Dr. Luigi coming to Wii U eShop on December 31
posted on 12.18.13 at 09:33 AM EDT by (@salromano)
Luigi gets his Doctor of Philosophy.

Luigi is following in his brother’s footsteps. On December 31, Nintendo and Arika will release Dr. Luigi on the Wii U eShop for $14.99.

Dr. Luigi offers a new mode where you attack viruses with L-shaped capsules, which are essentially two capsules formed in one. These capsules will fall with three of the same colors connected vertically, making it easy to wipe out viruses with a single pill.

“It’s harder to get a game over [in L-capsule mode], so I think even players less comfortable with how the game works will enjoy this mode,” Nintendo president Satoru Iwata said.

Increasing the difficulty, however, decreases the chances of capsules aligning the same vertical color as often.

In the original Dr. Mario, chaining combos in versus play allowed you to attack opponents by dropping capsules on their screen. In Dr. Luigi, however, this rule has been chaged. Successfully chaining combos changes your opponent’s next capsule color at the very last moment, making them rethink their next move at the last minute.

Dr. Luigi also features a mode that lets you play the traditional Dr. Mario, and features online player, as well.

You can also play by holding the Wii U GamePad vertically, using the touch screen to bring down capsules.

Watch the first footage below. View the first screenshots at the gallery.

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  • SuperLuigi

    Nice. Good final day to end the year of Luigi.

    • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar

      Except it continues next year too!

      • SuperLuigi

        True. I hope they don’t make it awkward where every game with him like mario golf is celebrating the year(s).

        • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar

          Yah… no. lol It will still be all about Mario with Luigi kind of thrown in and be said “uh yah this is Luigi for Year of Luigi” yah…

          • AdamBoy64

            I reckon it’d be fantastic if the next full platforming, mainstream title was Luigi on an adventure to save Daisy.

            The odds of that are.. well, yeah. Probably less than none.

            • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar


      • AdamBoy64

        Really? That’s cool.
        When’s it continue till?

        Perhaps it’s one of those indefinite things at this stage.

        Or one of those things where every now and then they’ll slap a ‘Year of Luigi’ sticker on a game, like a running series.

        • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar

          I really don’t know. Probably.

    • http://www.psvitadirect.com/ Kurisu Makise

      Nintendo’s doing you proud my man. Well except the price tag on this.

      • SuperLuigi

        I’m dee best

  • http://www.cubiz.tk/ Auragar

    $15… well I was interested, but not now. Oh well.

  • Elvick

    Ugg, Luigi needs his own shit. Like Luigi’s Mansion, not to just be reskinned into Mario games. Then again, Nintendo is lazy, so…