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Welcome to May, home to World Bee Day (May 20), National Paper Airplane Day (May 26), and the Day of Geek Pride (May 25). Right now, the only events I'm prepared to take part in are the regular bouts of hayfever I find myself subjected to. Nevertheless, here I am, presenting another month of the cold hard facts. This news is REAL. Speaking of news, LudwigVon (talk) is taking the back seat this month to rest and recover from health problems. Get well soon, and stay safe! The bi-monthly section Shroom Recap has also momentarily become tri-monthly- that is to say, it'll be taking a quick hiatus this month and will resume as normal in June.
This month, and perhaps the one to follow, is universally recognised as the month of exams. I, myself, have got a couple hanging around. Just more boxes to tick off. The little things. Exams. Love 'em. While I tinker away at my academic studies, make sure you have a good day and read all this good stuff below.
Section of the Month
Hi again and welcome to the May 2019 edition of Anniversary Announcements!
Parakoopa144 was unfortunately removed from the committee, for not having any input in ongoing discussions.
Tournaments are slowly starting to appear! In the table below, you'll find some info about the tournaments which are open for sign-ups and those that are being planned.
If you are interested in any of the tournaments that are currently gauging interest, let yourself be heard in the respective topics.
Ideas have been coined for Minecraft, or another Hint Hunt for a different game than last year's Super Mario Odyssey such as The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild or Luigi's Mansion. None of these are set in stone yet.
To make sure all voters know what the awards are about, a short description of each award will be added under their respective names on the voting page.
M10 Favorite Song was explicitly split in vocal and instrumental musical pieces, following discussion of last year's results. Although intended as only for songs last year, many write-ins were instrumental pieces, so the distinction had to be made clear while still allowing all genres to be represented.
The Community Awards have been overhauled, merging several awards and reducing the total awards in this category from 15 to 10 in the process.
I will list the additions, removals and other changes, and then a complete list of the nominees for that award.
Refer to this document for a full list of nominees.
That was all the information for this month! Be sure to come back next month for all the latest news, and the first Committee Interviews of the season! Good day!
All information above was correct as of 16 May 2019.
Hello, 'Shroom readers! I don't have much time this month - I had to pull things together at the last section. But I did find enough time to bring you Mariofan169, fresh for the interviewing! He's been around a few years, but he's not that old compared to others. What's he gotta say? Read on to find out!
Hello everyone! Welcome to NIWA Spotlight, a focused list that covers one article from each 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 or aren't sure how to 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!
Abcboy made Miracle Twin (TCG) point to where it's supposed to, DekuNut improved Dart's page to cover more of his role, Torchickens deleted The Simpsons: Bart vs. the World since it apparently didn't fall within Nintendo Wiki's coverage (it happens), and Anthony1996 uploaded a clearer image of Beams of Death. Good work!
Poll Committee Discussion
Another month, another set of polls. Like death, taxes, and Thanos this section is inevitable. Now prepare as we dive into the latest set of queries into the community which covers everything from business strategy in the handheld market to Nintendo's overall method of game news delivery. Enjoy!
Super Mario Party has only received one minor update since its release. Would you want to see more updates in the future? (The Pyro Guy (talk) and Roserade (talk), April 7, 2019)
With the Nintendo 3DS family of products being eight years old now, what should be Nintendo's next step with handheld systems? (Hooded Pitohui (talk) and The Pyro Guy (talk), April 14, 2019)
What is your opinion on the Nintendo Direct format of announcements? (Superchao (talk) and The Pyro Guy (talk), April 21, 2019)
Now that Joker has been released as DLC for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, how do you feel about the character's inclusion? (Fun With Despair (talk), April 30, 2019)
Do you think Nintendo should move towards replacing the Mario Kart series with a crossover Nintendo Kart racing game? (The Pyro Guy (talk), May 6, 2019)
Given the 1,125 votes for updates out of the 1,385 total votes, the consensus is that the Super Mario Party is missing something. Now what that something is, remains debatable. It does appear that fans want some sort of major shakeup of the game as roughly ⅔ of the positive responders chose options one and three.
