The 'Shroom:Issue 132/Pipe Plaza
How do you do, fellow readers? I'd like us all to think back to the previous Pipe Plaza, back in February. That seemed pretty up to date, right? Well this time, a whole four weeks later, there's all this new stuff that we've got; new articles, reports, summaries and more being brought to you. So that's neat! I hope you enjoy this brand new issue.
Anyway, we're also bringing some news! We've got some old but new arrivals; we're seeing the return of The 'Shroom Report and Anniversary Announcements, by LudwigVon (talk) and Lakituthequick (talk), respectively. It's great to have both of these back so I hope you enjoy them! And I gotta say, right now Pipe Plaza is looking preeeetty meaty with 8 whole sections on offer. That's the good stuff; you guys are the best!
Section of the Month
Congratulations to LudwigVon, Superchao and Alex95!
Hello, everyone! I’m LudwigVon, your Statistics Manager, here to present you a new edition of New Articles. A section where I give you an up to date about all the new articles created within the past month. It is always a pleasure to see the creation of new articles that will increase the information found on the Super Mario Wiki. When creating new articles, be sure to keep in mind the Manual of Style.
Without further ado, let’s take a look at those new articles.
And welcome back to Anniversary Announcements! The place where we review the past so you don't have to! Can you believe this is already the fourth consecutive year I'm writing this? Neither can I!
For the people that are new to this section, Anniversary Announcements is a section that tells you about the behind-the-scenes developments behind the Mario Awards, the yearly event that celebrates the anniversary of our beloved Wiki. This includes the Awards themselves, tournaments, prizes, and all other things that influence the event.
The Awards Committee
First of all, the people that will be going through all the awards, the Awards Committee! These awesome fellows have been selected through an application process this year.
A full list of all members in this years Committee can be found here. You can contact any of these people if you have questions, and if they don't know the answer, they will pass it through as needed.
A new subsection within Anniversary Announcements will introduce all members of the committee a bit better to you! Read more about that further down this section.
Plans have been made to start an internal definition list for the awards, as every so often an award keeps questioning people what exactly defines it and what nominees it should get.
A new staff role, the Awards Record Keeper, has been formed, of which the role will be to check and maintain consistency, accuracy and overall quality in information recorded in the documents and award results. This role will be fulfilled by... me!
Several tournament ideas have also been coined on the public Awards board on the forums, and some discussion has happened during the first meeting, but nothing has been solidified yet. Stay tuned!
In this part of Anniversary Announcements, I will list all awards that have been discussed, and changes made to them. This includes existing awards, completely new ones and removals, and the additions, removals and changes within each award.
M29 Favorite Classic Game and M30 Favorite Modern Game will be shifting the focus of the consoles they encompass. The Nintendo GameCube and Game Boy Advance will be moved from Modern to Classic. Which games will and will not be carried over will be decided on later.
M9 Favorite DLC is being considered to be changed to encompass add-on content in general.
Talk about sufficiently representing Super Mario Odyssey has been make, but no major changes have yet been put through. Several new award suggestions, including things like Favourite Costume and Capture, have been coined.
Refer to this document for a full list of nominees.
Welcome to Committee Interviews! In this part of Anniversary Announcements, I will do short interviews with the members of the Awards Committee, so you can get to know them a bit better!
As you can see, a lot of great minds think alike! The Awards Committee is a great way to extend your roots in the community.
And with that we have reached the end of our first Anniversary Announcements in 2018! I hope you enjoyed it, and I hope to see you again next month! Buh-bye!
All information above was correct as of 11 March 2018.
Greetings everyone! I'm Alex95 and welcome to this next 'Shroom issue of Upcoming Game! This month's focus is on an INTI CREATES game, Dragon Marked For Death. The game was originally announced back in 2011 as a Nintendo 3DS exclusive, but went dormant for years. It was brought back for a Winter 2017 release, but was pushed back to sometime 2018 to give the developers more time to smooth things out, and will be a Nintendo Switch exclusive. I've never heard of this game until now, so let's see what this game is together, shall we?
Dragon Marked For Death is handled by the same team that created other titles like Mighty No. 9 and the Gunvolt series, but also had a hand in developing the Mega Man Zero titles since 2002. The game's staff is also made up of veteran programmers that have been around since the start of the team's creation, who have worked on many titles, including Ryota Ito, who directed the Mega Man Zero series and Mega Mans 9 and 10. With an accomplished team like that, this game's got to be good, right?
Dragon Marked For Death's story revolves around a group of characters who each bear the curse of the Dragonkin. This so-called "curse" was created when these four characters made a pact with some dragons to give them special powers. That's…all I can find on the story, as details regarding the game is scarce, even on the game's main site. From what I can put together, four characters (a Princess, Warrior, Shinobi, and Witch) each have their own set of skills that can be utilized to progress through the levels and reach specific areas. The Princess is the well-balanced character, the Warrior is the tank character that can deal and take plenty of damage, the Shinobi is a fast and skilled character, and the Witch relies on magic to heal their allies and hurt their foes. If all secrets are to be found and all objectives are to be completed, every character will have to be relied on.
