The 'Shroom:Issue 127/Fun Stuff

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Staff Notes

Written by: Lord Bowser (talk)

Oh, I see you've caught me not sitting on my butt and playing Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony all day (great game btw) and actually being productive. Who would've thought?

Anyway, hi there! We've got a great edition of Fun Stuff here for you, with not one, but two lovely sections returning to our team this issue! First off, we welcome Camwood777 (talk) to Fun Stuff and The 'Shroom in general! He'll be taking the reins of Picross from now on. We wish him the best with this exciting and fun section! Secondly, Lakituthequick (talk), who you may remember from Anniversary Announcements in Pipe Plaza, is joining us as well! He'll be taking over one of our favorite sections; It's aMAZEing! I strongly suggest playing these revamped classic sections along with the rest of our team!

Now, please excuse me while I bury myself deep underground in preparation for the incoming onslaught of Super Mario Odyssey spoilers. I'll see you in a month as a bag of bones with a fashionably long beard. Until then, enjoy this month's Fun Stuff and make sure to have a spooky scary Halloween!

Section of the Month

Another win for FunkyK38 for Issue 126! MK's debut of KenKen also scored quite excellently! Congratulations to you both, and to the rest of the Fun Stuff team for your work!

Place Section Votes % Writer
1st Where in the Marioverse is Carmen Sandiego? 19 37.25% FunkyK38
2nd KenKen 9 17.65% Meta Knight
3rd Find the Differences 7 13.73% Lord Bowser

Word Activities
Graphic Activities

Picross comes back under new management!!!
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It's Odyssey! Can ya see all the differences?
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LTQ brings back a beloved section featuring Cappy!
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Can you solve the dreaded 12x12 grid?!
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Mind Games

Who could've possibly stolen our beloved Cappy?
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An absolutely terrifying and bone-chilling quiz from Yoshi876... BOO!
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Written by: Camwood777 (talk)

Heyo, everybody! This is my audition for (and, if all goes well, my first issue as the host of) the Picross slot for the 'Shroom! I was a huge fan of the slot when The Pyro Guy (talk) hosted it, and I figured I'd do my best to try to keep that picross heart a-beating! I figured I'd start out simple, but also give some neat little twists to the stuff you're used to. Also, note I don't really have difficulties, since I can't really judge which one is "easier" or "harder" compared to the puzzles ol' Pyro would make.

Anyhow, for this month, I decided to do something basic, but something that'd surely catch people's attentions. Our first puzzle is just a common item everyone knows, so let's go ahead and talk about the elephant in the room. Or rather, the elephant-sized Picross in the room! Around the time this will be posted if I'm approved, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions will be coming out sometime soon! I decided to theme the latter puzzle around this, but his mug was just too big for a regular 15x15 puzzle! Thusly, I decided to supersize it into a beefy 20x20 puzzle! It'll be a much bigger challenge, but I'm sure you can agree that adds variety, and makes a lot of sense when you consider who it finally is.

If you want to know how to play, simply take any program you can edit images with (MS paint is... more than an option), or even print it out if you're so inclined, and you can shade in the symbols. As for the rules...

  • Each number on a given row or column (which are referred to as "hints" in Picross) Represents a line of filled-in squares (or tiles/cells, as I prefer calling them) on that particular row or column; for instance, a row starting with "3" would have a row of three filled-in squares with no white/blank squares inbetween them.
    • There can be multiple lines in a single column, however. (For example, a row of 7, then a row of 4. In this case, there'd be 7 in a row, then a gap, then a row of 4.)
  • A gap between two "rows" is defined as one white/blank square between two rows.
  • Each square is filled with either black or white. You can fill the white squares you know of with a different color, such as gray, to keep track easier.
  • It's way, was easier to start off with rows that have few gaps, and ESPECIALLY easier to start with rows with large numbers.
  • I recommend playing Pokemon Picross on the 3DS (it's free, yo!); the tutorial will explain things a lot better than I ever could.

Alright! Here come the puzzles!

Puzzle A:
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Puzzle B:
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Mushroom Popple

Find the Differences

Written by: Lord Bowser (talk)

Greetings, 'Shroom readers! This is Lord Bowser here with a new edition of Find the Differences for you all! To celebrate the release of Super Mario Odyssey, I'll be using some artwork from it this month!

Here is the original picture...

Postcard compilation from Super Mario Odyssey

...and here is the edited version.


There are 10 differences total here. Answers are located in the box below, but no cheating! Good luck, and I hope you enjoy playing Odyssey!


It's aMAZEing

Written by: Lakituthequick (talk)

Good day people, and welcome to Anniversary Anno.. oh wait, wrong section... Hi everyone, and welcome to this month's It's aMAZEing! Which is also my first maze! I'll be continuing a legend set by Meta Knight (talk).

To celebrate the release of Super Mario Odyssey in less than a week after this edition of The 'Shroom, this months's maze is Cappy!

Do you have an idea for a maze you'd like to see? Leave a message on my talkpage or find me on the forums and send me a personal message, and your idea and name may be featured in a future episode!

