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"I'm-a practice, but nobody plays with Luigi. Will you play with me?"
—Luigi speaking a full sentence[4]

Luigi (ルイージ Ruīji?, Luigi) is an Italian plumber who resides in the Mushroom Kingdom. He is Mario's younger and taller twin brother. Luigi is the deuteragonist of the Mario franchise and the main protagonist of Luigi's Mansion series, Mario's Time Machine, and Mario is Missing. He is Mario's younger twin brother who first appeared as a palette swap of Mario in Mario Bros. for the Arcade (and later, for the NES). He wears green instead of red and is taller and slimmer than Mario. While Mario is everyone's favorite superstar, Luigi is not nearly as well known among the citizens of the Mushroom Kingdom. Countless times, especially in the Paper Mario and Mario & Luigi series, he is shown to be a rather clumsy coward, although Luigi has been shown to put aside his cowardice when those close to him are in trouble People in the Beanbean Kingdom never recognized him in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga and Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions, simply referring to him as "greenie" or "the other guy".

Several other games recognize that Luigi is rather cowardly and easily frightened. With his days on the NES as an exception, Luigi rarely goes on dangerous adventures when asked (fearing for his own safety), yet when Mario goes on one and nobody asks him, he is jealous. Despite Luigi not being as acknowledged as Mario, he does have his share of admirers as well, as he was shown to have a fan club in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, and Koopa Koot claims to be his number one fan (asking for an autograph) in Paper Mario. Additionally, a Toad in Super Mario 64 DS claims to be Luigi's biggest fan.

Profile[]

Physical description[]

Luigi (Mario Golf World Tour)

Luigi's current appearance.

Luigi wears a green hat with an "L" symbol. He wears a long-sleeved green shirt and blue overalls on the inside. He wears red and white striped socks similar to that of a candy cane, as revealed in the Mario & Lugi series. Luigi is a fair-skinned, tall human with an oblong face. He has short brown hair and a dark brown mustache. He has bright blue eyes and wears white gloves and brown shoes.

In early games, Luigi was under Mario's shadow. Luigi was also identical in appearance to Mario, but with different colors. Later games changed this by giving Luigi has own distinct appearance, personality, and identity.

In Family Computer Golf: U.S. Course and NES Open Tournament Golf, Luigi wears a unique outfit consisting of green and white-striped overalls and cap along with a blue shirt with white stars imprinted on it.

Personality traits[]

Main article: Luigi/Relationships

Luigi is portrayed as timid, cowardice, worrisome, and self-conscious in many of his appearances, especially since Luigi's Mansion. In spite of these shortcomings, Luigi can be heroic and overcome these setbacks, such as in the Luigi's Mansion series, where he goes on various journeys to rescue Mario. In Super Mario 64 DS, a sign in Big Boo's Haunt also describes Luigi as "wispy."

SMG Luigi Cowardice

An example of Luigi's phasmophobia is shown in Super Mario Galaxy, when he cowers at the sight of Boo Mario.

Luigi's most apparent trait is his seeming cowardice, which he has exhibited as early as in the DiC Entertainment cartoons such as The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!, though it would not be shown in-game until Luigi's Mansion (aside from a few hints in Paper Mario). Since then, Luigi's cowardice has carried over to a majority of his subsequent appearances. Luigi's most overbearing fear is his phasmophobia, first shown in Luigi's Mansion. In addition, the endings for Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon and Luigi's Mansion 3 also hinted that he overcame his phasmophobia, or at the very least takes exception to Polterpups and makes friends with the friendly ghosts of Evershade Valley and The Last Resort. In Simon Belmont's Super Smash Bros. Ultimate reveal trailer "Vampire Killer," Luigi is clearly scared of all the creatures in Dracula's Castle, and attempts to ward them off using his Poltergust 5000's flashlight, as well as a toilet plunger. Luigi can be sensitive when someone insults him, especially if the jab in question regards his mustache, such as during his showdown against Dimentio.

Although Luigi stars in the Luigi's Mansion series, some of his other appearances give him an apparent complex of being overlooked because of Mario. For instance, in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, even Bowser and the Koopa Troop have occasional trouble remembering Luigi's name. Although Luigi's biggest reactions to his frequent overlookings in the Mario & Luigi series are a few "…"s and face-faults, his inattention was played up for comic relief in Paper Mario, in which he complains about being left behind and perpetually trains for his elusive next adventure. Luigi's bio in Mario Party 5 states that he has been gaining popularity in recent years.

