Luigi

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Luigi
Luigi's symbol
symbol of Luigi
Game series Mario
First game Mario Bros. (1983)
Created by Shigeru Miyamoto
Voiced by (English) Video games
Mark Graue (1994)
Charles Martinet (1997–present)
Julien Bardakoff (1998-2001)
Television
Danny Wells (The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!)
Tony Rosato (The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario World)
Voiced by (Japanese) Video games
Charles Martinet (1995–present)
Ichirōta Miyagawa (1996-1998)
Anime
Yū Mizushima (Super Mario Bros.: The Great Mission to Rescue Princess Peach!)
Naoki Tatsuta (Amada Anime Series: Super Mario Bros.)
Live action actor(s) Danny Wells (The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!)
John Leguizamo (Super Mario Bros.)

Luigi is a video game character made by Nintendo. The famous game designer, Shigeru Miyamoto, made him. Luigi is a little bit younger but taller fraternal twin brother of the mascot of Nintendo, Mario. He is in many games all over the Mario series, almost always as an assistant to his brother.

Luigi first popped up in the 1983 arcade game Mario Bros. as the character ran by the second player, and kept this job in Super Mario Bros.Super Mario Bros. 3Super Mario World, and other games. The first game where he was present as the first character was Super Mario Bros. 2. In current games, the job of Luigi became small. He is only in spinoffs such as the Mario Party and Mario Kart series, though he was in a starring role three times before. First in the game of education Mario Is Missing! in 1991, in Luigi's Mansion for the Nintendo GameCube in 2001, and in Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon for the 3DS. In all of these games, he is called upon to act as the brave person because Mario is in need of saving. Luigi has also popped up in every show of the three DiC TV series based on the Nintendo Entertainment System and Super Nintendo Entertainment System games.

At first he was made as a palette swap of Mario with a green color instead of red. Luigi has since gotten a character and manner of his own. As his role in the Mario series progressed, Luigi changed into a physically distinct character, taller and thinner than his brother. Nintendo has called 2013 "The Year of Luigi" to mark the thirty years of the existence of the character. Similarly, games being released in 2013 give attention to Luigi, such as Luigi's Mansion: Dark MoonMario & Luigi: Dream TeamDr. Luigi, and the level pack New Super Luigi U for New Super Mario Bros. U. A Luigi-themed version of Mario Bros. called Luigi Bros. was part of Super Mario 3D World and was able to be unlocked.

Concept and creation[change | change source]

The events leading to the creation of Luigi began in 1982, during the making of Donkey Kong. The Nintendo designer Shigeru Miyamoto had created Mario (who used to be "Jumpman") hoping that he would be able to present the character in many different roles in future games.[1] Miyamoto had been given ideas by the game Joust to create a game where two players can play at the same time. This was the cause of his development of the game Mario Bros. in 1983, with Luigi holding the role of the brother of Mario as the second playable character.[2] The name of Luigi is said to have been inspired by a pizza business near the head office of Nintendo of America in Redmond, Washington, called "Mario & Luigi's". Miyamoto noticed that the word ruiji means "similar" in the Japanese language, and that Luigi was designed to have the same size, shape and gameplay of Mario.[3]

Characteristics[change | change source]

  • He's happy, and gets sad easily.
  • Owns a haunted mansion, but is scared of ghosts.

More Comparisons to Mario[change | change source]

Playable appearances[change | change source]

Playable only in two-player:

Playable in one-player or two-player:

References[change | change source]

  1. Demaria, R: "High Score! The Illustrated History of Electronic Games", page 238. McGraw Hill-Osbourne, 2002
  2. "Mario Bros. Arcade". International Arcade Museum. http://www.arcade-museum.com/game_detail.php?letter=&game_id=8624. Retrieved 2014-12-07.
  3. New Straits Times, 10 August 1986
  4. Link to Smash Bros. Dojo