News Desk: The Year of Luigi Rolls On

Nintendo announces new details on Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, Mario Golf: World Tour, and New Super Luigi U during today’s Nintendo Direct broadcast.

By Kevin Knezevic. Posted 04/17/2013 10:45 Comment on this     ShareThis

While Link may have gotten most of the glory in today’s Nintendo Direct broadcast, the Big N didn’t forget about its other green-clad hero, announcing a slew of new details on the various Luigi games scheduled to hit 3DS and Wii U this year.

The broadcast began with a closer look at Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, the upcoming new installment of the comical RPG series. In this adventure, Mario and friends venture to Pi’illo Island to do some leisurely sight-seeing, but their vacation is cut short when Princess Peach is captured (as you’d naturally expect from a Mario game) and whisked away to the dream world, which Mario will have to infiltrate through Luigi’s subconscious to rescue her. Players will be able to poke Luigi’s face on the touch screen as he sleeps, altering the dreams he’s having on the top screen and allowing Mario to progress through each stage on his quest to find the missing princess. The brothers will also need to team up in both the real and dream worlds to solve the game’s challenges, using their humorous, over-the-top Bros. attacks to defeat foes and clear obstacles. Mario & Luigi: Dream Team will be hitting stores and the eShop on August 11.

We also got a few new details on Mario Golf: World Tour, which is slated to hit the console this summer. According to Nintendo, the game will make use of the 3DS’s online capabilities, allowing players to tee off against other golfers around the globe. World Tour will also implement its own community feature similar to the one found in Mario Kart 7, which will allow players to invite their friends into their own special groups and take part in customized tournaments.

A new installment of Mario Party was also announced during the presentation, which will be coming to 3DS this winter. The title will feature seven different game boards, each of which with its own distinctive look and rules, as well as 80 new minigames to play. The game will also make use of the handheld’s AR functionality for special card games, though there was no word on whether or not it would support online play as well.

Last, but certainly not least, Nintendo announced a few new details on New Super Luigi U, the downloadable add-on for New Super Mario Bros. U. As previously reported, the DLC pack will change each of the game’s 82 levels into an entirely new one, giving fans a second full-length adventure to play through. The download will also make use of Luigi’s unique characteristics, like his improved jumping ability and his slippery dash, which is sure to keep the experience fresh for veterans of the Wii U launch title. A price and release date have yet to be announced for New Super Luigi U, but Nintendo has confirmed the download will be hitting the eShop this summer.

What do you think of the upcoming Luigi games? Which of them are you most looking forward to? Let us know in the comments section!

Source: Nintendo Direct

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