This week, Nintendo of America held another impromptu Nintendo Direct broadcast, focusing mainly on Luigi and the 3DS. Clad in a green Luigi hat, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata announced a number of new titles, as well as highlighted some soon-to-be-released titles as well as recent releases.
After announcing the Year of Luigi, Mr. Iwata showed off some gameplay footage of Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, which is set for release on March 24. The footage detailed both the single player and multiplayer modes, both of which are looking quite compelling. After that, he showed a couple of new titles featuring the man in green, including a new 3DS entry in the Mario & Luigi series, and a new Mario Golf.
Mario & Luigi: Dream Team takes place in the sleeping mind of Luigi. Throughout the sub-series, Luigi has been portrayed as a bit less courageous than his brother, but in his dream, he can be the brave hero he’s always wanted to be. Mario Golf: World Tour, from Camelot, was also announced. Both games are expected to launch this summer.
Moving away from the Luigi theme, Nintendo announced a number of upcoming eShop titles, including a sequel to one of last year’s eShop titles in Dillon’s Rolling Western: The Last Ranger (coming April 11), a spinoff of a spinoff in Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move (coming soon), and a brand new title in Kersploosh! (coming March 7). They also confirmed the release dates for HarmoKnight (March 28) and a demo (March 14), as well as revealed that the GameBoy Color games Harvest Moon and Legend of the River King will be hitting the Virtual Console soon.
Following last year’s rumors of a 3DS Donkey Kong entry, Nintendo announced Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, a port of the 2010 Wii title from Retro Studios. The game will feature a full 3D makeover that enhances the graphics, and you can see it for yourself in an eShop trailer right now. The game is expected to launch this summer.
Finally, Nintendo announced a weekly sale on eShop games, starting with Bit.Trip Saga (right now), and in the coming weeks, Crashmo, Ketzal’s Corridors, Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword, Fractured Soul, and Mutant Mudds will all enjoy a temporarily reduced price. They also announced a promotion for new 3DS XL purchasers. If you buy a 3DS XL and either Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon or Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity, and register them on Club Nintendo by April 30, they’ll give you a free game download from the following choices: Super Mario 3D Land, Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask, StarFox 64 3D, Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone!, or FreakyForms Deluxe: Your Creations, Alive!
If this Nintendo Direct is any indication, the 3DS is in for a killer 2013.