Luigi's state of being in the shadow of his brother is shown in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. An example would be the way Luigi is almost never happy, how his commentary is very monotoned, and how one of his taunts is a bashful kick of the ground. Also, his Final Smash, Negative Zone, seemed to have developed because of living in his brother's shadow forever. Additionally, whenever the crowd cheers for Luigi, not too many people are heard cheering for him and when the announcer says Luigi's name, he sounds a little surprised. Solid Snake's codec conversation even has the Colonel refer to Luigi as the "kid brother" and "king of second bananas", despite Snake's protests. Despite this, however, Masahiro Sakurai did not intend to play up Luigi's overshadowed status, instead aiming to make him "everyone's favorite man in green." Luigi's state in the shadow of Mario is present in other Super Smash Bros. games, since the original Super Smash Bros. addresses him as the "eternal understudy" when he's unlocked; Super Smash Bros. Melee also refers to him in a similar manner, and his cinematic in the game's Adventure Mode shows him Footstool Jumping on Mario, signifying his tiredness of being number two. In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, whenever a Palutena's Guidance conversation is activated when fighting against Luigi, Viridi and Palutena are quick to point out Luigi's status as "number two" in relativity to Mario, even though Pit held him in a higher regard.

In the Super Smash Bros. series, aside from being portrayed as a depressive figure, Luigi also has childish characteristics. These include: his dash attack, where he swings his arms aimlessly while keeping a humorous panicking expression; his neutral attack, where he hits opponents with his butt for the third hit; his up tilt, where he "paw swipes" the opponent with his fists while closing his eyes; the aftermath of his Super Jump Punch, where he falls upside-down; his idle poses, where he scratches the back of his head sheepishly or humorously pulls his nose before wincing in pain; and his victory poses, which have him do the following: breathing heavily with his eyes half-closed, falling stiff and planking on the ground (also one of his taunts), or childishly making finger pistols and pretending to shoot his opponents (which is supported by him saying "Bang, bang!").

In Luigi's Mansion, using the Game Boy Horror shows some of Luigi's other personality traits. Luigi is shown to be a bit of a neat freak, as there are several instances of him criticizing the dustiness of the mansion by examining certain objects. In the Laundry Room, he mentions that he hand washes his cap as opposed to using a washing machine like Mario does. Luigi also seems to have an eye for art, but does not appreciate many of King Boo's decorations. Luigi also shows his concerns over animal cruelty in the Safari Room, where he is horrified by the deer heads and leopard skin rugs, and declares that he will not stand for an animal being treated in such a manner.

When speaking, Luigi talks in a strong Italian accent like his brother. Whereas Mario rarely speaks in the video games aside from numerous yells and grunts, Luigi has proven to be a conversationalist in the Paper Mario titles. In Luigi's Mansion, both Luigi and Mario are capable of captioned speech, but Luigi is limited to ellipses and question marks when interacting with another character. Similarly, in the Mario & Luigi series, both Luigi and Mario talk in gibberish that can only be interpreted by other characters within the game.

Luigi is also portrayed as somewhat refined, leading the Luigi Gentlemen in Mario Superstar Baseball. He also seems to have an eye for art, but does not appreciate many of King Boo's decorations.

Speech[]

"I'm-a Luigi, number one!"
—Luigi

Starting with the English Mario Kart 64, Luigi's main voice actor is Charles Martinet, who voices several other male Mario characters, most notably Mario himself. In Mario Kart 64's Japanese version, Luigi is instead voiced by Julien Bardakoff, who also voices Luigi in Mario Party and Mario Party 2. Luigi's voice clips from Mario Kart 64 were reused in Mario Kart: Super Circuit.

Charles Martinet's portrayal of Luigi has varied. Despite having a unique voice since Mario Kart 64, the first two Super Smash Bros. games have Luigi use higher-pitched versions of Mario's voice clips, with his clip for using Luigi Cyclone being directly taken from the latter. Luigi's Mansion retains his unique voice, though it sounds higher in pitch, and somewhat akin to Mario's. Since then, most of Luigi's appearances give him his distinct voice that is lower in pitch than Mario's. Both Mario and Luigi have a considerably deeper voice in later Super Smash Bros. titles.

Prior to Martinet, Luigi generally did not have any voice acting, and generally did not have any text dialogue, making him silent like his brother. The first time he received voice acting is in the 1986 anime film Super Mario Bros.: Peach-hime Kyūshutsu Dai Sakusen! then in the Amada Anime Series: Super Mario Bros. (1987-1989), albeit in Japanese because the media is exclusive to Japan. Luigi first spoke English in The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!, with a Brooklyn accent provided by Danny Wells. Luigi retained this accent in The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 and the Super Mario World show, but is instead portrayed by Tony Rosato, who provides a higher, yet raspier voice than Wells. Mario is Missing!'s PC versions is the first game in which Luigi has voice-acting, and he retains the same accent.