But that doesn't mean one person has to cycle through four characters! This game can be played simultaneously with up to four buddies or people on the internet! Think New Super Mario Bros. Wii or New Super Mario Bros. U, but with RPG elements and online play. Oh, yeah, this is a role-playing game, too. Continuing to fight enemies, taking on quests, and fighting or buying weapons and armor will help power up your characters. And speaking of quests, there are said to be a ton! Thirty main quests with plenty of optional quests and levels that vary between 200 to 400 screens, this game is going to take a long time to one hundred percent! But if players work together, you'll complete everything in no time (or you can fight it out to see who gets the reward)!
Though there may be limited details on this game at the moment, the game looks great and will certainly keep players entertained for a while. If you want an immersive, multi-player experience, then this would be the game for you! We may have to wait a while, however, but you can learn more on the official site.
Hello, 'Shroom readers! It's Superchao, once again here with another interview to bring you more information about someone you probably know, but probably don't know as well as you will after this interview coaxes some more out of them. Isn't it neat to have real introductions again?
For this month, I'm interviewing Stargazing! Originally joining as "thatmariochick", Star has been around since the middle of 2013... although he didn't really kick into gear until mid-2014. After that, he really took off, settling into the community, forging connections with users both old and new, and slowly becoming someone who you couldn't imagine Marioboards without - even joining the Awards and Poll Committees over time. And for that reason, I've decided to find out more about him for you and for me! Now that I've given you the basic overview, let's get to the meat of this section - the interview itself!
Hello everyone and welcome back to NIWA Spotlight, a NIWA-focused spotlight that covers one article from all of our partnered wikis that need help. These can range from articles that need more information or created to images that need replacing or uploaded. Notice something on a different wiki you can't fix and want to get the word out? Let me know on my talk page or in this forum topic (or maybe contact someone from that wiki, that's a good choice, too). For our Mario-related topics, check out the current The 'Shroom Spotlight!
Last month was slow, but that's to be expected from an article that just started like this. Lukey140701 on Inkipedia removed the requested citation from Bomb Launcher, as it was apparently outdated, and Link Lab and I both fixed up the Grip Ring article on Zelda Wiki. And that was it. I realize most users here on the Mario Wiki know mostly Mario things, but hey, it's never a bad thing to get into something new. So pick an article, help out a wiki, and you may end up finding another franchise you enjoy!
Disclaimers: The F-Zero Wiki's CAPTCHA is currently broken, preventing any new account creations, a situation I hope to have resolved soon. If you don't already have an account,(or someplace else you can private message me) and I will get one set up for you.
Poll Committee Discussion
Hello, 'Shroom readers! It's your lovely host Superchao again, returning to Pipe Plaza an unprecedented-since-January second time in one issue! In this section, I pretend to know what I'm doing as I analyze the polls! There's no special news about the committee, beyond our usual reminder that if you'd like to contribute to the PC, please send us polls on the forum! Please. We're begging you. The people are going hungry, starved of good polls. Won't you help them?
Do you think the New Super Mario Bros. series lacks originality? (Fun With Despair (talk), February 5th, 2018)
Do you see yourself revisiting Super Mario Odyssey if DLC kingdoms are announced? (Fun With Despair (talk), February 19th, 2018)
Mario Kart Tour, the series' first mobile game, was recently announced. While only the name is known, what are your expectations for the game? (Henry Tucayo Clay (talk), February 26th, 2018)
Do you think Nintendo should invest in making virtual reality games and headsets? (LudwigVon (talk), March 5th, 2018)
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.
And this time I do mean a blast from the past, as this month we're going straight back to 2008. And we're going to be taking a look at what may have been one of my favourite sections. Now, as I've said before in this section, it was Should Have Been which got me interested in The 'Shroom. But, as I scrolled through years and years of amazing sections, I stumbled across Character Comparison, which I took a major interest in.
In all honesty, I do not know what piqued my interest in the section, all I know is that it was one of the sections that I always enjoyed reading when I was scrolling through the archives, and it's one that I occasionally revisit. The one I have chosen compares two of the most frequently confused characters, Baby Bowser and Bowser Jr.
The 'Shroom Report
Hi, 'Shroom readers! It’s your Statistics Manager, LudwigVon, who brings you back The 'Shroom Report in the newspaper. As you may already know, Henry Tucayo Clay (talk), who was your previous Statistics Manager, resigned from writing this section. Therefore, I’m more than happy to bring this section back in Pipe Plaza.
Let me remind you how this works: in the First-time Writers section, I will mention writers who had their first ever section featured in our last issue. For the Milestones section, writers will get mentioned every 10 team sections and every 50 overall sections, team will get mentioned every 100 sections, and The 'Shroom will get mentioned every 500 sections. Finally, for Most Sections Written, every section ever written by that user is counted. All information in this section is based off our Historical Sheets. This section will cover Issues 130 and 131.