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Waluigi is a recurring character found in the Mario series who was made to rival Luigi. Waluigi mainly appeared in spin-off games such as Mario Tennis and Mario Party 3. Waluigi is known to be Wario's partner ever since Waluigi made his first appearance in Mario Tennis for the Nintendo 64 and was voiced by Charles Martinet ever since. Waluigi also appeared along with Wario and Luigi in Super Mario Advance games as a palette swap of Mario. He has also appeared in every Mario Party game since Mario Party 3 came out in 2001.

The details of Waluigi's past are unclear since he has no confirmed background, although he was evidently been antagonizing the Mario Bros., especially Luigi, for quite some time before his debut as seen in the opening of Mario Tennis, where he and Luigi confront each other.

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Physical description

Waluigi is a tall man with a narrow face and a pointy, thin mustache. Waluigi wears a purple shirt and dark indigo overalls. He wears a purple cap with the "Γ" symbol; it is mirror to Luigi's "L".

Powers and abilities

Waluigi is skillful in various sports. Waluigi can perform various powers. He can summon cyclones[1][2] and thorny vines.[3]

Appearances

Mario Tennis series

Waluigi's artwork from Mario Tennis.

Waluigi's artwork for Mario Tennis (Game Boy Color).

Waluigi makes his debut in the game Mario Tennis as Wario's partner and a playable character himself. In the opening of the game, Mario, Luigi, Peach, Daisy, Donkey Kong, Yoshi, Paratroopa, and Birdo are getting ready for a tennis tournament. Wario and Waluigi, however, were not invited, which upset the two. Wario and Waluigi interrupted the final match between Mario and Luigi, and Waluigi requests if they could join. Luigi rejects his request, and mocks Waluigi. Waluigi was upset by this, and Luigi and Waluigi prepare to fight, with Mario attempting to break it up, but Wario blocked the way. Just then, Bowser drops from the sky, knocking Wario and Waluigi to the ground. Everybody readies themselves to battle him, but Bowser says he only wants to play tennis with them. Mario allows Bowser, Wario, and Waluigi to play with them, and everyone cheers. However, a Bob-omb falls into the stadium, hurting everyone.

Waluigi is a Technique character in Mario Tennis, which means Waluigi has good control over the ball. Also, he has above-average reach. Waluigi lacks power and movement speed, however.

Waluigi also appears in the Game Boy color version of the game, where he is an unlockable Technique character. He can be unlocked only if a Transfer Pak is used. Due to this, he is not playable in the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console release of the game. In the Two-on-One minigame, the player as Bowser plays against Wario and Waluigi. Waluigi is also playable in his own minigame, playing against Luigi.

Mario Power Tennis

Waluigi reappears in Mario Power Tennis as a playable character. When the game starts, he is seen holding a Camelot sign.

In the intro movie in Mario Power Tennis, Wario and Waluigi face the Mario Bros. in the first round of a tennis tournament. Mario and Luigi defeat them.

Some time after the match, Wario and Waluigi head to Peach Dome, where they notice the tournament board which shows that they have been eliminated. They decide to vandalize the picture of the Mario Bros. on the board in revenge. However, a group of police sees them in the act and attempts to arrest them. Wario and Waluigi run from the police for a while before hiding in a side room, which turns out to be an entrance to Bowser's workout room. The three then form an alliance, and Bowser has Wario and Waluigi train there while the tournament continues.

They interrupt the final match of the tournament; the Mario Bros. against Yoshi and Donkey Kong, turning it into a rematch. They are booed, and decide to fire Bob-ombs at the Mario Bros.. Bowser helps them in a giant balloon full of Bob-ombs. However, the Bros. and the other characters hit the Bob-ombs back at Wario and Waluigi with their tennis rackets, blowing up parts of the Peach Dome. Bowser fires a Bullet Bill at Mario, but he deflects it with his tennis racket, sending it into Wario and Waluigi's Bob-omb launcher, which malfunctions and fires a Bob-omb at Bowser's balloon. Since the balloon was full of Bob-ombs, it crashes into the ground near Wario and Waluigi, causing a huge explosion. The three faint as a result.

In Mario Power Tennis, Waluigi is a Defense character. He has great reach, but his movement and power are somewhat limited. Waluigi is one of the two Defense characters in the game, the other being Wiggler. The game is the first to feature Waluigi's ability to swim through the air, a move that has recurred in other games. Waluigi's Offensive Power shot is the Whirluigi, a backspin shot that gives returners a whirlwind affect, losing the returner's control. Waluigi's Defensive Power Shot is the Swimming Return. Here, a pool appears in the court, and Waluigi swims to hit the ball.

