The 'Shroom:Issue 130/Fun Stuff

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Staff Notes

Written by: Lord Bowser (talk)

Hey, welcome to a new year of Fun Stuff! I'd like to welcome our three new staff members Lakituthequick (talk), LudwigVon (talk), and The Pyro Guy (talk) onto the team! I'm glad to have them on board and I hope they do well in their respective positions. I'd also like to point out that all three of them have written for Fun Stuff in the past; truly this is a sign that Fun Stuff is the best team, seeing as three of our alumni have risen up the ranks and why you all should aggressively apply for every single section!!!!!!! Come on, it's fun... stuff!

As a short followup to last issue's scavenger hunt, Superchao (talk) won first place and found all 12 Power Moons within roughly an hour; congratulations to him! He was followed by Freakworld (talk) in second place, and then by The Pyro Guy (talk) in third place; great job to everyone! I'd also like to thank the rest of you for your participation in the hunt, and especially thanks to Lakituthequick (talk) for his invaluable assistance in putting it together! I hope to do more large-scale events like this in the future, so stay tuned!

I don't have much else to say here other than the fact that Splatoon 2 has taken me over lately. 35 hours and 18 levels in 10 days is... an accomplishment? But yeah, custom splat jr and #comedybros for life tbh fam youre a kid squid woomy etc. Anyway, I hope you enjoy this month's Fun Stuff!

Section of the Month

Quiz hit #1 again in December, followed very closely behind by Where in the Marioverse is Carmen Sandiego?. It's aMAZEing also scored a nice sum of votes. Congratulations to all winners and thank you to everyone for writing!

FUN STUFF SECTION OF THE MONTH
Place Section Votes % Writer
1st Quiz 19 38.0% Yoshi876
2nd Where in the Marioverse is Carmen Sandiego? 17 34.0% FunkyK38
3rd It's aMAZEing 9 18.0% Lakituthequick



Word Activities

Shoey makes a comeback and reads off some neat Mario facts for the month.
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BBQ Turtle challenges you with some quite dashing anagrams!
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Graphic Activities

Camwood wishes you all a toothy New Year.
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It's getting pretty cloudy up in here...
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Mind Games

DK really needs to invest in a big safe for his banana hoard.
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Yoshi876 tests you on your New Super Mario Bros. knowledge!
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Trivia

Written by: Chester Alan Arthur (talk)

Hey look it’s me Shoey actually doing the section i was hired to write...anyways did you know?

  1. That despite being a de-aged Donkey Kong, Baby Kong appears in multiple episodes of the Donkey Kong cartoon.
  2. That according to Donkey Kong Country 2 Klingers are the only Kremlings who can climb ropes and they had to learn this skill?
  3. That Doki Doki Panic was originally thought of as a Mario game?
  4. That Birdo was the first transgender video game character?
  5. That in Wario Land II the thing that activates Crazy Wario is actually a mug of beer?
  6. That Bullies were originally supposed to be in Super Mario Galaxy?
  7. That in the Mario Mania guide to Super Mario World each Chargin Chuck attack is given an individual name?

Anagrams

Written by: BBQ Turtle (talk)

Hello all! This month I've decided to make you a bunch of anagrams that are Mario Kart: Double Dash!! themed, partly on account that I got it for Christmas, and partly because... well, I felt like it! And again, so far as I know, next month's issue isn't anything-themed yet, so feel free so send me any suggestions for themes or funny anagrams you found on my talk page or through the forums, and I'll see what I can do!

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!

1. TOTE DATE

2. BAGGY TURTLE

3. MOO COURSE WAILS

4. BOBS TOMB LAB

5. I SCURRY ASIDE

6. SPUR CAT

7. HAIKU FLITS IN

8. REEF REIGN

9. CLOAKED ION

10. HELLO BREWS

11. A BEECH CHAP

12. OH COLA COMB

Bonus Anagram:

Answers
  1. Toadette
  2. Rattle Buggy
  3. Wario Colosseum
  4. Bob-omb Blast
  5. Daisy Cruiser
  6. Star Cup
  7. Fishin' Lakitu
  8. Green Fire
  9. Cookie Land
  10. Bowser Shell
  11. Peach Beach
  12. Bloom Coach
Bonus Anagram: Mushroom City

Picross

Written by: Camwood777 (talk)

Ho, dear, this past month has been... something. Without going too personal, I have seven cavities(!) in my teeth. Thankfully, by the time this issue goes live, the former should be fixed... but they'll have to put me under anasthetia (if I spelled it right) 'cuz I'm a wimp. BUT, on a more positive note, I've had a BLAST with Christmas! I got a Nintendo Switch, so I've been having a LOT of fun with Splatoon 2 (Salmon Run eternally best mode, and Comedy is eternally best film genre), and I finally achieved a life dream of mine and became 132nd Skywatcher--meaning I got the good ending to what is arguably one of the hardest puzzle games of all time.

In addition, last month I said that there was one puzzle--the last one--that i was keeping its source a secret to see if anybody would know where it came from, and said on the Mario Boards that if anyone could answer, they'd get a shout-out. However, nobody correctly guessed... or really, guessed at all. The answer was that it's a roach from DROD: Architect's Edition, or version 1.6. DROD, by the way, is the best puzzle game I've played and arguably one of the hardest puzzle games of all time. So, tl;dr, nobody guessed its origin so no shoutouts.

