The 'Shroom:Issue 171/Pipe Plaza
Hello to all the wonderful readers out there, and welcome to this month's edition of Pipe Plaza! I've just gotten back from my vacation in Minnesota! I don't know if any of you have ever been to the Mall of America before, but I swear that place keeps getting bigger and bigger every time I go... Also, don't try and walk the whole mall all in one go. It gets exhausting very quickly.
Onto important stuff! You'll notice that we've switched up the layout of our sections a bit, this is mainly an organizational thing! We put the sections that mainly have to do with the wiki together, and the ones of a more general info focus are all together as well. Don't worry, these are still the sections you know and love, they just might be in a different spot than you're used to. That being said, if you want to write your own Pipe Plaza section and see it among the ones we have now, it's never too late to send an application in! Just head over to the the sign up page for the info you need!
Oh, and Happy Pride Month!! Now go enjoy what we here in Pipe Plaza have in store for you this time around ^^
Section of the Month
|Pipe Plaza SECTION OF THE MONTH|
|1st||What's in a Campaign?||8||36.36%||Chester Alan Arthur|
|3rd||Forum Update||2||9.09%||Hooded Pitohui|
|3rd||Poll Committee Discussion||2||9.09%||Luigi 64DD|
Hello, everyone! Welcome to NIWA News, a section where I show the going ons with the wikis in our NIWA group within the last month!
Poll Committee Discussion
Hello everyone! It’s me, PF, here to bring you the Poll Committee Discussion for the month of June. Let’s sink our teeth into another analysis of the greatest polls to grace the MarioWiki’s front page!
Mario has only used F.L.U.D.D. in one Super Mario game. Would you like to see more games featuring Mario using F.L.U.D.D.? (winstein (talk) and Hooded Pitohui (talk), May 9th, 2021)
|Mario has only used F.L.U.D.D. in one Super Mario game. Would you like to see more games featuring Mario using F.L.U.D.D.?|
|I would like a new platformer with F.L.U.D.D. as the main mechanic, either as a follow-up to Super Mario Sunshine or another platformer. 50.23% (868 votes)|
|I would prefer a spin-off game that repurposes F.L.U.D.D. in a different way from Super Mario Sunshine. 17.94% (310 votes)|
|I would prefer Mario continue to receive companions or use inventions similar to but distinct from F.L.U.D.D. (e.g., Cappy) 14.47% (250 votes)|
|=I would settle for F.L.U.D.D. having a minor focus (e.g., Super Smash Bros. series) or for a reference (e.g., Super Mario Odyssey's Gushen). 11.86% (205 votes)|
|I prefer it if Mario stopped using F.L.U.D.D. in any capacity. 4.28% (74 votes)|
|I would like to see Mario and F.L.U.D.D paired together again, but only in non-game media. 1.22% (21 votes)|
|Total Votes: 1,728|
Should Nintendo use Donkey Kong (1981) as the basis of the anniversary celebrations for the Super Mario franchise over Super Mario Bros. (1985)? (winstein (talk) and Hooded Pitohui (talk), May 23rd, 2021)
|Should Nintendo use Donkey Kong (1981) as the basis of the anniversary celebrations for the Super Mario franchise over Super Mario Bros. (1985)?|
|It is fine to use Super Mario Bros. as a reference for the Super Mario franchise's anniversary, but there should also be official anniversary acknowledgements of the Super Mario franchise's origins in Donkey Kong. 40.25% (605 votes)|
|Super Mario Bros. should strictly be considered the start of the Super Mario franchise for anniversary purposes, but Donkey Kong should strictly be considered the anniversary of Mario as a character 26.68% (401 votes)|
|Nintendo should recognize Mario's Donkey Kong origins, and use the date of Donkey Kong's release as the only anniversary date for the Super Mario franchise. 14.44% (217 votes)|
|There is no need for official acknowledgement of Donkey Kong for anniversary purposes, but continued references to Donkey Kong in the Super Mario series are appreciated. 9.65% (145 votes)|
|Super Mario Bros. should be the only basis for anniversaries of Mario and the Super Mario franchise, and Donkey Kong should be considered separate from the Super Mario franchise. 8.98% (135 votes)|
|Total Votes: 1,503|
Mario has only used F.L.U.D.D. in one Super Mario game. Would you like to see more games featuring Mario using F.L.U.D.D.?
