The 'Shroom:Issue 194/Fun Stuff

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Director's Notes

Written by: Roserade (talk)

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Greetings, beautiful 'Shroom readers! Welcome to this May edition of Fun Stuff, where we just may have the section for you! Here in the northern hemisphere, we're hitting that time of the year where the sun is shining and I no longer ant to do schoolwork but I still have three more weeks including finals to get through woohoo!!! With summer around the corner and Awards Season towering over our backs, that means that my life will assuredly become no less busy. Thankfully, I'll have the good weather and good vibes to get me through it. Wherever you are in the world, I hope you're feeling similarly.

Did you hear that next issue is going to be movie themed? That's really strange. I have no idea why they would opt to go with that theme. It's not like anything significant happened regarding movies recently. Huh.

Oh well! Though these may not be major motion pictures, they are picturesque Fun Stuff sections, and you'll enjoy them all the same. With those May flowers in hand (or May flowers as your hands, if you're a Roserade), read on for our Fun Stuff selections!

Section of the Month

Congratulations to FunkyK38 (talk) for securing that first-place slot last month, and additional kudos to Shoey (talk) and Waluigi Time (talk) for their own placements! Make sure to vote this month for your favorite sections!

Place Section Votes % Writer
1st Where in the Marioverse is Carmen Sandiego? 22 51.16% FunkyK38 (talk)
2nd Trivia 8 18.60% Shoey (talk)
3rd Hiding Koopa 5 11.63% Waluigi Time (talk)

Word activities
Simply smashing!
The hottest com-odd-ity this month!
Simply smashing! x2
Graphic activities
LEGO my EGGO... er, Koopa!
Mind games


Written by: BBQ Turtle (talk)

Hey guys, welcome to the May edition of anagrams! This month, I've smashed a set together for you based on the original Super Smash Bros. game- everything from Fighters to Stages and Items. Of course, I don't always have to pick the theme- if you'd like to send me a message my talk page or in a PM to me on the forums, you can give me suggestions for a theme you'd like to see or maybe a funny anagram related to Mario you've found- I'd be sure to include it. And with that, I'll let you fight through 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. Fighting Polygons
  2. Metal Mario
  3. Master Hand
  4. Home Run Bat
  5. Maxim Tomato
  6. Race to the Finish!
  7. Hyrule Castle
  8. Congo Jungle
  9. Break the Targets!
  10. Captain Falcon
  11. Planet Zebes

Bonus anagram: Saffron City

Word Search

Written by: Shoey (talk)

You guys ever notice how many weird enemies there are in the Mario series? You know, enemies with unique goofball designs that show up in like two levels and then never again. I've always been curious about how those come about. Like how did someone convince Nintendo to let Snailicorn exist? How come Nintendo only used it in like two levels and then never again? It's just wild how there are so many examples of unique enemies that are almost never used scattered across Mario's history. So this month's Word Search is gonna be a tribute to some of the odder enemies. For this one, we're only going to focus on a select few from the mainline 2D/3D platformers. But maybe someday we'll look at some of the strange beasts that plague the RPGs. Until then, words can be found horizontally, vertically, diagonally, backwards, and inside other words. As always have fun stay safe!

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Written by: MarioMorty (talk)

Hello all, it's me, MarioMorty, and this is another edition of Crosswords. This month it's a smaller crossword, so if you're not the best at these, this might be the one for you. With that, I'll see you next month, and enjoy the puzzle!

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Hiding Koopa

Written by: Waluigi Time (talk)

Koopa Troopa from Mario Kart 8.

Hello there, 'Shroom readers! By the time this issue releases, May 4th was already over two weeks ago, but who cares, I'm doing a Star Wars themed Hiding Koopa anyway. This month, five Koopas are hiding in this artwork from LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga! (Three months in a row of games that are set in space - that wasn't planned until it was and I thought it was mildly amusing.) Don't worry, you probably don't have to be as good as Boba Fett to hunt these sneaky turtles down. Good luck, and may the Force be with you!

