The 'Shroom:Issue 205/Fun Stuff

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Director's Notes

Written by: Roserade (talk)

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Greetings, beautiful 'Shroom readers! Welcome to this April edition of Fun Stuff! It's already April, oh no! Even as we rip and tear through this new year, Fun Stuff remains steadfast and committed to bringing you all some extra joy. Of course, every April starts with April Fool's, and as a clown myself, it's important that I bring the celebration to the office! Please don't mind the feathers covering the wall. One of my bits didn't go as planned.

All jokes aside, Fun Stuff is fuller and brighter than ever! This month, we've got the premiere of two brand-new sections! First, everyone welcome ViableBunnyBudd into his first 'Shroom writing gig! His new section, Hint Art, will be focused on your 3D Mario knowledge, so make sure to check it out. Then, at the end of the page, you'll find the shiny, spectacular 'Shroom Quiz! This recurring section has been headed by Hooded Pitohui (talk), but be prepared as other writers cycle through and offer their own quizzes! How much do you know last month's 'Shroom issue? Tune in to find out!

The flowers are really starting to bloom, and Fun Stuff blooms alongside them! Please, take a second to relax, stop, and smell the roses.

... Not me, the, the proverbial ones.

Section of the Month

Congratulations to Shoey (talk) for claiming the first place title for SOTM! Extra congrats go to FunkyK38 (talk) for a very close second, and Waluigi Time (talk) for third place! Please, make sure to vote for your favorite section in the poll at the end of the page, and if any sections this month especially catch your eye, let us know with Poochy's Picks!

Place Section Votes % Writer
1st Trivia 14 30.43% Shoey (talk)
2nd Where in the Marioverse is Carmen Sandiego? 13 28.26% FunkyK38 (talk)
3rd Hiding Koopa 8 17.39% Waluigi Time (talk)

Games and activities
It's an anagram revolution!
Hope word search isn't too alien to you!
My name is WarioWare and these are my Wario Wares
It's Showtime! Where are the Koopa extras?!
Can you figure out the location of the star?
Real trivia hours
Solve these questions about the last 'Shroom issue!


Written by: BBQ Turtle (talk)

Hi everyone, welcome to this month's edition of anagrams! This month, I thought I'd tango for a bit of a more obscure game- if the pun hadn't already clued you in, it's Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix! I hope you have a ball solving these anagrams. If you fancy suggesting a theme, or perhaps a Mario-related anagram I could use for next month, please let me know on my talk page or in a PM to me on the forums, I'd really love to hear from you. OK, you can foxtrot on with these anagrams now!

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. Music Key
  2. Mush Mode
  3. Starring Wario!
  4. Rollercoasting
  5. Whack-a-Goomba
  6. Truffle Towers
  7. Destruction Dance
  8. Mystery Drink
  9. Music Wand
  10. Chain Chomp Chase
  11. Blooper Bop

Bonus anagram: Hammer Dance

Word Search

Written by: Shoey (talk)

Hello and welcome back to another thrilling Word Search! A section where you find various words from a topic usually involving Mario! This month, aliens have invaded, as this month's Word Search is all about Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, a very good video game where aliens fight babies. For some reason it was skipped over during Alphadream's "oh god please one of these games make money" phase. But it's not getting skipped over for a Word Search!!! Words can be found vertically, horizontally, diagonally, and backwards (especially backwards)! As always have fun and stay safe!

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Written by: MarioMorty (talk)

Hello everyone and welcome back to another edition of Crosswords, brought to you by me, MarioMorty. This month's theme is some of the main characters of the WarioWare series. Nothing much else for me to say, so see y'all next time in May!

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Hiding Koopa

Written by: Waluigi Time (talk)

More new games! Princess Peach: Showtime! came out last month, the first starring role for Princess Peach in almost 2 decades! (Yes, Super Princess Peach is that old now. I apologize if you remember when it was newly released.) Anyway, new games means new Hiding Koopa, except when it doesn't, I guess. Sorry Super Mario RPG and WarioWare: Move It!. But this time it does! Five Koopas are hiding in this artwork from the game. Hopefully you enjoy this because I'll be re-releasing it in a future issue with no changes except for a slightly different face on the Koopas for no apparent reason. Gotta do what Nintendoes, after all.

Koopa Troopa from Mario Kart 8.
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Thanks for playing! Did you find them all?

Hint Art

Written by: ViableBunnyBudd (talk)

Hello 'Shroom readers, I present to you the first edition of Hint Art written by me, ViableBunnyBudd! I've had this idea for a while now, and I'm happy to finally share it with you!

So here's how it works: I have picked a location somewhere in the game. This is NOT the location of an existing star in the game; it is a custom location! I then made some art that abstractly represents this location in some way. It is now up to you, the reader, to decipher what this art means and to grab this imaginary star at this location! It's just like the rules of the Hint Arts from Super Mario Odyssey, only it's done for other 3D Marios. Most of these will be ground-pound stars like in Odyssey, but if I'm feeling creative I might have these imaginary stars in the air or activated by punching a wall.

