Feb. 2013 Nintendo Direct Blowout: The Year of Luigi

Iwata Luigi

The latest Nintendo Direct has just finished streaming, and it brought along with it a ton of new 3DS info with it.

First off, the release of Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon on Mar. 24 is set to kick off “The Year of Luigi” for Nintendo. Expect a ton of new Mario and Luigi-themed news.

One of the more interesting reveals was a Wii-to-3DS remake of Donkey Kong Country Returns. Can’t say I saw that one coming.

If you were too busy being a lovebird on Valentine’s Day, fret not, as we’ve amassed a rundown of all of the most notable things to come out of the stream, including reveals for new entries in Mario & Luigi, Mario Golf, Mario and Donkey Kong, and about a dozen more. Have at that list (with screenshots courtesy of Allain).

3DS

  • Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon’s release on Mar. 24 will kick off the “Year of Luigi.” The game will include 4-player multiplayer (offline and online) modes in which players work together to defeat ghosts floor-by-floor.
  • Bowser’s Inside Story sequel Mario & Luigi Dream Team for 3DS is coming Summer 2013. It’s the first fully 3D Mario & Luigi title and involves touching Luigi’s face on the touchscreen to solve puzzles.
  • New Mario Golf World Tour for 3DS this summer as well.
  • Fire Emblem: Awakening free downloadable map promo ends Mar. 6. “Challenge Pack” coming on the same day. More DLC available today.
  • Animal Crossing: New Leaf coming June 9 for 3DS. “No more doing chores for Tom Nook.” The player is the boss of the village. StreetPass functionality lets you share your town with other users.
  • StyleSavvy Trendsetters to get new Animal Crossing-influenced fashions.
  • 3DS version of Lego City Undercover subtitled The Chase Begins launches Apr. 21.
  • HarmoKnight is an upcoming Game Freak-developed 3DS eShop title that mixes on-rails platforming with rhythm gameplay. Bonus Pokemon level included. A demo will be available Mar. 14, with the full game coming Mar. 28.
  • Kersploosh has you play as a stone that falls down a well. Coming Mar. 7.
  • Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move is an eShop title that features various puzzles and minigames.
  • Dillon’s Rolling Western: The Last Ranger is a new sequel to last year’s eShop title that will roll on Apr. 11.
  • Harvest Moon and Legend of the River King for Game Boy Color coming to the 3DS Virtual Console in the coming months.
  • You can get a free 3DS game between Mar. 21 and April 20 if you register a 3DS XL and Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon or Pokemon Mystery Dungeon on Club Nintendo.
  • Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate 3DS demo coming soon.
  • A remake of Donkey Kong Country Returns coming to 3DS this year, with a trailer available on the eShop today.

Wii U

  •  New Super Mario Bros. U DLC called “New Super Luigi U” that adds over 80 new levels and stars Luigi coming to the eShop this year.
  • Open Wii U Miiverse community is now up for The Legend of Zelda that allows free discussion of the series and upcoming games.
  • Lego City Undercover has gone gold, coming Mar. 18.
  • Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge getting new costume and characters in a free update.
  • Google-powered panorama app Wii Street U available for free now on the eShop.
  • Wii U ZombiU Deluxe Set coming to North America on Feb. 17 for $389.99.
  • Walking Dead: Survival Instinct coming Mar. 26 on Wii U.
  • Injustice: Gods Among Us coming to Wii U on Apr. 16.

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Author: Patrick Kulikowski View all posts by
Patrick Kulikowski is a Rutgers University graduate and Pixelitis writer. In addition to being a gamer for over 19 years, he is an avid drummer and enjoys working on his VGdrum videogame music project. He also doesn't cling to just one platform. Nintendo, Sony, Microsoft, the PC market, he loves it all.