Luigi (JP) is Mario's younger, taller, and thinner twin brother. He made his debut in the Game & Watch game Mario Bros., subsequently appearing in the original arcade game Mario Bros. game as the second player. Since then, he, alongside his older twin brother Mario, have been considered the major mascots of Nintendo. He and Mario are Nintendo's most successful video game characters.

He has also appeared in the Mario Kart series, the Super Smash Bros. series, and the Mario Party series. After Nintendo decided to move Luigi out of being nothing more than a palette swap of Mario since his first appearance, he has gained his own personality and lifestyle, earning him appearances in his very own games, Mario is Missing! and the widely popular Luigi's Mansion series as the central character instead of Mario.

In Super Mario Bros. 2, it was learned that Luigi can actually jump higher than Mario. However, he's also a bit slower in some games and has worse traction. Some games including Super Mario Galaxy, Super Mario 64 DS, and Super Smash Bros. Brawl supported the fact that Luigi is faster in running and swimming and can jump higher than Mario, but his strength and power are slightly weaker.

While the brothers were initially considered heroes in the same level of fame, it wasn't too long until Mario started taking the spotlight and Luigi passing as a more secondary character. However, it was later learned that Luigi is not quite as brave as his brother, especially since he's terrified of ghosts. Though still quite brave, he usually prefers Mario to do all of the hard work.

It is also thought that Waluigi is Luigi's rival as Wario is to Mario. The reason for this is because Waluigi has an upside down L on his cap and Wario has upside down M. L stands for Luigi and M stands for Mario and as Mario and Wario are rivals it is only fair to say that Luigi and Waluigi are rivals too.


Luigi's first appearance was in Mario Bros., a Game & Watch game featuring him and his brother working in a bottling plant. His next appearance was in the arcade game Mario Bros., a game that took place in underground sewers. In this game, Mario and Luigi could play simultaneously and worked eliminate the bugs, turtles, and crabs that were infesting the sewers.

After Mario Bros, Nintendo came out with Super Mario Bros.. In this game, Luigi was almost identical to Mario, other having than green overalls, though he could do everything that Mario could do, in exactly the same way. The sequel to Super Mario Bros. was the Japan only Super Mario Bros. 2. In this game, Luigi could jump much higher but couldn't run faster than Mario. Some levels were only beatable with Luigi.

In the sequel, Super Mario Bros. 3, Luigi was once again exactly the same as Mario, just with a few changes in color. The same happened with Super Mario World, though in Super Mario All-Stars, Luigi had a different sprite change.

After Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario World, Nintendo went on to create spin-offs such as Super Mario Kart staring Mario characters such as Luigi. In the games, he was usually equal in stats to Mario, but sometimes he was lighter.


Luigi's artwork from Super Mario Strikers.

During the Nintendo 64 era, Luigi didn't star in any platforms, although he was in many spin-offs. He was absent in Super Mario 64 and he also didn't appear in Super Mario Sunshine, although he did appear in the Nintendo DS remake, Super Mario 64 DS as a playable character alongside Yoshi and Wario. He was also supposed to appear in Super Mario 64 2, the sequel to Super Mario 64, but the game was cancelled, due to the commercial failure of the Nintendo 64DD. This was quickly changed with the GameCube's launch when they forgot all about Mario and made Luigi the star of Luigi's Mansion for the new console. In the game, Luigi wins a new mansion in a contest he didn't even enter. Once he arrives, he finds out that Mario has been taken by King Boo and put into a painting.

Now Luigi will have to use many new gadgets to go and save him. Luigi is a playable character in many more spin-offs such as Super Mario Strikers and its sequel, Mario Strikers Charged. Luigi is a supporting character in Super Mario Galaxy, but he can only help Mario after Mario saves him from a galaxy filled with Boos. After that, Luigi will get Power Stars Mario couldn't get, but he'll have to be rescued first, again. Once you collect 120 Stars, you'll be able to play as Luigi. Luigi is also a playable character in Mario Kart Wii.

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Luigi getting hit by a Spiny.

Luigi is one of the playable characters in New Super Mario Bros. Wii along with Mario and two Toads. In single player mode, Luigi appears after the player chooses to go into to Super Guide mode. With Super Guide, the computer will take Luigi through the stage, but the player can also take control of him (after the stage ends, the user will have to play as Mario).

In 2013, it was the Year of Luigi proclaimed by Nintendo since it was the 30th anniversary of the character in Mario Bros.. This was marked by 4 games with Luigi as the central character; Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, New Super Luigi U and Dr. Luigi. In addition, games like NES Remix and Super Mario 3D World featured hidden Luigis throughout the game. Mario Golf: World Tour was original supposed to a part of this Year of Luigi, but was ultimately delayed into 2014.

In 2014, Luigi was featured in the new game in the Mario Kart series, Mario Kart 8 and in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U as a playable character. In 2015, Luigi was a playable character in Mario Party 10, a Mystery Mushroom costume for his brother in Super Mario Maker and a playable character in Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash. In 2016, Luigi was once again a playable character in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam along Mario, and also seen as a playable character in Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. In 2017, he is a playable character in Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle and have a Rabbid version named Rabbid Luigi, he also appears in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe where he is a racer but it isn't until 2018 that the green plumber is seen in Super Mario Odyssey thanks to a free update.

Luigi returned as a playable character in recent games such as Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Mario Party Superstars and Super Mario Bros. Wonder. Starting with Wonder, Luigi is now voiced by Kevin Afghani.


