“May the stars shine down on you.”
Rosalina is a character that debuted in Super Mario Galaxy, first appearing in the Gateway Galaxy. She serves as the adopted mother of the Lumas and commands the Comet Observatory. She is a princess as well as a very powerful figure, as her duty is to watch over and protect the cosmos as well as the Lumas.
Rosalina's back-story is chronicled in her storybook told by her in the Comet Observatory's Library in Super Mario Galaxy. Nine chapters are unlocked throughout the game, and the last is unlocked by completing the game.
Since her debut, Rosalina has become a recurring character in the Mario series.
Super Mario series
Super Mario Galaxy
During one of her centennial visits to the Mushroom World, the Comet Observatory is attacked by Bowser, who steals the observatory's Power Stars and Grand Stars. Rosalina later appeared to Mario/Luigi after Peach is kidnapped. In order to aid Mario/Luigi she gives him Luma, the same one seen with Peach at the Star Festival. After Mario/Luigi collects enough stars to power the ship, Rosalina flies the observatory to the center of the universe for the final confrontation with Bowser.
Super Mario Galaxy 2
Rosalina appears during the ending sequence of Super Mario Galaxy 2. Lubba reveals at this time that he and Rosalina had met before, but the details of their meeting remain unknown. Rosalina also frequently sends letters to the Baby Luma that's with Mario, but she does not reveal her identity in them.
When the player manages to get 120 Power Stars and beats the final boss again, a scene is shown after the ending credits, showing Rosalina and her Lumas in the Library, revealing that she was telling the story of Super Mario Galaxy 2. Then, she decides to narrate how Mario (and Luigi) collect every Green Star to her Lumas. If Mario, Yoshi, and Luigi manage to collect every single star in the game, and survive the Grandmaster Galaxy's Daredevil Comet, Rosalina will thank and join them on Starship Mario.
Players can also use Rosalina to represent their file on the file select screen. However, the Rosalina avatar can only be used on save files in which the player has collected 120 stars, and unlocked the Green Star Prankster Comets.
This game also features a cosmic entity that highly resembles Rosalina, known as the Cosmic Spirit.
Super Mario 3D World
Rosalina appears as a unlockable playable character in Super Mario 3D World. She is unlocked after the player has completed World Star-2: Super Galaxy, which is unlocked after World Star-1: Rainbow Run is completed. She controls just like Luigi but also has the ability to use the Spin attack, similar to that of Mario and Luigi in the Super Mario Galaxy games and has normal traction. She is, however, slower like Princess Peach. This is also the first time Rosalina is playable in a Mario platformer. As with the other characters, she can use all the power-ups in the game, but when she gets one (except the Double Cherry and the Super Star), she loses her Spin attack.
If the player beats Meowser in World Bowser after Rosalina has been unlocked, she will be seen with two Lumas in the end credits, at the end of the first split of the Clear Pipe, replacing three Sprixie denizens.
Mario Kart series
Mario Kart Wii
Rosalina makes her first playable appearance in Mario Kart Wii, where she is a Large-sized unlockable character. Here, the player must win 1st Place with at least 1 Star Rank in all Mirror Grand Prix Cups, have a Super Mario Galaxy save file and play 50 Races, or play 4,950 Races. Rosalina rides in Large vehicles, and is the first female character to ever be in this class. While racing, a Luma orbits around Rosalina. Rosalina's racing symbol is a Grand Star. Like Peach and Daisy, Rosalina appears in a biker suit while racing on any of the motorbikes, only that the color scheme is different to the overall color scheme of her main dress. Her signature bike is the Shooting Star and her signature kart is the Honeycoupe. Rosalina is the staff ghost character for Rainbow Road.
Mario Kart 7
Rosalina returns in her second Mario Kart game appearance in Mario Kart 7 for the Nintendo 3DS. She is a Cruiser-type character, and this time, she appears without a Luma accompanying her in the races. Rosalina has an advantage bonus for the weight, along for speed. Just as in Mario Kart Wii, Rosalina is an unlockable character, which the player must win the Star Cup of the 150cc class to unlock her. In this game, she has her personal racecourse called Rosalina's Ice World, a track that makes allusion to the Super Mario Galaxy series, where she has appeared prominently. When she uses the Peach Parasol for a glider, it becomes turquoise to match her color scheme.
