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Next Level Games

Next Level Games to work exclusively with Nintendo

This is the Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon developer
Jan 09
// Chris Carter
Outside of the occasional Wii port like Transformers: Cybertron Adventures, Next Level Games has been working with Nintendo quite a bit since their inception. Not only are they responsible for Super Mario Strikers, but the ne...
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Luigi statue

Those Club Nintendo Luigi statues are all gone

Hopefully they'll restock sometime
Jan 02
// Chris Carter
After announcing that the Year of Luigi had been extended into 2014, Iwata nonchalantly dropped an amazing Dark Moon themed statue on us. Saying it would be "available soon," all of us assumed that it would arrive sometime in...

The Year of Luigi 2013: A Retrospective

Jan 01 // Chris Carter
Merchandise Merch Rules Everything Around Me (M.R.E.A.M.). At least, in Nintendo's world it does, since there were a ton of new products launched in 2013. Although a chunk of it was only available in Japan, there were a fair amount of celebratory items that fans could pick up. First off, Japan offered a Year of Luigi soundtrack that featured songs from Luigi's Mansion and Dream Team. North American Club Nintendo members had a chance to win a special Year of Luigi pin, and Europe and Australia got an offer for a Year of Luigi coin. There were a bunch of other extras like Luigi poster sets and 3DS bags. At the end of the 2013, Club Nintendo offered a Luigi statue for 1500 coins. Luigi also got a special Dream Team 3DS XL! Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon [review] Fans waited years for a follow-up to Luigi's Mansion, a cult favorite that was released on the GameCube in 2001. They got it this year with Dark Moon on the 3DS. It was pretty much everything fans wanted and then some, offering up a killer campaign with just the right amount of collectibles, and a 3D setting that actually augmented the experience. The real showstopper here was the multiplayer, which could even be shared with other players who didn't own the game. The setup was simple -- using a variety of settings, you and up to three other players scoured floor upon floor of the "Scarescraper," which was randomly generated each playthrough. I lost over a hundred hours this year due to the multiplayer alone, and it's as close as we're going to get to a true co-op Ghostbusters experience. New Super Luigi U [review] The Wii U had a strong launch game in New Super Mario Bros. U, but it didn't really blow me away like New Super Luigi U did. The level designs were well crafted, and Luigi's new physics were tweaked just enough to work well with the new strict time limits. As a speedrunning fan, I found myself constantly replaying Luigi U to go for the best times and full-clear records. Another genius addition was the introduction of a playable Nabbit. As an invincible character that could only meet his demise by way of pitfalls, many hardcore gamers simply shrugged him off as "cheating." But it seems as if they were missing the point of the character, as it was a brand new way for non-gamers to really get into Mario for the first time. If this story about a young blind girl finally being able to play games with her family due to Nabbit doesn't warm your heart, I don't know what will. Mario & Luigi: Dream Team [review] The Mario & Luigi series is beloved by its fans. When people point out that Nintendo doesn't experiment with anything too out there, they're forgetting games like Dream Team. Framed inside Luigi's messed-up little head, it features tons of crazy concepts, like a giant Luigi stomping about, Luigi armies, or a Luigi ball that Mario rolls on. Dream Team might not have resonated with everyone out there, but c'mon guys -- Kaiju Luigi! Super Mario 3D World (Luigi Bros.) [review] 3D World can't be considered a full-on "Luigi" game, but it had tons of direct references to the green man. The most on-the-nose addition was probably the inclusion of Luigi Bros., an official ROM hack of sorts that retooled the original Mario Bros. game with a green coat of paint. It was a nice extra, and unlocked automatically for fans who had played New Super Luigi U (cross promotion!). Also, many levels feature "Luigi Sightings," where you can find tiny 8-bit sprites that reference the Year of Luigi. Dr. Luigi [review] If you've been itching for a new Dr. Mario game for a while now, the latest iteration in the series may be your huckleberry. It not only includes the original "two pill" formula, but it also has the updated "Operation L"-style mode and a particularly enjoyable Wii U GamePad feature, where you control pills with the stylus. This is a sub-franchise that could spill over in the years to come, now that the "Dr." floodgates are open for Luigi. We could see more pronounced costumes in the future (a Dr. costume that throws L-pills in Smash Bros. for instance), and possibly a hostile takeover of the franchise all together. To kick things off, Luigi is standing on a "Year of Luigi" platform while throwing pills. It's a cute way to end the first year -- and just in time, as it released on December 31st, 2013 in the US. The little things Some Luigi celebrations weren't as major as a product launch or a game. The Miiverse got it's own Year of Luigi community, where people could draw and celebrate him. Many official Nintendo employee Miis were wearing Luigi-themed garb in 2013, and Swapnote got a special Luigi background. Then you have the Wii U Summer Tour, which in many areas specifically highlighted Luigi-centric games, that special Luigi flavored train in Chicago, and those crazy Luigi parkour and Harlem Shake videos. All in all, it's been a pretty banner year for Luigi. Honestly, I'd go so far as to say it's the biggest celebration Nintendo has ever had for a certain character or IP, and it even tops the Zelda 25th anniversary. I can only hope that 2014 brings us more surprises, and Nintendo holds more fun events in the future for their franchises. In this, our second Year of Luigi.
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This one's for little brothers everywhere
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 describe...

