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Mobile Friendly Website that supports mobile version of page

As previously mentioned, ‘Super Mario Community’ is run by the service provided by the huge internet corp. So it’s providing mobile web version on every page in the site. No need to waste time waiting for the desktop version to be loaded on your phone!

As ‘Super Mario Community’ holds a lot of forums(boards), it may be hard to navigate down the forum list to find what you want. To prevent these kinds of restriction, the page offers subscription function that allows members to choose which forums to be shown or not. To do this, what you have to do is just clicking the star next to the forum name.

You can visit mobile website by clicking the address: m.cafe.naver.com/spm

 

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What is ‘Super Mario Community’?

Super Mario Community is the biggest Korean fansite of ‘Super Mario’, who was first featured in ‘Super Mario Bros(1985)’. It contains a wide variety of contents, including walkthrough on Mario games, newly updated rumors and it enables countrywide community to communicate, share original creations such as drawings&novels, and play game online or offline.

It was first established on December, 2007 as ‘★SUPER MARIO★’, and changed its name on late 2009 to ‘Super Mario Community’. Now the site holds more than 7,300 members within it, and stands as the biggest Korean fan site.

We further hope to engage more members to participate in various on and offline activities, and enjoy the world of ‘Super Mario’ among those who also enjoy playing Super Mario games.

This is Super Mario Community landing page in English version. Due to the problem that original page doesn’t support multi-language feature, this landing page is the only English page of Super Mario Community. To view the contents, visit cafe.naver.com/spm

What Does ‘Super Mario Community’ Look Like?

The screenshot above is the ‘Super Mario Community’ in Korean. As the website doesn’t feature foreign language support, the whole site is written in Korean.

The webpage structure is a bit complicated. What you first see when accessing the page is the top header image saying ‘SUPER MARIO Community’. This is what we call ‘logo’, and  for the time being the design follows that of ‘Paper Mario Color Splash’, which is to be released in a month. The webpage continuously changes its header image(a.k.a logo) when new releases are announced with their new title typo.

Under the header image the main contents are being shown. Now that info on ‘Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS’ is being the hot issue, the image showing ‘Super Mario Maker’ is being hung at the top of the website below the header image. The buttons under the ‘Super Mario Maker 3DS’ is quick navigation menu for the main features&contents of the website. From left is the site announcement, news, walkthrough, about Super Mario Community. Down the navigation menu are another quick links for members, such as official Nintendo homepage or facebook account run by Nintendo Korea.

To the right, you can see all the bulletin boards, which are mainly arraged by the game title. This boards(forums) are for walkthrough, or sharing info on the games. Some of these boards are specialized in sharing records(obviously these are for time attack or speed run) or uploading wallpapers, etc.

The rest parts of the main page consist of widgets showing the latest articles, wallpapers and greetings from the new members, the most active members lists, the time and weather of Seoul, Korea which is the capital city of South Korea.

How is ‘Super Mario Community’ run?

The webpage is maintained by ‘Naver’, which is one of the main service provided by ©NAVER Corp. ‘Naver’ is a huge company that provides every kind of services not only  relating to web service, but also the services relating to games, fashion, online literature and some of social activities. To some extend, ‘Naver’ is similar to ‘Google’, but it is more sticking to real life matters and accounts for more than 80% of total Korean web usage(Desktop Access), while the second most used portal site takes up for only 15%, though recently merged rising Korean internet company Kakao Corp.

As the one of ‘Naver’ service, it provides ‘cafe’ feature that enables users to make their own website(cafe) without extra charge. ‘Super Mario Community’ is one of them, and maintained by ‘Naver’. The cost of running servers are afforded by the advertisement hung below the website.