The Year of Luigi
Nintendo prepared a Valentine's Day surprise for us and broadcasted a Nintendo Direct detailing upcoming releases for the WiiU and the 3DS. The star of the conference was not Mario, but his brother Luigi. Here are the upcoming games with the green-clad plumber:
Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon: The game that kicks off the Year of Luigi launches March 24 and will include additional multiplayer modes beyond the previously revealed Hunter Mode. Up to four players with their own Nintendo 3DS systems can team up via local wireless, pair up in Download Play or connect over the Internet to escape each floor within the time limit in Rush Mode and search for the hidden ghost dogs in Polterpup Mode (up to four game cards may be required).
Mario & Luigi: Dream Team: A new installment in the Mario & Luigi role-playing series is coming to Nintendo 3DS this summer. The game takes place inside the mind of a sleeping Luigi, who is a powerful, brave hero in his dreams.
New Super Luigi U: To continue the fun of New Super Mario Bros. U for Wii U, Nintendo is letting Luigi take over in new downloadable content that is coming in the Year of Luigi that provides alternate versions of the game's more than 80 stages. Players can freely change between the New Super Luigi U and New Super Mario Bros. U stages. These Luigi-focused stages provide a whole new level of game-play challenge and will be available for purchase as a single download.
Fore!: Luigi and his Mushroom Kingdom neighbors are teeing up once again in Mario Golf: World Tour. The Nintendo 3DS game includes both simple controls and a deeper experience for golf fans, plus courses that range from traditional to those inspired by the Mushroom Kingdom. The game launches this summer.
Other notable releases announced include Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D which is a 3DS port of the Wii title, a demo of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow: Mirror of Fate will be downloadable as of February 28th with the full game launching on March 5th and LEGO City® Undercover available for WiiU on March 18th.
Watch the full conference: