The 'Shroom:Issue LXXXVIII/Retro Feature
Hello readers, welcome to a special edition of Retro Feature! This section was created by Henry Tucayo Clay (talk) in Special Issue 64. The purpose of Retro Feature, in Tucayo's own words, is to "allow new readers to better know the writers that have greatly contributed to The ‘Shroom" by discussing some of their contributions and showcasing one of their sections from a past issue. This is a piece for 'Shroom historians– for those who like understanding who made this project possible and how far it has come since its inception.
Since we are at our 88th edition, I felt it would be interesting to go all the way back to our 8th issue (October 2007) and highlight both a writer and a section from that time period. Phoenix Rider (talk) (not to be confused with Phoenix (talk), another prominent member in our community) joined the wiki as Monty Mole on 5 August 2006 to pose a question about Anuboo creatures. He continued to edit after joining; notably correcting grammatical and spelling errors, contributing to Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga-related articles, and reverting vandalism on the wiki. His consistent activity and participation led to his promotion to Administrator on 6 October 2006, a position he would keep until 12 April 2008 due to going inactive. He eventually returned as an Administrator on 17 August 2008 and continued to contribute to the wiki until around early 2011, which resulted in an inactivity demotion on 18 May 2011.
During his time on the wiki, Phoenix Rider was one of the earliest contributors to The 'Shroom. He wrote nine Review sections from Issue I (January 2007) through Issue X (December 2007). He covered a variety of Mario games, from retro games like Super Mario Bros. to the (at the time) brand new Super Mario Galaxy, and RPGs like Paper Mario and Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time. He would use a scoring system and rate several features such as gameplay, graphics and replay value and provide an explanation for each score. He would finally discuss his overall opinion on the game and conclude the review.
Phoenix Rider provided interesting, detailed reviews every month and was one of the earliest reviewers of our publication. Here is his review of Paper Mario from Issue VIII (October 2007):
And that is all for this special Retro Feature! Thank you for reading, and I hope you enjoy the rest of this Special Issue!