Luigi is the younger brother of Mario, as well as the second main character in the Super Mario series. Originally introduced in Mario Bros. as a player two to Mario, Luigi has become a staple in the Super Mario series.
Luigi is Mario's younger twin, and was born as a Star Child much like his brother. During their delivery, Kamek would kidnap Luigi in hopes to use his power as a Star Child. Mario, with the help of the Yoshis, would save Luigi.
Luigi would later grow up to become a bottle factory worker with his brother, and then later become a plumber. Much like his brother, Luigi would become a hero to the Mushroom Kingdom, often saving Princess Peach from Bowser.
In Luigi's Mansion, Luigi won a mansion from a mysterious contest he didn't remember entering. Luigi and Mario make a plan to meet up at the new mansion, but when Luigi gets there, he can't seem to find Mario. After encountering some ghosts, Luigi meets Professor E. Gadd. E. Gadd talks with Luigi, revealing that Mario was captured. E. Gadd also gives him the Poltergust 3000, a device that allows Luigi to fight and capture ghosts. Luigi later defeats King Boo, the villain who had captured his brother.
Luigi is often depicted as cowardly, although he tends to come through when he is needed. In the Negative Zone trophy from Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Luigi is said to have a "dark side he embraced in his brother's shadow".In 2013, Nintendo announced that it would be the Year of Luigi, and multiple games and plenty of merchandise was released for the event. It ended on March 18, 2014.
For a full list of Luigi's video game appearances, see Luigi/Appearances.
Non-Video Game Appearances
|Super Mario Bros.: Peach-Hime Kyushutsu Dai Sakusen!||1986||Film|
|Amada Anime Series: Super Mario Bros.||August 3, 1989||Anime|
|The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!||September 4, 1989||Cartoon|
|Mario Ice Capades||December 7, 1989||Ice Show|
|Super Mario no Shōbōtai/Super Mario no Koutsuu Anzen||1989||Educational Film|
|The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3||September 8, 1990||Cartoon|
|Super Mario-kun||November 1990||Manga|
|Super Mario World||September 14, 1991||Cartoon|
|Super Mario Bros.||May 28, 1993||Film|
- Miyamoto says Mario’s full name is “Mario Mario”. Nintendo Everything (September 14, 2015).
- Mario Bros.. In The Attic (March 14, 1983). “They are working in a bottling plant, loading cases on a conveyor belt and onto trucks.”
- IGN-GameGuides (September 6, 2013). Trophies. IGN. “Luigi's Final Smash. As exotic music plays, he performs a dance befitting a sorcerous incantation. A barrier envelops him, negatively impacting all in his area. Random effects include getting launched, sleeping, moving in slow motion, tripping, fainting, and losing attack power. This technique is a reflection of the dark side he embraced in his brother's shadow.”
- Carter, Chris (January 1, 20014). The Year of Luigi 2013: A Retrospective. Destructoid.
- Sarkar, Samit (February 18, 2014). Year of Luigi ends March 18, says Miyamoto. Polygon. “The Year of Luigi will end March 18, Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto announced on Miiverse today.”
- McClain, K.J. (May 30, 2017). A Lost Super Mario Anime Has Been Found and Shown Off in Japan.