Many times, the “second player” in a game is written off as a supporting character. Many times that is true, however Luigi seems to have always been treated unfairly for his role in the Mario series. In fact, I would wager that most people Rarely use him, unless it is forced upon you.
I have always loved Luigi. The first time I beat Super Mario Bros. 2, I used Luigi (in fact I am playing through it again right now). Luigi’s Mansion was a great game and allowed us to finally get a look into his personality, although I felt that he should have been a little less scared. I mean, he did help defeat Bowser, Wart, and it wasn’t the first time he encountered ghosts.
Nevertheless, our poor green plumber is under the microscope again. Brian Ashcraft, of Kotaku, has written an article comparing the green garb if the lanky pipe artist to a woman that cheats on her own lover, als known as “wearing a green hat”, in China. The article is all over the twitterverse, but is it a fair article?
In my opinion, it is not fair to Luigi, he didn’t ask to tag along with Mario on the quest to save Princess Peach. I am sure, as all brother’s do, there was a fight between them when it was found that she was not even in the Castle at the end of each stage.
In japan, where Luigi was created, the green hat means nothing. Not to mention that Video game consoles are illegal in China, therefore Luigi’s green hat is probably not even well known there, unless they are playing on PC versions of the games or emulators. Am I the only one that feels bad about the way Luigi and other “sidekicks” are treated? Who, in your opinion, is the least fairly treated sidekick?
**Essel Pratt works in an office by day and writes for Infendo.com and Nerdzy.com in his spare time. He has published one story and is working on a couple Novels and one Anthology. You can follow him on Facebook and Twitter.
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