SmashWiki:April Fools'

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SmashWiki enjoys April Fools' Day. To us, it is a day of shenanigans where most rules are optional and the only goal is to have fun.


Any established user is free to participate in the festivities. Note however that while the rules are much more lax, they do still exist. When making an April Fools' edit, apply common sense, and think about whether the page still presents information that it is supposed to, despite the changed wording of the paragraphs you are going to edit. Failure to adhere to these guidelines may result in a block (depending on severity, a warning may be issued first) for the rest of the April Fools' festivities. Attempts to circumvent this block will result in a permanent one. In addition, users that break the rules may find themselves disallowed from participating in future years.

What makes a good April Fools' joke[edit]

  • A piece of readable satire, preferably built off what is already in the page, that would be considered funny by users with a half-decent sense of humor.
  • Jokes that connect with the theme of the main joke. NIWA-wide jokes are also great where possible.

What makes a bad April Fools' joke[edit]

  • Violent, sexual, or otherwise inappropriate content, especially pertaining to real people (including SmashWiki contributors and professional smashers).
  • Blatant removal of relevant information or replacing large amounts of text with one-line jokes.
  • Short, nonsensical trivia points or sentences which are notoriously difficult to find and remove without scrutiny of the Recent Changes.
  • Replacing one word with another, or replacing all instances of a word or phrase with another.
  • Ruining the format or readability of the page. This includes:
    • Writing illegible "engrish" or using unreadable fonts such as Wingdings.
    • Using color in a way that makes text hard or impossible to read.
    • Using obnoxiously large or small font sizes.
    • Breaking included templates, images, categories, and so on.
  • Overly complex or inside jokes.

Other considerations[edit]

  • Everyone is expected to clean up their own mess. Concurrently:
    • You may not create pages or upload images unless you have the ability to delete them afterwards.
    • You may not move pages unless you can move them back and delete the resulting redirect.
    • If you wish to do something contrary to the above, you may ask an admin for permission. You will be asked to show proof of effort; for example, an indication that the page you wish to create is more than a few hasty sentences.
  • Do not be a spoilsport. Don't interrupt or overwrite others' jokes; synergize them instead if possible.
  • Do not do anything that would take significant effort to clean up afterwards. Anything more than a few undos is probably too much.
  • Do not start anything new once most of the day is over. The average April Fools' joke is most visible in the morning.
  • Do not prank this page in any way.
  • Do not make prank reports on the Administrators' noticeboard.

Specific prank targets[edit]

Main page[edit]

Traditionally, the main page is where the main joke of the wiki is done by the administrators. While the main page itself cannot be edited by other users, some of its constituent templates can be.


Adding fake news items is a simple joke, such as fake Smash Bros. characters being revealed, or fake games being listed in the "upcoming games" section. However, note that simplicity leads to over-saturation, and these sections can end up quite inflated after a time. If the list is already rather large, consider not adding to it any more.

"Did you know" section[edit]

Chances are, this section will be converted to match the main page's theme, but others may add to it as appropriate. As above, it is easy for this to become too large, and discretion is advised.


It is acceptable to make joke edits in the mainspace. However, there are some restrictions on doing so.

  • Joke edits should be major and obvious. Re-writing a paragraph to turn it from "serious" to "parody" is okay. Changing a single word from "Mario" to "Wario" is not.
  • Joke edits should fit a theme, preferably the theme of the wiki's main joke, though it can also be a theme that the user spreads across several similar pages. Remember, you are expected to clean up your own mess afterward.


Users are free to do almost whatever to their user pages.

Other namespaces[edit]

Generally, the functionality of the wiki should remain mostly intact. Therefore, no jokes are allowed in templates or categories, and admins may not alter the MediaWiki namespace in ways that disrupt the wiki's functionality.


Generally, the main wiki joke as done by staff is launched between European midnight and American midnight, and can be considered a "go!" signal for other users to begin. In the same way, once the main page is back to normal (probably about 24 hours later), everything else should be put back in order.

Past April Fools' jokes[edit]

Note that users making fools of their own user pages are in general not important enough to be listed here. This is more meant for wiki-wide pranks.


Partial recreation of the main page, April Fools' 2013.

In 2013, it was announced that the wiki would be turning into a French-language wiki. The main page and all its constituent templates were translated to suit. In addition, several of the links were replaced with links to either the Wombo Combo page or the related video.


Main page, April Fools' 2014

In 2014, several pranks were pulled by various users:

  • The wiki's main skin was modified to resemble the Hot Dog Stand skin of Windows 3.1, with garish red and yellow backgrounds with red, yellow, white, and black text. Earlier iterations surrounded links in a black background, but this was removed after usability complaints.
  • The main page's featured article focused on one of the least useful stickers in Brawl (the Panel sticker, Food Effect +2), focusing on useless technical information.
  • The Smash Bros. News section claimed that Wreck-It Ralph would be playable in the upcoming SSB4 with Vanellope Von Schweetz as an Assist Trophy; the news item claimed this was from a Nintendo Direct and linked to a Rickroll.
  • Another news item linked to another site's April Fools' joke: a SSB4 website spoof that claimed to reveal Nester as playable.
  • The NIWA News' "upcoming games" section was expanded to include several (in some cases, at the time) nonexistent games, mostly of reputable fan demand: Majora's Mask 3D, Pokémon Generation III remakes, Mother 4, Super Mario Sunshine 2, Star Fox and F-Zero games for Wii U, Elite Beat Agents 2, and Banjo-Threeie. "Pokémon Rose and Lily Versions" was later added to match with Bulbapedia's joke about the next Pokémon games occurring in a Canadian-styled region. Later in the day several other users added increasingly more ludicrous titles.


