|First appearance||Super Mario Galaxy (2007)|
|Latest appearance||Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020)|
|Latest portrayal||Yuya Takezawa|
As chronicled in Rosalina's Story, Luma was first met by a young Rosalina near a rusted spaceship; he explained to her that he was awaiting his mother, who was coming for him on a comet. Rosalina promised to wait with him, and the two eventually repaired the spaceship with the intent of using it to search for her themselves. As the pair travelled through the cosmos, they came across a comet made of ice and, though there was no sign of Luma's mother, decided to remain on it as they continued their search. One night, after dreaming of her own mother leaving her, Rosalina took Luma in her arms and adopted him as her own, promising to take care of him herself from then on.
Using materials they found frozen beneath the comet's ice, Rosalina and Luma constructed a house for themselves. Following the arrival of more of his kind from a nearby planet, Luma began to fight with them over Rosalina, who proceeded to welcome them into her new home and give names to them all. Some time later, when reminded of her former home and family, Rosalina became saddened once more - to cheer her up, Luma reminded her that her mother would always be a part of her and transformed into the Beacon, so that she would have a way of visiting her home planet every 100 years.
Super Mario series
Super Mario Galaxy
Many centuries later, Bowser attacks the observatory and steals the Grand Stars it requires to function - it is presumed that during the confrontation, the reborn Luma was knocked from his home and fell to the Mushroom Kingdom below. Luma is then found by Princess Peach, who invites Mario to her castle during the Star Festival to show him her discovery. After Mario is sent flying off into the cosmos by Kamek's attack, Peach sends Luma after him as her castle is towed away by Bowser's forces to the center of the universe.
Luma is formally introduced to Mario when he awakens on a planet within the Gateway Galaxy - after giving him a brief tutorial and a game of hide-and-seek, the star child determines Mario may be capable of helping Rosalina and joins him at his mother's request, taking up residence beneath the Mario Cap and in the process granting him the Spin maneuver. Together, the two make their way through numerous galaxies and slowly reclaim the lost Power Stars, eventually returning enough power to the observatory's Beacon to allow themselves access to Bowser's Galaxy Reactor, where Mario uses Luma's powers to defeat the Koopa King once and for all.
Following Bowser's defeat and the rescue of the final Grand Star, the star it had already begun to form implodes on itself due to a lack of power - the ensuing black hole begins to rapidly consume the entire universe. Luma then appears from the Mario Cap and, after a wave goodbye, flings himself into the heart of the catastrophe, and is followed by the other Lumas. Their efforts succeed in stabilizing the black hole, destroying it and restoring the cosmos to their former state.
After the player collects all 120 Power Stars and defeats the final boss once more, a secret ending is displayed, in which Rosalina is shown thanking the player and promising to watch over them from beyond the stars before departing from the Gateway Galaxy in the observatory. The scene then shifts to the dilapidated spaceship from her storybook, with Luma peering out from inside; he waves once more at the camera before rising up toward the stars and out of sight.
Super Mario Galaxy 2
Luma makes his second appearance in Super Mario Galaxy 2, where he is called Baby Luma. He is found in the prologue of the game lying on the ground and immediately takes a shine to Mario. Baby Luma flies into the Mario Cap, and Mario's body begins to tingle, giving him the power to spin. Mario later meets two other yellow Lumas, which call Baby Luma "young master Luma" and send Mario off to the Sky Station Galaxy.
After Bowser is defeated, Mario returns to Starship Mario with Princess Peach and the Grand Star, after which Rosalina appears in her Comet Observatory. She explains to Mario that she knew all along that she would someday be reunited with Baby Luma, because there is a power even beyond that of the stars that governs the destiny of them all. After promising that he will never ever forget about Mario and taking Mario's cap as a souvenir, Baby Luma rejoins Rosalina and leaves with her.
Baby Luma, alongside other Lumas, appears in volume 38 of Super Mario-kun after Mario lands on a planet after he is swatted away by Bowser. He wants to play with Mario, but Mario does not want to do anything, after Mario loses his confidence. Just after Baby Luma tries to encourage Mario to get up and save Peach, a giant Goomba comes. Baby Luma wants Mario's help, though Mario refuses. Rosalina pops up and encourages Mario to fight the Goomba. Mario then learns the Star Spin technique and defeats the Goomba, who turns out to be just an illusion created by Rosalina to help Mario regain his confidence. They team up and help each other as the adventure progresses.
