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After completing Super Mario Galaxy with Mario, you gain the option to play through it again as his brother, Luigi. I've noticed some slight differences between the 2 plumbers, and have been wondering lately if I've got the whole story. What I've noticed so far is:

  • Luigi slides on his heels, as opposed to coming to an abrupt stop when the analog stick is released.
  • When doing a spin attack underwater, some of Luigi's air is drained per each spin, where Mario's is not.
  • Luigi gets 20 1-Ups from Princess Peach's letters, where Mario gets fewer.

Are there any more variations in gameplay between the 2 brothers? I'm looking for a complete list of variances.

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Sigh, the purple coin level on the luigi map.... – Thorbjørn Ravn Andersen Nov 15 '10 at 0:35
up vote 12 down vote accepted

Alright, I've done some further digging, and these are the differences I've found:

  • Uses Air when spinning underwater
  • Has less traction, so he slides and skids
  • Jumps farther and higher; runs faster
  • (perhaps related to the above) knocked back slightly farther when hit, which equates to a longer post-hit stun
  • The cosmic Luigi challenge runs take advantage of Luigi's physics, which may mean separate routes than cosmic Mario
  • In addition to the above, some galaxies have slightly altered levels, such as the "Luigi meets Luigi" star in Toytime Galaxy, which changes from the 8-bit Mario planet to the backside, which features an 8-bit Luigi (with the change in colors coming from a change in the platform "pixels")
  • Mario gets 1-ups from Princess Peach's letters, but Luigi gets 20 1-ups instead (It still says "Dear Mario" Poor guy can't catch a break)
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Just to be clear... is that 20 1-Ups in that last bullet point? – Grace Note Nov 16 '10 at 23:20
Yes. I'll clarify that then. – Raven Dreamer Nov 16 '10 at 23:23

Besides what Raven added, I know that Luigi's cosmic double challenges are significantly more difficult than Mario's. Also, some of the levels change slightly (such as the 2d Mario one, becomes a 2d Luigi one).

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Are the challenges more difficult? How so? – GnomeSlice Nov 9 '10 at 1:34
@GnomeSlice: The Cosmic Double takes a lot more shortcuts. – user2974 Nov 9 '10 at 3:18
> Well, if you edit Raven's info into your question, I'll accept your answer. :) – GnomeSlice Nov 10 '10 at 1:08

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