Main page, April Fools' 2015

In 2015, the wiki became SmashRiki in honor of Riki, a character from Xenoblade Chronicles who appears as an Assist Trophy in SSB4. The main page was changed to match Riki's speaking style, and the color scheme changed to Riki's colors.

  • Like the year before, the NIWA News' "upcoming games" included several nonexistent games.
  • "Did you know" was replaced with some made-up facts from Riki.

Due to a Nintendo Direct set to air later in the day, the wiki was put back to normal ahead of schedule, and the news template remained untouched throughout the day.


In 2016, SmashWiki joined the Super Mario Wiki and Pikipedia in announcing a fake Nintendo Cinematic Universe, with "The Smashers" being one of its films. Aside from these pages and typical unusual things being added to the main page and articles, no major stunts were pulled.


PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale is the main featured article. No other aesthetics were shown.


Main page, April Fools' 2018

The main page is rewritten to be in Toomarian, a reference to a Star Trek episode involving a language (Tamarian) completely composed of memes and references.

Separate from the main joke, several other large-scale jokes were put up on the wiki; most notably, users Aidanzapunk and BaconMastre collaborated to create content for Super Smash Bros. 4 from the Dragon Ball series, including main protagonist Goku as a playable character, and Planet Namek as a stage. Additionally, user Awesomelink234 created a fake playable character page for Shadow the Hedgehog in the then-unnamed Super Smash Bros. for the Nintendo Switch. These pages were uploaded to the mainspace of the wiki, and replicated how other real content pages would look.


Main page, April Fools' 2019

The main page is themed after Randall the Cloud, the cloud featured on the Yoshi's Story stage in Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The maintenance icons were replaced with a fanmade Pokémon named "Trollbat" (a mashup of the Pokémon Golbat and the Trollface), created in tandem with the SmashWiki's Discord server being themed entirely around an emoji under the same name (and other troll-face emojis based on Kirby and Sonic being added). As with the previous year, several fake fighter pages were made separate from the main joke, including Jiashen C. making a fake fighter page for Waluigi, and Awesomelink234 making another fake fighter page, this time for Jotaro Kujo from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure.


Main page, April Fools' 2020

The wiki was themed after Captain Falcon (formatted as CAPTAIN DOUGLAS JAY FALCON), with Captain Falcon being the featured article and all of the text on his page and on the main page capitalized. Several other widespread jokes were made:


Main page, April Fools' 2021

The wiki was renamed to DededeWikiki, with the Main Page and King Dedede's page rewritten to mirror King Dedede's personality and speech style from Kirby: Right Back At Ya!.

Unlike in previous years, users were required to submit their planned pranks to admins for approval beforehand, rather than being free to vandalize the wiki, to cut down on jokes that are low effort and in poor taste, as well as to make cleanup easier and more accountable.


Main page, April Fools' 2022
Animation of the news section

The wiki was transformed by "AmDyCo", or "Amusing Dynamic Content", purported to be the next big thing for websites that no longer wished to be boring and static. Every letter on every page (aside from the edit box) had a 7.5% chance to have a random animation applied from 15 choices:

  • A shadow appears behind the letter, then disappears.
  • The letter cycles through the RGB spectrum.
  • The letter toggles on and off as if on an old CRT.
  • The letter fades into place and then fades upward.
  • The letter fades into place and then fades downwards.
  • The letter fades in and out evenly.
  • The letter rotates back and forth.
  • The letter spins around vertically.
  • The letter spins around horizontally.
  • The letter grows and shrinks rhythmically.
  • The letter rapidly shakes back and forth.
  • The letter falls down the page and then reappears.
  • The letter slowly flattens out before popping back up.
  • The letter toggles between two tilted angles.
  • A faint duplicate of the letter appears in the background.

AmDyCo remains available for users to enable at will via Preferences -> Gadgets.

Like with 2021, users were required to submit their planned pranks to admins for approval beforehand, rather than being free to vandalize the wiki, to cut down on jokes that are low effort and in poor taste, as well as to make cleanup easier and more accountable.


Main page, April Fools' 2023

The wiki announced that it will no longer focused on Smash Bros. and instead became a baseball-themed wiki, with the featured article replaced with the New Donk Barrelers, a non-existent team within the "Nintendo League Baseball" (NLB). The Discord server and Twitter account accommodated to the changes accordingly.

Like in previous years, users were asked to submit their April Fools' Day pranks for approval beforehand, though only two were submitted:


Main page, April Fools' 2024
The Discord main page April Fools' 2024

As a mockery of Nintendo's then-current marketing strategy of calling games by "The [title] game" (and the similar usage of "the [system] system"), the "The Officialiser ™" gadget was created, randomly transforming all article and subsection headers to conform to this regulation. The "Nintendo and NIWA News" section of the main page was also changed to match the format. In addition, the article titles for each of the games was changed to to use the "The [title] game" format to match. The wiki's Discord server also had its name, channels, and roles changed to accompany this.

Additionally, the following edits were submitted:

  • SammyTFM edited Corrin's Super Smash Bros. Ultimate page to insinuate that Corrin was actually a free DLC fighter who, having been released after Sora, had lacked any advertising and was not played competitively.
  • Thegameandwatch changed Samus’s Ultimate page to her Dread counterpart as if she was DLC.