2013 is the Year of Luigi: A Nintendo Direct Recap

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OK, so now I’m finally finished posting everything (or just about) from yesterday’s stellar Nintendo Direct presentation; however, there’s still one thing I’d like to do: a recap. This is my first shot at creating a comprehensive recap for those looking to find everything in one place – without having to watch a forty minute video, of course. When I say everything, I don’t mean every single little detail, just a recap of all the major points. First up, let’s have a look at the Year of Luigi, arguably the biggest focus of yesterday’s event.

Year of Luigi

I See a Dark Moon Rising

Nintendo wasn’t kidding when they said that 2013 would be the year of Luigi because they truly did put the green-clad brother in the spotlight. First, Nintendo talked about Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, which included a segment that also marked the first appearance of Shigeru Miyamoto in a Nintendo Direct video. Some of the basic gameplay mechanics for Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon were shared with most of it being about the Poltergust 3000.

Using the Poltergust to capture ghosts is something we came to expect from Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, but Nintendo also showed us a few puzzles where the Poltergust was needed. My favourite example is the puzzle that required Luigi to use the vacuum to suck up a bucket, then fill it with water. Another interesting use was using it to spin a ceiling fan; both of these simple uses show us that there will be many possibilities for using this tool with regards to puzzle solving. Nintendo also revealed a new black light device that will let you uncover items that have disappeared.

The single player campaign wasn’t the only mode featured yesterday as Nintendo also shed some light on its multiplayer. Of course, Nintendo talked about Hunter Mode, but Nintendo also gave us info about that last month. We did, however, find out that Hunter Mode would be joined by two more multiplayer modes: Rush Mode and Polterpup Mode. Rush Mode will challenge gamers to clear floors before the time limit runs out, and Polterpup Mode will challenge us to find the hidden ghost puppies. Both modes will be playable online, locally, and through download play.

Mario and Luigi: A Dream Team is Formed

Honestly, I didn’t expect to learn much about new Nintendo games going into yesterday’s Nintendo Direct. To my delight, Nintendo showcased quite a few new games yesterday with Mario and Luigi: Dream Team for the Nintendo 3DS being one of the most surprising. Why was it a surprising reveal? Paper Mario: Sticker Star was released not too long ago, and with Mario and Luigi: Dream Team being announced for a Summer 2013 release, the time between the two major Nintendo RPGs is miniscule. Also, after a Paper Mario game landed on the 3DS, I thought the Mario and Luigi series would vanish. I’m glad that isn’t the case because I adore the Mario and Luigi series.

In Mario and Luigi: Dream Team, the setting for the game will be inside of Luigi’s dreams. From what was shown yesterday, you can see that interacting with Luigi (while he sleeps) on the touchscreen will cause changes in the environment. Mario, the adventurer through Luigi’s psyche, can then traverse to previously unreachable areas. The example showcased in the gameplay footage yesterday showed the player making Luigi sneeze to spin a set of stairs around for Mario to climb. We also caught a glimpse of the battle system, and it looks familiar, but now with a lot of Luigis; obviously made possible because we’ll be playing through a dream. I look forward to learning more about this title in the months to come.

Back on the Green with Mario Golf: World Tour

While this game doesn’t necessarily feature Luigi as heavily as the previous two, Mario Golf: World Tour is real and it’s on its way to the Nintendo 3DS. Last year, Nintendo released Mario Tennis Open and it wasn’t well-received by anyone really, so we hope that Mario Golf: World Tour is a little less shallow. We only know a few things about Mario Golf: World Tour which include the game featuring traditional controls, courses in the traditional design, and gimmick courses with a heavy Mushroom Kingdom theme.

New Super Luigi U is Super DLC for New Super Mario Bros. U

Another one of my favourite announcements from yesterday is the large scale DLC for New Super Mario Bros. U. Instead of just adding a few levels or challenges, New Super Luigi U is a complete overhaul of the current game. After downloading New Super Luigi U, it will replace the 80+ levels in New Super Mario Bros. U with brand new levels created just for Luigi. There will be no multiplayer, also meaning no Mario, so the experience will be a complete single player adventure featuring Luigi.

