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Director’s Notes (Marioguy1 (talk))

Hey guys! Welcome to another Issue of the Pipe Plaza! Last month was amazing, and I am very proud to say that Issue L was possibly (and probably) the best ‘Shroom issue ever; and definitely the best that I’ve seen.

But as usual, we continue on with the regular happenings. We still have a few spots open if anyone wants to sign up, and my Pipe Plaza page is still up for those who want more information.

Thanks, and read on!

Mario Calendar (WigglerWhoopin'Warrior135 (talk))

Tip of the Month (FunkyK38 (talk))

Tip of the Month: When you're making a longer edit, such as typing a level summary into a page, you might want to copy it onto your computer by using your mouse to select "Copy." That way, if the edit times you out, you can just paste what you've typed into the page. I do this with my longer 'Shroom article, and it really helps when I know I'm taking longer on an article than my time on the forum goes for.

Special E3 Issue: Upcoming Games (Paper Yoshi (talk))

Welcome everyone to the first E3 issue of "Upcoming Games"! As usual, June brings us news about the Mario games currently in development while unveiling new ones. For this month, we have more details about two games covered here in previous issues and a new game announced at Nintendo's conference on June 7th.

E3 2011 screenshot of Mario gliding toward some Coins in Rock Rock Mountain in Mario Kart 7.
Mario and Peach gliding over the track

Mario Kart 3DS

The Mario Kart series once again surprises the fans and players with completely new features. Characters are not limited to solid ground anymore; they can now both fly and go underwater thanks to the addition of air gliders and propellers to all vehicles, though only when needed. Karts will also be customizable with different parts, such as tires or gliders.

Retro tracks are expected to appear once again in MK3DS. However, only three have been revealed so far: Airship Fortress (DS), Luigi's Mansion (DS) and Maple Treeway (Wii). Another returning feature is the inclusion of coins within the races after three games and 10 years of absence.

The official trailer also revealed other playable characters, which include regular racers such as Peach or Yoshi. Players will be able to choose their Miis as well.

Tanooki Mario returns to the Mario series after being absent for 23 years

Super Mario 3D

The 3D Mario series is back to the DS line, this time with a game developed from scratch. Super Mario 3D will be the first true 3D Mario platformer; players will be able to accurately judge their position in the different levels with the stereoscopic 3D, making it easier to calculate jumps and attacks.

SM3D's gameplay is a mix of 2D and 3D platformers. While stages are three-dimensional, they are more linear than the ones from the 3D Mario games, such as Super Mario Galaxy. Levels also feature a time limit and flagpoles, common elements from the Super Mario Bros. games.

As previously hinted, the Super Leaf will make its second appearance in the Mario series, after debuting in Super Mario Bros. 3. However, it'll now transform Mario into Tanooki Mario, rather than his suit-less counterpart.

Luigi's Mansion 2

The strobe function in action

Reggie and Iwata-san, you're too slow. I needed this game for LAST MONTH'S ISSUE. :<

Luigi fans, rejoice! The green brother is back for more ghost-sucking action in Luigi's Mansion 2! After fighting King Boo and rescuing Mario in the Nintendo GameCube installment, Luigi once again takes on the ghost hunter role to capture some ghosts from various dark and spooky mansions, now in real 3D.

The game is expected to be a lot more puzzle oriented with the addition of different types of ghosts. Capturing those creatures now requires the activation of a quick burst of light, a strobe, as opposed to simply shining the flashlight on them. Luigi will also be able to suck many ghosts at once, although the number for the final version of the game is still unknown.

More details about the game are expected to come as we near the release date.

Release Dates (North America)

  • Mario Kart 3DS: Holiday 2011
  • Super Mario 3D: Holiday 2011
  • Luigi's Mansion 2: 2012

And that closes June's issue! E3 coverage will continue in the next month with the remaining 3 Mario games. See you in July!


Due to a lack of News, NIWA News will not be included this month. Be sure to check back next month!

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PipeProjects Seeking Contributors (Yoshiwaker (talk))

There are quite a few new PipeProjects created that you might want to join. See if you are interested in any of these!

  • New Super Mario Bros. Wii Trading Cards, made by Superfiremario (talk). This project will make a page on the trading cards for NSMBW and upload images for it.
  • Add {{World}} to all platform games, made by Mario Fan 123 (talk). This project will add the World template to world articles in games such as Super Mario Bros. and New Super Mario Bros.
  • Remove white background space from sprites, created by Bowser's luma (talk). This project will upload new versions of sprites with a transparent background.
  • Help add {{aboutfile}} to as many images as you can, created by ThirdMarioBro (talk). This project will add the aboutfile template to images.

Forum Update (Ralphfan (talk))

Aside from a multitude of name changes and crazy events in Stooben's Mafia game, there hasn't really been much to report on for this month. I would like to encourage those of you who are playing 'Shroom Mafia to be more active in the game thread and, for those of you that haven't been trying, actually apply some strategy. This is a big event for The 'Shroom and I don't want to see Tucky's efforts go to waste.

NOTICE: This section was written before the game ended, which ended up happening before the issue was released.

Anniversary Announcement (Ralphfan (talk))

The polls are here! Please go and vote! The Awards Staff has finished choosing 60 polls and nominees for each of them to be voted on. Now it's up to you to vote for the winners. Please refrain from entering joke votes or votes for "all" or "none" in the "Other" category.

You can now join our "Guess the Results" contest!

Aside from the voting, there is still lots of work to be done. Sign-ups will open for presentations on July 1st. As I stated last month, users can sign up to reveal the results of an award using some sort of digital medium. Polls close on July 13. Once all the results are tallied, they are sent out to the presenters so that they can include the results in their presentations. On August 5th, all presentations are due to me and SMB on the forums. Any late presentations (unless the presenter has provided a reasonable excuse and a date for when they can turn it in) will be handed over to backup presenters.

The actual awards ceremony will be held on the forums on August 12 from 4:00 pm (16:00) to 10:00 pm (22:00) Eastern Daylight Time (UTC-4).

There may also be game tournaments held during the festive weekend. Their inclusion is still being determined by the Awards Committee. There will be other surprises as well, some of which will be unveiled between now and the July issue.

Featured (Marioguy1 (talk))

This month, in the way of Featured Articles, we have one new featured article,

And on the other hand, we have finally unfeatured an article (sad face); it is Baby Peach.

Failed Feature nominations are:

And failed unfeature nominations are:

And that's it for the Pipe Plaza this month!