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Reggie Declares The Year of Luigi Will Continue Into 2014

Posted by Liam Doolan

Party like it’s 2013

In years to come, Nintendo fans will look back on The Year of Luigi and remember it as a historic year when we remembered the sometimes forgotten, overlooked, neglected, and misunderstood, Luigi.

So far this year, we’ve been blessed with a sequel to the original Luigi’s Mansion on the 3DS, an excruciatingly difficult standalone Luigi DLC package for New Super Mario Bros. U, Year of Luigi commemorative coins, and even Luigi themed Wii Remotes.

Sadly, we also lost Jack Westelman at the age of 72 last Thursday, who was best known as Danny Wells and the character Luigi on The Super Mario Bros. Super Show.

Now, in an interview with Siliconera, Reggie Fils-Aime has been quizzed about the exact date the Year of Luigi will conclude, considering it only kicked-off February this year.

To which Reggie replied:

There are some Year of Luigi activities that will continue into 2014—including some of the special products that we’ve launched (the Luigi remote and the Mario and Luigi 3DS XL)—so there will be some Luigi products to carry the Luigi banner into the next calendar year.

So, there you have it. The Year of Luigi isn’t over yet. Let the celebrations continue!

[via siliconera.com, kotaku.com.au]

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Late

#5

Late said:

I really enjoy finding some random Luigis in 3D World. I just love the Luigi sprite in World 3 train level. I thought they'd only appear in the New Super Luigi U.

Lunapplebloom

#6

Lunapplebloom said:

So begins the millennium of Luigi. :P
Seriously, this has been a great year for the man in green, though I am sad that we had to have a sour note in the year with Jack having died just the other week. Lots to be happy about besides though.

Tsurii897

#7

Tsurii897 said:

So it's still possible, that be get a "real" Luigi game on Wii U, huh?
I guess they'll continue the Year of Luigi just until february or march though since it would've been just the "10 months of Luigi" if they concluded it with sylvester/new year.

WiiULoveSquid

#8

WiiULoveSquid said:

Great cuz I'm still gettin my Luigi on.

Also, sometimes you gotta wonder about Nintendo's marketing but i gotta say, YOL really added some genuine charm to thier marketing this year that turned out good for both Nintendo and their young and long-time fans

Pod

#9

Pod said:

We even got a hilarious oddball RPG all about Luigi's messed up subconscious landscape.

andreoni79

#11

andreoni79 said:

In the forthcoming Zelda U, just press A,B,A,X,A,Y in the main screen to play as Luigi; I mean, he's already dressed in green... "The Legend of Zelda: Luigi's Awekening"

Stubborn_Monkey

#17

Stubborn_Monkey said:

The world's most famous fictional non-overweight Italian plumber is finally getting the attention he deserves. Congratulations, Man in Green!

By the way, Nintendo... will you ever give a certain barrel-throwing, tie-wearing simian its own year in the spotlight? Please?

Artwark

#19

Artwark said:

What a Relief! I think they ought to make DLC for 3D Land and make Luigi as the only one! :)

robohobo93

#21

robohobo93 said:

I'm still disappointed I never got my Luigi cap. Since seeing Iwata with one in that Nintendo Direct a while back, I waited months for Club Nintendo's Platinum rewards to be revealed, hoping that the green hat would be one of them. I was so disappointed to find out it wasn't, especially when taking into account that they were given away at Best Buy...

ricklongo

#23

ricklongo said:

Luigi's Mansion was one of my biggest surprises this year. I got completely smitten by that franchise's universe. Which is to say I'd kill for a Luigi's Mansion 3 on the Wii U. With Dark Moon's amazing sales and staying power, it really should be a no-brainer. Make it happen, Nintendo!

DestinyMan

#24

DestinyMan said:

Move over Yoshi; Luigi doesn't want to give up his spotlight just yet apparently since he hasn't had it for so long!

