The 'Shroom:Issue 139/Pipe Plaza
Hey, readers! In this particularly frightening month of October, I would like to share a classic Shocking Twist. But first, a big welcome to both Roserade (talk) and Hooded Pitohui (talk), who are now directing Fun Stuff and Strategy Wing, respectively. I wish them both good luck for the future of their teams, and I know they'll both do a stellar job. And now, the twist.
You recall how, back in September, I said that there would be two interviews this time round? That is still correct. However, only one interview is by our own Superchao (talk); your Upcoming Games writer Alex95 (talk) has pitched in with his own exclusive interview with the developer of the upcoming game King of the Hat! I'm impressed! Both sections are absolutely worth the read, as is the rest of Pipe Plaza. You've got the highest quality statistics, analysis and community-spanning news. I hope you enjoy everything we've put out for this month.
Section of the Month
|Pipe Plaza SECTION OF THE MONTH|
|2nd||Poll Committee Discussion||4||25%||Fun With Despair|
Written by: LudwigVon (talk) Welcome back, readers! Take a look at this month's Monthly Report, coming kindly from your Statistics Manager. Just as a reminder that, in this section, I give you an overview of various statistics of the Super Mario Wiki. The wiki stats for October, compared to the previous month.
|Statistic||As of October 19, 2018 (22:03)*|
|Edits per Page||13.19|
|September — October Statistics|
|Statistic||As of September 15, 2018 (21:45)*||As of October 19, 2018 (22:03)*||Percentage Change|
|Edits per Page||13.15||13.19||+0.304%|
That’s all for this month’s report. I hope you enjoyed your reading. See you next month!
Hello, 'Shroom readers! Unfortunately, I'm afraid this month I was unable to bring you the double interview I was promising for missing September, but... guess what! We still get a single-feature! You'll see the double feature in either November or December. For this month, though, we're going solo with none other than Lord Bowser! Originally joining in 2013 under the name of Goomba (and later changing to Mr. Game & Watch), Lord Bowser wasn't the most notable user at the time, hangingaround the forum but never making a big impression. He dropped off for a couple years and came back in 2016 as Lord Bowser, where he really started fitting into the community. Among other things, he was Fun Stuff Director and Poll Chairperson from mid-2017 to mid-2018, and regularly contribued to the 'Shroom. Life pressures led him to pull back from those positions, but he's still a regular member of the community, and certainly interesting enough that it's worth interviewing him!
Superchao: Hello, 'Shroom readers! I know you've missed my dazzling smile and glorious hair, but rest assured, I am back. And I brought you an interview!
Superchao: Today, we're interviewing Lord Bowser, known by other names such as Goomba and Mr. Game & Watch in the past.
Superchao: Thanks for coming!
Lord Bowser: hello im a bowser
Superchao: Are you? Are you REALLY?
Lord Bowser: yes and anyone who says otherwise shall face summary execution
Superchao: Fair enough.
Superchao: So, how'd you first find the wiki, in those misty days of... whenever it was?
Lord Bowser: i just liked mario and searched "mario" online and i found this lol
Lord Bowser: it was during the dark days of when i liked sticker star
Lord Bowser: ...very dark days
Superchao: You sure there wasn't a desperate attempt to save a lost soul? Something to jazz it up with?
Lord Bowser: wouldnt a bowser be the reason behind lost souls
Superchao: Not if he's the goofy bumbling dad he is a fraction of the time
Lord Bowser: look, lost souls
Lord Bowser: that was me
Superchao: and they're bent on revenge!
Superchao: So, that's how you found it. But what inspired you to sign up for it?
Lord Bowser: ...i wanted to write about sticker star stuff
Lord Bowser: Dark Days
Superchao: And did you?
Lord Bowser: yeah a little
Superchao: Good on you!
Superchao: At least you contributed. Which I haven't done in years! Despite trying to convince myself.
Lord Bowser: im too lazy to edit most of the time
Lord Bowser: also havent really played mario games in a while
Superchao: I feel that. Doesn't help that 99 times out of a hundred someone else beat you to the stuff you know about.
