Luigi first appeared in the 1983 arcade game Mario Bros. as the character controlled by the second player, and retained this role in Super Mario Bros. , Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World, and other titles. The first game where he was available as a primary character was Super Mario Bros. 2. In more recent appearances, Luigi’s role became increasingly restricted to spinoffs such as the Mario Party and Mario Kart series, though he has been featured in a starring role on four occasions: first in the 1991 educational game Mario Is Missing!, in Luigi’s Mansion for the GameCube in 2001, in Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon for the Nintendo 3DS in 2013, and Luigi’s Mansion 3 for Nintendo Switch in 2019. In all four of these games, he is called upon to act as the hero because Mario, the usual hero within the franchise, is in need of rescue. Luigi has also appeared in every episode of the three DiC TV series based on the NES and Super NES games.