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.
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.