Very Quick Tips: Dr. Luigi

Dec 31 // Chris Carter
General tips: Always watch for the next piece (or more) when you're making your current move. With practice, you'll start to "chain" drops as you piece the puzzle in your head together. Dr. Mario is a pretty tough franchise to master, but if you concentrate on multiple parts of the screen, you should be able to get the hang of it. Plan ahead when dropping pills horizontally. After you destroy a virus, that other end has to drop somewhere. Avoid having an errant color fly onto a different virus, and in accordance with the first tip, always plan out your strategy beforehand to avoid missteps. One screwed-up color on a virus can mean the difference between a multiplayer win and a loss. Pressing "up" on the d-pad allows you to instantly drop a piece. This is especially useful in multiplayer when racing against an opponent. As a result, try to work from the top to the bottom to have an easier time dropping pieces, but don't always default to this mode. Sometimes, it's best to drop more valuable pieces lower on the board depending on the situation. If you're playing multiplayer, don't just throw pills to the side if you don't need them -- bust out combos by clearing blocks that aren't adjacent to viruses. You'll trigger more falling blocks or screw-ups depending on the mode. In Retro Remedy, random blocks will fall on your foe's screen -- in Operation L, the game will change some colors on their next block. The L-shaped blocks in Operation L have a "pill packet" for a reason -- they can be broken off to allow for pieces to "fall." Unlike Mario's classic pills that are "hard," the L-pills are a bit more flexible. The "L" consists of a three tiered line and one solo block -- look for places to put the latter first. Look for L-blocks that have straight lines with three of the same color -- they can instantly be dropped onto a virus. Of course, make sure you watch where that last bit will land. Don't get too hasty in Flash mode. This gametype will only require you to defeat select viruses, but sometimes clearing the way slowly can be the key to victory. Look for viruses that may get in the way of your goal and clear them out rather than just go for the flashing ones. When you're playing Virus Buster, you can actually manipulate any falling piece, no matter how small. If a single block has broken off and is in mid-drop, you can "grab it" with the stylus! Avoid causing falling "bits" in multiplayer games. When you're breaking off pills on higher ground, some parts may start to fall, causing your turn to be put on hold until it reaches its landing zone. During this entire event your opponent is making moves -- so try to be as thrifty as possible when you place pills.
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Aw yeah Luigi time!
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.

