Remember 7 years ago when we were all super into something called tumblrarity, earning reblogs and generally just being little hipsters on tumblr? Fun wasn’t it? That’s why I’ve decided to do something every blogger loves: The 30 day blog challenge. Yay!
The thing about video game protagonists is this: They’re very rarely good characters in their own right. Players experience the game through the eyes of the clichéd ‘silent protagonist’. It allows the main character to be anyone, and yet ultimately, he or she is no one. Obviously there are a few exceptions to this, Red Dead’s John Marston, Nathan Drake even someone like Lee from series one of Telltale’s The Walking Dead are very real characters, with hopes, fears and depth, but for the most part, the protagonist is an empty vessel, designed to allow the player to feel like the hero.
And so I’ve decided to go the other way on this.
You want to know the dark secret that Nintendo has been keeping from you for years? Luigi is the better brother. Whilst it all comes naturally to Mario. Luigi has to work for it, and that makes him all the more interesting.
Just look at Luigi’s Mansion. Despite being absolutely horrified, the green-clad plumber gets the job done. He’d like to be anywhere else apart from in that house, but the fact that he sticks with it is testament to the guy.
He could resent his more successful brother, but he doesn’t. Quite the opposite in fact. He routinely helps him achieve that very success, only to be pushed off into the background with Toad and any number of background characters. Does he complain? Does he whine? No.
I’m only half-joking here. Mario is great and all, but if we’re analysing the Mario Brothers, I genuinely think Luigi is the more interesting of the two.
Don’t Forget to check back tomorrow for Day 3: A Game That’s Underrated.