Nintendo Luigi

Published on February 19th, 2013 | by Xalaga


The Year of Luigi? The Twin No One Seems to Care About.

Luigi Mario, Mario Mario’s brother, commonly know as one of the Mario Brothers, has nothing but been one of the best sidekicks video gaming has ever encounter. Always by his twin brothers side, Luigi has never complain or tried to take the light away from his twin brother. Even when Yoshi, yet another green character who aids Mario through his adventures, took the center stage, becoming most peoples favorite, Luigi never complained.

After 18 years in his brothers shadow, Luigi got his big break in “Luigi’s Mansion.” Ironically, the reason why he even gets his own game is because Mario went missing. This would be enough to make anyone mad in both senses of the word, and perhaps a darker Luigi should have raised after all this and become the badass villain that he perhaps deserves to be. This has never been the case, though. Luigi has continued to help his brother through saving the Princesses Peach and Daisy countless times, racing through many rainbow roads allowing Mario to get there first.

Many years has past since his big stellar debut as a solo player, and once again he comes back with “Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon”  I guess, just like Peach, Mario went missing yet again and it is up to Luigi to find him. Nintendo is approaching this as “The year of Luigi” on their latest Nintendo Direct for February 14, 2013. Besides the second Luigi’s Mansion, we just didn’t see much of a “Luigi” year to be had.


I hope you enjoy this, it will be the only Luigi game for a while.

Unfortunately, the lesser publicized brother doesn’t headline another game. The closest we get is a new piece DLC for New Super Mario Bros. U that changes the levels and makes Luigi the main character. This is a substantial piece of DLC that changes every level in the game and while you may say that altering an entire game and making him the star should count, it is just a piece of DLC. This also feels more like they needed to add more content to the game to extend its life and shoe horned in the theme for the year. This would feel like it fit better into the theme if it had more full fledged games to anchor, instead this is one of the larger titles they were pushing.

There were other games that “featured” Luigi in the Nintendo Direct. One of which, and possibly the most insulting to include, is Mario and Luigi: Dream Team. This is supposed to have the brothers as a team, but one of them is a sleep and acts as the levels for the game. I will give you a guess one which brother is the one you don’t play as. How are you going to include this in the “Luigi” year when the game is based off of him sleeping and his primary interactions, from what we were shown, are just game mechanics? Mainly based around smacking Luigi when he sleeps and pulling on his mustache. That is just plain wrong!

The most laughable to include was the final game, Mario Golf: World Tour. Luigi is literally just the same as every other character. He is just another person to play as among a mass of Nintendo properties. This honestly might as well have been trying to claim that a Smash Bros. game was a good fit for the “Year of Luigi” because, hey, he is in it right?


This counts as a Luigi game right?

This just goes to show how little Nintendo cares about one of the brothers that have been around since it launched its first console. They give him one game and some others that are, at best, tangentially related in the same year and claim they are pushing him. If you paid attention to the February 14th Nintendo Direct, even Iwata poked a jab at the plumber while talking about Mario and Luigi: Dream Team. “Since it is only a dream Luigi can be a powerful hero.” He gets one game where he has to try to save his brother, not even a potential love interest. In the other, he gets smacked around while he sleeps. Poor guy.

The Luigi abuse doesn’t stop there. When looking through for the new game, we found this quote: “Mario’s clumsy brother takes center stage in this spooky ghost-hunting and puzzle-solving adventure game.” No respect whatsoever. I guess Luigi will be the Goofy to Mario’s Mickey. Even though Goofy has spawned a series of his own adventures and a ton of movies. I guess he is more like Pluto. Wait…he’s not even the dog! Pluto has also had his own adventures separate from Mickey.

If anything is clear, it is that Nintendo has a favorite son: Mario.  While Luigi, the taller of the two twin brothers, gets to be in his shadow.  I don’t know about you, but I hope one day Luigi snaps and he gets to be a worse villain than Bowser ever was. Now..wouldn’t that be fun?


This editorial was written by Xalaga and Smikey1123.

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