The 'Shroom:Issue 130/Pipe Plaza
Hello, 'Shroom readers! Superchao here, filling in for a single month to bring you Pipe Plaza! With Yoshi876 stepping down, and the new Pipe Plaza director not confirmed until the release of this issue, I decided pinch-hitting would be a good idea. So here I am, bringing you Pipe Plaza for right now.
However, this isn't going to be the norm. For the rest of 2018, we've got a much different person in charge here: The Pyro Guy (talk) has become part of the 'Shroom staff, and will be running Pipe Plaza from now on. I expect lots of great things from him, and look forward to how he handles the team in the year to come! And writers, make sure to send your sections to him. He'll be the one who needs them this year!
Also, you'll notice there's two new sections this month. That's right, I've resumed writing the interviews, and I intend on bringing them to you throughout all of 2018. I'd wish myself the best of luck, but that would just look weird. How'd Yoshi876 do it when he signed himself up for a section? That's not all - LudwigVon (talk) has resumed writing New Articles, so now you'll be more up to date on the wiki's happenings than ever before!
Section of the Month
All the latest writers and all the milestones of the current ones.
Hi! Welcome to New Articles. I’m LudwigVon and I’m here with an up to date about all the new articles created within the past month. So, we got plenty of new articles this month and that’s great. Be sure to keep in mind Super Mario Wiki’s Manual of Style when you create an article.
Greetings everyone and happy New Year! I'm Alex95 here to give you the low down on the up and coming games. This month I'll be covering Pokémon Crystal Version! "But wait, Alex!" I don't hear you saying. "Pokémon Crystal's already been released! Eighteen years ago!" Thanks, now I feel old. True, but it's getting released again through the Virtual Console for the Nintendo 3DS! Seems like a good excuse to cover this game to me!
Pokémon Crystal Version originally released for the Game Boy Color back on December 14, 2000 in Japan, July 29, 2001 in America, and November 2, 2001 in Europe. It acted as a sort of expansion on the original Pokémon Gold and Silver Versions, with some additional Pokémon, animated Pokémon battle sprites, bug fixes, and the now series staple to be able to play as a female character. One of the Pokémon, Suicune, now has a more prominent than its appearances in Gold and Silver, as the story has changed a bit to focus more on this Legendary Pokémon.
If you've played a mainline Pokémon game before, you probably know what to expect. You catch these creatures called Pokémon, you train them by battling other Pokémon trainers, and you try your hardest to defeat the eight Gym Leaders and become the best like no one ever was. While that remains your primary goal, there is a different story unfolding alongside it. Team Rocket, recovering from the loss of their leader in the previous Pokémon Red and Blue games, has taken up residence in the setting of Johto and is causing trouble. They begin with petty things (such as cutting off the tails of Slowpoke to sell as food for a high price) before becoming more devious, such as a plan to use radio frequencies to artificially induce evolution in some Pokémon at the Lake of Rage near Mahogany town. So while you're out and about on your merry way with your favorite Pokémon, you also have to take care of a band of troublemakers and save the world. Because it's not like there are several hundred other strong trainers out there that are up to the task.
Of course, as with every Pokémon game, the main feature is the Pokémon themselves. There are a grand total of 251 Pokémon in this game, but in order to catch 'em all, you have to mean some requirements. Most can be found in the wild and are plentiful. Others can only be found during certain times of the day, which is when the game's real-time clock comes into play. Want to catch a Pokémon that only appears at night? You have to play during the night. Trading between games is also essential to filling your Pokédex. Some Pokémon can only be found in the previous games, and you have to trade them to Crystal if you're aiming for 100% completion. Then there are Pokémon that can only be found through evolution. Evolve through leveling up, evolve through friendship, evolve during the day, evolve during the night, evolve with a stone, evolve by trading, or evolve by trading with an item! Sheesh, in order to know all of this stuff, you'd have to consult a guide or a wiki.
Seeing as this version of Pokémon Crystal is releasing on the Nintendo 3DS, is there anything new? Yes, actually! In order to trade and battle with your friends, you had to make use of certain cords (or the unreliable infrared sensors). The Nintendo 3DS does away with those and now makes use of local wireless! But that's not all! Using the paid Pokémon Bank service, you can transfer the Pokémon you've caught in Crystal to the current generation of Pokémon games! Additionally, the Pokémon Celebi is able to be caught after the endgame. In the original game, Celebi's event was Japanese-only, but now other regions can catch this legendary time-traveling Pokémon!
