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Director's Notes (Paper Yoshi (talk))

Hello, everyone, and welcome to the January Issue of Pipe Plaza!! Last month's issue was a great one, and I'm sure the readers enjoyed it. Of course, that wouldn't be possible without the continuous support of the Core Staff and all the regular and guest writers, so I would like to thank everyone who contributed in one way or another to the latest Holiday Issue.

Speaking of contributing to the paper, there are still two vacant sections in the Pipe Plaza team, – Featured and Anniversary Announcements – so please be sure to sign up for them!! The application form can be found in the sign up page, so all you need to do is fill it in and PM me your application on the Super Mario Boards. The Core Staff members will then proceed to review it within the following week while voicing their opinions, ultimately deciding if you are fit for the position(s).

Section of the Month

Last month's Section of the Month poll got 22 votes, the same as November.

The December Section of the Month, with 6 votes (27.27% of the total), is...

...Projects Seeking Contributors, for the first time!!!

Projects Seeking Contributors, written by the newest Pipe Plaza member, YoshiKong (talk), covers projects from the Wiki Collaborations forum board and any wiki discussions that need attention. YoshiKong was the first Pipe Plaza writer to be awarded the SOTM prize in his first section.

The second-placed sections were Monthly Report and Mario Calendar, with 5 votes (22.73%), while Upcoming Games got third place, with 3 votes (13.64%). All three sections are written by myself, Paper Yoshi (talk).

And that's all for this month's notes! Now go on to the other sections!

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Monthly Report (Paper Yoshi (talk))

Hello, and welcome to this month's issue of Monthly Report! A new year has started, which means there are twelve months of statistics ahead of us. Here are the wiki's stats for November and December, the last two months of 2012, and January, the first month of 2013, followed by comparisons between those sets of statistics:

(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.)

January Statistics
Statistic As of 10 January 2013 (13:15)*
Content Pages 12,807
All Pages 95,675
Files 41,120
Edits 1,252,834
Edits per Page 13.09
Registered Users 13,587
Active Users 509
Bots 2
Autopatrolled 37
Patrollers 6
Administrators 12
Bureaucrats 4
Proprietor 1

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

December — January Statistics
Statistic As of 10 December 2012 (22:00)* As of 10 January 2013 (13:15)* Percentage Change
Content Pages 12,954 12,807 -1.135%
All Pages 103,385 95,675 -7.457%
Files 40,534 41,120 +1.446%
Edits 1,240,103 1,252,834 +1.027%
Edits per Page 11.99 13.09 +9.174%
Registered Users 26,144 13,587 -48.03%
Active Users 522 509 -2.49%
Bots 1 2 +100%
Autopatrolled 35 37 +5.714%
Patrollers 5 6 +20%
Administrators 13 12 -7.692%
Bureaucrats 4 4 0%
Proprietor 1 1 0%

November — January Statistics
Statistic As of 9 November 2012 (11:45)* As of 10 January 2013 (13:15)* Percentage Change
Content Pages 12,613 12,807 +1.538%
All Pages 102,507 95,675 -6.665%
Files 39,972 41,120 +2.872%
Edits 1,225,048 1,252,834 +2.268%
Edits per Page 11.95 13.09 +9.54%
Registered Users 25,779 13,587 -47.294%
Active Users 454 509 +12.114%
Bots 1 2 +100%
Autopatrolled 35 37 +5.714%
Patrollers 5 6 +20%
Administrators 13 12 -7.692%
Bureaucrats 4 4 0%
Proprietor 1 1 0%
*All times EST.

Community Report (YoshiKong (talk))

Hey and welcome to the Community Report. I'm filling in for Bop1996 this month, as he is busy with school stuff. Hope you're back soon Bop! So to start, these are the most recent changes we have had to Super Mario Wiki Policy.

  • As we now allow anonymous IPs to edit, the Blocking Policy has been updated to suit the new change.
  • The BJAODN rule which discourages user comments below sections has been changed. We are now more lenient on commenting, while still restricting comments which aren't aimed at making the section funnier, as well as back-and-forth exchanges.
  • MarioWiki:Glitch was created. This page provides pointers on how to organize the information present in Glitch pages, and explain in what circumstances a glitch isn't legitimate for coverage on the wiki.
  • The "English and Non-English Sources" section of MarioWiki:Naming was expanded to include standards for page titles when romanizing Japanese.

