Old Year’s Eve: The End of the Year of Luigi

Every dog may have its day, but every plumber gets its year — and as of tomorrow, the Year of Luigi will have officially come to a close.


Nintendo’s year-long celebration of the oft-overlooked Mario brother came with many festivities, including special fan events and a plethora of Luigi-themed games and accessories. Select gamers were even able to snag a limited edition 3DS XL featuring Mario’s beloved  younger brother.

Of course, there’s a lot that the Year of Luigi didn’t bring, as well —  namely, profits. Nintendo took a hard hit in 2013, reducing their expected Wii U sales figures to less than one third of the original estimate. The sluggish results ultimately provoked Nintendo president and CEO Satoru Iwata to slash his own salary in penance for the company’s performance.

It’d be a stretch to say the disappointing sales are specifically Luigi’s fault just because they happened on his watch, but it’s certainly an amusing idea given the nature of his character. Luigi always manages to get the short end of the stick, no matter how hard he tries or how much he’s set up to succeed. The suggestion that the Year of Luigi sucked the profits out of Nintendo so hard he may as well have looted it with the Poltergust 3000 rings a little too true to his track record. No wonder he was able to afford all those mansions this year.

It’s been an interesting year, and with Sega already announcing that we’re now headed into the Year of Sonic, maybe it’s just as well that Luigi’s run has come to an end. My only complaint is that this whole extravaganza is off by one day. Seriously, Nintendo, Luigi’s nickname is GREEN MARIO. The Year of Luigi should’ve started and ended on St. Patrick’s Day.

Obligatory Legal Crap

The Year of Luigi and all associated games, merchandise, and… well, Luigis, are the property of Nintendo, and I am in no way affiliated with them, despite my best efforts. The Year of Sonic is also not mine (although every year of my life since I was seven has been The Year of Sonic), as that belongs to Sega.

St. Patrick’s Day is the property of St. Patrick, I suppose. But I can write about that because I’m Irish.


About Leedzie

Leda "Leedzie" Clark is a writer and game designer with a sharp eye for detail and a kooky sense of humor. She's been a nerd as long as she can remember, and always seems to notice the wrong thing first in any given situation.

Posted on March 18, 2014, in Developers, Game Characters, Journalism, News, Video Games and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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