Mario Luigi

Luigi is a video game character created by Japanese game designer Shigeru Miyamoto. He is the taller yet younger brother of Nintendo's official mascot, Mario, and has appeared in games throughout the Mario series. Although he was originally identical to Mario except for being colored green instead of red, Luigi has since developed his own personality and style. For example, in many games, he can jump higher than Mario, but has a slower running speed. His voice is performed by Charles Martinet, the same actor who provides the voice for Mario, as well as other characters throughout the franchise.

Luigi was a plumber like his brother. Much like his brother, Luigi's outfit colors have gone through changes. In the original Mario Bros., Luigi was given green overalls, a green hat, and a black shirt, to allow the player not to confuse him with Mario while playing a 2-player game. The NES port of the game changed the color of his shirt and his hat to white. When the original Super Mario Bros. was released, he wore white overalls over a green shirt, the opposite of his present fire flower costume; however, when touching a fire flower, he would don a red shirt, using the same palette as Mario, which may make players confuse him with Mario. This was fixed in Super Mario Bros. Deluxe as the Fire Luigi sprites now use the normal Luigi palette of the original and the Super Luigi and normal Luigi sprites were changed to being green overalls over a brown shirt. It was not until Super Mario Bros. 2 that Luigi donned his traditional blue overalls, green shirt/hat combination. The white shirt/green overalls are now used to signify when a fire flower is received (and is an alternate costume for Luigi in Super Smash Bros. Melee). Since Super Mario World, Luigi's overalls have been portrayed as a darker blue (or even purple) than his brother Mario's. Although this trait first started in Super Mario World, numerous games after that depicted him with the same color as Mario's denim overalls.

Luigi's first appearance was in the 1983 arcade game Mario Bros. as the character controlled by the second player. He retained this role in Wrecking Crew (dressed in purple), Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World, and other titles. The first game where he was available as player one was in Super Mario Bros. 2, along with Toad and Princess Peach. While Luigi's later appearances have been mainly restricted to spinoffs such as the Mario Party series, he has featured in a starring role on two occasions; first in the 1991 educational game Mario is Missing!, then ten years later in Luigi's Mansion for the Nintendo GameCube in 2001. In each of these games, he is called upon to act as the hero because Mario, the hero of the franchise, is the one in need of help. Luigi was one of the four playable protagonists in Super Mario 64 DS, an enhanced remake of the original Nintendo 64 game. He has appeared in both Super Mario Strikers and Mario Strikers Charged as a playable captain . He also appeared in both Super Smash Bros. games as an unlockable character. Luigi's most recent playable appearance is in Super Paper Mario as the fourth playable character, his first major role in a Mario game in quite some time. In the game he also plays double duty as an enemy, becoming Mr. L AKA Green Thunder when being mind controlled by Count Bleck. Luigi also appears in the newest installment of the Mario Party series, Mario Party 8 as a playable character, and will also appear in the upcoming Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog crossover sports game, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games.