Mario Tennis: Power Tour

Waluigi also appears in Mario Tennis: Power Tour, with the same traits as in the game's GameCube counterpart. This is the only Mario game thus far, excluding the online tournament demo for Mario Tennis Aces, where Waluigi appears as a playable character but his partner, Wario, does not (although the latter can still be heard at the beginning of the game's intro shouting "Nintendo"). Waluigi has the same offensive and Defensive Power Shot that he had in Mario Power Tennis.

Mario Tennis Open

Waluigi returns as a playable character in Mario Tennis Open, as one of the game's two defense type characters (the other being Dry Bowser). Waluigi is relatively unchanged, but his winning animation depicts him with flashing eyes, a reference to Waluigi's reaction to winning a point in the Nintendo 64 version of Mario Tennis.

Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash

Waluigi returns as a playable character in Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash. Like Mario Tennis Open, he and Dry Bowser are the only two defense type characters in the game.

Mario Tennis Aces

Waluigi returns as a playable character in Mario Tennis Aces, in which he is once again a defensive character and wears a new tennis outfit. He also appeared as an unlockable playable character in the game's online tournament demo, unlocked after 100 points were accumulated. Waluigi's Special Shot is "Showtime", where he inserts a rose between his teeth, does several pirouettes, and hits the ball. Waluigi's side Trick Shot is "Moonwalk", and his forwards and backwards Trick Shot is "Twisted Jump" involving him jumping in from of the ball. By earning 1000 participation points in the July 2019 or January 2020 online tournaments, the player could unlock a costume of Waluigi with his normal overalls.

Waluigi also plays the role as a minor antagonist in its Adventure mode. In the story, both him and Wario are under the control of Lucien, an ancient evil tennis racket. It is stated that they were easy to manipulate because of their greed. However, rather than themselves, Lucien forces them to give it to Mario so it can use his body to take over the world, perhaps enforcing the idea that Waluigi (and Wario) are seen as incompetent by about everyone. Luigi ends up taking Lucien instead, however, and becomes possessed by it, transforming into a mummified, evil version of himself. As this happens, the same fate is bestowed upon Waluigi and Wario. They do not do much in the story at first, but at the end of the story, they steal two of the Power Stones used to either empower or defeat Lucien right from under Mario's nose and challenge him to a duel in Marina Stadium. Instead, however, they do a Doubles round against Princess Peach and Princess Daisy while Mario takes on the possessed Luigi. When they enter the stadium, they receive a dose of booing for their usual behavior in sports, such as foul play and bad sportsmanship.

He has great reach and good shot power, but is rather slow and his shots don't curve very well. As a result, Waluigi players usually spam his Flat Shot. His Special Shot, Showtime, involves him showing his theatrical side, which looks a lot like the animation for him getting an Eagle or better in Mario Golf World Tour; He snaps his finger, gets a rose in his mouth, poses and spins around while screaming "WAAAAAAAAAAAAA" and levitates upwards.

Mario Party series

Mario Party 3

Waluigi defeats Bowser with a kick.

Waluigi makes his first playable appearance in the Mario Party series in Mario Party 3, alongside Princess Daisy. During Story Mode, Waluigi acts as the true main antagonist of the game. After the player has gotten almost every Star Stamp, Waluigi suddenly appears with the last one, the Mischief Stamp, caged up. Bowser soon appears attempting to get the Star Stamp but Waluigi manages to take out the Koopa King with a single kick after the two of them have a brief fight. Afterwards, instead of fighting one-on-one, Waluigi tells the player that the only way to get the last Star Stamp is to beat him on his board: Waluigi's Island. After Waluigi loses to the player, he tells the player that he'll remember this and runs away, never to be seen again in Story Mode. 

Mario Kart series

Mario Kart: Double Dash!!

Wario & Waluigi in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!.

Waluigi makes his first playable appearance in the Mario Kart series in Mario Kart: Double Dash!!. Waluigi is a middleweight character and his partner is Wario who share a Bob-omb as their Special Item, along with Waluigi Stadium being his course, and Waluigi Racer noticeably being his kart.

Mario Kart DS

Waluigi's artwork from Mario Kart DS.

Waluigi returns in Mario Kart DS once again as a medium weight character. His new course is Waluigi Pinball which is the third course of the Flower Cup.

Mario Kart Wii

Waluigi riding a bike in Mario Kart Wii.

Waluigi returns once again in Mario Kart Wii as default character. Unlike in Mario Kart: Double Dash!! and Mario Kart DS he is classified as a heavyweight character with his acceleration bonus being tied with Toad. Also Waluigi Stadium from Mario Kart: Double Dash!! returns as a retro course.

