The 'Shroom:Issue LXXIV/Pipe Plaza
Director's Notes (Paper Yoshi (talk))
Hello, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to the May Issue of Pipe Plaza! I have important news regarding my position as Upcoming Games writer, but that will be covered in UG itself, so be sure to check it out!
Aside from that, there's nothing else I'd like to talk about, so let's move on to...
Section of the Month
Last month's SotM poll got only 15 votes, with a 40% decrease from the March poll's 25.
The April Section of the Month, with 6 votes (37.5% of the total) is...
...Anniversary Announcements, for the first time!!!
Anniversary Announcements, which was written by Turboo (talk) in the last issue, presents readers with an overview of everything related to the Super Mario Wiki's Anniversary festivities, including news on the Awards and other anniversary-related events. Last month, Turboo focused on the award changes that were discussed by the Awards Committee in March. The second-placed section was Projects Seeking Contributors, written by YoshiKong (talk), with 4 votes (25%), while MrConcreteDonkey (talk) got third place with his Forum Update, earning a total of 3 votes (18.75%).
So, that's all for now, folks! I hope you enjoy this issue!!
Monthly Report (Paper Yoshi (talk))
Hello, readers, and welcome to another issue of Monthly Report!! I'm Paper Yoshi, the Pipe Plaza Director, and this month I'll be showing you the wiki statistics from May, April and March, along with comparisons between those sets of stats.
(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.)
Hey and welcome to the Community Report, here to keep you updated on the latest wiki happenings. So during this month on the wiki, we've had quite a big change in staff. There have been two demotions since the last issue: former Pipe Plaza writer Bop1996 (talk) has demoted from sysop to autopatrolled due to inactivity. And Fun Stuff director Marshal Dan Troop (talk) has resigned from his patroller position. On top of these, we have also had two promotions. Turboo (talk) was promoted to a patroller: congratulations! And yours truly YoshiKong was made a sysop.
These are the most recent proposals which have reached a consensus.
And the following are talk page proposals which have recently reached a consensus.
We now bring you the talk page proposals currently in progress.
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 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:Unresolved talk pages. The list is as follows.
And that's all for this month's 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.
Always make sure your spacing is correct before saving edits to a page. Improper spacing in a table could mess up the entire format. Leaving a space before text or an image on a page with the space bar will result in that text being surrounded by a dashed blue box, which is quite unsightly in an article.
Mario Calendar (Paper Yoshi (talk))
Hello, and welcome to another issue of Mario Calendar! There isn't anything new regarding this section, so let's check all the Mario, Yoshi, DK and Wario games released during the fifth month of the calendar year. Here they are:
And that's all for Mario Calendar this month! See you in Upcoming Games!!
Upcoming Games (Paper Yoshi (talk))
Hello, readers, and welcome to Upcoming Games!! As I said earlier in my notes, I have a very important announcement regarding this section, so let's get to it right away.
Starting this month, I'll switch to a bi-monthly writing plan for Upcoming Games. I have been struggling to finish my sections before the deadline in one way or another for a whopping six months, and, even though I was able to cope with that in the last six issues, it has become impossible for me to continue doing all this work. Upcoming Games takes up a considerable time for me to write, since it usually involves a lot of research. That, plus all the stuff I have to do for college, has been driving me crazy during the two weeks preceding each issue's release, so I ultimately decided to change it. I will write for this month's issue, and then the bi-monthly writing cycle begins. However, I might write for the June Issue in case the E3 coverage needs to be split up between the June and July Issues.
Well, I guess that's all I wanted to say! Now it's time to discuss...
Another Nintendo Direct Conference!
Nintendo held yet another Nintendo Direct conference last month, on April 17th. That was before Issue LXXIII was released, but, since the Pipe Plaza was done by then, I decided to write about it in the following issue, which happens to be this one.
As with the other Nintendo Direct videos, Satoru Iwata, the President of Nintendo, unveiled many new details on previously announced games, aside from two new 3DS Mario titles. The first game to be featured in the broadcast was Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, as Mr. Iwata walked viewers through a bit of the game's story and some gameplay aspects. Princess Peach is, once again, for the thousandth time, kidnapped, and then dragged to Luigi's Dream World. Mario must explore said world, which may be accessed when Luigi sleeps on a magical pillow, in order to save Peach.
The gameplay is basically the same from previous games in the series, with some unique mechanics. Although he's sleeping while Mario explores the Dream World, Luigi is able to help his big bro in various situations, including platforming segments and enemy battles. The battle system remains virtually unchanged, with five categories of attack, as in Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time. However, a new special attack category, called Luiginary Attacks, replaces Bros. Attacks in the Dream World. Mario & Luigi: Dream Team will be released in North America on August 11th, and in Europe, Australia and Japan on July 12th, 13th and 18th, respectively.
