A lot of people who spent an inordinate amount of time giving their thumbs a workout in front of their Nintendo Entertainment Systems circa 1986 had quite the scare recently.
The gaming giant just released Smash Bros., which apparently shows our beloved Luigi (ok, less loved than Mario, but still very loved) being killed and having his ghost look over his own dead corpse. Hmmm.
Are we gonna ignore the fact that Luigi got murdered in cold blood and is literally staring at his lifeless corpse as a ghost? pic.twitter.com/kzCHAZDI1G
— Masahiro Sakurai (@Nin_SmashBros) August 8, 2018
Fans of Nintendo took to Twitter to express their outrage and dismay, and reactions were exactly what you would expect after such jarring news.
First, we are reminded of what has happened already…
— ✨Maria MsDBZbabe✨ (@MsDBZbabe) August 8, 2018
remember that time when sakurai murdered mario and luigi pic.twitter.com/t0GfBAsAg4
— TAHK0 ☕️ (@TAHK0) August 8, 2018
We can’t bear to think that the unthinkable has really happened. But yes, it must have, since someone in corporate definitely had to approve it.
Someone at Nintendo had to look over and approve that animation reveal.
They had to look and say "Yes, this high-definition dead Luigi meets Nintendo's quality standards."
— SHSL Pullahoko (@pullahoko) August 8, 2018
Maybe Mario is a bit dense…
PRINCESS PEACH: oh Mario I have terrible news
MARIO: what is it
PRINCESS PEACH: Luigi is dead!
PRINCESS PEACH: *sighs and pinches bridge of her nose* green you is dead
MARIO: oh no!
— Dr. Bucky Isotope for President (@BuckyIsotope) August 8, 2018
[Shakes fist toward the sky]
WHY DID YALL LET LUIGI DIE pic.twitter.com/wmIHxcXkU2
— 💌✨braig lovemail✨💌 (@mettamaxie) August 8, 2018
Lest we forget.
That #SmashBrosDirect was all well and good, but let's not forget the consequences of our joy
💚 RIP Luigi 💚
💚 1983 – 2018 💚 pic.twitter.com/RWwlpenePS
— Ryan Blanchard (@ThatRyanB) August 8, 2018
But just as the Luigi-loving internet was on the brink of losing its mind, the powers that be stepped in and made everything alright again. Yes, the official account, @NintendoUKVS, put everyone at ease:
Luigi is okay
— Nintendo UK VS (@NintendoUKVS) August 8, 2018
We love it when they do that, too.
THIS IS AN OFFICIAL NINTENDO TWEET I LOVE NINTENDO https://t.co/fzdOliX16G
— Firlow 🌹🏳️🌈 @ doctor who (@Firlows) August 8, 2018
And then we could all breathe again.
— Omni ☕️ (@InfernoOmni) August 8, 2018
Except, some people just didn’t buy it. He does look pretty done…
are u sure? he looks pretty dead https://t.co/fzL240Hh6f
— Nicole Carpenter (@sweetpotatoes) August 8, 2018
Can we get some proof, please?
And then there is this piece of logic:
But he was in the Castlevania world…
As they say in Wreck-It Ralph: “You die outside your game, you don’t regenerate.”
Also it’s been 35 years since Luigi made his debut
— Tom Surtees (@TomLegend101) August 8, 2018
Unfortunately, for now, we can do nothing but take Nintendo’s word for it. Stay away from the light, Luigi!