According to the results of this poll, the majority of the voters (about half) would like F.L.U.D.D. to return as the main mechanic in a new platformer. Seeing as it has been almost two decades since Super Mario Sunshine (the game which established Mario wielding F.L.U.D.D.), I can see how many people want to relive the nostalgia of that game. Continuing from there, 18 percent want F.L.U.D.D. to return in a spin-off title, and 14 percent would rather have Mario team up with other companions similar to F.L.U.D.D., such as Cappy.
Should Nintendo use Donkey Kong (1981) as the basis of the anniversary celebrations for the Super Mario franchise over Super Mario Bros. (1985)?
Super Mario Bros., released in 1985, marks the debut of the Mario series, but Mario as a character debuted in 1981’s Donkey Kong. 40 percent of this poll’s voters are fine with using SMB as a reference point for the Mario series’ anniversary, while also wanting official acknowledgements of its origins in Donkey Kong. In second place, with nearly 27 percent of the votes, are those who want Super Mario Bros. to be considered the start of the franchise but use Donkey Kong as the anniversary of Mario as a character. 14 percent of people would rather have Nintendo recognize Mario’s origins in Donkey Kong and using it as the only anniversary date, paying no attention to SMB.
That’s all of the polls for this edition, so enjoy the rest of Pride Month, and make sure to tune in next month, when Hooded Pitohui (talk) is going to take over the Eleventh Poll Committee’s final Discussion!
- “I just reminded myself that Crowdsignal exists. My night is ruined.”
- —Lakituthequick (Talk Page · Forum Profile)
Hello and welcome to Anniversary Announcements! I have no fancy intro joke this time. I've been sick the past few days plus it was like 30 °C so, I guess that happened? I hope you're doing well though!
Of course, the most important thing of all things! The polls have opened! Vote now! And don't forget to check out the community awards dossier as well!
You can vote once a week, so remember to return to the polls every seven days!
We're in the tournament season now! Let's have a look at currently scheduled tournaments.
Mario Awards Scribble Deathmatch
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Time Trials
Super Mario Hint Hunt
Other games that are being planned are a Killing Game (Lakituthequick and Lord Bowser), and ideas for retro games (fantanoice) and a regular Mario Kart 8 Deluxe tournament are circling around as well.
In this part of Anniversary Announcements, I will list all awards that have been discussed, and changes made to them. This includes existing awards, completely new ones and removals, and the additions, removals and changes within each award.
This batch includes the second half of all awards, as well as some corrections made during the full review.
I also need to make note of an oversight I made last month regarding M5-7, involving its coverage and name. The table below reflects the changes to those as well.
Refer to this document for a full list of nominees.
As such, the big tables end here for this season. Make sure to vote, and if you voted a week ago, to vote again! Again, you can vote weekly, so make sure to use this privilege!
For now, see you again next month.
All information above was correct as of 19 June 2021.
Hey everyone, GPM back here with June’s Mario Calendar! I don't have much to say at the start here except for the fact that I hope everyone has had a fantastic Pride Month so far!! You all know how this section goes, so let's get right into it.
