In the recently released The Art of Super Mario Odyssey book, the character art lead, Sho Murata, talked about how the game was originally going to include a drastic costume change for Luigi.
Check out what he said below:
Luigi hosts the balloon world minigame. We wanted players to feel welcome in this minigame, so we gave him a cheerful and casual attitude, like a performer passing out balloons on the street. We wanted to make it seem like he came directly from the Mushroom kingdom, so in contrast to the sticker-laden Odyssey, his satchel sports only stickers from the Mushroom Kingdom. One of the stickers is actually out of circulation…
We considered a drastic costume change for Luigi at first, but we ultimately went for a simple look, since it would work well against the background of the game’s world. I wonder… including the Luigi green, did you notice his balloons are the same color as Super Famicom controller buttons? To the many fans who were looking forward to his appearance in the game, know that the designer in charge put in a lot of effort into Luigi’s development.
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