Rosalina (ロゼッタ Rosetta?) is a character making her debut in Super Mario Galaxy, though she has become a recurring character in spin-off games. She lives in space with her adopted children, the Lumas, and travels the universe on the Comet Observatory.
Rosalina is a sorceress with great power. Her sole duty is to watch over and guard the universe, the Mushroom World and protect her Lumas. Rosalina's back-story is described in her story book, which is found in the Comet Observatory's Library in Super Mario Galaxy, telling her past of her time living on Earth and how she met the Lumas. She is currently voiced by Laura Faye Smith.
Rosalina has made protecting the cosmos her mission in life. She is a loving figure, caring for her children diligently. She still misses her mother, who apparently died years ago. She also uses the phrase "May the stars shine down on you." as a way of saying "Good luck."
Like most other human Mario characters Rosalina has blue eyes, though hers are more cyan in color. Only her left eye is visible from a directly frontal view as her particularly large bang of her hair hides her right eye. She has peach-colored defined lips, and long platinum-blonde hair that reaches to her waist. While she was young, according to her storybook, her hair was something more like a red or strawberry-blonde, which had similarly happened to Peach due to NES limitations.
Her primary outfit consists of a turquoise long-sleeved gown that bares her shoulders, along with a silver crown with four gems on it, a sliver star-shaped brooch, gold star-shaped earrings, and silver high heels. She notably appears in this outfit when playing golf, making her one of two girls (White Mage the other) to participate in a primarily sports-themed game wearing her heels (though she keeps the full-length dress, whereas White Mage sports a mini dress-like garment).
Like Peach and Daisy, she has a biker suit when riding bikes or ATVs in Mario Kart Wii and Mario Kart 8. Hers is primarily white and teal, to differentiate hers from those of Peach and Daisy. Like with Daisy, her hair needs to be flowing up to see the heart-shaped decal on the back of the suit.
Her primary sports outfit is akin to the sporty mini dresses of Peach and Daisy (though, again, teal), but with what appears to be white leggings instead of the other two girls' socks.
Her swimwear (as seen in the fifth Mario and Sonic game) is based on those of Peach and Daisy (though teal again), but tweaked, along with sleeves to resemble her usual dress.
Powers and abilities
- Magic: Rosalina is extremely skilled in the use of magic.
- Force Field Generation: Rosalina can create force fields. She can surround the Comet Observatory with a huge force field, transforming it into a starship as a form of transportation. Also, if Mario attempts to jump on Rosalina, a force field would appear and protect her.
- Levitation: Like the Lumas, Rosalina can also levitate herself in the air.
- Teleport: Rosalina has shown the ability to teleport, at least from Earth to Space.
- Telepathy: When Mario wakes up in the Mushroom Kingdom after the Lumas throw themselves into the black hole that Bowser's collapsing galaxy created, Rosalina speaks to Mario via telepathy, telling him that all life carries the essence of stars, even himself.
- Hologram-like Projections: Rosalina has shown the ability to create hologram-like projections of herself in Super Mario Galaxy 2, when she encounters Mario, after Mario defeats Bowser.
- Immortality and Eternal Youth: Rosalina has the appearance of a tall, young woman and has a youthful face and figure, despite being at least 100 years old.
As a young child, Rosalina found a sad small star nearby rusted spaceship. Rosalina asked its name, it introduced itself to be "Luma", his mother was coming for it by a comet. Rosalina borrowed a telescope to seek what was coming at nightfall, saw nothing despite nothing occurring for years. She knew she will become an old lady if stays searching, she suggested to search for themselves. They flew on the Starshroom continuing their search.
During one of her centennial visits to the Mushroom Kingdom, the Comet Observatory is attacked by Bowser, who steals the observatory's Power Stars and Grand Stars. Rosalina later appeared to Mario/Luigi after Peach is kidnapped. In order to aid Mario/Luigi she gives him Luma, the same one seen with Peach at the Star Festival. Once Mario/Luigi collects the first Grand Star, she explains to him that Bowser stole the Power Stars and requests that he help get them back.
After Mario/Luigi collects enough stars to power the ship, Rosalina flies the observatory to the center of the universe for the final confrontation with Bowser. After the Lumas sacrifice themselves to stop the giant black hole created by the sun thus, erasing the game's events from history, and thus, resetting the timeline. Rosalina appears to Mario/Luigi and explains the "cycle of life" to him before he awakens at Peach's Castle. She then proceeds to transform the Comet Observatory into a comet, and shoots off into the stars.
