The 'Shroom:Issue 179/Fun Stuff

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Staff Notes

Written by: Roserade (talk)

Greetings, beautiful 'Shroom readers! Welcome to this February edition of Fun Stuff! For the first time in two years, I'm just speaking to you from my Fun Stuff headquarters. Certainly odd to stay the least, but hey, I'm no longer the chump who has to stay up late and get everything prepped for the morning of release, so who's really winning here?

I hope your February has been pleasant so far! Love is in the air, of course, but so is the motion of life after the first month of the year. College is really kicking back into full swing on my end, and I imagine my fellow students out there are feeling similarly. Make sure to take some time for yourself when you can! I've just recently been getting into figure drawing, and I've started reacquainting myself with writing poetry, so this period is feeling fruitful both academically and personally for me. It's incredible what a little bit of February sun can do for you.

In terms of Fun Stuff announcements, I don't have any! Our writers are hard at work - especially with the Valentine's I forced them to make this year! That's right, we're really in the spirit folks! Go ahead and settle in, kick back, relax those legs of yours, and enjoy Issue 179's Fun Stuff samplings!

Section of the Month

Congratulations to FunkyK38 (talk) for reclaiming your first place throne! Further kudos to BananaBarrels (talk), Mustard Machine (talk), and WildWario (talk) for placing in the top three. Make sure to vote for your favorite sections each month!

Place Section Votes % Writer
1st Where in the Marioverse is Carmen Sandiego? 9 24.32% FunkyK38
2nd Guess This Game's Facts 7 18.92% BananaBarrels
3rd Trivia 6 16.22% Mustard Machine
3rd Musical Quiz 6 16.22% WildWario

Word activities
Strike at this section while the iron's hot!
May I direct your attention this way?
May I direct your attention this way? ...Wait...
Graphic activities
A challenge of Olympic proportion!
Insiders tell me there are actually 64 puzzles this month!
Mind games


Written by: BBQ Turtle (talk)

Hi everyone, welcome to the February edition of anagrams! To kick things off, I'd like to introduce the theme for this month- Super Mario Strikers! With the recent announcement of the new game in the series, it seemed like a fitting topic for this month. If you have any ideas for themes for upcoming sections, please let me know on my talk page or in a PM to me on the forums, I'd love to be able to use them. All that leaves now is the goal of solving these anagrams!

How it works...
Basically, this puzzle consists of solving the anagrams. Each month has a specific theme, which will give you a clue about what sort of words or phrases the anagrams will be. I've also included the boxes that the anagrams will fit into, so you'll be able to tell how many words it will solve to be and how many letters will be in each word, which should give you a hand too. You'll also notice that within each set of boxes, one of the squares are yellow. As you solve each anagram, note down the letter which appears in the yellow squares, and if you can solve all of the anagrams, you'll also get a bonus anagram to solve from completing all of the others. I've included the letter configuration for this one at the bottom too, just to give you an extra helping hand. Best of luck!











Bonus anagram:

  1. Robo-Kritter
  2. Flower Cup
  3. Konga Coliseum
  4. Hammer Bro
  5. Super Strike
  6. Pipeline Central
  7. Mushroom Cup
  8. Super Team
  9. Chain Chomp
  10. The Battle Dome
Bonus anagram: Mega Bob-omb

Word Search

Written by: Mustard Machine (talk)

Hello readers, and welcome to another thrilling Word Search. In honor of Ninja Squid’s first month as Director, I decided to theme this month's Word Search after the various 'Shroom Directors. Words can be found forwards, backwards, diagonally, and in other words.

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Written by: MarioMorty (talk)

Hello everybody, and welcome to another edition of Crosswords, with MarioMorty. This month's edition will be based on the recent Nintendo Direct of this month, So enjoy!

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Hiding Koopa

Written by: Ninja Squid (talk)

Koopa Troopa from Mario Kart 8.

Hello, 'Shroom readers! It's time for another Hiding Koopa!

It's Olympic time! Yeah, this month featured the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games, and due to this occasion, my usual Koopa Troopas who love to play hide and seek decided to do so in an artwork from Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Well, yeah, this isn't the one from Beijing, but it still has the Olympic vibes, right? Right. Speaking of Olympic Games, I wonder which sport each of us in the 'Shroom Staff would be better at or at least be the best fit for? I'd like to see myself being better at snowboarding, but I may be biased since I think snowboarding is such a cool sport. I'd like to see your answer on this!

Anyway, as usual, there are five Koopas for you to find. Have fun!

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Did you find them all? Regardless, thank you very much for your support, and I hope you will come back next month! In the meantime, look at our sign up page, and apply to the 'Shroom!


Written by: Goombuigi (talk)

Welcome back to another issue of Picross! If you've seen the newest Nintendo Direct, then you'll know that the Booster Course Pass is coming out for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. So, to celebrate, I have three picrosses in store, themed after Mario Kart 64. Try and see how fast you can solve them!

For new readers:

For new readers to this section, here's a short explanation about it: Every issue, you'll find two to four picross puzzles based on a certain theme, based on a Mario game, series, character, or item. If you have any ideas for themes, feel free to suggest them here. If you're new to picross, or need a refresher on the rules, here is a step-by-step walkthrough. You can also find many tutorials online. To play, download the picture and print it, or open it in a drawing program of your choice. Happy solving!

