The 'Shroom:Issue 142/Pipe Plaza
Happy 2019, everyone! To start the year off, I'd like to welcome and congratulate Raregold (talk) and MsRetroGeek (talk) as the new Director and Sub-Director, respectively. This coming year of The 'Shroom is going to be a big one and I can't wait to see this one through with them.
In terms of the local news, well done to Alex95 (talk) for his top placement in the Section of the Month; it's good to see Upcoming Games out with a bang like that. Other than that, we've still got all the regulars- interviews, spotlights, discussions, reports, and recaps. If you want to join that list of regulars, why not consider signing up? We've got lots of spaces available for you to fill with facts, news and otherwise.
And in terms of personal news, I bought the Switch Online service, and started playing Smash Ultimate. My aim is to get into Elite Smash with Toon Link, but right now it looks like I'm on track to becoming the world's worst. Anyway, have a good day and enjoy the read!
Section of the Month
Big welcome to the first Monthly Report of 2019! As usual, this section is here to give you an overview of Super Mario Wiki's statistics. Let's take a look at the stats for January 2019, compared to December 2018.
That's all for now! Come again next month for another section of wonderful wiki stats. Thanks for reading, and enjoy the rest of January!
Hey there, 'Shroom readers! Welcome to a special edition of Community Report! I'm going back to the roots of my 'Shroom writing career for one month to bring you an exclusive look at various proposals that took place at the beginning of the year, but also at promotions and demotions of wiki staff, if any. In addition, for the occasion, I added another section and I explain you the details of it a little lower, so please, take a look.
So now, without further ado, I let you read the rest of my Community Report.
And here comes the new section that I said earlier. This section is called "Unimplemented proposals", which is all previously passed proposals, but the propose change was not yet made by the proposer (the proposer is the one who must implement the changes in question). But sometimes, it happens that changes are not made and proposer became inactive, so all those proposals fall here. So, what's better than to help ensure that the proposed changes finally become implanted? The best way to start this fresh new year is to finish projects that started years earlier! If you think that the proposer is still active, you can always ask the user on its talk page if you can help him/her implement changes to his/her proposal. Also, as soon as you have finished implanting a proposal, be sure to remove it from the list here.
NOTE:All stats and figures included in this section were correct as of January 14th.
And that's all for my Community Report. I hope you enjoyed reading it, that you contributed to our current proposals, and helped to implement the necessary changes. With that said, see you later!
Hello, 'Shroom readers! New year, new interviews, am I right? So I'm going to kick it off with someone I associate with new in a way. That'd be Shygul, who's been around for years, but has reinvented on more levels than one! Shygul showed up first as Bowser45 in the dark depths of 2012, hanging around for a couple years before leaving for a while. Coming back as Shadowshy and then later as the current name of Shygul, they've become a more significant member of the community ever since this last return. So, that's why I ring in the new year with this interview!
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!
From last month: While Captain Falcon wasn't fixed, Monsieur Crow has done a fantastic job filling out red links on the F-Zero Wiki, many of them highlighted in past NIWA Spotlights! With the Spirits in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, many characters received new PNG artwork, including Garet! YoshiFlutterJump also provided additional images for the Star Rod page! Hyrule: Temple was a bit confusing to find a source on, but Tony and I were able to work out what needed to happen and the page should be merged with Temple at this point or soon. I also created the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate page for Metroid Wiki. Pretty good month!!!
Poll Committee Discussion
Hi Guys! Geeky here with the dignified honor and pleasure to welcome you to the first Poll Committee Discussion of 2019. For this discussion, we’ve bought you guys a bunch of throwbacks as well as a new feature that may come in handy for this incoming year. Now allow me to kick off the year with the hot off the press results we have gathered for you.
Sit back and relax and allow me to take you through a trip of nostalgia express.