For this first issue, I decided to pick a spot in Super Mario 64, fittingly the first of the 3D Marios. Dust off those N64 cartridges or equivalent and try to figure out the first ever Shroom Hint Art!

GAME: Super Mario 64
STAR TYPE: Floating in the air

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Dark, dusty, and dangerous.


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The windows in Big Boo's Haunt are eerily similar to the ones in the hint art. Going inside to the one with a shadow of a star will net you the prize.

Thanks for playing! (Unless you just skipped to the conclusion, in which case no thanks for not playing.) Let me know what you think of this section in the forums going forward - I'd love to hear your feedback!

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

We'll be on an extended time out!

“Gumshoe, we’ve got a new case for you to get to work on. With the coming of a new sports season, many of the athletes of the Mushroom Kingdom and beyond have started to practice for various outdoor sports, which leads us to our crime today. Four specific athletes, Wario, Waluigi, Bowser, and Donkey Kong, have requested your help to find their sports equipment, from golf clubs to tennis rackets to boxing gear. The list is quite long, gumshoe, and it does not escape our notice that all of the requesting clients have had disagreements with Mario and co. at various points in the past. We are investigating to see if the culprit has any ties to Carmen, but for now, your objective is to get all that equipment back so our clients can get back on the field and resume their practice. It’s time to take the court and solve this case, gumshoe!”

Crime Scene

The Crime

Sports equipment has been stolen from several athletes! Find the culprit and recover the stolen items!


“There was a guy running around with a big duffel bag, yeah. He ducked through the mine right through the construction zone!”


“I’m surprised he didn’t want the stone- everyone else seems to. Guess he doesn’t have big dreams.”


“A game where the title matches a developer!”

Location 2


Dozing Sands from Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Screenshot of Dozing Sands, from Mario & Luigi: Dream Team


“This game took Mirror Mode to the max with multiple types of inversions.”


“That guy wanted to get through the wall. I’m surprised he got the Whomps out of the way to get through the breaks.”


“Oh, check out the lovely view of the cathedral! It’s one of the largest in the capital!”

Location 3


Berlin Byways from Mario Kart Tour View of the Berlin Wall and Whomps in Berlin_Byways


“The professor isn’t happy about there being a thief in his storage space. Don’t let them take any of his inventions!”


“This series entry introduced a day and night mechanic, so you can play in the light or in the dark!”


“Oh! Maybe you can use the Wealth Suckage Apparatus to catch your thief!”


HIDEOUT ANSWER: E. Gadd's Garage from Mario Party 6 The board of E. Gadd's Garage during the day in Mario Party 6

It's a loss for this crook!

“Good work, gumshoe! Not only did you solve the crime, but your quick thinking with the Wealth Suckage Apparatus caught our crook red-handed! He had the entire cache of sports equipment on him, so we can successfully return everything to your clients. We have him in custody now, for questioning, so if he is one of Carmen’s cronies, we’ll find out. You’ve done good work today, gumshoe. Donkey Kong and Bowser provided a reward up front for your efforts, and Wario and Waluigi will send some payment after their equipment is fully returned, but don’t get your hopes up too high. We’ve deposited your current coin reward into your account, so it’s time for you to get back to the office and get started on your write-up of this case. We’ll keep you in touch for your next case, gumshoe.”


Written by: Shoey (talk)

Late as always! More award-winning trivia! Did you know?

  1. That according to the Wario World instructional manual, Wario weights 308 pounds?
  2. That in Wario Land 3, the only enemy that can kill Wario is the final boss Rudy?
  3. That despite being called Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3, Mario only shows up during the ending?
  4. That Sam Houston was the only Head of State of foreign country to ever serve in Congress?
  5. That Diddy Kong was originally going to be a redesigned Donkey Kong Jr.?
  6. That contrary to popular belief, there was never intended to be a Safari Hunter ghost in the Safari Room in Luigi's Mansion?
  7. That at one point in time in Donkey Kong 64's development, instead of using a coconut gun, Donkey Kong instead used a regular shotgun?

'Shroom Quiz

Written by: Hooded Pitohui (talk)


Hello, all you readers of The 'Shroom! You enjoyed issue 204, didn't you? Well, how about spending just a little more time with it before Meta Knight takes it downstairs to the archives? I've prepared twelve questions you can use to see how much you remember from this year's March issue! I'll provide two hints with every question to help jog your memory. The first hint will be unrelated to the content of issue 204, to give you an avenue through which you can work out the answer without having to pull up the paper. The second hint will tell you which section from last issue you should read again to find the answer, just in case you find yourself stuck. Are you ready? Let's begin!

QUESTION #1: At which Mushroom World locale did Thriff T. win a nine-hole game of golf last month?

Hint 1

Among the enemies found here are Green Fuzzies, Putrid Piranhas, and Flower Fuzzies!

