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Notes from Nintendo Direct: The Year of Luigi!

Nintendo doubles down on Mario's scaredy-pants bro with a new 3DS RPG and New Super Mario Bros. U DLC.

You've always been my favorite, Luigi. Shh, don't tell Mario!

For one dumb reason or another, I've always preferred playing as Luigi in Mario games. Why? I don't know. There's probably some deep-seated psychological reasoning behind it, some character trait or quirk I find relatable to Mario's perpetually petrified brother. Hell, I even liked him in Super Mario Bros. 2, squirrelly jump and all.

So when Satoru Iwata let it be known during this morning's Nintendo Direct broadcast that Nintendo was referring to 2013 as the "Year of Luigi," my heart did a bit of fluttering. Granted, much of that year will be spent on the 3DS. After showing off more footage of Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon--which is still scheduled to release this March--Iwata eventually went on to announce Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, a new RPG set inside Luigi's mind, where he is a powerful, brave hero (aw!). Shockingly, this new RPG is headed to your 3DS this summer, which is a surprisingly short amount of lead time for an announcement of an RPG. One must assume this has been in the works for a while. At least, one must hope so.

Elsewhere, Luigi will also be the star of the latest DLC headed to New Super Mario Bros. U. This new DLC will feature alternate versions of the game's 80 or so stages, which are all tailored to Luigi-specific nonsense. Lastly, a new Mario Golf game is also headed to the 3DS this summer. Subtitled World Tour, this game of course features Luigi, as well as a bunch of other random Mario characters, golfing in wacky courses, as is customary in this franchise.

Outside of the Luigi-focused content, Nintendo also let a few other details drop about other upcoming games. Animal Crossing: New Leaf, for instance, now has a release date of June 9. And for those looking for a bit of Donkey Kong action, Donkey Kong Country Returns is getting a 3D remake for the 3DS. That will also release sometime this summer.

Finally, if you're one of those people who has been itching to use your new Nintendo console for street maps for some reason, the Wii U street maps feature is now live on the system. It's powered by Google Maps, and is free for a limited time.

That's all from this particular edition of Nintendo Direct. I'm sure Satoru Iwata wishes you a happy Valentine's Day.

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Posted by Lavs

New leaf is gonna feel like fucking forever away.

Posted by posh

nintenDO what everyone else don't. 3DS confirmed as best console

Posted by Dixperiken

More luigi!

Posted by joshthebear

So psyched for the new Mario & Luigi RPG. Also, I'm right there with you Alex. Luigi > Mario any day of the week.

Posted by sixpin

I'll take more Mario & Luigi titles anytime.

Posted by squiDc00kiE

A new Mario & Luigi?! Hell yeah!

Posted by Winternet

That new console we just released 3 months back? Yeah, forget about that.

Posted by SolidOcelot

Quite a bit of 3DS games which is great, but where is the WiiU stuff.

Posted by beard_of_zeus

Everyone loves rooting for the underdog! From "year of the bow" to "year of the Luigi", I can get behind that.

I continue to be excited for the new Luigi's Mansion, and that Mario & Luigi RPG announcement is certainly out of nowhere, but I'm not complaining! I don't know if it will be able to top Bowser's Inside Story, but I'd like to see them try.

Posted by Aronleon

Year of the bow pfff whatever, Year of Luigi now you got me Nintendo, besides Green is a way better color than red.

Posted by hollitz

YEAR OF LUIGI ONLY! YOLO! I'm sorry.

Edited by leinad44

Alex! You left out the most important piece of information. We actually got a solid European release date for Fire Emblem Awakening which is 19th April ! Its a way off, but at least we'll get it eventually.

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Edited by Soapy86

The best Mario brother finally getting his due.

SUPER DISAPPOINTED they didn't announce new 3DS XL colors though. I'm itching to buy one Nintendo, just not in that ugly-ass matte red and blue.

Posted by Video_Game_King

Luigi will also be a DLC character for Fire Emblem: Awakening, and the WiiU will be renamed the WiiUigi. Year of the Luigi, motherfuckers.

Posted by big_jon

This pleases me, can't wait for Luigi's Mansion!

Posted by Abendlaender

I kinda love this "Oh, yeah btw. here are some major games, all releasing within the next 6 months. Bye" attitude Nintendo has nowadays.

Posted by TheHBK

Wait, so how are they trying to sell the Wii U?

Posted by Ben_H

I will be buying all of that except Donkey Kong Country Returns (I already have it on Wii) and the NSMB U stuff. I have been looking forward to a new Luigi's Mansion game for so long. And I absolutely adored the Mario & Luigi games.

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Edited by GalacticPunt

Also grew up with a preference for Luigi; deep-seated need to root for the underdog in all things.