In most modern Mario games, Luigi speaks via catchphrases such as "Let's-a go!", "Yahoo!", "Oh yeah!", and "Mamma mia!", as well as "It's-a me, Luigi!", a variation of Mario's famous quote. However, some Mario games give Luigi a greater amount of voice acting, such as Mario Strikers Charged, in which Luigi says "Thank you! Thank you so much!" when scoring a goal. Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Galaxy 2 also have Luigi say "Thank you for playing my game!" when completing either game. In the Paper Mario series, Luigi is mostly silent aside from the odd grunt, though he receives text dialogue to represent what he is saying; in the first three games, Luigi speaks English without an accent, though Paper Mario: Color Splash gives him an Italian accent while speaking. In the Mario & Luigi series, Luigi speaks through unintelligible gibberish that only in-game characters can understand.

Powers and abilities[]

Powers[]

  • Superhuman Strength: Luigi can lift and press objects that are several times his weight, but not as much as Mario can. The exact upper limits of his strength are great. In Super Mario 64 DS, Luigi can lift King Bob-omb. Luigi showed an even more impressive feat of strength during the fight with Bowser. Luigi could lift him by the tail, spin him around and then throw him, but not as effectively as Mario and Wario. Luigi spins Bowser around faster and farther with more spins. Luigi's incredible strength also extends to his legs, allowing him to perform his signature move, the Jump Jump. Luigi is extremely good at jumping and is capable of leaping two stories high. He is the best jumper in the Mushroom Kingdom, even better than Mario.
  • Superhuman Durability: Luigi has a significant level of durability. He can withstand great impacts, such as falling from a height of several stories or being struck by an opponent with superhuman strength, impaled, and explosions—Luigi can also endure extreme environments, such as volcanoes and tundras. Also, he can withstand fire, electricity, and ice.
  • Superhuman Stamina: Luigi can maintain continuous physical activity for an indefinite time.
  • Superhuman Speed: Luigi is capable of running up walls in Super Mario World, running across the surface of the water in Super Mario 64 DS, and outpacing sound in Super Paper Mario. Games display Luigi running faster than Mario.
  • Pyrokinesis: Luigi can create and manipulate fire. This ability changes throughout the games he has appeared. In the platform games, such as Super Mario Bros., Luigi needs a Fire Flower to gain pyrokinesis, but in the RPGs and Super Smash Bros. series, Luigi already has this power. Luigi is quite skilled at using fire like Mario is.
  • Electrokinetic: Luigi has the power to mold lightning in his hand into a sphere, creating a powerful attack, called the Thunderhand, that can shock and damage enemies quite severely. Luigi only uses this move-in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga.
  • Negative Energy: As shown in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Luigi's Final Smash (Negative Zone) is creating a field of Negative Energy while dancing to exotic music. Some of the effects of this Final Smash include putting opponents to sleep, dealing damage, and causing foes to move in slow motion. This move is fueled by the sadness he felt for constantly being in Mario's shadow.
  • Super Form: Luigi can use a Super Mushroom to transform into Super Luigi.

Abilities[]

  • Master Combatant: Luigi has his own fighting style. However, he never uses it in his games, except in the Super Smash Bros. series.
  • Indomitable Will: Luigi is shown to have a powerful force of will, completely free of evil or temptation. He gets scared a lot, but with the help of his friends, he can gain the courage to take on and defeat any foe.
  • Leadership: He has some leadership skills, acting as a second in command, and is very focused when there is a goal to achieve.
  • Expert Vehicular Driver: As shown in the Mario Kart series, Luigi is skilled in driving vehicles, such as karts and motorbikes.

Biography[]

Early life[]

YNI Stork

The Stork carrying the baby brothers.

The stork carried Mario and Luigi in the skies. However, Kamek ordered the Toadies to take Mario and Luigi. The Toadies successfully kidnapped Luigi and the stork, but Mario. Mario fell onto Yoshi; Yoshi's friends helped Mario rescue Luigi and the stork. Mario and Yoshi arrived at Baby Bowser's castle, Mario and Yoshi defeated Baby Bowser, then rescued Luigi and the stork. The stork continued his journey to deliver Mario and Luigi to the house porch.

Plumbers[]

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Mario and Luigi under the sewers of New York.

Italian brothers Mario and Luigi work as plumbers inside the sewers of 1930s style New York.[3][5][2] Creatures such as Fighter Flies, Sidesteppers, and Shellcreepers start coming out of Warp Pipes which they fight.

Mushroom Kingdom[]

Super Mario Bros

Mario and Luigi's first adventure in the Mushroom Kingdom.