I've never played Crystal *images a crowd gasping*. It's my brother's game, and unfortunately Pokémon games usually only have one save file. But this gives me a chance to play the game for myself, and without having to deal with internal battery issues. To those gamers that haven't played this yet, I highly recommend it. To those that have the original cartridge, will you be buying this again and experience the game with new features?
Hello, 'Shroom readers, and welcome back! It's yours truly, Superchao, who has finally decided to come back to the interview job after three years on break. And you know what that means - a new interview tour means a new set of interviews to run! For the start of my grand revival, I've decided to interview someone who's been around for years now, always dependably there but never a big star, NEXandGBX (talk)! NEX (the name meaning "nintendo entertainment xtremist and game boy xtremist") signed up in the middle of 2013, and he's been around ever since, active on the forum and IRC even if he's not been on the wiki. NEX has never done anything most people would call major, such as gaining a major position of any kind, but he's been reliably active and someone a lot of people know. For that reason, I've decided to interview him and give everyone a better perspective on a long-term forumgoer they probably know but might not know much about. So, on with the interview to learn all about him!
Poll Committee Discussion
Greetings, my fellow 'Shroom readers. This month, there'll be news about the Poll Committee, but not much discussion. But first, the news.
So, there have been many happenings since last time. Firstly, one of our members, Shokora (talk), has departed from this department to move onto businesses that are, unfortunately, not dedicated to the Poll Committee. We wish him all the best for the future, but apparently he hasn't literally dropped off the face of the Earth so he'll still be here sometimes. But with that we have had a new member join our ranks, named Fun With Despair! I'd like to thank the other applicants for their interest, but we feel that he would be the best addition to our team. Our banner has also been updated to reflect this, and you can view this on our polls page.
My second, final and relevant bit of news is regarding our community survey which we held throughout December and January. The news is... it worked out really well! It's a Poll Committee first in both the survey and the act of holding a meeting to create it, and it's great to see our effort resulted in decent results.You can read all about it here!
The reason there isn't going to be much discussion is because this survey has basically taken the place of the regular, weekly polls I was intending to analyse. Lord Bowser (talk) and I have put all of our analytical energy towards it, so please check it out.
So that's all we've got this month, but it should be back to the 'regular polls' style next month, along with LudwigVon (talk) who will be writing it then. Make sure you check that out as well. Farewell!
Hello, readers! I'm your Spotlight manager Yoshi876. Welcome to Retro Feature, a section in which I delve deep into the archives to bring you the best blasts from the past.
This month we're going to be examining a section that has been well and truly buried. Yes, we're going to be looking at a section that shows just how much The 'Shroom has changed in its history. This Did You Know That… was written by Aipom for Issue II, and it's a section that has since been renamed Trivia. It's quite astounding that back in 2007, a section like this got a whole page to itself, whereas nowadays it's part of Fun Stuff. But as much as I would love to blabber on about The 'Shroom's past, I know you're here to look at a retro article, so don't let me continue getting in the way. Enjoy!
The 'Shroom Report
HI, everyone! I'm your shiny Statistics Manager, Tucayo, here with what will be my last edition of The 'Shroom Report. If you have already read other parts of the newsletter you may have seen that I will be stepping down from my job as Stats Manager, and with that I am leaving this section as well. I always enjoyed writing this section, seeing the stats, and coming up with trivia for you. Thanks to everyone who ever read this section as written by me and everyone who has voted for it in the SOTM polls or the Community Awards. I hope this section lives on for many, many issues.
One last time, I'll remind you how this works: 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 129. Massive thanks go out to Meta Knight (talk) who helped me update the spreadsheets as I have been struggling with computer issues.
Hello, 'Shroom readers! Superchao here to bring you a very short and very final UPdate for Userpedia!
In news affecting the entire site, after ten years of activity across Editthis, MWUserpedia, Scribblewiki, Wikia, Referata, Adriels, and its final current domain, Userpedia has finally been brought to a close. The decline and basically complete halt in activity, with the community still active but migrating to the forums and other venues for creative efforts, showed that Userpedia was a product of its time, and the Userpedia Steward decided to close Userpedia on December 31st, 2017. While the wiki and forum are still up, they've been locked entirely to editing and posting, preserving them as-is. More detail can be found in the relevant topic. Naturally, as a result of Userpedia no longer having anything to update, the UPdate section of the 'Shroom will be permanently discontinued.
Thanks for all the years and memories, Userpedia.