If you have any questions or concerns about these polices, feel free to post a comment on this forum thread. Next up, these are the most recent proposals which have reached a consensus.

And these are the current proposals in progress.

The following are the most recent changes to user rights.

And that's it for this month's Community Report. We wish you a happy and prosperous 2013, and all the best to Bop1996 with his real life duties.

Forum Update (MrConcreteDonkey (talk))

Hey guys, welcome to the first Forum Update of 2013! Since it's the start of a new year, it goes without saying, but I'll say it anyway: Happy Haitian Independence Day! I can't help but think there was something else...oh yeah, Coptic and Russian Orthodox Church Christmas! But enough celebration, let's see what went down in December on the Super Mario Boards. Is your blood not boiling with pure excitement?

Top Stories
A new rule has been added! Don't we all love new rules? Rule the sixteenth states:

"Do not bump old topics unless you have something relevant to say or contribute. information irrelevant to the topic or replying to an old quote will be considered spam. As well, do not cause a riot if a user has bumped or created a thread if the said user has something relevant to say. If the user has made a post in an old topic that violates this rule, simply report it to the moderators."

IceShadow1199 was banned permanently on January 3rd. He was banned for violating rule 8 (no flaming, trolling, harassing, racism etc.) after many warnings and temporary bans.

Post-Damage Invincibility was also permanently banned, for obvious trolling and disturbing the peace. He was banned on January 13th.

YamiHoshi earned a temporary ban for infractions on rule 8 (racism) and rule 11 (inappropriate content). She was banned for 30 days, and her ban expires on February 3rd.

A ridiculous amount of new smilies were added. First came :drosh:, which was Neptune99 Dry Bowser with a top hat and monocle:


Next came :drybow:...


Finally, :metal: and :blooper: were added.

metalmario.gif blooper.png

Also, the forum logo was covered in snow for the festive season:


Doesn't it make you feel...uncomfortably cold?

In December, a vastly uninteresting number of 512 topics were made, bringing the entire total for 2012 to 7114, which is the highest total for a year so far. 24405 posts, which was the lowest amount of 2012, were made, bringing the total for the year to 350459. 21 new users joined, bringing the total to 410. And the most online was 119, the highest of the year being 282, in October, for some reason. Seriously, nothing ever happens in October.

Smasher (Smasher (talk)) – 41163
MCS (Mileycyrussoulja (talk)) – 27922
Ralph (Ralphfan (talk)) – 27327
E-102 Gamma (UltraMario3000 (talk))– 22885
Gundam Tanaka (Nabber (talk)) – 20389
Nagito Komaeda (Lily (talk)) – 18475
Staraptor (Superjeff64 (talk)) – 17039

Baby Luigi (BabyLuigiOnFire (talk)) – 16281
Solar Blaze (SolarBlaze (talk)) – 15984
Cornelius Van Wyck Lawrence
(Marshal Dan Troop (talk)) – 14046

Mason (Puddin (talk)) – 669
Ralph (Ralphfan (talk)) – 587

Nabber (Nabber (talk)) – 500
ugozima (Aiko Heiwa (talk)) – 494
Lario (Lario (talk))– 490
Doomie (MST3K (talk)) – 426

Pyro (Pyro (talk)) – 422
New Super Mario (New Super Mario (talk)) – 418
E-102 Gamma (UltraMario3000 (talk)) – 361
FireUmbreon (EctoBiologist (talk)) – 353

Uniju (Uniju :D (talk)) – 225d 14h 4m
Northern Verve (SonicMario (talk)) – 212d 14h 10m
Smasher (Smasher (talk))– 205d 12m
Doomie (MST3K (talk)) – 198d 11h 21m
Mason Vorhees (Puddin (talk)) – 174d 23h 52m
Chilly (Gamefreak75 (talk)) – 170d 20h 44m
Christian Brutal Sniper (Marcelagus (talk)) – 163d 19h 33m
Cornelius Van Wyck Lawrence (Marshal Dan Troop (talk)) – 154d 2h 49m
Herr Shyguy (Shyguy27 (talk)) – 137d 5h 28m
Super Mario Bros. (Super Mario Bros. (talk)) – 135d 16h 39m

