Luigi Cap

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The Luigi Cap with its signature green "L" emblem
“Luigi, I found this cap in front of the castle a little while ago. You must have dropped it. If you want to become a full-fledged hero like your brother, you can't be so careless!”
Toad, Super Mario 64 DS

The Luigi Cap (or Luigi's cap) is one of Luigi's important pieces of clothing. Like his brother, Luigi has worn the cap since he was a baby.

History[edit]

Front view of Luigi Cap.

Mario Bros.[edit]

In Mario Bros., the Luigi Cap color was taken from the Shellcreeper's palette to distinguish Mario from Luigi. The cap was made green with a green "L" emblem.

Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Bros. / Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels[edit]

The Luigi Cap was recolored white in Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels.

Super Mario Bros. 2[edit]

In Super Mario Bros. 2, the tip of the cap had been changed to black instead of its usual green. This happened for the Mario Cap as well. However, after this game, the Luigi Cap reverted to having a green tip.

Super Mario 64 DS[edit]

In Super Mario 64 DS, Luigi's cap is used to shape-shift into Luigi if the player is either Mario, Wario, or Yoshi. In the same game, Luigi is affected in the same way as Mario and Wario if his cap is lost. Luigi's defense and attack sharply decline while his cap is absent from his head. If the player gets the cap back, Luigi's attack and defense revert to normal. Until Luigi is unlocked, it appears only in Big Boo's Haunt, during any mission except the first one. If the player obtains a Power Flower while wearing the cap, they will turn into Vanish Luigi. If he loses his cap and gains a Star from another level, Luigi can simply talk to a Toad (who will have found and be wearing Luigi's cap) in the Mushroom Castle's lobby and get it back from him.

Super Mario 3D Land / Super Mario 3D World / Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury[edit]

In Super Mario 3D Land and Super Mario 3D World, Luigi, like his brother, loses his cap in his Small form. However, in the former game, once the player has 1,110 lives, his regular form loses his cap instead.

Super Mario Odyssey[edit]

Mario wearing Luigi's cap and outfit

The Luigi Cap can be obtained for Mario to wear in Super Mario Odyssey. It can be either purchased from a Crazy Cap store or obtained through scanning a Luigi amiibo (the latter also unlocks Luigi's costume).

Mario Kart series[edit]

Mario Kart 64[edit]

In Mario Kart 64's Luigi Raceway, a giant version of the Luigi Cap can be seen atop the grandstand.

Mario Kart Wii[edit]

Another giant Luigi Cap returns on Mario Kart Wii's Luigi Circuit, where it once again can be seen atop the grandstand of the track.

Mario Kart 7[edit]

The giant Luigi Cap atop the grandstand returns in Mario Kart 7 in N64 Luigi Raceway.

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

A glider based on Luigi's cap, aptly named Luigi's Hat Balloon, debuted in Mario Kart Tour on the 2022 Mario vs. Luigi Tour. N64 Luigi Raceway also returns in the aforementioned tour, which also marks the return of the giant Luigi Cap atop the grandstand of that course.

Mario & Luigi series[edit]

In Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, and Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story, the "L" on the Luigi Cap is black. The Mario Cap was changed in the same way. From Mario & Luigi: Dream Team onward, they are the usual green and red.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Luigi's cap can be equipped on a Mii Fighter in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Super Paper Mario[edit]

In Super Paper Mario, when Luigi is brainwashed into Mr. L, his cap is slightly changed, with the white on his cap being turned to black and the "L" in the middle being turned backwards.

Mario Sports Superstars[edit]

Luigi's Hat can be unlocked as a head accessory for a horse in Mario Sports Superstars.

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle[edit]

Artwork of Luigi and Rabbid Luigi for Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle

Rabbid Luigi from Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle wears a Luigi Cap.

Other appearances[edit]

A replica of the Luigi Cap, the Green Hat, is an item in Nintendogs that the player's dog can wear.

In Animal Crossing: City Folk, and later New Leaf, there is a headgear item resembling the Luigi Cap which the player's avatar can wear. The item is called "li'l bro's hat," in reference to Luigi being the younger brother of Mario.

Gallery[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ルイージの帽子[1]
Ruīji no Bōshi
Luigi's Cap
Chinese 路易吉的帽子[2]
Lùyìjí de Màozi
Luigi's Cap
French Casquette de Luigi Luigi Cap
German Luigis Mütze Luigi's Cap
Italian Cappello di Luigi Luigi's Cap
Spanish Gorra de Luigi Luigi's Cap

Trivia[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ ヘンシン! nintendo.co.jp. Retrieved December 26, 2019. (Archived December 4, 2004, 10:48:44 UTC via Wayback Machine.)
  2. ^ 变身. ique.com. Retrieved December 26, 2019. (Archived November 11, 2019, 23:29:08 UTC via Wayback Machine.)