With the void left by third-party developers shifting away from portable releases on the 3DS and Vita, and the launch of the Wii U stealing attention since last year’s E3, the 3DS recieved a flood of attention today as the Big N seeks to create a balanced release schedule for their home console and handheld that would seem to have every creative asset at their disposal firing on all cylinders.
At least it seems pretty impressive when Nintendo discusses the 3DS in 2013 and doesn’t have time to mention new Pokemon releases during what Nintendo refers to as, “The Year of Luigi.”
The focus on Mario’s timid brother begins with the already well known and upcoming release of Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon on the 3DS, with Nintendo mentioning two additional multiplayer modes as well as showing off how Luigi’s Poltergust 5000 can be used to interact with the environment to help solve puzzles.
Keeping with the Luigi theme, Nintendo also pulled out a new entry in the Mario & Luigi franchise for the 3DS set to release this Summer. Mario & Luigi: Dream Team finds Mario venturing inside Luigi’s dreams, with players using the dual screens to interact with the sleeping Luigi in order to affect changes within the dreamstate.
Nintendo also revealed that another release in the Mario Golf series would be arriving this Summer as well, with Mario Golf World Tour under the familiar development hands of Camelot Software.
And if that doesn’t fill you up, Nintendo also plans to bring the Luigi celebration to the Wii U, with word that this year will see downloadable content that offers alternate versions of all the stages within New Super Mario Bros. Wii U, creating a new game the publisher has dubbed New Super Luigi U.
Aside from familiar plumbers, Nintendo also made plenty of fans happy with a release date of June 9th for Animal Crossing: New Leaf on the 3DS, and news that the notoriously difficult Wii revival of Donkey Kong is being revamped for release on the 3DS as Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D.
But wait, there’s even more!
The 3DS eShop received plenty of attention today as well, with news that Pokemon creator Game Freak’s rhythm game, HarmoKnight, will be releasing on March 14th, followed by a sequel to Dillion’s Rolling Western, The Last Ranger, on April 11th.
It’s dizzying to think there’s even more Nintendo gave us to talk about today, so let’s soak up video clips for all these announcements first, which you can catch below.