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June 5, 2014 12:22 PM   Subscribe

Nintendo would like to remind you that the Year of Luigi isn't over. And how could it be, when the best part of Mario Kart 8 might just be Luigi's Death Stare? Spawning a number of gifs, videos, remixes, oh so many parodies, and a subreddit (r/LuigiDeathStares) already more popular than r/MarioKart, Luigi and his angry eyebrows are having a moment.
posted by 2bucksplus (61 comments total) 16 users marked this as a favorite

 
I will honor the Year of Luigi in my heart, and try to keep it all my life.
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 12:25 PM on June 5 [6 favorites]


This is why John Leguizamo was the wrong person to play Luigi.

It should have been Danny Trejo.
posted by Bunny Ultramod at 12:29 PM on June 5 [8 favorites]


Luigi has a lot to answer for.
posted by kmz at 12:32 PM on June 5 [2 favorites]


First Captain Lou Albano passed away, then Danny Wells, then Bob Hoskins. I hope John Leguizamo is all right.
posted by Faint of Butt at 12:41 PM on June 5 [1 favorite]


Can you blame him? They call him one of the Mario brothers even though Mario is NOT their last name!!
posted by ephemerista at 12:41 PM on June 5 [1 favorite]


"even though Mario is NOT their last name!!"

Their last name is Kingslayer, isn't it?
posted by komara at 12:47 PM on June 5 [1 favorite]


If we're talking Luigi (and why wouldn't we), can we talk about how Alan Jackson makes the Luigi noise in "Chattahoochee"? When I learned that, it blew my mind, and it continues to blow it to this day.
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 12:47 PM on June 5 [2 favorites]


I guess Mario didn't finish the job and now Luigi's fucking pissed.
posted by kmz at 12:49 PM on June 5 [1 favorite]


Kinslayer, actually.
posted by drezdn at 12:53 PM on June 5


My sons always fight over who gets to be Luigi in Super Mario Galaxy or Mario Kart.

My older son turns 12 in a couple of months, and at this point and time *really* wants a Wii U. Me, I cannot for the life of me see what the point is. Taking a look at the stuff posted on YouTube, there is almost no difference between the Wii U and original Wii U games. If anything, the new Mario Kart 8 looks actually *worse* than the Wii version.

The graphics don't look all that shit-hot, either. I mean, they're not bad, but not much better than the Wii (which in turn was not much better than the damn Game Cube).

While our original Wii is getting long in the tooth, we have a ton of games for it that our 5 year old (there is a huge age gap between our two kids) seems to like, and I cannot figure out why I would want to shell out for a Wii U.

There doesn't even seem to be a Zelda game for the Wii U (can this possibly be true????? why has Nintendo not release a Zelda title yet?????)

I can't quite get my head around the Wii U, and it's a bit of a disappointment, since I have played Nintendo since forever (played Donkey Kong and Mario Brothers, and then the first Nintendo system).
posted by KokuRyu at 12:53 PM on June 5


Huffpo has rounded up some great ones.
posted by ephemerista at 12:54 PM on June 5 [1 favorite]


Luigi is dead!
posted by The Card Cheat at 12:54 PM on June 5 [1 favorite]


MK8 is actually supposed to be really good, one of the best Mario Karts in franchise history going by most reviews I've read.

I suspect a Zelda will be announced soon, but honestly Nintendo's Wii U strategy as a whole has been pretty bizarre and seemingly haphazard.
posted by kmz at 12:56 PM on June 5 [1 favorite]


I guess Mario didn't finish the job and now Luigi's fucking pissed.

Luigi, by contrast, always finishes the fucking job. Hell, he even finishes the job while not doing anything at all.
posted by Copronymus at 1:15 PM on June 5


The Wii U is great. Their marketing has been complete shit, though, so I'm not surprised it's been a financial failure. Most people still think it's a Wii accessory. Hopefully they'll announce a new Zelda at E3?

