Notes from Nintendo Direct: The Year of Luigi!

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Posted by Alex (2446 posts) -
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.

#1 Posted by Lavs (23 posts) -

New leaf is gonna feel like fucking forever away.

#2 Posted by posh (541 posts) -

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

#3 Posted by Dixperiken (97 posts) -

More luigi!

#4 Posted by joshthebear (2700 posts) -

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

#5 Posted by sixpin (1316 posts) -

I'll take more Mario & Luigi titles anytime.

#6 Posted by squiDc00kiE (367 posts) -

A new Mario & Luigi?! Hell yeah!

#7 Posted by Winternet (8082 posts) -

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

#8 Posted by SolidOcelot (348 posts) -

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

#9 Posted by beard_of_zeus (1699 posts) -

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.

#10 Posted by Aronleon (843 posts) -

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

#11 Posted by hollitz (1687 posts) -


#12 Edited by leinad44 (544 posts) -

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.

#13 Edited by Soapy86 (2625 posts) -

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.

#14 Posted by Video_Game_King (36271 posts) -

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

#15 Posted by big_jon (5808 posts) -

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

#16 Posted by Abendlaender (2906 posts) -

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

#17 Posted by TheHBK (5592 posts) -

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

#18 Posted by Ben_H (3469 posts) -

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.

#19 Edited by GalacticPunt (1138 posts) -

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.

#20 Posted by TheKing (844 posts) -

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

#21 Posted by iAmJohn (6141 posts) -

I will gladly buy all of these games.

#22 Posted by Haziqonfire (227 posts) -

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

#23 Posted by The_Nubster (2393 posts) -

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

#24 Edited by MeatSim (10965 posts) -

Now's your chance to surpass Mario Luigi!!

#25 Posted by Vexxan (4619 posts) -

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

#26 Edited by Linkster7 (1061 posts) -

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

#27 Posted by MideonNViscera (2252 posts) -

hahaha Animal Crossing on my birthday!!

#28 Posted by DrDarkStryfe (1162 posts) -

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.

#29 Posted by Joeyoe31 (820 posts) -

Aww Yiss Luagu.

#30 Posted by cloudymusic (1267 posts) -

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.

#31 Posted by Scrawnto (2472 posts) -

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.

#32 Posted by ArbitraryWater (12251 posts) -

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.

#33 Posted by GeekDown (1170 posts) -

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

#34 Posted by _Horde (839 posts) -

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

#35 Posted by LarryDavis (1255 posts) -

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

#36 Posted by JayEH (535 posts) -


#37 Posted by MildMolasses (3230 posts) -

"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

#38 Posted by RetroVirus (1496 posts) -


#39 Posted by civid (567 posts) -

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.

#40 Posted by TheGlitchmaster (69 posts) -

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

#41 Posted by Colourful_Hippie (4562 posts) -

Luigi jumps higher therefore > Mario.

#42 Posted by KaneRobot (1932 posts) -

@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.

#43 Edited by nickux (1382 posts) -

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.

#44 Posted by joeshabadoo (272 posts) -

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

#45 Posted by forteexe21 (537 posts) -


#46 Posted by TheYear20XX (428 posts) -

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

#47 Posted by icytower38 (465 posts) -

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.

#48 Posted by MooseyMcMan (11492 posts) -

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

I need to buy a 3DS now.

#49 Posted by Deusx (1911 posts) -

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

#50 Posted by Hef (1160 posts) -

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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