|ALL||All Regions (JP/NA/EU/AU)|
|NES||Nintendo Entertainment System|
|Famicom||Family Computer Disk System|
|SNES||Super Nintendo Entertainment System|
|GBC||Game Boy Color|
|GBA||Game Boy Advance|
|Wii VC||Nintendo Wii Virtual Console|
|3DS VC||Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console|
|Wii U VC||Nintendo Wii U Virtual Console|
|G&W||Game and Watch|
|64DD||Nintendo 64 Disk Drive|
|MS-DOS||Microsoft Disk Operating System|
|TI-99||Texas Instruments TI-99/4A|
- June 1
- 2007 (EU): Wario: Master of Disguise (DS)
- June 3
- June 4
- 2004 (AU): Mario vs. Donkey Kong (GBA)
- June 5
- 2009 (EU): New Play Control! Donkey Kong Jungle Beat (Wii)
- June 6
- Game & Watch: Ball (3DS eShop)
- Game & Watch: Chef (3DS eShop)
- Game & Watch: Donkey Kong Jr. (3DS eShop)
- Game & Watch: Flagman (3DS eShop)
- Game & Watch: Helmet (3DS eShop)
- Game & Watch: Manhole (3DS eShop)
- Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again! (3DS eShop)
- Game & Watch: Mario’s Cement Factory (3DS eShop)
- Paper Airplane Chase (3DS eShop)
- Bird & Beans (3DS eShop)
- WarioWare: Snapped! (3DS eShop)
- Game & Watch: Vermin (3DS eShop)
- June 7
- June 8
- June 9
- 2003 (NA): Donkey Kong Country (GBA)
- June 10
- June 11
- June 14
- June 15
- June 17
- 2016 (NA): Minecraft: Wii U Edition (Wii U)
- June 18
- June 19
- June 20
- June 21
- June 22
- June 23
- 1983 (NA): Donkey Kong (MS-DOS)
- 1986 (NA): Mario Bros. (NES)
- 1996 (JP): Super Mario 64 (N64)
- 2003 (NA): Wario World (GC)
- 2011 (JP): New Super Mario Bros. Wii Coin World (Arcade)
- 2013 (NA): Game & Wario (Wii U)
- 2016 (JP):
- June 24
- June 25
- June 26
- June 28
- June 29
And that’s all for June! This was honestly a surprisingly packed month, and it featured a whole lot of Donkey Kong! Barrel Blast, Jungle Beat, Country Returns, and so much more came out, including the original Donkey Kong, where our favorite plumber originated! This was also the month in which Super Mario 64 came out, so honestly a very revolutionary month all things considered. Anyways, I hope you have a fantastic rest of your month, and remember that Mario Golf: Super Rush is coming on the 25th, so have fun with that if you choose to pick it up! See you in July!
What's in a Campaign?
Hello 'Shroom readers, and welcome back to another edition of What's in a Campaign?, a section where we take a deep dive into the campaigns of Robot Wars robots. Last month, we took a look at series icon and giant-flipper-on-wheels Wheely Big Cheese, and this month we have another icon on our hands, with the first truly destructive robot, the awesome disc of Hypno Disc. Created by brother Derek and Dave Rose along with their father Ken and sporting a giant disc themed after a hypnosis disc, Hypno Disc would prove itself to be the first Robot in the UK series truly capable of causing mass damage. For this edition we are going to be looking at Hypno Disc's series four run, where, after finishing runner up in series three, Hypno Disc has returned better then ever looking to claim the championship.
Speaking of series three, in series three, Hypno Disc was a force to be reckoned with, but it suffered from a few design flaws. For one thing, it didn't have a self-righter, which was pretty common at the time. But a more serious flaw was the fact that it couldn't move and spin up the disc at the same time, which significantly cut down the time that they could attack. In addition to that, the amount of recoil damage they took per attack combined with the fact that team member Derek Rose had to leave for work reasons proved to be their downfall, as during the series final against Chaos 2, Hypno Disc's disc would barely work and Chaos 2 would make short work of it. For series four, the team decided to build an entirely new Hypno Disc based on the design of the previous robot. This version was powered by three 750 watt motors, allowing it to reach a top speed of twenty miles per hour. The team also added a self-righting arm at the back (as well as some spikes just to look cool). But the biggest upgrade the team did was to the disc. First thing is first, the disc's motors were made much more powerful, allowing it to reach speeds of 750 RPMs (revolutions per minutes) in 3.5 seconds, according to the team. That basically means it speeds up twice as fast as it did in series three and also has 50% more power behind each hit! (To simplify things a bit, according to the Rose team, the disc at full speed basically hits at 75 mph.) They also added thicker larger teeth mounted to opposite sides of the disc, with the basic idea being that these teeth, when they make contact with the armor of opponents, would essentially grip it and rip it off, as opposed to the teeth from the previous war which more focused on cutting and slashing. But perhaps the most important change is that the disc can now spin up while the robot is driving, greatly increasing the amount of attack time Hypno Disc has. Now that we've got all the upgrades out of the way, it's time to take a dive into the campaign of Hypno Disc. As always, all images are sourced from the wonderful Robot Wars Wiki and I'll be sure to include a video where you can watch all these fights with time stamps for when they start.
