While today's Nintendo Direct didn't provide much info on Mario-themed games, it did offer a couple of plumber-themed tidbits for Super Smash Bros. and Rayman Legends.
Starting with SSB, Luigi became the 14th officially confirmed character for the 3DS and Wii U brawler. The younger Mario sibling appeared in all the prior Smash Bros games, so it would have been a shock if he wasn't featured in next year's entry.
Secondly, Nintendo revealed Rayman Legends will include Mario & Luigi skins on the Wii U. Rayman can don Mario's red garb, while Globox can become glamorous in green. Ubisoft's press release notes the costumes can be unlocked after 20 minutes of gameplay.
The Wii U version is, for certain reasons, not the only one coming to retail shelves next month. It'll be joined there by Xbox 360, PS3, PC, and Vita siblings when the game launches in North America on September 3, and in Europe a little earlier on August 30.
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London, UK - August 7, 2013 - Today, Ubisoft® announced that Nintendo's popular video game heroes Mario™ and Luigi™ will make their debut appearance in Rayman® Legends, the highly anticipated platformer developed by Ubisoft Montpellier. Exclusively available in the version for Nintendo's Wii U™ system, players will be able to unlock skins for Rayman as Mario and Globox as Luigi after 20 minutes of gameplay.
Rayman Legends will be released in the UK on August 30th 2013 for Nintendo Wii U, Microsoft Xbox 360®, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system from Sony, Sony PlayStation®Vita handheld entertainment system and Microsoft Windows PC.
Following Rayman® Origins, our heroes take a 100-year nap, allowing nightmares to infest the Glade of Dreams. Once Rayman awakes from this mysterious sleep, he must set off on a new adventure with his friends to restore order in the universe. While traveling between five different worlds, players must defeat legendary enemies to save the Teenies from these evil villains. Rayman Legends features a wide range of gameplay, including traditional Rayman platforming action and new music rhythm-based stages. In Rayman Legends, a fifth player can join in on the fun by taking on the role of Murfy exclusively on the Nintendo Wii U™ GamePad controller. All of the game's adventures can be played by up to five players on Nintendo Wii U™.
Rayman Legends has been praised for its stunning visuals and innovative gameplay by Rayman fans worldwide. The game retains the fantasy appeal of its predecessor, Rayman Origins, while adding a multitude of clever and entertaining gaming modes, new characters, new environments and a new soundtrack. The award-winning team of artists, designers and composers have also returned with an advanced UbiArt engine to include multi-dimension gameplay elements, an improved lighting system and updated game rendering that elevate Rayman's previous graphics to the next level.
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