Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Video Game Character of the Month - November 2017 - Waluigi - Mario Series

Video Game Character of the Month
November 2017
Mario Series

Poor Waluigi. Created for the sole purpose of giving Luigi a competitor in sports games, he always believes that the grass is greener for everyone else. Even Nintendo has made him into a comic relief character, but we believe he deserves better. For once he can stand on his own and say 'I am Waluigi, my own person and I am proud!' For he is today, the recipient of the Video Game Character of the Month award! 
Now for some information on Evil Luigi Waluigi:

He was made as the partner for Wario in sports games
He is an exaggerated and evil version of Luigi
His cap sports an inverted mirror image of Luigi's L
He wears purple
He is enemies with most people, including Bowser
Although he did work with Bowser in one occasion
He is often the butt of everyone's jokes
No-ones quite sure whether Wario and Waluigi are brothers or colleagues
He is voiced by Charles Martinet
Waluigi means Bad Luigi in Japanese
His name is an anagram of the Japanese word Ijiwaru which means ill-tempered or cruel
He has been known to 'swim' through the air
He owns a stadium, which he allows people to race on
He is both incredibly popular and hated by fans
He can play a variety of sports including tennis, basketball, baseball, karting and dance
He also owns a giant pinball machine
A Rabbid in Mario+Rabbids: Kingdom Battle impersonates Waluigi and is called Bwaluigi
He has been classed as light, middle and heavy-weight throughout his karting experiences
He is known for his defence and technique
Characters seem to like dressing up as him
He sometimes cheats to win
He is the same age as Luigi

Origin of Waluigi:
During development of Mario Tennis, it was noticed that Wario didn't have a partner in doubles. Thus Waluigi was born. Designer Fumihide Aoki (from Camelot) came up with the idea to make a rival for Luigi and it was decided that the character would be the extreme to Luigi, much like Wario is to Mario. Shigeru Miyamoto was consulted in helping with the design. Other names were originally put forward such as Jeroji, Jinani and Waigi, before the compound of Waruji (consisting of the words Warui/Bad and Ruiji/Luigi) was decided on. This then translated to Waluigi in the Western version. Yoichi Kotabe was credited with the finishing touches of Waluigi's design

Evolution of Waluigi:
Since Mario Tennis, a multitude of Mario spin-off titles have been released. To keep up, Waluigi has had to learn a multiple of sports. Fast. He's so far a 'master' of tennis, golf, baseball, basketball, football, winter sports and even dancing among other things. The only thing Waluigi can't seem to do is platforming... Probably why he hasn't gotten his own game yet.

