Lakitu: Reformed Jerk, Or Hungry For Revenge?
Bowser's cloud flying minion has softened over the years, but don't let him fool you. He's up to something.
Shigeru Miyamoto is responsible for creating a variety of beloved characters, including Mario, Link and Donkey Kong.
That said, his most annoying, by far, was Lakitu. I say "was" because now I dig the little guy. In the 80s and 90s, though, he was a huge jerk.
Lakitu debuted in the original Super Mario Bros., which appeared on NES in 1985. Players first encountered him in World 4-1, where the glasses wearing Koopa (sitting comfortably atop his smiling cloud) unmercifully threw spiny red shells onto the stage. Suffice to say, millions of young gamers (and perhaps plenty of old ones) died at the hands of Bowser's loyal Koopa.
These days, he gives us little to no trouble. We simply climb some blocks and jump on his head.
On top of that, we don't see Lakitu as a menace. That's hard to do when Nintendo sells adorable Lakitu plush toys while going out of its way to show his softer side.
Meanwhile, he films (more like spies) on Mario in Super Mario 64. He also plays a role in the Mario Kart series by starting races and fishing characters from water, before they could drive underwater in Mario Kart 7.
Keeping with the sports theme, he saves tennis balls in Mario Power Tennis, a job he does again in Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour. Heck, he serves as the level up assistant in the celebrated Mario & Luigi RPG series. He's even the referee in Mario Sports Mix.
With actions like that, it's no wonder we've gone from despising Lakitu to singing his praises.
Who knows? Perhaps this marks a change of heart for one of Mario's greatest enemies. Before long, Princess Peach will invite Lakitu to her castle. If Mario and Peach get married, there will be Lakitu taking photos.
Lakitu will always be a Koopa. Besides, he did try and kill Mario in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, and that game didn't come out too long ago.
For that reason alone, we plan to keep an eye on him.