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Director's Notes (Paper Yoshi (talk))

Hello, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to the Special Holiday Issue!! This is a very special time of the year, and I would like to say something.

I would like to thank everybody who worked hard this year for the paper, especially the Core Staff and the Pipe Plaza writers. I was just a normal writer in the beginning of the year, and now, after twelve months, I am a Sub-Team Director. Not everyone has this opportunity, and I thank Marioguy1 (talk) and the rest of the Core Staff for inviting me to be the new Pipe Plaza Director, which allowed me to contribute further to the team I simply love. I would also like to thank my team for making the Pipe Plaza what it is now. You are the ones who make up this Sub-Team, and you should be proud of your work. I may be the higher authority here, but my hands would be tied without you.

Those are the guys – and girl – who worked very hard this year for the Pipe Plaza:

But that team got a new member very late in the year; I got my first real application, and, along with the Core Staff, I decided to hire the applicant. Please welcome YoshiKong (talk), the new Projects Seeking Contributors writer, to the team!!

Section of the Month

The Section of the Month poll for the November issue got 22 votes, three more than last month. It was also the first Pipe Plaza SOTM poll to have a tie for first place.

The winners, with 8 votes (36.36% of the total) are...

...Forum Update, for the first time, and Mario Calendar, for the second time!!!

Forum Update, written by MrConcreteDonkey (talk), brings readers news on the Super Mario Boards, including, but not limited to, promotions and demotions, policy changes and results for the forum games, such as Mafia or Hurt & Heal. Mario Calendar, written by myself, presents users with a list of all the Mario, Yoshi, Donkey Kong and Wario games released during the month in which the newest issue of The 'Shroom is released. Last month, it covered the games released in a November day. Community Report, written by Bop1996 (talk), got second place, with 3 votes (13.64%), while Tip of the Month, written by FunkyK38 (talk), was the third-placed section, with 2 votes (9.1%).

Well, that was quite a big section, so I shall no longer hold you. The Pipe Plaza writers surely put a lot of work into this issue, so please be sure to read on! I hope you all enjoy it!!

Monthly Report (Paper Yoshi (talk))

Hello, readers, and welcome to the December Issue of Monthly Report!! Once again, there are no announcements regarding this section, so let's get to what matters quickly! These are the wiki's statistics for October, November and December:

(Credit goes to Stooben Rooben (talk) and Super Mario Bros. (talk) for the table coding. Stooben originally created it when writing this section back in Issues XXIII, XXV and XXVI, and SMB based his coding for Issues XXXIX, XL and XLI – which I am using in this issue – off of Stooben's coding.)

December Statistics
Statistic As of 10 December 2012 (22:00)*
Content Pages 12,954
All Pages 103,385
Files 40,534
Edits 1,240,103
Edits per Page 11.99
Registered Users 26,144
Active Users 522
Bots 1
Autopatrolled 35
Patrollers 5
Administrators 13
Bureaucrats 4
Proprietor 1

November Statistics
Statistic As of 9 November 2012 (11:45)*
Content Pages 12,613
All Pages 102,507
Files 39,972
Edits 1,225,048
Edits per Page 11.95
Registered Users 25,779
Active Users 454
Bots 1
Autopatrolled 35
Patrollers 5
Administrators 13
Bureaucrats 4
Proprietor 1

October Statistics
Statistic As of 10 October 2012 (17:40)*
Content Pages 12,533
All Pages 101,335
Files 39,565
Edits 1,212,908
Edits per Page 11.97
Registered Users 25,451
Active Users 515
Bots 1
Autopatrolled 19
Patrollers 6
Administrators 12
Bureaucrats 4
Proprietor 1

