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Game Theory: Luigi, the RICHEST Man in the Mushroom Kingdom? (Super Mario Bros)

Game Theory: Luigi, the RICHEST Man in the Mushroom Kingdom? (Super Mario Bros)

A room full of suits of armor, a giant haunted crib, and a graveyard that you’ll be dying to get into We’ll be pricing it all as we get a tour through Luigi’s mansion today On this edition of “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” *Game Theory intro theme* *laughing* so bad at impressions and accents *continues laughing* OH it is embarrassing Hello Internet, and welcome to Game Theory Where first and foremost, where are my notification- squad at? Shout out to all those loyal bell ringers Now today, we’re finally doing an episode I planned to do back in October, but then FNAF just HAD to release a game Luigi: always being forced to play second fiddle First to Mario, and now to Mangle Then again, is it really that big of a deal? This IS a video covering “Luigi’s Mansion”, a game released over 15 years ago I’d say the window for relevant hype has sufficiently passed Or has it? …yeah it really has But it is worth noting that last summer, Nintendo released a new “Luigi’s Mansion” arcade game exclusive to Japan It was one that I actually made sure to check out when I was recently over there Granted I had ZERO idea of how to actually play since, you know, Japanese But brandishing a giant, plastic vacuum was pretty awesome Anyways, this is gonna end up being a long episode so lets just skip the rest of the intro and cut right to the chase -Random game selection, at random time of year jokey, jokey, FNAF reference, EPISODE START- For those of you unfamiliar with Nintendo’s little spin-off series, “Luigi’s Mansion” is puts you in the shoes of Mario (secretly a sociopath) Mario’s overlooked and over shadowed brother who through no merit of his own has just won a mansion in a raffle he never entered Gotta say, I am a bit jealous since the best thing I ever won out of a raffle is a pie but hey, good for him I celebrate his victories You know come to think of it, It wasn’t even a good pie It was key lime, which is like the Waluigi of pies Sure there’s nothing else on the table, you’re gonna eat it but, you know, if there’s an apple pie on that table you’re gonna go for that one first Anyways, as it turns out the whole, “Here’s a free mansion” thing was just a trap put together by King Boo To lure Mario and Co. out into the open and imprison their souls in paintings, as you do. Because in the Mario universe it’s ALWAYS a painting Mario gets himself caught and Luigi has to strap on his big boy pants, grab the nearest dust-buster, and alternatively suck and blow his way straight to the top Of the mansion It’s basically the plot of “Resident Evil” if the protagonist were an antiquated racial stereotype of Italian immigrants instead of a poorly voiced bundle of polygons *audio clip from Resident Evil* “What? OH! OH NO!” *applause* Now this all got me thinking, How much did this little failed mission of King Boo’s cost? I mean, outside of just being horrendously elaborate It also had to be seriously expensive And that’s not me just coming up with a random topic for an episode Money plays a HUGE role throughout this game, Ultimately determining the size of the new mansion that Luigi gets at the end of the game In other words, there is value to all of this stuff that you see From the house itself, to the golden jewels contained inside But how much is it? How rich does this game make Luigi by the end of it? An impossible to answer question, you say? Absolutely! *reads above quote from The New York Times* Well of course it is! But darn it I’m gonna do it anyway since it gives me and excuse to research the post 2008 housing market, architectural trends through the decades, pixel sizes, run speeds, and currency exchanges all while talking about one of the most fascinating entries in the Mario canon Now stand aside naysayers, I gotta date with a fictional haunted mansion Now before we can even start pricing mansions you gotta first know what you’re working with What sort of amenities does your mansion have? Where is it located? How old is it? How many square feet is the darn thing? Is it even really large enough to qualify as a mansion? Well in order to figure that one out, we gotta start somewhere that’s really, REALLY counter-intuitive… Luigi’s height Because as all you loyal theorists know by now in the cartoonishly misproportioned world of the Mario universe It’s hard to tell exactly what size anything is As over the last 5 years of this show, I’ve calculated and recalculated Mario’s height no less than 4 times based on varying pieces of evidence Coming up with some pretty wonky results at times Like the fact that Wario is 10′ tall or 304 cm(3.04m) Which was supported by the math Just not by any sort of known…logic ANYWAY The standard we settled on in the “Mario at the Olympics” video Was that Mario is and forever shall be 155 cm., or 5’1” tall Doing some simple pixel measurements from there it means that Luigi is 175 cm., or 5’8” tall. But why do we need to know Luigi’s height? Well knowing it, we can figure out the length of Luigi’s stride and the speed at which he moves through this game that in turn allows me to figure out the dimensions of any given room in the mansion by timing how long it takes to get him to run across it And it has to be measured in time Since it’s incredibly difficult to account for the slanted perspective of the game Which would throw off the traditional pixel measurements of the room Once I had the data, I was able to build out a pixel:foot ratio that I applied to