With less than a month before release, Mario Kart 7 is shaping up to be one of the most diverse entries in the Mario Kart series. With that comes the apparent removal of Waluigi, and forums and message boards across the net have been abuzz with confusion, speculation, and in some cases outrage. While the chances may look slim, Waluigi is still being set up to appear in Mario Kart 7.
Waluigi has been a staple playable character in the Mario spin off games since his debut in Mario Tennis for the Nintnedo 64. He continued his spin off fame in the Mario Kart series, appearing first in Double Dash!!, then DS, and most recently Wii. It would be safe to say that Waluigi will be playable in the latest Mario Kart for the 3DS, Mario Kart 7, however, there is yet to be any confirmation of a playable appearance by Waluigi. Newcomers like Metal Mario and Honey Queen have already taken spots in the roster, and it would be a bit unusual to include these characters over Waluigi. In a series where the amount of human characters is low, not including Waluigi would be absurd, seeing as the character was created for the spin off series. There are arguments that a spin off character should not get in over a character or enemy that has appeared in a main Mario title, but the fact that he has been around and appeared so many times since his debut over ten years ago is enough to expect him here again. He is a partner to Wario, an enemy of Luigi, and his disappearance from the series bears no reasonable explanation.
One of the strongest pieces of evidence pointing to the inclusion of Waluigi is the track Waluigi Pinball. This retro track is being brought back from the DS game and is centered around Waluigi himself. I mean, there is a giant Waluigi in the background. Some fans bring up the fact that Koopa never appeared in Mario Kart 64, despite having his own track, Koopa Troopa Beach. This is a great point, but it doesn’t apply as well this time around. Back in the 64 game, the character selection was limited to eight characters for whatever reason. They took the most qualified characters and gave them one of the spots. Now we are seeing Lakitu and Wiggler take the wheel and fill one of the 16 spots, with even more characters set to take a positions. It’s clear that this time around the character selection can be a little more diverse and expansive, and there is no reason to leave Waluigi out.
Almost all of our information derives from multiple sources on the Internet, mainly the official Japanese website for the game. It was here where a number of tracks were revealed, items were detailed, and modes were examined. It was also here where a list of characters was shown. The list featured 16 different characters, with two slots left with simple question marks. Once those were revealed, fans across the net declared that Waluigi was no longer able to appear in the game. Why jump to such a conclusion? Many official websites before it had the same situation. Characters were listed and shown and later down the road, new character slots were revealed, even if the site didn’t look fit for any more additions. Take Mario Kart Wii for example. The game was set I have 18 characters according to Nintnedo Power, but as the game neared it’s release date, details on an extra set of six characters were given. The official website is in no way a confirmation that this list of characters is the final roster.
Whether it is the general consensus that Waluigi isn’t exactly the best character or fans simply want other characters over Waluigi, the given evidence of Waluigi’s absence is not enough to outlaw the possibility of him appearing as a playable character.