Other Nintendo 3DS Titles Take the Stage

Animal Crossing: New Leaf Finally Gets a Release Date

Animal Crossing fans have been patiently waiting for New Leaf to get a release date, and get a release date it did. Yesterday, Nintendo announced that Animal Crossing: New Leaf will be coming to the Nintendo 3DS on June 9, 2013. Fans also have a new Animal Crossing: New Leaf Trailer to salivate over until June comes.

LEGO City Builds a Separate Experience for 3DS Owners

Another surprising reveal from yesterday’s Nintendo Direct was the announcement of a LEGO City Undercover game for the Nintendo 3DS. LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins will be a brand new game that takes place in the same world being featured in LEGO City Undercover on the Wii U. The main difference will be the time in which The Chase Begins takes place. LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins takes place two years before the events of LEGO City Undercover while the gameplay itself looks pretty much the same.

Donkey Kong Country Returns, Returns with a Nintendo 3DS Port

In a somewhat shocking announcement, a port of the hit Wii title from Retro Studios, Donkey Kong Country Returns, has been announced for the Nintendo 3DS. This marks the first time a Wii game is being faithfully ported to the Nintendo 3DS. This surprising port will be called Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D – a name that lines up with Nintendo’s obsession to add identifiers to 3DS ports, N64 games, SNES games, and Wii games. All we know is that this title will be a complete remake of the Wii title, but with stereoscopic 3D. It remains to be seen if any new levels or elements will be added.

Nintendo eShop’s Digital Library is About to Grow Larger

Nintendo didn’t just talk about new 3DS retail games, they also revealed a few new Nintendo eShop games. First up, Nintendo shared the release date for the previously announced HarmoKnight. This unique action rhythm-based game will be available for download on March 28, 2013. In addition to the game’s release date, Nintendo also uploaded a HarmoKnight Trailer for your viewing pleasure.

Nintendo also revealed a brand new digital title called Kersploosh! In Kersploosh! you play as a rock during its journey down a well. Speaking of rocks – or Grocks in this next game’s case – Nintendo also pulled the curtain back on a sequel to Dillon’s Rolling Western. Dillon’s Rolling Western: The Last Ranger will build upon the current Action Tower Defense gameplay while adding a few new elements. Of these new elements, we learned that Dillon will be able to recruit fallen enemies to battle alongside him.

Speaking of additions to a new series, Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move has been revealed for the Nintendo eShop. This game looks to continue the puzzle tradition of the series by challenging gamers to create a path to the goal for the Mario characters to follow. It’s worth noting that Nintendo said this was part of the Mario/DK series, but has dropped Vs in favour of And, maybe implying a partnership with the giant ape.

Other Digital News Worth Noting

There are just a few small details left to cover with regards to Nintendo’s digital approach for early 2013. Two Natsume Game Boy Color games will be coming to the Virtual Console. These GBC games will be Harvest Moon and Legend of the River King. Nintendo will also be offering select Nintendo eShop titles at a discount starting, well, yesterday. Plus, they intend to offer a free downloadable game to those that purchase and register a Nintendo 3DS XL, and select games between March 21 and April 30.

Not Much Wii U Talk

Nintendo already focused heavily on the Wii U earlier this year, so there wasn’t a lot of news to cover for that console yesterday. We did pick out a few small notes that we found interesting. The first would be the addition of a Miiverse community for The Legend of Zelda Series. It’s strange that there wasn’t one before, but Nintendo, of course, corrected that yesterday. Also, Need For Speed: Most Wanted U was confirmed for the Wii U yesterday. This version of the game will feature some unique features exclusive to the Wii U including off-TV play, a co-driver mode, and Miiverse integration. Need For Speed: Most Wanted U is actually just around the corner with a March 19 release.

Mission Complete!

Well, that is pretty much all the huge news from yesterday’s Nintendo Direct. Sure there were other small details, but I wanted to focus on the new stuff.

What’s your take on the news? Would you like to see more of these recaps on Mini Fortress? Let us know in the comments below. We’ll be watching, and waiting…

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