Lord Bowser: yeah exactly
Superchao: Do what I do: Find a niche and then forget to fill it.
Lord Bowser: i dont think bowser is niche enough sadly
Lord Bowser: i wish i could write an article on his hair
Superchao: Become the Daisy fan who always lurked within you, and write paragraph after paragraph about his appearance in each game!
Lord Bowser: im not crazy enough
Lord Bowser: maybe tfp is with nico though
Superchao: Love Live wiki becomes Nico Nico Nii-ki
Lord Bowser: id visit that
Superchao: Anyhow! My aplogies for bringing this up, but as I remember, you were not the most... shall we say, experienced user in the past?
Lord Bowser: no not really
Lord Bowser: i was 13
Superchao: That explains a lot.
Superchao: And you acted quite 13, too, unfortunately.
Superchao: Why Goomba, anyway? Back then, I mean.
Lord Bowser: idk ive always kinda liked them too
Lord Bowser: theyre funny looking
Lord Bowser: when i switched to mr game & watch it was cause i was playing melee a lot then and he was my main
Lord Bowser: and when i finally switched to lb it was cause i had recently replayed ttyd/spm and realized how great his quotes were
Lord Bowser: and how much i liked him in general really
Lord Bowser: so it stuck
Lord Bowser: ("his" being bowser ofc)
Superchao: I'd say "fickle!" but you stopped being fickle when you came back, so un-fickle it is.
Lord Bowser: yeah i dont see myself changing names anytime soon
Superchao: It's like TFP if he ever stopped being Nico on IRC. Just wouldn't be right
Lord Bowser: i get scared whenever people change names even slightly on irc
Lord Bowser: like that one time when turb became Turb
Lord Bowser: i was frightened
Lord Bowser: had nightmares
Superchao: So, what made you leave for a few years?
Lord Bowser: mostly boredom/focused on other things
Lord Bowser: kinda didnt really Know the community
Lord Bowser: so i didnt have much reason to stick around
Lord Bowser: also i was awkward af
Superchao: >calling us boring
Superchao: So rude! D:
Lord Bowser: im sorry i was 13
Lord Bowser: i think
Superchao: Fair enough! It worked out well.
Superchao: How about what drew you back?
Lord Bowser: mostly i was feeling lonely tbh
Lord Bowser: wanted people to talk to about games
Superchao: That is (theorically) what we're all here for, yep.
Lord Bowser: idk i think some of us are here to plot world domination
Lord Bowser: n-not that i would ever do something like that haha.............
Superchao: Of course not, that's 22's job.
Superchao: So, once you came back, did you feel different?
Lord Bowser: how so?
Superchao: Just... what made you stick around
Lord Bowser: idk i started getting to know people more
Lord Bowser: interacted in mj more often
Lord Bowser: came on irc and later discord
Lord Bowser: you guys were fun basically
Superchao: you forgot the first commandment of the wiki
Superchao: Thou Shalt Not Have Fun
Lord Bowser: maybe thats why i stopped editing :thinking:
Superchao: The only atonement will come when you join the ranks of the Mario Monks
Superchao: I wish you luck.
Lord Bowser: are there bowser monks instead
Lord Bowser: then im not interested
Superchao: A shame. Looks like someone's Bowser amiibo will need to have a little... accident.
Lord Bowser: jokes on you i have 100 backups
Superchao: Anyhow, so you got involved in the community - anyone in particular help you along with that?
Lord Bowser: mk definitely
Lord Bowser: he was one of my first friends basically and we're still close now
Superchao: Of course, because you're both villains!
Lord Bowser: is meta knight even a villain anymore
Lord Bowser: kirby lore is a trip
Superchao: Kirby Lore is great because there's all this insanity in the background and a round pink baby in the foreground
Lord Bowser: exactly
Superchao: That does circle around to a good question, though - what do you like so much about Bowser?
Lord Bowser: ahes funny in the rpgs and looks cool and hes a cute dad
Superchao: He disowned 87.5% of his kids!
Lord Bowser: meh theyre boring
Superchao: Shameful. The Bowser fans of old would have ripped you to shreds.
