Nintendo Direct Announces “The Year of Luigi” and More

357px-LuigihattipEarlier today, Nintendo of America (and Europe, and Japan) ran a new “Nintendo Direct” video, which you can find here. Over the course of the video, we were updated on a number of upcoming titles, but several previously-unannounced titles were revealed as well.

Perhaps the biggest news of the show, however, was that 2013 would mark “The Year of Luigi.” We already knew about the upcoming release of Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon for the Nintendo 3DS, but Nintendo seems keen on giving the younger Mario Brother the spotlight with a number of upcoming new releases, whether they feature Mario or not.

What follows are several of the announcements, accompanied by my own thoughts on each and screens (where available).

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ng3reThe past two days have brought about an unfortunate turn of events for Wii U owners, one perhaps much worse than the other.

For starters, Siliconera reports that Tecmo Koei has announced that Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge will be going multiplatform, with PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions available at retail and as a download on April 2nd and including everything featured in the Wii U version, and then some. This includes the removal of quicktime events, better artificial intelligence, dismemberment, and the inclusion of Ayane, Kasumi, and Momoji as playable characters.

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Recently, Nintendo of Canada held their Holiday 2012 preview event to allow members of the press to become a little more familiar with the variety of product offerings which Nintendo and their third-parties will be offering this holiday season for the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS.

While I did spend a little time with the latter, most of my focus was on the upcoming Wii U. That said, I can say that Crashmo is looking like a great sequel to the already-stellar Pushmo, and Fluidity: Spin Cycle is looking like a great follow-up to the original WiiWare title.

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