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So, do you want to write for The 'Shroom? Well, you've come to the right place! Here are some steps that you should follow if you want to start writing for the paper.

  • If you need to stray from the release schedule you agreed to when applying for any reason (such as going on vacation or handling an emergency off of the wiki), be sure to contact the Core 'Shroom Staff member that you submit your sections to: we will work something out.
  • If you cannot submit your section for that month, but you have a reliable friend who can fill in for you, then absolutely ask them to provide us with a section in your stead and inform your relevant team director of the arrangement.
  • Feel free to suggest new section ideas or even apply for an already filled position, for we don't mind two different perspectives on a similar subject.
  • If you have any more questions about signing up and writing for The 'Shroom, please contact Meta Knight.

The application form is as follows:

1.) Which position would you like to apply for?

2.) Writers have the choice to submit sections monthly, bi-monthly (every other month), or volunteer-based (one-time submission). Please select which section plan you would like to observe.

3.) The staff reserves the right to remove writers from their position if their actions reflect badly on The 'Shroom. Actions like these include extensive misbehavior on any part of the community. Do you accept this condition?

4.) Please write a full-length demo of your section. That way, we can have a bit of your work to decide if you can be on the team. Your demo section and all sections that follow must comply with our policies in the Manual of Style. Failure to do so may result in the immediate rejection of your demo.

Please privately send your complete application to our Statistics Manager through the forums, Discord, or other means you can work out with the Statistics Manager. The Core Staff will have a week to review your application, and you will receive your results within a couple of days after the week passes. For sections which do not require you to sign up, you may send your section directly to the relevant team director. Team directors reserve the right to reject any sections which do not meet the minimum standards of quality outlined in The 'Shroom Manual of Style.

In addition, if you're more inclined to contribute art to the paper, rather than writing, we offer opportunities for users to sign up to a call list of volunteer artists who may be contacted if The 'Shroom needs extra assets for, for instance, special issues. If you're interested, please read this forum thread for more information, then contact the Design Manager, let them know you would like to sign up, and let them know what kind of art you're most interested in making! If you aren't looking to become a volunteer artist, but still want to share art through the paper, we offer a no sign-up required section for community art in our Palette Swap team.

Directing Staff

The following is a list only of those staff members who directly handle sections of The 'Shroom. For a complete list of all Core 'Shroom Staff members, please refer to our contact page.

Position Details Member
Director Publishes new editions of The 'Shroom every month. Sets immediate, monthly, and yearly goals for publication; provides framework for staff cooperation and efficiently delegates tasks in order to enact plans. Responsible for final review and implementation of policy suggestions. Shoey (Talk Page · Forum Profile)
Sub-Director / Editor-in-Chief Prepares and edits new editions prior to release. Enforces writing policies as laid out in the Manual of Style. Assists Director in overseeing accomplishment and implementation of plans. Assumes full managerial responsibilities upon the Director's inability to fulfill obligations. Meta Knight (Talk Page · Forum Profile)
Statistics Manager Compiles spreadsheets, statistics, and reports for managerial purposes. Keeps records of hired and fired writers, past submissions, and staff changes. Assists in archiving previous editions. Contact them if you're interested in writing for The 'Shroom. Meta Knight (Talk Page · Forum Profile)
Spotlight Manager Provides direction for and oversees progress of The 'Shroom Spotlight collaboration. Announces project updates and new editing focuses in a monthly staff section. Coordinates discussion in the project topic on the Super Mario Boards. RHG1951 (Talk Page · Forum Profile)
Fake News Director Directs and manages entertainment and advice pieces in Fake News. Waluigi Time (Talk Page · Forum Profile)
Fun Stuff Director Directs and manages puzzle and activity sections in Fun Stuff. Roserade (Talk Page · Forum Profile)
Palette Swap Director Directs and manages exhibitions of music, art, and community fiction in Palette Swap. FunkyK38 (Talk Page · Forum Profile)
Pipe Plaza Director Directs and manages news, factual overviews and statistics sections in Pipe Plaza. Zange (Talk Page · Forum Profile)
Critic Corner Director Directs and manages opinion pieces and review sections in Critic Corner. Hypnotoad (Talk Page · Forum Profile)
Strategy Wing Director Directs and manages in-depth analyses and instructional sections in Strategy Wing. Hooded Pitohui (Talk Page · Forum Profile)

