Is Luigi strictly better than Mario?

#1 Posted by Geno (6477 posts) -

A thought occurred to me me today - in most platforming based Mario games, Luigi can do everything that Mario can do, except he can jump higher. On paper, this should prove to be an advantage in any scenario that involves jumping. Now, a higher jump also means wonkier controls, and his relatively unwieldy nature is a valid concern, but assuming that a player could control them both equally well, doesn't this make Luigi strictly better than Mario gameplay-wise? 

#2 Posted by homewrecker (188 posts) -

the only one I remember luigi jumps higher in was mario bros 2; what are some other ones?

#3 Posted by FluxWaveZ (19388 posts) -

Yes.  Luigi trumps Mario gameplay-wise, as a character and as a villain. 

#4 Posted by cherub09 (76 posts) -

In Mario 2 he jumped higher... but he did those weird kicky, floaty legs. I preferred Toad or Peach on that game (random).

#5 Posted by Bones8677 (3278 posts) -

He's not as big as a whore as Mario.

#6 Posted by BeachThunder (12416 posts) -

There is a certain stigma to Luigi though...

#7 Posted by FreakAche (2955 posts) -

Duh

#8 Edited by Tiwi (1402 posts) -

In super mario galaxies he was faster than mario. nuff said.
 
also galaxies, as in both of them.

#9 Posted by Kjellm87 (1722 posts) -

If we considering Mario Bros 2, the one in Japan. Mario had much more control when ladning and stopping while Luigi jumped higher, so they are equal with their own strength and weakness.

#10 Posted by FourWude (2245 posts) -

Luigi is... an ostracized member of the Nintendo family, well after you know what happened.

#11 Posted by Gamer_152 (14110 posts) -

Gameplay-wise I think Luigi wins out in the Mario games but falls a bit short of Mario's abilities in the Super Smash Bros. games.

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#12 Posted by ShadowKing7 (753 posts) -

Luigi jumps higher but also has less traction, so he slides around more and I think he's a little slower.  One's not necessarily better than the other, just comes down to whoever you prefer. 
 
Of course, you can choose based on whether you like red or green more, which is why I've always liked Mario more since red's my favorite color.
#13 Posted by TaliciaDragonsong (8606 posts) -

Luigi is awesome, he deserves way more spotlight (cliche right?) and I hope he gets some soon!

#14 Posted by SethPhotopoulos (5403 posts) -
@ShadowKing7 said:
" Luigi jumps higher but also has less traction, so he slides around more and I think he's a little slower.  One's not necessarily better than the other, just comes down to whoever you prefer.  Of course, you can choose based on whether you like red or green more, which is why I've always liked Mario more since red's my favorite color. "
Yep.
#15 Posted by LordAndrew (14430 posts) -

I find it interesting that despite Luigi being a better jumper, other characters continue to regard Mario as if he's the best jumper in the world. Has Mario somehow managed to keep Luigi's skills hidden from the general public?

#16 Posted by DrBeardface (260 posts) -

Mario is best.  He can fly through SPACE while Luigi waits to be saved on Ghost Planets!  

#17 Posted by Claude (16254 posts) -
@SethPhotopoulos said:
" @ShadowKing7 said:
" Luigi jumps higher but also has less traction, so he slides around more and I think he's a little slower.  One's not necessarily better than the other, just comes down to whoever you prefer.  Of course, you can choose based on whether you like red or green more, which is why I've always liked Mario more since red's my favorite color. "
Yep. "
That's how I see it. But I prefer Mario, and my favorite color is green. Must be Mario.
#18 Posted by Brother_PipPop (259 posts) -

Luigi saves Mario from a haunted mansion. He's also taller, and in better shape.

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