After having traveled to the Mushroom Kingdom from New York through a pipe,[2] Mario and Luigi heard about Bowser summoning dark magic into the Mushroom Kingdom. Bowser transformed Toads into inanimate objects. Princess Peach can undo the spell, but Bowser kidnapped her. Luigi defeated Bowser and rescued Peach, who assigned him a new quest.[6]

Subcon[]

SMB2 Artwork - Group artwork

Luigi and companions fighting against the 8-bits.

Luigi, Mario, Peach, and Toad had a picnic near the cave. Mario shared his dream to his friends, and they claimed to have the same dream. The group were keen to look through the cave and found a stairway leading to the door. When Luigi opened the door, he saw Subcon and fell into the world of their dreams. Luigi journeyed Subcon to encounter Wart. Luigi used vegetables to defeat Wart. Upon his defeat, Luigi rescued the Subcon. Mario, Luigi, Toad and Peach celebrated with the Subcon.

Mushroom World's second invasion[]

SMB3 Artwork - Airship assault

Peach kidnapped by the Koopalings.

Peach was aware that Bowser sent his Koopalings, who transformed kings of the Mushroom World continent into different creatures and stole their Magic Wand. Peach informed Mario and Luigi about the incident, and the Mario Bros. ventured to defeat the Koopalings. Mario and Luigi successfully returned the wands to their respective owners; Bowser informed the Mario Bros. that he kidnapped Peach. Mario and Luigi ran to Bowser's castle and approached Bowser. Mario and Luigi defeated Bowser and ran to Peach, who joked to Luigi that the real princess is in another castle.

Dinosaur Land[]

Luigi, Princess Peach, and the Yoshis at Yoshi's House.

Mario, Luigi, and Peach agreed to have a vacation in Dinosaur Land on Yoshi's Island. Mario and Luigi relaxed on the beach. They realized Princess Toadstool disappeared. Mario and Luigi search for her until they approached an enormous egg, a Yoshi Egg. Yoshi thanked Mario and Luigi for rescuing them. He told Mario and Luigi that "monstrous turtles" sealed them in eggs. Luigi realized Bowser and the Koopalings returned.[7] Mario, Luigi, and Yoshi arrived in Valley of Bowser. Mario and Luigi fought against Bowser and rescued Peach. Mario, Luigi, Peach, Yoshi, and the eggs travelled back to Yoshi's Island. The Yoshis hatched from the eggs.

Luigi's Mansion[]

Although Luigi did not enter the contest, he won a mansion. He arrived in Boo Woods and enters the mansion. A ghost attacked Luigi, but Professor Elvin Gadd saved Luigi by vacuuming the ghost with the Poltergust 3000. Professor E. Gadd escorted Luigi to his laboratory. E. Gadd told Luigi that King Boo trapped Mario into a painting. E. Gadd gave Luigi the Poltergust 3000 and the Game Boy Horror for Luigi to communicate with E. Gadd.

As Luigi explored the mansion, he realized that King Boo built the mansion to shelter the freed portrait ghosts and made a false contest to lure him and Mario to King Boo's trap. After capturing all the ghosts, Luigi entered the secret altar in the basement to find King Boo who trapped Mario in the painting. King Boo proceeded to fight Luigi inside the painting. Luigi removed the Bowser suit's head to capture King Boo. Luigi successfully exited the painting. E. Gadd talked to Luigi through Game Boy Horror; E. Gadd instructed Luigi to grab the painting of Mario and return to his laboratory. After Luigi did so, he returned to the laboratory. E. Gadd used the Ghost Portrificationizer to transform the remaining ghosts into portraits, but used the machine in reverse to free Mario.

E. Gadd was proud of Luigi for collecting the treasure to build Luigi a new house.[note 1]

Vibe Island[]

Bowser kidnapped Mario, Luigi, and the Toads while Princess Peach, Toadsworth and Toad were strolling. Army Hammer Bro help him captive in the cage. Upon Peach, Toadsworth, and Toad's arrival, they found out that Bowser kidnapped them, witnessing Toads with different emotions. Peach was determined to rescue the brothers and Toads. Toadsworth gave Peach an unordinary umbrella named Perry. Perry assisted Peach in Vibe Island. After rescuing Toads, Peach and Perry went to Giddy Sky to find Kamek trapping Luigi in a bubble. After rescuing Luigi, the duo went the Bowser's villa and confronted Army Hammer Bro and Bowser. Defeating both of them, Perry freed Mario. Peach, Perry, Toads, Mario, and Luigi left the island and returned to the Mushroom Kingdom.

Galaxy Reactor[]

Luigi participated in the Starbit Festival while Mario was running to Peach's castle. However, Bowser and his troop crashed the festival. The Koopa troop separate Mario from Peach and everyone else into different galaxies. Mario found the Toad Brigade in Honeyhive Galaxy, who told Mario that they lost Luigi. After collecting the second Grand Star, Mario went to the kitchen and arrived at Ghostly Galaxy. Toads told Mario that they found Luigi trapped in a haunted mansion.[8] Mario explored the mansion and went through the gates to rescue Luigi. Luigi gave Mario the Power Star and they return to the Comet Observatory.