November — December Statistics
Statistic As of 9 November 2012 (11:45)* As of 10 December 2012 (22:00)* Percentage Change
Content Pages 12,613 12,954 +2.7%
All Pages 102,507 103,385 +0.856%
Files 39,972 40,534 +1.406%
Edits 1,225,048 1,240,103 +1.23%
Edits per Page 11.95 11.99 +0.335%
Registered Users 25,779 26,144 +1.416%
Active Users 454 522 +14.978%
Bots 1 1 0%
Autopatrolled 35 35 0%
Patrollers 5 5 0%
Administrators 13 13 0%
Bureaucrats 4 4 0%
Proprietor 1 1 0%

October — December Statistics
Statistic As of 10 October 2012 (17:40)* As of 10 December 2012 (22:00)* Percentage Change
Content Pages 12,533 12,954 +3.36%
All Pages 101,335 103,385 +2.023%
Files 39,565 40,534 +2.45%
Edits 1,212,908 1,240,103 +2.242%
Edits per Page 11.97 11.99 +0.167%
Registered Users 25,451 26,144 +2.723%
Active Users 515 522 +1.36%
Bots 1 1 0%
Autopatrolled 19 35 +84.21%
Patrollers 6 5 -16.667%
Administrators 12 13 +8.333%
Bureaucrats 4 4 0%
Proprietor 1 1 0%
*All times EST.

Community Report (Bop1996 (talk))

Hello, welcome to a completely non-themed Community Report. I'm here to bring a little bureaucracy into the orderless system that is December.

Policy Changes


  • DKPetey99 (talk)'s proposal to remove sprites from image galleries failed, 11-1.
  • Coooool123 (talk)'s proposal to merge 10-Point star and 20-Point star to Point Star failed, 4-2.
  • Yoshi K (talk)'s proposal to allow support reasoning for featured article nominations failed, 6-2.
  • YoshiKong (talk)'s proposal to create articles for the non-Mario Nintendo Land attractions passed, 9-4.

Proposals in Progress

  • A TPP to create a navigation template to navigate between all the navigation templates. (Read More)
  • A TPP to move Bonecoaster to Spine Coaster. (Read More)
  • A TPP to merge Squirpina XIV to List of Implied Characters. (Read More)

Featured (Paper Yoshi (talk))

Hello, 'Shroomers, and welcome to Featured!! This month's issue is a Special one, so I decided to guest-write this section once again.

Featured Articles

Two articles have been featured since October:

FA Nominations

The active Featured Article Nominations are:

Failed FA Nominations

A whopping eleven FA Nominations have failed since the last issue of Featured:

  • Shy Guy (Nominated on May 12th; failed on July 11th)
  • Bob-omb (Nominated on May 17th; failed on July 16th)
  • Toad (Nominated on May 30th; failed on July 29th)
  • Super Mario Kart (Nominated on May 17th; failed on August 24th)
  • Good Egg Galaxy (Nominated on July 22nd; failed on September 4th)
  • Thwomp (Nominated on June 20th; failed on September 30th)
  • Macho Grubba (Nominated on August 19th; failed on October 18th)
  • Mario Party 9 (Nominated on August 22nd; failed on October 21st)
  • New Super Mario Bros. Mii (Nominated on July 24th; failed on October 21st)
  • Megasparkle Goomba (Nominated on November 18th; failed on November 18th)
  • Wario Land 4 (Nominated on October 4th; failed on December 1st)

Unfeatured Articles

No articles were unfeatured in the past two months.

Unfeaturing Nominations

Only one FA Unfeaturing Nomination remains active; Goomba was nominated to be unfeatured on April 20th.

Failed Unfeaturing Nominations

The other FA Unfeaturing Nomination, however, failed; King K. Rool, nominated to become unfeatured on August 28th, failed unfeaturing requirements on September 9th.

And that concludes this issue of Featured!!

Forum Update (MrConcreteDonkey (talk))

You guys know what the best thing about Christmas is? The Super Special Fire-Breathing November Forum Update, of course! For there is no better gift. So let's see if anything important happened this month (or otherwise just try to make unimportant stuff sound slightly important, like I do every month!)...

