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Director’s Notes

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Written by: Zange (talk)

Hello readers and welcome to December! The nightmare year is almost over!! I'm gonna keep things short and simple here because I don't have any brainpower to think of anything creative or funny this time around.

So, usual announcements. If you like what you see in Pipe Plaza and are wanting to join in the fun, consider checking out the sign up page to look for ideas! Additionally, congratulations to Anton and Turb, who will once again be our Awards Director and Sub-Director for 2021's Awards!

Happy Holidays and enjoy the rest of the month~

Section of the Month

Place Section Votes % Writer
1st Poll Committee Discussion 8 53.33% Lakituthequick
2nd NIWA News 5 33.33% Alex95
3rd Mario Calendar 2 13.33% GPM1000

MarioWiki Sections

Stay up-to-date with the latest happenings from the NIWA wiki network!
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Find out all about this month's Super Mario releases.
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Non-Wiki Sections

The best analysis of the polls around!
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Written by: Alex95 (talk)

Hello, everyone! Welcome to NIWA News, a section where I show the going ons with the wikis in our NIWA group within the last month!



  • TheFlameChomp has stepped down from his positions on the Super Mario Wiki.


  • Several wikis may be updating to the new MediaWiki version 1.35, so if something looks off, hang tight! Check with an admin on their wiki for more information.

Mario Calendar

Written by: GPM1000 (talk)

Hey guys, GPM1000 here once again for Mario Calendar! This actually marks the three-year anniversary of the Mario Calendar section (at least my version of it), and while I know I’ve been incredibly inconsistent and had an extremely long hiatus, but this time I’m here to stay, I promise! Anyways, you all know how this works, so let’s go!

Region Abbreviations

Abb. Region
ALL All Regions (JP/NA/EU/AU)
JP Japan
NA North America
EU Europe
AU Oceania/Australia
SK South Korea
CHN China
UK United Kingdom

Console Abbreviations

Abb. Console
NES Nintendo Entertainment System
Famicom Family Computer Disk System
SNES Super Nintendo Entertainment System
N64 Nintendo 64
GC Nintendo GameCube
Wii Nintendo Wii
Wii U Nintendo Wii U
GB Game Boy
GBC Game Boy Color
GBA Game Boy Advance
DS Nintendo DS
3DS Nintendo 3DS
Switch Nintendo Switch
Wii VC Nintendo Wii Virtual Console
3DS VC Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console
3DS eShop Nintendo 3DS eShop
Wii U VC Nintendo Wii U Virtual Console
Wii U eShop Nintendo Wii U eShop
Switch eShop Nintendo Switch eShop
DSiWare Nintendo DSiWare
WiiWare Nintendo WiiWare
VB Virtual Boy
G&W Game and Watch
64DD Nintendo 64 Disk Drive
MS-DOS Microsoft Disk Operating System
Satellaview Satellaview
CD-i Philips CD-i
e-Reader e-Reader
Arcade Arcade
IQ iQue Player
NVS Nvidia Shield
ACPC Amstrad CPC
Atari Atari
ZX ZX Spectrum
Commodore Commodore
Coleco Colecovision
  • December 19
  • December 30

And that’s it for 2020! I sincerely want to thank you guys for consistently rating my section really highly, it’s always a ton of fun to make and I’m glad that I’m able to do this. If you had any enjoyment reading through my section this year, I’m so happy that I was able to do that for you. 2020 has been a crazy, heartbreaking year, and I want to thank all the readers and all the writers at The ‘Shroom for providing an awesome, monthly distraction. With that being said, I hope that if you celebrate a winter holiday that it’s awesome, and if you don’t celebrate any, I wish you a very happy December and an awesome new year! See you in January!

Poll Committee Discussion


Written by: Superchao (talk)

Hello, 'Shroom readers! It's ya boy Superchao here, somehow doing too much work with too little time yet again. Please stop me from signing up for everything. Please

The News

We don't have much news this time around! The main thing is that Power Flotzo (talk), BBQ Turtle (talk), and Lakituthequick (talk) have all done their two-week terms, showing the success of the concept so far. As we go along, the Poll Committee's gonna be collaborating with other groups and projects to try and see how we can help. Look forward to that!


When developing remakes, where do you feel Nintendo should mostly focus? (Luigi 64DD (talk) and BBQ Turtle (talk), November 22nd, 2020)

When developing remakes, where do you feel Nintendo should mostly focus?

Nintendo should focus on remaking games which were generally liked but had flaws, so that they can be ironed out to their full potential. 37.72% (636 votes)
Nintendo should remake any games, so long as additions or changes are made that make them worth revisiting. 27.16% (458 votes)
I would have liked the announcements more if certain announced titles were not limited edition. 17.66% (316 votes)
Nintendo should focus on remaking well-received games, without significantly altering the experience of the original. 17.62% (297 votes)
Nintendo should avoid remaking games and instead focus on entirely new games. 10.20% (172 votes)
Nintendo should focus on remaking poorly received games, overhauling them into a new experience. 7.30% (123 votes)
Total Votes: 1,686

Are you satisfied with Nintendo's announced releases for Super Mario's 35th anniversary? (Hooded Pitohui (talk) and Lakituthequick (talk), November 8th, 2020)

Are you satisfied with Nintendo's announced releases for Super Mario's 35th anniversary?

I like the announced titles and merchandise, but would have preferred to have an entirely new Mario game announced for the anniversary, too. 40.08% (717 votes)
Yes, I think Nintendo has announced a large enough collection of titles and merchandise to make this a satisfying celebration. 28.40% (508 votes)
I would have liked the announcements more if certain announced titles were not limited edition. 17.66% (316 votes)
I would have preferred that more classic Mario games had been rereleased in some form as part of the anniversary. 7.88% (141 votes)
No, as too much of the announcements were for merchandise, rather than game titles. 4.81% (86 votes)
No, I feel that they should be releasing a much greater amount of non-game merchandise. 1.17% (21 votes)
Total Votes: 1,789


When developing remakes, where do you feel Nintendo should mostly focus?
Unsurprisingly, the kind of game people most want to see is "flawed but salvageable" games. That's one of the purposes of a remake, after all! The chance to go in and correct what was bad about the original... though not always, considering how many remakes are of perfectly well-received games. What surprised me was the second place being "just remake anything!" - I wouldn't have expected that personally, considering that some of the negatively-received remakes were ones that just took something recent and added more. Look at the general reaction to the Bowser's Inside Story remake! Perhaps people just want easier access to games and new stuff to justify it? Just... yeah. Don't make it limited time. Artificial scarcity is bad and I'm glad to see how many people agree.

Are you satisfied with Nintendo's announced releases for Super Mario's 35th anniversary?
A whopping 40% of our voters were for a new game! Which... yeah, I can't blame them. To be fair, there were only a handful of Nintendo games this year in general considering Everything Going On, but even then, Mario's their flagship series, and besides Paper Mario and Mario Kart Live, all we got were slightly polished remasters that get discontinued to encourage artificial scarcity. Good ol' corporate mechanics. What surprised me more, though, was the nearly 30% who were all "that's good stuff". Admittedly, the merch does help, as does the upcoming theme park - if it ever opens - but I was expecting a lot more negative reactions. Mario being Mario tends to make things work out, I guess!


Two polls in a row about the anniversary, huh? Well, considering what wiki we're on, you shouldn't be surprised. There's a lot of potential to talk about there! Perhaps we'll get more... you'll find out soon, when you see the next polls!

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