Review: Dr. Luigi

Dec 31 // Chris Carter
Dr. Luigi (Wii U)Developer: Nintendo, ArikaPublisher: NintendoReleased: December 31, 2013 (US) / January 15, 2014 (EU)MSRP: $14.99 You can tell from the get-go that Dr. Luigi is a fairly slim package. As an eShop download, you'll get four modes -- Retro Remedy (traditional Dr. Mario-style puzzles), Operation L (L-shaped pills), Virus Buster (Wii U GamePad), and Online Battle. You may notice the omission of a story type mode, which is a major bummer. Retro Remedy is essentially the same exact game you've known and loved since 1990. You can tinker with the amount of viruses on each board, mess with the speed, and pick your classic Dr. Mario tune to listen to in the background. Honestly, that's about all there is to it. Although it's not a particularly exciting addition, I'm glad it was included, as the main attraction (Operation L) may be polarizing for some. Operation L is the meat of Dr. Luigi, and after playing it extensively, I'm kind of indifferent to it. Instead of using the classic "two block" pills like Retro Remedy, you'll deal with L-shaped pill packets instead. It sounds really underwhelming when you say it out loud, I know, but it actually changes up the core gameplay quite a bit. [embed]268231:52059:0[/embed] Now, you're actually fighting for space on each drop since every block takes up four spaces instead of two. It's much harder to plan ahead and figure out where each block can go (especially on higher speeds) when you have to worry about so many combinations of colors, and as a result, it can get a bit hectic. Both modes can be played in the classic "unlimited" manner (destroy all the viruses), or in "Rush Mode," which only requires you to defeat some of them -- you can also play against an AI opponent if you're going at it alone. As an added bonus, Retro Remedy features the classic Dr. Mario soundtrack, with Operation L sporting its own tracks. Visually, Dr. Luigi isn't a showstopper, but it's bright, vibrant, and incredibly smooth all around. If you have a partner on the ready, local two-player support is available for Retro Remedy and Operation L, with support for both classic and Rush gametypes. The the first player commandeers the GamePad, with second player making use of a Wii U Pro Controller, Wii Remote, or a Remote with a Classic Controller Pro. As is customary, each player can have a different difficulty or speed setting, allowing newcomers to get a hold on things while playing against veterans. Both of the core modes are also playable online through the "Online Battle" mode, which grants you the ability to play with random match-made people or with specific friends on your list. Online play works well so far, as I was able to match-up with multiple players within 30 seconds of one another. There's a rudimentary ranking system that will grant you points for winning and deduct points for losing, but that's pretty much all you're going to get. But the real kicker in Dr. Luigi is Virus Buster -- an ancillary solo-only addition which is by far my favorite mode. Playable only with the GamePad, you'll use the stylus to manipulate pills with an optional horizontal or vertical setup (with support for left- and right-handed people). It sounds straightforward, but now that you have the ability to quickly move pills, Dr. Luigi throws you a curve-ball -- multiple pills will now drop at the same time instead of in sequence. It's a bit more action-oriented than before, as you're struggling to quickly find places for two or three pills within seconds of one another. To make things even more interesting, when singular "pieces" break off, they in turn can be manipulated as well -- so at any given point, you're dealing with multiple options. It creates a hectic feel that I enjoyed much more than I thought I would, and it's actually become my mode of choice. I really, really wish the Wii U supported two GamePads for multiplayer, because it would have easily been one of my go-to party games with that addition. In case you're wondering, every mode supports Remote Play. Outside of Virus Buster, Dr. Luigi is very much a no-frills game mostly for fans of the Dr. series. If you don't find yourself getting excited at the prospect of L-shaped blocks or GamePad play though, you might as well just stick with Dr. Mario Online Rx. Either way, the Wii U's newest entry in the Dr. series is a nice cap on a great first Year of Luigi.
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A fitting end to the first Year of Luigi
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 release...


The Nendoroid Luigi toy is oddly cute

Praise be upon the Year of Luigi
Dec 25
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
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 ...
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Year of Luigi swag

Club Nintendo Japan gets Year of Luigi goodies

I need all of these
Dec 20
// Brett Zeidler
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,...
DTOID News drew some hot Santa Claus fanart.
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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Year of Luigi no more
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?...

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Year of Luigi

The Year of Luigi has officially been extended

Dec 18
// Chris Carter
[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&...
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Club Nintendo EU

Club Nintendo EU is selling Peach & Luigi relaxation sets

In this, our year of Luigi (and Peach)
Nov 29
// Chris Carter
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...

Celebrate flosstober with 'Luigi's Mansion With Lyrics'

brentalfloss does it again
Oct 31
// Ian Bonds
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 ...
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Luigi 2DS

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

Year of Luigi rolls on
Oct 24
// Steven Hansen
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...

UK gets new Link Between Worlds and Luigi 3DS systems

Oct 15
// Dale North
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...
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Uh-oh, SpaghettiOs

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

Wash it down with some Hi-C Ecto Cooler
Sep 18
// Tony Ponce
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...
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Super Luigi U box

Behold the glory of the physical version of Super Luigi U!
Aug 25
// Chris Carter
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...

