List of Nintendo characters in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games
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This is a list of the Nintendo characters featured in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games.
BowserBowser (クッパ, Kuppa) is Mario's archnemesis. He is the leader and most powerful of the turtle-like Koopa race. Although Bowser has joined forces with Mario in a few games, he is considered an antagonist due to his ambition to kidnap Princess Peach and conquer the Mushroom Kingdom. Even in games where he teams up with Mario to face a proverbial common enemy, he is often arrogant and egotistical, often joining for selfish reasons (such as to get his castle back from invaders, retrieve Peach's stolen voice so he can kidnap her again, or saving the world from destruction so that he could rule it someday), thus making him a bit of an anti-hero.
Bowser was the creation of Nintendo designer/producer, Shigeru Miyamoto.
Bowser's appearance has been tweaked several times throughout the series, but most of basic overall look has been consistent. Despite his name, he actually looks something like a cross between a Koopa Troopa and a dragon, although he is associated more with fire instead of water. He is bipedal, with large claws on his hands and feet. He is noticeably larger than all the other characters. He is mostly orange with a green shell. Several large spikes are located both on his tail and on his shell. His alligator-like jaw and stomach front are yellowish-beige. He sports a mane of fiery red hair on top of his head with a horn on either side. He also wears spiked metal cuffs around his wrists, biceps, and neck. Although his abilities vary from game to game, he is able to breathe fire in most of them.
Early on, Bowser was solely created as a main villain. However, as video game technology improved and games started becoming in-depth, a personality began to show, namely in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars and Super Mario 64. Bowser was depicted as being driven on defeating Mario, but also as being a bit of an oaf. For all his bluster and ambition, he seems unable to come up with anything more complex than kidnapping the Princess and waiting for Mario (an exception to this, however, is in Paper Mario). He also appears to be blindly confident in his own chances of victory. In Super Mario Sunshine, Bowser is shown as having a bit of a soft side towards Bowser Jr. In a number of games, although Bowser is shown to hate Mario, he in fact possesses a degree of respect for him (as he showed in Super Mario Galaxy, stating that he "chose the right guy to be [his] archenemy").
Bowser's abilities greatly vary from game to game. His most common physical traits are the ability to breath fire, and being extremely durable. He is in fact generally immune to standard attacks. His mobility greatly varies. In games where Bowser is playable, he's always depicted as extremely slow. When he's an enemy, he's even faster and more agile than Mario. Outside his common abilities, some individual games generally give attacks that aren't seen in others, such as being able to create shockwaves or flaming boomerangs. Nearly every game also shows him wielding immense physical strength at some point
DaisyPrincess Daisy (デイジー姫, Deijī-hime) is the princess of Sarasaland. Daisy's debut appearance was in 1989 in Super Mario Land, where she was kidnapped by the tyrannical alien Tatanga, who planned to marry her and rule over her kingdom. Daisy appeared later in NES Open Tournament Golf as Luigi's caddy. After a long hiatus, Daisy made her return in the game Mario Tennis, after which she began making recurring appearances in Mario sports and party games. Daisy is best friends with Princess Peach, and is also rumored (among the characters of the Mario universe) to be in a romantic relationship with Luigi. She is also rumored also, (among the millions of Mario players) to be Princess Peach's sister. As of Mario Kart Wii, this relationship seems to have been made canon, with statues on the Daisy Circuit course depicting the two characters dancing with each other. She also appears in both Mario Kart DS and Mario Kart Wii as an unlockable character. She is a movable character in every Mario Party game except for Mario Party, Mario Party 2 and Mario Party Advance. The infant version of herself, Baby Daisy, debuted in Mario Kart Wii and appears in Mario Super Sluggers.
Daisy has dark brown hair, pale skin, and wears a yellow and orange dress with two orange pieces of cloth, a golden crown with a flower on it, and wrist-length gloves. She originally had orange hair when she made her debut, and wore a yellow and white dress with a white sash and a red crown prior to Mario Party 4, and her skin was tan during the Nintendo 64 era.