Hint 2

Check out Clawgripfan9001's Sport Report in Fake News!


Answer: Keelhaul Key

QUESTION #2: An item with an error that made it more valuable to collectors was up for sale last month. This item was the "Rare ____ _____"?

Hint 1

Collect fifty coins at the Midas River, and you'll receive one of these!

Hint 2

Check out Fake News' Overlook Mountain Auction House Presents by Shoey and Waluigi Time!


Answer: Frog Coin

QUESTION #3: Unscramble "Ink Golly", "Proofread Toss", and "Lope Hunch", and you get characters that all appear in what Nintendo Switch Mario game?

Hint 1

Throughout this game, a Bob-omb nicknamed Bobby, Kamek, an archeologist Toad, and other companions will help you in some battles!

Hint 2

Find the answer in Fun Stuff's Anagrams by BBQ Turtle!


Answer: Paper Mario: The Origami King

Another Uncharted Area: Swaying Ruins' Wonder Effect
The site of recovery!

QUESTION #4: What item from Super Mario RPG was retrieved at the Swaying Ruins from Super Mario Bros. Wonder after chasing down a thief?

Hint 1

This item is required to fight Culex!

Hint 2

Go to Fun Stuff and read Where in the Marioverse is Carmen Sandiego? by FunkyK38.


Answer: Shiny Stone

QUESTION #5: What character was fantasizing about wearing Mario's iconic red cap before getting shouted at by his boss?

Hint 1

This character commands a group of Toadies and is a major antagonist in the Yoshi's Island games!

Hint 2

Thoroughly search winstein's The ? Panel in Palette Swap!


Answer: Kamek

QUESTION #6: Two minions of Bowser picked new names for themselves after being released from his army. To what species did these two belong?

Hint 1

In Super Mario World, these come in four color varieties, but they can harm players!

Hint 2

Read Free to be Ourselves by Natalie J. in Palette Swap.


Answer: Koopa Troopas

The pride of what country?

QUESTION #7: Though it competed under Germany's banner in a UK vs. Germany special, combat robot Das Gepäck was actually from what country?

Hint 1

This country is split into twelve provinces, with Limburg, Gelderland, and Zeeland among them!

Hint 2

Read Shoey's What's in a Campaign? in Pipe Plaza!


Answer: The Netherlands

QUESTION #8: Only one section has had over 100 editions in Palette Swap. What section is it?

Hint 1

This one might take some extra knowledge of the paper's history, as it last appeared as a one-off by Waluigi Time in issue 200 and its previous last appearance before that was in issue 175. Yoshi876 and TPG are among this section's past writers. During its run, it shifted from covering official content to covering fan-made content and then returned to official content.

Hint 2

The 'Shroom Report by Waluigi Time has the answer you seek right in Pipe Plaza.


Answer: What's on the Box?

QUESTION #9: In the graphic novel Sunny Makes Her Case, the titular protagonist starts a _____ club at her school.

Hint 1

Competitions for this type of club involve making speeches laying out arguments and making rebuttals.

Hint 2

Read Graphic Novel Review by FunkyK38 in Critic Corner for the answer!


Answer: Debate

QUESTION #10: What brand-name American candy comes in seasonal "White Chocolate Marshmallow Crispy Treat" and "Easter Sundae" flavors?

Hint 1

A famous product of the Mars company, these bite-size treats are chocolate with a colorful candy shell.

Hint 2

For the answer, go to Critic Corner and read Anton's Half-Baked-Reviews!


Answer: M&M's

Better check your 'dex!

QUESTION #11: By flooding Peach's Castle's basement in the Super Mario 63 Flash game, you can access a pipe leading to a secret level prominently featuring what staple Mario enemy?

Hint 1

This enemy hosted a few exclusive board maps in Mario Party 4 that revolved around the Mini Mushroom and Mega Mushroom!

Hint 2

Waluigi Time's Shine Get in Strategy Wing has all that you need!


Answer: Thwomps

QUESTION #12: What Pokémon species is known as the "Humming Pokémon" according to the Pokédex's category feature?

Hint 1

It's a second-stage Pokémon, a dual-type Dragon/Flying Pokémon, and has a Mega Evolution.

Hint 2

Find the answer by looking at Pitohui's Pokémon Academy in Strategy Wing!


Answer: Altaria

So, how did you do? If you were able to get 10-12 correct, consider yourself an Ultra 'Shroom-er! If you got 7-9 correct, you're a Super 'Shroom-er! You can call yourself a 'Shroom-er if you were able to get 4-6 correct, but you might want to refresh yourself if you were a Dry 'Shroom-er who only managed to get 0-3. Oh, and if you managed to get them all without having to use any of the second hints and without looking back at the issue, well consider yourself a Pal of Poochy!

However you did, I hope you enjoyed reminiscing on last month's issue! Now go check out the rest of this month's!

The 'Shroom: Issue 205
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