Nintendo Declares 2013 the ‘Year of Luigi’

Luigi's the man!

Poor Luigi. He’s always playing second fiddle to his big brother in red, Mario. But not this year!

Today, Nintendo officially declares that 2013 is the ‘Year of Luigi’. This celebration of Mario’s twin brother kicks off March 24th with the launch of Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon on Nintendo 3DS. In addition to the previously detailed Hunter Mode, the 3D Luigi’s Mansion successor has two more confirmed multiplayer modes. In Rush Mode, up to four players will race to escape each floor within a time limit, and in Polterpup Mode spectral hunters will team up to search for hidden ghost dogs.


This summer will mark the return of two favorite Nintendo franchises on the 3DS, and of course Luigi will take center stage in both. First up will be Mario & Luigi: Dream Team. Yes, Mario still has first billing in this new installment of the popular tag-team RPG series, however this next chapter will take place within the mind of Luigi and revolve around his dream persona as a mighty hero. Luigi is also joining his Mushroom Kingdom pals for a trip to the 3DS country club in Mario Golf: World Tour.


Last but not least, a downloadable content pack for New Super Mario Bros. U will revamp the game to put Luigi in the starring role. Dubbed New Super Luigi U, the DLC will offer alternate versions of all 80+ of the game’s original stages, introducing new gameplay and challenges only Luigi can handle. Ha, take that, Mario!


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