Luigi is Mario's younger brother. With that said, it's obvious that they would look the same. Unlike Mario's red clothes, Luigi wears a green undershirt, and dark blue overalls. He is taller and thinner than Mario, has a longer neck, an ovoidal head instead of a round head, and has a different style of mustache and sideburns. He also wears a green hat that has a L on it. For some reason, in many games Luigi is referred to as names like "the green guy" or "the man in green". However, in his first appearance in Mario Bros., Luigi wore a green hat and overalls with a brown shirt, which is retained for the arcade version of Mario Bros., while in the NES version of Mario Bros. and in the original Super Mario Bros., Luigi wore a white hat and overalls with a green shirt, while in Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels and Super Mario Bros. 2 and the three DIC cartoons, Luigi had the same outfit as Mario from his debut in Donkey Kong and his early appearances prior to Super Mario Bros. 3 and in the three DIC cartoons, but with green replacing red while retaining the same blue undershirt, which are the colors of Luigi's undershirt and overalls reversed.

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Luigi first appeared in the original Super Smash Bros. as a clone of Mario. As the series progressed, Luigi began to become goofier with each game.


While his attacks are mostly based on Mario's, they have a goofy effect that makes weird and act much differently. His down taunt can meteor smash if it hits someone on the edge.


  • Mario - Mario is Luigi's older twin brother, and has usually been his partner since Mario Bros. on the arcade. They share a very close bond and relationship.
  • Yoshi - Yoshi has helped Luigi multiple times, such as in Super Mario World and Super Mario World 2, and has been seen to be very good friends with him.
  • Peach - Luigi has helped save Peach in multiple games, the first being Super Mario Bros. He is very close friends with her.
  • Daisy - Luigi and Daisy shared chemistry in Mario Superstar Baseball, and have been rumored to be a couple throughout many appearances. Although it's not really confirmed by Nintendo that they are a couple, this relationship seems to have been made true in Mario Kart Wii, as there are statues of Luigi, Daisy and their baby counter-parts dancing with one another on Daisy Circuit.
  • Toad - Toad is seen as a friend to Luigi and provides him with assistance in games such as Luigi's Mansion and many others.


  • King Boo - After his appearance in Luigi's Mansion, King Boo is one of Luigi's arch enemies.
  • Bowser - Luigi has helped in defeating Bowser on a few occasions.
  • Bowser Jr. - In New Super Mario Bros., Luigi takes Mario's place and helps rescue Peach from Bowser Jr.
  • Kamek - Kamek helps Bowser on many of his schemes.
  • Waluigi - It is thought that Waluigi is Luigi's main rival. The reason for this is because Waluigi has an upside down L on his cap, and also because Wario is Mario's enemy. Also, in Waluigi's first appearance in Mario Tennis on the N64, it is hinted that he and Luigi have fought before.

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Super Mario 64 hoax[]

For years, people thought Luigi was a playable character in Super Mario 64. Even though the game was already released and there was still no sign of Luigi, people still believed that he was in the game somewhere hidden away. It was once thought that the pedestal on the statue had something to do with unlocking Luigi, as some thought it said "L is Real 2041". It is currently known that the game does not include Luigi what so ever.

However, some fans have gone as far as to hack the game then change Mario's image into Luigi's, which also got fans to believe he was included once more.

A semi-recent source leak revealed a beta model for him along with some textures, which the fans applied, and made mockups for.

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Fans were pleased to find that Nintendo included him in the Super Mario 64 remake Super Mario 64 DS for the Nintendo DS, and as a playable character in Super Mario Galaxy after finding all 120 stars and defeating Bowser (with Mario) soon afterward, as well as the sequel Super Mario Galaxy 2. Luigi was also included as a playable character in the Nintendo 3DS title, Super Mario 3D Land.

The Luigi Death Stare[]

In Mario Kart 8, the angry stare Luigi gives as he passes other characters was quickly picked up on, with fans calling it "The Luigi Death Stare". This stare has been made a meme and popularized in YouTube videos. This stare was nominated for the "Best Gaming Moment" award.

This meme is referenced in Paper Mario: Color Splash.


  • F-1 Race - You'll see Luigi waving you down on Course 3.
  • Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - Seen in a ceramic window in Hyrule Castle.
  • Tetris - Luigi is Player 2. Also, completing certain facets of Level 9, the most difficult, will earn the player a brief show where Nintendo characters are playing musical instruments in front of St. Basil's Cathedral in Russia. Completing the fifth and most difficult facet would have Mario and Luigi do Russian dancing to the music.
  • Kirby Super Star - Luigi is cheering in the audience during the battle with King Dedede.
  • Stunt Race F-X - While driving, you'll see a sign with Luigi on it.
  • NBA Street V3 - Luigi is a playable exclusive character for the GCN version.
  • SSX on Tour - Luigi is a playable exclusive character for the GCN version.
  • Animal Crossing - A shirt titled Lil' Bro's Shirt is in the game, and has an L on it that looks like the L on Luigi's hat.
  • Animal Crossing: Wild World - You can wear Luigi's Hat.
  • Tetris DS - Luigi is found in Multiplayer as the rival.
  • Nintendogs - One of the presents your dog finds on a walk is a green hat with an L on it inside. This is most likely Luigi's cap.
  • Super Mario Odyssey - A Luigi Suit is unlocked if a Luigi amiibo is scanned and can be seen in DLC were you can play a balloon game that he hosts.


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