the in-game mini map And from there, measured out all the rooms and floors of the house and several hours of measurements and calculations later we wound up with a working square footage of this colossal, old house sporting 3 whole floors and 36 total rooms Doing all the math this thing comes in at just under 30,000 square ft., or 2,787 square meters Solidly within the range of what constitutes a mansion, which is considered a meager 8,000 square ft., or 743 square meters Just to give you an idea of exactly how large Luigi’s mansion is Here is a picture of Mark Wahlberg’s mansion which is the exact same size And I use the word “mansion” loosely because it is not just a mansion, it is a MEGA mansion It’s about half the size of the White House or half the size of a football field And remember we’re talking about the square footage of the house Which if you’ve never had the mixed joy and stress of buying a house, is the measure of the finished floors of the home It’s not including the amount of land around the house, or any unfinished attics or basements So when I say that it’s half a football field-sized house, I mean that the rooms alone when laid together would be the size of half a football field And sure, those houses are crazy big But if you want an EXTREME example of what a 30,000 square foot residence looks like, look no further than our dear president, Donald Trump Who actually has a 30,000 square foot apartment in New York APARTMENT The fact that his thing can be classified using the exact same word as my 250 square foot closet that I lived in when I was in New York is just MIND BLOWING to me This is a New York apartment THIS…is just insane Now as you can imagine the prices of a home this size are gonna vary quite a bit Trump’s penthouse for example is valued at $100,000,000 But that’s also in New York City right alongside Central Park It also happens to be covered in enough gold to stuff Bowser’s train bonus level So his might not be the best example to follow Looking around more I found that 30,000 square foot mansions pepper the entire United States ranging on average between $2 million and $20 million So…where does that leave us? Well…unfortunately, you can’t just plug video game mansions into Zillow and get a magical value spat back into your lap So we’re gonna need a little bit more research for this one First, we have to figure out what kind of house we’re looking at You see, most of the priciest mansions on the market these days are modern constructions with modern amenities Neo-futuristic super castles When shopping for mansions, or any house really you need to be aware of how old the house is Newer homes are always gonna cost you a bit more since everything is fresh and up-to-code Now OBVIOUSLY this is not the kind of mansion that Luigi finds himself trapped in during his quest to rescue Mario But to determine the range of prices this house would be operating in, we need to determine just how old it is And this is actually a really fun question Fun, of course, if you’re a nerd like me who loves overanalyzing in-game details that the developers left in Because Nintendo was super smart and left little design details that allow us to pinpoint the exact time period when this house would have been built You see, architecture is a lot like clothes With design patterns, shapes, and overall home layouts all having trends based on their time period Falling in and out of fashion throughout the years just like JNCO jeans and snap bracelets Seriously though, JNKO jeans You could shove your whole head in that pantleg WHAT WERE WE THINKING?? So just how old of a house is this old house? Well to pinpoint what era it would’ve been built in we have to look at the design details And without even going inside, there’s a lot of clues that can help us First off, check out that roof That style of steep-sloping roof with windows peeking through where the roof is around the sides of the building? That’s known as a Mansard roof You see it a lot in Europe, especially in very historical cities like Paris But lets not stop there Looking at the overall layout of the mansion will give us a clue as to when it was built The mansion is blueprinted out in a simple box shape with no fancy wings or long hallways to different sections of the house It’s very contained Symmetrical Once you’re actually inside one of the main features is that bold central staircase and a ton of chandeliers And looking at the actual classifications and uses of the rooms we can see elaborate ballrooms and art rooms In short, all of these design details clearly point to one era in architecture: Victorian And not just any old Victorian style this mansion very distinctly falls into what’s called the Victorian Second Empire style It’s called “Second Empire” because it’s an architectural style that became popular during the reign of Emperor Napoleon the 3rd in France This was a period where the French empire was rebuilding itself thus creating a second empire in the mid 1800s Make sense? Second Empire Victorian Look at that, video games teaching you about old-world European architectural trends Where else online are you gonna find stuff like this? Fun Fact: It’s also known as Baroque Revival Architecture *disk scratch* actually, that’s not a fun fact at all it’s just a fact It also has no bearing on the episode at all I tell you it only in the hopes that it may one day be useful to you in a Quizbowl tournament or pub trivia You know, the places where information TRULY matters *sarcasm* *soft piano* Anyways, second era houses -even HUGE ones- are surprisingly cheap as far as mansions go But don’t you go running for those loan applications just