2013 is the year of Luigi

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Man, Mario gets all the attention; the best mushrooms and even all the girls. That all changes this year, because it’s the year of Luigi. That’s the overall message from the perpetually delightful Nintendo president Satoru Iwata from yesterday’s Nintendo Direct.

In fact, the whole thing kicked off with Mr. Iwata donning a Luigi hat, and calling this year  “The Year of Luigi.”

He went on to show off a few previously announced four-player multiplayer levels for upcoming 3DS showcase Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon and detailed two online modes: Climber and Chaser. He also showed a baffling new new Polterpup Mode which has you searching for a gold-loving, ghost dog.  Yes, really. Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon is coming on March 24

More exciting, for me anyway, was confirmation of a new Mario RPG for the 3DS, titled Mario & Luigi: Dream Team; a puzzle solving RPG that takes place entirely within Luigi’s head.

Yes, there’s even more Luigi coming – this time as DLC for the Wii U’s best game, New Super Mario Bros U. This Mario-less, “large scale DLC” will radically change each of the game’s levels and will be called New Super Luigi U.

In less prominent role, we’ll be seeing Luigi and his “Mushroom Kingdom neighbors” in the brand new Mario Golf: World Tour on 3DS.

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“Luigi is just the green tip of the iceberg of all the great news we have to share with Nintendo fans this year and beyond,” said NOA president Reggie Fils-Aime. “We’re showing how Nintendo 3DS and Wii U continue to be a source of fun, entertainment and great surprises.”

I can’t say I’ve ever really cared much for Mario’s thinner, lanky, green-clothed brother – and I don;t expect that to change much this year, year of Luigi or not.

Last Updated: February 15, 2013

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

    Why would I want to play with Luigi?… Wait, that didn’t come out quite right… Urm I mean… urrrr. Never mind

    • Admiral Chief Erwin


  • GTO

    I couldn’t care less about lugi, but the games will be fun regardless.

  • Deon Steyn

    What did Wario do to piss nintendo off? His games were a bit more fun because of his violent approach completing objectives

  • Luigi’s Mansion IMO is better than any Mario game Ive played even galaxy.Preorded mansion 2:DarkMoon

  • Admiral Chief Erwin

    You are such a Mario slut

  • Is it ok to be bored of this franchise, or is there some kind of rule? Does that make me a gaming atheist or agnostic?

    I’m fucking bored of Mario. Every kind of Mario. And Luigi, for that matter. And Yoshi. And Bowser.

    • Purple_Dragon

      Yeah, other franchises get moaned at when they get to number 3 or 4.

    • Banana Jim

      You’re not alone. Capcom gets a lot of heat for milking Street Fighter, but Nintendo has been milking blood from those udders for years. I’m not even convinced that the cow is alive any more…

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