The 'Shroom:Issue 136/Pipe Plaza
Hello! I'm back from being busy, taking the torch back from Superchao to resume my duties of writing these notes. Thanks Perch for helping out last month, and to my writers for managing to endure this rollercoaster of management. While I was away I played Splatoon 2 for the first time, and I'm glad they kept the Heavy Splatling from the first game because that's pretty much the only thing I'll ever use online. Thanks Nintendo.
Anyway, here's another Pipe Plaza for you to enjoy, perhaps a little more bite-sized than usual, mainly due to the things I'm going to write after this sentence. There's a couple of things for you to know this month; firstly, long-time writer Yoshi876 (talk) is stepping down from writing Retro Feature. Thank you for your work both as a writer and a former director. On the other hand, we've now got Monthly Report under our belt, written by LudwigVon (talk). I'd welcome you but you already write for this team, so... thanks for doubling up for Pipe Plaza! And finally, no Poll Committee Discussion this month. It'll be back next time, I'm sure. Now, onto the next thing.
Every day that passes is a day closer to the Awards Ceremony. Presentations to present, tournaments to play, and awards to give (and perhaps receive if you're lucky). So! I'm sure everyone is enjoying their summer by working hard for this event. Make sure that you do both of those things. There's a lot of Fun Stuff happening so it'd be a shame to miss out on all of it.
Section of the Month
Quickly! Catch a cloud and sit on it to read Lakituthequick's interview!
Hello readers! This is your Statistics Manager here with a new edition of Monthly Report. In this section, I give you an overview of the statistics of the Super Mario Wiki. So, let’s take a look at the wiki stats for June, and compare it with the previous month.
Thanks for taking your time to read this section. I hope you enjoyed your reading. See you next month!
Hellooo and welcome to Anniversary Announcements! When you read this I'll be sitting in Sweden somewhere but let's not be distracted by that!
The Awards polls have closed on the 17th! The results have been tallied and sent to the presenters. Presentations are due on 10 August.
Speaking of presentations, if you want to be a presenter for one of the presentations, sign up right here! The more presentations are filled in, the less workload the back-up presenters will have! Do it for them!
Now for tournaments! In the table below, you can find information about the tournaments that are up for sign-ups or being planned. For more information on each of them, go to their respective forum topics.
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!
There are also some new people in the committee, although not everyone gets used to it as quickly. Luckily it all ended up being okay in the end.
Also, interviewing myself for this would be really cheesy, so luckily Superchao did that. Scroll down a bit for that!
And that was it for this month. I haven't refilled my cheesy outro lines yet, so I'm just gonna say bye. Bye!
All information above was correct as of 14 July 2018.
Hello everyone! I am Alex95, and welcome back to Upcoming Game! I'm sure you've all heard the news: there's a new fighting game coming to the Nintendo Switch! It features plenty of characters, veteran developers, and new mechanics! I'm sure you've all heard of this one: Fantasy Strike! …What do you mean that wasn't what you were thinking?
You may have actually already played Fantasy Strike, as the game came out on Steam last year. But it's coming out on the Nintendo Switch (and PlayStation 4) this summer! Fantasy Strike is a traditional fighting game; nothing like that other fighting game coming for Nintendo Switch on December 7th this year that everyone is talking about. It plays more along the lines of Street Fighter, which makes sense considering it was designed by an ex-Street Fighter developer! The fighters and moves are quirky and over-the-top, something similar to the recent Dragonball FighterZ. The visuals even look similar.
