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Director's Notes (Paper Yoshi (talk))

Hey, there, and welcome to the July Issue of Pipe Plaza!! I have no special news to share with you this month, so let's get to the...

...Section of the Month Results!

Last month's SotM poll got a total of 14 votes, with a 40% increase from the previous poll.

The June Section of the Month, with 6 votes (42.86% of the total), is...

...Mario Calendar, for the fourth time overall, the second in a row!

Mario Calendar, written by myself, Paper Yoshi (talk), presents readers with a list of all the Mario-related games released in a certain month of the year, the one in which the latest 'Shroom issue is released. Last month, we took a look at the games released in a June day. Tip of the Month, written by FunkyK38 (talk), got second place for the second time in a row, with 3 votes (21.43%). YoshiKong (talk) and MrConcreteDonkey (talk) tied for third place with their Community Report and Forum Update sections, respectively, earning 2 votes each (14.28%).


And that's all for this month's notes! I hope you enjoy this issue!!

Monthly Report (Paper Yoshi (talk))

Hello, and welcome to another issue of Monthly Report! There are no news regarding this section, so let's check the wiki stats from July, June and May, 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.)

July Statistics
Statistic As of 11 July 2013 (14:00)*
Content Pages 13,553
All Pages 103,361
Files 46,557
Edits 1,368,660
Edits per Page 13.24
Registered Users 15,096
Active Users 592
Bots 2
Autopatrolled 44
Patrollers 4
Administrators 10
Bureaucrats 4
Proprietor 1


June Statistics
Statistic As of 9 June 2013 (17:30)*
Content Pages 13,434
All Pages 101,939
Files 45,172
Edits 1,345,458
Edits per Page 13.20
Registered Users 14,760
Active Users 437
Bots 2
Autopatrolled 42
Patrollers 5
Administrators 10
Bureaucrats 4
Proprietor 1


May Statistics
Statistic As of 12 May 2013 (19:30)*
Content Pages 13,377
All Pages 100,560
Files 44,157
Edits 1,329,691
Edits per Page 13.22
Registered Users 14,570
Active Users 463
Bots 2
Autopatrolled 42
Patrollers 5
Administrators 10
Bureaucrats 4
Proprietor 1


June — July Statistics
Statistic As of 9 June 2013 (17:30)* As of 11 July 2013 (14:00)* Percentage Change
Content Pages 13,434 13,553 +0.886%
All Pages 101,939 103,361 +1.395%
Files 45,172 46,557 +3.066%
Edits 1,345,458 1,368,660 +1.724%
Edits per Page 13.20 13.24 +0.303%
Registered Users 14,760 15,096 +2.276%
Active Users 437 592 +35.469%
Bots 2 2 0%
Autopatrolled 42 44 +4.762%
Patrollers 5 4 -20%
Administrators 10 10 0%
Bureaucrats 4 4 0%
Proprietor 1 1 0%


May — July Statistics
Statistic As of 12 May 2013 (19:30)* As of 11 July 2013 (14:00)* Percentage Change
Content Pages 13,377 13,553 +1.316%
All Pages 100,560 103,361 +2.785%
Files 44,157 46,557 +5.435%
Edits 1,329,691 1,368,660 +2.93%
Edits per Page 13.22 13.24 +0.151%
Registered Users 14,570 15,096 +3.61%
Active Users 463 592 +27.862%
Bots 2 2 0%
Autopatrolled 42 44 +4.762%
Patrollers 5 4 -20%
Administrators 10 10 0%
Bureaucrats 4 4 0%
Proprietor 1 1 0%
*All times EST.

Community Report (YoshiKong (talk))

Hey and welcome to the Community Report, here to keep you updated on the latest wiki happenings. Well to begin, we've had a few changes in policy, most of which are due to outcomes of proposals. MarioWiki:Galleries was created, which contains guidelines and standards which must be followed when creating gallery subpages. MarioWiki:Personal images was updated to include a point about personal audio and video files. Several corrections and updates have been made to the Manual of Style, including various website statistics. The template {{Wikipolicy}} was created, which is placed on and includes links to every Help, Policy and Writing Guidelines page on the wiki, improving navigation between them. The Featured Article requirements was made more lenient when it comes to article length and coverage for obscure titles. And all glitch pages were semi-protected as a precaution against frequent addition of false and poorly-written content.

These are the most recent Proposals which have reached a consensus.

And that's all for this month's edition of the Community Report. I hope that you enjoy the rest of the issue!

Featured (Paper Yoshi (talk))

Hey there, and welcome to Featured!! This section hasn't had an official writer for quite some time, so I decided to write it once again.

