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Luigi (Japanese: ルイージ Hepburn: Ruīji) is a fictional character from the Super Mario Video Game series. He is the younger, taller, and easily scared brother of Mario, the main protagonist in the series created by prominent game designer, Shigeru Miyamoto.
Luigi was first introduced in the Super Mario series in 1983 in the arcade game, "Mario Bros" as a playable second character to control. After "Mario Bros.", Luigi retained his role in Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3, and Super Mario World. It wasn't until Super Mario Bros. 2 when Luigi was finally able to be
played as a Primary Character, despite being playable as P2 in later games.
In events Leading to the 1983 arcade title, Shigeru Miyamoto was inspired by the Game, "Joust", to have a simultaneous two player mode, which began the development of Super Mario Bros.. During Development, Luigi filled the role as the second playable character in Mario Bros. Luigi's name was said to be inspired by the name of a pizza parlor near the Nintendo of America Headquarters named, "Mario and Luigi's". Miyamoto also observed the Japanese translation of the word similar (Ruigi) and created Luigi with the same traits and play style as his older brother.
In later years, Luigi appearances has increased with even his own titles from the 1991 educational title, "Mario is Missing", to the Nintendo Gamecube Exclusive, "Luigi's Mansion" and its sequel titled, "Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon", exclusive to the Nintendo 3DS. During the Year of Luigi in 2013, Nintendo released a Wii U exclusive Titled, "New Super Luigi U" as exclusive downloadable content for, "New Super Mario Bros. U". All four titles view Luigi as the main hero from his brother.
Luigi and his games have received generally positive attention. The original "Luigi's Mansion" has scored 78 to critics and an 8.4 user score on Metacritic. "Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon" on Metacritic has scored an 8.6 on critic reviews and 4.5 on user reviews. Luigi has been ranked #1 on Machinima's "Top 10 For the Win" for the greatest of videogame sidekicks.
Luigi has not only grown a personality over the years, but a fandom as well. The Miiverse community of the Year of Luigi is apart of the Featured Communities on the network, but posting on the comunity was disabled on March 18th, the day The Year of Luigi came to a close.
"Weegee" is a photoshopped meme of the DOS version of "Mario is Missing". His awkward body posture and creepy stare has inspired many photoshopped images of him and victims he scares.
Luigi's Death Stare
"Luigi's Death Stare" Depicts the odd and unsettling facial expressions that Luigi gives to his opponents in the 8th installment of the Mario Kart Series
Luigi Wins By Doing Absolutely Nothing
"Mama Luigi" is a highly popular character of YouTube Poop fame, and originates from the final episode of "The New Super Mario World", Mama Luigi, where Luigi tells Yoshi about how he hatched him from a Yoshi egg after falling in to a pit.