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 Mafias are Yoshi K's Yoshi K Mafia, Pyro's Volcano Mafia, Epic Nitwit's Rhythm Thief and the Emperor's Treasure Mafia. Other ongoing games include Nagito Komaeda's (Lily) User Big Brother 4 (currently at week 9), Smasher's Vote to Win: Forum Choice V and the Undertaker's (GutsehMan) Vote to Redemption 2.

  • Sonia Nevermind's (Rocker64) Post-Apocalypse Mafia was won by GreenDisaster and the Savages...that sounds like a good name for a band.
  • The Innocents won New Super Yoshi's Paper Mario Mafia.
  • Nagito Komaeda's Kid Icarus: Uprising Mafia was won by the Underworld Army.
  • GreenDisaster's DigiMafia Adventure was won by the Innocents.
  • Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door won Rocket J. Squirrel's (Magikrazy) Gamecube Vote to Win.

Yep, that's all for December, and most of January too. But don't tell anyone that. I'd lose all credibility and turn into Huckleberry Hound. And you don't want that, do you? Goodbye, and Happy Uniting of Moldavia and Wallachia Under the Same Ruler in 1859 Day!

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.

Topic Started by... Description
Request: New Super Mario Bros. 2 Stage Icons LTIan
LTIan (talk)
A request for several different stage icon sprites from the game New Super Mario Bros. 2, which are to be uploaded onto the wiki.
Unused files MCS
Mileycyrussoulja (talk)
There are currently hundreds of unused files on the wiki that shouldn't be there. Help us decide what can be done with them!
Words consistently used wrong on the wiki Glowsquid
Glowsquid (talk)
This thread brings attention to several words where the meaning is being misinterpreted on the wiki's articles, such as "prequel" and "remake".
Collab/Request - PMSS List of Stickers, Kersti's Tattles, Level Info Pyro
Pyro (talk)
The article Paper Mario: Sticker Star is currently missing much needed info and images about the Stickers, Kersti's advice and levels seen in the game. Help us out!
Collab: Good writing Enobarbus
Bop1996 (talk)
A collaboration to rewrite and bring attention to poorly written articles which go against the policy MarioWiki:Good writing.
Request: Bigger Pictures of the following things LTIan
LTIan (talk)
A request to obtain larger images of those seen in the thread, which are to be uploaded onto the wiki.
Request: NSMB2 World Maps LTIan
LTIan (talk)
A request for the world maps found in the New Super Mario Bros. 2 official Prima game guide.
Discuss: New and Returning enemies NSY
NSY (talk)
Discuss how we could organize the "Enemies" section on the articles of recent Mario games, beside splitting them into "New" and "Returning" enemies.
Bad Walkthrough-style Writing Enobarbus
Bop1996 (talk)
A collaboration to improve articles which are currently poorly written in a walkthrough-style matter, such as this for example.
Collaboration: Unstubify Knife
Knife (talk)
A collaboration to help clear the stub list, which is currently at around 160 articles.

