M.U.G.E.N content documentation
The MUGEN Database (sometimes referred to as MUGEN Wikia and The Database) is a wiki-based M.U.G.E.N encyclopedia that aims to document content for use with the M.U.G.E.N fighting game engine, ranging from characters and stages to full games and screenpacks. The wiki currently has 3,520 articles, with a large fraction of this figure taken up by character and stage articles.
The MUGEN Database was founded by Vyr on 11th September 2005 following the increase in popularity of the free wiki hosting service known as Wikicities, which later changed its name to Wikia in 2006. The wiki was created in response to the vast amount of warehousing and directory sites that offered very little in the way of information regarding the M.U.G.E.N content they supplied, requiring for visitors to download the creations first in order to get an idea of they were like, however, it didn't take long for the Database to follow suit, with its articles supplying little more than an infobox and a download link.
On 26th September, 15 days after the Database's inception, Vyr left the wiki having made only 11 edits in total, leaving the following comment during his short time on the site:
|“||I have practically no experience editing wikis, but hopefully this will get better over time.”|
|— Vyr • MUGEN Database founder|
Despite Vyr's departure from the MUGEN Database, the few members of the wiki that there were continued to help it grow for several more years, though the wiki's article standards remained much the same. Following Wikia's decision to implement the controversial Oasis skin as the mandatory style for all wikis in 2010, the small group of users at the time put forward the suggestion of moving the wiki away from Wikia and onto similar wiki hosting services that retained either the Monobook or Monaco skins, such as Wikkii and ShoutWiki; a month after the site had been seemingly abandoned, then-active contributor Jenngra505 was asked by Wikia Staff if he wanted to become head admin of the MUGEN Database, to which he accepted.