Lord Bowser: you can describe each one of them in one adjective
Superchao: go on
Lord Bowser: ludwig - smart
Lord Bowser: lemmy - crazy
Lord Bowser: wendy - girl
Lord Bowser: iggy - crazy
Lord Bowser: roy - cool
Lord Bowser: morton - strong
Lord Bowser: larry - i dont even know
Superchao: That's four words. You have failed me, and for that you will suffer my wrath! Of being asked more questions.
Lord Bowser: oh no
Lord Bowser: i dont know if i can handle it
Superchao: You WILL.
Superchao: So, when did you get interested in the 'Shroom the first time, and why?
Lord Bowser: idk i liked reading it and thought it was funny
Lord Bowser: i wanted to give it a whirl but being 13 i lacked creativity
Lord Bowser: all my shop scout things were so boring h
Superchao: you had to pave the way for the true prophet, Pitohui
Lord Bowser: im glad i was useful for something
Superchao: At least you came back to it a second time, right?
Lord Bowser: to shop scout? i dont even remember
Superchao: 'Shroom in general, I mean.
Lord Bowser: oh right duh
Lord Bowser: yeah i did
Lord Bowser: slightly more creative this time around
Superchao: (but only slightly)
Lord Bowser: creativity is dangerous
Lord Bowser: havent you seen dhmis
Superchao: That's why we must strive to harness it for evil!
Superchao: I mean good.
Lord Bowser: but i like evil
Superchao: And that's how you got interested enough to eventually apply for staff, right?
Lord Bowser: yeah, id always wanted to be a behind the scenes guy really
Superchao: Any reason why?
Lord Bowser: i like seeing how things work basically
Lord Bowser: and i like being in charge of things tbh lol
Lord Bowser: so naturally the idea of being staff appealed to me
Superchao: That makes a lot of sense. And then Fun Stuff opened up!
Lord Bowser: yep
Lord Bowser: it was fun being director but honestly my motivation began to dwindle by the time summer rolled around
Superchao: Just because you were busy, or?
Lord Bowser: i didnt want to run the team into the ground so i resigned for that
Lord Bowser: busy mostly, yeah
Superchao: Fair enough. Life has claimed many a director in their time.
Superchao: How about Poll Committee - what got you into that?
Lord Bowser: tbh i just wanted to change my image
Lord Bowser: i still thought people knew me as some obnoxious memelord back then and i dont blame them
Lord Bowser: so i kinda wanted to change that by getting more involved in community stuff
Lord Bowser: pc helped with that for sure
Superchao: It worked for me, because I stuck around so long everyone who remembered me as an idiot retired!
Superchao: Anything you rally enjoyed about the PC?
Lord Bowser: lol that sounds like a relief
Lord Bowser: i liked wokring in a small group really
Superchao: PC's never been big, and it feels like that's a help.
Lord Bowser: and seeing a poll i made get thousands of votes makes me feel good tbh
Superchao: There's a reason I laid claim to the pink stars myself, and it wasn't to complete the Infinity Gauntlet.
Lord Bowser: what was it?
Superchao: Who's the interviewer here?
Superchao: (It was because I thought it'd be neat)
Lord Bowser: i am
Lord Bowser: i am superchao, and you are lord bowser
Lord Bowser: DUN DUN DUN
Superchao: Oh no. OH GOD NOOOOOOOOOOOOO
Lord Bowser: all part of my master plan
Superchao: But is part of your master plan me asking you...
Superchao: now that you've withdrawn from both PC and 'Shroom Staff, has that affected how you feel about being part of the community
Lord Bowser: not really tbh
Lord Bowser: i still talk to people here
Lord Bowser: and thats the most important aspect imo
Superchao: Sounds good! It's important to stick around, I feel. Keeps the community thriving, and potential fodder for the annual ritual sacrifice is always good.
Lord Bowser: i thought we decided to sacrifice you this year
Superchao: I am too old. I cannot be sacrificed lest we lose the sacred rules.
Lord Bowser: rules are meant to be broken
Superchao: and bring down the wrath of NIWA?
