Of course, as much as a Nintendo fanboy tries as hard as they can, there is no way you cannot think about the Mario Brothers whenever you think about "the Big N." With Luigi celebrating his thirtieth anniversary this year (his first appearance was in the 1983 arcade game appropriately titled "Mario Bros."), something has been on my mind for a long time and I feel it should be addressed.
Just by looking at the title of this blog, perhaps some of you are wondering where I have come up with this kind of idea in which Mario and Luigi could possibly be twins.
To give you an idea of what I am going to present as an argument, have a look at the introduction to the 1995 Super Nintendo classic, "Yoshi's Island."
Naturally, when you look at Mario and Luigi today, they are obviously not identical. But, they are fraternal twins. Until this game was released, many gamers have wondered exactly who was the oldest of the two. If you go back and watch the Super Mario Bros. cartoons which were released in the late 1980s and early 90s, it was noted by the Italian plumbers from Brooklyn in which Luigi is the youngest. This is also exemplified in the 1993 box office Bob-omb, Super Mario Bros.
|The box office "Bob-bom" in the Summer of 1993.|
Of course, when you look at the actors who portrayed them, you can tell Luigi is MUCH younger than Mario. There is a scene in the film in which Luigi explains how Mario raised him. This would lead some to believe Mario is his father which would not make any sense considering the people who have went to see this movie knows these characters are supposed to be brothers. But the movie was poorly written and the whole thing was a huge pile of Koopa poopa.
Anyway, I digress.
I have always been a die hard Super Mario Bros. fanatic. I will never forget the day I first played the original NES classic and fell in love with what would later become not only a legendary gaming franchise but also a gaming icon. Anyone who can identify Nintendo with Mario and Luigi knows these two Italian plumbers were the reason the video game industry was saved from total extinction. Plus, well... they look so darn cute as babies.