How do you feel about Toadette being a playable character in New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe? (MsRetroGeek (talk) and Hooded Pitohui (talk), November 11th, 2018)
In the two weeks since its release, what has been your favorite part of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate? (Hooded Pitohui (talk) and MsRetroGeek (talk), November 11th, 2018)
Which of these features would you like to see return in future Mario Kart titles? (Chibiki Daisy (talk) and Hooded Pitohui (talk), January 6th, 2019)
Wow it looks like we have a varied mixed of responses. Most you guys had said that you didn’t mind that she would be a playable character. While the second most popular vote was that it was about time she was placed into a major playable role. She seems to have garnered a rather decent sized fandom going from her first debut in Mario Kart: Double Dash. She has seemed to gather quite several fans with her cute charm. While the third of the majority had not been swayed by her cuteness several fans had said they had preferred the blue toad in exchange for Toadette. Seeing as this game has been out for quite a few years it would make sense that others would take a shine to the two Toad characters featured within the game. Making Toadette a character that would be possibly unnecessary or wanted within the game. Depending on your outlook on the cute cheery pink toad.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has been a game that has been out for a few months now. This game has so many different features that make this potentially one of the best Smash Bros. within the series. There are many features within the game such as the various amounts of characters, stages, and music that are featured in this game. One fatal problem that be a way to bring up a promotional deal is that this game is only featured for the Nintendo Switch. A large majority of you have said that you do not own the game. Which can be a definite problem for those want to try and play it. The second largest majority have said you have enjoyed playing as the new characters featured within the game. There was a definite large amount of hype when Ridley and King K Rool had came into the scene. Seeing as these two have been long awaited fighters. However, going through the hyped World of Light had been something others had waited forever since the trailer had come out making everyone want to play as our Pink Puff Ball hero and save everyone just like the badass, he is from being lost forever. I won’t go into any more details for those who have not played through this story mode yet.
With how big the Nintendo Switch has gotten Online service is most likely going to be a must with games such as Fortnight, Mario Kart 8, and as of recently Super Smash Bros. and new upcoming games. To which a mass majority had said that you had owned Online service to enable you to be able to play along with friends. While the second and third most majorities of you have said that you did not own a Switch or would potentially change your mind. Hopefully, with some improvement, the Nintendo Switch online service may become a common service used by everyone who has a Nintendo Switch.
As we start off a new year, it’s always good to remember one of the most memorable game franchises that had helped start a fan population that game franchise being Mario Kart. The lovable Mario Kart has had many different games with a various amount of detail. It seems like most of you all have had missed the features of the game cube game, Mario Kart Double Dash!! The choice that was the most chosen was that the two playable characters could be on one kart. Allowing one character to drive while another character could concentrate on item throwing. This would allow for one person to focus on one task a time as they drove. There was also the feature with special items that allowed each pair a special item. The special items being given to each pair that they would be allowed to use. Such as the golden mushroom that allowed both the Toad/ Toadette team to speedway their way through a course. However, Petey Piranha/ King Boo would be the team to use everything at their disposal. The last feature that you had all missed was the featured that had allowed players to character two items at the same time. I would assume that the developers knew how useful this skill was and had adopted in the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Let’s hope the same thing happens with these two features later in later Mario Kart games.
Welcome back to The 'Shroom Recap. This month, we offer answers to your burning questions about the current Pipe Plaza Director's history with The 'Shroom in the user feature and mix a pinch of humor with a dash of history as we look back at Cooking Guide through the years in the section feature.
Poll Committee Chairperson, Graphic Design Manager, 3D modeler, prolific Awards presenter, Pipe Plaza Director, an all-around esteemed artist and community member… All of these descriptions and more apply to The Pyro Guy (talk). He may be a relatively recent addition to the community, but he has certainly made a big impact, taking on a number of important roles and being a regular (and often humorous) sight at community events. With the great deal he has accomplished in just a few years, it seems fitting that we take a look at The Pyro Guy’s history with The ‘Shroom. While we might not be able to cover things like thrown onions, cinematic entries to Art Contests, the tragic tale of Cap’n Cuttlefish, Hint Hunts, and stone heists at The ‘Shroom HQ, we can at least take a look back on the trials and travails of a humble chef and picross puzzles.
