2013: Year of the Luigi
With the Nintendo Direct last Thursday, Nintendo brought forth a great deal of news. Iwata announced that this year is being put forth as the "Year of Luigi," with a series of games involving the often-overshadowed Mario brother coming to be released this year. Nintendo also discussed a great deal more regarding the near future of the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS.
This month's Nintendo Direct led off by Iwata declaring 2013 to be the "Year of Luigi" with Luigi-centric games coming to the 3DS this year.
The first that was mentioned, and definitely the biggest, was that of Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, where Shigeru Miyamoto was given the stage to elaborate.Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon (referred to as Luigi's other "shot in the limelight" twelve years after the release of Luigi's Mansion) focuses heavily on the 3DS's 3d capability in order to add depth to the game. Nintendo really is looking to create the most immersive environment possible with Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, and to that end they paid heavy attention to the 3D aspect, the lighting and shadows, and the atmosphere of the game in order to create their aesthetic and fully immerse the player in their world. At the same time, Miyamoto stressed that the focus is not on the horror, rather, it is supposed to be incredibly lighthearted and comical through Luigi's interactions with the ghosts. The game has multiple mansions, each with its own traps and bosses. The last bit of big news that was given for Luigi's Mansion:Dark Moon is that it will support 4-player cooperative play, both local and online, that involves the players completing various challenges to climb the "ScareScraper" together. Luigi's Mansion is coming to Nintendo 3DS on March 24.
Nintendo cited other titles that would be involving Luigi that are coming later this year, including Mario Golf: World Tour for the Nintendo 3DS (Coming Summer 2013) and my personal favorite from the Nintendo Direct: Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, another member of the Mario RPG series (Also Coming Summer 2013). Not too much was said about either title, however the Dream Team title stems from the setting of the game: Luigi's dreams. Another announcement was made for "New Super Luigi U," a Luigi-centered DLC for New Super Mario Bros. U which will come later this year and feature an incredible amount of brand-new levels to play through as Luigi.
Even with all the love for Luigi, there was room for others. One big announcement heralded the creation of a Miiverse Community to discuss the Legend of Zelda series for those of those with a Wii U. Another announced new downloadable maps for the incredibly popular and recently released Fire Emblem: Awakening. While there was no further news regarding Pokemon X and Y after the release of a trailer, there was news for HarmoKnight, a cool-looking sidescrolling rhythm game by Game Freak which is to be released in the Nintendo 3DS eShop on March 28th with a demo available March 14th. Animal Crossing: New Leaf for the Nintendo 3DS is going to be seeing a release later this year as well on July 9th. Other games coming out soon that were mentioned are Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, Mirror of Fate, Mario and DK: Minis on the Move, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate for the Wii U and 3DS with inter-console play, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, Need for Speed: Most Wanted, and The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct.
The last piece of big news comes in the release of a new Wii U Deluxe Bundle set, released yesterday (February 17) which includes ZombiU, the Deluxe Wii U Console, a Wii U Pro Controller, and a Collector's Edition Art book for ZombiU, at a price of $389.99.