The 3DS has a good slate coming up. 8-4 has been very positive about the newest Animal Crossing, best installment in a very long time. Then there's new Luigi's Mansion, Mario and Luigi: Psychonauts, Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright, and the Retro-developed Donkey Kong Country game which many people never got around to playing on Wii.

If you own a Wii U, sounds like you are still fucked.

Posted by TheKing

People do realize this was a 3ds focused Nintendo Direct, right? This WiiU one was a couple weeks ago...

Posted by iAmJohn

I will gladly buy all of these games.

Posted by Haziqonfire

There are too many 3DS games this summer. And not enough time to play them.

Posted by The_Nubster

I think I'm going to buy the new Animal Crossing game, but I'm not sure I even actually want it.

Edited by MeatSim

Now's your chance to surpass Mario Luigi!!

Posted by Vexxan

It is going to be hard to not buy a 3DS this year it seems.

Edited by Linkster7

New Mario and Luigi RPG set inside Luigi's mind?! That may be the best game news I've had in years!

Posted by MideonNViscera

hahaha Animal Crossing on my birthday!!

Posted by DrDarkStryfe

My educated guess is that they will concentrate on 3DS related material in the Nintendo Directs, and save the Wii U announcements for E3. That way, they do not have a repeat of last year where the 3DS felt pushed to the side.

Posted by Joeyoe31

Aww Yiss Luagu.

Posted by cloudymusic

Oh man, DKCR for the 3DS might actually be pretty good now that all of the BS waggle controls will have to be stripped out.

Posted by Scrawnto

Yeah! My 3DS will finally be justified! I bought it at launch, but I've only played like three games on it thus far. Luigi's Mansion, Mario & Luigi, and Animal Crossing? Sign me the hell up! The Mario & Luigi games are awesome, and I seriously regret missing Bowser's Inside Story. I also never had a Wii, so I'm definitely interested in finally playing Donkey Kong Country Returns. DKC 2 is still one of my all-time favorite games.

Posted by ArbitraryWater

I am also pro-luigi, and the idea of a Mario and Luigi game set inside his mind sounds like the best game ever. So glad I conveniently have a 3DS now.

Posted by GeekDown

The 3ds actually has a pretty stong line-up this year. It's starting to pay off having bought one recently.

Posted by _Horde

This is cool. Feeling glad that I got my 3DS!

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Posted by LarryDavis

Meanwhile, at Sony HQ, people are sitting around saying, "what the fuck is a Vita?"

Posted by JayEH

#TeamLuigi

Posted by MildMolasses

"Hell, I even liked him in Super Mario Bros. 2, squirrelly jump and all."

Was there another way to play? The method as I remember was playing as Toad for 1-1 and 1-2 to getting a ton of spins at the end of those levels, thus hopefully extra lives. The rest of the game was pure Luigi. There was zero need for Mario, although an arument could be made that the princess' float was useful in the ice world

Posted by RetroVirus

#YearoftheLuigi

Posted by civid

I guess I need to get a 3DS after all. Real glad to see they havn't tossed this console on the floor even though it probably never will get as popular as the DS.

Posted by TheGlitchmaster

Very excited for all the Luigi news but disappointed we still haven't seen the official Mama Luigi game announced.

Posted by Colourful_Hippie

Luigi jumps higher therefore > Mario.

Posted by KaneRobot

@posh said:

nintenDO what everyone else don't. 3DS confirmed as best console

If that were even half true, it would mean we're in a sorry state of affairs. Thankfully it is not true.

Edited by nickux

Excited to see more stuff coming out for 3DS like Mario & Luigi RPGs but I'm not gonna pretend like it's exciting they're re-releasing Donkey Kong Country Returns in 3D. Already beat that game, it was great on the Wii but how about a NEW Donkey Kong game for 3DS.

Posted by joeshabadoo

Alex, 'alternate versions of the game's stages' seems a bit off. I dont think the stages are going to be beholden to the original games framework or layout or pacing. This is a brand new game with brand new stages that simply uses the same assets/building blocks

Posted by forteexe21

HarmoKnight!!!

Posted by TheYear20XX

Aw yeah this is gonna be a great year for the 3DS.

Posted by icytower38

A 3DS was in my future at some point thanks to Luigi's Mansion, but with a new RPG it will be in my hands the moment I can afford it. Mario Golf is always a fun time, that just sweetens the purchase.

Posted by MooseyMcMan

All that matters is that a new Mario & Luigi game is coming.

I need to buy a 3DS now.

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Posted by Deusx

I'm so happy I have a 3DS. Happy Valentine's everyone, that includes you, Iwata. *kiss*

Posted by Hef

Does Nintendo know they just released a console? I mean no one is buying that so maybe start talking about wii u games?

Good news on all those 3DS games though. Can't wait for Luigi's Mansion

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