Hypno Disc's next opponent is the pneumatic ram bot V-Max (7:15). Originally a reservist, V-Max was called up from the reserves due to Onslaught breaking down before i's first round fight. Honestly, V-Max is a quality little machine. In its first round fight, it manages to KO the startlingly high (18) machine Cerberus and is looking to perform another upset. Unfortunately for the V-Max team, Hypno Disc is properly seeded and proves it, because the first attack Hypno Disc does, it not only rips off a side panel but it also severs V-Max's pneumatic line, making its weapon useless. It's kind of a shame, because there's a part where V-Max manages to get under Hypno Disc and slam it into the wall, and who knows maybe if its ram was working it could have pinned Hypno Disc to the wall, KOing it. But since its weapon wasn't working, Hypno Disc recovers from that attack, and after one more strike into its opponent's exposed innards, Hypno Disc knocks out the plucky V-Max. This puts Hypno Disc into the heat final against Raizer Blade (11:31), and I'll be honest and tell you that this isn't a fight. Raizer Blade, who only made it to the heat final because it's second round opponent, Terror Bull, threw the fight by burning out itss motors on the flame pit so they wouldn't have to fight Hypno Disc, enters the fight essentially bleeding to death. It can barely move and its pneumatic lines are leaking. They try to make a go of it, but they just can't do anything, and, after two hits, Hypno Disc KOs them. After taking off part of the front, the Hypno Disc boys are sporting enough to leave the machine alone instead of causing more damage.
This victory sends Hypno Disc into the series semi-final, where it's first matched up against the upset heat winner Splinter (17:00). Splinter, armed with two grabbing arms and a front scoop, comes into the fight as a major underdog. Nobody in the series so far has managed to stand up to Hypno Disc's blade, but the Splinter team has a plan. You see, at the center of Splinter is a scoop that's made out of flexible material. This material should be able to absorb the hits from the mighty disc, allowing Splinter to control the fight. As long as Splinter manages to keep at its scoop at the right angle to meet Hypno Disc's attacks, the Splinter boys should be able to avoid taking massive damage, and, for about the first thirty seconds, that's exactly how the fight goes. Splinter absorbs the first few Hypno Disc attacks and even manages to get a couple charges on Hypno Disc and deliver them to the CPZ, where Dead Metal puts its saw in Hypno Disc's back. But then, sadly for Splinter, their scoop meets the disc at the wrong angle and Hypno Disc's disc tears the scoop right off.