Level 1

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Level 2

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Level 3

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Level 1

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Level 2

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Fake Item Box

Level 3

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Spiny Shell

As usual, I hope you enjoyed this edition of Picross! More picrosses will await in the following issue, so I'll see you then.

Where in the Marioverse is Carmen Sandiego?

Written by: FunkyK38 (talk)


Each issue, you will be given a case to solve and clues to use to help you find the solution! Use your Mario knowledge to crack the case!

You will begin each case at the scene of the crime, and you will be given three clues from passerby as to where the next hot spot is and what game it’s from. Using your knowledge of Mario games and the Super Mario Wiki, figure out where the crook is and go track them down! There are four locations each round: the crime scene (1) at the start, two locations (2 and 3) with clues, and the hideout for the crook of the month (4). Answers for locations will be given with the corresponding round, for example, the clues from the crime scene will lead you to location 2, and once you open the spoiler bubbles for location 2, you will be given the correct answer. You can open the clues for each location in any order you’d like, but be careful! You may encounter an incorrect clue that could throw you off the case!

Clues offered will give you a hint either about the next location or the game it’s in. Unlike a regular Carmen Sandiego game, you do not have to collect information about the crook you are tracking down.

Challenge round (optional):

-Find all locations and games correctly in two minutes or less

-Find all locations and games correctly without using the rest of the Wiki for help

Carmen will be flying high unless you stop her!

“Gumshoe, we’ve got another case for you- it’s Carmen this time, and it’s a big one. Bowser has reported to us that his main Airship is missing! There’s no thief brave enough to take on this job, and such a brazen act of grand theft aviation can only be attributed to her. Seems she still wants to be able to get around, and while you’ve foiled her plans for stealing karts in the past, she’s gone a step further to secure some transportation of all of her stolen goods. That airship is massive, big enough to contain arenas for boss battles in games like Super Mario Bros. 3, where Mario was pitted up against each of the Koopalings. Needless to say, Bowser is furious at the loss of it, and he is asking for our help in getting it back. Your reputation has traveled far, gumshoe, although I have a hunch that Madame Broode has been dropping hints to him as well to advertise your services. We need to find that ship and fast, gumshoe, before Carmen can hide it- or worse, steal something with it! Let’s get a move on!”

Crime Scene

The Crime

Bowser’s Airship has been plundered. Get that ship back!


“This shop is amazing! It’s in a prime location, and look at this cute mobile I bought!”


“I wish they would sell me a gas mask to deal with this poisonous water…”


“This game was a huge holiday hit for its new parent system.”

Location 2


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“These aren’t very comfortable accommodations. I feel like I’m sleeping on a stalagmite!”


“You’ll have to… persuade someone to give you a torch around here.”


“This game closed up a lot of doors for Mario.”

Location 3


Larry's Chillton Hotel from Hotel Mario Larry's Chillton Hotel


“Hey, that’s a great monument! There’s one just like it back home with some old leaders’ faces on it!”


“Which would you rather throw at your opponent- bananas, or bees?”


“Now you can call this a kart racer, see, there are mine carts here!”


HIDEOUT ANSWER: Scorching Canyon from Donkey Kong Barrel Blast Scorching Canyon

The airship flies again!

“We’re flying high again, gumshoe, but there’s a dark cloud slinking away from our view- Carmen slipped away this time. It seemed like we were just about to snag her when she escaped in a getaway vehicle driven by one of her cronies! ACME agents chased her down, but were unable to catch her. Bowser, who was in tow as well to retrieve his ship, even tried giving chase, but no dice. We’ll just have to keep an eye out for her again, gumshoe, I know she’ll strike once something new catches her eye. But as for this job, consider it a success! Bowser got his ship back and we’ve managed to thwart Carmen’s plans for a new getaway vehicle. Bowser has sent ahead a reward for you, and we’ve direct deposited it and your regular pay into your account. Perhaps you’d like to take a vacation after all your hard work?”

Musical Quiz

Written by: WildWario (talk)

Hi, I'm WildWario, and this is Musical Quizzes. This game is simple, just listen to the music and guess where it comes from. The answers can be found at the bottom of the list. This time, the quiz is themed around a certain princess and her best friend, so try your best to get the questions correct.

Help:MediaHaving trouble playing?

That's it for this issue's Musical Quiz. See you next issue for another quiz.


By: Mustard Machine (talk)

* Please note the writer of this section owes you one witty intro.

  1. That Super Mario Land was originally going to be the pack-in title for the Game Boy?
  2. That Banjo-Pilot was originally a Diddy Kong Racing sequel called Diddy Kong Pilot?
  3. That Tiptup is the only character who appears in both Banjo Kazooie and Diddy Kong Racing?
  4. That Clawgrip was misspelled Clawglip in the credits of Super Mario Bros. 2?
  5. That Clawgrip is unique to Super Mario Bros. 2, replacing an Albino Mouser that was the boss of World 5 in Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic?
  6. That Timber was originally supposed to be the star of Dinosaur Plane (which eventually became Star Fox Adventure)?
  7. That everyone should read GBA's Horrorscopes?
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