Lubba reveals at this time that he and Rosalina had met before, but the details of their meeting remain unknown. As the events of Super Mario Galaxy were erased due to universe reborn, Mario & Peach meet Rosalina for the first time, and it seems that Mario and Peach has truly forgotten the events of the previous game.
In Super Mario series
Super Mario Galaxy
Rosalina appears in Super Mario Galaxy as a non-playable character.
Rosalina appears during the ending sequence of Super Mario Galaxy 2.
She frequently sends letters to the Baby Luma that's with Mario, but she does not reveal her identity in them. This game also features a cosmic version of Rosalina, known as the Cosmic Spirit.
Rosalina appears as a unlockable playable character in Super Mario 3D World. She is unlocked after the player has completed World Star World Star-2: Super Galaxy. She has the ability to use the Spin attack, similar to that of Mario and Luigi in the Super Mario Galaxy games and has normal traction. She is, however, slower like Princess Peach. This is also the first time Rosalina is playable in a Mario platformer.
The Comet Observatory can be seen in the background of the game's expanded key artwork, the final scene after the credits, and World Star World Star-2: Super Galaxy.
Rosalina appears as an unlockable Mystery Mushroom transformation by clearing the 100 Mario challenge on normal or harder or by scanning a Rosalina & Luma amiibo. Here, she is given an 8-bit appearance based on her Super Smash Bros. look, with a Luma floating alongside her.
Aside from this, while she herself doesn't appear in the game, concept art revealed that she was planned to appear as a street musician playing an acoustic guitar.
In Mario Tennis series
Rosalina appears as a playable character in Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash. This is the first installment in the Mario series overall in which Rosalina makes a debut wearing her active sports outfit, which is similar to the tennis outfit that Princess Peach wears, but based on her dress. Also, she is the only one of the three newcomers to be available from the start. To differentiate her from the others, she levitates while moving around, with a small dust of sparkles coming from her feet, and even sometimes her racket. Additionally, she levitates the ball instead of holding it.
Rosalina is a Power-type character, meaning that her hits are fast and strong, and is the first female character in the Mario sports titles to have this type.
Rosalina reappears as a playable character in Mario Tennis Aces. Unlike Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash, Rosalina is classified as a Tricky character. Her Trick Shots are known as the Galaxy Warp and Satellite Shift, and her Special Shot is referred to as the Star Combo.
Rosalina dons a white lab coat and has a high power level (at 4) to begin with, she also comes with a Luma in a recent update. Dr. Luma has a power level of 1, but more skill-based--Rosalina's special move can stop viruses from moving for 7 seconds in story mode, while in versus she can randomly change the form of two viruses of the opponent.
Rosalina makes her first playable appearance in Mario Kart Wii as an unlockable character. She can be unlocked by having a save file for Super Mario Galaxy and racing in 50 races, or the player can attain at least a 1 Star Rank for all Mirror Grand Prix Cups. Unlike Princess Peach and Princess Daisy, Rosalina is in the heavyweight class (likely as she is taller than the others; the same thing happens to Waluigi) while Peach and Daisy are in the middleweight class. While she races, a yellow Luma will circle around her the whole time, and even make sounds as well. Rosalina will wear her normal dress when riding in karts, but on bikes she wears her biker suit, which is the same as Peach's and Daisy's, but has Rosalina's own color scheme. Her emblem on her kart and bike is the Grand Star. Rosalina is also the staff ghost character for Rainbow Road.
Rosalina returns again in the Mario Kart series, this being her second time in the series overall. This time, Rosalina doesn't have a Luma circling her kart, but her emblem remains the Grand Star. She is again a heavier character, but this time being in the cruiser class. Just like the previous Mario Kart game, she is unlockable by completing the Star Cup on 150cc. Rosalina has a course named after her, which is called Rosalina's Ice World, which has what appears to be the Comet Observatory in the background. The staff ghosts uses her in the Time Trials for Music Park and Rosalina's Ice World.
Like the previous Mario Kart games, Rosalina is an unlockable and playable character. Unlike Mario Kart Wii, Luma will not be circling around her. Like Mario Kart Wii, Rosalina maintains her biker suit, which she wears on bikes and the game's new ATVs.
