Pikipedia:April Fool's Day
Starting in April of 2015, Pikipedia editors agreed on making April Fool's Day jokes on the wiki. These pranks are made in good faith, and only exist to entertain the readers. Although pretty much nothing is to be taken seriously, none of the pranks are to go overboard, to the point of being offensive or destructive. Readers who came to the wiki to learn about a subject should still be able to, after all.
Normally, these are created by staff members, are placed on the wiki at midnight (GMT) of the first of April, and are reverted back after 24 hours. After being reverted, the April Fool's Page gets updated with information about the year's prank, in order to enlighten readers on what the joke was. For a list of steps to take before, during, and after the events, please read the talk page.
Editors can add to the joke articles at any time after April Fool's Day has passed, but they must have a good reason to do so. The idea of the joke and its core contents should be kept intact. For instance, adding an image to a gallery of funny images is all right. Changing the plot of a game is not. In addition, each article can also have extra contribution notes on its April Fool's Day disclaimer box.
The following is a list of jokes made so far.
The Bolbert article is Pikipedia's first April Fool's Day joke. It details information about a made-up enemy called a "Bolbert", that is actually a description of Bulborbs and mimics, said to be quite elegant, when in reality, the images show Bulborbs in hilarious poses.
The idea for this joke article came from a post on Miiverse that, when shared, caused a lot of laughs within the editor community, half due to the incorrect name given to the Red Bulborb, half because of the enemy's face in the screenshot. The article would focus on a fake Bulborb-like creature said to be quite majestic, only to have the images on the page show hilarious Bulborb poses. The name of the invented enemy and the main image come directly from the Miiverse post. In this joke, Pikipedia does not attempt to mock the player in the Miiverse post. We understand that not all players are familiar with the names of the enemies, and as such, would not dare to acknowledge such player mistakes, much less ridicule them. The image and name combination however, were just too funny for the community to ignore, leading to the creation of this light-hearted parody enemy article.
Pikmin: Color Splash
Paper Mario: Color Splash got announced in a Nintendo Direct not long before the time of this April Fool's Day. The trailer revealed that Nintendo plans to keep several of the features that made Sticker Star so controversial, which in turn caused a fair amount of controversy for Color Splash. Seeing this opportunity, some members of the Pikmin fanbase got together to discuss the idea of a mock Pikmin game announcement, based on what is known about Color Splash, with special care to all the controversial parts. The idea was to originally create an article of a game mocking Fire Emblem Fates, for the same reasons, but Color Splash was chosen for being more recent and closer to Pikmin. The plot and gameplay mechanics for this made-up Pikmin game try to stay parallel to the most defining parts of Color Splash, but at the same time, exaggerate some of them for the sake of humor.
Some time before April Fool's, some NIWA members gathered around to discuss the possibility of a collaborative April Fool's joke. The premise would be that Nintendo announced a new franchise, the Nintendo Cinematic Universe, as a parody to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Like the latter consists of a collection of Marvel franchise films, the joke would involve a series of movies about different Nintendo franchises. Being a collaborative joke, other wikis would make fake articles about the Nintendo Cinematic Universe and whatever movie they wished, all keeping the same theme. Only SmashWiki and Mario Wiki joined in, besides Pikipedia.
The Pikmin movie in this line-up was decided to be a parallel to Ant-Man. Given that in both the Ant-Man and the Pikmin franchises, the human(oid) heroes are of a small size compared to their surroundings, and are able to control an army of colony insects, the connection was clear as day straight from the start. The similarity between the two series' names also made the final movie's name an easy choice: Pik-Min.
Like the previous year, some NIWA members got together for a collaborative joke. This time, the wikis would pretend that their subjects are instead about a Sony franchise. It wasn't hard to decide that Pikipedia should represent the Patapon series – both Pikmin and Patapon have the player control a horde of minimalist creatures, and the names are pretty similar to boot. The gameplay of Patapon is radically different however, in that all units are controlled at once, and their orders are given by carefully timed drum patterns.
The joke involved editing the main page with Patapon facts, completely as if this wiki – then named Patapedia – were a legitimate wiki for the franchise. To really drive the point home, the main page's theme was also changed to an orange, black, and white theme, reminiscent of Patapon. The wiki's logo and main page imagery were also updated accordingly. For the sake of simplifying the process and cleanup, the wiki's favicon, title, and sidebar were not changed. Although everything that is on the front page is (presumably) fact, and appropriate for a Patapon wiki, the links aren't whatsoever. The April Fool's project comes mostly in the form of this change, but there is some humor in the links: they indirectly compare things like Ciokina and the Peckish Aristocrab, or the PS Vita with the Nintendo 3DS. They're far from gut-busting jokes, but hopefully good enough that they'll bring a hearty smile to fans of both franchises.
Since this was meant to be an alliance-wide joke, the "NIWA" box was changed to the "SIWA" box, as if all other NIWA wikis were also changed to cover Sony franchises. The matching franchises may not be the best, but they're good enough. The wikis for Dragon Quest, Tetris, and Strategy Wiki remained the same, since they also apply to Sony franchises. A couple of different wikis joined in on the fun this time:
- Mario Wiki became the Crash Bandicoot Wiki (for Crash Bandicoot),
- Nookipedia became the Toropedia (for Toro Network),
- Fire Emblem Wiki became the TearRingSaga Wiki (for Tear Ring Saga),
- Inkipedia became the Krillzone Wiki (for Killzone),
- SmashWiki created an article on PlayStation All-Star Battle Royale, and made it the featured article.
Every wiki did things their own way: some changed the front page and theme, some only changed either one, others didn't even change a thing, but only created articles.