Mario Tennis: released (Japan) on July 21st, 2000/(North America) on August 28th, 2000/(PAL) on November 3rd, 2000 on Nintendo 64/released (Japan) on November 1st, 2000/(North America) on January 16th, 2001/(PAL) on February 2nd, 2001 on Game Boy Colour/released (PAL) on June 18th, 2010/(North America) on June 28th, 2010/(Japan) on August 31st, 2010 on Wii (N64 version)/released (Japan) on June 26th, 2013/(North America) on December 26th, 2013/(PAL) on January 2nd, 2014 on Nintendo 3DS (GBC version)/released (North America) on July 9th, 2015/(PAL) on December 17th, 2015 on Wii U (N64 version)/ released (Japan) on October 28th, 2004/(North America) on November 8th, 2004/(PAL) on February 25th, 2005 on GameCube/released (Japan) on January 15th, 2009/(Europe) on March 6th, 2009/(North America) on March 9th, 2009/(Australia) on March 26th, 2009 on Wii (New Play Control!)/released (North America) on June 10th, 2012/(Europe) on June 22nd, 2012 on Wii (Nintendo Selects)
Mario Party 3: released (Japan) on December 7th, 2000/(North America) on May 7th, 2001/(Australia) on September 3rd, 2001/(Europe) on November 16th, 2001 on Nintendo 64
Super Smash Bros. Melee: released (Japan) on November 21st, 2001/(North America) on December 3rd, 2001/(Europe) on May 24th, 2002/(Australia) on May 31st, 2002 on GameCube
Mario Party 4released (North America) on October 21st, 2002/(Japan) on November 8th, 2002/(PAL) on November 29th, 2002 on GameCube
Game & Watch Gallery 4: released (Europe) on October 25th, 2002/(North America) on October 28th, 2002/(Australia) in 2002 on Game Boy Advance/released (Europe) on December 10th, 2015/(Australia) on December 11th, 2015/(Japan) on March 16th, 2016/(North America) on April 7th, 2016 on Wii U (VC)
Mario Kart: Double Dash!!: released (Japan) on November 7th, 2003/(Europe) on November 14th, 2003/(North America) on November 17th, 2003/(Australia) on November 19th, 2003
Mario Party 5: released (North America) on November 10th, 2003/(Japan) on November 28th, 2003/(PAL) on December 5th, 2003 on GameCube
Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour: released (North America) on July 28th, 2003/(Japan) on September 5th, 2003/(Australia) on February 11th, 2004/(Europe) on June 18th, 2004
Mario Golf: Advance Tour: released (Japan) on April 22nd, 2004/(North America) on June 22nd, 2004/(Australia) on July 8th, 2004/(Europe) on September 17th, 2004 on Game Boy Advance
Mario Party 6: released (Japan) on November 18th, 2004/(North America) on December 6th, 2004/(Europe) on March 18th, 2005/(Australia) on September 15th, 2005 on GameCube
Dance Dance Revolution Mario Mix: released (Japan) on July 14th, 2005/(North America) on October 24th, 2005/(Europe) on October 28th, 2005/(Australia) on November 24th, 2005 on GameCube
Mario Superstar Baseball: released (Japan) on July 21st, 2005/(North America) on August 29th, 2005/(Australia) on November 3rd, 2005/(Europe) on November 11th, 2005 on GameCube
Mario Tennis: Power Tour: released (Japan) on September 13th, 2005/(Europe) on November 18th, 2005/(Australia) on December 1st, 2005/(North America) on December 5th, 2005 on GameBoy Advance
Mario Party 7: released (North America) on November 7th, 2005/(Japan) on November 10th, 2005/(Europe) on February 10th, 2006/(Australia) on June 8th, 2006 on GameCube
Mario Kart DS: released (North America) on November 14th, 2005/(Australia) on November 17th, 2005/(Europe) on November 25th, 2005/(Japan) on December 8th, 2005 on DS/released (PAL) on April 2nd, 2015/(North America) on April 23rd, 2015/(Japan) on May 25th, 2016 on Wii U (VC)
Super Mario Strikers: released (Europe) on November 18th, 2005/(North America) on December 5th, 2005/(Japan) on January 19th, 2006/(Australia) on April 6th, 2006 on GameCube
Mario Hoops 3-on-3: released (Japan) on July 27th, 2006/(North America) on September 11th, 2006/(Australia) on October 26th, 2006/(Europe) on February 16th, 2007 on DS
Mario Strikers Charged: released (Europe) on May 25th, 2007/(Australia) on June 7th, 2007/(North America) on July 30th, 2007/(Japan) on September 20th, 2007 on Wii/released (PAL) on May 12th, 2016/(Japan) on August 17th, 2016/(North America) on September 8th, 2016 on Wii U (VC)
Mario Party 8: released (North America) on May 29th, 2007/(Europe) on June 22nd, 2007/(Australia) on July 19th, 2007/(Japan) on July 26th, 2007 on Wii
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games: released (North America) on November 6th, 2007/(Australia & Japan) on November 22nd, 2007/(Europe) on November 23rd, 2007 on Wii/released (Japan) on January 17th, 2008/(North America) on January 22nd, 2008/(Australia) on February 7th, 2008/(Europe) on February 8th, 2008 on DS
Mario Party DS: released (Japan) on November 8th, 2007/(North America) on November 19th, 2007/(Europe) on November 23rd, 2007/(Australia) on December 6th, 2007 on DS
Mario Kart Arcade GP 2: released (Japan, Australia & Europe) in 2007/(North America) in 2008 in Arcades
