KICK OFF THE YEAR OF LUIGI WITH LUIGI'S MANSION: DARK MOON

REDMOND, Wash., March 21, 2013 – When there are ghosts that need capturing, puzzles that need solving and haunted mansions that need exploring, who is the best little brother for the job? Luigi, that's who! Luigi may be afraid of, well, everything, but that fear isn't going to stop him when the Dark Moon has shattered and he is the only one who can retrieve the missing pieces. Launching exclusively for  Nintendo 3DS  on March 24,  Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon  is the sequel to 2001's much-loved  Luigi's Mansion  and features more mansions, more ghosts and more Luigi!

Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon marks the beginning of the Year of Luigi. The yearlong celebration for Mario's green-clad younger brother also includes the launch of  Mario & Luigi: Dream Team and  Mario Golf: World Tour for Nintendo 3DS, as well as the  New Super Luigi U downloadable content for  New Super Mario Bros. U  on  Wii U.

"The Year of Luigi starts with a bang as  Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon delivers an original adventure starring Mario's not-so-brave brother," said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America's executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. "Packed with multiple mansions to explore, secrets to discover and a new multiplayer mode to enjoy, the game is a fitting tribute to one of gaming's most unsung heroes."

In  Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, Luigi must explore several unique mansions, all stunningly realized with colorful 3D visuals that make each haunted hallway and atmospheric detail look better than ever. Each mansion is filled with ghosts for Luigi to capture, clever puzzles to challenge his skills and piles of treasure for him to collect. Equipped with his trusty Poltergust 5000, a vacuum cleaner designed to suck up ghosts, and a variety of new abilities like the secret-revealing Dark-Light Device, Luigi must complete each of the mansions' multiple missions in his quest to find the pieces of the Dark Moon. These missions can be replayed many times, encouraging players to earn a higher rank by collecting more treasure and losing less health.

All the mansions in the game are packed with environmental details that can be manipulated to help Luigi conquer challenges. Puzzles can be solved by spinning the hands of a clock with the Poltergust 5000, or precious coins can be uncovered by flipping over a rug. Almost every object in the mansions' many rooms can be interacted with.

New to the series are fun multiplayer modes that can be enjoyed with up to four players using local wireless, download or online play. In Hunter Mode, players team up to catch all the ghosts on each floor of a haunted tower. Rush Mode finds players escaping a floor before time runs out, while Polterpup Mode focuses on a frantic search for hidden ghost dogs. Additional Nintendo 3DS systems and games, as well as wireless broadband Internet access, may be required for multiplayer modes.

As a special promotion for anyone who has not yet purchased a Nintendo 3DS XL system, those that register both a Nintendo 3DS XL and  Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon via Club Nintendo between Feb. 14 and April 30 will receive a code to download one of these five great games for free in the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS:  Super Mario 3D LandProfessor Layton and the Miracle MaskArt Academy: Lessons for Everyone!Star Fox 64 3D or  Freakyforms Deluxe: Your Creations, Alive! For more information, visit  http://club2.nintendo.com/3ds-xl-promo.

In a special treat for fans, the Nintendo World store in New York will be hosting a launch event for  Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon on March 23 starting at 5 p.m. At the event, the second floor of the store will be transformed into a haunted mansion full of puzzles and games, featuring playable demos of the game, photo opportunities with Luigi and fun giveaways (while supplies last). Fans will also be able to purchase a copy of  Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon during the event, a day before the game releases in retail stores and in the Nintendo eShop.

For more information about  Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, visit http://luigismansion.nintendo.com.

Remember that Nintendo 3DS features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/3ds.

About Nintendo: The worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wii U™ and Wii™ home consoles, and Nintendo 3DS™ and Nintendo DS™ families of portable systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System™, Nintendo has sold more than 4 billion video games and more than 651 million hardware units globally, including the current-generation Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL, as well as the Game Boy™, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi™ and Nintendo DSi XL™, Super NES™, Nintendo 64™, Nintendo GameCube™ and Wii systems. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known, household names such as Mario™, Donkey Kong™, Metroid™, Zelda™ and Pokémon™. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo's operations in the Western Hemisphere. For more information about Nintendo, please visit the company's website at http://www.nintendo.com.  


Games PressGames Press is the leading online resource for games journalists. Used daily by magazines, newspapers, TV, radio, online media and retailers worldwide, it offers a vast, constantly updated archive of press releases and assets, and is the simplest and most cost-effective way for PR professionals to reach the widest possible audience. Registration for the site and the Games Press email digest is available, to the trade only, at www.gamespress.com.