Never played a lot of Mario Kart in the past but I'm really enjoying 8-- love that it has split-screen multiplayer, which for some godforsaken reason is a rarity in racing games these days.
posted by sonmi at 1:16 PM on June 5


Their last name is Kingslayer, isn't it?

Fratelli.
posted by cortex at 1:23 PM on June 5 [1 favorite]


MK8 is actually supposed to be really good, one of the best Mario Karts in franchise history going by most reviews I've read.

The Mario Kart for SNES remains my favorite, but I did like the Wii version a lot too. For some reason I didn't enjoy the N64 Mario Kart installment (although, the N64 for me was basically the Goldeneye Ocarina Blitz machine in the living room). I'd be excited for this one if I had a Wii U.
posted by Hoopo at 1:24 PM on June 5


kmz: "MK8 is actually supposed to be really good, one of the best Mario Karts in franchise history going by most reviews I've read.

I suspect a Zelda will be announced soon, but honestly Nintendo's Wii U strategy as a whole has been pretty bizarre and seemingly haphazard.
"

Is it really any different from Wii? At least they *tried* to get 3rd party support at the beginning. Then pretty much any other 3rd party publisher but Ubisoft said "no thanks".

I dunno. MK8 makes me want to get the WiiU. I *do* like what little I've seen of it (my friend had that Sonic cart game which was a fucking blast). I think Zelda will be the system killer. Actually, the Mario World looked AMAZING as well.

But I do so wish 3rd parties would step up. :(
posted by symbioid at 1:26 PM on June 5


The Wii U is great.

Between the convoluted setup process, the broken networking, and the extended time it takes to actually get into a game when you switch it on, I think it's inferior to the Wii. I don't care for the big rectangular controller with the screen either.

Super Mario 3D World is fun, but it would have been more fun on the Wii. It feels like I paid Nintendo not for a better system, but for a chance to buy the newer Mario games.
posted by Pruitt-Igoe at 1:31 PM on June 5 [2 favorites]


I thought Super Mario Galaxy for the Wii was pretty innovative, but the Wii U version just looks like Super Mario Galaxy with a new skin and a few new minor features.

It's just such a major investment (once you factor in controllers and buying the games) and I'm a little afraid that our older son will grow out of it rather quickly, while the Wii is enough for our younger son.

I would rather get them a true gaming machine (for some reason Goat Simulator craps out even the computers in our household with a dedicated GPU) and start playing Team Fortess or Kerbal.

I want to like the Wii U, but the crazy rollout strategy and its lack of games, plus the rather un-innovative approach to the games, makes me think it is just a big waste of money.
posted by KokuRyu at 1:33 PM on June 5 [1 favorite]


I've been laughing my ass of at these since the first couple started going viral last weekend.

I have yet to be able to make it through a good one without giggling like an idiot.

My favorites at the moment outside of the original one are this, this and this (the barrel roll kills me). I'm also glad that other characters are getting attention.

I only wish that DK's trollface and the creepy expression Yoshi makes were getting more attention.
posted by sparkletone at 1:46 PM on June 5 [2 favorites]


Between the convoluted setup process, the broken networking, and the extended time it takes to actually get into a game when you switch it on...

They actually fixed the long startup in a patch yesterday-- there's a quickload option now that makes things a lot better. But yeah, if you're not really into the Mario games there's pretty much no real reason to get a Wii U right now, since third parties aren't biting. Even they are just the best versions of their respective series-- not particularly innovative, just very, very polished. The big reason we got one was the local multiplayer, something not really offered by other consoles. It's a good party machine.
posted by sonmi at 1:53 PM on June 5 [1 favorite]


If Nintendo does not announce the year of WaLuigi begun at E3, I have no idea why they would even announce anything.
posted by running order squabble fest at 2:07 PM on June 5 [5 favorites]


DK's trollface
posted by Bangaioh at 2:20 PM on June 5 [3 favorites]


I'm really enjoying MK8 but yeah it makes me super nostalgic for Version One (SNES 4 EVAR). This may be a case of "your first pizza is always the best pizza you ever had"...what's that called again?