Mario Kart Arcade GP DX
Mario Kart 8Mario Kart 8. She retains her motorbike gear from Mario Kart Wii when riding a bike or an ATV, but she wears her signature dress only for karts. In addition, her infant counterpart, Baby Rosalina, debuted in this game. Much like in Mario Kart 7, her Peach Parasol glider is turquoise.
Rosalina is one of the lighter heavyweights, sacrificing some speed and weight to boost her acceleration, handling, and grip stats a little. She shares these traits with Donkey Kong, Waluigi, and Roy Koopa.
Mario Party: Island Tour
Rosalina appears in Mario Party: Island Tour for the Nintendo 3DS. She is a non-playable character on the space themed board, Rocket Road, where she waits at the end of the board for the winner and also appears in the celebration for a victory on this board.
Mario Golf: World Tour
Rosalina makes her first appearance in a Mario Golf game as a downloadable character in Mario Golf: World Tour as a part of the Star Pack. Unlike Peach and Daisy, Rosalina does not have a change in outfit for this game. She is one of the strongest characters, losing only to Bowser in distance. She also has a fade, meaning that her ball curves to the right. She has the highest shot in the game, which means that she can easily hit over trees but the ball is affected by wind more.
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U
“Rosalina & Luma Launch into Battle!”
Rosalina was announced to be the fourth newcomer fighter in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U on December 18th, 2013 during Nintendo Direct, alongside Luma. A variety of her abilities use a Luma, particularly to aid in combos.
Rosalina and Luma have a moveset largely inspired by the Super Mario Galaxy games. They can be controlled individually, similar to the Ice Climbers from past Super Smash Bros. installments. Luma can be attacked and defeated, and can eventually be re-summoned by Rosalina. However, like attacking Nana and Olimar's Pikmin, the damage does not count towards Rosalina's damage percentage, though Luma has its own individual but unseen damage counter. Rosalina can also control how far away the Luma can be from her, by using her standard special attack; the Luma Shot.
Her down special move is named Gravitational Pull, which sends items and weapons towards Rosalina. While she uses this move, weapons will be disabled. The attack seems to be inspired by the Spin from Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Galaxy 2. Her up special attack; the Launch Star, gives Rosalina a vertical boost (with an animation similar to Mario's and Luigi's animation after using a Launch Star in the Super Mario Galaxy games, even including the Launch Star sound effect). Her side special; Star Bits, releases a group of Star Bits that are used as projectiles. Rosalina's Final Smash, Power Star, summons a large Power Star, which shoots many smaller stars onto the stage that damage opponents.
The partner Luma can be yellow, apricot, green, red, blue, brown, and metallic but it has not been shown if this difference is purely cosmetic or if it has some sort of function like Olimar's Pikmin.
Rosalina seems to retain her appearance from the Mario series, with the exception of glittery stars adorning the bottom of her dress. This is unlike Princess Peach, whose appearance is different from that in the Mario series.
Currently, Rosalina's dress comes in eight colors for players to choose from: the default turquoise, mint green, pink, gold, black and gold, purple, and two red and white colored dresses, both of which resemble her Fire Form in Super Mario 3D World.
On one final note, this is the very first game where Rosalina is available to use right from the start.
Rosalina appears in volume 38 of the Japanese manga, Super Mario-Kun. After Bowser uses a flyswatter to knock Mario away to a planet, Mario loses his motivation, despite Luma's efforts to get him back. Rosalina sends a hologram of a Giant Goomba for Mario, thus making him use his Star Spin technique to make it disappear (much to Mario's surprise). She later helps him on the adventure.
Rosalina is taller than most characters, rivaling Waluigi's height, and bearing a resemblance to Princess Peach. However, Rosalina's skin is paler, her eyes are a lighter shade of blue, and her hair (possibly "red" in her childhood), is a lighter blond than Peach's. She wears purple nail polish and has a large bang which obscures her right eye.
Rosalina wears a gown said to be a color that only exists when the sun peers out of the clouds. Her brooch, crown, and earrings are star-shaped. The brooch and crown are silver, as are her high heels, while the earrings are yellow. Rosalina also wears a number of jewels, including a yellow jewel inside the brooch and crown jewels that are pink and turquoise. Her gown cuts off at the top of her chest, where a powder-blue flap loops around, and has long sleeves with wide openings at the bottom, which are topped with powder-blue frills. At the bottom is another frill that loops around until turning up to a point at the middle; under this a layer of an undergown is visible. In Super Mario Galaxy, Rosalina holds a silver wand with a golden star at the top.