Luigi stayed at the Comet Observatory while Mario approached Bowser's Galaxy Reactor. Upon Bowser's defeat, the black hole deconstructed the galaxies and Rosalina rescued Mario from the cataclysm. Awakening at the Mushroom Kingdom, Mario saw his acquaintances along with Luigi celebrating at the Mushroom Kingdom with other galaxies reconstructed.

Big Tail Tree[]

The first time Luigi is seen in Super Mario 3D Land is as an Easter Egg. In the fourth postcard picture (unlocked after World 3 is beaten), if the player shakes the 3DS, there’s a chance that a Goomba or Luigi a jump over the wall. It is unknown if Luigi tried to save Peach.

A few moments after Mario rescued Peach, Luigi is abducted by Dry Bowser’s troops. Imprisoned in the castle of the first Special World, he send a letter to Mario. When the red plumber arrives in the castle of the first Special World, Mario hears Luigi’s calls for help. When Mario rescues him from Dry Bowser, Luigi thanks Mario for coming to his rescue and becomes a playable character. He jumps higher than his red brother, but his traction is poorer making him harder to stop.

Sprixie Kingdom[]

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Mario and company witnessing Bowser kidnapping the green Sprixie Princess.

Mario, Luigi, Peach, and Blue Toad were enjoying the fireworks at the evening of Mushroom Kingdom. They found a slanted Clear Pipe. After Mario and Luigi fixed the pipe, a green Sprixie Princess panicked and told them that she escaped Bowser, but he kidnapped the other Sprixie Princesses. Bowser came out of the pipe and trapped the green Sprixie Princess in the jar and went to the plains area. Peach checked Bowser inside the pipe but fell into the pipe. Mario and company caught up to her and fell into the plains area where they found the green Sprixie Princess trapped inside a jar.

After Mario and company rescued the green Sprixie Princess, they continued to save more Sprixie Princesses in other areas. Rescuing the last Sprixie Princess, Bowser kidnapped all the Sprixie Princesses in a large jar and ran to the amusement area.

The foursome rescued the Sprixie Princesses again from Bowser as Meowser. Mario, Luigi, Peach, and Toad returned to the Mushroom Kingdom.

Game data[]

Mario Kart series
Mario Kart DS
Luigi
Luigi MKDS record icon
Availability: Standard
Weight ★★
Karts Default Poltergust 4000, Standard LG
Unlockable Streamliner

Flavor text[]

Hat mario For profiles of Luigi,

Timeline[]