Lord Bowser: i can take down niwa in my sleep
Superchao: That's what Ghost Jam said, before they claimed him...
Superchao: Anyhow. To change the subject to what brought you here, what's your favorite Mario game?
Lord Bowser: ttyd id say
Lord Bowser: bis a close second
Lord Bowser: sunshine, galaxy, odyssey are all up there too
Superchao: where's sticker star tho
Lord Bowser: Bad
Superchao: What changed your mind on it?
Lord Bowser: replaying ttyd and realizing how barren it was in comparison
Superchao: Especially with Bowser, huh?
Lord Bowser: yeah god
Lord Bowser: not a single damn line
Superchao: praise be to Grand High Lord Miyamoto
Lord Bowser: Bad
Superchao: What drew you to both TTYD and BIS, beyond just Da Bowser?
Lord Bowser: artstyle and humor mostly
Lord Bowser: i like the bis sprites of bowser a lot
Lord Bowser: theyre really expressive and i love the detail
Lord Bowser: and ive always liked the paper mario style
Superchao: even sticker star made good use of it
Lord Bowser: yeah admittedly
Superchao: Let's see...
Superchao: Besides Mario, any other game series you like a lot?
Lord Bowser: kirby, smash, splatoon, danganronpa, shovel knight, minecraft
Superchao: That's quite a list, Mr. Variety!
Lord Bowser: nah i need to play more games tbh lo
Lord Bowser: like zelda
Superchao: Well, hey, variety is the spice of life and all that.
Superchao: Any of them in particular you wanna talk about?
Lord Bowser: marie sucks and callie is better
Superchao: Ah, I see you're a man of culture as well.
Lord Bowser: :drakeyes:
Superchao: Speaking of forum games, though: you were the one who brought Killing Game to our fair community.
Superchao: Whatinspired you to actually take it here?
Lord Bowser: i played it on minus world and i liked it and i know people like(d) dr here so i figured "why not"
Superchao: And you unleashed THREE monsters.
Superchao: You madman.
Superchao: You absolute goddamn madman.
Lord Bowser: im sorry i just wanted to write portrait ghost shitposts
Superchao: And look what you diiiiid
x Lord Bowser: aaaaaaaa
Superchao: Still though, it unleashed some good too.
Superchao: Ultimately, you satisfied with all three?
Lord Bowser: no i regret the last one because of my own shortcomings with it tbh
Superchao: Eh, it worked out in the end
Lord Bowser: idk i still couldve handled it better
Superchao: That aside, though
Superchao: Would you say you've had your ups and you've had your downs?
Superchao: You've had your smiles and you've had your frowns?
Lord Bowser: yeah for sure
Lord Bowser: more ups than downs id say
Superchao: Well, would you think you should still be crowned,
Superchao: The king of the is this the last question?
Lord Bowser: crowns are gay
Lord Bowser: sunglasses are better
Superchao: you'd best start getting used to crowns
Superchao: you're wearing one
Superchao: Well, that's that.
Superchao: Thanks for coming, Lord Peachser!
Lord Bowser: get me a gun
Superchao: Thank the readers first.
Lord Bowser: yeah thanks whatever get me a fucking gun
Lord Bowser is yet another of the relatively new users who still made his mark in the community, and what a mark it is! He may have had a rocky start, but since then he's contributed greatly to both the 'Shroom and the Poll Committee, neither of which would be where they are now without his efforts. He's also been a good guy in general and helped create community outlets, such as his irc channel, that've brought people together and helped them get invested in the community. All in all, LB's been a good guy to have around, and with luck we'll have him around for another few years at a minimum!