In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U the bottom of her dress sports glittery star shapes similar to her wand, and her heels are a very light green color, instead of the usual silver.
In Mario Kart Wii and Mario Kart 8 each adult human female participant is depicted in a jumpsuit if riding on any of the bikes. Like Peach and Daisy, Rosalina's jumpsuit has the same general design. Her jumpsuit, gloves, and boots are the same color as the gown she wears in the Super Mario Galaxy games. Differentiating her from Peach and Daisy are a teal scarf, a white heart on the back of the outfit, and her star-shaped jewelry.
Although Rosalina's design has not been changed since her debut, when she was originally being created for Super Mario Galaxy, her concept design was vastly different compared to what she looks like now. She was depicted with a beehive hairstyle along with straight-cut bangs. She had more unique facial features including the style of her eyes and mouth; the facial features she has now are more similar to Peach's. Her outfit was more similar to Peach and Daisy's, however, complimenting her now dropped trait as a princess. Instead of a crown, she wore a tiara, and her gloves were just like Peach's.
A final concept drawing depicted Rosalina very similarly to the way in which she appears now, though it contained minor color differences.
Personality and traits
Rosalina is generally wise and kind. She has an intimate knowledge of the universe and cares deeply for the Lumas. Her outward strength and inner sorrow are likely due to the loss of her mother.
It has also been shown that Rosalina's voice is rather monotone, even when she is excited. Like most players, Rosalina enjoys special activities, but in a very humble manner.
Powers and abilities
Rosalina has special powers as seen in Super Mario Galaxy. For example, once sufficient power is restored to the Comet Observatory, Rosalina is able to use her powers to surround the observatory in a force field, transforming it into a starship as a form of transportation. Also, she can be protected by a force field that resembles a bubble. If the player attempts to jump on her, the bubble would appear. Rosalina can also form these bubbles around Mario if he falls off the Comet Observatory; it will then levitate and drop him back to where he was standing. Rosalina also has the ability to float in mid-air, just like the Lumas. Finally, Rosalina is shown to be skilled with her wand and can deflect Star Bits with it if the player shoots them at her. She can also use the spin move from the Super Mario Galaxy games, as seen in Super Mario 3D World.
When Rosalina was a child, she bonded with a Luma looking for its mother and soon became the adoptive mother of both it and a host of other Lumas, who in turn comforted her when she mourned the death of her own mother. She often reads bedtime stories to the Lumas in the Library, is accompanied by a Luma in Mario Kart Wii, and battles on a team with Luma in the fourth instalment of Super Smash Bros. A Luma named Polari is her most trusted adviser and is often found at her side in Super Mario Galaxy. She is also held in high esteem by Lubba, who refers to her as "The Lady of the Shooting Stars" and is happy to have her on board the Starship Mario at the end of Super Mario Galaxy 2.
Mario befriends Rosalina during the events of Super Mario Galaxy, when he recovers the stolen Grand Stars needed to power her Comet Observatory. She then flies her ship to the center of the universe and destroys a fleet of Bowser's airships, thereby helping Mario defeat him and rescue Princess Peach, whom Rosalina had described as Mario's "Special One". As revealed in issue 38 of Super Mario-Kun, Peach herself shares a positive friendship with Rosalina.
Luigi assists Mario in the collection of stars in Super Mario Galaxy, at one point giving him a recovered Power Star on the condition that he tells Rosalina that it was Luigi who obtained it for her. The two are also depicted standing together with the Toad Brigade at Peach's Castle in a secret picture that can be obtained by collecting all 121 Power Stars. Rosalina eventually takes an even more hands-on role against Bowser in Super Mario 3D World, when she joins Mario, Luigi, Peach and Toad in their adventure.
Plushies based on Rosalina are manufactuted by San-ei. Currently there are there are two versions: Rosalina in default appearance and another of Cat Rosalina. There are also mini figurines of Rosalina developed by Furuta.
List of appearances by date
The following voice actresses have lent their talents to portray Rosalina in the Mario game series:
Official profiles and statistics
Super Mario Galaxy
Mario Kart Wii
Mario Kart 7
Mario Kart 8
Super Mario 3D World trailer descriptions
Names in other languages