The Pyro Guy, then going by simply “Pyro Guy” and not to be confused with the old user Pyro (talk), made his debut with The ‘Shroom in Upcoming Games in issue XCIX. At that time, the section was considered part of the Main Team, not yet having been placed into any of the existing Teams. The Pyro Guy spoke a bit on Yoshi’s Wooly World and what was known at the time as Mario Maker, making note of the latter’s underwater Goombas. He returned to the section, now a part of Pipe Plaza, in issue 100 to discuss Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash and Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam two games which, in retrospect, are generally regarded as underwhelming and mediocre. At the time, The Pyro Guy presented the basic facts of each without offering opinion or judgement, though it wouldn’t be too long before The Pyro Guy had more to say about Paper Jam. Unfortunately, The Pyro Guy's initial run with The 'Shroom and his time as writer for upcoming games would come to an after issue 100, as he was fired from The 'Shroom after receiving a ban on the Wiki. You can read more about his ban, as well as his name changes and other information, in Superchao's interview with him in issue 133. Today, it's odd to think about The Pyro Guy getting banned, but it just serves as a reminder that plenty of users had rough starts and yet managed to bounce back as more mature individuals.
Thankfully for the community, The Pyro Guy returned to The 'Shroom in issue 102 to begin his first regular section, one which he would continue for quite a while. As part of the Fun Stuff Team, The Pyro Guy offered fun and creative Picross puzzles every month for two years. In the first edition of the section, the answers were found by clicking on a link which took readers to the image, but from issue 103 on, the answers took the form of images hidden in tags directly on the page. Most editions consisted of two puzzles, one easy and one hard, and the answers accompanied by brief but often humorous commentary. Still, there were some variations and changes over the course of the section’s run. 107 had three puzzles, with the usual easy and hard puzzles themed around Zelda and Pokémon and the “extra” puzzle themed around Wario. Issue 117 similarly had three puzzles, this time designated as easy, medium, and hard. Issue 116 and issue 118 switched things up by using one large puzzle rather than the usual two. issue 114 added a splash of color to the section, allowing readers to complete color puzzles, and issue 115 and on only provided answers in color. Most editions had a theme that linked the puzzles together; The Pyro Guy would go on to cover Guy Fawkes Night, Christmas, Super Smash Bros., Paper Mario, Mario Paint, Donkey Kong, Mario, Power-Ups, Yoshi’s Island, Koopa Troopas, Halloween, Christmas again, the Nintendo Switch, Super Mario Odyssey, collectibles from 3D Mario titles, Super Mario Sunshine, the Game Boy Advance, Wario, Mario announcements at E3, and summer. In the end, though, he would bring his time as Picross’ writer to an end on his two-year anniversary with the section in issue 126. In his farewell, he stated that he was interested in picking up another Fun Stuff section. He hasn’t done so yet, but, if his track record is anything to go by, he’ll offer an enjoyable time when he does come back to the Team. Before moving on to his other work, though, it’s worth noting that it was in Picross in issue 104 where he was credited as The Pyro Guy for the first time in The ‘Shroom.
While working on Picross, The Pyro Guy would go on to begin his other two long-running sections in issue 109. Before discussing those in-depth, though, it’s worthwhile to recognize some of his one-off contributions during the period. In issue 109, The Pyro Guy shared his artistic tribute to Walkazo in Palette Swap, redrawing a picture of her he had originally made as he learned how to draw and creating a 3D model of her OC, Bowselta. In the same issue, he also contributed an image to the Pokémon art contest in Palette Swap. His drawing of Walkazo would also be featured in the Walkazo Tribute Gallery in issue 111, an issue in which he also shared his memories of Walkazo. In issue 117, he once again discusses Mario and Luigi: Paper Jam, contributing an in-depth critical analysis of the game as a special section. It’s a great read and one which earned him Staff Section of the Month.
