Nintendo have proclaimed 2013 as the "Year of Luigi," according to president Satoru Iwata. Making the announcement during today's Nintendo Direct presentation, Iwata delivered a new gameplay video for Luigi's Mansion 2, as well as revealing that the 3DS will be getting a new Mario & Luigi RPG this summer, along with a new Mario Golf game, and for Wii U there's a large, Luigi-themed expansion pack for New Super Mario Bros. U incoming.
Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon kicked things off, with Iwata demonstrating the varying functions of Luigi's new Poltergust, and showing off the game's 4-way co-op mode, which will see players helping one another out as Luigi clones to move further up a challenge tower called The Scarescraper.
There's also going to be a new Mario & Luigi RPG coming this year. Mario & Luigi: Dream Team will take place inside Luigi's dreams, with Luigi himself able to appear in a variety of forms to suit the obstacles that stand in Mario's way. The video even shows Mario summoning dozens of Luigi's to deliver a powerful attack in the middle of a battle.
Iwata also announced that New Super Mario Bros. U will be receiving a hefty downloadable content offering in the form of New Super Luigi U. A single-player experience that will apparently rival the size of a retail game, the expansion will see the game's existing levels transformed and re-worked for Mario's perennially overlooked sibling.
Finally, Mario Golf developer Camelot is also working on a new installment of the series for 3DS, which will apparently incorporate a refined, accessible control system for newcomers.