10 ways Luigi is secretly better than Mario! It’s very easy to overlook Luigi. Since his debut on Nintendo’s Mario Bros. in 1983, Luigi has been Mario’s sidekick. When Mario is on an adventure Luigi is often nowhere to be seen unless it is a two player game. From his physical differences to his personality, there are qualities of Luigi that make him a better character than Mario. It’s hard to believe that Luigi was just a simple palette swap of Mario at first, but over the years he has evolved into a character of his own. Most of us see Luigi as an emotional coward who lives in the shadow of his brother Mario, but just because Luigi is not as brave and confident as Mario doesn’t make him a worse character. Luigi had to wait until Luigi’s Mansion for the Nintendo Gamecube in 2001 to finally get his face plastered on the front of a game and he made the most of his opportunity. Luigi has come a long way from his humble beginnings so we are celebrating his journey in this video!