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How did more of your favourite Nintendo characters get their names?

The meaning behind Luigi, Yveltal and many more. How many did you know?

Korean rice dishes? Number systems? After we explored the meaning behind Mario, Link and Olimar's names last year, it's time for another look at some of the weird and wonderful origins to the names of some of your favourite Nintendo characters.


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Having discussed the rather unusual origin of Mario's name last time, it is only fitting to turn our attention to his green-cladded brother, Luigi. One of the most commonly cited explanations for Luigi's name is that during the development of the two-player Mario Bros. arcade game, a name was needed for the second player. There was supposedly a popular pizza parlour near Nintendo of America's headquarters in Washington called Mario & Luigi's. Thus, Luigi seemed like the perfect choice.

However it should be noted that in a 1986 interview, Miyamoto stated that the second character of the game needed to be similar to Mario. In Japan, the word 'Ruiji' means similar, so Luigi could have very well been derived from that.

It's not entirely clear if the two explanations were mutually exclusive or not.

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  1. KH81314 Saturday 2nd Mar 2013 at 11:49

    Some of these names were not explained like Bowser. Xerneas has the most interesting of these characters.

  2. Scraggy man Saturday 2nd Mar 2013 at 11:56

    I always liked names with meanings.

  3. Mew3 Saturday 2nd Mar 2013 at 12:19

    I knew the Luigi, Pigma and Error one. Also, I got that error on Club Nintendo.

  4. CyberGW Saturday 2nd Mar 2013 at 14:33

    I never knew Error actually appeared on the Nintendo website. I tried it, and it's 100% true. See for yourself:

  5. shy guy 64 Saturday 2nd Mar 2013 at 17:02

    i knew a few of those

  6. fisher2007 Saturday 2nd Mar 2013 at 19:47

    I knew the Luigi and N.

  7. Elwyn games Saturday 2nd Mar 2013 at 21:46

    It's intresting to know how popular characters' names came to nintendo.

  8. LBDNytetrayn Sunday 3rd Mar 2013 at 03:05

    Zelda II might retroactively be a black sheep, but it was big when it came out. If there was anything which kept people from making the association, it wasn't a lack of popularity, but more likely the challenge.

  9. Waldy565 Sunday 3rd Mar 2013 at 16:17

    Very interesting - knew everything about Error though - even the 404 page, that's a great little touch! Nintendo, oh you... ;)

  10. smash-brother Sunday 3rd Mar 2013 at 17:51

    "How did more of your favourite Nintendo characters get their names"

    who acually likes Pigma or N? :P

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