That said, the HD remake of Zelda Wind Waker is fun and had some good integrations with the WiiU gamepad second screen. I've also heard good things about Pikmin 3 but have never played that series and so I haven't tried it yet. Also when does Smash Bros. come out again? That's a critical moment for many, I think.

And it totally kills me that Nintendo is struggling so hard in the current market. They have always been my favorite Videogames Entity. Their overall sense of play and fun and family* is very refreshing and almost Apple-like in its single-mindedness.

*NES and SNES in Japan were "FamiCom" and "Super FamiCom" i.e. FAMILY COMPUTER how sweet is that I mean come on
posted by Doleful Creature at 2:39 PM on June 5 [1 favorite]


I thought Super Mario Galaxy for the Wii was pretty innovative, but the Wii U version just looks like Super Mario Galaxy with a new skin and a few new minor features.

There is no Wii-U version of Super Mario Galaxy. It plays the two Wii games.

I want to like the Wii U, but [...] the rather un-innovative approach to the games, makes me think it is just a big waste of money.

It's funny, but that's why I'm not planning on getting an Xbox One or PS4.

I would rather get them a true gaming machine (for some reason Goat Simulator craps out even the computers in our household with a dedicated GPU) and start playing Team Fortess or Kerbal.

Assuming you're talking about a PC, then we're agreed that it's a good time for PC gaming. Steam Machine should be pretty awesome, although likely I won't be able to afford one.

I dunno. MK8 makes me want to get the WiiU. I *do* like what little I've seen of it (my friend had that Sonic cart game which was a fucking blast). I think Zelda will be the system killer. Actually, the Mario World looked AMAZING as well.

I am planning on getting MK8 (the free Wii U game you get with it is a nice offer, just the excuse I need to get Pikmin 3 finally), and I've love Super Mario 3D World, which is actually quite difficult later on. They've also remade the amazingly underrated Wind Waker for Wii-U, which I really like. I'm not as enthused for the "Hyrule Warriors" game in the works, but they've promised that the next Zelda is going to break some of the unfortunate trends that have made Zelda games less interesting as of late.
posted by JHarris at 2:43 PM on June 5


They actually fixed the long startup in a patch yesterday-- there's a quickload option now that makes things a lot better.

Really! Time to fire it up and update then!
posted by JHarris at 2:45 PM on June 5


I just did a web to find out what was in the update, and was surprised to see this article at the top of the list saying Wii U sales suddenly picked up with the release of Mario Kart 8. Huh!
posted by JHarris at 2:48 PM on June 5


There is no Wii-U version of Super Mario Galaxy. It plays the two Wii games.

Huh? Are we splitting hairs, here? Did I use the wrong frigging nomenclature or something?
posted by KokuRyu at 2:55 PM on June 5


I'm not surprised. I tend to like Nintendo hardware, but really, if they ever, ever lose the insanely-consistent quality of their first-party games, they are toast. I look at them as a development studio so incredibly good at what they do (a genre I can only describe as Nintendo games) that they can sell their games at a premium: $60 + $console/handheld.

As a primarily PC gamer, they're the only company who reliably makes me covet consoles. Even though I usually wait the 5+ years it takes for a good emulator to pop up on PC. I've been enjoying a lot of Wii games via Dolphin, lately. I blew enough cash on Nintendo products in my youth to not feel overly guilty.
posted by gilrain at 2:56 PM on June 5 [2 favorites]


Wait a minute.... did I just link to New Super Mario Bros. for the Wii U? Argh, Nintendo, why why why.
posted by KokuRyu at 2:57 PM on June 5


Huh? Are we splitting hairs, here? Did I use the wrong frigging nomenclature or something?

The game you link to is Super Mario 3D World, which is not as similar to Galaxy, at least in my mind, that I would confuse the two. I corrected you because I wasn't sure if you meant the Wii games (which as I said do play on Wii U), or maybe you thought Galaxy 2 was a Wii-U game.

