The gaming community was shook on August 8th, 2018. We saw Luigi, armed with his new Poltergust vacuum cleaner, inside the infamous Dracula's Castle of Castlevania. Although Luigi tried his best, he was no match for the Grim Reaper. Luigi's spirit was taken, thus seemingly putting an end to one of gaming's greatest characters. (Not to worry however, Luigi is alive and well, appearing in Luigi's Mansion 3 later this year.) This trailer was a clever way to introduce Simon Belmont and Richter into Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Although the video appears to be an original concept, Luigi actually has indirectly appeared in Castlevania before.
In 2013, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate released on 3DS, and later Xbox Live, PSN, and PC. The game serves as a sequel to the first Lords of Shadow, and contains a neat (but technically dark) Easter egg to the Super Mario series. As you navigate the sewers, you will run into a skeleton. Upon reading this deceased person's scroll, you'll notice that it is a reference to Mario and Luigi. Below is the scroll's text, handily shown from a video from YouTube user cobradvs.
"The terrible state of the pipes down here would perturb even my brother Mario. Some parts have rusted terribly, While others are covered with fungus due to the high humidity. Not all the Mushrooms look good to eat either, Who knows what might happen if I eat one?"
There are a couple of things to unpack from this scroll. First, it's apparent that it is referring to the famed Mario Bros. because the skeleton is located in the sewer. As we know, the Mario Bros. have been plumbers since 1983. Mushrooms are the main edible power-up source in the Super Mario series, so the scroll's reference to mushrooms is interesting. It appears that Luigi did indeed eat a mushroom, and that is what led to his unfortunate demise. Although grim, this is a nice little Easter egg.
Although Castlevania hasn't received any new games recently, the franchise did receive a PS4 collection of Symphony of the Night and Rondo of Blood back in October. Plus, Simon Belmont and Richter are showing their fighting abilities in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Meanwhile, Luigi will have to try and put on a brave face yet again when he attempts to navigate a haunted building in Luigi's Mansion 3. If Luigi can survive being sliced by Death itself, he can surely do anything.