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

Talk page discussion Started by... Description
Talk:Blue Toad (Super Mario Galaxy) Banon (talk) Discuss the official name for the Blue Toad which appears in the Super Mario Galaxy series.
Talk:Game & Watch Collection Banon (talk) Discuss whether the article Game & Watch Collection (which actually also gives partial coverage to its sequel Game & Watch Collection 2, as it is not directly related to the Mario series), should be organized into a series article.
Talk:Green Boo Banon (talk) Discuss whether the names Green Boo, Red Boo and Black Boo (seen in Super Mario Bros. Deluxe) are official names.
Talk:List of Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door beta elements Glowsquid (talk) A source is requested for a piece of info regarding a "sick status effect" seen on the beta elements page of Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.
Talk:Mario's Early Years! Fun with Letters Baconator (talk) Help us find the correct release date for the game Mario's Early Years! Fun with Letters. It is believed to be around 1993-1994.
Talk:Planet Bomber 1337star (talk) Discuss whether the article Planet Bomber should be moved to Bomberland, as that is the title seen in Mario media such as the game Wario Blast: Featuring Bomberman!.
Talk:Reversible Platform Banon (talk) Rename the article Reversible Platform (which came from a French translation) to the more suitable translation Flip-Swap Platform.
Talk:Roof Bop1996 (talk) Discuss possible ways to split Roof into more appearance-specific articles.
File talk:SM64DS-First Floor Map.GIF Megadardery (talk) There are two versions of a picture which maps out the first floor of Peach's Castle in Super Mario 64 DS. Help us decide which one to keep and which one to delete.
Talk:Spiny Shell (Mario Kart) Banon (talk) Discuss whether the article Spiny Shell (Mario Kart) be moved to a non-identifier title, while the currently named article Spiny Shell be given the identifier title.
Template talk:World Banon (talk) Template:World is currently missing several icons from recent games. As a temporary substitute, said icons are being reused from past games. Please help up obtain and upload these icons!

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))

To help keep your account safe from hackers, choose a difficult password to replicate. "Mario165" would not be the best choice, but "MaRiO36lUiGi92" would be a good choice. Mixing capitals and lowercase letters and adding numbers are both good ways to keep your account safe. If a difficult password doesn't work for you, try changing your password once in a while.

Mario Calendar (Paper Yoshi (talk))

Hello, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to Mario Calendar! It may look like this issue isn't special at all, but this is the first January Mario Calendar I write for the paper, so I guess that counts as being somewhat special. The list is rather short, but many well-known games were released sometime during January. These are the Mario, DK, Yoshi and Wario games released in the first month of the calendar year:

Abb. Region
NA North America
JP Japan
EU Europe
AU Australia/New Zealand
KO Republic of Korea

And that's all for now! I'll see you again right away, in Upcoming Games, so keep reading!!

Upcoming Games (Paper Yoshi (talk))

Hello, fellow 'Shroomers, and welcome to another issue of Upcoming Games!! This month, we'll take a quick look at the next installment of the WarioWare series, Game & Wario, which is set to be released in all regions by March 2013. It was covered by the President of Nintendo, Satoru Iwata, in a Japanese Nintendo Direct video posted last month.

Fruit, one the minigames in Game & Wario

Game & Wario, the ninth WarioWare game, will include 16 minigames, which will support up to five players. Additionally, every minigame will involve the Wii U GamePad in a certain way. In his Nintendo Direct video, Mr. Iwata focuses on two of those minigames. The first one, called Fruit, was featured in Part 2 of our 2012 Special E3 Coverage. It pits one player against a team of 1-4 players. The single player must choose a character to be the "thief"; he or she will then proceed to walk around town and steal fruit discreetly while the other players, the "detectives", try to spot him or her on the TV screen. After the time runs out, each "detective" must try to guess who is the "thief" by taking the GamePad and choosing one of the suspects.

The other game featured in the video is called Gamer. It is a single player minigame in which the player controls 9-Volt. 9-Volt wants to play video games on bed, but his mother won't allow him to do so. Thus, the player is tasked with playing WarioWare-styled microgames on the GamePad while paying attention to the TV screen to make sure 9-Volt's mother isn't nearby. If she comes into the bedroom to see if 9-Volt is sleeping, the player must put the GamePad away. The game ends when 9-Volt is caught playing games on bed or when he runs out of lives in his own game.

Nintendo eShop

Three Mario games have been released for the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console since the last issue. The Game Boy Color version of Wario Land II and Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, for the Nintendo Entertainment System, were released in North America on December 20th and 27th, respectively, while Super Mario Bros. 3, also for the NES, was released in Japan on January 1st, 2013, the first day of the year.

Release Dates

  • Game & Wario: Wii U launch window
  • Wario Land II (GBC) – 3DS Virtual Console
    • North America: December 20th, 2012
  • Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels (NES) – 3DS Virtual Console
    • North America: December 27th, 2012
  • Super Mario Bros. 3 (NES) – 3DS Virtual Console
    • Japan: January 1st, 2013

And that's all for the first Pipe Plaza of the year! See you in February!!

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