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|Wanted Article||Dragon Quest Wiki||Lukas is a character from Dragon Quest VII, and that's all I know about him.||Lukas|
|Hard Drop Tetris Wiki||Epoch Tetris looks like a Japanese plug-and-play that comes with two Tetromino-shaped controllers.||Epoch Tetris|
|Metroid Wiki||Adam: The most linked to article without a page is the Gathering Hall in the subterranean Torvus Bog from your Echoes adventure. Any objections to creating it?||Gathering Hall (Torvus Bog)|
|Strategy Wiki||The Sims 2! Build a house, make a family, trap said family in said house, light it on fire. Fun times! Mwahahahaha! …Oh, uh, Strategy Wiki is missing a lot of sub-pages for The Sims 2, namely the decorations and furniture.||The Sims 2|
|Zelda Wiki||Lynels in Breath of the Wild are known for being incredibly strong, but they also drop some good items. The Lynel Shield is one of the more common items they drop, so finding information on it should be easy…ish.||Lynel Shield|
|Stub Article/Section||F-Zero Wiki||Jump Plates are reoccurring track features that will make a racer, uh, jump upon driving over it. The article has blank sections, which can easily be filled out with a list of tracks that have Jump Plates in them.||Jump Plate|
|Inkipedia||All the Null Visor Replica page is missing is information on its appearance. Seems simple enough! Even I, someone who does not own Splatoon 2 could do it. …But I probably shouldn't because I would have no idea what I'm talking about.||Null Visor Replica|
|Pikipedia||Handy Hands are… uh… Well, this article gives me absolutely no information other than they are from Pikmin 2 and Hey! Pikmin. This is one of those pages that needs everything done.||Handy Hand|
|Smash Wiki||The Gallery is the place for you to view all the Trophies you've collected! Smash Wiki gives a description of each galleries' appearance, though regarding Smash 4, it gives info on the 3DS version and has images from the Wii U version. Should have info and images of both.||Gallery|
|Starfy Wiki||Anju is a fish character in Densetsu no Starfy 4 that apparently had her bow and arrow stolen. Twice!||Anju|
|Wars Wiki||Most of the level articles on Wars Wiki consist of an infobox with a map image (hey, no one's worked on the site in a while). Land's End has two map images, wow!||Land's End|
|WiKirby||An enemy unique to the very first Kirby game, Boomer looks like a Waddle Dee with boomerangs. He's only found in the Extra Game, so details on him are scarce.||Boomer|
|Rewrite||Bulbapedia||N is a prominent character in the Pokémon Black and White games and has become a fan favorite character. However, the section describing his game appearances is less than ideal.||N|
|WikiBound||Poo, a kid undergoing Mu Training, is one of the four main characters in EarthBound. Despite his importance, his article could use some work when it comes to the writing.||Poo|
|Additional Images||ARMS Institute||The page for the Biffler Arm has a gallery section, but there's no images in it! Some pics of someone using the Biffler in action would be nice.||Biffler|
|Icaruspedia||Hades: Oh, Pitty! Remember that time you ran around in my innards?
Pit: Bleh, why are you bringing that up?!
Hades: Believe me, it wasn't pleasant for me, either. But, apparently Icaruspedia is missing images of my stomach and…
Hades: Aw, come on, help an evil lord of the underworld out. I can't do it myself, you know.
Pit: I have better things to do than play Hades's Inside Story.
|Lord of the Underworld|
|Image Quality||Fire Emblem Wiki||Critical Hits are supposed to be overly flashy, but this image of Sacred Stones's Caellach is soooooooo slooooow. It needs to be sped up, and possibly linked to from somewhere.||File:Ba fe08 caellach hero sword critical.gif|
|Golden Sun Universe||This is an image of the collection of Djinn found in Golden Sun: Dark Dawn, in wonderful jpg quality! The file is also in Japanese. And has a bad filename.||File:51jmskzqa5l(2).jpg|
|Nookipedia||Graduation Day is an event in the GameCube's Animal Crossing that occurs on the second Friday of June and is supposed to be a celebratory event of the player's hard work. However, the available image we have of the event is less than ideal. You may have to mess with the GameCube's clock to get this image, so beware of Resetti!||File:Graduation day.jpg|
|Citation Needed||Lylat Wiki||Falco: Fox, quick question. I've heard people say the Lylat System is located in this Milky Way Galaxy. Is that true?
Fox: I, uh… I'm not sure, Falco. Is it untrue?
