Rock on Waluigi. Rock on.
After the crushing defeat of Rosalina being chosen before Waluigi I really truly 100% thought Waluigi was next in line for SSB5. I thought we were done for Mario newcomers… I just don’t have the energy or passion to comment or really even complain really about this… It just feels like a punch in the chest to Waluigi fans from Nintendo. Although, I am a HUGE fan of the Dr. Mario series. I love those games and have logged over 200+ hours onto Dr. Mario Express on my 3DS… So i’m actually really excited for the return of Dr. Mario. The way I see it is if Zelda gets to have “Toon Link” why can’t Mario have “Dr. Mario”? (BTW I think Dr. Mario should represent his own series personally)
I’ve never personally gotten to play it, so I can’t say much from my own perspective. But I have watched plenty of footage and I think its one of the best fan made games I’ve seen.
I’ve seen plenty of head-canons about who Waluigi is, where he came from, why he acts like he does. Many people think Nintendo/Camelot just kinda drew him up and put him in a game to say “waa”. That is not the case however!
WaluigiWatch decided to do some research about who exactly Waluigi is to try and give people more understanding to Waluigi’s character. I recall a few months ago there was a post that got a ton of notes about how Waluigi just sorta showed up one day to play tennis out of the blue… While there is nothing wrong at all about head-canons this one really bothered me because of how many notes it gathered and how wrong it was. Waluigi did in fact know Wario, Mario, & Luigi before the events of Mario Tennis of the N64. how do we know this? Well according to Waluigi’s Super Smash Bros Melee trophy it states “This tall, thin, evil-looking guy seems to be Luigi’s rival. He works hard at his mischief: Waluigi reportedly spent a lot of time training for his debut in Mario Tennis by honing his ability to antagonize the Mario brothers”. It explains why Waluigi didn’t show up in any other games to that point and it describes how he has been training specifically to antagonize the Mario Brothers. Of course this brings up the question of why Waluigi is so set on antagonizing the Mario Bros specifically Luigi. This has also been explained believe it or not. The Mario Tennis Japanese website reveals that Waluigi is jealous of the fact that Luigi is more liked than he is, going so far as to hate him for it and wishing to defeat him and Mario in order to take their place and become liked and respected himself. There you have it. Waluigi is jealous that Luigi is more liked than he is. Really Waluigi just wants to be liked, Waluigi wants respect.. Poor guy, even Mario fans dislike him. He can’t seem to be liked by characters in game and real people. While we are talking about Waluigi’s jealous side it has been said in the official Mario Party 4 guide, that Waluigi has a crush and a soft spot for the princess Daisy… But Luigi has a thing for Daisy… And Daisy seems to return the interest. Poor Waluigi, the girl he loves is in love with the man he hates… Talk about a depressing life. Wario is literally the only friend Waluigi has. What HAS yet to be unknown about Waluigi is his exact relationship to Wario. Are they Brothers? Cousins? Uncles? Whaaaat???? Well to be honest I don’t think Nintendo wants to decide. Once Nintendo makes an official statement its tough to turn back (looking at you Koopalings). However different things have been stated. Various resources state that they are brothers, such as the European Mario Kart DS site, which calls Waluigi “Wario’s weird sibling”. On the other hand, one of the Trivia notes of the DS version of Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games states that Waluigi and Wario are actually cousins. Waluigi’s Super Smash Bros Melee trophy says that him being related to Wario is unconfirmed. Charles Martinet, who voices both characters, claims they are just “two evil guys who found each other”, which is believable considering how Wario’s hatred for Mario goes way back to childhood and Waluigi already had a hatred of Luigi. This could have brought them together as bros for life perhaps? Its really just up to you. In conclusion we know this.
-Waluigi’s motives for hating Luigi is simple but deep. He just wants to be more liked than him. Waluigi wants the respect from people that Mario & Luigi gain. Waluigi was probably an unlikable guy from the start but we have to assume he gave some effort to befriend various people in the Mushroom Kingdom. NOBODY came to like Waluigi. Not even Bowser himself. So Waluigi believes that defeating Luigi or ruining Luigi’s reputation will make Waluigi well liked by people.
-Waluigi has known Wario, Mario, & Luigi since before Mario Tennis on the N64
-Waluigi’s relationship with Wario remains unclear. However they do work together to defeat the Mario Bros. They attempt to combine forces to defeat the Mario Bros so Wario can do whatever Wario wants afterwards… And so Waluigi will be liked by everyone.
Hopefully one day we’ll see Waluigi in a Mario RPG, Or even a WarioWare or a Wario Land game. But I also hope that if this long post did anything it explained how Waluigi isn’t just a guy who has no place in the Mario Franchise and has no goals. He actually has a very important role to the Mario Bros and could easily be expanded upon. Waluigi time is all the time!
I count Mario Kart 7 for a few reasons. While Waluigi didn’t make a physical appearance or wasn’t playable (though he was supposed to be…) He does show up in the game. I count Waluigi Pinball as his appearance in the sense of it being Waluigi made his presence felt… Its hard to explain. But basically while Waluigi wasn’t in the game he also was? As a cameo.
"Waluigi’s not an important character to the Mario franchise"
"Waluigi’s done absolutely nothing for the franchise"
"Waluigi hasn’t appeared enough to have a star role"
"Waluigi didn’t deserve to be in Smash"
Yeah keep on saying that people… Waluigi’s been in as many Mario games as anyone else.
"But those are just spin-offs! Not important"
Thats not how Nintendo sees it. Mario spinoffs are just as important. They appear just as much as mainstream Mario games if not more often.
Look at this glorious picture though. Waluigi time is all the time.