||PASTA OF THE MONTH (September 2014)
Luigi Is Dead Theory
Many of you may be familiar with the creepypasta titled I HATE YOU. This pasta entails a supposed top secret level in Super Mario World in which Luigi, finally acting on his feelings of playing second fiddle for so many years, attacks Mario and is himself killed. General consensus, of course, is that like any other creepypasta, it is purely fabricated. But perhaps, upon reading what I've gathered below, it may seem... well, just a bit more plausible. Whether or not it is in fact true, it is worth noting that it does tie in very well with much of the Nintendo canon.
The "Luigi Is Dead" theory is nothing new. It's been thrown about and speculated upon since Luigi's Mansion, and by some even before that. Where did this theory start? Well, there's one very disturbing piece of evidence that began the whole affair, but we'll save that for the end of this article. This will be the first attempt to give the theory a proper analysis and present it in the context of the rest of the Nintendo canon. That said, let's start with a little history.
We're all familiar with Super Mario Bros., Mario and Luigi's debut in the platforming genre. In it, the brothers played identically—Luigi simply being a Player 2 color swap of Mario. Most of us are probably familiar with the story of Super Mario Bros. 2, as well. Originally released as a game much harder, but otherwise very similar to, the original Super Mario Bros. in Japan, the original Super Mario Bros. 2 was deemed too difficult for American players to enjoy, and instead, a very different game was modified to feature Mario characters, resulting in the American Super Mario Bros. 2 (released as Super Mario USA in Japan). What both of these games have in common, however, is that they gave Luigi his first chance to display his unique abilities, and show that he was in fact different from his brother. In both the Japanese and American Super Mario Bros. 2 titles, Luigi gains his trademark high jump and loose traction, making him a functionally different character. The American SMB2 was also the first game to portray Luigi as being taller than his brother. By the time Super Mario Bros. 3 rolled around, Luigi had lost all of these traits, and was once again just a pallet swap of his brother.
Written by Xelrog T. Apocalypse