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Nintendo considered a 'drastic costume change' for Luigi in Super Mario Odyssey

Maybe next time...

Luigi's appearance in Super Mario Odyssey, for the most part, is standard Luigi. He spices things up a bit with some balloons and a bow tie, but it's nothing radically different. In the Art of Super Mario Odyssey art book, character art lead Sho Murata explains that there were some plans to give Luigi quite the makeover for his Odyssey cameo, but they decided against it. Read the entire snippet from the book below.

“Luigi hosts the Balloon World minigame. We wanted players to feel welcome in this minigame, so we gave him a cheerful and casual attitude, like a performer passing out balloons on the street. We wanted to make it seem like he came directly from the Mushroom Kingdom, so in contrast to the sticker-laden Odyssey, his satchel sports only stickers from the Mushroom Kingdom. One of the stickers is actually out of circulation…

We considered a drastic costume change for Luigi at first, but we ultimately went with a simple look, since it would work well against the background of this game’s world. I wonder… including the Luigi green, did you notice his balloons are the same colors as Super Famicom controller buttons? To the many fans who were looking to his appearance in the game, know that the designer in charge put a lot of effort into Luigi’s development.”

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