Falco: Well… I haven't heard anything to the contrary, either.
Poll Committee Discussion
Hello everyone, and welcome to this month's Poll Committee Discussion! My name's Chibiki Daisy, and if you're reading this on the day it comes out, then I'm currently suffering at all-state vocal auditions. If you're reading this after, then I most likely didn't get in and everything is okay in the world.
But who cares about that, you're here to see me talk about some polls!
Do you think Waluigi should be playable in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate? (Chibiki Daisy (talk) and The Pyro Guy (talk), September 30th, 2018)
|Do you think Waluigi should be playable in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate?|
|Yes, but only as an original fighter. 31.12% (807 votes)|
|Yes, but only if he is an Echo Fighter. 3.16% (82 votes)|
|Yes, I don't mind if he would be original or an Echo. 22.95% (595 votes)|
|I think he should stay as an Assist Trophy. 18.01% (467 votes)|
|I think he should be in the game, but I don't mind how. 8.91% (231 votes)|
|I don't want him featured in Ultimate at all. 4.24% (110 votes)|
|I'm indifferent to Waluigi. 43.53% (301 votes)|
|Total Votes: 2,593|
Which one of these Mario series newcomers would you like to see playable in Smash Bros.? (MsRetroGeek (talk), September 23rd, 2018)
|Which one of these Mario series newcomers would you like to see playable in Smash Bros.?|
|Waluigi 39.8% (1,140 votes)|
|King Boo 6.53% (187 votes)|
|Birdo 3.74% (107 votes)|
|Professor E. Gadd 2.97% (85 votes)|
|Captain Toad 9.92% (284 votes)|
|Kamek 4.92% (141 votes)|
|Ashley 4.68% (134 votes)|
|Dixie Kong 10.41% (298 votes)|
|I would like to see a different Mario character added to Smash. 9.36% (268 votes)|
|I would rather see no additional Mario characters added to the playable roster. 7.68% (220 votes)|
|Total Votes: 2,864|
Super Mario Party is aiming to feature elements from previous Mario Party games. Which style of game board would you most like to see return? (Raregold (talk) and Chibiki Daisy (talk), September 16th, 2018)
|Super Mario Party is aiming to feature elements from previous Mario Party games. Which style of game board would you most like to see return|
|The standard board where the Star Space changes after someone buys a Star 59.35% (816 votes)|
|Boards where the Star Space is always in the same spot 4.58% (63 votes)|
|Boards where the main mechanic is stealing other player's Stars (i.e. Snowflake Lake, Pyramid Park) 5.82% (80 votes)|
|Boards where there are multiple Star Spaces but only one actually gives you the Star (i.e. Kamek's Library, Neon Heights) 5.09% (70 votes)|
|Boards where there's investment involved (i.e. Windmillville, Koopa's Tycoon Town) 13.89% (191 votes)|
|Boards similar to the boards in Mario Party 9 and 10 (all players using one vehicle to move and getting Mini Stars instead of Stars) 6.33% (87 votes)|
|The type of board/mechanic I want to see return isn't listed here 4.95% (68 votes)|
|Total Votes: 1,375|
Do you play games on Nintendo systems other than Mario? (YoshiEgg1990 (talk) and Hooded Pitohui (talk), September 9th, 2018)
|Do you play games on Nintendo systems other than Mario?|
|No, the only games I play on Nintendo systems are Mario games. 4.13% (84 votes)|
|I mostly play Mario, but I also sometimes play other games on Nintendo systems. 33.17% (674 votes)|
|I usually divide my time about equally between Mario and other games on Nintendo systems. 39.91% (811 votes)|
|I mainly play games other than Mario on Nintendo systems, but I sometimes play Mario games. 20.52% (417 votes)|
|I play games on Nintendo systems, but I don’t play Mario games. 0.69% (14 votes)|
|don’t play any games on Nintendo systems. 1.57% (32 votes)|
|Total Votes: 2,032|
- Do you think Waluigi should be playable in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate? -- Overwhelmingly, it seems that people really want Waluigi to be playable in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, as most of the votes went to either wanting him as original fighter or wanting him playable but not minding if he was an Echo Fighter. I don’t blame them, considering he was one of the top characters fans wanted in, and still is even after his disconfirmation. The next largest bunch of voters seem to not mind or are just fine with how Waluigi is represented in the game. In a way, it’s nice knowing the indifferent crowd is much larger than the crowd that doesn’t even want him in the game at all. In addition, the fact that there’s more people that don’t want him in the game at all than people who would like to see him in the game as an Echo Fighter is amusing, but that’s just me.
