The Year of Luigi | New Wii U & 3DS Games W/Release Dates Revealed

Satoru IwataNintendo has revealed all new games for the 3DS and Wii U this year.

In the January 14 Nintendo Direct video, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata declared 2013 the year of Luigi.

After briefly covering Luigi’s lack of main character roles through the history of Nintendo, a number of upcoming titles for the Wii U and 3DS were introduced.

Perhaps the largest piece of Wii U news was about a downloadable update for New Super Mario Bros. U, called New Super Luigi U.

It appears that the new update essentially doubles the size of the original game.  New Super Luigi U makes Luigi a playable character and completely redesigns all the levels in the game.

There has not been any release date supplied.

Also, Wii Street U, a console based version of Google Street View will be available for free download for a limited time only.

A number of new releases and free downloads were announced for the 3DS.  The first additional map for Fire Emblem Awakening can be downloaded for free until March 6.  After this date the map will cost $2.

Here’s a full list of game announcements:

Upcoming Wii U Releases:

New Super Luigi U

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (March 19)

Lego City Undercover (March 18)

Need for Speed Most Wanted U (March 19)

The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct (March 26)

Injustice: Gods Among Us (April 16)

Disney Infinity (June)

Upcoming 3DS Releases:

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (March 19)

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D

Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon

Mario and Luigi: Dream Team

Mario Golf: World Tour

Mario & Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move

Lego City Undercover: The Chase Begins (April 21)

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate (March 5)

Animal Crossing: New Leaf (June 9)

Dillon’s Rolling Western:  The Last Ranger (April 11)

HarmoKnight (Released date is March 28, Demo version out March 14)

Kersploosh!  (March 7)

Upcoming 3DS Virtual Console Releases:

The GameBoy Color versions of Harvest Moon and Legend of the River King

Are you excited about the new releases?  Are you going to celebrate the year of Luigi?

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