What does your Nintendo zodiac sign say about you?

  • 2013 – The year of Luigi (Feb 14th 2013-March 18th 2014) (2001, 1989, 1977, 1965, 1953)

  • 2014 – The year of Donkey Kong (March 19th 2014-February 13th 2015) (2002, 1990, 1978, 1966, 1954)

  • 2015 – The year of Bowser (February 14th 2015-February 13th 2016) (2003, 1991, 1979, 1967, 1955)

  • 2016 – The year of Nabbit (February 14th 2016-February 13th 2017) (2004, 1992, 1980, 1968, 1956)

  • 2017 – The year of Bowser Jr (February 14th 2017-February 13th 2018) (2005, 1993, 1981, 1969, 1957)

  • 2018 – The year of Waluigi (February 14th 2018-February 13th 2019) (2006, 1994, 1982, 1970, 1958)

  • 2019 – The year of Mario (February 14th 2019-February 13th 2020) (2007, 1995, 1983, 1971, 1959)

  • 2020 – The year of Toad (February 14th 2020-February 13th 2021) (2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960)

  • 2021 – The year of Diddy Kong (February 14th 2021-February 13th 2022) (2009, 1997, 1985, 1973, 1961)

  • 2022 – The year of Birdo (February 14th 2022-February 13th 2023) (2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962)

  • 2023 – The year of The Dog From Duck Hunt (February 14th 2023-February 13th 2024) (2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963)

  • 2024 – The year of Wario (February 14th 2024-February 13th 2025) (2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964)

Do you remember the year of Luigi? It was passed off as a simple marketing ploy, something to celebrate 30 years of the green-garbed plumber’s existence. The truth, however, is more complex.

Ever since it was founded (ostensibly as a simple playing card company) in 1889, Nintendo has been predicting the course of human history via its zodiac. The characters listed above were conceived and orchestrated almost a century before the first one appeared in a videogame. As with the Chinese zodiac, it runs a 12 year cycle. We have highlighted previous years for each sign as far back as 1953 to help you identify which year you, your friends, family, and/or mortal enemies were born in, to better understand them and yourself. Take note that these years do not align precisely with the Gregorian calendar. Indeed, the year of Luigi is slightly longer than the others and, as a result, the year of Donkey Kong is the shortest of all.

So now, we present to you the definitive character traits for each zodiac classification. Hopefully, this will allow you to better understand others and – dare we say it – even yourself. Use this information wisely.

The year of Luigi

Luigi: You are a coward, doomed to forever live in the shadow of others. Nonetheless, you regularly fight your irrational fear of everything to do what’s right, which makes you more of a hero than you’ll ever truly realise. If you have a brother, you’ll find that you can jump slightly higher than he can.

The year of Donkey Kong

Donkey Kong: You are strong, loyal, reliable, and smell like a powerful ape. You are barrels of fun, but make a dangerous enemy for anybody who crosses you. Most of all, you are living proof that people can change. You have made mistakes in the past, but you have redeemed yourself handsomely.

The year of Bowser

Bowser: You struggle with your people skills, making establishing and maintaining meaningful relationships extremely difficult. Yet you are assertive and determined; if you see something you want, you take it! If life gets you down, it’s not long before you jump back up again, stronger than ever. Also you can breathe fire.

The year of Nabbit

Nabbit: People have difficulty trusting you, primarily because you can’t stop yourself stealing from them. Powered by a self-belief that allows you to power through the challenges the world throws at you with great speed, you are determined to grab the riches life has to offer at any cost. You can sometimes irritate your friends by rabbiting on.

The year of Bowser Jr

Bowser Jr: Although you have the option of coasting through life based on the fame and talent of relatives, you refuse to do so. You are inventive, memorable, brave, and a natural born leader. Your moral compass however leaves something to be desired. There is a high chance you will eventually become a dictator.

The year of Waluigi

Waluigi: Originality is not your strong suit, but that doesn’t matter. Thanks to your magnetic personality, people are talking about you all the time; you are unforgettable. You lack the confidence to strike out on your own, but you will always find somebody willing to help you along on your next adventure. You might want to get that nose looked at, though.

The year of Mario

Mario: You are the workhorse of any group you join, but you are so much more, too. Anything you turn your hand to, you become the master of. Plumbing, race car driving, tennis, even Olympic sports. You are unstoppable! Don’t get complacent though, because there’s always somebody out to take that which you value most. The fact that you are more athletic than your generous frame would suggest works to your advantage.

The year of Toad

Toad: There is no more faithful and valued friend than you. Always there when needed with both advice and practical support, you are the unsung hero of many a person’s story. You are so loved, in fact, that people even forgive your highly irritating and unnatural voice.

The year of Diddy Kong

Diddy Kong: Lovably mischievous, you leave people with fond memories. Equally at home supporting others or leading the way, you are full of rare talents. Don’t listen to those who say that you are devoid of personality. They’re right, of course, but actions speak louder than words – and yours shout “look at me, I’m a cheeky little monkey!”.

The year of Birdo

Birdo: You are a mystery wrapped in an enigma hidden in a riddle. Loved by almost all who come across you, you are unlike anybody else your friends have ever met, which is just one of many things they admire about you. Keeping your own counsel, you are destined for great things, which may or may not be related to your ability to shoot eggs from one of your orifices at great speed.

The year of The Dog From Duck Hunt

The Dog From Duck Hunt: Woe is you. Friends are extremely hard to come by. You’ve only yourself to blame, your tendency to ruthlessly mock others at the slightest provocation doing you no favours. People just can’t seem to get rid of you, but don’t mistake this for friendship. Rein in your malicious instincts, and you just might find that you actually become somebody’s best friend. Your ability to sniff out fowl play will serve you – and others – well.

The year of Wario

Wario: Avaristic to the extreme, you need to take a good long look at your priorities before it’s too late. There is so much in you that can be used for good. You are wise, multi-talented, a striking presence in any room, and your fashion sense is astounding. Nonetheless, if you choose to think only of yourself, you will be shunned by all and loved by none. You will be incredibly rich, though.

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Written by Luke K

Luke plays lots of videogames, now and again stopping to write about them. He's the editor in chief at Critical Gamer, which fools him into thinking his life has some kind of value. Chances are, if you pick up a copy of the latest Official PlayStation Magazine or GamesMaster, you'll find something he's written in there. Luke doesn't have a short temper. If you suggest otherwise, he will punch you in the face.

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