Nintendo announces ‘Year of Luigi’ with new 3DS, Wii U titles

Feb. 14, 2013 | 1:35 p.m.

Nintendo declared 2013 to be the “Year of Luigi” on Thursday, putting Mario’s perpetual sidekick in the spotlight with several new game announcements.

Addressing Nintendo fans by way of one of the company’s “Nintendo Direct” addresses, President Satoru Iwata donned a Luigi hat of his own, applauding the nearly 30-year-old character’s patience sitting in Mario’s shadow.

“Luigi has appeared in many games since then, but most of them in a supporting role. And even though he has appeared in so many games, he is still timid after all of these years,” Iwata said, keying off more details about the upcoming 3DS game “Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon.”

Set for release March 24, “Dark Moon” is the sequel to the original “Luigi’s Mansion,” which debuted alongside the GameCube in 2001. Nintendo mastermind Shigeru Miyamoto, in his first Nintendo Direct appearance, touted the game’s 3D capabilities, promising an immersive, inventive, “lighthearted” experience.

Iwata also announced a new entry in the “Mario & Luigi” RPG series, titled “Mario & Luigi: Dream Team.” Promising a summer release on the 3DS, “Dream Team,” takes place partially within Luigi’s dreams, where even the meek plumber, Iwata said, “can be a great, powerful hero.”

In addition to the two 3DS titles, Luigi will be taking over last year’s “New Super Mario Brothers U” with an exclusive DLC (downloadable content) revamp titled “New Super Luigi U.” Stepping aside from Mario, the expansion will rework all of the game’s levels with a Luigi-only focus. The release date has been set to some point before the end of the year.

A new Mario Golf game, a remake of “Donkey Kong Country Returns,” game-play footage of the upcoming “Animal Crossing: New Leaf” and additional “Fire Emblem: Awakening,” DLC for the 3DS were also quickly debuted.

Nintendo, buoyed by resurgent sales of the 3DS, has nonetheless had trouble building traction with its new console, the Wii U. With Sony expected to make several announcements about the specifics of its upcoming PlayStation 4 next week, and the rumor mill in full swing about Microsoft’s own Xbox 360 successor, Nintendo has recently taken its game announcements directly to its audience. But as much as the “Year of Luigi” may entice fans, it’s the promise of new Super Smash Bros., Zelda and Mario titles for the Wii U, teased in a previous Nintendo Direct, that really have Nintendo diehards on pins and needles.

Watch the full Nintendo Direct address below.

— Morgan Little


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15 Responses to Nintendo announces ‘Year of Luigi’ with new 3DS, Wii U titles

  1. lesterb3 says:

    I purchased the wii u and it has not produced what it said it would do. No downloads for the older games. Delays on launch games. No significant titles. Once again a worthless system. Good luck in the future

  2. tanto says:

    Nitnendo is doing great with 3ds and wii u will turn around like all systems

  3. Alucard says:

    Just a horrible system. So upset with my purchase. It just sits on my shelf collecting dust ad nothing good seems to be coming out. Very upset at Nintendo. Never again will I do this with another launch.

    • King Starscream says:

      Seems like a great reason to WAIT FOR A GOOD GAME before dropping several hundred for some electronic toy.

      I'm a die-hard Nintendo fan, but I don't have a Wii U yet and don't plan to purchase one with my own money until a good game comes out (though gift money is another matter).

  4. Arcyne says:

    Exactly What is so bad about the Wii u? It's a BRAND NEW console, and you're bitching that it doens't have a world of stuff yet? Well fine, go play your new Sony or Microsoft consoles then. OH WAIT

    • King Starscream says:

      Even then, when the PS4 comes out it's going to be over $400 most likely. I really think that, besides that, the fact that Zelda and Mario are first party is going to be enough for Nintendo to make money. While the other systems lose a significant amount of money per console sold, Nintendo only has to sell 1 first party title per unit to break even.

  5. DePierce says:

    I was on the fence about getting the Wii U until they announced the release date for Lego City Undercover. Awesome game and we immediately were happy with the Wii U purchase. Easy enough done.

  6. Luigi says:

    Make luigi mansion for download on virtual console to really show props to the green bro!!

  7. Bomberman says:

    im going to get luigis mansion for 3ds soon and i know it will blow the first one by a 1,000,000 percent

  8. Sophia Worgan says:

    Nobody can defeat candy crush saga from rising. How many plays on this right now?

  9. Whitney says:

    We purchased the wii u at christmas for family fun. I have no complants for their first year i think there is plenty. Also as a mother of 2 young biys 8 & 5 we love how nintendo make “age appropriate” games. Everything doesnt have to be about shooting someone ect… So for some good, clean, family fun the Wii U was an odvious choice upgrade from are old Wii. Thanks nintendo my son is excited about a year being devoted to Luigi!!!

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