For the most part besides single game mechanics, the Mario Party series has been mostly the same. You and your soon to be ex-friends play a cutthroat game abusing gimmicks and playing wacky minigames to see who can win the most coins and stars. One of the staples of the series is all the players play on the same system with limited functionality much to the chagrin of others. So when its online mode was added people were expecting to be able to play with friends far and wide, the reality came as a disappointment.
Nintendo failed to even include boards which serve as the backbone of the series into this new online mode. Seeing this it is no wonder the fans are starved for more content after being given the possibility of new updates. An extended online mode does appear to be what a sizeable portion of the fandom wants. Either that or something to freshen up an otherwise stale series. No matter how you look at it the series needs to be shaken, maybe not to its foundations, but more than a dice block with motion controls.
The results here while having an overall positive opinion of the 3DS are quite varied in nature when it comes to the nature of the overall ideas. There is an agreement though on the overall place of the Switch no matter what happens to the 3DS. While 41.39% would like to see it continued others wish to see the handhelds evolve or the resources diverted in some manner whether to the switch or other gaming platforms.
Again the remaining population seems to be fairly divided here. Roughly 46% of the remaining responders would like to see the 3DS done away with while 47% (switch/3ds successor and 3ds successor responses) would like to see the handheld line continued in some way. This is not surprising considering that the handheld market has always dominated much of Nintendo’s system based sales though perhaps with the play options available on the Switch people are seeing the handhelds as less of a necessity.
Nintendo has lost much of its competition in the market too with the PS Vita selling 13 million compared to the Nintendo 3DS’s 75 million. With the market now empty and home consoles being the primary state of gaming people seem ready for Nintendo to possibly change up its focus. What can be agreed upon is only time will tell what Nintendo’s next move in the market it dominates will be.
Overall the opinions of the Directs are vastly positive coming out to 81.9% of the total vote. While the majority do enjoy them with no caveats it is important to note some of the other responses, as well as the other 29% of responses, which are somewhat conditional.
The main gripes with it appear to be that the directs are overused. This can be with there being 20 to 40-minute presentations dedicated to specific games/genres or just a general lack of announcements outside of them. Personally, the only announcements of a game outside of them I remember are Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu/Eevee and Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire. It seems Nintendo’s approach has become to give us all the information we can handle at once. While this is good and all it is coming at people too often for some of their tastes, especially if like me you are looking for only specific games to be announced. While it is cool seeing a bunch of cool gameplay, in the end a sizeable portion though not just a majority are looking for specific games. Whether they are in the Directs or people have to wait as there is a dedicated presentation there appears to be a noticeable wish for Nintendo to make like Donkey Kong Country and freeze up a little.
The response to Joker has been very positive after his release which bodes well for Nintendo with DLC. Joker’s positive votes made up 72% of the total responses and many seem to think he is a fun character even without having purchased his DLC. The negative or neutral responses to Joker were a lot more varied, however.
14.98% of the responders overall found him full with 9.28 making the comment because of his background. So out of the negative responses nearly ⅓ do prioritize series of origin. The others however either did not buy the DLC out of principle or did not want him in smash for an unstated reason which is likely to be incredibly varied.
In response to the note on series origin from the negative perspective, overall it appears to be inconsequential with 42.07% of the overall responses stating they have not played the Persona series but did enjoy the character which will likely result in positive marketing for the series. People seem to care less overall about background and more of how the character plays in a game.
It appears overall Nintendo fans agree on the place Mario Kart has within their line of games with only 14.65% outright voting to replace the series. The main agreement is that either there should be new content added to current Mario Kart games or that there should be side series not really tied into Mario Kart. Like F-Zero. But hopefully relevant. Those that did not outright support the creation of Nintendo Kart series, but commented upon other aspects such as the role of characters from other series were rather divided. 7.55% wished to see more DLC and with 8.01% being against DLC, either wishing to stop it in its tracks or eliminate it entirely. This may be a good debate to look further into with another poll.
Well, the concludes this months Poll Committee Discussion. Please tune in next month for another edition from your friendly neighborhood Poll Committee