[July 7, 2000]
I'm back! Luigi's been doing quite
a bit since I last updated. ^_^;; What everyone seems
to be most excited about now is Mario Tennis 64. In
addition to the regular cast of characters from the Mario universe
are the long absent Princess Daisy from Super Mario
Land and Birdo from Super Mario Bros. 2 USA. Even
though Birdo has popped up in games like Wario's
Woods and Kirby Super Star, this is perhaps the first
time that these two ladies will be featured as playable characters.
What Luigi fans are talking about, though,
is the introduction of Wario's brother and Luigi's rival, Waluigi.
Now, while it's really cool that Lugi gets his own rival and all...
Waluigi...?! What kind of name is that?! While "Wario"
was a clever name, to me, "Waluigi" sounds rather dumb. Wario
is a cute pun. Not only does it rhyme with Mario, but it also sounds
a lot like the Japanese word "warui," which means "bad." Also, the
name "Wario" plays with the way an upside-down "M" looks
like the letter "W." Now, Waluigi, on the other hand...
well, as far as I know, it doesn't
sound like anything meaningful in Japanese, and it
only rhymes with Luigi since the name is basically Luigi
with a "wa" shoved in front of it.
And he has an upside down "L" on his hat?!