Super Smash Bros. Brawl: released (Japan) on January 31st, 2008/(North America) on March 9th, 2008/(Australia) on June 26th, 2008/(Europe) on June 27th, 2008 on Wii
Mario Kart Wii: released (Japan) on April 10th, 2008/(Europe) on April 11th, 2008/(Australia) on April 24th, 2008/(North America) on April 27th, 2008 on Wii
Mario Super Sluggers: released (Japan) on June 19th, 2008/(North America) on August 25th, 2008 on Wii/released (North America) on March 31st, 2016/(Japan) on August 17th, 2016 on Wii U (VC)
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games: released (North America) on October 13th, 2009/(Australia) on October 15th, 2009/(Europe) on October 16th, 2009/(Japan) on November 5th, 2009 on Wii & DS
Mario Sports Mix: released (Japan) on November 25th, 2010/(Australia) on January 27th, 2011/(Europe) on January 28th, 2011/(UK) on February 4th, 2011/(North America) on February 7th, 2011 on Wii/released (PAL) on October 8th, 2015/(North America) on August 11th, 2016/(Japan) on August 24th, 2016 on Wii U
Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games: released (Europe) on November 13th, 2011/(North America) on November 15th, 2011/(Australia) on November 17th, 2011/(Japan) on December 8th, 2011 on Wii/released (Europe) on February 9th, 2012/(Australia) on February 10th, 2012/(North America) on February 14th, 2012/(Japan) on March 1st, 2012 on 3DS/released (Japan) on November 1st, 2012/(PAL) on May 30th, 2013/(North America) on June 20th, 2013 on eShop
Mario Party 9: released (Europe) on March 2nd, 2012/(Australia) on March 8th, 2012/(North America) on March 11th, 2012/(Japan) on April 26th, 2012 on Wii
Mario Tennis Open: released (North America) on May 20th, 2012/(Japan & Australia) on May 24th, 2012/(Europe) on May 25th, 2012 on Nintendo 3DS/released (PAL) on October 18th, 2012/(Japan) on November 1st, 2012/(North America) on December 20th, 2012 on Nintendo eShop
Nintendo Land: released (North America) on November 18th, 2012/(PAL) on November 30th, 2012/(Japan) on December 8th, 2012 on Wii U
Mario Kart Arcade GP DX: released (Japan) on July 25th, 2013/(North America) on February 16th, 2014 in Arcades
Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games: released (Europe) on November 8th, 2013/(Australia) on November 9th, 2013/(North America) on November 15th, 2013/(Japan) on December 5th, 2013 on Wii U
Mario Party: Island Tour: released: (North America) on November 22nd, 2013/(Europe) on January 17th, 2014/(Australia) on January 18th, 2014/(Japan) on March 20th, 2014 on 3DS
Mario Golf: World Tour: released (Japan) on May 1st, 2014/(North America & Europe) on May 2nd, 2014/(Australia) on May 3rd, 2014 on 3DS
Mario Kart 8: released (Japan) on May 29th, 2014/(North America & Europe) on May 30th, 2014/(Australia) on May 31st, 2014 on Wii U/released (World Wide) on April 28th, 2017 on Nintendo Switch
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U: released (Japan) on September 13th, 2014/(North America & Europe) on October 3rd, 2014/(Australia) on October 4th, 2014 on 3DS/released (North America) on November 21st, 2014/(Europe) on November 28th, 2014/(Australia) on November 29th, 2014/(Japan) on December 6th, 2014 on Wii U
Mario Party 10: released (Japan) on March 12th, 2015/(North America & Europe) on March 20th, 2015/(Australia) on March 21st, 2015 on Wii U
Super Mario Maker: released (Japan) on September 10th, 2015/(North America & Europe) on September 11th, 2015/(Australia) on September 12th, 2015 on Wii U/released (Japan) on December 1st, 2016/(North America & Europe) on December 2nd, 2016/(Australia) on December 3rd, 2016
Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash: released (North America & Europe) on November 20th, 2015/(Australia) on November 21st, 2015/(Japan) on January 28th, 2016 on Wii U
Minecraft: released (World Wide) on December 17th, 2015 on Wii U/released (North America) on May 11th, 2017/(PAL) on May 12th, 2017 on Nintendo Switch/released (World Wide) on September 13th, 2017 on New Nintendo 3DS
Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games: released (World Wide) in February 2016 in Arcades/released (Japan) on February 18th, 2016/(North America) on March 18th, 2016/(Europe) on April 8th, 2016/(Australia) on April 9th, 2016 on 3DS/released (Japan) on June 23rd, 2016/(North America & Europe) on June 24th, 2016/(Australia) on June 25th, 2016 on Wii U
Mario Party: Star Rush: released (Europe) on October 7th, 2016/(Australia) on October 8th, 2016/(Japan) on October 20th, 2016/(North America) on November 4th, 2016 on 3DS
Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle: released (World Wide) on August 29th, 2017 on Nintendo Switch

Well, that's it on Waluigi but, as always, if I have made a mistake or missed something, please don't hesitate to comment! Also, if you can think of another character that is worthy of winning the Video Game Character of the Month Award, then please comment as well!

Thanks for reading, Satamer.

Various Wikipedia pages for release dates
My own knowledge

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