Returning to Palette Swap, we can discuss The Pyro Guy’s debut as a writer of What’s On the Box? in issue 109. The Pyro Guy overhauled the section, moving away from describing the art on the boxes on Mario games to offering a description and brief critique of fanmade boxart. In issue 109, he covered the hypothetical Super Smash Bros. Universe, and he went on to cover a fake Paper Mario title, an alternative cover for The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, a compilation of classic Super Mario platformers, a Donkey Kong game given the Banjo-Kazooie treatment by Microsoft, an alternative Super Mario Sunshine, Paper Mario 3, a “New Nintendo 3DS LL” bundle with Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon, and an alternative Kirby’s Epic Yarn. Busier and moving on to other projects, The Pyro Guy announced the end of his time with the section in his last edition in issue 117.
The Pyro Guy returned to Palette Swap to take over Ongoing Fan Projects in issue 126. He’s taken a simple and effective approach to the section, formatting it as a table with the name of a user, the a link to their work, and a brief description of what they are up to. After overhauling the table in issue 131 to more closely match the background and color scheme of Palette Swap, The Pyro Guy has continued writing the section to the release of this issue with only the occasional gap.
The Pyro Guy’s most memorable section, though, is arguably Cooking Guide. With entertaining stories, a great use of text and accompanying art, some sections formatted as a single large image, reflections on the whacky ingredients and dishes of the Paper Mario series and greater Mario universe, and an all around quality sense of comedy, The Pyro Guy made a great impression on Fake News’ readers with his culinary misadventures. In his run as The ‘Shroom’s most explosive and accident-prone chef, readers watched The Pyro Guy make the world’s most expensive Honey Syrup, create a Luxurious Dish, discover the conspiracy of the “natural” Mushroom, trap himself in an oven in the process of creating a Pyro Cake, “win” a cooking duel with Saffron, infiltrate (kinda…) the kitchen of the Royal Mushroom Castle, try to cook up a ghost and once again blow something up, freeze a customer with his
That’s it for his regular sections, but there’s another area of the community in which The Pyro Guy has been highly active recently. The Pyro Guy was a member on the Eighth Poll Committee and is currently the Chairperson of the Ninth Poll Committee. In those positions, he has written Poll Committee Discussion in Pipe Plaza in issue 116 and issue 130. He contributed to the Awards Analysis in issue 126 and contributed to and organized the Awards Analysis in issue 138. He worked with Lord Bowser to put together the Community Survey Analysis in issue 130, and wrote his Poll Chairperson Address in issue 136.
The Pyro Guy is not only a writer, though. He has been a valuable member of the Core Staff, first and foremost as Pipe Plaza Director. Taking over after Yohsi876 left the position, The Pyro Guy started as Pipe Plaza Director in issue 131. He has continued to oversee the Team to this issue, and has appeared in the Pipe Plaza Director’s Notes in every issue from issue 131 to issue 141, excepting issue 135 where he arranged for Superchao to cover for him. He also became The ‘Shroom’s second Graphic Designer Manager, taking over in issue 137 after Edofenrir’s resignation from the position. The Pyro Guy continues to hold the position as of this issue, and has already made great artistic contributions, as evidenced by issue 141’s ‘Shroomfinity Scavenger Hunt and the lovely Staff Portraits he graciously made for Roserade and myself.
The Pyro Guy has contributed in plenty of other ways to The ‘Shroom and the community, but, even from only that which we could cover here, it is clear that he has had a big impact in a short time. With his extensive track record, we can only look forward to the great things The Pyro Guy will accomplish in the coming years.
Welcome dear readers to 2019’s first issue of ‘Shroom Recap. As per usual we are focusing on a legacy section, this time associated with our very own Pipe Plaza Director The Pyro Guy (talk). So to start off the year on a tasty note, I present to you a quick Recap of “Cooking Guide,” enjoy.