Main article: Luigi/Appearances
Game Role Year Console Notes
Mario Bros. Non-playable character 1983 Game & Watch First overall appearance
Mario Bros. Playable character 1983 Arcade First playable appearance, although only by the second player
Mario Bros. Playable character 1983 Family Computer / NES Same as in the arcade version
Mario Bros. Playable character 1983 Atari 2600 Same as in the arcade game
Mario Bros. Playable character 1984 Atari 5200 Same as in the arcade game
Mario Bros. Playable character 1984 PC-8001 Same as in the arcade game
Family BASIC Mention 1984 Family BASIC The manual provides instructions for creating a sprite of Luigi
VS. Wrecking Crew Playable character 1984 VS. System Only playable by the second player
Mario Bros. Special Playable character 1984 Various Japanese personal computers Only playable by the second player
Punch Ball Mario Bros. Playable character 1984 Various Japanese personal computers Only playable by the second player
Wrecking Crew Playable character 1985 Family Computer / Nintendo Entertainment System Same as in VS. Wrecking Crew
Super Mario Bros. Playable character 1985 Family Computer / Nintendo Entertainment System Only playable by the second player
VS. Super Mario Bros. Playable character 1986 VS. System Same as in Super Mario Bros.
Super Mario Bros. Playable character 1986 Family Computer Disk System Same as in the original Super Mario Bros.
Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels Playable character 1986 Family Computer Disk System First game in which the first player can play as Luigi
Family Computer Golf: Japan Course Playable character 1987 Family Computer Disk System
Family Computer Golf: U.S. Course Playable character 1987 Family Computer Disk System
Famicom Grand Prix II: 3D Hot Rally Playable character 1988 Family Computer Disk System Luigi is featured as the car's navigator
Super Mario Bros. 2 Playable character 1988 Nintendo Entertainment System One of four playable characters
Super Mario Bros. 3 Playable character 1988 Family Computer / Nintendo Entertainment System Only playable by second player
Super Mario Bros. / Duck Hunt Playable character 1988 Nintendo Entertainment System Same as in the Super Mario Bros. port
Tetris Playable character 1989 Game Boy Exclusive to Multiplayer mode
Baseball Playable character 1989 Game Boy A member of the Red Eagles
Tetris Cameo 1989 Nintendo Entertainment System When completing type B, Luigi is seen amongst a few Mario characters as well as Link, Pit, and Samus in the results screen
Luigi's Hammer Toss Playable character 1990 Game watch First starring role
F1 Race Cameo 1990 Game Boy Briefly seen after winning course 2
Super Mario World Playable character 1990 Super Nintendo Entertainment System Only playable by the second player
Super Mario Bros. / Duck Hunt / World Class Track Meet Playable character 1990 Nintendo Entertainment System Same as in the Super Mario Bros. port
Super Mario Bros. Print World Non-playable character 1991 MS-DOS Appears in a few graphics alongside other characters
NES Open Tournament Golf Playable character 1991 Family Computer / Nintendo Entertainment System
Yoshi Playable character 1991 Family Computer / Nintendo Entertainment System
Yoshi Playable character 1991 Game Boy Same as in the Nintendo Entertainment System version
Mario Teaches Typing Playable character 1992 MS-DOS One of three playable characters, the other two being Mario and Princess Toadstool
Super Mario Bros. & Friends: When I Grow Up Non-playable character 1992 MS-DOS Appears in several of the Career pages
Super Mario USA Playable character 1992 Family Computer Same as in Super Mario Bros. 2 for Nintendo Entertainment System
Super Mario Kart Playable character 1992 Super Nintendo Entertainment System One of eight playable characters
Mario is Missing! Playable character 1992 MS-DOS Playable character and second starring role, after Luigi's Hammer Toss
Mario is Missing! Playable character 1993 Super Nintendo Entertainment System Same as in the MS-DOS version
Mario is Missing! Playable character 1993 Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Super Mario All-Stars Playable character 1993 Super Nintendo Entertainment System Playable in all four Super Mario Bros. games
Mario & Wario Supporting character 1993 Super Famicom Waits at the goal, where he removes the bucket covering the player character's head.
Mario is Missing! Playable character 1993 Mac Same as in the MS-DOS version
Mario's Early Years! Fun with Numbers Non-playable character 1993 PC Notably found asleep in most worlds, and can be woken up by clicking on him.
Mario's Early Years! Fun with Letters Non-playable character 1993 PC Same as in Mario's Early Years! Fun with Letters
Mario's Early Years! Preschool Fun Non-playable character 1993 PC Same as in Mario's Early Years! Fun with Letters
Mario's Time Machine Non-playable character 1993 PC Luigi makes two appearances: once on the hint icon, reaching out his hand towards Mario, and as a doodle in Mario's journal.
Stunt Race FX Cameo 1994 Super Nintendo Entertainment System Appears on a sign in any course in Battle Trax mode
Hotel Mario Supporting character 1994 Philips CD-i Appears in a majority of the cutscenes, assisting Mario on his journey.
Mario's Early Years! Fun with Numbers Non-playable character 1994 Super Nintendo Entertainment System Same as in the PC version
Mario's Early Years! Fun with Letters Non-playable character 1994 Super Nintendo Entertainment System Same as in the PC version
Mario's Early Years! Preschool Fun Non-playable character 1994 Super Nintendo Entertainment System Same as in the PC version
Super Mario All-Stars + Super Mario World Playable character 1994 Super Nintendo Entertainment System Same as in Super Mario All-Stars but with the added inclusion of Super Mario World
Mario's Game Gallery Cameo 1995 MS-DOS Some of the cards in Go Fish depict Luigi
Mario's Tennis Playable character 1995 Virtual Boy One of seven playable characters
Mario Clash Cameo 1995 Virtual Boy Makes a few cameos, two in a Nintendo border and another during the Bonus Chance
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars Non-playable character 1996 Super Nintendo Entertainment System Only appears during the end credits; mentioned in Star Hill (the Japanese version features a few additional mentions)
