll be taking a look back at what happened on the Super Mario Boards during the summer, and finally getting back up to date with this section!
Bold means a new entry. Italics mean inactive for at least a month. Bold and italics scare me.
Thread(s) of the Month(s)
June's Thread of the Month went to Mr. Edo's The scandalous truth about Daisy and Sarasaland revealed, a shocking exposé on the Sarasaland and its princess. Runners-up include:
August's Thread of the Month went to Lakituthequick's Occasional Art, in which LTQ shares some of the art he's done and the process behind it.
I'm going to talk about Awards Mafia in a bit more detail, as I did with the Killing Game in Issue 124, but firstly here's a link to the other tournaments that took place:
Awards Mafia 6
Awards Mafia 6 was hosted by GBAToad and Perch, and took place from July 4th to August 31st. It was won by the Tanookis, the Innocents, Shoey and Mariofan169 after ten days and one Splatfest.
The Mafia suffered a very early blow when their Godfather, Tucayo, killed the Granny and was in turn injured, which all but exposed his role in the thread. And, despite a few close calls, they never could recover.
Thanks for reading.
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.
I've missed using my little infobox for a few months now, so I'm glad to have it back in action for this month. Shyguy27 joined the wiki on 16 October 2007, and although he was present within the community for a while, in that time he only contributed one 'Shroom section, and that was after some spurring by former Critic Corner director Crocodile Dippy (talk).
In the one section that he submitted, he provided a playthrough of Terraria that he and Dippy did together. But you're not here to listen to me bang on about Shyguy27, you're here to read his one 'Shroom section. Enjoy!
The 'Shroom Report
HI, everyone! I'm your objective Statistics Manager, Tucayo, here with your monthly dose of The 'Shroom Report! As a reminder, in the Milestones section, writers will get mentioned every 10 team sections and every 50 overall 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. This section will cover Issue 125.
We have something quite curious here. Two users writing the same section, in the same issue, for their first ever section. Congrats and welcome!
And now for the most exciting reading of today! Anniversary Announcements!
The Rip Van Fish
The prize list has been completed and the distribution has began! People will be called to pick their prizes one by one, and have 24 hours each to do so.
All tournaments have finished! Let's look at the final results since last month.
And after that last summary of all the tournaments, we have once again reached the end of this month's Anniversary Announcements! I hope I've been able to inform you once more!
This also was the last AA for 2017! I had fun again this year, and hope you had too! Hopefully we'll meet again next year!
All information above was correct as of 13 September 2017.