Debut and Early History
“Cooking Guide” got its start in Issue VI with a name very similar to its current one. At the time it was simply known as “Cooking Section” and was written by Bottle Wizzerd (talk) and Sadaharu (talk). The section was character driven and featured a Toad known as Zess T. who was a chef in Rogueport. Cooking Section was organized like a recipe sheet and featured yield, ingredients, preparation instructions, along with commentary from the chef at the beginning of the section and some that bled into the preparation portion. The section stayed very true to its subject matter and was of conservative origins.
Yoshter (talk) continued much of the work laid out by Bottle Wizzerd and Sadaharu. The section featured various characters such as toads Zess T. and Tayce T. as well as Yoshter narrating portions of the section prior to the recipe. The commentary, however, was far less and often included a few lines with a quick display of the recipe. One major difference the writer contributed was the renaming of the section from “Cooking Section” to its current one of “Cooking Guide.”
Ralphfan (talk) did not add much to “Cooking Guide” as a writer. Zess T. and Tayce T. continued to make reappearances in the various issues. The only change involved the near complete removal of commentary from any sort of characters or the author beside a very short intro and closing.
Under Baby Mario Bloops (talk) the section saw a great increase in commentary and personality from the writer. Fewer characters appeared as guest sections and more often than not was written from the point of Baby Mario Bloops as the chef. The few characters that did appear were new faces to the section such as Saffron. The section was somewhat rejuvenated after seeing the same formula for the past several writers.
Gamefreak75 (talk) returned to the more formulaic pattern of short commentary with the focus on writing actual recipes. There were a few changes made that made the section stand out under them. Images were used a lot more frequently in the section to help break up the text and featured more guests such as Chef Louie, Kawasaki, and Goomba. The images in the section were also made by the author instead of taken somewhere else in the Mario series. While it was mostly a fresh coat of paint it prevented the section from getting stale.
Chivi-chivik (talk) completely overhauled the section from the recipe card style of writing. Instead, it focused a lot more on interactions with various writers at their restaurants. Much of it was documented through a script style format with conversations between the writer and chefs/proprietors. A recipe card was featured at the end of each section which tied the section back to its roots but did not dominate the section as it previously had.
“Cooking Guide” experienced another overhaul under Icemario11 (talk). The recipe card was removed from the section completely and instead of focusing on preparing food it moved to describe the various featured dishes. In terms of format, the section became a few paragraphs of text instead of the previous script or recipe card style used by previous writers. The incarnation was unique among the history of the section and provided a great change of pace for the readers.
When Super Mario Bros. (talk), Crocodile Dippy (talk), and Palkia47 (talk) took over “Cooking Guide” the section became something unlike it was before or since. While resembling Chivi-chivik’s script format it became far more narrative driven with the inclusions on prologues and epilogues. The main body of text was lengthened significantly to where it required heavy amounts of scrolling to read the entire section whereas the previous incarnations could be fit in a browser window with none needing to take place. The section also continued Chivi-chiviks use of images original to the section and included character icons on the script format instead of simple names. This incarnation was a very flashy and cinematic take on an old section.
The Pyro Guy (talk)’s take on “Cooking Guide” had all the cinematics of the trio of predecessors, but less of any actual food. This section was primarily a series of misadventures which tried to include food but often found itself distracted. The images did most of the story-telling with a handful of lines of text more acting as captions which served as punchlines and linked the images to one another. This incarnation was another truly unique take on a cooking classic, especially seeing as recipes were almost nowhere to be seen.
“Cooking Guide” was a section that was heavily dependent upon its writers. After the old style was more or less cast away there was no manual by which the later writers wrote. At points it was simple blocks of text, others huge cinematic endeavors, and at one point a slideshow which felt more like a fever dream. As a note to any future writer of the section, “Cooking Guide” is what you make of it as there are no rules in this cookbook.
Thanks to Crocodile Dippy (talk) for the coding in the tables, as well as LudwigVon (talk) for allowing us to modify them. The information in the above article is accurate to the best of our knowledge as of issue 141.