Featured Articles

Six articles have been featured since the last issue of Featured, although one of them was unfeatured later. They are:

Re-featured Articles

Additionally, one article has been re-featured since December. It is Waluigi, which was re-featured on March 19th.

FA Nominations

There is only one ongoing Featured Article Nomination. Bianco Hills was nominated for Featured Article Status on June 15th.

Failed FA Nominations

Fourteen FA Nominations have failed since December:

Unfeatured Articles

A total of nine articles have been unfeatured in the past seven months:

Unfeaturing Nominations

There are currently no FA Unfeaturing Nominations.

Failed Unfeaturing Nominations

Seven of those Nominations, however, have failed this year:


And that concludes this issue of Featured! I hope you enjoyed it!!

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
Post Sticky Icon.png Holy Grails Glowsquid
Glowsquid (talk)
A request for valuable information to help expand articles article subjects which are hard to come by. If you are knowledgeable about any content outlined in the thread, then please let us know.
Post Sticky Icon.png 'Shroom Spotlight Hobbes
Henry Tucayo Clay (talk)
Read about the latest updates and progress on the 'Shroom Spotlight project. Users are welcome to post feedback and suggestions for future editions.
Post Normal Icon.png Collab: Intro standards for subpages Banon
Banon (talk)
A collaboration to help all subpages (i.e. Staff, Gallery, Beta Elements, Glitches, Staff and Quotes) follow a specific standard to word the intro, as per a passed proposal.
Post Normal Icon.png Improving the WarioWare: Smooth Moves page and subjects related to it Glowsquid
Glowsquid (talk)
A collaboration to improve the WarioWare: Smooth Moves article, which is currently lacking basic information, as well as a number of other issues outlined in the thread. This project was also a focus for last month's edition of The 'Shroom Spotlight.
Post Normal Icon.png COLLAB: Get rid of Images' redirects Megadardery
Megadardery (talk)
A collaboration to help get rid of all image redirects, which should be bypassed and deleted.
Post Normal Icon.png Collab: Clean up glitch lists Mr. Game & Watch
Mr. Game & Watch (talk)
Many of the glitch pages are poorly written and out of shape, and collaboration is needed to identify flaws and work to improve them.
Post Normal Icon.png COLLABORATION: Image replace-a-thon 2010 of 2013 RAP
RAP (talk)
Coinciding with the User:RAP/test3 project on the wiki, this is a collaboration to help reupload higher quality versions of a list of images. Sign-ups are available on the project talk page.
Post Normal Icon.png Collab: Empty Section Policy Baby Luigi
BabyLuigiOnFire (talk)
A collaboration to help articles comply with the Empty Section Policy.
Post Normal Icon.png 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.
Post Normal Icon.png Removing redundant categories Drift
Mariotime11 (talk)
Many categories on pages could be replaced with something more specific. For example, "Category:Enemies" and "Category:Luigi's Mansion" would be redundant if there is "Category:Luigi's Mansion Enemies". See the thread for more information.
Post Normal Icon.png Collab: Removing uppercases Banon
Banon (talk)
As per a new guideline, only the first word and proper nouns should be capitalized in article section titles. This is a big change, and we need users to collaborate and get all the articles on the wiki to follow this standard.
Post Normal Icon.png Collaboration: Diddy Kong Racing Course Articles Mario Party X
LeftyGreenMario (talk)
A collaboration to expand and improve the Diddy Kong Racing course articles. Help is required in general rewriting and uploading additional images.
Post Normal Icon.png Request: Figuring out potential Mario reference in Yu-Gi-Oh manga Caliborn
Hitokage (talk)
A scan of an English Yu-Gi-Oh manga shows a reference which is made to the Mario Bros. The original Japanese page scan is requested, to confirm that that the reference wasn't added only in the unofficial translation.
Post Normal Icon.png Collaboration: Unstubify Knife
Knife (talk)
A collaboration to help clear the stub list, which is currently at around 140 articles.

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.