Fake News

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"Wah, wah, WAAAH!?! FAKE news? Baloney! These are REAL news! 100% certified, truthful news of things happening in the Mushroom Kingdom RIGHT NOW, you ignorant schlub! How would you like it if I came to your home and said YOU didn't exist!? We cover everything here, from police reports, to weather forecasts, to obituaries. Sometimes there's even a TV guide. We get the real Mushroom Kingdom scoop to you! In fact, the only bit of FAKE news we have here are the advisories to not let a certain purple man into your homes. You can disregard that nonsense! People who wear purple are awesome and trustworthy!"

Current Sections

Section Details Member Example
Director's Notes Introduction to Fake News. Also announces firings, hirings, resignations, and more. Waluigi Time (talk) N/A
Cooking Guide A cooking section, sharing fictional recipes and kitchen experiences relating to the Super Mario franchise. ClawgripFan9001 (talk) Issue 202
Dear Waluigi Time Waluigi Time offers questionable advice on the issues of life. Waluigi Time (talk) Issue 191
Mushroom Tribune Hooded Pitohui and Shoey share their own thoughts on fictional reports in the Mushroom Kingdom. Hooded Pitohui (talk) and Shoey (talk) Issue 169
News Flush A Super Mario-themed newspaper report about a fictional occurrence. No sign up required Issue 141
Overlook Mountain Auction House Presents Fliers advertising Super Mario items that are available for auction. Shoey (talk) and Waluigi Time (talk) Issue 192
The Sorcery Show A demonstration of magic by Pyrokles, Eighth Legend of the Koopa Kingdom, and his assistant Kroop. Legend 8 (talk) Issue 200
Sport Report ClawgripFan9001 provides the latest sports news from the Mushroom Kingdom. ClawgripFan9001 (talk) Issue 186
The Sunshine Travel Guide Information on hot vacation locales around the Mushroom Kingdom. TheBlueCatMenace (talk) Issue 196
TV Tomorrow A description of fictional TV shows related to the Super Mario series. Quizmelon (talk) Issue 154

Example Sections

This is a selection of sections which have been featured in Fake News in the past and typify the content found in the team. The editions of these sections featured as examples have been selected because they reflect the scope of Fake News' goals and content as a team, but you do not have to follow these sections exactly in tone and style, formatting, content, or coverage. You can either apply to write your own version of these sections or use them as inspirations for a new or modified section.

Section Details Example
Hot Records Coverage of fictional music, albums, or songs relating to the Super Mario franchise and news related to these topics. Issue 153
Obituaries A report of a fictional death which occurred in the Mushroom Kingdom. Issue 152
Peddler's Place A variety of advertisements regarding various things. Issue 155
Police Blotter A section including crime reports, deaths, and major injuries relating to the Super Mario franchise. Issue 141

Fun Stuff

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"Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. Be welcomed to our Fun Stuff table where we deal in games and puzzles of all kind. Things you will encounter here include crossword puzzles, word searches, pictures where you have to spot the differences or find a hidden secret. Be not discouraged, the game is open to old regulars and newcomers alike. Are you ready to up the ante and play your stunning hand? Or is it time to fold and go home? Be sure to trust your instincts. But once your chips are down, do not betray your heart's decision with hesitation. Rien ne va plus!"

