Hard copy coming two months after digital add-on eShop version.
Nintendo continues to indulge the idea that this is the year of Luigi, and today's Nintendo Direct was no different. Nintendo went ahead and dated the previously revealed 'New Luigi Bros. U,' but not without revealing a new playable character as well as a stand-alone retail version of the game.
'New Luigi Bros. U' was first revealed as DLC for the Wii U launch title, 'New Super Mario Bros. U,' and the add-on creates a version of the game with Mario cast off and with 82 all new stages replacing the original levels. Today, Nintendo revealed that with Mario out, a four player party would be made up of Luigi, Blue Toad, Yellow Toad, and Nabbit. Nintendo explained that Nabbit, a 'New Super Mario Bros. U' character who would steal from Toad's house and thereby cause the player to chase across levels to catch, will be irregular to play as Nabbit will not be able use power-ups. Instead Nabbit will be invulnerable to enemies, and was described as a good choice for that player that is not so good at 'New Super Mario Bros.' style gameplay.
The eShop add-on will release on June 20th and be priced at $20. Nintendo also revealed that a physical copy that will work without the main game, will follow on August 25th, and be priced at $30. Not only is the physical copy meant to help celebrate the year of Luigi, but Nintendo also seems to understand that some people want to play the new Luigi game without owning the main game, which is still priced at $50.
Author: Brian Hoss