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"That's the spirit, mushroom man!"
― Luma

Lumas are star-like creatures that appear in Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Galaxy 2. They are Rosalina's adoptive children and unlike most Stars, they have a tear drop-like shape, and come in many colors. They are much like Power Stars, but they are more circular in shape and able to talk. Lumas boast the ability to transform, from minor objects to entire planets and galaxies. Most of them make their home in the Comet Observatory, and others make their home with Lubba on Starship Mario.

Description

Colors

There are many Lumas in several colors. Each of them yields a Special power.

  • Yellow: Yellow Lumas transform into Sling Stars and are the most common variety. Some yellow Lumas can transform into Launch Stars as well. Two giant, oversized Yellow Lumas appear in the sequel.
  • Blue: Blue Lumas transform into Pull Stars.
  • Pink: Pink Lumas known as Hungry Lumas transform into planets or galaxies, and leaves behind pink Launch Stars. Once a Hungry Luma transforms into a galaxy, it will became a regular-sized pink Luma. These pink Lumas transform into pink Launch Stars to allow the player travel to the galaxy on the Observatory Grounds.
  • Green: Green Lumas are the guardians of the Trial Galaxies and transforms into Green Launch Stars and Green Power Stars.
  • Red: Red Lumas are guardians of Red Stars and hold their powers in them, which transform Mario into Flying Mario.
  • Orange: In addition to the Co-Star Luma, there's also another Luma who tells you about the latter.

Notable Lumas

Master Luma

Main article: Luma (character)

This Luma, often referred to as Master Luma, appears in both Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Galaxy 2. In both games, he stows away in Mario's cap and in return gives him the power to Star Spin. This Luma is the only cream/apricot coloured Luma.

Lubba

Main article: Lubba

Lubba is a Luma that appears in Super Mario Galaxy 2. He is the only Luma in the series that doesn't assume the generic "tear-drop" form. Lubba is essentially the guide for Super Mario Galaxy 2. He gives advice, and will tell Mario if a new character has come to Starship Mario, or if he has brought back a new Item. He appears in a purple colour.

Polari

Main article: Polari
Polari Art (Super Mario Galaxy)

Polari is a Luma that appears in Super Mario Galaxy. He typically assists Rosalina in guiding the player. He appears in front of the Map in the Comet Observatory, as well as in any Dome that Mario enters. When Mario has enough Power Stars to reach a Bowser galaxy, he will inform Mario. He appears in a black colouration.

Comet Tico

Main article: Comet Tico

The Comet Tico is a Luma that appears in Super Mario Galaxy. If Mario pays him 30 star bits, Comet Tico will move the Prankster Comets that are currently on the map. He usually appears in a gradient purple colouration.

Lumalee

Main article: Lumalee

Lumalee is a Luma that appears in both Super Mario Galaxy 1 & 2. He is a blue form of a Hungry Luma that holds either a 1-Up and a Life Mushroom, or two Dice Blocks. Upon paying him thirty star bits/coins, he will give the player in option to pick either a 1-Up or a Life Mushroom, or if he is carrying Dice Blocks, he will release a certain amount. Lumalee most commonly appears shortly before a Boss fight.

Co-Star Luma

Main article: Co-Star Luma

The Co-Star Luma is an orange Luma that appears in Super Mario Galaxy 2. He is the only Luma that is a playable character, though he can only be used by Player 2. The Co-Star Luma assists Mario in attacking enemies, or retrieving coins. The Co-Star Luma can also shoot star bits.



Appearances

Super Mario Galaxy

The Lumas appear in Super Mario Galaxy, living on the Comet Observatory with Rosalina, lo supporting Mario with his journey to save Peach.

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In the end, all the Lumas sacrifice themselves to destroy the massive black hole created by Bowser's dying sun. However, Luma is reborn and lives on a small planet, while it is hinted that all of the other Lumas will be reborn later.

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Other appearances

Mario Kart Wii

In Mario Kart Wii, a Yellow Luma is bouncing around Rosalina and making noises at all times, but it has no effect on gameplay.

Super Mario Galaxy 2

In Super Mario Galaxy 2, the Lumas serve a similar role as to the prequel. However, the purple Luma is absent, there are now Giant Lumas which are simply overgrown Yellow Lumas, there is an orange Co-Star Luma which acts as Player 2, and the Green Lumas just simply look forward to seeing the Green Power Stars.

Super Mario 3D World

Lumas reappear in this game on the level Super Galaxy of World Star. Many Lumas can be seen flying around the level and Rosalina can be seen at the end.

Mario Tennis Aces

A yellow Luma is a downloadable character in Mario Tennis Aces.[1]

Non-canonical appearances

Super Smash Bros. 4

Luma variants appeared in this game with Rosalina, new playable fighters in the game. The Luma is to assist Rosalina in some of her attacks.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Luma variants appeared in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate with Rosalina. They are returning fighters in the game. The Luma assists Rosalina in some of her attacks.

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Trivia

  • Paper Mario featured a similar species, called Star Kids. Like the Lumas, the Star Kids were young stars, who were raised on a special place to become real stars someday. They also possessed magical abilities, like the Lumas, and a very similar, childish behavior.
  • The Luma's name is derived from the Latin word, lumen, meaning light, a reference to their future as stars.
  • According to Rosalina, there are Lumas already transformed into planets, comets, and even Power Stars.

References

  1. Nintendo. Mario Tennis Aces - Luma - Nintendo Switch YouTube. (December 26, 2018) Retrieved December 29, 2018.

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