Top Stories
Mason Vorhees (Mason) resigned from his position as a Global Moderator this month, due to real life stuff. Marioguy1 also resigned from being a Global Moderator, but still remains a Local Moderator of the Mafia board.

The moderators have got into the festive mood, and will allow anyone, for the month of December, to change their name and be able to change it back on Christmas day. Yes, everyone. Even those who hadn't had their name changed for a month.

Zackcota was permanently banned on November 19th. He was banned for continuous spamming, despite being warned multiple times.

New Super Yoshi, MKGirlism (YamiHoshi) and IceShadow1199's bans expired.

"Damn" is now censored to "dang".

In November, 632 topics were made. 36386 posts were made, which seems to be the highest so far this year. To contrast that, 21 users joined, which overtakes last month as the lowest so far this year. 199 was the most users online.

Smasher Claus (Smasher (talk)) – 40228
A Festivus Miracle (Ralphfan (talk)) – 27327
MCS (Mileycyrussoulja (talk)) – 27209
Goodolph (UltraMario3000 (talk))– 22574
Nabber (Nabber (talk)) – 19691
Phantom L (Lily (talk)) – 17928
Staraptor (Superjeff64 (talk)) – 16984
Solar Blaze (SolarBlaze (talk)) – 15954
New Year Baby Luigi (BabyLuigiOnFire (talk)) – 15572

Octoberry (Marshal Dan Troop (talk)) – 13323

Mason Voorhees (Puddin (talk)) – 654
A Festivus Miracle (Ralphfan (talk)) – 584
ugozima (Aiko Heiwa (talk)) – 494

Nabber (Nabber (talk)) – 491
Lario (Lario (talk))– 484
'3Klaus (MST3K (talk)) – 422
New Super Mario (New Super Mario (talk)) – 411
Vanillite (Pyro (talk)) – 404
SiFi (SiFi (talk)) – 342

Goodolph (UltraMario3000 (talk)) – 340

Uniju (Uniju :D (talk)) – 220d 5h 11m
Northern Verve (SonicMario (talk)) – 204d 14h 56m

Smasher Claus (Smasher (talk))– 196d 18h 57m
'3Klaus (MST3K (talk)) – 195d 20h 24m
Mason Vorhees (Puddin (talk)) – 170d 10h 25m
Gamefreak75 (Gamefreak75 (talk)) – 167d 10h 8m
Christian Brutal Sniper (Marcelagus (talk)) – 161d 17h 49m

Octoberry (Marshal Dan Troop (talk)) – 144d 20h 56m
Herr Shyguy (Shyguy27 (talk)) – 137d 5h 23m
Super Mario Bros. (Super Mario Bros. (talk)) – 131d 9h 23m

Green signifies the user is at a higher position than last month.
Blue signifies the user is at the same position as last month.
Red signifies the user is at a lower position than last month.
Bold signifies the user is a new entry to the top 10. Italics signify the user is banned.

Mafia and Forum Games
Currently ongoing Mafia games are Beauty Queen Etna's (Rocker64) Post-Apocalypse Mafia, Marioguy1's Heroscape Mafia, Phantom L's (Lily) Kid Icarus: Uprising Mafia and New Super Yoshi's Paper Mario Mafia. Among the currently ongoing Vote to Wins are Vanillite's (Pyro) V2W: Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door and Yoshi Claus' (Yoshi K) V2W: Nintendo All-Stars.

  • a!lpha!bet ma!fia!, hosted by SMB, was won by the Mafia, Gamefreak75 being the only member of it to die (the other members were Rocker64, Palkia47, Smasher and Toad85).
  • The Rebel Alliance (Innocents) won Northern Verve's (SonicMario) Star Wars Mafia.
  • Dangan Ronpa Mafia, hosted by Enobarbus (Bop1996) and Kamome Tsurubami (Superchao), was won by the Innocents (8 of which survived, at the end)...and Nabber.
  • The Oakland A's won Toad85's Major League Baseball Hurt and Heal/Vote to Win combination, after 8 months.
  • Monobear won Smasher's Vote to Win: Forum's Choice IV.
  • After 5 months, Kiyotaka Ishimaru won Pyro's Forum Triathlon.