Review: New Super Luigi U

Aug 25 // Chris Carter
New Super Luigi U (Wii U [Digital version reviewed, requires NSMBU])Developer: NintendoPublisher: NintendoReleased: June 20, 2013 (WW Digital) / July 27 (EU retail), August 25 (US retail)MSRP: $19.99 (Digital), $29.99 (Retail) Luigi is back baby, and he's not the same man you knew in the original Wii U game! He now jumps higher and -- similar to Super Mario Bros. 2 -- can float a bit in the air, but as a result, his momentum causes him to slip and slide more than a Paul Simon record. Once you start really digging into some of the harder stages, you'll begin to recognize Luigi's nuances, and that's when these seemingly small changes become quite significant. Thankfully, a new update has arrived for the launch of Luigi U that adds Classic Controller support to both titles, in case you're a fan of that control option. Simply put, I enjoy playing as Luigi and mastering his mechanics more than any other Mario game in recent memory -- so much so, that I almost can't stop playing him in an attempt to master some of the tougher stages. His hover and his slide are all great ways to mix things up and force the player into mastering a new playstyle, especially given the fact that his hover can be used in tandem with the NSMBU "spin move" that gives you a half second of extra air. You'll need to master him too, as New Super Luigi U features entirely new levels (over 80) each with their own three Star Coins to find and collect, alongside a 100-second time limit. This new limit makes for a faster-paced game, adding a new dimension to subsequent playthroughs, and making it perfect for speedruns. As a side note, I wouldn't worry too much about the clock, as the 100 second limit doesn't included bosses, who add 100 extra seconds to the clock once you enter a boss door. These new levels are all very well done, and remind me of the high-quality level design found in the original Wii U version of the game. There are a lot of new concepts and designs this time around, and even if a large portion of them are re-used assets, they're remixed in a way that makes its own mark on the franchise. If you combine the element of a shorter time limit with the genius placing of some of the Star Coins, the brilliant level design really shines in Luigi U -- if you take the time to notice it without just rushing through each stage. Secret entrances to other worlds and levels are still in the game, and they're actually all in the same levels -- albeit in a completely new location. While the actual mechanics of the game still build a solid foundation, unfortunately, the presentation is where Luigi U is lacking. While the levels themselves are all new, the map is 100% the same. The story is the same, the intro and ending are practically the same, and every boss fight is the same. In fact, the only thing different is that Peach yells "Lugii!" instead of "Marrriooooo" when she's held captive by Bowser. To say this takes away from the package a bit is an understatement. Nintendo could have at least stood to change the map up a bit (maybe color most of it green?), or present us with an entirely new one to help differentiate the DLC from the core game. Because of this, Luigi U may be a harder sell for people who aren't big fans of the precepts put forth in the Wii U version. But that's not everything the game has to offer of course, as the other big addition to the game is the character Nabbit. Impervious to enemies, Nabbit can only be killed by pits, lava, and the environment. He can't pick up Baby Yoshis or utilize power-ups, instead opting to put the latter in his sack to collect as 1-UPs at the end of the level. He's an interesting departure from the typical Mario character formula, and is certainly more interesting than another Toad clone. However, his inclusion doesn't go off without a hitch. My issue with Nabbit, design wise, is the fact that if you're playing multiplayer, one of the four players is forced to be him. Rather than implement Toadette, another character, or even better, Princess Peach, Nintendo opted to force one person into playing an invincible character that may turn players some off. As usual, a fifth player can play the role of a block-building Booster, but any other game modes like Challenge or a standalone boost mode are eschewed in New Super Luigi U. If you loved New Super Mario Bros. U., getting Luigi U is a no-brainer, as it features a collection of superior levels and an interesting re-work of Luigi as a character. If you weren't crazy about the game however, you may want to wait a bit. For those of you who have some patience, the game is launching later on in July and August (EU and US respectively) as a full standalone retail disc for $10 more that will not require the core game.
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Weegee is at last a winner
[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 ...