Talk page discussion Started by... Description
Talk:Bat (Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon) Megadardery (talk) It's been suggested that Bat (Luigi's Mansion) should be merged with Bat (Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon).
Template talk:Button RAP (talk) Three suggestions for Template:Button have been put forward for discussion.
Template talk:DidYouKnow RAP (talk) It has been suggested that a page is created where past "Did You Know?" entries are kept archived. Opinions on the idea are required.
Talk:Form Baton GBAToad (talk) Discuss whether the article Form Baton should split the microgames to a separate article.
Talk:Green Boo Banon (talk) Discuss whether "Green Boo" is an official name.
Talk:Line in the Sand RAP (talk) It has been requested that a 1 vs. 2 version of the minigame is uploaded as a screenshot for the Line in the Sand article.
Talk:List of Mario references in video games GBAToad (talk) A request for finding additional references which may be found in either Tomodachi Collection or Tomodachi Collection: New Life.
Talk:List of Paper Mario beta elements Yoshi876 (talk) The article list of Paper Mario beta elements, being a Featured Article, has a fairly short introduction. Discuss how it can be expanded.
Template Talk:LM Yoshi876 (talk) Discuss whether a new section of the template {{LM}} should be created and titled "Special ghosts", to separate ghosts which only appear once in the game Luigi's Mansion, such as Waiter.
Talk:Mario & Wario Time Q (talk) An older question from 2008, though it still needs to be resolved. The source of the world names on the Mario & Wario is unknown, and they might not be official names. If you are able to help confirm whether these names are official or not, please post a comment.
Talk:Mowz Aokage (talk) Discuss whether Mowz should be merged with the Little Mouser article.
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:Softnica Glowsquid (talk) Discuss the relationship between the companies Softnica and Pax Softnica, including trying to find the correct release date of the company as multiple sources give different dates. A user fluent in Japanese is requested to translate several pages which may give clarification between the two companies.
Category talk:Staff RAP (talk) Category:Staff contains many staff pages, which lists people who worked on a particular game. However, most of the pages only has Nintendo America credited for localizing games. The credits for other regions should be listed as well.
Talk:Surfing Blooper Zakor1138 (talk) Discuss whether "Surfing Blooper" is an official name.
Talk:Venus Ice Trap Banon (talk) Some controversial information regarding the origin of the Venus Ice Trap enemy has been reverted in the past. The current story is that the enemy was originally published on Fantendo in 2010, and letters sent to Nintendo resulted in the enemies appearing in the recent game New Super Mario Bros. U. Discuss whether this information should be included in the article or not.
Talk:Yoshi Banon (talk) Discuss whether the Yoshi from Super Mario Bros. Deluxe is the character Yoshi, or the non-individual Yoshi.

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 and projects that need collaboration.

Tip of the Month (FunkyK38 (talk))

When creating new pages, always look over your information to make sure you have enough to fill a page. Two to three good sized paragraphs will do, unless it is a very obscure topic. If your page does not contain enough relevant information, it will be deleted by an administrator promptly.

Mario Calendar (Paper Yoshi (talk))

Hello, fellow readers and writers, and welcome to another issue of Mario Calendar!! As usual, I have no news regarding this section, so let's get to its calendar part. These are the Mario, DK, Yoshi and Wario games released in the seventh month of the calendar year:

Abb. Console/Store
NES Nintendo Entertainment System
SNES Super Nintendo Entertainment System
N64 Nintendo 64
GCN Nintendo GameCube
Wii Nintendo Wii
GB Game Boy
GBC Game Boy Color
GBA Game Boy Advance
NDS Nintendo DS
VC Wii Shop - Virtual Console
3DSVC Nintendo eShop - Virtual Console
Abb. Region
NA North America
JP Japan
EU Europe
AU Australia/New Zealand
KO Republic of Korea
CN People's Rep. of China
HK Hong Kong, China
TW Republic of China (Taiwan)

And that's all for now! I'll see you again in Upcoming Games!!

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

Hello, everyone, and welcome to the Special E3 Issue of Upcoming Games! Last month was full of news for Mario fans, with the announcement of many new games and features from previously announced games in the Nintendo Direct @E3 2013 video, broadcast simultaneously around the world on June 11th. As usual, the President of Nintendo, Satoru Iwata, walked the Big N fans through the company's upcoming games for 2013 and 2014, including many Mario titles.

Nintendo Direct @E3 2013

"Meow!"

The first Mario game to appear in the video was Super Mario 3D World, for the Wii U. It is the direct sequel to Super Mario 3D Land, and brings back many elements from said game, such as the 2D-based 3D levels. It also brings new features to the 3D Mario series; the most obvious one, as seen in the game's logo, is the new Cat Mario form, which allows players to scratch enemies and climb up walls. Additionally, SM3DW is the first 3D Mario game to include a multiplayer mode, featuring the four playable characters from the North American version of Super Mario Bros. 2: Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach and Toad. Each one of those has a special ability, as in SMB2: Mario is the all-around character, making him suitable for casual players and beginners; Luigi can jump higher and farther than the other characters, but has worse traction; Peach is able to hover in mid-air for a short period of time; and Toad runs faster than the other three characters, although it takes longer for him to reach the top running speed. Super Mario 3D World will be released in North America in December.

