Nintendo Direct for Feb. 14, 2013: New Mario & Luigi, Mario Golf, and more announced for 3DS and Wii U
Today’s Valentine’s Day Nintendo Direct might not have been full of romance, and it might not have been quite the bombshell that last month’s was, but there were still plenty of exciting announcements to be had for the Nintendo 3DS, the Wii U, both eShops, and the Virtual Console.
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First off, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata declared 2013 to be the “Year of Luigi”, in honor of the many appearances the Big N’s greatest second fiddle will make. This will begin with Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, which will launch on March 24 and introduce a bevy of new multiplayer features outside of the previously-announced Hunter Mode. Luigi will also be a pivotal part of the newly-announced next installment of the Mario & Luigi series, titled Mario & Luigi: Dream Team. The new game, set to release this summer, will take Mario inside the world of his brother’s dreams, where Luigi is a mighty hero.
Nintendo will cap off the Luigi celebration with a new round of DLC for New Super Mario Bros. U, which will provide an alternate set of the game’s 80+ stages that places the spotlight on Luigi and provide a higher level of challenge.
Circling back to the 3DS, Nintendo had plenty to announce. Aside from the unveiling of a new Mario Golf game, Mario Golf: World Tour, which will provide both “simple controls and a deeper experience for golf fans” this summer–the Big N revealed the existence of a 3DS rerelease of the Wii platformer Donkey Kong Country Returns (also expected this summer), confirmed the April 21 release date for LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins (a prequel to the Wii U version), and announced the North American release date for the long-anticipated Animal Crossing: New Leaf: June 9.
On the digital front, the 3DS has to a lot to look forward, including Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move sometime soon, Kersploosh (a game that tasks you with getting a pebble to the bottom of a well) on March 7, Game Freak’s rhythm-platformer HarmoKnight on March 28 (though a demo will be available on March 14), and the sequel to last year’s Dillon Rolling Western on April 11.
Not all of the 3DS announcements regarded new games, however. To start, an upcoming Animal Crossing-themed line of clothes will soon be available for Style Savvy: Trendsetters, along with new lines based off the popular Japanese brand Liz Lisa. Nintendo also detailed new downloadable content for Fire Emblem: Awakening, such as the Champions of Yore 3 map (priced at $2.50) that will let players take on series icons like Marth and Roy, as well as a new map featuring a new character named Michaiah and a special skill that boosts all of a character’s stats by two points. As for the first Champions of Yore map, that will be free until March 6.
Rounding off the 3DS announcements were Virtual Console releases for Natsume’s Harvest Moon and Legends of the River King, and the release of a demo for Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate on February 28. In addition, it was announced 3DS owners can now buy select games (including BIT.TRIP SAGA, Crashmo, Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword, Ketzal's Corridors, and Mutant Mudds) for a limited time. Also announced was a special promotion which will land a code for a free game for those who register a Nintendo 3DS XL and either Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon or Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity between March 21 and April 30.
All this, and I’ve hardly gotten to the Wii U announcements. Goodness me…
Probably the biggest Wii U announcement made today, outside of the Luigi-themed NSMBU DLC, was the launch of a new Miiverse community dedicated to The Legend of Zelda, a place for fans to get geeky and talk about anything and everything there is to discuss about the series.
Outside of that, big announcements include the launch of the Wii Street U app (which will allow users to experience Google Maps' Street View on their Wii U GamePad) and a new, free update for Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge that will provide new costumes for the playable characters and 25 new Ninja Trials missions later this month.
The Nintendo Direct also dropped details on a few upcoming third-party titles, including Gaijin Games’ Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien, which will be released this month (and will feature narration from the voice of Mario, Charles Martinet); Zen Studio’s Zen Pinball 2, which will be available for free on the Wii U eShop with additional tables available for purchase; EA’s Wii U version of Need for Speed: Most Wanted (complete with new GamePad-centric features and special Wii U content); The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct, Activision’s hybrid of first-person action and resource management; Capcom’s Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, where Wii U players can play with players on the 3DS (as well as carry save data between the two), and more.
To sum up, if you have a Nintendo 3DS or a Wii U, you have quite a lot to look forward to in the coming months. And for those who have long lamented how Luigi has been stuck behind Mario’s shadow, 2013 is looking to be a great year indeed.
Source: Nintendo Direct
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A writer, journalist, and aspiring storyteller, Peter Grimm has been gaming since the days of the Nintendo 64, and reporting on the goings-on in the World of Gaming since late 2011. His base of writing operations is located within the void between Here and There, or so he would have you think.
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