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New Super Luigi U

Luigi, the parkour legend

Now THIS is an advertisement!
Aug 24
// Tony Ponce
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]
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I'm a big fan of the middle-aged Japanese Luigi

Aug 08
// Dale North
I'm a big fan of this middle-aged Japanese Luigi from a new Nintendo Japan commercial. He's got some years on him, a creeper grin, and an awesome voice. I think they should go international with this dude. Like, Kevin Butler him up or something. I'd be okay with it being limited to The Year of Luigi if need be.

Luigi takes over the 'L' train in Chicago

Green bro has no problem with public transportation
Aug 08
// Dale North
For our readers in Chicago, Nintendo sends word that this coming Monday (Aug. 12) from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., one of the trains on Brown Line will be wrapped with images of Luigi? Which train? The "L" train -- as in Luigi.  I...
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Mario & Luigi: Dream Team debuts atop Japanese charts

Nintendo on top? In other news, grass is green and folks need oxygen to breathe
Jul 24
// Kyle MacGregor
Mario & Luigi: Dream Team sold nearly 100,000 copies in its opening week, according to data obtained by market research firm Media Create. The Nintendo 3DS role-playing game topped Japanese software charts, dethroning las...
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Pikmin 3 and New Super Luigi U spur Wii U sales in Japan

Software selling hardware, imagine that
Jul 17
// Kyle MacGregor
The sun came up this morning, birds chirped, the tides continued their eternal ebb and flow, and a Nintendo product topped Japanese software charts. Some things never change. Pikmin 3 launched last week in Japan, reigning sup...
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Nintendo Download

Nintendo Download: Shin Megami Tensei IV

Also, Metroid and Mario 2
Jul 11
// Chris Carter
The time has finally come for Shin Megami Tensei IV to grace the 3DS, and you'll be able to download it on July 16th. As a reminder, if you buy both SMT IV and Fire Emblem: Awakening you'll net $30 in eShop credit. In other 3...
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Nintendo Download

Nintendo Download: Pilotwings and Sonic Drift 2

Also, Mighty Switch Force discounts
Jul 04
// Chris Carter
It's a relatively low key July 4th episode of Nintendo Download today, as the Wii U is only getting one game -- Pilotwings for the Virtual Console. Mighty Switch Force! Hyper Drive Edition is also discounted to $6.6...
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Nintendo Download

Nintendo Download: Kokuga, Sonic II Game Gear

Also, Sonic Labyrinth, Crystal Warriors, and Spelunker
Jun 27
// Chris Carter
It's not the most exciting day for Nintendo Download outside of the 3DS. The Wii U Virtual Console is getting Vegas Stakes, as well as a sale that is running from June 28th to the 30th which allows you to earn 20 bonus Club N...
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Did Peach just orgasm?

Nintendo starts airing Wii U commercials again in Japan
Jun 27
// Tony Ponce
Oh my God... what is happening in those first 10 seconds!? Nintendo suddenly realized that it forgot to advertise the Wii U and has scrambled to put together a set of TV commercials. But the one for New Super Luigi U is just...
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The Roots' Mario rap

The Roots' frontman spits crazy Mario rap on Jimmy Fallon

Black Thought be KILLIN' it!
Jun 21
// Tony Ponce
You're probably sick of seeing clips of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on the Dtoid front page, but I can guarantee this one tops 'em all. Regular watchers of Fallon's show of course know that the in-house band is none other t...
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Nintendo Download

Nintendo Download: New Super Luigi U

It's Wegee time, and Inafune's BUGS vs. TANKS! is out
Jun 20
// Chris Carter
Luigi steals the spotlight today with his New Super Mario Bros. U DLC New Super Luigi U. If you have the original game, you can buy this add-on for $19.99, which comes with a new character and 80+ new levels (or you can wait ...
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Luigi U

Nintendo announces New Super Luigi U launch promotion

Get double coins and possibly a free pin
Jun 19
// Chris Carter
If you download New Super Luigi U on the Wii U eShop this week, you'll be able to earn double coins (40) for completing the survey for it on Club Nintendo by August 1. Also, if you check a box at the end of the survey, you'll...
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New Super Luigi U

Nintendo UK explains what's new in New Super Luigi U

Nabbit is all that matters
Jun 18
// Chris Carter
New Super Luigi U is upon us, and I know for a fact that a lot of people aren't sold yet. So what exactly is new? As a recap, Nintendo reminds us that Luigi can jump further and higher than Mario, but he slides further as a ...

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