If you’re in the 20’s, there’s a good chance that Mario and Luigi games have been around in your entire life. I’m unsure we’d know what to do without a daily supply of Mario and Luigi games. There are several of us, I’m sure, who’d see it as a sign of the coming apocalypse. However, most of us are merely happy having the small guys around, fixing the plumbing.
The power of Mario and Luigi games can be counter productive, however, as for years my only understanding of Italian society came from the Mario and Luigi games series. Actually, when I had my first Italian instruction (aged around 11) I did my best Mario impression when delivering my lines to the remainder of the class. To his eternal credit, my tutor never once chided me with a command “do it again, and this time be less of a berk!”
Luigi has even been successful enough to obtain his own spin-off games. Which is outstanding considering that he was originally only a green version of Mario. More badass than the regular white ones, and the ‘Neon Knights’ (that’s what I call them, anyway) on Golden Axe III were positively invincible, despite their extremely questionable choice of battle attire – you may almost imagine Death Adder (with Skeletor’s voice, for some reason) armouring his minions thus: Mwahahahaha!!! You’re my entry-level bad guys, so that you wear dull grey and brown, you’ll be protected, camouflaged and also you won’t look like a berk, no matter how bad your Italian is! But you, my elite and unstoppable personal guard, YOU shall be clad in Neon Disco Pink! Mwahahahaha!”) well done to Luigi.
In the Mario and Luigi games tie-in cartoon, that aired shown on Saturday morning along with such greats as ‘Jayce & The Wheeled Warriors’ ‘Ulysses 31’ ‘Visionaries’ and ‘M.A.S.K’ (three points for every theme song it is possible to remember) Luigi was presented as a bit of a bumbler, a fool even, actually, I’ve just this second raised a childhood memory of being forced by my friend Jimmy to be Luigi as we acted out the cartoon (aged about 7) and him yelling at me (in Berkish Italian) for having crumbs in my pocket. There, that’s how far back Mario and Luigi games go even if you’re my age, there is scarcely some time without them. The mere mention of Mario and Luigi games takes us on a visit down Sends us on a nostalgia trip, so lets-a-go!
Now its the turn of today’s children to take Mario and Luigi adventures to the next level, which is terrific. Though, should you be a parent who’s a little older than me, let me set the record straight on a couple of things 1) There is nothing to be learned about Italian from these games 2) You really won’t learn plumbing by playing Mario and 3) he/she will look like a berk when they do the accent. Game over.