Mario Kart 7

DS Waluigi Pinball in Mario Kart 7.

Although Waluigi doesn't physically appear in Mario Kart 7 (though he was supposed to appear), Waluigi Pinball from Mario Kart DS does return as a retro course. He was scrapped to time constraints.[4]

Mario Kart 8

Waluigi racing in Twisted Mansion.

Waluigi returns in Mario Kart 8, once again as a default heavyweight character like in Mario Kart Wii. However is classified as one of the lighter heavyweights alongside Donkey Kong, Rosalina and Roy Koopa.

Mario Sports Mix

Waluigi appears in Mario Sports Mix, where he is classified as a technical type character. His technique stat is very high, but his other stats are fairly low. Waluigi's Special Shot features him throwing up to four balls/pucks. Each shot that connects with the goal is counted, and is worth one point each (this adds up to four points if all shots connect). In dodgeball, Waluigi's Special Shot can launch up to four attacks on his opponents.

While serving in volleyball, Waluigi's serves can go only in a straight line. In dodgeball, Waluigi evades dodgeball attacks by spinning his body.

Super Smash Bros. series

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

While Waluigi is not in the roster of playable characters, he appears as an Assist Trophy, along with his tennis racket, in a nod to his first appearance.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U

Waluigi returns as an Assist Trophy in this game. Oddly he is representing the Wario series instead of the Mario series, but this could be an error since Waluigi has never appeared in them. Waluigi acts the same in Brawl except he moves much faster and his attacks are a tad stronger.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Waluigi Assist Trophy SSBU.png

Waluigi reprises his role as an Assist Trophy in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Waluigi can be defeated if the fighter deals more damage to him.[note 1]

Relationships

Wario

Waluigi and Wario appear to have a complicated relationship, sometimes working together (as seen in Mario Super Sluggers) or competing. Waluigi's partner in Mario Kart: Double Dash!! is Wario, as well, so many people think they are brothers just like Mario and Luigi. However, Waluigi has never been confirmed to be related to Wario family-wise.

Princess Daisy

Waluigi has a crush on Daisy. However, the two share bad chemistry and Daisy never returned her feelings to him.

Luigi

Waluigi and Luigi are rivals, in a similar fashion to Mario and Wario's rivalry. Waluigi likes to pick on Luigi, and the two share bad chemistry in Mario Super Sluggers. In Waluigi's first appearance in Mario Tennis, Luigi mocked Waluigi when he asked to play tennis with them.

Gallery

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Trivia

  • According to the official guide to Mario Party 5, Wario and Waluigi are not brothers however the Guide for Mario Kart Wii says otherwise.
  • Mario Tennis: Power Tour is the only game where Waluigi appears without Wario.
  • Waluigi appears in every Mario Party game since Mario Party 3 as a playable character except Advance.
  • In Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door, Mario is able to change his clothes into Waluigi's by wearing both the L Emblem and the W Emblem badges.
  • In Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U, one of Luigi's costumes is based on Waluigi's outfit. Mario also has a Waluigi costume.
  • After Mario Party 3, Waluigi has been an ally to Mario in every Mario Party game except Advance.
  • Waluigi's trademark "Г" or upside L symbol, is the Cyrillic and Greek letter for G.
  • Waluigi was featured as a recurring character in Wario's Warehouse, a series of articles on the Nintendo of Europe website dealing with various games on Nintendo platforms (not necessarily games with Nintendo characters).
  • Waluigi was one of the Mario series characters to appear as spaces in the board game Nintendo Monopoly. Taking the place of Mediterranean Avenue, Waluigi was the least expensive character to purchase, and as such he was also one of the least profitable characters. The cost to purchase him was $60.
  • Waluigi is the only human, commonly playable in spin-offs, who does not have an infant form.
  • Despite being Wario's partner in many games, Waluigi has yet to make an actual appearance in the WarioWare series or any Wario titles.
  • In New Super Mario Bros. Wii, some of the coin formations resemble the letter on Waluigi's cap; the "Γ". This is mostly noticeable in World 9-8.
  • Waluigi was rumored to be a playable character in Super Mario 64 DS, due to a certain "Purple Prizes" sheet that was made as an April Fool's joke, stating that one must complete a certain task to unlock him. However this was proven false.
    • But he may've also been planned for the game as there was an unused purple Rabbit initiating that he could have originally been in the game. This is one of many "examples" that have started rumors of him being in the game. The Purple Rabbit can also be seen in the game's instruction booklet.
  • There are also rumors that he was in Mario Kart: Super Circuit but these were also proven false.

Notes

  1. The Super Smash Bros. Ultimate E3 Trailer demonstrates Marth defeating Waluigi.

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