Afterwards, Mr. Iwata unveiled the eighth installment in the Mario Kart series, Mario Kart 8. As shown in the game's trailer, it borrows elements from its two predecessors, Mario Kart Wii and Mario Kart 7. Bikes make a second appearance in the series, after being absent from MK7, and the number of characters per race changes once again, going back to the twelve from MKWii. Mario Kart 8 will also feature tricks, similar to Mario Kart Wii and Mario Kart 7, aside from the gliders and underwater racing from the latter. However, none of these is the game's main feature. Mario Kart 8 will introduce yet another gimmick to the Mario Kart series: players will be able to race on vertical walls and upside-down with the new anti-gravity driving feature, with new courses that take advantage of this gimmick. Last, but not least, WAAAAAAAluigi will return to the series, after being inexplicably left out of Mario Kart 7. Mario Kart 8 will hit shelves all around the world in the spring of 2014.

MK8 Prerelease Mario Circuit Mario.png

The third new Mario-related game to be unveiled was Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, the sixth game in the Donkey Kong Country series. The Nintendo Direct broadcast focused on a few aspects of Tropical Freeze. It showed all the different camera angles present in the game, which, along with the Wii U's HD graphics, make up for an outstanding gaming experience never seen before in the series. Tropical Freeze will also see the return of Dixie Kong to the series after eight years, as she joins the two characters from Donkey Kong Country Returns, Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong, in a quest to save Donkey Kong Island from a group of Vikings. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze will be released in November.

Last, but definitely not least, a final Mario-related game, or should I say, two final Mario-related games were unveiled by Satoru Iwata in the Nintendo Direct conference. Those are none other than two new installments in the highly successful Super Smash Bros. series, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. The gameplay remains virtually unchanged from the other games in the series, with a few changes from Super Smash Bros. Brawl. The game speed will be much more similar to that of Melee, and tripping has been removed altogether. As for other elements, each new version of Super Smash Bros. will have some platform-exclusive features. For example, characters will have a cel-shaded graphical style and a black outline in the Nintendo 3DS version, so that they can be seen better in the smaller screen, while the Wii U version retains the graphical style of Brawl, with the addition of HD graphics to the game. Stages will also differ between the two versions. The 3DS version will have more stages based on handheld games, while stages based on home console games will appear in the Wii U version.

Despite those differences between the two versions, they will have the same character roster. Thirteen characters have been confirmed so far, with three of them being newcomers to the series. Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U will mark the debut of the Animal Crossing Villager, the Wii Fit Trainer and Mega Man in the Super Smash Bros. series. The other ten veteran characters are Mario, Bowser, Donkey Kong, Link, Samus, Pit, Fox, Kirby, Pikachu and Captain Olimar. Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U will be released in 2014.

Other News

Two new Mario games were released since the last issue of Upcoming Games; Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D was released for the Nintendo 3DS in North America and Europe on May 24th, in Australia on May 25th and in Japan on June 13th, while Game & Wario was released in North America, Europe and Australia on June 23rd, 28th and 29th, respectively.

In the field of digital releases, the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U got new Virtual Console titles in May and June. A total of four games have been released for the Wii U Virtual Console. The first one is Mario Bros., released in Japan on May 29th, and in North America, Europe and Australia on June 20th. The second title is none other than Super Mario Bros., released only in Japan on June 5th. Japanese and European players are now able to purchase the first game in the Mario Kart series, Super Mario Kart. It was released in Japan and Europe on June 19th and 20th, respectively. The last new Virtual Console title is Yoshi, released in Japan and North America on June 12th, and in the PAL regions on June 13th.

The 3DS Virtual Console, on the other hand, got only one new title; Wario's Woods was released in Japan on May 29th.

Release Dates

Released Games
  • Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (3DS)
    • North America and Europe: May 24th
    • Australia: May 25th
    • Japan: June 13th
  • Game & Wario (Wii U)
    • North America: June 23rd
    • Europe: June 28th
    • Australia: June 29th
  • Wario's Woods (NES) – Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console
    • Japan: May 29th
  • Mario Bros. (NES) – Wii U Virtual Console
    • Japan: May 29th
    • North America, Europe and Australia: June 20th
  • Super Mario Bros. (NES) – Wii U Virtual Console
    • Japan: June 5th
  • Yoshi (NES) – Wii U Virtual Console
    • Japan and North America: June 12th
    • Europe and Australia: June 13th
  • Super Mario Kart (SNES) – Wii U Virtual Console
    • Japan: June 19th
    • Europe: June 20th
Upcoming Games
  • Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Wii U)
    • North America: November 2013
  • Super Mario 3D World (Wii U)
    • North America: December 2013
  • Mario Kart 8 (Wii U)
    • North America: Spring 2014
  • Super Smash Bros for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U
    • North America: 2014

And that's all for this month's Pipe Plaza! See you in August!!




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