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The Year of Luigi 2013: A Retrospective photo
The Year of Luigi 2013: A Retrospective
by Chris Carter

In case you've been living under a rock for the past year, Nintendo has been running a fun promotion throughout 2013: the Year of Luigi. The goal is simple -- to celebrate the part of the Mario duo that is often described as "The Lesser Brother," and to honor his contribution to Nintendo history.

The concept is largely supported by Nintendo President Satoru Iwata, who constantly delivered Luigi-centric news throughout the year and had some fond things to say about him. To make things even more interesting, Iwata officially extended the Year of Luigi into 2014 on December 18th, 2013. Let us remember this, our first year of Luigi.

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Very Quick Tips: Dr. Luigi photo
Very Quick Tips: Dr. Luigi
by Chris Carter

Dr. Luigi is out today, and it not only signals the end of 2013, but the end of the first Year of Luigi as well. While most of it is pretty straightforward for Dr. Mario fans (the game even has a classic Dr. Mario mode), there are some new concepts that might make things a bit tricky.

Here are a few basic tips to help you get started.

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Review: Dr. Luigi photo
Review: Dr. Luigi
by Chris Carter

Dr. Mario is the bane of my puzzle gaming career. I loved it ever since I picked it up for the first time in 1990, but I've never really reached the point where I can say that I mastered it, unlike many other Nintendo releases.

Having said that, I've stuck with it all these years because the simplistic Tetris-like format works. Although Dr. Luigi doesn't really change a whole lot, it's still the same "Dr." formula you know and love, with a few welcome twists.

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5:00 PM on 12.25.2013

The Nendoroid Luigi toy is oddly cute

Good Smile Company has finally revealed their Nendoroid Luigi figure. The toy comes with three faces, a Warp Pipe, Goomba, a Bullet Bill, a set of running and jumping legs, and a dust cloud effect prop. No price or pre-order ...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

4:45 PM on 12.20.2013

Club Nintendo Japan gets Year of Luigi goodies

Not to be outdone for once by the US Club Nintendo, Club Nintendo Japan will be getting its own Year of Luigi items to celebrate everyone's favorite Mario character's year. These include a 3DS XL case, notebook and pen combo,...

Brett Zeidler



Dr. Luigi, Hyrule Warriors, NES Remix & Kingdom Come photo
Dr. Luigi, Hyrule Warriors, NES Remix & Kingdom Come
by Max Scoville

Hey gang! Sorry I wasn't around on Tuesday, but there wasn't a whole lot of news -- so here's a rundown of today's big news, including yesterday's big ol' Nintendo Direct, that new realistic medieval RPG Kingdom Come: Deliverance, and the Xbox One's upcoming documentary series on the E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Atari 2600 game. No, seriously.

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Nintendo may have gone too far with this one photo
Nintendo may have gone too far with this one
by Chris Carter

In this, our Year of Luigi, 2013, a terrible thing has happened.

Somehow, this one minigame in NES Remix seems to have slipped by Iwata. Is it a conspiracy from Reggie to axe the extended 2014 Year of Luigi celebration? Who knows. But be warned, this video is not for the faint Luigi fan at heart.

Will Luigi even make it into the extended 2014? If Reggie had his way, it doesn't look like it.

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8:33 AM on 12.18.2013

The Year of Luigi has officially been extended

[Update: it's available for 1,500 Coins with a March 2014 shipment date. Great googly moogly!] After hearing some hubbub about "extending the Year of Luigi in 2014" from Nintendo of America, Iwata has made it officially&...

Chris Carter

10:00 AM on 11.29.2013

Club Nintendo EU is selling Peach & Luigi relaxation sets

Club Nintendo has another new item available, and it's a matching "relaxation" set that are themed to Peach and Luigi. Each set comes with an eye mask, blanket, and a case for travel, and it's priced at 6,000 stars. I would t...

Chris Carter

3:00 AM on 10.31.2013

Celebrate flosstober with 'Luigi's Mansion With Lyrics'

Internet impresario brentalfloss has done it again, taking yet another videogame theme song and adding his incomparable lyrical styling to it. For his yearly Halloween event (which he dubs "flosstober") he's taken the music ...

Ian Bonds

11:45 AM on 10.24.2013

Luigi 2DS spotted! It looks better than the Luigi 3DS

Kotaku received some pictures of what appears to be a Luigi-themed 2DS. I want it. It's a simple white with green trimmings (buttons and so on) and a Luigi etched into the back. It's a lot cleaner than the cool, but busy Luig...

Steven Hansen





10:30 AM on 10.15.2013

UK gets new Link Between Worlds and Luigi 3DS systems

I've been in love with the Luigi 3DS XL since it was announced for Japan in April. Now Europe gets theirs. It's up for pre-order, priced at £179.99.  But the big news is this gorgeous gold, triforce'd 3DS...

Dale North

6:00 PM on 09.18.2013

Mario SpaghettiOs!? Are we back in the 80s!?

I thought this was a joke. It's not a joke. Campbell's has partnered with Nintendo to release Mario-branded SpaghettiOs. Why, yes, it is the year 2013. Back in the late 80s and early 90s, you couldn't toss a penny down a supe...

Tony Ponce

1:00 PM on 08.25.2013

Behold the glory of the physical version of Super Luigi U

As you have have heard, Nintendo debuted one of their first major DLC campaigns on the Wii U in June in the form of New Super Luigi U, but that version was digital-only, and it required a copy of New Super Mario Bros. U. Well...

Chris Carter



Review: New Super Luigi U photo
Review: New Super Luigi U
by Chris Carter

[Ed. note: Bumping our review of the digital version from June, as the game is available in stores today in the form of a physical standalone copy.]

The "other" brother rarely gets the respect he deserves. While Mario is off chasing the spotlight, Luigi is often content hanging back, kicking the dirt while his big brother saves the day. But this is 2013 -- the Year of Luigi -- and everything changes.

This time around, Nintendo has opted to morph the original New Super Mario Bros. U into New Super Luigi U by way of DLC that's available now, and a standalone disc coming at a later date. Luigi U features all new levels, a playable Nabbit, and an increased challenge.

While Nintendo could have put a little more effort into the presentation, I have to say, the core quality of New Super Mario Bros. U has been perfectly preserved here, and Luigi really gets a chance to shine with his new add-on.

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11:00 PM on 08.24.2013

Luigi, the parkour legend

When Nintendo actually puts forth an effort, it can achieve some amazing feats of marketing magic. You remember the live-action commercials for the Wii version of Punch-Out!!, right? Here's the next level: a documentary about the parkour legend Luigi in honor of New Super Luigi U. That goddamn Nabbit, though, I swear... Finding Luigi - Legend of Parkour [YouTube]

Tony Ponce