SkywardLink98

#26

SkywardLink98 said:

2013: Year of Luigi
2015: Dominance of Luigi
2017: Invasion of Luigi
2018: Reign of Luigi
2020: Empire of Luigi Dynasty (EDITED. Thanks to @GuSilverFlame for reminding me :D )

Goginho

#27

Goginho said:

LUIGI'S MANSION U CONFIRMED!!

lol but yea, next year should be Year of Yoshi. He's getting, presumably, two brand new games anyway in that time period. Then after that, the Year of Toad. I don't think we ever had a standalone Toad game. They could create those Toad Brigade puzzles from 3D World and add them to the eShop, especially the 3DS eShop, since..well, the 3D would fittingly play a big role. I think there is a lot of potential in creating content with Toad in the spotlight. Give Peach her year as well, and release some exclusive Peach games ..and yes, I'm not ashamed to admit I enjoyed her DS game :P
For his 25th anniversary, Wario should have his year. We haven't had a good old, classic Wario game in a while, and I would love one in HD. We rarely get them anyway (like Yoshi games) lately, and I think it's about time they work on one. Maybe even remaster the Virtual Boy version for the 3DS :) hmm Nintendo? Wouldn't that be something swell? Or are you too ashamed of the VB to even be able to forget some of the (or arguably the only) glorious games it had?
Make it happen; Wario 3D Land :D

Burning_Spear

#28

Burning_Spear said:

Now we're remaking marketing promotions. What's next, New Super Luigi 2? Why not the Year of Samus? Why not the Year of Kirby? Why not the Year of New Ideas?

TruenoGT

#31

TruenoGT said:

@Fazermint Here, here! I can only imagine what it would be like... maybe a Warioland, Tingle's Rose Colored Rupee Land hybrid. drool...

bizcuthammer

#33

bizcuthammer said:

I like Luigi a lot, but i think it's time for non-Mario games to start getting a focus. Metroid, Star Fox, F-Zero, Donkey Kong, Golden Sun, Fire Emblem, etc... I love me some Mario universe games, but we've been hit with so many of them in the last 3 years.
Mario 3D Land
Mario Kart 7
Mario Tennis Open
Paper Mario: Sticker Star
New Super Mario Bros U
New Super Mario Bros 2
Luigi's Mansion 2
Mario & Luigi: Dream Team
Super Mario 3D World
Mario Party: Island Tour

Thats so much Mario in a 3 year span, while we havent seen a single new F-Zero, Star Fox or Metroid game in a good long while. Not to mention, there's more Mario on the way in the shape of Mario Golf 3DS, Yoshi's New Island and Mario Kart 8 in 2014. None of those are bad, but i'd definitely rather have a Wii U Metroid over any of them, or even a 3DS or Wii U F-Zero game.

But, Mario is the cash cow for Nintendo in the same way CoD is, or Madden for EA, or Assassin's Creed for Ubisoft. Way more people buy a New Super Mario game than Metroid Prime (which is a travesty, but i understand why). So Mario is always going to have the lion's share of focus at Ninty, because at the end of the day its about business and making money.

I love Mario. It may be my favorite game series ever. But i have other favorites, too, and sometimes i feel they get pushed aside in favor of developing a new Mario Tennis or Mario Kart instead.

Radbot42

#34

Radbot42 said:

Why does it have to be a year of a mario themed character. It could be the year of tingle next year for all we know, or the year of MB. And another thing why are we assuming that next year will be the year of anything? There isn't a pattern, so who's to say they will keep doing it?

ueI

#36

ueI said:

So it's really the years of Luigi. I can't wait to see what they'll announce next.

Fazermint

#37

Fazermint said:

@TruenoGT I really wonder what Nintendo would do if they decided to make a Waluigi game. Honestly, I think a cartoon-styled shooter would be perfect. It would be a step outside Nintendo's comfort zone, but I'm positive they could pull it off. Who wouldn't want to play Waluigi shooting down evil robots and aliens?