Daisy's first voice actress was Kate Fleming in Mario Tennis for the Nintendo 64. Daisy's next voice actress was Jen Taylor, who provided her voice in Mario Party 3, Mario Party 4, and Mario Party 5. In every other game, Daisy has been and is currently voiced by Deanna Mustard. Outside of the video games, Daisy appears as one of the main characters in the Super Mario Bros. 1993 film, played by Samantha Mathis. She also appears in the comic books. Her emblem is a daisy. She also appears as a alternate costume for Peach in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and she has a sticker and a trophy.
- Main article: Luigi
Luigi (ルイージ, Ruīji) is a video game character created by Nintendo game designer Shigeru Miyamoto. He is portrayed as the younger brother of Nintendo's official mascot, Mario. Luigi first appeared in the arcade game Mario Bros., where he was featured as a main character alongside Mario. Since his debut, Luigi has appeared in many games in the Mario series, often accompanying Mario as the central protagonist, but has starred as the main character of his own game, Luigi's Mansion. In most games of the main series, Luigi is playable, occasionally as a secret revealed in-game or an unlockable character.
Due to being Mario's nearly identical younger brother, Luigi is often mistaken for Mario by many characters. This has proven to be somewhat of a running joke throughout the Mario series. Luigi's fame (or lack thereof) also plays a role in another major series running joke: he is often unnoticed by characters until they talk to him, and when he does, is often compared with his more famous and heroic brother.
- Main article: Mario
Mario (マリオ, Mario) is a fictional character created by game designer Shigeru Miyamoto. Serving as Nintendo's mascot, Mario is arguably the most recognizable video game character of all time, and he has appeared in over 200 video games since his creation. Though originally only appearing in platforming games (starting with Donkey Kong), currently Mario appears in many game genres, such as racing games (i.e., Mario Kart), puzzle games (i.e., Dr. Mario), role-playing games (i.e., Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars), fighting games (Super Smash Bros.), sports games (Mario Super Sluggers), party games (i.e., Mario Party), and many others. He is usually voiced by Charles Martinet.
Mario is depicted as a short, pudgy, Italian plumber who lives in the Mushroom Kingdom, where he is regarded as a hero; he often must thwart the evil King Bowser's plans to kidnap Princess Peach and subjugate the Mushroom Kingdom.
PeachShadow Queen. Rosalina was almost Peach's sister but Nintendo did not pull through that idea even though they look very much alike. She's also friends with Princess Daisy. Her emblem is her crown.
Princess Peach has long yellow hair, sparkling azure eyes, fair pink skin, rosy cheeks, pink lips, and a statuesque figure. The only makeup she wears is pink lipstick and pink nail polish. She wears a pink princess gown, red high heeled shoes, white princess gloves, a sapphire pendant, sapphire earrings, and a gold tiara with sapphires and rubies. Peach wears pink princess panties as an undergarment as can be seen in the Super Smash Bros. series. In the Japanese version of SSX On Tour Peach wears a pink thong and her butt is observed to jiggle when she lands from a jump. In sports games, Peach wears a pink skirt or shorts with a pink top, white bobby socks, and pink tennis shoes. She wore various dresses, skirts, and tops in Mario Party 2. In Super Mario Sunshine, Peach wore a pink summer gown, red high heeled shoes, and jewelry. She also carried a white parasol decorated with pink lace. In Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door, when she is possessed by the Shadow Queen, Peach wears a black dress, black dress shoes, long black gloves, a black cape, a ruby pendant, ruby earrings, and a pointed gold tiara with rubies, but she did not wear this on her own will, as she had been kidnapped by Sir Grodus, the leader of an extraterretrial organization called the Secret Society of X-Nauts, and used as a vessel for the Shadow Queen's spirit. She wore a pink soccer uniform in Super Mario Strikers. In Mario Strikers Charged, Peach wears pink battle armor. In Mario Kart Wii, when riding a bike, Peach wears white trousers with pink accent, a white jacket with pink lining, pink boots, a pink scarf, pink gloves, and a pink belt with a white buckle. In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Peach's dress took on a more Victorian appearance.