With this win, Hypno Disc moves onto round two of the series semi-finals, where they're placed up against the 11th seeded Wild Thing, who are basically a two wheeled wedge armed with a lifting arm and are one fight away from the grand final. The fight begins (20:33) and Wild Thing, realizing that their lifting arm would probably just get torn off against the mighty disc, elects to fight with the arm up and fight as a straight wedge instead (much to the utter confusion of commentator Johnathan Pearce). This fight is an all-time classic between two robots who match up well against each other. At the start of the fight, Wild Thing mange's to get under Hypno Disc a few times, but the bulk of the first half is dominated by Hypno Disc. Hypno Disc smashes its blade into Wild Thing, the recoil from the hits causing Wild Thing to spin in place. Blow after blow lands, causing major damage to Wild Thing as its tires are wrecked and bits and pieces are torn right off the wedge. But Hypno Disc would learn, as many robots do, that you just can't kill the Wild Thing. As the fight wears on, Wild Thing begins to take control of the fight. In a lot of early spinners, the power of the weapon tended to cause recoil damage to the machine itself, so, the longer a fight goes, the weaker the machine becomes. Unfortunately for Hypno Disc, Wild Thing is a master of durability. The disc of Hypno Disc begins to slow and Wild Thing begins getting under Hypno Disc, slamming it around, slamming it into Dead Metal, and slamming it into the wall as the match goes to the judges. But with damage being the category with the most points given out, it comes to no surprise that Hypno Disc moved onto the grand final.In the grand final, Hypno Disc is matched up with Pussycat, a pyramid-shaped robot with a custom-made saw wheel driven by the legendary David Gribble (rest in peace), only needing to beat them to move onto the championship match. Obviously in this match, as in every match, Hypno Disc is a heavy favorite. The fight starts (25:22, Hypno Disc turns to get itss disc up to speed, but Pussycat charges in, striking the wheel of Hypno Disc. In a one in a million shot, Pussycat bends the wheel guard of its foe, Hypno Disc to only be able to move in circles. Call it luck, call it skill, call it whatever, Hypno Disc can't move outside of its circumference and is counted out, tragically ending its championship ambitions. If that strike hadn't happened, I'm (and many other fans) convinced Hypno Disc would have won that fight. (In the fight itself, after being reduced to spinning in circles, Hypno Disc's blade makes contact with Pussycat's blade and drives Pussycat's blade completely into Pussycat). From there, Hypno Disc would have faced the mighty flipper of Chaos 2, but, with Hypno Disc's more powerful disc and their new self righter they'd have destroyed Chaos 2 and won the championship. But that's not what happened. Instead that, fight against Pussycat and that tiny error by the team would mark their last appearance in Series four.
Now, Hypno Disc was supposed to have at least two more fights because there was supposed to be a third place playoff in the grand final, but due to the house robots causing a lot of damage to Hypno Disc (including Shunt driving its axe through the disc), Hypno Disc wasn't able to participate, forfeiting the playoff and finishing 4th overall. Hypno Disc was also due to participate in the surprisingly good Series 4 War of Independence special which pitted British robots against American robots, but because all the American robots had been defeated already before the first round fight, the producers decided to pull Hypno Disc out of the tournament and replaced it with the Napalm team's series one robot Detonator.
That concludes Hypno Disc's series four performance. Overall, it was a great machine and, if not for a tactical error in the grand final, they probably would have won the championship. Tune in next month when I cover another robot. If you'd like to have a voice in picking that robot, check out the What's in a Campaign? forum thread and vote for the robot you want to see covered!
Hello, readers of The 'Shroom! Welcome to another edition of Forum Update, a section which I've decided I'll make into a monthly submission after all!. With credit to MrConcreteDonkey (talk) for the formatting of the section, I'll be covering what's been happening on the forum since May 15th.
As many of you have already noticed, the Super Mario Boards has a dark theme now! Down on the bottom left corner of the page, next to the buttons that allow you to change the width of the page and to change whether the forum displays the time to you in a 12-hour AM/PM format or a 24-hour format, there's now a style chooser button. You can choose between the traditional "Mario Boards" style or the admittedly cool-sounding "Dark Boards" style. Hopefully this extra choice helps everyone have a more pleasant reading experience on the forum.
While you can find out more details in Lakituthequick's Anniversary Announcements on this very page, I do want to point out that Awards season is now in full swing, with the polls having gone up on June 13th. Please be sure to vote in the Mario and Fail Awards and in the Community Awards. Don't forget, you can vote once a week! Be on the lookout for signups for Awards presentations to open soon.
