Hey guys! Welcome to another issue of the Pipe Plaza! If you look at the sign-up page, you'll notice that the Pipe Plaza now has two less writers than it used to. The vacancies are for Ralphfan, resigning from Forum Update and myself, Marioguy1, resigning/being fired from Featured.
This means we now have two new spots open! So go on and sign up for them, read my Pipe Plaza page if you haven't already done so and continue with the issue!
Tip of the Month: When uploading images, try to upload them in the highest quality possible. Don't use .bmp images as the server will not let you upload them. Also try to make good use of the background space, if there is any, such as with character art. It's helpful to center your image then reduce the white space around it in a program like Paint or Photoshop. This will reduce the amount you have to upload, and the server space it takes up.
Since the time I wrote my last section, there have been 2 new PipeProjects started that are in need of contributors. Well, what am I waiting for? Here they are:
First up, we have the Super Mario Sunshine: Blue Coins PipeProject. People who join this should try to find out where all those Blue Coins are, then put them in the location article. Really good idea; it's a real pain to find all of them by yourself.
Next, there's the Wario Land 4 PipeProject. Since most of the articles related to WL4 are stubs (and there are some that don't exist), people who join this should try to create and unstubbify articles on levels and enemies from Wario Land 4.
In memory of Steven Paul "Steve" Jobs (San Francisco, CA; February 24th, 1955 – Palo Alto, CA; October 5th, 2011)
Mario & Nintendo 3DS
September brought us more news regarding 3DS Mario games, including a brand new Mario Tennis installment for Nintendo's handheld console.
Mario Tennis (tentative title) screenshots reveal the game will most likely be based off of Mario Power Tennis for the GameCube. It has also been announced Mario Tennis will feature gyroscope support. As for previously unveiled games, Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7 have finally gotten exact release dates (shown below). Both games will support gyroscope controls and StreetPass, while only MK7 will support SpotPass. In SM3DL, some enemies are set to sport Tanooki tails, such as Goombas and even King Bowser.
Three new characters will race alongside the usual Mario crew in Mario Kart 7; they are Shy Guy – playable in MKDS only as a Download Play option –, Lakitu and Metal Mario. New items, such as the Tanooki Tail, and new retro courses, such as Kalimari Desert and Waluigi Pinball, have also been revealed. As for other courses, MK7 will be the first Mario Kart game with a 1-lap track: Wuhu Island, due to its considerable length. Tricks from Mario Kart Wii are set to return.
In the field of digital media, Nintendo released Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins for the 3DS Virtual Console in all regions but Japan on September 29th. Japanese 3DS owners will be able to control Mario on his quest for the castle's keys starting on October 12th.
SM3DL American box art
MK7 European box art
Mario Tennis logo
Updated Release Dates
Super Mario 3D Land
Japan: November 3rd, 2011
North America: November 13th, 2011
Europe: November 18th, 2011
Australia: November 24th, 2011
Mario Kart 7
Japan: December 1st, 2011
Europe: December 2nd, 2011
North America: December 4th, 2011
Australia: December 2011
Mario & Sonic London 2012 Olympics
North America: November 15th, 2011
Australia: November 17th, 2011
Europe: November 18th, 2011
Japan: December 8th, 2011
3DS version (All regions): February 2012
Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins (3DS Virtual Console)
North America, Europe and Australia: Released on September 29th, 2011
Good morning, afternoon, evening; whenever. Hello lurkers and users of the Super Mario Wiki, this is RAP reporting here and this is October 2011's NIWA News! I would like to apologize for the lack of NIWA news last month (September 2011) due to a lack of notable NIWA News. With school starting, development of most of the wikis out in the internet have considerably had its activity slowed down: and the wikis of NIWA are no exception. Expect only a couple of NIWA News pieces due to this. Here we go:
The Zelda Wiki just recently took a hit and had its servers knocked out, resulting in the website experiencing downtime. Apparently, it is due to an attempted server move that occured on August 25, 2011...but several rough rocks slowed the process down, and thus the website vanished with a loud poof. It lasted until September 21, 2011 - which is 28 days of downtime. Despite the roughness, they've installed new servers - generally more reliable, and faster; it's so that the wiki wouldn't knock down nearly as much. If you've been wanting to contribute more to the wiki, mainly due to the flood of new info from the Zelda series' upcoming Wii video game, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, go on and come in, the wiki is waiting!
And here are some smaller news tidbits:
Metroid Wiki hit 2 million views on their main page on October 7th! The wiki debuted on January 27, 2010 when it first started; it hit their first millionth view on January 12, 2011. The difference in time between the wiki's receiving 2 million views and receiving 1 million views, that's about 9 months! Congratulations!