Iwata-san then proceeded to talk a bit about Mario Golf: World Tour. As the game's subtitle suggests, World Tour will feature online worldwide multiplayer, as well as local multiplayer. It will also use the Community system introduced in Mario Kart 7 to let players join themed matches. The game will be released in all regions this summer.
The first new Mario game to appear in the conference was Mario Party (tentative title), for the Nintendo 3DS. The gameplay remains the same from other Mario Party titles, with a twist this time around. The 3DS Mario Party installment will feature seven different boards to choose from, and each will have their own set of rules. Boards will also differ in game length; some will be shorter, while players will compete for a longer period of time in others. MP3DS will also support AR cards, as some minigames will require them. Mario Party is scheduled to be released this winter.
Afterwards, Satoru Iwata presented additional information regarding Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D. A new mode, fittingly called the New Mode, will be added to the game in order to make it easier and more friendly for new players, or players that found the original game too challenging. In the New Mode, Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong have three hearts each, instead of the two from the Wii version. Additionally, it will feature items designed to help the player in various ways, such as the Green Balloon, which will float players back to safety once after a fall. A brand new world has also been added to the game: it will be unlocked after the player beats the main game, in either mode. Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D will be released in North America and Europe on May 24th, in Australia on May 25th and in Japan on June 16th.
Another game discussed by the President of Nintendo was Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move, which, as of the time of writing this, has already been released in North America, Europe and Australia. It introduces a new perspective to the Mario vs. Donkey Kong series with brand new 3D-styled levels. Minis on the Move features over 180 levels across four different game modes. Those include a broad variety of levels, from small and simple ones to gigantic levels that don't fit in a single 3DS screen. Minigames are also included in Minis on the Move. The game will be released in Japan this summer.
Mr. Iwata also unveiled a second new Mario game: Yoshi's Island (tentative title), for the Nintendo 3DS. More details about the game will be announced in a future date. Lastly, Bill Trinen, from the Nintendo Treehouse, announced that Game & Wario will be released in North America on June 23rd. It will also be released in Europe and Australia on June 28th and 29th, respectively.
Nintendo launched the Wii U Virtual Console in all regions last month (check below for specific release dates), and three Mario games were released alongside the Virtual Console launch: Super Mario World (SNES), in all regions; Donkey Kong Jr. (NES), in North America, Europe and Australia; and Mario's Super Picross (SNES), in Japan, Europe and Australia.
Update: Last Minute News!
Hello, everyone, this is Paper Yoshi (talk) with news on the latest Nintendo Direct video, which was broadcast earlier today (May 17th). I could cover this in a future issue, since we're just one day away from release, but, as I will switch to a bi-monthly writing plan – meaning I won't write Upcoming Games in the next issue – I decided to write it today. As always, Satoru Iwata unveiled new games and more details on previously covered games.
The video kicked off with the announcement of a new installment in the Mario & Sonic series. Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games will be the fourth game in the series, and will retain the same gameplay as its predecessors. More details will be unveiled in the future.
Afterwards, JC Rodrigo, from the Nintendo Treehouse, proceeded to show a few more gameplay details and additional footage for both Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D. Minis on the Move was released in North America earlier this month, on May 9th, while DKCR3D will hit physical and digital shelves a few days from now, on May 24th (check above for release dates in other regions).
JC then showed three minigames from Game & Wario: Islands, Patchwork and Kung Fu. Islands is a multiplayer minigame in which players must catapult their Fronks to an island divided in sections that give different amounts of points. The objective is to score the most points, done by correctly landing Fronks on the island and knocking other players' Fronks off. Patchwork is a single-player game that consists on placing patches onto a cloth to decipher the hidden shape of an object. In Kung Fu, players must guide the jumping Young Cricket through different platforming levels by tilting the Wii U GamePad.
Mr. Iwata made a second appearance to deliver more information regarding New Super Luigi U, a special DLC pack for New Super Mario Bros. U. Since the game will not feature Mario as a playable character, he will be replaced by Nabbit, an enemy from NSMBU who stole items from Toad Houses. Nabbit won't be able to use collected power-ups, but, in turn, he won't take damage by touching enemies. New Super Luigi U will be released as DLC for NSMBU in Japan on June 19th, in North America and Europe on June 20th and in Australia on July 21st. Additionally, a standalone retail version of the game, which will not require the player to own NSMBU, will be released in Japan, Europe and Australia on July 13th, 26th and 27th, respectively, and in North America on August 25th.
Lastly, as a separate piece of news, Super Mario Bros. 2 (NES) was released for the North American Wii U Virtual Console yesterday, May 16th.
And that's all for this last minute section of Upcoming Games! I'll be back with more news in July, so please stay tuned!!
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