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Platform Wii U eShop, Wii U Publisher Nintendo Developer Nintendo EAD Group No. 4 Release Date 2013-06-20

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New Super Luigi U review: inferiority complex

The new stage layouts take advantage of Luigi's floatier jump. He hits a higher arc than his brother, allowing him to cross longer gaps, but he also has less air control and slides further upon landing. Essentially, Luigi trades pin-point accuracy for speed and distance. The redesigned challenges are tailored to Luigi's unique feel, but it takes some time to get used to the meaningful shift in platforming mechanics, even for Mario veterans. In fact, only veterans should even consider playing New Super Luigi U. Unlike previous entries in the New Super Mario Bros. series, nothing about this content is welcoming to newcomers. Levels were brutally difficult from the start, and required all of the skill I could muster. And since each stage is so short, there are no...

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Nintendo posts $456 million annual operating loss

Nintendo posted a 46.4 billion yen operating loss ($456 million) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2014, the company announced today in its fiscal earnings, marking the third consecutive annual operating loss for the company. Nintendo's net loss was 23.2 billion yen ($228 million), down from last year's net income of 7 billion yen ($71 million).  Net sales for the year were 571.7 billion yen ($5.63 billion), a 10 percent decrease from the year before, with 394.7 billion yen ($3.89 billion) of that figure from overseas sales. In January, Nintendo revealed that it expected an operating loss of 35 billion yen ($335 million) for the fiscal year, lower than the originally projected operating income of 100 billion yen ($958 million). Posting its second consecutive annual operating loss...

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Year of Luigi ends March 18, says Miyamoto

The Year of Luigi will end March 18, Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto announced on Miiverse today. Nintendo originally announced the Year of Luigi on Feb. 14, 2013, to mark the 30th anniversary of Luigi's debut in the original Mario Bros. from 1983. That means that by the time it ends, the "year" will actually have lasted for a total of 398 days, or 13 months and five days. "Thanks to everyone's kind support, we were able to release many Luigi games over the course of the year. I hope everyone continues to cheer for the green brother," said Miyamoto. After March 18, Miiverse users will no longer be able to create posts or leave comments in the Year of Luigi community or its Developers' Room. Since Feb. 14, Nintendo has released a variety of Luigi-centric games, including New Super Luigi U,...

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Luigi Bros. unlockable, Rosalina playable in Super Mario 3D World

Super Mario 3D World will offer a Luigi-themed version of the first Mario game and a fifth playable character, Rosalina, according to a new trailer shown during a Nintendo Direct presentation today. The upcoming Wii U platformer will include a game within it called Luigi Bros., which is a skinned version of the original Mario Bros. arcade game starring Luigi instead of his shorter brother. The content will be available right away to Super Mario 3D World users who have New Super Luigi U save data on their Wii U. Super Mario 3D World will also offer a bonus playable character beyond Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach and Toad: Rosalina, who debuted in 2007's Super Mario Galaxy. You'll have to unlock her, although there's no word yet on how to go about that. You can check out a screenshot of...

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The games and systems on sale at Kmart for Black Friday 2013

An apparently leaked version of Kmart's Black Friday 2013 ad posted on bfads.com includes deals on video games and systems that begin the night of Thanksgiving, Nov. 28. Thanksgiving night from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m., Kmart will discount gaming accessories 20 to 50 percent, including several third-party PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 controllers and headsets. The retailer will also discount several 3DS games between $5 and $10, including Lego Marvel Super Heroes, Pokemon X and Y, Mario Kart 7, Super Mario 3D Land and more. The Wii U bundle with New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Luigi U will sell for $299.99, and Kmart members can save $20 off that price. Wii U games like Super Mario 3D World, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker and Nintendo Land will be discounted between $10 and $15. From...

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Report: Wii U headed to Brazil Nov. 26

Nintendo will launch the Wii U in Brazil Nov. 26, Nintendoworld Brazil reports. According to the report, the Deluxe version of the console will be available in a bundle with New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Luigi U for 1,899 Brazilian reais (approximately $823). That bundle will be available in North America Nov. 1 for $299.99. Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime told Bloomberg last year that "Brazil has huge potential," but cited the country's notoriously high import fees, which are designed to encourage in-country manufacturing, as a barrier to entry. The PlayStation 4 will cost 3,999 Brazilian reais (approximately $1,733) when it launches in the country on Nov. 29. Sony's general manager for Latin America, Mark Stanley, later explained that 63 percent of that price...