But that's not Picross. This, is Picross. We have 2 new puzzles. Sadly, I don't have much for this one--most of my time has been absorbed by real life. That doesn't mean I don't have 2 puzzles, though! Our first puzzle is simply something to realize our new year, and the other... I wanted to do something regarding the fact I had 7 cavities with a teeth-related puzzle (after all, 7 is my favorite number so of course I would use 7 as an excuse to make it personal), but there's a surprising LACK of Mario-related teeth things (you'd think that there'd be a Mario toothbrush, but I couldn't find one, and that wouldn't be very good for a picross puzzle that's black/white anyhow.) So, I decided I'd pick the playable character of a microgame from the Gamer mode of Game & Wario; no, he doesn't have a name, but I'll just give him a conjectural name for now.

Don't know how to play? No issue; just read these rules from the last few issues. 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.

Without further ado, here come the puzzles in two! ...C'mon, I found it clever!

Puzzle A:
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Puzzle B:
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Answers:
ShroomPicross130 SolA.png ShroomPicross130 SolB.png
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+ Clock Tooth Monster

It's aMAZEing

Written by: Lakituthequick (talk)

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

This month we have a decoration depicting Lakitu's Cloud from the walls of Dragon Driftway in Mario Kart 8 and Dragon Palace in Deluxe!
This was a request from Koops, which he sent when Meta Knight (talk) was still in charge of It's aMAZEing.

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
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To view the answer, click here!


Where in the Marioverse is Carmen Sandiego?

Written by: FunkyK38 (talk)

HOW TO PLAY

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

Grab those bananas!

"You've got another case to solve, cadet! Carmen has pulled a Kremling trick and swiped Donkey Kong's entire banana hoard! The big ape is on the verge of going ape, so make like a banana and split! We've narrowed down our list of suspects to Carmen's favorite tuxedo pal, Starchie Archie, and it's up to you to track him down and bring those bananas back!"


Crime Scene

The Crime

Donkey Kong's banana hoard has been stolen! Find that fruit-snatching fiend!

CLUE 1

"He told me he wanted to go to the beach for a day."

CLUE 2

"Did he say grand star?"

CLUE 3

"Hmm, I was expecting a bit more from this game seeing what came before it."

Location 2

CORRECT ANSWER

Starshine Beach Planet from Super Mario Galaxy 2 SMG2 Starshine Beach Main Planet.png

CLUE 1

It appears to be an empty container of fruity jelly...

CLUE 2

"Apparently he likes to bounce."

CLUE 3

"Isn't this game coming soon?"

Location 3

CORRECT ANSWER

Jelly Jamboree from Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze 1312-18-Donkey-Kong-Tropical-Freeze-12.jpg

CLUE 1

"I don't know why you would want to hide anything here. The winds make things difficult for everyone."

CLUE 2

"This game was made by the same people who made Super Mario Bros.? I can't see it."

CLUE 3

"You couldn't land a battleship here if you tried."


CASE CLOSED

HIDEOUT ANSWER: World C-3 from Super Mario Bros.: Lost Levels SMAS LL World C-3 Screenshot.png

Back in bananas again!

"Bang up job, gumshoe! We tracked that bad bird to the windy world and found the entire banana stash, minus the few that he had eaten. We're taking him into "protective custody" from Donkey Kong right now. Good work! Donkey Kong sends his thanks and a bunch of balloons. I trust you know what to do with them?"


Quiz

Written by: Yoshi876 (talk)

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.

Let me be (probably not) the first to welcome you into this new year. And as it's a new year, what better time than to quiz you on the New Super Mario Bros. series. Let's get started!

Easy

  1. Who is the first end of world boss in New Super Mario Bros.?
  2. What New Super Mario Bros. theme appears in Super Mario Maker?
  3. How many coins do you need to collect in New Super Mario Bros. 2?

Medium

  1. How do you unlock levels in World 9 in New Super Mario Bros. Wii?
  2. What are the names of the secret worlds in New Super Mario Bros. 2?
  3. What are the names of the worlds in New Super Mario Bros. U?

Hard

  1. What two levels does the Snailicorn (pictured right) appear in?
  2. Instead of a penguin, what bird appeared in concept art as a power-up in New Super Mario Bros. Wii?
  3. In the tech demo, New Super Mario Bros. Mii, there were five courses. All of these made an appearance in New Super Mario Bros. U. What courses were they?

Answers:

Easy

  1. Bowser.
  2. New Super Mario Bros. U.
  3. 1 million.

Medium

  1. Collect all of the Star Coins in the preceding worlds.
  2. World Mushroom, World Flower, World Star.
  3. Acorn Plains, Layer-Cake Desert, Sparkling Waters, Frosted Glacier, Soda Jungle, Rock-Candy Mines, Meringue Clouds, Peach's Castle, Superstar Road.

Hard

  1. World 5-3, World 5-B.
  2. A chicken.
  3. Stone-Eye Zone, Bouncy Cloud Boomerangs, Waterspout Beach, Thrilling Spine Coaster, Lakitu! Lakitu! Lakitu!.

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