yet they’re affordable because they generally require huge modernization investments including rewiring absolutely EVERYTHING, re-pouring the foundation, and just generally making sure that the darn thing doesn’t collapse into a pile of dust Plus they have practically no insulation to speak of and are gonna be drafty as all get out “Green friendly” these houses are NOT The most expensive Victorian mansions come in at just about $30.00 per square foot or $30.00 per 0.1 square meter which when multiplied out gives our mansion a value of $896,312.03 Less than a million dollars for a house the size of half a football field When you think about it that way, it ain’t too bad! But remember, that’s just for the shell of the house Luigi’s mansion comes fully furnished Granted, you might not want that furniture but you still gotta pay for it Chandeliers, art, undead baby cribs HECK, it even comes with it’s own graveyard WHICH (and this is a fun fact) would cost over $70,000 to get rid of if you wanted to legally relocate the human remains Notice though, that I said, “legally”. *Thunder crash* *heavy footsteps* *creepy music slowly intensifies* *more footsteps* *slams door* *more loud, creepy sounds and thunder crashes* *Matpat whispers to Luigi* “Your secret is safe with me” Add into that amount all the antique furniture, china, three leopard skin rugs, a giant harp, and 9 FULL suits of armor (yes, I counted) and you’re looking at an extra 400 GRAND from all the junk inside of it And mind you, that’s not including the cost you’d have to pay for the army of Roombas you’d want roaming the place I mean seriously, every time Luigi humps a new cabinet dust just pours out of that thing *cabinet thumps* Luigi(in-game audio): “Oh yeah!”(repeatedly at gradually faster speeds) Matpat: “Oh no Luigi…Oh…No.” ANYWAYS This springs our total cost of Luigi’s mansion to $1,315,433.51 Or basically what Ryan’s Toy Review channel earned off at 680,000,000 views in the month of December How’s that make you feel? We’re all getting out-earned by a FOUR-YEAR-OLD Youtube: maker of dreams Alright, alright I’m not a four-year-old toy reviewer so that 1.3 million dollars might be a little bit more than I’m willing to pay But I’m in luck Luigi’s mansion might still be in our price range thanks to the rules around “stigmatized properties” You see, any house or property that’s had something terrible or stigmatizing happen in it can be drastically reduced in value Murder? Stigmatized! Suicide? Stigmatized! The ghost of Luigi hanging itself in the attic? That property be STIGMATIZED, son! A stigmatized property is the best It’s like Black Friday deals for murder dens with price reductions going as high as 25% Best of all, it doesn’t matter when the tragedy occurred the stigmatization can last for DECADES Turns out, people tend to not want to live in homes that were scenes of brutal murders But I guess I can understand why Blood stains are IMPOSSIBLE to get out of the carpet I’ve tried bleach, I’ve tried vinegar, I’ve tried baking soda None of it works So when it comes to Luigi’s mansion, sure, maybe not every ghost died in there but seriously, we can be pretty sure that a mother, father, and their infant child met an unfortunate end inside it’s halls The rooms are still decked out for this family So assuming you’re comfortable living in the presence of the walking dead it makes our final running total for Luigi’s entry on the “MTV Cribs” programming slate A cool $986,575.13 Just shy of 1 million WHAT A STEAL! So Luigi becoming the owner of his own mansion isn’t gonna quite make him as well off as you might expect Or does it? You see, the big twist here is that while the mansion might not be worth all that much the piles, and piles, and PILES of extra treasure that are hidden INSIDE that mansion in the form of gems, coins, dollar bills, and freakin’ GOLD BARS are worth a WHOLE heck of a lot more And they’re REAL As we see Luigi using all of this wealth at the end of the game to pay for his new house So, using the cheapest value of a good delivery gold bar at the smallest size of 350 troy ounces -or just over 10 kilograms- to determine the approximate value of 1G G=the games currency By doing that, I learned that these ghosts have dumped over $500,000,000 worth of change in between those couch cushions HOLY GOLD STANDARD, Batman! No wonder Luigi is so excited to hump the furniture! Who is bankrolling these ghosts?? And if you think that I’m pulling that number out of thin air Oh no, my friends, think again We priced as much as we could Here’s a brief glimpse of that shopping list In other words, in one run-down mansion, King Boo and his thugs crammed over 500 OTHER mansions worth of treasure into the place! Just sitting there, waiting to be vacuumed up! Suck on that Mark Wahlberg, you and your mansion ain’t cutting it! Luigi is worth a cool 500 million What are you at? What? 200 million? HA! Sucks to be you! *disk scratch* Actually, no. No it probably doesn’t So loyal theorists, there you have it If you wanna get rich, be sure to find a giant haunted, “Second Empire” era Victorian mansion filled with ghosts who have no idea what the value of the dollar is But in the end, the true moral of today’s episode that we can all walk away with is this: Sure, we all may feel bad for Luigi because he’s the forgotten brother and all that, but seriously, save your tears The guy’s got more money than all of us put together I looked it up, there are 2,600 people in the world who have 500 million dollars or more He is the 0.0001% So you know what? Suck it up Luigi, you filthy rich bastard! BUT HEY! That’s just a theory, A GAME Theory! Thanks for watching! 🙂