Current Sections

Section Details Member Example
Director's Notes Introduction to Fun Stuff. Also announces firings, hirings, resignations, and more. Roserade (talk) N/A
Anagrams A game where readers unscramble various anagrams to form Super Mario-related phrases. BBQ Turtle (talk) Issue 154
Connections Words with some relation to the Super Mario franchise are presented, and it's your job to figure out how they're connected to each other. Roserade (talk) Issue 201
Crossword Guess the correct words from the provided hints. MarioMorty (talk) Issue 174
Hiding Koopa Look for the Koopas in the given picture. Waluigi Time (talk) Issue 188
It's aMAZEing Find a way out of a detailed maze. Ninja Squid (talk) Issue 201
Trivia A collection of fun or little-known facts are presented. Shoey (talk) Issue 144
Where in the Marioverse is Carmen Sandiego? Try to solve a mystery using given clues, similar to the popular television series. FunkyK38 (talk) Issue 150
Word Search Search for a collection of themed words in a standard word search. Shoey (talk) Issue 169

Example Sections

This is a selection of sections which have been featured in Fun Stuff in the past and typify the content found in the team. The editions of these sections featured as examples have been selected because they reflect the scope of Fun Stuff's goals and content as a team, but you do not have to follow these sections exactly in tone and style, formatting, content, or coverage. You can either apply to write your own version of these sections or use them as inspirations for a new or modified section.

Section Details Example
Guess Who! Clues that describe a character. Issue 144
Musical Quiz Try to guess the origins of these pieces of music from the Super Mario franchise. Issue 176
Picross A picross puzzle is presented, along with basic instructions and the solution. Issue 185
Quiz A short series of quiz questions and answers. Issue 140

Palette Swap

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"I have been promised food in exchange for describing this part of the paper, so here we go! First, the name "Palette Swap" is being grievously misused; there is no actual swapping of color palettes going on here. What this actually is about is showcasing and discussing arts and crafts. From glorious paint masterworks, to music, to the written word, and somesuch... All manner of art is exhibited and discussed here. It's like one of those galas where they stand around babbling about the newest painting collection or symphony, only without the guy walking around handing out snacks. Speaking of which..."

Current Sections

Section Details Member Example
Director's Notes Introduction to Palette Swap. Also announces firings, hirings, resignations, and more. FunkyK38 (talk) N/A
The ? Panel Comics poking fun at various aspects of the Super Mario franchise. winstein (talk) Issue 190
Community Art Have a piece of art you want to share? Put it here! No sign up required Issue 187
Community Comics Fan-created comics are featured in this section. No sign up required Issue 181
Drawn and Pressed Presents an overview and history of newspaper comic strips both popular and obscure. winstein (talk) Issue 156
Shmaluigi, Private Investigator Serialized detective stories from the point of view of Shmaluigi. Waluigi Time (talk) Issue 173
Sport Report: The Movie ClawgripFan9001 goes on an adventure to save the Annual Mushroom World Games. ClawgripFan9001 (talk) Issue 202
StoryCentral A section of different fanfiction series created by Cosmic Cowboy. Cosmic Cowboy (talk) Issue 190
Waluigi Time Comic Comics starring Waluigi Time and a wacky cast of characters. Waluigi Time (talk) Issue 174
World of Plight This ongoing story shares the thoughts and experiences of Super Smash Bros. icons in journal form. Magolor04726 (talk) Issue 155

Example Sections

This is a selection of sections which have been featured in Palette Swap in the past and typify the content found in the team. The editions of these sections featured as examples have been selected because they reflect the scope of Palette Swap's goals and content as a team, but you do not have to follow these sections exactly in tone and style, formatting, content, or coverage. You can either apply to write your own version of these sections or use them as inspirations for a new or modified section.

