Rosalina (ロゼッタ, Rosetta) is a character from the Mario series. Rosalina is the adoptive mother of the Lumas, and is among the most powerful characters within her home series, as she watches over the universe in addition to taking care of the Lumas. Her debut as a playable character in the Super Smash Bros. series was confirmed on December 18, 2013 via Nintendo Direct.
Rosalina highly resembles Princess Peach, although her physical features are lighter than Peach's: she has paler skin, platinum blonde hair, and her eyes are a lighter shade of blue. However, her hairstyle is different than Peach's, with the most noticeable difference being the large bang that covers the majority of the right side of her face. Rosalina is also noticeably taller than Peach, and even most Mario characters in general. Rosalina's attire is also similar to Peach's, yet deviates from hers in a few noticeable ways: its coloration is turquoise and subdued instead of pink and vivid, its design is more willowy in appearance, sporting long, flowing sleeves and no gloves instead of short, puffed sleeves and white gloves that cover her hands, and a tapering, a lower neckline and a tapering, conical skirt separated from the bodice by an empire waist instead of a tight collar and a wide, bell-shaped skirt separated from the bodice at the actual waist, and overall resembled more of a nightgown than a ballroom dress, while her earrings and brooch display star-shaped motifs. Unlike Peach, Rosalina wields a wand, which also sports a star-shaped motif on its tip.
Rosalina debuted in Super Mario Galaxy, where she is a major non-playable character. She commandeers the Comet Observatory, which visits her home planet once every 100 years, and functions as the home of both her and the Lumas. Her backstory is also explained in a storybook that she reads to the Lumas at various points during the game. The storybook reveals that Rosalina first journeyed into outer space to help a lost Luma find his mother, which eventually led to them building the Comet Observatory together, Rosalina learning about the death of her own mother during her journey, and Rosalina subsequently forming a new familial relationship with the Lumas as their adoptive mother.
Rosalina also appeared in Super Mario Galaxy 2, but has a vastly reduced role, as her only involvement in the story is to reunite with Luma after he assisted Mario in defeating Bowser for the final time. However, the Cosmic Spirit, a being that is almost identical to Rosalina, appears in various galaxies via the Cosmic Guide and helps Mario or Luigi should they require assistance in gaining a Power Star. Additionally, Rosalina herself will appear on Starship Mario after the player completes "The Perfect Run" in the Grandmaster Galaxy.
Following these appearances, Rosalina made her first playable appearance in Mario Kart Wii, and has been playable within the Mario Kart series and a number of other Mario spin-off games ever since. However, her first playable appearance within the main Mario series occurred in Super Mario 3D World, where she is the game's only unlockable character and can use the Spin from the Super Mario Galaxy games.
As a playable character
Main article: Rosalina & Luma (SSB4)
Rosalina is a newcomer in SSB4. In addition to her own moveset, she is allied with a Luma, who has its own moveset and can assist her with almost all of her attacks. Luma can be controlled along with Rosalina, which results in the pair adhering to the "puppet fighter" archetype, similarly to the Ice Climbers. Unlike in Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario Galaxy 2, Rosalina's dress sports star-shaped motifs, and her high heels are colored turquoise instead of silver.
Rosalina & Luma have a highly defensive neutral game, with Luma notably being able to shield Rosalina, and Gravitational Pull being able to render projectiles useless against them. When the pair are together, they can be difficult to approach, as one can cover the other and punish opponents when in danger. They also have good KO potential, thanks to Luma's standalone power and Rosalina's disjointed range. However, Luma can be KO'd temporarily; in addition to removing one of Rosalina's key strengths, a KO'd Luma renders two of their moves, Luma Shot and Star Bits, useless. Rosalina herself is also tall and very light, making her easy to launch. Rosalina's recovery move, Launch Star, is long-distanced and can be angled, but renders her vulnerable because of its lack of hitboxes.
Overall, Rosalina & Luma's strengths largely outweigh their weaknesses, as they have enjoyed consistent and strong tournament results. As a result, they are currently ranked 5th out of 55 on the tier list, placing them in the A tier.
As a playable character
Main article: Rosalina & Luma (SSBU)
Rosalina, with Luma, is set to return as a playable character in Super Smash Bros Ultimate. This time, she is an unlockable character like in previous Mario games.
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