The 'Shroom:Issue 129/Fun Stuff

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Staff Notes

Written by: Lord Bowser (talk)

Hello I am pretending to write substantial staff notes to hide the fact that I don't have anything useful to write here since I've spent most of my time lately binging Super Mario Odyssey and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and also suffering through finals but I think I've written enough for now actually wait no maybe just a little more there we go that looks a lot better I'm sure people won't notice haha I'm so smart anyway I need to keep writing so these look like good staff notes and not just a bunch of filler actually I might be going a bit overboard now but it's okay it's better to have too much than not enough right I mean why complain about too much content it doesn't make much sense anyway I should probably do actual notes for now as soon as I stop writing this filler right about now ok I'll stop right here and get right to the actual notes right about now

Filler aside, I hope you enjoy The 'Shroom's Holiday Special Issue! We've got some nice puzzles and games for you here at Fun Stuff, along with an exciting game I've created with the help of Lakituthequick (talk) found here! I hope you have a good holiday and some time to relax while reading!

Section of the Month

Yoshi876 dethroned FunkyK38 as winner for Fun Stuff Section of the Month last month. Anagrams by BBQ Turtle was quite well-received as well, scoring an impressive second place for a debut section, and LTQ's mazes never disappoint our readers! Congratulations to all of our writers!

Place Section Votes % Writer
1st Quiz 13 27.66% Yoshi876
2nd Anagrams 12 25.53% BBQ Turtle
3rd It's aMAZEing 9 19.15% Lakituthequick

Word Activities

Anagram. Nag a ram. Man a rag. Gam a... nar... am I doing this right?
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Graphic Activities

Camwood goes all out this month!
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Can you escape LTQ's cold Frosty maze?
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Mind Games

A Christmas caper! Can you catch the criminal?!
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Chill out with some icy questions from Yoshi876!
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Written by: BBQ Turtle (talk)

Hello again! Seeing as this month's issue is themed around the Wii U, and as it's pretty much the holidays, I've decided to theme this set of anagrams around Mario Party 10, as it is a Wii U game, and you get a lot of parties around the festive season, it serves as a double whammy! And just so you know, I haven't been mean enough (/bothered to check which names are the same in America and the PAL regions) to include any minigames in this selection, which should make it a bit easier. Also, seeing as next issue isn't (As far as I know) themed, feel free to send me any suggestions for section themes, or any funny anagrams you've come up with that I could integrate into a theme. And if you hadn't noticed, well done on collectively making over 20,000 articles on this Wiki everyone, and let's hope that number keeps growing! And happy holidays too, whatever you're up to!

How it works...

Basically, this puzzle consists of solving the anagrams. Each month has a specific theme, which will give you a clue about what sort of words or phrases the anagrams will be. I've also included the boxes that the anagrams will fit into, so you'll be able to tell how many words it will solve to be and how many letters will be in each word, which should give you a hand too. You'll also notice that within each set of boxes, one of the squares are yellow. As you solve each anagram, note down the letter which appears in the yellow squares, and if you can solve all of the anagrams, you'll also get a bonus anagram to solve from completing all of the others. I've included the letter configuration for this one at the bottom too, just to give you an extra helping hand. Best of luck!










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Bonus Anagram:

  1. amiibo Party
  2. Badminton Bash
  3. Mega Sledge Bro
  4. Airship Central
  5. Photo Booth
  6. Whimsical Waters
  7. Mini Star
  8. Petey Piranha
  9. Spike
  10. Jewel Drop
  11. Mushroom Park
Bonus Anagram: Bowser Party


Written by: Camwood777 (talk)


...Whew! That bit of holiday excitement out of the way, welcome, one and all to the Picross Holiday Special of 2017! Something that will (hopefully) be much better than that crumby Star Wars holiday special. This also co-incides with our Wii U sendoff issue, and so I guess I might as well bring up my thoughts on the Wii U. The short version? I love the Wii U even though it did poorly, and I plan to keep playing with it long after this issue!

BUT BACK TO PICROSS MATTERS!! For the Holidays, I didn't want to do something difficult. I wanted to just give a grandiose bunch of picrosses, not too hard, not too big. But I still wanted it to be special. So how about we go ahead and do a super-size collection with several additional puzzles? If you're saying that's boring, you're boring. Or you don't like Picross, and if the latter is the case, that's reasonable, but I would wonder why you're here. (Is it the pretty pictures? (Is it me? (If it is me, thank you.)))

