- In 1996, Nintendo’s iconic plumber went from two to three dimensions with the launch of “Super Mario 64” for the Nintendo 64 game console.
- 25 years later, “Super Mario 64” is considered a gaming classic – and some fans are so dedicated that they have coined elaborate conspiracy theories.
- One of the most prominent was just proven to be true: Mario’s brother and fellow-in-heroism, Luigi, is apparently buried within the game’s code, despite not appearing in the game.
- Using that code, which was largely drawn from Nintendo leaks, creative fans created an image of what Luigi would have seen in “Super 64 64”.
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With decades of gaming classics under its belt, Nintendo has inspired veterans of devoted fans – and some more dedicated than “Super Mario 64” fans.
25 years after its launch, Nintendo 64 has become a magnet for classic wild plot theories. These unfounded myths ranged from mild (unknown secret levels) to wild (the game was “stolen” by Nintendo from a British studio.) One, however, stands out above all else: the belief, hidden somewhere within the game, There is a way to play as Luigi – Mario’s tall, lush green brother.
The plot details a tenth, including a star statue in a courtyard with an indirect text that proponents believe is “L real 2041,” which was taken as a sign. However, nothing ever came of this theory, and there was no evidence that Luigi was in the game.
So far, as it is, the central pillar of the theory – that Luigi was intended to be included in “Super Mario 64” – proves to be accurate.
—Nitro (@nitroid) 27 July 2020
A massive leak of source code, which people are calling “giggle”, was posted to the code-sharing site GitLab this week.
Included in Giglak was a trove of Nintendo code from the classic game, one of which was “Super Mario 64.” And within that code, fans quickly searched for files related to a tall plumber with a pencil for scarlet-green clothing.
As fans swiftly drew images from the code, the reconstruction seen above Mario’s infamous companion, Luigi, was created.
It was the culmination of years of skepticism, discovery and unswerving faith fully expressed in a widely shared video on social media:
—?Frango? (@Frangeus McDungas) 26 July 2020
Video game source code often contains unused parts of games.
In the case of “Super Mario 64”, the source code contained references to Luigi and the character’s 3D polygon model. It’s unclear why he didn’t end up in the game until the end, and Nintendo isn’t saying no. However, in 2009, famed Mario producer Shigeru Miyoto stated in an interview that the game was originally intended to be multiplayer.
In an updated version of “Super Mario 64” for the Nintendo DS, Nintendo eventually paired up with a playable Luigi – fellow series lead song Luigi and Wario, but that didn’t stop fans from betting on its release in 2004. T is included in the original game.
And with good reason: before “Super Mario 64” launched in 1996, Luigi was included in every major Super Mario game.
He split from Mario in “Super Mario Bros. 2”, where he ran faster and jumped more than Mario. He even starred in games like “Mario Missing” and “Luigies Mansion” series. In 2013, Nintendo declared it “Luigi of the Year” and released several games, where he starred in starring or costuming roles.