Waluigi's first appearance was in the Mario Tennis games for the Game Boy Color and Nintendo 64, as Wario's doubles partner. Later, along with Princess Daisy, he joined the Mario Party series' roster in Mario Party 3 where he plays an important role, in which he owns an island full of hearts. He has been a playable character in many entries in the series since, as well as various Mario sports and Kart games. He acts as an antagonist in Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix, in which he wreaks havoc in the Mushroom Kingdom by stealing special objects called the Music Keys in order to hypnotize the world with his dancing, thus enabling him to conquer it. In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Waluigi is one of the characters who can be summoned using the Assist Trophy item and as an alternate costume for Luigi(However, this is only Luigi in Waluigi's palette). When summoned, Waluigi attacks opponents by striking them with a tennis racket and by angrily stomping on them until they become temporarily stuck in the ground.
In most of Wario's adventure games, his actions are selfish and greedy, but he consequently does good deeds in order to get what he wants, the antagonizing force being an obstacle.
Wario's personality and actions are often the opposite of Mario's typical heroism and kindness, just as the first letters in their names appear to be opposites. The name "Wario" is a blending of Mario's name with the Japanese adjective warui (悪い) meaning "bad"; hence, a "bad Mario". The letter W also resembles an upside-down M, which is recognized by many as a naming correlation. In a kind of in-joke to the upside-down 'M', Wario's friend Waluigi has an upside-down 'L' on his hat.
Wario is portrayed as an exaggerated version of Mario; he is very corpulent and sometimes taller or shorter than Mario, has muscular arms, an absurdly large mustache, a bellicose cackle, and speaks with a more pronounced Italian accent, provided by Charles Martinet. Stylistically, he is similar to cartoon villains such as Snidely Whiplash and Dick Dastardly, though his counterpart, Waluigi, has an even greater resemblance to them. Traditionally, Wario wears a plumber outfit similar to Mario's, although with some differences. Mario's outfit is red and blue, with brown shoes and an M on his cap, while Wario's is yellow and purple, with curly-toed green shoes and a W on his cap. However, the release of WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$ saw Wario wearing motorcycling gear, with a yellow-and-red helmet emblazoned with the letter W, aviator goggles, yellow fingerless gloves also emblazoned with a W, a torn light-blue denim vest over a dark-blue shirt, and pink pants. One of his main abilities is his great strength, which he uses to overpower enemies far larger than himself.
Yoshi's appearances in video games, usually Mario sports games, typically portray him as an agile character. In the Mario Kart games, Yoshi has excellent acceleration, but is more likely to skid off the track than other characters. In Mario Golf, his shot is straight and average in height. In Mario Tennis and Mario Power Tennis, he is the fastest tennis player. In Mario Superstar Baseball,and Mario Super Sluggers Yoshi is the speediest runner and can use his tongue to catch faraway balls. In Super Mario Strikers, Yoshi is a balanced captain. When he performs his Super Strike, green and yellow bubbles surround him as he kicks the ball into the back of the net, usually hitting the goalie in the stomach and taking him into the net with it. In the recent sequel, Mario Strikers Charged, he is once again a balanced captain. This time when he performs his Mega Strike, he flies up into the air, sprouting wings as he could have in Super Mario World if he held a purple shell in his mouth. He then draws in a lot of breath and as he breathes out, it creates a considerable force on the ball causing it to be fired into the net. In Mario Hoops 3-on-3, Yoshi is an all-around character, in contrast to his speedy nature in other sports games. His Special Shot is the "Flutter Dunk", performed by tapping an "M" pattern on the touch screen twice. At close range, he holds the ball as he hovers toward the hoop in typical Yoshi style, leaving a rainbow trail. When he is outside the three-point line, he throws the ball to another teammate, with another rainbow trail behind the ball. In most of these games, Yoshi is mostly teamed up with Birdo, although their relationship is unclear. In Mario and Sonic and the Olympic Games, Yoshi is a speed-type character, and is apparently friends with Knuckles.
In the Super Smash Bros. series, Yoshi is somewhat of an anomaly, not fitting into a specific class, though he is fast and rather heavy. His signature attacks, usually involving eggs, are kept, and his trademark "flutter jump" is also present.