Mario Teaches Typing 2 Playable character 1996 Microsoft Windows One of three playable characters, the other two being Mario and Princess Toadstool
Mario Kart 64 Playable character 1996 Nintendo 64 One of eight playable characters
Game & Watch Gallery Playable character 1997 Game Boy Appears in the Modern versions of Fire and Oil Panic, as playable and non-playable respectively
Excitebike: Bun Bun Mario Battle Playable character 1997 Super Famicom (Satellaview) Only playable during the first three weeks; replaced by Yoshi in the fourth and final week.
Game & Watch Gallery 2 Non-playable character 1997 Game Boy Appears in the Modern version of Chef
Wrecking Crew '98 Unlockable playable character 1998 Super Famicom Unlocked in multiplayer once Bowser is defeated in the single-player mode
Mario's FUNdamentals Cameo 1998 PC Same as in Mario's Game Gallery
Game & Watch Gallery 2 Non-playable character 1998 Game Boy Color Same as in the Game Boy version
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Cameo 1998 Nintendo 64 Can be seen on one of the paintings in Hyrule Castle
Mario Party Playable character 1998 Nintendo 64
Super Smash Bros. Unlockable playable character 1999 Nintendo 64 Unlocked by completing Break the Targets! with all eight starter characters and then defeating Luigi in his unlock match
Game & Watch Gallery 3 Playable character 1999 Game Boy Color Playable in both the Classic and Modern versions of the Game & Watch game Mario Bros.
Super Mario Bros. Deluxe Playable character 1999 Game Boy Color Unlike the original Super Mario Bros., the player can alternate between Mario or Luigi in single-player
Mario Golf Playable character 1999 Nintendo 64
Mario Golf Playable character 1999 Game Boy Color
Mario Artist: Paint Studio Cameo 1999 Nintendo 64DD Featured in various Character stamps
Mario Party 2 Playable character 1999 Nintendo 64
Mario Tennis Playable character 2000 Nintendo 64
Paper Mario Non-playable character 2000 Nintendo 64
Mario Tennis Playable character 2000 Game Boy Color
Mario Party 3 Playable character 2000 Nintendo 64
Super Mario Advance Playable character 2001 Game Boy Advance
Mario Kart: Super Circuit Playable character 2001 Game Boy Advance
Mario Family Cameo 2001 Game Boy Color Featured as one of the sewing pattern designs
Luigi's Mansion Playable character 2001 Nintendo GameCube
Super Smash Bros. Melee Unlockable playable character 2001 Nintendo GameCube Unlocked by either fighting 800 VS matches or clearing the first level of Adventure, Mushroom Kingdom with a 2 on the seconds value, then defeating him in an unlock match.
Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2 Playable character 2001 Game Boy Advance
Mario Party 4 Playable character 2002 Nintendo GameCube
Game & Watch Gallery 4 Playable character 2002 Game Boy Advance Playable in the Modern versions of Fire, Boxing, and Mario Bros. as well as the Classic Mario Bros.; non-playable in Rain Shower and Chef
Mario Party-e Non-playable character 2003 Game Boy Advance (e-Reader) Appears in Mario's Mallet
Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 Playable character 2003 Game Boy Advance
Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour Playable character 2003 Nintendo GameCube
Mario Kart: Double Dash!! Playable character 2003 Nintendo GameCube
Mario Party 5 Playable character 2003 Nintendo GameCube
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga Playable character 2003 Game Boy Advance
Classic NES Series: Super Mario Bros. Playable character 2004 Game Boy Advance
Mario Golf: Advance Tour Playable character 2004 Game Boy Advance Playable in Quick Play mode
Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door Non-playable character 2004 Nintendo GameCube
Famicom Mini: Super Mario Bros. 2 Playable character 2004 Game Boy Advance
Mario Power Tennis Playable character 2004 Nintendo GameCube
WarioWare: Twisted! Brief role 2004 Game Boy Advance Appears in the level 3 difficulties of two microgames, Super Mario Bros. 3 and Mario Brothers
Mario Party 6 Playable character 2004 Nintendo GameCube
Super Mario 64 DS Playable character 2004 Nintendo DS Unlocked by defeating King Boo for the Luigi Key, then using it on the door with the "L" emblem just outside the Rec Room
WarioWare: Touched! Brief role 2004 Nintendo DS Appears in level 3 of Spin a Yarn, in which unraveling a sleeveless sweater reveals Luigi making an L formation
Mario Party Advance Playable character 2005 Game Boy Advance One of four playable characters
NBA Street V3 Playable character 2005 Nintendo GameCube Appears as a guest character exclusively in the Nintendo GameCube version, alongside Mario and Princess Peach
Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix Playable character 2005 Nintendo GameCube
Mario Superstar Baseball Playable character 2005 Nintendo GameCube
Mario Tennis: Power Tour Playable character 2005 Game Boy Advance
SSX on Tour Playable character 2005 Nintendo GameCube Appears as a guest character exclusively in the Nintendo GameCube version, alongside Mario and Princess Peach
Super Princess Peach Non-playable character 2005 Nintendo DS
Mario Party 7 Playable character 2005 Nintendo GameCube
Mario Kart DS Playable character 2005 Nintendo DS
Super Mario Strikers Playable character 2005 Nintendo GameCube
Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time Playable character 2005 Nintendo DS
New Super Mario Bros. Playable character 2006 Nintendo DS
Mario Hoops 3-on-3 Playable character 2006 Nintendo DS
New Super Mario Bros. Wii Playable character 2009 Wii
Super Mario 3D Land Playable character 2011 Nintendo 3DS
New Super Mario Bros. 2 Playable character 2012 Nintendo 3DS
New Super Mario Bros. U Playable character 2012 Wii U
New Super Luigi U Playable character 2013 Wii U
Super Mario 3D World Playable character 2013 Wii U
New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe Playable character 2019 Nintendo Switch
Super Mario Maker 2 Playable character 2019 Nintendo Switch
Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury Playable character 2021 Nintendo Switch
Super Mario Bros. Wonder Playable character 2023 Nintendo Switch
Mario & Luigi: Brothership Playable character 2024 Nintendo Switch

