Dr. Luigi Headlines This Week's Nintendo Download


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It's finally coming to an end - the Year of Luigi. Over the last year, there have been four games that have prominently starred Mario's little brother. With the year quickly coming to an end, Nintendo has one last game that puts Luigi in the shoes of his brother's medical career.

In the latest Nintendo Direct, Satoru Iwata announced that Dr. Luigi - a reimagining of the classic Dr. Mario franchise - would be coming to the Wii U eShop in late December. Well, December 31 is as late as you can get before the Year of Luigi is over, but Dr. Luigi will be making it just in time.

For those not in the know, Dr. Luigi plays almost exactly the same as Dr. Mario. It's a match-three puzzle game that has players clearing a bottle of viruses using same colored pills. The only difference between the two games is that Dr. Luigi features L-shaped pills. Alongside the gameplay mechanic, it also features online play and a classic Dr. Mario mode. It will be available in the Wii U eShop on December 31.

For the virtual console, Nintendo has two classics for Wii U and 3DS. On Wii U, players can try their hand at Super Punch-Out!! - the sequel to the only video game to ever star Mike Tyson. On 3DS, gamers can try out Mario Tennis for the Gameboy Color. Unlike the console Mario Tennis titles, Mario Tennis for the Gameboy Color featured a storyline and an RPG progression system where players leveled up their skills to get better.

For aspiring Pokemon masters, Nintendo has also released the Pokemon Bank today. It's a subscription application that allows players to store up to 3,000 Pokemon online. The service costs $4.99 a year, but those who sign up now will get a free 30 day trial.

If you have money burning in your pockets from Christmas, you can snag a couple of Wii U and 3DS games on the cheap from Ubisoft and Atlus. All Ubisoft titles for 3DS and Wii U are now 30 percent until December 31. Likewise, all Atlus titles for 3DS are on sale until January 6.

Finally, here's all the other games coming to the Nintendo eShop for Wii U and 3DS this week:

  • CastleStorm (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
  • Bird Mania Christmas 3D (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
  • Cubit The Hardcore Platformer Robot (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
  • EDGE (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
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