Lakitu & Spinies
Lakitu (ジュゲム, Jugem) is a character in the Mario franchise. He is a green-shelled Koopa with a yellow-orange body and thick, black-rimmed goggles. He throws Spinies (トゲゾー, Togezo), spiky-shelled quadrupedal Koopas, while riding in a smiling cloud.
Lakitu and Spinies made their first appearance in Super Mario Bros.. The Lakitu flies over Mario and attacks by throwing Spiny eggs, which turn into Spinies upon touching the ground. The Spinies are among the few enemies which can't be defeated by jumping, as their sharp spikes hurt Mario on contact. Lakitu is a dangerous enemy because since it flies high into the air it is most often out of reach, though like most enemies it can be defeated by jumping on it. Some later games even allow Mario to ride Lakitu's Cloud after defeating it. In this game, Lakitu's Cloud was known as "Jugem's Cloud," as "Jugem" is Lakitu's Japanese name, which did not carry over to his cloud's name.
Since their first appearance, like Goombas and Koopas, Lakitu and the Spinies became series staples and appeared in several games, both as enemies with the same general behavior but sometimes employing slightly different attack patterns and, mostly in spin-off games, with neutral or supporting roles.
Lakitu and Spinies' appearances as Assist Trophies are taken straight from their 8-bit Super Mario Bros. designs.
These airborne menaces used to ride their clouds exclusively as Bowser's henchmen. They typically hover just out of Mario's reach and hurl Spinies with irritating precision. More recently, however, they've been known to take on less evil tasks, such as doing camera work for sports events and even helping Mario on his quests.
As an Assist Trophy
In Brawl, a Lakitu appears from an Assist Trophy. He drops Spinies from the sky, which wander around and damage opponents upon touch. If the character is hit by a Spiny while airborne, they will be meteor smashed. Lakitu can be KO'd, which will prevent any additional Spinies from appearing. However, this can be hard, as reaching him can prove difficult, and hitting him correctly is also difficult. If he holds an egg, it could damage the player if they strike him. Sometimes it takes two hits to make Lakitu fall.
The Spinies thrown walk back and forth, damaging all players who touch them. They can be devastating, but are slow and easy to avoid. If Lakitu is KO'd, the spinies will still remain on-screen, walking around until they all fall off the stage or automatically disappear.
Despite being invulnerable, the Spinies have hitboxes. This is likely so that Lakitu can use a Spiny as a shield to avoid taking a hit from a character.
When Lakitu is defeated, he'll fall while upside down. A glitch however, can cause Lakitu to be stuck in midair when defeated for a short period of time. While it lasts, it will disappear.
A particularly stubborn breed of Koopa. Lakitus chase Mario aboard clouds and attack by throwing Spiny Eggs down from above. More recently, Lakitus have taken over the role of cameramen, filming with cameras that they dangle from long rods. Spinies are Koopa creatures with tough, spiked shells. Jumping onto them has no effect, but fireballs can dispatch them.
As an Assist trophy
The Lakitu and Spinies retain their appearance and behavior as an Assist Trophy from Brawl.
Lakitu appears as an enemy, using his modern appearance instead of his 8-bit one. Like in his home series, he attacks by throwing Spiny eggs which turn into Spinies upon touching the ground. Damaging a Lakitu enough will knock him down from his cloud, though given enough time he will regain it. The Spinies do not drop any powerup when defeated and fly away if left alone long enough.
The Lakitu & Spinies trophy is available in both versions, and in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U it is part of the Bowser's Minions Trophy Box. The other trophies are exlusives to Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS.
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