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Thanks for playing! Did you find them all?

You know, I still feel like I'm forgetting something that came out recently...

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

Shoplifters must be prosecuted!

“Your new case is here, gumshoe! Carmen’s got big dreams this time- she’s lifted an entire shop off its bricks and mortar! The Crazy Cap located in Bowser’s Kingdom has been stolen- yes, the entire shop! Lifted right off the ground! Crazy Cap is your one-stop shop in Super Mario Odyssey, stocking clothing and cap options as well as helpful items, regional souvenirs, and even power moons on occasion. The shop is divided in half, one purple and one yellow, to sell items using both regular coins and regional coins for kingdom-specific outfits and items to customize your ship with. We speculate that Carmen wants to use it as a front to spy on the Mushroom Kingdom and funnel items and funds through. If she has a direct line into the shopkeepers’ network, who knows how much she’d be able to steal with the new information she would be able to gather? The owner of this shop is frantic to get his shop back in order to keep his location from being poached in his moment of distress. We’ll need you to get right to work, gumshoe, and find that shop before the rent is due to Bowser! Let’s get a move on!”

Crime Scene

The Crime

A Crazy Cap shop has been lifted right off its foundation! Find that building and stop Carmen!


“Better bust a move and get groovin’ if you want to catch that crook!”


“A little shop looking like that next to our sweet setup? Nah, that could never work!”


“The first game in this series used games that were smaller than your typical minigame.”

Location 2


Club Sugar from WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$! Club Sugar


“Hmmm, maybe if you’d lifted the shop from the Luncheon Kingdom. But as is, it wouldn’t fit here.”


“We don’t have purple coins here. And I don’t think anyone would want to trade their treasure for a samurai outfit.”


“Tracks? Yeah, they left some tracks in the frosting over there. You could probably follow it all the way along.”

Location 3


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“They didn’t take any fancy shortcuts, they’re running the track straight through. You should be able to catch them.”


“What do you mean, this track isn’t a Bowser Castle level?”


“This game gave this location and a bouncy ‘shroom cave to the newest game in the franchise.”


Grumble Volcano from Mario Kart Wii Grumble Volcano

This real estate is not for sale!

“Our stolen shop has been located! Great work, gumshoe, we headed to the track you specified and found the new shop nearly anchored to new foundations. It seems they were planning on setting up in a remote part of the track where they were unlikely to be found, and with the original location of this little shack being inside a Bowser territory, it was all ready to weather the hot temperatures and nearby lava. The shopkeeper is overjoyed to have his shop back; it just arrived back to its original location and is having its original foundation replaced. He’s sent along a trinket for you- a samurai helmet from the clothing side of the shop! We’ve put it on your desk to go with the rest of your trophies. Good job today, gumshoe, you’ve earned your break after that case. We’ll let you know when your next case drops.”


Written by: Shoey (talk)

Man, readers, think about how successful the two Mario cinematic movies have been. I mean, think about it: the two movies combined have grossed over a billion dollars! Compare that Sonic whose two movies haven't even grossed 800 million dollars. So I mean, really, who has the superior film franchise? Anyways this month we've got some pretty sweet facts (including at least one hot Vice President fact) so anyways did you know?

  1. That according to the manual for Mario Kart: Double Dash!! the Wario Car has a top speed of 280mph and had to have its ending tuned down in order to compete?
  2. That according to Nintendo Power Wario got into Mario Kart 64 by "borrowing" Koopa Troopa's kart?
  3. That Mario Tennis on the Virtual Boy is the only game where Donkey Kong Jr. wears shoes and socks?
  4. That Kamek was originally going to be playable in Mario Kart 64?
  5. That the Chain Chomp item was originally going to return in Mario Kart DS?
  6. That George Clinton and John C. Calhoun are the only people to serve as Vice President under two different Presidents?
  7. That the Mega Mushroom in New Super Mario Bros. was originally going to have the same colors as the Super Mushroom?
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