- Which one of these Mario series newcomers would you like to see playable in Smash Bros.? -- Once again, it seems people really want Waluigi playable in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, as he was the top voted option in this poll. Aside from this (rather large) outlier, the results of this poll give some insight into other Mario characters that people want playable. Captain Toad and Dixie Kong were both popular picks among the crowd, and a good amount of people even wanted characters not listed to be playable as well. The fact that characters like E. Gadd and Birdo were among the less voted makes me wonder how well received they'd be if they were playable. Unless we get yet another Smash Bros. game that makes them playable, we may never find out.
- Super Mario Party is aiming to feature elements from previous Mario Party games. Which style of game board would you most like to see return? -- The vast majority of the votes went to the standard moving star board, and to those voters, I have to say: you got your wish. Yes, an underwhelming four boards and they were all the standard type. I guess it's not all bad because each board does have its own features and gimmicks. That aside, people really seemed to want boards involving investment, as that beat the remainder of the options by over double. And it seems that some people didn't completely hate the Mario Party 9 and 10 style of board, seeing as how that wasn't the least popular option. Here's hoping we actually do see some of the other options return for boards in future Mario Party titles!
- Do you play games on Nintendo systems other than Mario? -- Unsurprisingly, most of the voters play games other than Mario games on Nintendo systems. There are a handful of the superfans, however, that do only play Mario games on Nintendo systems. And then there's the few who said they either don't play Mario games or don't play on Nintendo systems. To which I ask, how did you even get here?
Well, if there’s one thing we learned here, it’s that people really like throwing every egg in a single basket when it comes to voting in these polls. And sometimes those eggs mean that they really want Waluigi in a Smash Bros. game.
I’m currently about to get trampled by a stampede of people wanting to read a large scroll, so that’s it from me for now. Thanks for taking a moment to read and make sure to check back next month!
|King of the Hat|
|Platform(s)||Nintendo Switch, Steam|
|Release date||Early 2019|
Hello everyone! Alex95 here with Upcoming Game! Got something new for you this time around: an exclusive interview! There's an upcoming game (doy) called King of the Hat, and I noticed they had a Discord server on their official site. So I popped in and asked if one of the game developers would like to be interviewed for The 'Shroom, and they agreed! I was pointed in melbatoast's direction, so let's see what he has to tell us.
Alex95: First, introduce yourself to our readers! What's your position on the development team?
melbatoast: Hello! My name is Ben (or melbatoast) and I do most of the businessy stuff outside of games as well as some game design.
Alex95: Can you give us a summary of what King of the Hat is?
melbatoast: Of course! Here's the description from our trailers
Everyone's soul is trapped in their hat and you can only die if your hat gets crushed. Throw your hat, risk your life. Crush your opponents hat before they crush yours in this fast-paced, hat-based, fighting game.
melbatoast: And then on a more down to earth level, King of the Hat is a multiplayer brawler. It has smash bros/towerfall vibes but doesn't rip off any of the main mechanics from either of those games.
Alex95: So it's a unique fighting game all of its own, that's impressive! How did your team come up with this idea, and how many people are working on developing/designing it?
melbatoast: The game was a gift from the heavens. We were just lucky enough to be there to receive it. We're about six now, but not everyone is full time
Alex95: Tell us about the success you had on Kickstarter, and how it felt to have it green-lit for both Nintendo Switch and Steam.
melbatoast: It feels great! We love that people think this game looks cool! (Steam greenlight is a deprecated program now though, anyone can put their game on Steam for 100$) but the KS and Switch we're both huge milestones. This is really our first big push to make an indie game, and we've been blown away by the positive response.