How to play:

  • Copy the image into your favourite art program (like Paint, Photoshop, GIMP, etc.)
  • Click the line, pencil or brush tool and adjust the size as needed
  • Draw your line though the maze from start to finish
  • Zoom in and out as needed

To view the answer, click here!

Go With the Flow

Written by: Lord Bowser (talk)

Hey! It's me again, this time here with Go With the Flow! I hope you enjoyed last month's debut edition, and I'm hoping you'll like these new ones even more!

How to Play:

  • Copy and paste the grids below into any drawing program.
  • Connect the same-colored dots with each other with paths.
    • Paths cannot cross over one another!
    • You must also fill up the entire grid with paths.
  • Check your answers in the spoiler boxes, but no cheating!
    • Some grids may have multiple solutions, so don't worry if yours isn't the same as the provided solution!

5x5 (Easy)

Sample Solution

8x8 (Medium)

Sample Solution

12x12 (Hard)

Sample Solution

Thanks for playing, and stick around next month for more!

Where in the Marioverse is Carmen Sandiego?

Written by: FunkyK38 (talk)


Each issue, you will be given a case to solve and clues to use to help you find the solution! Use your Mario knowledge to crack the case!

You will begin each case at the scene of the crime, and you will be given three clues from passerby as to where the next hot spot is and what game it’s from. Using your knowledge of Mario games and the Super Mario Wiki, figure out where the crook is and go track them down! There are four locations each round: the crime scene (1) at the start, two locations (2 and 3) with clues, and the hideout for the crook of the month (4). Answers for locations will be given with the corresponding round, for example, the clues from the crime scene will lead you to location 2, and once you open the spoiler bubbles for location 2, you will be given the correct answer. You can open the clues for each location in any order you’d like, but be careful! You may encounter an incorrect clue that could throw you off the case!

Clues offered will give you a hint either about the next location or the game it’s in. Unlike a regular Carmen Sandiego game, you do not have to collect information about the crook you are tracking down.

Challenge round (optional):

-Find all locations and games correctly in two minutes or less

-Find all locations and games correctly without using the rest of the Wiki for help

Get our Cappy back!

"Gumshoe, we have an emergency! Mario's newest pal, Cappy, has been kidnapped! Cappy and Mario were set to take the the world by storm in their cap-shaped spaceship when the someone swiped him! We've got our eyes on one of Carmen's cronies, the Blasphemous Bullet Bill! You need to find Cappy before Mario sets out on his new adventure- he can't conquer the colorful worlds around him without his new friend! There's a lot riding on this investigation, cadet, so get to work!"

Crime Scene

The Crime

Cappy's been cap-napped! Find him before Mario has to travel the world alone!


"Gotta jump through a painting to get here."


"This is a really nice water level for an N64 game."


"I don't know how a Bullet Bill was able to swim through the water, but he was here."

Location 2


Dire, Dire Docks from Super Mario 64 Dire, Dire Docks first area.


"My sister lives there. Her neighbor is a Noki!"


"The physics in this game were not the greatest."


"This was a great Gamecube game!"

Location 3


Noki Bay from Super Mario Sunshine Official screenshot of Noki Bay from Super Mario Sunshine.


"Oh, this was such a gorgeous game for a new console!"


"Oh, hey, Luigi's here!"


"There's a spooky mushroom hidden in this mansion."


HIDEOUT ANSWER: Haunted Mansion from Super Mario Galaxy SMG Ghostly Hauntedhouse.png

Cappy's back and ready to go!

"Case closed, cadet! We found our culprit and the napped Cappy in the Haunted Mansion, and we've gotten him safely back to Mario, who was very grateful! Expect a lot of colorful postcards and stickers in your mailbox soon when he starts his new adventure! Get some rest for your next case, gumshoe!"


Written by: Yoshi876 (talk)

Scuttle Bug
Looks like a Spore creation...

Howdy 'Shroom readers, welcome to the spoooooky Quiz! It's spookier than all the other Fun Stuff sections because it has more o's. As you may have figured out from the name, this is a section where I quiz your Mario knowledge.


  1. Who never accompanies Mario into Ghost Houses in Super Mario World?
  2. How do you defeat Roger the Potted Ghost in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island?
  3. What is the haunted house track in Mario Kart 8 called?


  1. How many Portrait Ghost are in Luigi's Mansion?
  2. What enemy is pictured right?
  3. True or false: Music from the Tetris series appears on the Luigi's Mansion stage in Super Smash Bros. Brawl?


  1. Which Vincent van Gogh painting was the inspiration of the background in Painted Swampland?
  2. What are the names of the Three Sisters in Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon?
  3. What is the first haunted house level in Super Mario 3D World?



  1. Yoshi.
  2. Push him off the platform.
  3. Twisted Mansion.


  1. 23.
  2. Scuttlebug.
  3. True.


  1. Starry Night.
  2. Sister Herlinda, Sister Belinda, Sister Lucinda.
  3. Shifty Boo Mansion.

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