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Super Mario Wiki
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Language(s)
English
Owner(s)
Porplemontage
Webmaster(s)
Porplemontage
Release Date(s)
August 12, 2005
Status
Active

Super Mario Wiki, often referred to as simply MarioWiki, is a wiki that covers the Mario franchise. Super Mario Wiki is also a founding member of the Nintendo Independent Wiki Alliance (NIWA), which also includes Bulbapedia and Zelda Wiki.

The wiki has over 25,000 articles, all on games, characters, and other Mario-related topics. The site's most prominent newspaper, The 'Shroom, delves into topics related to Mario and from NIWA. Super Mario Wiki is also part of the Mushroom World Encyclopedia, a group of independent Mario-related wikis that include the German MarioWiki and the Italian Super Mario Wiki.

History

Early history

Super Mario Wiki was founded in August 12, 2005 by Stephen Shinn, better known as Steve, Porplemontage, or simply Porple. Stephen was 14 years old when he created the website, having created many unsuccessful wikis up to that point. He credits the Mario series' large fanbase for MarioWiki's longevity.[1]

Super Mario Wiki started to gain grounds when it was referenced in the Mario article in The Book of Games, a book by Bendik Stang published in 2006. In that same year, Super Mario Wiki released its first edition of its newspaper, The 'Shroom, on July 24th, 2006, with articles written solely by Sadaharu. Although the project was nearly axed by a failed proposal, The 'Shroom has expanded greatly since then.

Around November 2006, Super Mario Wiki split its coverage into the Donkey Kong Wiki, the Wario Wiki, and the Yoshi Wiki, the latter two were not made public. This was called the Wiki Alliance, hence why some Super Mario Wiki veterans have called NIWA the New Wiki Alliance. However, these wikis were not useful, so its content was taken back to the MarioWiki around June 2007.

Starting in August of 2007, MarioWiki started to commemorate the MarioWiki’s anniversary annually with the Awards Ceremonies. They were first hosted by Wayoshi.

In late 2009, Super Mario Wiki rejected a Link Exchange affiliation with Zelda Wiki. Some weeks after that, Bulbapedia's webmaster, Archaic, contacted Super Mario Wiki telling them his plans about the then-called Independent Nintendo Wikis, which the Super Mario Wiki, after some problems, finally agreed and so became the third founding member.

As with the other wikis in NIWA, Super Mario Wiki has encountered problems with Fandom. in 2008, an Italian Mario Wiki on Fandom started using Super Mario Wiki’s logo, as well as its Main Page design. This was quickly discovered, and the Italian wiki quickly changed it without complaints. In April 2010, an impersonator of Stooben Rooben went to Fandom's MarioWiki to threaten them. The confusion was quickly solved, as a bureaucrat there contacted Stooben Rooben about the incident.

Recent history

Super Mario Wiki is currently patrolled by a group of administrators, a list of which can be found here.

The 'Shroom has greatly expanded since 2006, now featuring multiple teams that feature multiple articles each. These include Fake News, which features news satire and silly articles, Fun Stuff, which features puzzles and activities, Palette Swap, which features artwork, Pipe Plaza, which features website statistics and facts, Critic Corner, which features reviews, and Strategy Wing, which features video game strategies and tips. These teams are directed by Doomhiker, Hooded Pitohui, FunkyK38, Zange, Hypnotoad, and Hooded Pitohui, respectively. There are also frequent guest sections that do not fall into any team. The Directors of the 'Shroom is currently Hooded Pitohui and Roserade. In July 2015, the 'Shroom released its hundredth numbered issue, where it received a redesign and a new mascot, Poochy.

Since 2010, MarioWiki has featured polls on its front page. These are created and managed by the Poll Committee. The current committee has nine members and is lead by Hooded Pitohui and Power Flotzo.

The Awards Ceremony are currently hosted by Hypnotoad and Turboo, who lead the Awards Committee.

The Super Mario Wiki also has its own forum, Super Mario Boards. Besides general discussion, many projects (such as the 'Shroom, the Awards Ceremony, and the Polls) are planned out there. Until 2017, Super Mario Wiki also featured a counterpart wiki, Userpedia, where users share biographies, fan art, and fan fiction.

In March 2016, longtime bureaucrat Walkazo passed away in a traffic accident. Her death was mourned by members of the community. As a sign of respect, The 'Shroom Issue 111 was dedicated to her. Additionally, she has retained her bureaucrat status after her death.

Due to little activity on Donkey Kong Wiki, the editors of Donkey Kong Wiki agreed with a merger with Super Mario Wiki; the merger was completed within 2019 and Donkey Kong Wiki as of November 17, 2019 now redirects to Super Mario Wiki.

Notable Milestones

  • 2,000 articles was reached on August 27th, 2006.
  • 3,000 articles was reached on October 23rd, 2006.
  • 3,000 files were recorded to be uploaded on October 28th, 2006.
  • 100,000 Main Page views was reached on November 3rd, 2006.
  • 4,000 articles was reached on January 28th, 2007.
  • 5,000 articles was reached on March 2007.
  • 6,000 articles was reached May 2007.
  • 7,000 articles was reached on August 27th, 2007.
  • 8,000 articles was reached on February 16th, 2008.
  • 5 million Main Page views was recorded on September 3, 2008.
  • 9,000 articles was reached on January 4th, 2009.
  • 100 million pages were recorded on January 5th, 2009.
  • 10,000 users was reached on June 16, 2009.
  • 10,000 articles was reached on November 16th, 2009.
  • 200 million page views was reached on May 19th, 2010.
  • The 100th issue of The 'Shroom (MarioWiki's newspaper) was released on July 18, 2015.

References

  1. "Porplemontage Interview"Superchao, The 'Shroom, Super Mario Wiki (Interview), published July 18th, 2015, retrieved August 16, 2016.
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