Her appearance in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is unchanged from her appearance in Mario Kart 8. She is used by the same 150cc staff ghost, Nin★Leonel on a Circuit Special with the Standard tires and Super Glider. Even used by the 200cc staff ghost, Nin★Pedro.
Rosalina makes her Mario Party debut in Mario Party 10 as a standard playable character.
Rosalina appears in Mario Party: Star Rush once again. She is an unlockable character which the player must reach the Party Level 6. Her Dice Block is a Wondrous Dice Block.
Rosalina among the other seven characters are playable in the series. Rosalina's artwork is similar to her Mario Kart Wii artwork.
Super Mario Party
Rosalina reappears in Super Mario Party as a default playable character. Her animations from Mario Party 10 were reused in the game. On boards, her Dice Block is a "Rosalina Dice Block".
Super Smash Bros. series
Rosalina & Luma are newcomers in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. She is the fifth Mario universe representative and the second female representative after Peach. In battle, Luma mimics the actions of Rosalina, allowing the duo to attack from two places at once. Rosalina's Special Moves and standard move set are all based on Super Mario Galaxy:
- Luma Shot: Rosalina launches Luma forward, allowing it to remain in one location to set up combos
- Star Bits: Rosalina commands Luma to fire two miniature star bits
- Launch Star: Rosalina propels herself forward with a Launch Star.
- Gravitational Pull: Rosalina creates a gravity field around her, drawing all items and projectiles (with nullified effects) toward her.
Rosalina's Final Smash Power Star involves her summoning a massive Power Star, which gradually expands while shooting out smaller stars, before exploding, racking up massive amounts of damage for opponents caught within it.
Much like Peach, her defense and speed equipment attributes are based on her normal outfit (here her dress has glittery stars on it and her heels are more of an extremely light green instead of the usual silver).
Rosalina and Luma were present in theWorld of Light cutscene. As Galeem unleashed its beams, they attempt to fly away from the beams of light alongside Diddy Kong, but was captured by one of the beamsand used to create puppet fighters for Galeem and Dharkon, with the exception of Kirby, who recruited the fighters. Rosalina and Luma can be found at the Dark Realm of the top path.
Behind the scenes
Creation and development
During an interview, Shigeru Miyamoto stated about the ritual kidnapping of Princess Peach. He was also thinking of a cast of characters, one of them was a princess with a family of talking stars. Yoshiaki Koizumi was planned for Rosalina to be related to Peach, but she was changed to be an unrelated character.
Rosalina's early concept art showed her with a beehive-styled hair and a light blue dress similar to Princess Peach and Princess Daisy.
- Rosalina's storybook in Super Mario Galaxy is likely the story of how her Lumas, the observatory, and her powers were created.
- Rosalina's original design looked like the kind of dresses Peach and Daisy wear, but they changed it to be more "loose-flowing."
- In Mario Kart Wii, she is the only female by all unlockable heavyweights. This class designation may be due to her being taller than Peach and Daisy; the same happens to the tall, skinny-as-a-beanpole Waluigi.
- In Mario Golf: World Tour, Rosalina is a playable character, but still wears her normal dress. This aspect carries over into the golf game of Mario Sports Superstars. Because of this, Rosalina is the second female to participate in a sports-centered game wearing high heels, after White Mage. (Peach and Daisy don't have this designation because the Mario Kart games and Mario Party series aren't official sports games, though Mario Kart may be close to it).
- Rosalina's Fire form has her put her hair in a ponytail like Peach does in sports games, the only time a female other than Peach does so. Notably, her bang still covers her right eye just as it does when she is in her normal state.
- During an interview with Yoshiaki Koizumi (Director of Super Mario Galaxy, Creator of Rosalina) on the development of Super Mario Galaxy, he explained that Rosalina was originally meant to be related with Peach, but it was later decided against. In her storybook, there is a depiction her mother, who resembles Peach in a blue dress.
- During the final chapter in the French version of Super Mario Galaxy a description of her father is given describing him as a tall mustached father.
- Rosalina is shown to be one of the tallest characters in the Mario franchise. Her height is also shown to be equaled to Waluigi’s height making the 2 of them the tallest human characters in the series. However, Waluigi often squats and almost never stands straight up, which reduces his height.
- Rosalina broke the fourth wall twice after the player completes Super Mario Galaxy and Galaxy 2.
- Rosalina is one of the oldest characters in the Mario franchise and possibly the oldest human character as well, being at least 100 years old and possibly millions, as she states she visits Earth once every 100 years.