The 'Shroom:Issue 143/Pipe Plaza
Well, 'Shroom readers, I made it. Despite this being the current year of 2019, I am still going to reference Steamed Hams in my notes. However, it is not just a callback to a hilarious meme from 2017. The reference also doubles as a reference to exactly February 2018, where I referenced Steamed Hams in my first ever Director's notes. Yep, that's right; I've been doing this gig for an entire year now! 365 days, 12 issues, and 1 time where I let Superchao step in for me. It's been a wild ride.
Pipe Plaza is one year older, and as a birthday present, we decided to remove the pipe background. Check Issue 142 if you want to check out the sweet visual update. You should also be referring to this page as just 'Plaza' now. You're welcome. Anyway, other than that, we've got all the facts, information and otherwise interesting words that this team is known for. It's perhaps on the lean side compared to previous issues; if you'd like to change that, feel free to check out the sign-up page! Who knows- there may be a section that strikes your fancy.
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Congratulations to LudwigVon for his Community Report contribution! Raregold, Pitohui and Geeky all did splendid jobs with 'Shroom Recap and Poll Committee Discussion, respectively.
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Superchao: Hello, 'Shroom readers! Welcome back to another of the interviews - now In Color! Yes, from now on, I'll be tagging myself with maroon and my interviewee with navy to help create distinction! ...But that's beside the point.
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Poll Committee Discussion
Hello, 'Shroom readers! Superchao here with that classic section you all know and love me for - Poll Committee Discussion! I really don't have any witty remarks to toss in here this time, but who cares, that's not why you read this. You read it for the polls!
In recent Smash entries, third-party characters such as Sonic, Ryu, Simon, and Joker have become regular additions. How do you feel about this? (Superchao (talk) and Hooded Pitohui (talk), January 13th, 2019)
Which of these Nintendo series with no games currently announced for the Switch would you like to see on the Switch? (Hooded Pitohui (talk) and The Pyro Guy (talk), January 20th, 2019)
Metroid Prime 4 Delay (Hooded Pitohui (talk) and Raregold (talk), January 27th, 2019)
Do you plan on buying Yoshi's Crafted World? (Da Red Toad and Hooded Pitohui (talk), February 3rd, 2019)
Unsurprisingly, people, well... like third-parties! They enjoy getting the chance to play as characters from other companies besides just Nintendo. There's an even split between people who are just "hey add more" and people who are "please add some more Nintendo characters too", though, which doesn't surprise me - if your favorite franchise was under-represented in Ultimate, and the DLC really is all third-parties, you don't have any choice but to hope for a Smash 6 to happen. What really interested me was how much of a support for non-game characters there was! I don't know if that's meme support for Goku And Friends, or real support for characters that people think should be, but either way, that's a solid fifth of our voters. You'll probably never get your wish thanks to Sakurai, but... who knows?
...Well, I didn't expect the winning poll entry to be F-Zero, but I'm very happy to see I'm not alone! That game could really use a nice revival, considering how long it's been. Second place being Pikmin is also unsurprising, considering that Miyamoto keeps saying "yep, Pikmin 4 is a thing" but then not saying anything more. Where is the info game-man? Mother in third is interesting, considering Itoi is on record as saying he won't make Mother 4, but I imagine the majority of the votes are from people who just FINALLY want Mother 3 legitimately. The other thing that surprises me is how few votes Star Fox got. Do we just have a lack of people who care for Star Fox over other franchises, or are people still stinging from Star Fox Zero? An interesting thought.
An overwhelming amount of voters (an impressive 43.76%) feel that Nintendo's transparency and clarity on the reason for the delay is a good thing that helps make it easy to swallow. And I can't blame them - being upfront with "well, the game wasn't doing well, so we restarted" is far, FAR better than giving us pure radio silence as they've done sometimes. Now we know for a fact to not expect Metroid Prime 4 news for a while. Even with the people who are upset with the delay itself, most of them think that Nintendo went about it in the right way. There are a few outliers who think it's bad for one reason or another (and a large bloc who just aren't invested at all), but overall, the message I'm getting is that Nintendo being this clear about things in the future would be a very well-appreciated business decision.
A surprisingly split opinion on this! While the plurality of voters plans to wait for the game and then get it, we've got a large chunk of people who are either getting it on release day or trying to. All told, we've got 46.67% of people who are already committed to buying the game one way or another, whether or not they have to wait. I was actually expecting more people to wait and see how the reviews turn out, as opposed to just the 14.05% doing so, but it seems Yoshi has sold enough people on his game from the previews. Even with the people not getting it, it's a relatively even split between those who are unsure and those who are sure they won't. Overall, this poll was a lot less of a clear answer than I thought it would be when we put it up to run.