Section Details Example
Mario's Boombox Shows off unique video game music and fan-covers, from the Mario series or otherwise. Issue 165
Ongoing Fan Projects Details new fan-art galleries on the forum, requests threads, comics, and other artistic projects. Issue 128
Random Image of the Month An image, such as game-related artwork or sprites, is selected and discussed. Issue 190
Site Seeing Takes a tour of official Nintendo sites and their structure. Issue 163

Pipe Plaza

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"Well met! What we have here appears to be a factual news and information conglomerate. Announcements, statistics, general information about any topic... All of it appears to be here, hoo. Factual content and overviews characterize this sample of the paper. If you're a restless youngster with nary a care, you might find this part of the newspaper rather dry and stuffy. But once you get to be my age, you will appreciate being well-informed. Anyhoo, I'm unsure where the pipes come in. Maybe the idea is to evoke thoughts of information shooting around in pneumatic tubes? What tomfoolery, though I guess it provides some levity."

Current Sections

Section Details Member Example
Director's Notes Introduction to Pipe Plaza. Also announces firings, hirings, resignations, and more. Zange (talk) N/A
Anniversary Announcements A seasonal article to be held during the Awards process. Covers the progress of the Super Mario Wiki's Anniversary ceremonies including the awards, game tournaments and all other festivities. Lakituthequick (talk) Issue 147
Forgotten Stars of a Golden Age Examinations of obscure cartoon characters from the golden age of animation. Shoey (talk) Issue 200
Mario Calendar Lists all past Super Mario games that were released in history during the month that the newest issue is released. GPM1000 (talk) Issue 148
The People of Isle Delfino An overview of NPCs from Super Mario Sunshine and how they develop over the course of the game. Hooded Pitohui (talk) Issue 203
Poll Committee Discussion A section documenting all the recent polls, as well as any new members of staff or events. Poll Committee Issue 152
Shoey's Archie Sonic Lore Corner Detailed summaries of story arcs from Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog series. Shoey (talk) Issue 202
The 'Shroom Report A section documenting all the recent news about The 'Shroom, as well as writer milestones. Waluigi Time (talk) Issue 201
What's in a Campaign? An overview of a robot's career on the show Robot Wars. Shoey (talk) Issue 170

Example Sections

This is a selection of sections which have been featured in Pipe Plaza in the past and typify the content found in the team. The editions of these sections featured as examples have been selected because they reflect the scope of Pipe Plaza's goals and content as a team, but you do not have to follow these sections exactly in tone and style, formatting, content, or coverage. You can either apply to write your own version of these sections or use them as inspirations for a new or modified section.

Section Details Example
Community Report Summarizes all community-based events on the Super Mario Wiki, including promotions, demotions, and recent and ongoing proposals. Issue 193
Forum Update A detailed account on activity or changes during the past month on the Super Mario Boards forum. Issue 170
New Articles A summary of new articles created on the Super Mario Wiki in the past month's span. Issue 180
Tip of the Month Tips to assist users with editing and working on projects on the Super Mario Wiki. Issue 127
Upcoming Game An overview of an upcoming game, covering as much detail as is known about the unreleased title. Issue 136

Critic Corner

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"Fine! FINE! I'll explain the gimmick to this section! Though the genius of Critic Corner defies explanation... First, you must have an opinion! It can encompass essentially anything you desire, be it games, movies, books, hair salons, pieces of furniture, cats... All is fair as long as you can make it interesting! Then, you must line this opinion of yours up with good sources and information... and SPLART! You have yourself an exquisite column within Critic Corner! Just be sure to explain why your opinion is the way it is, so you don't just ramble incoherently like a lunatic! TA-DAH!"

Current Sections

Section Details Member Example
Director's Notes Introduction to Critic Corner. Also announces firings, hirings, resignations, and more. Hypnotoad (talk) N/A
Anton's Half-Baked Reviews Tongue-in-cheek reviews of a wide variety of food and drink items. Hypnotoad (talk) Issue 154
Book Review/Graphic Novel Review Reviews about the hottest in literature, both old and new. FunkyK38 (talk) Issue 150
The Mariospective Reviews of retro Super Mario games available on the Nintendo Switch Online service. Goombuigi (talk) Issue 201
Reviews Reviews of various pieces of media (e.g. books, graphic novels, shows, movies, games), for those interested in one-time, volunteer-based submissions. No sign-up required N/A
'Shroom FM Short reviews of the past month's new album releases. MCD (talk) Issue 156

Example Sections

This is a selection of sections which have been featured in Critic Corner in the past and typify the content found in the team. The editions of these sections featured as examples have been selected because they reflect the scope of Critic Corners's goals and content as a team, but you do not have to follow these sections exactly in tone and style, formatting, content, or coverage. You can either apply to write your own version of these sections or use them as inspirations for a new or modified section.