100 comments on “Game Theory: Luigi, the RICHEST Man in the Mushroom Kingdom? (Super Mario Bros)

  1. Ideas for theories:
    -More transformers theories!
    -More minecraft theories!
    -Theories about minecraft blocks

  2. well actuall iplayed and beat the arcade gaem in 30 minutes with my freind xander that was at davenbsters

  3. Drop the intros. Literally no purpose beside getting people to click off the vid. Yes the only thing the intro does is lose people who would otherwise watch the whole video.

  4. Well, Luigi didn’t buy the mansion. King Boo did, so technically King Boo is the richest person ghost thing in the Mushroom Kingdom.

  5. Mario is a sociopathic war criminal (if you want to know his war crimes, watch polygon's unraveled with Brian David Gilbert on Bowser's military heirarchy) and Luigi is a cowardly yet brave hero/millionaire. Enough said… P.S. Luigi also has a magnum dong

  6. Guess what ? I was about to watch this video, and a ad about Super Mario Maker 2 has pop out !!!!!! Btw, 2019, anyone ?

  7. The beginning… Why does he have to sound like Grade? It's just… Uh, I miss that ol'big chin man. #MakeYtGradeAgain

  8. Matt I just realized something what about all the coins due to them being older due to the style of house shouldnt he had gotten even more with the "relics" (coins)

  9. I think Wario has Luigi beat; iirc in one game the ending has him getting a home as a reward which is determined by how many coins he picks up (like Luigi here) and the best ending has him ending up owning *the moon*! And that's not factoring in the castle he has in others games and I'm willing to bet a giant castle would be worth more than a mansion. 😉

  10. We've got a luigi's mansion arcade I mb Lincoln. Except the first time I went in it was covered in some greasy substance.

  11. I love the Robin Leech reference at the beginning. My dad does an EPIC impression of Robin Leech

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