Luigi is Mario's fraternal twin brother. He is taller, thinner and shows a wider range of emotions than Mario. Luigi was originally developed via a palette swap of Mario with a green color scheme instead of red, but as the Mario series evolved, Luigi's character became taller and thinner than his brother Mario. Luigi fans love him for his dependability, for being an underdog, and even for his mustache.

While Luigi may not have the same level of charisma as Mario, he is an excellent sidekick and does everything that Mario does but without the glory. UGO Networks ranked Luigi at #16 on their 25 Most Memorable Italians in Video Games list, ranking him over Mario himself. According to Nintendo, Luigi has a sider range of emotions than Mario.

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Created by Shigeru Miyamoto Shigeru Miyamoto
Series Mario Mario
Gender Male Male
Race Italian Italian
Voiced by (English) Charles Martinet Charles Martinet
Voiced by (Japanese) Ichirōta Miyagawa (BS Super Mario USA Power Challenge, Excitebike: Bun Bun Mario Battle Stadium); Yū Mizushima (Super Mario Bros.: Peach-Hime Kyushutsu Dai Sakusen!); Naoki Tatsuta (OVA trilogy) Tōru Furuya (Original video animations and Satellaview games); Yasuo Yamada (Mario Paint commercial); Kōsei Tomita (Japanese dub of the Super Mario Bros. film); Kenichi Ogata (Japanese dub of The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 & Super Mario Worl
Family Mario (Brother), Baby Luigi (Younger version), Baby Mario (Brother's younger version), Wario (evil cousin) Luigi (Brother), Baby Mario (Younger version), Baby Luigi (Brother's younger version), Wario (evil counterpart)
First appearance Mario Bros. (1983) Donkey Kong (1981)
Live action actor(s) Danny Wells (The Super Mario Bros. Super Show); John Leguizamo (film); Hiroyuki Yabe (Hot Mario Bros.) "Captain" Lou Albano (The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!); Bob Hoskins (Super Mario Bros. film); Gorō Inagaki (2003 "Hot Mario" commercial); Takashi Okamura (2005-2006 "Hot Mario Bros." commercials)
Other names Green 'Stache, Mama Luigi, Mr. Green, Weegee Super Mario, Jumpman
Enemies Bowser Koopa, Wart, The Koopalings, Bowser Jr., Wario, Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Jr., Baby Bowser, Smithy, Master Hand Bowser Koopa, Wart, The Koopalings, Bowser Jr., Wario, Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Jr., Baby Bowser, Smithy, Master Hand
Allies Mario, Princess Peach Toadstool, Toad, Princess Daisy, Geno, Mallow, Rosalina Luigi, Princess Peach Toadstool, Toad, Princess Daisy, Geno, Mallow, Rosalina
Abilities Various jumps, hammer, ground pound, Thunderhand, Poltergust 5000; powerups including fireballs, ice balls, flight, various suits, invincibility; , moustache Various jumps, hammer, ground pound, Firebrand, FLUDD; powerups including fireballs, ice balls, flight, various suits, invincibility; moustache
Affiliated Teams The Mario Bros. The Mario Bros.
Head Quarters Mushroom Kingdom Mushroom Kingdom
Age 26 26
First appearances Mario Bros. Donkey Kong
Copyright Owner(s) Nintendo Nintendo
Occupation Plumber Plumber
L to R: Luigi, Mario and Yoshi action figures
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L to R: Luigi, Mario and Yoshi action figures

Creation

Mario was designed by Shigeru Miyamoto during the development of Donkey Kong in 1981. He was originally known as “Jumpman,” but was renamed Mario to settle a dispute with the landlord of Nintendo of America’s warehouse, Mario Segale.

Luigi was created for the game Mario Bros in 1983 as a character that could be controlled by a second player. His name was inspired by a pizza parlor near the US Nintendo headquarters in Washington, called “Mario & Luigi’s.”

Mario and Luigi Characters

Mario is a short, chubby Italian plumber who lives in the Mushroom Kingdom. He has a large nose and a mustache. He wears red overalls and a blue shirt, along with white gloves and a red cap featuring the letter “M,” which was added to avoid animating his hair.

Luigi is Mario’s younger fraternal twin brother. He is taller and thinner than his brother, with blue overalls and a green shirt and hat. He is seen as nervous and timid, but generally good-natured.

Abilities of Mario vs Luigi

Mario’s main skill (reflected in his original name) is jumping, which he can use to cross obstacles and crush enemies. He can also use various power ups, including a Mushroom (which allows him to grow larger), a Fireflower (allowing him to throw fireballs), and a feather (which allows him to fly).

At first, Luigi’s skills were identical to Mario’s. However, beginning in Super Mario Bros. 2, he developed the ability to jump higher and farther than his brother, although his movements were less precise as a result.

Enemies

Mario’s main enemy is Bowser, who repeatedly kidnaps Princess Peach. His other rivals include Donkey Kong and Wario.

Luigi has the same enemies as Mario, as well as an evil alter-ego named Waluigi.

Games

Mario has appeared in over 200 games since he was first created in 1981. His first appearance was in Donkey Kong, and he has since appeared in several platform games, as well as various multiplayer games, including racing games, puzzle games and sports games, and educational games. His first titular game was Super Mario Bros., on the Nintendo Entertainment System.

Luigi first appeared in Mario Bros, and was first available as a primary character in Super Mario Bros. 2. He has been the main character in three games: Mario is Missing, Luigi’s Mansion, and Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon.

Reception

The Mario series is the best-selling video game franchise of all time, with over 200 million copies sold as of 2009. Both Luigi and Mario's characters were well received.

Reception for Mario Reception for Luigi
  • Nintendo Power listed Mario as their favorite hero.
  • GameDaily listed the "unlikely hero" as one of their top 25 video game archetypes, citing Mario as an example.
  • Creator Shigeru Miyamoto has stated that Mario is his favorite character out of all that he has created.
  • Mario was voted the most popular video game character in Japan in a 2008 poll.
  • Mario was 4th on UGO's list of the "Top 100 Heroes of All Time"
  • CNET listed Mario #1 on its list of the "Top 5 video game characters".
  • Nintendo Power listed Luigi as their fifth favorite hero.
  • GameDaily listed the "neglected guy" on its top 25 video game archetypes, and used Luigi as an example.
  • GameDaily listed Luigi's Poltergust 3000 from Luigi's Mansion as one of the top 25 Nintendo gimmicks.
  • UGO Networks ranked Luigi at #16 on their "25 Most Memorable Italians in Video Games" list, ranking him over Mario himself.
  • Luigi was listed as the best sidekick in video games by Maximum PC and Machinima. IGN ranked him at #2 on their top 10 list and WhatCulture listed him at #5 on their top 20 list.

The Evolution of Mario Bros.

Here's a look at how Mario and Luigi have evolved in the past two decades with Nintendo's Mario Brothers franchise:

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