Lakitus are one of the most iconic characters in the world of Super Mario that can be best described as:

...bespectacled Koopas who ride clouds through the skies. ...best known for tossing Spiny Eggs to Mario or Luigi below.

Source: Lakitu - Super Mario Wiki


However, I have noticed that there seems to be several different pronunciations in use for their names.

For example:

  • /läki:tu/ —  law-kee-tu
  • /lɐki:tu/ —  luh-kee-tu (The one I use.)
  • /lækɪ:tu-/—  la-ki-tu (Commonly used on internet.)
  • /lækiːtu/ —  la-kee-tu

...just to name a few of the many possible combinations.

Is there any official consensus on how the name of these characters is pronounced?

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    There is no utility whatsoever behind this question. Either way, Arqade isn't about official consensus, so I've voted to close as primarily opinion based.
    – Frank
    May 31 '14 at 16:41
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    I think this is a reasonable question if it asks not for consensus but for an official (according to Nintendo) pronunciation. Currently it asks for an "official consensus". I'm not sure what that would be.
    – Peeja
    May 31 '14 at 16:51
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    @Frank: There are a quite few questions like this on the site already, and even a meta about it. Opinions seem somewhat mixed, but the general consensus is that these fall within our scope.
    – Wipqozn
    May 31 '14 at 16:54
  • @Peeja Asking for official information is actually off-topic here, due to Arqade not being a news site. All we'd be doing is repeating what's already been said, and we've decided that doesn't play to our expertise. Essentially, if it happens in-game, it's allowed. Things not in-game, generally not. There are exceptions, but that's the general rule of thumb.
    – Frank
    May 31 '14 at 16:55
  • Voting to keep this open, it is a genuine question and requesting knowledge on a subject of gaming which can't have a bias opinion also the question is asking what is the correct pronunciation of the name, side question which doesn't have to be answered was if there is a official pronunciation @Frank I see you're point though how is can partially be opinion based due to the mixture of pronunciation's on the web and how people commonly say it
    – Sigh
    May 31 '14 at 17:36

Princess Toadstool pronounced it in the television show /ˈlækiːtuː/ (la-KEE-too)


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As that page states and if you ever watched the show you would have heard this being used, but like it says "(la-KEE-too)" is western

It maybe pronounced different in other regions

If you are looking for official I'm guessing this is one of the closest you'll get because it was spoken/pronounced like this in an official production of a Mario title

  • FYI 'læ' is like the 'la' in 'land', not the 'la' in 'large' Feb 5 '15 at 21:49
  • @BlueRaja-DannyPflughoeft there's a difference in land and large? (not a native english speaker) Nov 6 '15 at 11:01
  • @JohnDemetriou - I know this is an older post, but the a in "large" is softer, like you're saying "ahhhhh" when a doctor checks out your throat during a checkup. In "land", it's sort of like the "wah" sound a baby makes when crying (minus the "w" of course). I know these aren't perfectly accurate descriptions, and I'm not well-versed in language terminology at all, but this is the best I can convey as a native English speaker :) Jan 22 '19 at 14:38

I remember reading in Nintendo Power years ago... la-KEE-too is correct.


My friend used to pronounce it like 'luh-koo-too', though I have heard it as 'lah-ki-tu' (lah as in laugh). I myself have always pronounced his name 'lay-kit-oo'. (tho when I was little, I said lay-ki-choo, the 'ki' NOT sounding like 'key')

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