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Skylanders Swap Force Wii U bundle pack coming Nov. 15

A new Wii U bundle featuring Skylanders Swap Force start pack is scheduled to launch on Nov. 15 for $299.99, Nintendo announced today. The bundle includes a white Wii U Basic system, Skylanders Swap Force for Wii U, a Portal of Power, three Skylanders figures including Ninja Stealth Elf and Swap Force characters Blast-Zone as well as an exclusive color shift Washbuckler, a collector poster, trading cards and sticker sheets, and finally a copy of Nintendo Land. Nintendo recently announced a similar bundle featuring New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Luigi U on a single disc. That Wii U Deluxe set is slated to arrive Nov. 1 in North America for $299.99 and replace the previously released Wii U Deluxe Set that included Nintendo Land.

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Here's what you need to know for Thursday, Oct. 24

PAX East 2014 registration now live Registration for PAX East — set to take place in Boston April 11-13, 2014 — is open today. Three day passes are already sold out, but you've still got a shot at individual day passes and hotels. Nintendo's latest Wii U Deluxe brings New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Luigi U together on Nov. 1 Nintendo is retiring the Nintendo Land Wii U Deluxe Set and replacing it with one promoting their favorite pair of plumbers. Starting Nov. 1, a Deluxe Set featuring New Super Mario Bros. U and its New Super Luigi U DLC on one disc will be available for $299.99. Nintendo Land will continue to be sold separately for $29.99. Making heroics matter, making death sadder in XCOM: Enemy Within We all name our XCOM: Enemy Unknown soldiers after our friends and...

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Nintendo's latest Wii U Deluxe brings New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Luigi U together on Nov. 1

Nintendo will launch a new Wii U Deluxe set on Nov. 1, featuring New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Luigi U on a single disk, the company announced today. The new Deluxe set will be priced at $299.99 in North America, replacing the previously released Wii U Deluxe Set which included Nintendo Land. Nintendo Land will still be available for purchase, however, and will be made available in stores and on the Nintendo eShop for $29.99 starting Nov. 1. Additionally, the Wii U Deluxe bundle featuring The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD will still be available at a retail price of $299.99. "This new Wii U configuration gives people instant access to not one, but two of the most well-received Wii U games," said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America's executive vice president of Sales and...

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Check out Nintendo's commemorative Year of Luigi coin

Club Nintendo members in Europe can cash in their points for a new collectible: a coin minted to celebrate Nintendo's ongoing Year of Luigi. The Year of Luigi Coin pictured above will cost members 1,500 stars and comes packaged in a green felt bag to match the plumber's preferred outfit. The coin is just the latest in Nintendo's celebration of the taller Mario brother this year. In March, he took center stage in Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon on Nintendo 3DS. He joined his brother for Mario & Luigi: Dream Team in May. By June, he starred in New Super Luigi U. In August, Luigi took over Chicago's L train and joined the roster of the next Super Smash Bros., which is headed to Wii U and 3DS.

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EarthBound was the third bestselling Wii U eShop game in the US last month

The recent Virtual Console release of Super NES game EarthBound is, according to Nintendo, off to a great start. In an announcement from Nintendo of America today, the company said the Wii U game was the third bestselling eShop game on Wii U, with only New Super Luigi U and Pikmin 3 besting the SNES re-release in terms of consumer spend. The downloadable release of EarthBound was just one of a few key digital successes for Nintendo in the United States, the company said. Sales of Nintendo 3DS game Animal Crossing: New Leaf have passed 660,000 units in the states, with physical and digital sales combined, with 150,000 of those happening in July. Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon sales passed the 820,000 mark — again, with digital and physical sales combined — and New Super Mario Bros. U sales...

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  • Nintendo Wii U eShop
    • Released 06/20/2013
    • Publisher Nintendo
    • Developer Nintendo EAD Group No. 4
  • Wii U
    • Released 08/25/2013
    • Publisher Nintendo
    • Developer Nintendo EAD Group No. 4
    • Score 7.0
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