Alex95: I was impressed by the visuals when I first came across the game. Simple and cute, but there's a great game behind it! The characters are pretty diverse, it looks like they all have their own skills. Can you go over some of them? Which one's your favorite?
melbatoast: Sure yeah! So we've got about 14 characters (and counting right now). I've attached this character guide for all of their unique powers. Most characters can jump, except Insignia who can fly. Forest can throw his Hat up to three times & Snapback can stick to walls (these are just a handful of abilities). It's definitely hard to pick a favourite- but for now I'm really enjoying Zoe. She's quite a difficult character to play because of her inability to move on the ground, but what she makes up for it with powerful hops and good in-air steering. Also she takes no knockback from hat hits. (Zoe is the Scarecrow :Zoe: )
Alex95: I love that you can play as a washing machine, who came up with that? Will there be other "oddball" characters like that?
melbatoast: Haha that would be Socrates, our programmer/artist. He was tired of doing animation sequences and wanted to make a character with just an idle. And yes, there will be more weirdos to come.
Alex95: Haha, awesome! Let's go over the hat combat. You have to protect your hat, but it is also your primary weapon. What strategies do you use to try and defeat your opponents?
melbatoast: Definitely lots of strategies you can take, but I think a good place to start is aggressive vs defensive. So the defensive player will wait for his opponent to act (which normally means throwing his hat) and then react and try to do the best move. Whereas the aggressive player will try to initiate, and land a hat throw, which really sets the tone for the match At the same time, both players are doing this kind of positioning dance to try and get the other player to mis-step and over commit to a bad move. After that, the strategies become more character and matchup specific
Alex95: You also have to take stage layout into account. There are some with spikes and some with high ledges. And are there any power-ups in the game you can use to improve your combat?
melbatoast: Not a the moment, but its definitely something were planning on testing. Wanted to get the base combat to be really tight before adding power-ups.
Alex95: That's understandable. So everyone's hat acts the same at the moment, correct? Aside from character abilities?
melbatoast: The hat strength, speed, size, stun time, and gravity properties are all variable.
Alex95: The current release date for the game is simply "Early 2019". Is there a specific time you guys are shooting for?
melbatoast: Not at the moment. We're going to do our best to make Early 2019 but we really want to make sure the online multiplayer is a smooth experience. To test this, we'll be releasing the game on Discord before coming to Switch. That'l allow us to really listen to what people want to see in the game and develop based on community feedback.
Alex95: I've only been in your Discord for less than a day, and there's already a number of beta testing keys getting released. I love that you opened that up publically! I haven't tested the game myself yet, though ^^; What led to deciding to make an open beta? There's also a closed beta sign-up on the main page.
melbatoast: This is very much a community driven game, and we appreciate that people are taking the time to give us feedback While online was buggy we only wanted people who understood that to test, but as its getting more stable, we're opening the beta to anyone who'd like to give it a try.
Alex95: Have you used the Super Mario Wiki and/or read The 'Shroom newspaper?
melbatoast: I have ... but only because you mentioned you were a writer for it :stuck_out_tongue:
Alex95: Do you play any Mario games? If so, what's your favorite?
melbatoast: Heck ya I've played a lot of Mario games. Really big fan of Paper Mario 64 and TTYD.
Alex95: Yeah, they're a lot of fun Thank you so much for taking the time to do this interview! Do you have any final statements you'd like to make?
melbatoast: King of the Hat is coming out on Discord this fall! We'd love for you to try the game and let us know what you think :tbolbpartyattention: And thank you for having me! :smile:
Alex95: You're welcome!
After the interview, I was able to play the game. It's a lot of fun! I tried out some of the characters, and Snapback with his wall-clinging ability became my favorite. While I had this interview with the game still in development, the game was finalized on October 16th! That's right, it's out now, though only through Discord! Nintendo Switch release is still set for Early 2019. Beta testing has come to a close, so apologies if you missed your chance, but you can purchase the full game and play online through the Discord Store.
|The 'Shroom: Issue 139|
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