So of course, we have a standard puzzle, but a few puzzles will relate to the various holidays and specials going on around here. Y'know, Christmas, the Wii U sendoff, all that jazz. I decided to make three puzzles obviously relate to the trio of popular holidays around this time. And, of course, I decided to self-indulge and include a little nod to one of my favorite (non-Mario) games ever made for one of these puzzles. See if you can figure out what all the puzzles are referencing--and consider that a bonus puzzle!

As is officially standard, here's the rules of how to play, taken from the last issue, and the one before that. 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's the puzzles! Have a merry Christmas, Hannukah, Kwannza, or just whatever you celebrate, because after all, 'tis the season, and I'll be seeing you (and my Wii U) in the new year! ...And hopefully it'll be better!

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It's aMAZEing

Written by: Lakituthequick (talk)

Good day people and welcome to this month's It's aMAZEing!

For the winter and Christmas season, this month's maze is based off Frosty, one of the Snow Spirits from Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games, whom I found though extensive research on winter-y things.
The maze may not necessarily be as complicated as other ones, but you can choose any entrance arrow for entrance and any other arrow to exit from, so there are multiple solutions!

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!

Have fun, and happy new year!

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!

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

Save the Stars!

"We've got BIG problems this time, gumshoe! Residents of Toad Town were getting their holiday trees ready when they discovered that their supply of Starmen was gone! Stars have been a core power-up for Mario for decades, and they have become some of the most iconic images of the series. We've pinned the theft on one of Carmen's henchmen, Snag Nabber, but you need to move quickly to catch him! Get to it, gumshoe!"

Crime Scene

The Crime

Toad Town's supply of Starmen has been stolen. Go get it back!


"He said he was off to climb a beanstalk..."


"This game was bean-themed."


"That place is nothing to laugh at."

Location 2


Chucklehuck Woods from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga Chucklehuck Woods


"I told him he'd better hurry to the end of this place but he told me he'd be fine."


"Don't know why anyone would want to go here. It's a toxic pit."


"So glad Odyssey had a callback to this game."

Location 3


A-MAZE-ing Emergency Exit from Super Mario 64 Hazy Maze Cave Star 5


"You can see for miles and miles if you're standing in the right place here."


"Everything really cleaned up nice there!"


"He seemed upset that he missed the festival."


HIDEOUT ANSWER: New Donk City from Super Mario Odyssey Metro Kingdom artwork from Super Mario Odyssey.

The Stars are shining brightly once again!

"A fine job, gumshoe! We followed your leads and found a warehouse full of Stars just waiting to be shipped off! The residents of Toad Town are in your debt for getting back their favorite decorations. They will have the most invincible trees this side of the galaxy. Good work, cadet, keep it up for the next case!"


Written by: Yoshi876 (talk)

Snow Spike
Least it's wearing appropriate clothing.

Howdy 'Shroom readers, welcome to the Quiz!. As you may have figured out from the name, this is a section where I quiz your Mario knowledge.

Ho ho ho! As this is our Christmas edition, this month's quiz will be themed around ice and snow in the Marioverse. Although, this is mainly because it's incredibly had to do an entire Christmas quiz based on what's available. Santa Claus, and that's about it...


  1. In Super Mario 3D World what form of footwear is the Goomba shoe in snowy levels?
  2. How many snow-themed levels are in Super Mario 64?
  3. What world is the "snow world" in New Super Mario Bros. Wii?


  1. Which battle course in Super Mario Kart is snow-based?
  2. In Paper Mario which Star Spirit is rescued in the Crystal Palace?
  3. What is the name of the enemy pictured right?


  1. Where is the Snow Festival held in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games on the DS?
  2. What background element on Penguin Iceberg, in Mario Tennis Open, is dressed as Mario?
  3. What is the first level of the Melon Kingdom in Donkey Kong Jungle Beat?



  1. An ice skate.
  2. Two.
  3. World 3.


  1. Battle Course 3.
  2. Kalmar.
  3. Snow Spike.


  1. Sparkleton.
  2. A snowman.
  3. Iguanagon's Realm.

The 'Shroom: Issue 129
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