There have been no notable bans in the past month. Keep that up and stay behaved!
- Total Threads: 40,062 (Difference: +165)
- Total Posts: 2,195,653 (Difference: +11,327)
- Total Members: 3,219 (Difference: +37)
Thread of the Month
Here's a Rock - What started off as a simple Mindless Junk thread asking users what they would do with a rock they were given to throw turned into a lengthy tongue-in-cheek flamewar and eventual debate between Hooded Pitohui and Luigi 64DD, taking on the role of a pitohui and a goose, respectively. Have you ever wondered what it might look like if unruly birds were given access to social media? Find out here!
Daily VGM Thread - Honorable mention this month goes to this thread in recognition of Shy Guy on Wheel's dedication to providing the Super Mario Boards with new obscure videogame music, with his commentary, every single day.
Mario Awards Scribble Deathmatch - Another honorable mention goes to GBA's new awards tournament. While I'll allow Anniversary Announcements to cover awards games and tournaments in more detail, it must be acknowledged the GBA's new twist on the old awards art tournaments, offering a quick and easy way for folks of all skill levels to participate, has been enormously successful in attracting participants. It's set to begin a few days after this issue releases, so make sure you support it with your participation if you signed up!
- "I’ve just gone on a really long mafia tangent after only one game yikes" - Ninelevendo
- "Shmaluigi says vote for Porcupuffer, he's mafia" - Waluigi Time
- "During the events of the Zlathlnathnl ask thread arc, it was conquered by the Zlathlnathnl, a murderous cult headed by Jack Black that possesses dark magic and the ability to teleport using ovens. It is currently overrun by the Zlathlnathnl under the banner of the Red Octagon." - Luigi 64DD, explaining what became of the Kingdom of Russia in Mario Wiki "canon".
- "YOU FOOL YOU FOOLISH FOOL YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT YOU'VE DONE (BUT DO SHROOM STUFF ANYWAYS)" - Shoey
- "it's still pride month" - Shy Guy on Wheels
- Goombuigi's Toad Brigade Mafia 2021 ended on May 29th, with the mafia claiming victory. Wrap-up and feedback can be found in the lounge thread, starting from this post.
Interactive 'Shroom Threads
- Voting will once again be open this month for Strategy Wing's Mach Speed Mayhem, written by Superchao, so go vote!
- Nominations are once again open for Fake News' Mushroom Kingdom Smackdown, written by Waluigi Time. As always, the more effort put into the nomination, the greater the chance Waluigi Time will pick your fighter.
- Fake News' Dear Bowser, written by Doomhiker, is still taking your questions!
- Shoey's What's in a Campaign has a new form of voting each month, where he gives you a selection of robots with a brief description, and you vote for which robot in the selection you want to see.
- Give your thoughts on what locations Goombuigi and Ninja Squid should support in the final round of the Ultimate Location Battle!
- Take part in The 'Shroomfest! Cast votes, put in posts expressing your support for each side, or join the debate with some effort-filled posts and help your favored side take home victory.
That's it for the news from the forum this month, but, before I go, I have a request for all of you. Is there something happening on the forums that I'm not covering that you think I should? Let me know about it! Leave a message on my talk page, PM on the forum, or DM me on Discord, and let me know what you'd like me to cover. Whether you have an idea for an entire new section in Forum Update or just want to suggest a quote or a thread for the thread of the month, send it my way.
Goodbye for now, and, in the words of Shy Guy on Wheels, remember that "it's still pride month"!
All information above was correct as of 11:22 EDT on 17 June 2021.
|The 'Shroom: Issue 171|
|Staff sections||Staff Notes • The 'Shroom Spotlight • 'Shroomfest • Poll Chairperson Election|
|Features||Fake News • Fun Stuff • Palette Swap • Pipe Plaza • Critic Corner• Strategy Wing|
|Specials||Community Awards Dossier • Community Gallery • Music on a Staff • Ultimate Location Battle|