SkywardLink98

#40

SkywardLink98 said:

@ueI The invasion of Luigi. Luigi and his army will invade our dimmension and conquer the entire galaxy. He will then rule everyone with an iron fist. Obey the pixel fist!

Captain_Balko

#42

Captain_Balko said:

Well, the Year of Luigi itself isn't really continuing, it's just that products that have not been released yet (due to either time constraints or strategic planning that takes precedence to the time-frame of the year of Luigi) are Luigi themed.

Personally, though, I hope Nintendo picks a character to spotlight every year. For example, I'm hoping next year will be the year of Yoshi, since Yoshi's Yarn and New Yoshi's Island is coming out. This is an opportunity that I hope Nintendo takes.

Gerbwmu

#43

Gerbwmu said:

@Goginho How about a Toad brigade game that is a FPS where the Princess Peach army finally decides to hunt down the Evil Bowzer and take care of him.....once and for all......until the next Mario game.

Zael

#45

Zael said:

what? super luigi 3d world?
I think that the fact we are asking new ip or ip reboot to nintendo is irrilevant

SheldonRandoms

#46

SheldonRandoms said:

"To end the year of Luigi, we will announce a brand new Luigi game called Super Luigi Universe. In this brand new game, you must help Luigi rescue Daisy and Mario, who have been captured by Bowser and many brand new villains. Players must travel from universe to universe using the Luigi starflutter, powered by Luigi's new move, the flutter universe jump. Luigi must undo the evil takeover by Bowser and the new villains, if you succeed, the universe you saved will remember you by turning their universe Luigi themed. Luigi will meet new friends, but he won't be saving Daisy and Mario alone, up to 5 players can join the adventure locally or online, as a Luigi clone, Mii, Toad, or a brand new friend Luigi meets in a universe. Super Luigi Universe is looking to be one of our greatest games of all time, and our teams our working really hard on it, and we hope your body will be ready once more information has been released."

^ I might have gone a little overboard with this one, but if they were to end the year of Luigi this way..............then it would be a great end, to a great Luigi year.

Dreamcaster-X

#48

Dreamcaster-X said:

Don't get me wrong, I love Luigi but let's give it a rest. He had his time, let's move onto another character outside of the Mario universe.

Geonjaha

#49

Geonjaha said:

In years to come, Nintendo fans will look back on The Year of Luigi and remember that it was only named so because Nintendo was releasing one game and one DLC based on the character, and remember why they therefore never looked forward to any other themed years from Nintendo.

mamp

#50

mamp said:

Worst year of the Luigi ever, hardly anything Luigi related. I thought there would be more to this year.

WaLzgiStaff

#51

WaLzgi said:

@mamp Luigi's Mansion, New Super Luigi U, and Luigi merchandise on Club Nintendo, Super Mario 3D World with Luigi weren't enough?

unrandomsam

#52

unrandomsam said:

"excruciatingly difficult" I don't think Nintendo Life understands the meaning of the word.

sleepinglion

#58

sleepinglion said:

A VC release of Luigi's Mansion would have been appreciated.
The 1st Gamecube VC release IF and WHEN Nintendo gets around to it =)

IceRod

#60

IceRod said:

I am surprised the article did not include Mario and Luigi: Dream Team as one of the highlights of the Year of Luigi. I know it has both the brothers in it, but considering the fact that it is Luigi's dreams they enter, he gets more attention. Plus it was a really enjoyable game.

JaxonH

#61

JaxonH said:

@SkywardLink98
Brilliant post.

I'm also wondering about Luigi's Mansion U dropping early next year (we know it's coming or Newegg wouldn't have had the box art- Newegg is VERY reliable as a bellweather in my experience).

Henmii

#66

Henmii said:

I wonder what it will be! I noticed that Mario 3D world is also a "Luigi year" title! You can obviously play as Luigi, but there is also a Luigi version of Mario bros included! And I did see some hidden Luigi's! Fun stuff!

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