If you’re within your 20’s, there is a good chance that Mario and Luigi games have been around in your entire life. There have seemingly always been Mario and Luigi games. There are some of us, I’m sure, who’d see it as a sign of the coming apocalypse. For the majority of us, less crazy, people, Mario and Luigi games mark the passing of the years, ageing to perfection sort of a fine wine.
Don’t expect to become a guru on Italian culture by playing Mario and Luigi games. In reality, when I had my first Italian training (aged around eleven) I did my best possible Mario impersonation when delivering my lines to the remainder of the class. To his eternal praise, my teacher never once chided me with the demand “do it again, and now be less of a berk!”
We have even seen solo Luigi spin-offs over the years. Amazing if you think that he started life like a palette swap of Mario. This meant that the pink skeletons on Golden Axe II were in reality much harder You are my entry-level bad guys, so that you wear boring grey and brown, you’ll be confined, hidden away and you will not appear to be 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!”) He’s done very well for himself indeed.
In the Mario and Luigi games tie-in cartoon, that aired shown on Saturday morning together with such greats as ‘Jayce & The Wheeled Warriors’ ‘Ulysses 31’ ‘Visionaries’ and ‘M.A.S.K’ (three points for every theme song you possibly can remember) Luigi was presented as a bit of a bumbler, a fool even, in fact, 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 was 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 a higher level, Which makes me happy. Though, should you be a parent who’s a little older than me, let me set the record straight on a few things 1) There is nothing to be learned about Italian from these games 2) Your child will learn nothing at all about plumbing from these games 3) he/she’s going to look like a berk when they do the accent. That’s it.