Nintendo's 'Year of Luigi,' Brings New Games for Mario's Brother
Roses are red, but gamers are green this Valentine's Day, as Nintendo has announced a number of new Luigi-centric releases in its latest Direct Special.
Luigi, the slightly scared yet dependable brother of Nintendo's mascot Mario will be sharing the spotlight with a series of games over the next few months, including "Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon," a ghost-busting adventure due on March 24 for Nintendo's 3DS handheld system. "New Super Luigi U" will focus on his misadventures with 80 alternative stages for the previously released "New Super Mario Bros. U" for Wii U (no release date yet), and he'll be teaming up with his brother for the role-playing action game "Mario & Luigi: Dream Team," coming to Nintendo 3DS sometime this summer. If you prefer to show Luigi's sporting side, you can play as him — and other characters — in "Mario Golf: World Tour" for 3DS, also due this summer.
Luigi was just part of Nintendo's blockbuster announcements today, which also included "Donkey Kong Country 3D," the latest platforming adventure game featuring the likable 80's arcade hero, due out this year on 3DS. "Animal Crossing: New Leaf," a fun exploration game featuring humorous animal characters and online interactivity with other players, has a June 9th launch date for the Nintendo 3DS, while a variety of downloadable games will be coming to the company's eShop service, including "Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move" (coming this summer) and "Dillon's Rolling Western: The Last Ranger" (arriving April 11th).
As for the Wii U, Nintendo announced the launch of its new "Wii Street U" application, powered by Google. Available free of charge, the app lets system owners utilize the Google Maps service, using their GamePad to get a live-running 360 degree view of locations throughout the world, getting a good look around from the comfort of their living room.