New Super Luigi U dated for Australia, also coming to retail

During tonight’s Nintendo Direct, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata shared some more details about New Super Luigi U, the upcoming expansion for New Super Mario Bros. U.

As this is the year of Luigi, Mario won’t be appearing in the game, leaving a hole in the available multiplayer characters. This hole has been filled by Nabbit making a reappearance. First showing up in New Super Mario Bros. U, Nabbit was an enemy that you had to chase down and catch after he stole some items from Toad. Now he is returning as a playable character with a difference.


Nabbit will have the same jumping and running abilities as Luigi and the Toads, but he is unable to use any of the power-ups. The trade off for his lacking in extra abilities will be invulnerability, meaning new players to the series can play through the multiplayer mode without taking damage from enemies.

As mentioned in the previous Nintendo Direct, the game will feature 82 stages, reworked with new enemies and obstacles. Originally slated to only be available as a DLC pack, New Super Luigi U will now have a retail release for a limited time. This is good news for people who don’t have New Super Mario Bros. U or those without an internet connection

The expansion is set for release on June 21th on the Nintendo eShop and a month later on July 27th for retail in Australia for $59.95

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  • Nine
    May 17, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    $60? you’ve got to be kidding me i thought it would be $30 for retail since its around 3000yen in Japan and $20 for download since its 2000yen in Japan…

  • Guybrush57
    May 18, 2013 at 12:35 am

    Holy moly! When they originally announced it as a DLC modification of the original game I was thinking under $20 for it in the eShop but $60? That’s expensive even for the retail version.

    It really sucks how expensive this is but alas I will buy it retail because I must have that box.

  • ChiefAJ
    May 18, 2013 at 12:51 am

    So, I am a bit confused. Does the retail version require that you own NSMBU already, or is it a standalone disc? Does it include NSMBU as well?

  • DP
    May 18, 2013 at 7:40 am

    Why is it $60 for us?! Double the US price???

  • nin2000
    May 18, 2013 at 9:03 am

    How is it Luigi’s 30th year, yet we only celebrated Mario’s 25th 3 years ago? That would make Luigi 2 years older than the big M.

    I do like the look of this luigi retail release, even though I baulk at the price. I’ll definitely be buying it (despite not owning a WiiU) as it’ll be a collectors item in years to come

    • Heath
      May 19, 2013 at 7:31 am

      It was for the 25th anniversary of Super Mario Bros. the game, not Mario himself.

      Luigi was first seen in Mario Bros. in 1983 therefore it is his 30th anniversary.

  • MysticLegacy
    May 18, 2013 at 10:46 am

    Sadly, Nintendo themselves play a part in regional pricing 🙁

    I’d understand $35-$40, but $60? Honestly..and it’s just an expansion.

  • Huss
    May 18, 2013 at 11:11 am

    “a month later on July 27th for retail in Australia for $59.95”

    Haha I knew it, I knew it would be $60. What an absolute joke. DLC should be $20 and the retail should be $30 MAX.

  • May 18, 2013 at 11:15 am

    How much is NSMBU at retail? I imagine the DLC version will be a bit cheaper than $60, but the DLC version should be $30 max and then that makes the retail version way expensive.

  • May 18, 2013 at 11:28 am

    I’m wondering if the increases classification costs involved with releasing a game in Australia would have played a part in the significantly higher price that Australians will have to pay.

    Unless Nintendo Australia give a statement to clarify things (which I don’t expect at all) then we’ll never know 🙁

  • ChiefAJ
    May 18, 2013 at 11:53 am


    Wow, $60 for Luigi seems like poor value for those that have NSMBU already.

    And yet, that green box does look fetching…

    Oh, what the dork – and a limited time for the retail release. Nintendo, why?

  • ChiefAJ
    May 18, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Thanks Narull.

    May 19, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    $60 does seem a little steep… but it does look like its more than just an expansion.

    Ill be getting a physical copy mostly for collection purposes!

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