Just trying to understand what the heck your point was.
posted by JHarris at 3:01 PM on June 5


These are great. One of my favourite things about playing games on the Wii is the disconnect between violence and the cutesy Nintendo aesthetic. So on one hand here you have these horrific crashes with the characters grimacing in pain and fear, but it's Baby Luigi, so it's hilarious.

The best example of what I'm talking about is in Wii Boxing; when the adorable little Miis get knocked the fuck out they collapse like a sack of potatoes being dropped, usually head-first, into an unnatural jumble of arms and legs, and the effect is more violent and unsettling than it would be in a more realistic game.
posted by The Card Cheat at 3:02 PM on June 5


You didn't, you did link to 3D World.

On New Super Mario Bros. and the multiple times they've made it now, well, yeah. Enough with that Nintendo. Just to keep everyone on the same page, this is what Nintendo has been doing lately, re: Mario:

- Super Mario Galaxy: 2 games, last seen on the (non-U) Wii.
- New Super Mario Bros.: 4 games, one for DS, one for Wii, one for Wii-U, and one, New Super Luigi, is DLC for the Wii-U game
- Super Mario 3D Land/World: 2 games, one for 3DS and one for Wii. Of all these, probably the best.
- Mario Kart: lots, going back to the SNES.

Mario's okay and all, but I think I agree, he could use a break.
posted by JHarris at 3:06 PM on June 5 [1 favorite]


Unfortunately, MK8 is the closest we'll get to a new F-Zero.

MK8 is certainly an improvement over mk wii. Features include : Online that works still, higher resolution graphics, new tracks, and the ability to upload replays to youtube. Oh, and a counter to blue shells.
posted by pwnguin at 3:19 PM on June 5


FWIW, I got my WiiU on Friday, for Mario Kart 8. I am extremely happy with that decision. Both the system and the game are top-notch.

Nintendo is taking their time getting their tentpole titles perfect before releasing them, instead of doing the thing of rushing them all for the system launch, and MK8 is proof of concept.

I have played Mario Kart Wii more than I've had hot meals, and adore it. Mario Kart 8 is absolutely better.
posted by Navelgazer at 5:42 PM on June 5 [3 favorites]


Things Wii U needs (IMHO):

-A new Metroid Prime
-A new Star Fox
-A new for-realsies Zelda would be nice
-A new F-Zero would be way way way way way way way way cool

And I would be totally ok if they tried some new freanchises (I guess The Wonderful 101 might be that?)
posted by Doleful Creature at 5:46 PM on June 5 [1 favorite]


A new Star Fox could make excellent use of the controller-screen and online multiplayer, just sayin'. Awesome cooperative possibilities there.
posted by Navelgazer at 5:58 PM on June 5


oh my goodness a new F-Zero would just own completely

also, I can dream about a new Super Metroid-caliber 2D entry in that series, right? Zero Mission and Fusion were all right in their ways, but nothing beats the pure sequence-breaking, actual-secret-skill-developing joy of Super Metroid.
posted by DoctorFedora at 6:09 PM on June 5


My fucking god the Reddit thread is gold. Thank you, Metafilter.
posted by curious nu at 7:43 PM on June 5


So MK8 has a sort of 'tournament code' system. MefightClub leans pretty heavily PC. Is there enough Mefite interest in the blue to organize a mario kart event?
posted by pwnguin at 8:16 PM on June 5


Mario's okay and all, but I think I agree, he could use a break.

Mario and Zelda are what I like best about Nintendo. And those Lego Star Wars games.
posted by KokuRyu at 8:18 PM on June 5


Lego Star Wars is by no means Nintendo-exclusive though. Mario, I think, it'd be nice if they made another 64/Sunshine style game. (Sunshine: very underrated!)

Zelda could potentially be nice. I really hope whatever Nintendo's cooking for it, it's better than Skyward Sword, aka "let's wreck the series mythology and somehow forget what makes Zelda work, Wii edition."
posted by JHarris at 8:34 PM on June 5 [4 favorites]


Ahh, wonderful.

