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Mario (Japanese: マリオ, Hepburn: Mario, pronounced [ma.ɾi.o]; English: /ˈmɑːri, ˈmær-/; Italian: [ˈmaːrjo]) is a fictional character in the Mario video game franchise, owned by Nintendo and created by Japanese video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto. Serving as the company's mascot and the eponymous protagonist of the series, Mario has appeared in over 200 video games since his creation. Depicted as a short, pudgy, Italian plumber who resides in the Mushroom Kingdom, his adventures generally center upon rescuing Princess Peach from the Koopa villain Bowser. His younger brother and sidekick is Luigi.

With over 500 million units sold worldwide, the overall Mario franchise is the best-selling video game franchise of all time. Outside of the Super Mario platform series, other Mario genres include the Mario Kart racing series, sports games such as the Mario Tennis and Mario Golf series, role-playing games such as Mario & Luigi, Super Mario RPG and Paper Mario, and educational games such as Mario Is Missing!, Mario's Time Machine and Mario Teaches Typing. The franchise has branched into several media, including television shows, film, comics, and licensed merchandise. Since 1990, Mario has been voiced by Charles Martinet.

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Luigi (Japanese: ルイージ, Hepburn: Ruīji, pronounced [ɾɯ.iː.ʑi]; English: /luˈi/ loo-EE-jee; Italian: [luˈiːdʒi]) is a fictional character featured in video games and related media released by Nintendo. Created by prominent game designer Shigeru Miyamoto, Luigi is portrayed as the slightly younger but taller fraternal twin brother of Nintendo's mascot Mario, and appears in many games throughout the Mario franchise, often as a sidekick to his older brother.

Luigi first appeared in the 1983 arcade game Mario Bros. as the character controlled by the second player, and retained this role in Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World, and other titles. The first game where he was available as a primary character was Super Mario Bros. 2. In more recent appearances, Luigi's role became increasingly restricted to spinoffs such as the Mario Party and Mario Kart series, though he has been featured in a starring role on three occasions: first in the 1991 educational game Mario Is Missing!, in Luigi's Mansion for the GameCube in 2001, and in Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon for the 3DS. In all three of these games, he is called upon to act as the hero because Mario, the usual hero within the franchise, is in need of rescue. Luigi has also appeared in every episode of the three DiC TV series based on the NES and Super NES games.

Originally developed as a palette swap of Mario with a green color scheme instead of red, Luigi has since developed a personality and style of his own. As his role in the Mario series progressed, Luigi evolved into a physically distinct character, taller and thinner than his brother. Nintendo called the period of March 2013 to March 2014 "The Year of Luigi" to commemorate the thirtieth anniversary of the character's existence. Correspondingly, games released in 2013 emphasised Luigi, such as Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, Dr. Luigi, and the level pack New Super Luigi U for New Super Mario Bros U. An unlockable Luigi-themed version of Mario Bros. titled Luigi Bros. was also included with Super Mario 3D World.

Did you know...

  • Donkey Kong for the Game Boy is the first game in which Donkey Kong is depicted wearing a tie.
  • According to Lemmy in the Japanese instruction manual of Super Mario Bros. 3, the Dark Land kingdom's activity was top secret even to the Koopalings, as he claims Bowser was exclusively in charge.
  • Super Mario World was the first game Reggie Fils-Aimé played on a console.
  • Chunky Kong is the only Kong out of the crew of Donkey Kong 64 to not appear in Donkey Kong Barrel Blast. He is also the only Kong from the crew without a trophy in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
  • Bowser's Sky Castle in Paper Mario: Sticker Star was planned to have mini-games to lengthen the level, but the idea was scrapped due to time constraints.
  • Rosalina's Ice World in Mario Kart 7 is the second Special Cup course to take place in a snow/ice-themed area.
  • Opera is the only live-action segment of The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! in which the guest star never makes an onscreen appearance.
  • Ashley is stated to be 15 years old on the Western WarioWare: Touched! website. However, despite claims to the contrary, she has no specific stated age in any Japanese WarioWare media.
  • Toadette shares the same Japanese name as Vanna T. from Paper Mario.
  • In the Pikmin Adventure attraction of Nintendo Land, stage 14, "Out of the Darkness," features a structure at the start that resembles the Castles in Super Mario Bros.
  • All the galaxies in World S from Super Mario Galaxy 2 (excluding Flip-Out Galaxy) are references to previous Mario games. Mario Squared Galaxy, Stone Cyclone Galaxy, Boss Blitz Galaxy and Grandmaster Galaxy (in the case of The Perfect Run, because of the music) are references to Super Mario Galaxy, Rolling Coaster Galaxy is a reference to the Mario Kart series (in the case of Rainbow Road) and Super Mario 64 (because of the music), and the layout of Twisty Trials Galaxy is identical to that of the secret level in "The Secret of Ricco Tower" from Ricco Harbor in Super Mario Sunshine.
  • In the code of Super Mario Bros. 3, there is what seems to be a Toad Suit similar to the Tanooki Suit and Hammer Suit. However, this is only a Hammer Suit with pallette errors that appears out of the Giant Question Block in World 7-8.
  • In the Japanese version of Donkey Kong 64, K. Lumsy is said to be King K. Rool's little brother.

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  • "It's-a me! Mario!"
  • "That's-a one spicy meatball!"
  • "Life is a game, kid! It all depends on how you play!"
  • "Tea hea... I mean, tee hee!"
  • "Wake up, Luigi! The only time plumbers sleep on the job is when we're working by the hour."
  • "Oh, no! The princess is being forced to listen to a debate by two Fryguys about the names for the little things on the end of your shoelaces!"
  • "Oh! Mama mia!"
  • "I'm the weenner! (winner)"
  • "Just what I needed!"
  • "Thank you so much for playing my game!"
  • "Nice of the princess to invite us for a picnic, eh Luigi?"
  • "O!There-d you are-d Luigi!"
  • "Here we go!"
  • "Welcome, welcome new galaxies!"
  • “Luigi, look! It's from Bowser.”
  • “You know what they say, all toasters toast toast.”
  • "Yahooo!"
  • "I'm the best!"

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