In this adaption, Baby Luma calls himself "A Star Child." He is also given a mouth, mostly to illustrate facial expressions better. The cover also depicts Baby Luma as a yellow Luma instead of a cream-colored one.
Mario Golf: World Tour
Baby Luma makes a cameo in Mario Golf: World Tour during one of Rosalina's animations, specifically whenever she scores an eagle, albatross, or hole-in-one. He is seen wearing Mario's cap like he does in the ending of Super Mario Galaxy 2.
Super Smash Bros. series
In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Rosalina and a Luma are collectively playable as a singular character. While the first Luma spawned during battle will always be yellow in color, one of the alternate colors for any subsequent Lumas spawned during the match is modeled after Baby Luma. This character is also present in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U in the form of a trophy, which can be obtained when it appears at random in one of the game's single-player modes.
Mario Sports Superstars
Due to Mario Sports Superstars reusing Rosalina's golf animations from Mario Golf: World Tour, Baby Luma reappears in this game in the same capacity.
Sprites and models
Super Mario series
Super Mario Galaxy
- Trading card description: There are no other Lumas in the Galaxy that are like the very special Apricot Luma. This is the Luma that Rosalina gives to Mario in the beginning of the game, who grants Mario the power to do star spins -- a move that will be invaluable against many unforeseen enemies.
- Prima Games Official Guide bio: There are many Luma[sic] in the cosmos, but this particular Luma is Mario's constant companion during his space travels. This cute little star gifts Mario with some amazing skills, such as the ability to survive in deep space and unleash a special spin that helps him break free of gravity and damages various dangerous denizens. While Mario explores the galaxies, he will meet many different Luma[sic], from helpful black Luma[sic] that manage the charts of the cosmos to green Luma[sic] that hide a special secret.
Super Mario Galaxy 2
- Instruction booklet bio: Mario found this lost little Luma. He grants Mario a mysterious power of the stars, which comes in handy as they explore the cosmos together!
- North American website bio: This pint-sized Luma is along for the ride after being rescued by Mario, armed with a whole bag of new tricks powered by the stars. Exploring the cosmos has never been more fun and exciting with a Baby Luma under his hat!
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U trophy
Names in other languages
ベビチコ / ベビィチコ
Bebi Chiko / Bebī Chiko
|Luma, as called in Rosalina's Story|
|French (NOA)||Chiko (Super Mario Galaxy)
Luma (since Super Mario Galaxy 2)
Petite Luma (Super Mario Galaxy 2 instruction booklet)
|From the Japanese name of the Lumas|
|Italian||Sfavillotto (Super Mario Galaxy)
Sfavilotto Babylume (Super Mario Galaxy 2)
|Portuguese||Bebé Luma||Baby Luma|
|Spanish||Mini destello||Mini Luma|
- Baby Luma's coloration is very similar to the color "Cosmic Latte", which astronomers determined to be the average color of the universe.
- If Mario or Luigi replays the "Grand Star Rescue" mission of Gateway Galaxy, there will appear to be two Baby Lumas, one that helps him spin (an ability he is supposed to get later in the mission), and one that Mario chases as a Star Bunny.
- Twinkle from Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope strongly resembles Baby Luma.
- Super Mario Galaxy 2 English manual, page 4.
- Super Mario Galaxy trading card.
- Super Smash Bros. for Wii U trophy description.
- "AY-O! Is-- Is that... young master Luma? It is...isn't it?!" — Lubba, Super Mario Galaxy 2
- supermariogalaxy.com. Archived from the original on May 28, 2010 via Wayback Machine. Retrieved November 18, 2019.
- Super Mario Galaxy internal filename (StageData/ObjNameTable.arc/ObjNameTable.tbl) / Super Mario Galaxy 2 internal filename (SystemData/ObjNameTable.arc/ObjNameTable.tbl); the equivalent string of "TicoBaby" (en_name) is「ベビチコ」(jp_name)
- Super Mario Galaxy Nvidia Shield screenshot thread. Twitter. Retrieved March 27, 2018.
- Official Chinese website for Super Mario Galaxy 2. Retrieved March 13, 2020.