That's all for this considerably unfestive edition of Forum Update for this festive time. Despite that, have a great Christmas, and make sure the world doesn't end or something like that.

Projects Seeking Contributors (YoshiKong (talk))

Hey and what's up? Welcome to Projects Seeking Contributors! This section will bring attention to any new and active projects on the wiki where input and general discussion are needed. Let's start with the most active and recent projects seen on the Wiki Collaborations forum board.

And that's it for the forum's wiki collaborations. Once again, see the collaboration board for the complete list.
Next up, we have the discussions which are currently taking place on the wiki. These can be seen at Category:Talk pages with unresolved issues. The list is as follows.

And that's all for this months Projects Seeking Contributors! If you think you could help out with any of the issues above, please take part in the said discussion taking place. We'll be updating this section next issue with any new discussions that need attention.

Tip of the Month (FunkyK38 (talk))

Unlike other wikis around the internet, the MarioWiki is not here to provide a subjective view of the items we write about. Objective writing on non-userspace pages, please. Save your opinions for your own page, and please edit the wiki in an objective light.

Mario Calendar (Paper Yoshi (talk))

Hello, everyone, and welcome to this month's Mario Calendar!! The Holiday Season is under way, which means there are plenty of games in December's Calendar. Without further ado, here are all the Mario, Yoshi, Donkey Kong and Wario games released in the last month of the year:

Abb. Region
NA North America
JP Japan
EU Europe
AU Australia/New Zealand
KO Republic of Korea
CN People's Rep. of China

And that concludes the 2012 Mario Calendar!! We shall meet again in Upcoming Games, so see you there!

Upcoming Games (Paper Yoshi (talk))

Welcome, everyone, to the last Pipe Plaza section of the year! This issue of Upcoming Games is all about news, so let's not waste time!

Mario News

As most of you have probably seen, Nintendo released its newest home console, the Wii U, last month. The Japanese company also released the first Mario title for the console, New Super Mario Bros. U. NSMBU was the first Mario platformer to be released as a launch title since Super Mario 64, for the Nintendo 64. Another Mario-related game, Nintendo Land, was a launch title for the Wii U as well.

In the portable realm, the fourth Paper Mario installment, Paper Mario: Sticker Star, was released in all regions within the last 30 days. Players may also download additional DLC packs for New Super Mario Bros. 2: two packs were made available for download on October 25th, one on November 27th – which is free until January 1st, 2013 – and two more on December 5th.

There are also new additions to Nintendo's digital library of games: Super Mario Bros. 2 and Wario Land 3 have been released for the 3DS Virtual Console in Japan and Europe, respectively, while Wario Land II and Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels are set to be released in North America later this month.

Release Dates

  • Wii U
    • North America: November 18th
    • Europe: November 30th
    • Australia: November 30th
    • Japan: December 8th
  • New Super Mario Bros. U & Nintendo Land: Wii U launch titles
  • Paper Mario: Sticker Star
    • North America: November 11th
    • Japan: December 6th
    • Europe: December 7th
    • Australia: December 8th
  • Super Mario Bros. 2 (NES) – 3DS Virtual Console
    • Japan: November 28th
  • Wario Land 3 (GBC) – 3DS Virtual Console
    • Europe: December 6th
  • Wario Land II (GBC) – 3DS Virtual Console
    • North America: December 20th
  • Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels (NES) – 3DS Virtual Console
    • North America: December 27th

And that concludes 2012 for the Pipe Plaza! I wish you all the best in the upcoming holidays!! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

"Stay tuned to Upcoming Games for news on the games you'll be playing soon!"