Nintendo spent so much energy focusing on Luigi last year, hoping that shifting attention away from the red brother would have a correlating affect on their bank accounts. Surprising almost no one, it did little to boost the sales of Nintendo games and particularly the Wii U. Now Luigi's year is coming to an end - I wonder what the new year will bring.
I’ve got a soft spot for the Nintendo Direct conferences that pop up every month. They’re humble slices of gaming news, stripped off all that Hollywood teaser jazz nonsense, and get right down to business. Nintendo didn’t stray too far from their usual conferences last night, but they’re certainly taking one or two game characters in unexpected directions.
Virtually a year ago back in January 2013 I posted the first two episodes of Mario Warfare and at the time stated that the acting was absolutely awful.
Nintendo declared 2013 as the "Year of Luigi", with fantastic emphasis on the much loved character. Now they've released a hilarious mocumentary that takes it to another level.
Man, Mario gets all the attention; the best mushrooms and even all the girls. That all changes this year, because it’s the year of Luigi. That’s the overall message from the perpetually delightful Nintendo president Satoru Iwata from yesterday’s Nintendo Direct.
Franchises come and go, but the successful ones hang around for many a year, releasing new titles on an annual basis. Or every six months. Or every week, because that’s what it feels like some days whenever another Super Mario game pops up. The Italian plumber has been a staple of Nintendo for quite a few years now, carrying the heavy burden of mascot for an entire generation of gamers, with new games popping up constantly. And according to Nintendo, they aren’t worried about over-saturating the market with Mario at all.