Nintendo Direct Shows Tons of Games, Announces ‘Year of Luigi’

The Wii U is off to a slow start, there’s no denying that. It hit store shelves and caused a ruckus with it’s shortages, then quietly faded off into the night as the world started to focus on Sony and Microsoft’s next offerings. However, Nintendo might have more up it’s sleeve in 2013 than originally thought. Not only for the Wii U, but for the 3DS as well, Nintendo unveiled details on a whole host of new games and initiatives coming to consumers in 2013 and beyond with their latest Nintendo Direct video above. Check out the official word from their press release:

“After decades of playing second fiddle to the No. 1 video game hero, Luigi is getting some love from Nintendo. Nintendo has named 2013 the “Year of Luigi,” thanks to the numerous appearances that Mario’s timid, green-clad twin brother will be making in games this year. In a Nintendo Direct video, Nintendo provided details about games on the way that feature Luigi, as well as information about more than two dozen upcoming games, including content for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS across packaged and digital formats.

“Luigi is just the green tip of the iceberg of all the great news we have to share with Nintendo fans this year and beyond,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America’s president and COO. “We’re showing how Nintendo 3DS and Wii U continue to be a source of fun, entertainment and great surprises.”

The Year of Luigi seems to be true as well, as there are a nice amount of games to look forward to. First is Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, the long-awaited sequel to the beloved Gamecube original, coming to the 3DS. Followed by Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, the next entry in the successful Mario & Luigi RPG series also headed to the 3DS. Also, Mario Golf: World Tour is something else for Luigi fans to look forward to, once again coming to the 3DS. Finally, New Super Mario Bros. U is getting a hefty DLC update with New Super Luigi U. This download will alter all of the game’s stages to be “Luigi focused” effectively creating a brand new game.

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The metric-ton of news doesn’t stop there, however, as even more games and details were unveiled. Donkey Kong Country Returns is coming to the 3DS, Animal Crossing: New Leaf gets a June 9th release date, LEGO® City Undercover: The Chase Begins is coming to the 3DS as a prequel to Wii U LEGO City Undercover game, set to release on April 21st. More downloadable and virtual console games are coming, the Zelda Miiverse Community on Wii U is finally hitting the console and tons more.

Make sure you watch the full Nintendo Direct video above for all of the details and keep an eye on The Koalition for more information and coverage of Nintendo games and devices!

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