Luigi Games We Demand to Play
It’s the Year of Luigi – and let’s be honest, it was long overdue. Mario’s taller, slimmer, more easily frightened brother has spent far too long in the shadows, and it’s great seeing Nintendo finally pay respect to the mustachioed man in green.
This year we’ve already been treated to Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon for 3DS, and the Super Luigi U DLC for New Super Mario Bros. U is coming our way this May. We can also look forward to some Luigi action in Mario and Luigi: Dream Team, Mario Golf: World Tour and the as yet-untitled Mario Party 3DS. But… is that enough Weegee? Not even a little. Not even close.
We require at least 10 more Luigi-related games this year to consider it a satisfactory Year of Luigi, and that’s where the list below comes in. What follows are a few Luigi games that the Big N would be remiss to not develop, followed by a few I can almost guarantee will never see the light of day.
All hail the Year of Luigi!!
Super Luigi Bros.
Super Mario Bros. for NES was the game that captivated a whole generation, and the springboard for Nintendo’s success in the home console market. But in this historic game, poor Weegee was relegated to just “Player 2” status. He didn’t even get his own unique sprite design in the game, merely a different-colored shirt. He couldn’t even swing a spot in the title, poor fella. In other words, it’s time to finally right those wrongs and heal this decades-old wound.
Luigi needs his own sidescrolling adventure, one where he’s the star and Mario takes the Player 2 backseat for a change. It could be pretty similar to the New Super Luigi DLC coming our way, but instead of just a tack-on experience to yet another Mario title, it would be its own full-fledged adventure with wildly inventive stages and power-ups that all complement Luigi’s awesome skills and personality. Skills like… jumping a bit higher and having wiggly legs and being brave in the face of true terror. Don’t get me wrong, the Luigi DLC will do in the meantime, but hopefully it’s only a placeholder until a real Luigi platformer is ready for the spotlight.
Luigi’s Mansion 3
Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon came out a full 12 years after the GameCube original. Imagine how many ghosts you could bust in 12 years? A lot, because that’s a very, very long time. It would be a travesty of justice to allow that long to pass until we see good ole Weegee vacuuming his way through another set of mansions, so hopefully Nintendo can get something together a tad sooner.
What the world needs is more Mansion, but this time for Wii U. Imagine HD graphics enhancing those hilarious cutscenes, and the potential of using the GamePad to control E Gadd’s crazy contraptions. Without having to make the experience pick-up-and-playable, the mansions themselves could be much bigger, and each separate “level” a lot longer and more involved.
Super Paper Luigi
Luigi is a complicated fellow. He’s afraid, yet he fights anyway. He’s the taller and (dare we say?) more dashing brother, yet he seems destined to live in his twin brother’s shadow. He’s dating his bros. ex (we all remember you going after Daisy in Super Mario Land, you red-shirted fiend),but spends most of his days helping Mario rescue his new gal. Therapy aside, what Luigi really needs is a big, juicy, story-driven adventure to tell his side on the story, and shed some light on this enigma in green.
And what better way than with a sprawling, fun-filled, text-heavy, paper-fueled RPG that’s all about the Weegee? It would dive into the labyrinth that is Luigi’s psyche, and be even zanier than the other Paper games. There’d be Luigi humor everywhere you turned, which would basically be the best thing ever. To set it apart from Mario’s paper series, it could have more of an emphasis on platforming, and an enormous array of sidekicks for Luigi to interact with. Fawful as a partner, anyone?
Mario is Missing… Again!
Just hear me out on this one! While the execution of Mario is Missing and its sequel, Mario’s Time Machine, left much to be desired, there’s no reason to throw out the Bowser with the bathwater. While it may not exactly be a title hardcore gamers will flock towards, imagine how awesome it would be to brainwash a whole new generation of kids into loving gaming by having Mushroom Kingdom characters teach them otherwise boring things.
It would be really cool to see Nintendo take this concept and actually deliver on it, and who better to usher in this new era of edu-tainment than Luigi? Besides, those games are known for having epic stories. Or… they should be at least. Bowser stealing hairdryers to melt Antarctica and flood the world! That’s got to be is most genius plan ever. And in the sequel he has a freaking time machine that he uses to steal stuff. Seriously. The world’s youth needs more where that came from. Let’s put Luigi in charge of educating kiddoes the world over, and maybe get a game we all can enjoy in the meantime.
Unless it has math. In that case, no dice.
WarioWare games are weird, beyond random, and more than a little insane. So who said a villain like Wario gets to have all the weird/random/insane fun? It’s Luigi’s year, after all, and there’s no better way to celebrate such an occasion than with a party. Or, a party game, that is.
After all, the only thing better than Wario humor is Luigi humor – so giving him his own ridiculously over-the-top, WarioWare-inspired mini-game collection is a fool-proof plan. The fact that he’s such a scaredy cat could only help the situation. Just imagine the hilarity that would ensue with a bunch of mini-games that force Weegee out of his comfort zone and make him do all kinds of crazy, random things. It would also help him expand his horizons and grow as a plumber. Don’t deny Luigi his one shot at personal growth, Nintendo! That’s just cruel.
The following are a bit more… outlandish. But who am I kidding, I’d play the heck out of these games as well.
Super Smash Luigi
The concept for this one is simple – it’s a fighting game a la the Super Smash Bros. series, but all the characters are Luigi. There’s classic Luigi. Paper Luigi. Ghostbuster Luigi. Tennis-playing Luigi. Luigi in a kart.
Um. Other kinds of Weegee too. The sky’s the limit!
Luigi was a cop… but just for a day. Now he’s off to a mansion on a messed-up mission to save the President’s daughter, rescue some BSAA agents and track down his missing former partner – all while fending off Mushroom Kingdom inhabitants infected with the Toad-virus. It turns them into Toads. Zombie Toads.
The story writes itself.
A Luigi to the Past
I don’t know how this one made it into the “outlandish” section, because in reality, it makes all too much sense. It would be an adventure game, with the same topdown perspective and sense of discovery as classic Zelda titles. It would be similar in some ways to the Mario & Luigi series, but with its own battle system and a focus on action and items – like a Poltergust, for instance (*cough* Gust Jar *cough*). The story could involve Luigi having to save Daisy from Bowser who’s trying to steal her life force for some reason. Bunny Luigi would make an appearance, naturally… perhaps by bringing back that shamefully under-used carrot item from Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins. Oh, and he’d have pink hair. Of course.
Ya, I just made Nintendo a million dollars. You’re welcome, Iwata-san.
It’s like Tetris, but with 100 times more Luigi. Or very similar to the above image care of the LOL Smash Bros. folks.
Cooking Mama Luigi
We all remember the Mama Luigi episode of that atrocious (read: awesome (really read: atrocious)) Super Mario Bros. cartoon. Now it’s time Mama Luigi got his own game. It would be for 3DS, and consist of Luigi cooking up all kinds of delicious treats – Yoshi cookies, Peach cake, grilled mushrooms, lasagna, and so on. I’m not entirely sure how I’ve lived this long without playing this game, but it’s time to finally make it happen.
What do you think of the above Luigi games? What other Luigi games would you like to see? Let us know in the comments below!
Audrey Drake is a Nintendo Editor at IGN. She is also a lifelong gamer, a frequent banisher of evil and a wielder of various legendary blades. You can keep track of her wild adventures by following Aminka on IGN, @GameOnAminka on Twitter, or TheDrakeCave on Tumblr. Game on!
By Audrey Drake