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Behind the scenes[]

Creation and development[]

Mario Bros. marked Luigi's first appearance as Mario's brother, but as the palette swap for Player 2.[9]

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Etymology[]

Luigi is an Italian name; it represents Luigi's nationality. The name means "renown fighter", despite his timid personality. Luigi is also a German name. The name means "famous fighter".

Portrayal[]

Charles Martinet has stated in various interviews that he invented Luigi's voice, and his current personality, on the spot, while doing Mario in Real Time. Children would ask him where his "brother Luigi" is. At the time, his interpretation of Luigi had not been conceived, but he improvised Luigi calling out that he's in the kitchen, and that he doesn't want to come out because he's too shy, in what would go on to become his trademark "timid" sounding voice. This was in keeping with how Luigi had been portrayed prior to this, as somewhat of a coward, and helped to cement this personality for the character.

Real-world influences[]

Cultural impact[]

There is a restaurant called "Mario & Luigi's" with their respective colors.[9] Due to Mario as a famous character in Japan; people dress up as Mario characters (including Luigi) and race in go-karts.

Reception[]

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Trivia[]

  • Despite debuting as a playable character in Mario Bros. It is believed that Luigi made his cameo debut in the arcade version of Donkey Kong Junior because the intro of the game featured two Marios.
  • Luigi was planned for Super Mario 64, but was scrapped altogether due to complications of camera angles and viewings angles in 2-player mode. However, he appeared in Super Mario 64 DS along with the previously unplayable Yoshi and Wario.
  • In the classic games, Luigi used to have white overalls and a green shirt, while in Super Mario Bros. 2 and in the DIC cartoons, it was changed to green overalls and a blue shirt, but it was later changed to blue overalls and a green shirt.
  • Luigi is a villain in Super Paper Mario called Mr. L, though he eventually becomes a player character.
  • Luigi along with Mario, has brown hair but a black mustache.
  • Luigi is generally portrayed as a coward despite the fact that his name, in Italian, actually means "Famous Warrior" or "Renowned Fighter".
  • In Super Princess Peach, after Princess Peach saved Luigi, though she apparently didn't remember his name, the dialogue called Luigi a "strange green man."
  • In Chile, the Super Smash Bros community has called Luigi: "NT | Pipe" in honor of a legendary player, one of the best in the country.
  • Despite his green color scheme, Luigi's trail for falling into a Black Hole is red, just like Mario. Additionally, he retains Mario's cosmic clones.
  • It’s unknown if Luigi tried to rescue Peach when Bowser captured her for the first time in Super Mario 3D Land.

Gallery[]

Hat mario To view Luigi's
image gallery, click here.

Notes[]

  1. The house size depends on the amount of treasure Luigi found.


References[]

  1. Buzz. Finally, the official name of Nintendo official Mario is revealed! (Japanese). GetNews. Retrieved on 2019-07-11. “Nintendo's official name is known as "Mario Mario"!”
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 インタビュー マリオ映画公開記念!宮本茂さんインタビュー 制作の始まりから驚きの設定まで (April 25, 2023). Nintendo Dream Web. Retrieved April 25, 2023
  3. 3.0 3.1 Brian. Miyamoto explains why Mario is Italian. Nintendo Everything. Retrieved on 2020-04-29.
  4. Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour
  5. Snider, Mike (November 08, 2010). Q&A: 'Mario' creator Shigeru Miyamoto. USA Today.
  6. Super Mario Bros. instruction booklet, page 2
  7. Super Mario World instruction booklet, page 2
  8. Sora Ltd., Bandai Namco. Super Mario Galaxy. Nintendo. Wii. 2007-02-16. Speaker: Toad. Quote source: Ghostly Galaxy. “We detected signs of Luigi in this galaxy! I hope he hasn't been eaten by ghosts!”
  9. 9.0 9.1 IGN Presents The History of Super Mario Bros.. IGN (2007-11-08). Archived from the original on November 9, 2007. Retrieved on 2020-03-29.

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