Regarding the fighters, there don't seem to be a lot compared to recent Street Fighter games. There are only ten from what the site is showing. A samurai, an archer, a sumo wrestler, ninja lady, a stone golem, magician #1, painter lady, magician #2, a gambling panda, and a fish. …A panda and a fish. Interesting choice of characters so far! With various and… unique characters such as these, there's bound to be one for both newcomers and fighting game enthusiasts alike! From what is advertised on the site, it seems this game is built around ease-of-accessibility. The moves are single button presses and combinations, with the move lists "so concise they can fit on the screen." Hm… simple moves, beginner friendly, diverse characters… I swear I played something like that before…
Regarding the fights themselves, you can have 1-on-1 matches or 3-on-3 matches. The 1-on-1 match is pretty basic: you just try to defeat the other guy before they defeat you, using whatever moves your characters have at their disposal. The 3-on-3 matches, though, is where things get interesting. You have to win the best of five rounds, and your characters are chosen at random. Your characters will loop around if they all get defeated, but you have to beat your opponent's characters with all three of yours if you want to win. By that, I mean you have to beat one of your opponents characters with your three fighters, and then do the same with the other two opponent characters. These matches can be done in local multiplayer, or can be taken online! Ranked battles has also been confirmed to be available at a later date.
Speaking of online, it looks like Sirlin Games is taking a different approach to connections compared to another fighting game on Wii U. Instead of your button input going to your opponent and waiting for their command, the input takes effect immediately on your end. This may make your opponent pop back into sync, but it's not often. This is GGPO’s rollback-style networking, which is meant to help prevent, or at least reduce, laggy loading times between internet connections. You may have seen this in effect when playing Mario Kart online, when opponents just randomly pop back into place on the track.
I don't play a lot of fighting games outside of Super Smash Bros. (by the way, there's a new Smash coming out! I don't know if anyone's heard about it yet.) But this looks pretty impressive, with the stunning visuals and easy gameplay. The game's coming out on Nintendo Switch sometime this summer (it may even be out by the time this article goes up. In which case, whoops!), but it's available to play on Steam right now! If you want to know some more information, you can check out the official site right here! (warning: lots of gifs) Until next time, see you around!
Hello, 'Shroom readers! Welcome to my seventh interview this year - how time flies, huh? This time around, I'm going for longtime community member Lakituthequick! Having started off once somewhat controversial, LTQ has shaped up and become a bedrock of the community - including quite a lot of improvement for the awards. He's done all sorts of little things for everyone that helps make life easier, especially including hosting the 'Shroom's staff wiki! Now's our chance to talk to him, so what does he have to say?
In Conclusion: A solid pal and an accomplished website worker, LTQ is a great person to have on your side when you're trying to do things in the MarioWiki community... or in general, really! I hope this interview has helped convince you that if you want to reject LTQ's help for some bizarre reason, you really shouldn't be too quick to do so!
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 and it will be added to a future issue. For our Mario-related topics, check out the current The 'Shroom Spotlight!
I added an corrected some images to SmashWiki's Coliseum page, but not all of them got fixed.
Written by: Yoshi876 (talk)
I decided fairly early on when I started Retro Feature that Retro would be seen as roughly five years. And as coincidence would have it, this issue is my five-year anniversary for writing for The 'Shroom. Now in that time I have seen us have many directors from Super Mario Bros. (talk) to Superchao (talk) to RandomYoshi (talk) and of course our current management Meta Knight (talk). I have seen so many writers come and go, and seen so many brilliant sections. And of course some of those section I myself have written. In my time for The 'Shroom, I have written for every sub-team, and been lucky enough to be a Director for Pipe Plaza, and for one issue Fake News.
For those interested in the sections that I have written, I've written Obituaries, Featured, The 'Shroom Spotlight, Quiz, What's on the Box, Ongoing Fan Projects, Retro Feature, Character Reviews, Movie Reviews, Mario Kart: Wheel Tips Corner, and Pokédex Power. There have also been a couple of guest submissions along the way. Out of those sections I no longer write Featured, Ongoing Fan Projects and Mario Kart: Wheels Tips Corner, and now there's another section to add to that list. This will be my final Retro Feature, although hopefully not the end of my involvement with Pipe Plaza. I sincerely hope you guys enjoy my first ever Obituary, I think they've improved over the years.