Lakitu Bros.

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Lakitu Bros.
Artwork of one of the Lakitu Bros. from Super Mario 64
Artwork of one of the Lakitu Bros. from Super Mario 64
Full name Lakitu Brothers
Species Lakitu
First appearance Super Mario 64 (1996)
Latest appearance Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020)
“Good afternoon. The Lakitu Bros., here, reporting live from just outside the Princess's castle. Mario has just arrived on the scene, and we'll be filming the action live as he enters the castle and pursues the missing Power Stars. As seasoned cameramen, we'll be shooting from the recommended angle, but you can change the camera angle by pressing the Up C Button Right C Button Down C Button Left C Button Buttons. If we can't adjust the view any further, we'll buzz. To take a look at the surroundings, stop and press Up C Button. Press A Button to resume play. Switch camera modes with the R Button. Signs along the way will review these instructions. For now, reporting live, this has been the Lakitu Bros.”
Lakitu Bro, Super Mario 64

Lakitu Bros., also named Lakitus,[1] are Lakitus that are found in Super Mario 64 and its remake. These characters have cameras hooked at the ends of their fishing poles instead of items. According to the Super Mario 64 Nintendo Player's Guide, they are employed by the Kingdom News Network.


Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario 64[edit]

A Lakitu Bro in Super Mario 64

At the start of the game, one of the Lakitu Bros. first appears in the sky after Princess Peach's letter to Mario. The Lakitu Bro circles the Mushroom Castle, then approaches a nearby Warp Pipe, from which Mario emerges, starting the adventure. Mario attempts to head inside the Mushroom Castle but is stopped by another Lakitu, who introduces himself and his partner as the Lakitu Bros. One of the Lakitu Bros. mentions that they are cameraman reporters and will film Mario throughout his adventure as he attempts to retrieve the Power Stars and rescue the princess, the castle servants, and the world.

It is also mentioned that the Lakitu Bros. will record Mario at a recommended angle, though this angle can be changed through the use of C Buttons; that pressing Up C Button while stationary enables the player to enter first-person view, which can be negated by pressing A Button; that camera modes can be toggled via the R Button button; and that there are signs scattered in and around the castle that contain this information. Their explanation finished, one of the Lakitu Bros. leaves, and the other remains to record Mario's adventure.

When Mario enters Whomp's Fortress for the first time, the Lakitu Bro following him issues an update to Mario's adventure. From him, Mario learns that he can sneak up on sleeping enemies by moving slowly past them. The Lakitu Bro then reiterates his instructions from earlier before leaving Mario to his task. The Lakitu Bro stays with Mario for the remainder of his adventure and can be seen in the big mirror in the room that leads to Snowman's Land.

Super Mario 64 DS[edit]

A screenshot of a Lakitu Bro. as seen in Super Mario 64 DS.
One of the Lakitu Bros. in Super Mario 64 DS
Yoshi, Yoshi... Listen... Mario hasn't returned yet...”
Lakitu Bro, Super Mario 64 DS

In Super Mario 64 DS, the opening is slightly different. Shortly after Mario, Luigi, and Wario go missing, Yoshi is seen sleeping on the Castle Grounds, and one of the Lakitu Bros. pops the bubble Yoshi is blowing out of his nose to wake him up and tells him the heroes have gone missing. After hearing the news, Yoshi tries to enter the castle, but the doors are locked. As Yoshi turns around, the Lakitu Bro reappears and tells him that a rabbit took the key and that Yoshi should find it, and gives him a map to use on his adventure. After catching the rabbit, Yoshi enters the castle.

In this game, the camera is controlled by the L Button and X Button buttons on the Nintendo DS.

Super Smash Bros.[edit]

The Lakitu Bro makes a cameo appearance in Super Smash Bros. He appears flying in the right direction of the background in Peach's Castle after a few minutes. He is absent for the stage's return in subsequent titles.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ジュゲムブラザーズ
Jugemu Burazāzu
Lakitu Brothers
Chinese 朱盖木兄弟
Zhūgàimù Xiōngdì
Lakitu Brothers
French Frères Lakitu Lakitu Brothers
German Lakita-AG
Short for "Lakita-Aktiengesellschaft" (Lakita Corporation)
"Lakito" is the camera-holding Lakitu's name.
Italian Lakitu Bros. -
Korean 김수한무 형제
Kimsuhanmu Hyeongje
Lakitu Brothers (김수한무 is Lakitu's Korean name.)



  1. ^ Official Nintendo Magazine (UK) issue 54, page 22.
  2. ^ @Rezrospect (May 28, 2023). Twitter. Retrieved June 2, 2023. (Archived May 28, 2023, 23:32:57 UTC via Wayback Machine.)
  3. ^ Super Mario 64 (Nintendo 64)/Unused Textures. The Cutting Room Floor. Retrieved September 21, 2020.