Section Details Example
All-Time Smash Merit Ranking Evaluations of fighters from the Super Smash Bros. series and ranking their inclusion. Issue 177
Character Review Reviews of a variety of characters. Issue 142
DragonFreak's Review Quest A detailed review of a videogame title. Issue 110
Movie Reviews Reviews about anything from the silver screen. Issue 121
Virtual Console Reviews Reviews of game titles available through the Virtual Console system. Issue 145

Strategy Wing

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"So like, it says here that Strategy Wing is the "analysis and instruction" section of the 'Shroom, whatever that means. It's purpose is to provide the kind of comprehensive analysis needed to build a firm strategy. It has two attacks, both with a power of 6. The first one is about delving into a topic to scrutinize and present an in-depth, detailed analysis of a subject and its history. The other will mercilessly pelt us with tips, strategies, and instructions that can be applied to a field of interest. Watch out for the "new skills acquired" status effect. Man, this totally sounds like "write essays about something you already like doing", you know? This wasn't a subject when I went to school."

Current Sections

Section Details Member Example
Director's Notes Introduction to Strategy Wing. Also announces firings, hirings, resignations, and more. Hooded Pitohui (talk) N/A
The Anatomy of a Pikmin A look at the various types of Pikmin and their strengths, weaknesses, and how they have changed through the Pikmin series. Shoey (talk) Issue 196
File City Files Shoeymon explains the ins and outs of Digimon World for the PS1. Shoey (talk) Issue 188
Four Steps for a 3D World An analysis of levels from 3D Super Mario platformers based on director Koichi Hayashida's level design philosophy. Hooded Pitohui (talk) Issue 192
Getting That Payday A strategy guide for the co-op first person shooter Payday 2. Kinger (talk) Issue 181
Koops, Your Emblem is on Fire Discover the tactical world of Fire Emblem with Koops. ManKoops (talk) Issue 154
An Octet Gazette An analysis and comparison of the game mechanics of Octopath Traveler and its sequel. Hooded Pitohui (talk) Issue 204
Pitohui's Pokémon Academy Pitohui explains how he raises various Pokémon. Hooded Pitohui (talk) Issue 180
Shine Get A written let's play of the Flash game Super Mario 63. Waluigi Time (talk) Issue 195
Shoeyball: Gridiron Conquest Coach Shoe attempts to take a low-ranking team all the way to the top in NCAA Football 2003. Shoey (talk) Issue 200

Example Sections

This is a selection of sections which have been featured in Strategy Wing in the past and typify the content found in the team. The editions of these sections featured as examples have been selected because they reflect the scope of Strategy Wing's goals and content as a team, but you do not have to follow these sections exactly in tone and style, formatting, content, or coverage. You can either apply to write your own version of these sections or use them as inspirations for a new or modified section.

Section Details Example
Challenger Approaching! A detailed analysis offering thoughts on how a character might be made into a fighter in Super Smash Bros. Issue 123
The Greatest Quest Join the Wandering Shoestrel on an exploration of the world of Princess Tomato in the Salad Kingdom, an NES text adventure game. Issue 180
Mach Speed Mayhem A section highlighting F-Zero, analyzing how different characters have impacted the series. Issue 152
Mario Kart: Wheel Tips Corner A mix of historical analysis and tips related to the Mario Kart series. Issue 125
On the Origin of Species A written let's play of Spore. Issue 173
To Infinity and Beyond A walkthrough of the Toy Story 2 video game. Issue 174

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