Thank you for still existing, Nintendo. The source of all my conflicts and all my bonding with my brother. The fact that there's a Mario Kart 8 makes my heart happy.

I agree that MeFi needs to collaborate on a shared Mario Kart game. Watch for me on Rainbow Road, beeyotches.
posted by quiet earth at 8:43 PM on June 5


One thing I like about Mario Kart is that the last track is always Rainbow Road, and it's always a terrifying neon-lit acid trip hanging in outer space.

Did you know that F-Zero X on the N64 has a recreation of N64 Rainbow Road as a track?
posted by JHarris at 2:47 AM on June 6 [1 favorite]


Since someone asked upthread, Pikmin 3 is great, but it's TRICKY. Puzzles involve using three different squads of pikmin simultaneously(sometimes they need to be doing different things in different parts of the level, and sometimes they need to all work together in a single spot). Also, you have to find fruit in the world because every day you use a bottle of juice up; it's a nice compromise between Pikmin 1's hard 30 day limit and Pikmin's 2 unlimited time.
posted by Elementary Penguin at 3:18 AM on June 6 [1 favorite]


Hello...
posted by Navelgazer at 4:53 AM on June 6 [2 favorites]


sorry if someone's already mentioned this, but it makes me laugh every time I see it
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 6:12 AM on June 6


I just want to say that I think that 3D World is legitimately the best Mario game ever made. Yes, even better than Super Mario Bros. 3.

Points:
Best implementation of multiplayer in any Mario game ever.
Peach is playable as a primary character for the first time since Super Mario Bros. 2. (Yes, you're still rescuing damsels, but progress is progress.)
Cat Mario is an outstandingly excellent powerup. (Not to mention the rare variant which scratches all sorts of SMB3 nostalgia itches.)
posted by NMcCoy at 8:30 AM on June 6 [2 favorites]


Don't forget all the little homages to every previous Mario game (the four characters have roughly the movement traits they did in SMB2, there are Super Mario Brothers 3 Goombas and Super Mario World Goombas and they look and work differently, etc).
posted by Elementary Penguin at 8:58 AM on June 6


Me, I cannot for the life of me see what the point is

I ended up getting a Wii U a week ago even though at first I was rather negative about it. What changed my mind was that there are games I wanted to play, so for me the reasons were:

Super Mario 3D World (lots of inventive one-off ideas, got perfect marks almost everywhere).
Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze (I loved DK Returns for the Wii)
The Wonderful 101 (it looks pretty humorous and innovative - that's my free game from Mario Kart)
Mario Kart 8 (a steal, considering you get a free game with it)
The Zelda: Wind Waker remake (part of the bundle and I wanted to replay it)
New Super Mario Bros U (which won't turn my world upside down, but it should be fun).

I haven't got a ton of free time, so I figure that these games along with a new Zelda, hopefully a Metroid and the odd indie and emulation make it worth it for me. I also have a PC for indies and the odd AAA game that interests me.
posted by ersatz at 9:03 AM on June 6


(Sunshine: very underrated!)

JHarris can we be bosom friends?
posted by Doleful Creature at 9:41 AM on June 6 [2 favorites]


Sure!

Points:
Best implementation of multiplayer in any Mario game ever.
Peach is playable as a primary character for the first time since Super Mario Bros. 2. (Yes, you're still rescuing damsels, but progress is progress.)
Cat Mario is an outstandingly excellent powerup. (Not to mention the rare variant which scratches all sorts of SMB3 nostalgia itches.)


I will admit, the game is damn fun. But that doesn't excuse all the many MANY versions of 2D New Super Mario Bros. they've made. I actually missed one above, there are two DS NSMB games.

Once the management of the pizza mines gets off their duff and I can finally go get Mario Kart, it'll probably be Pikmin 3 I get for the extra. I already have Wii U Wind Waker. Wonderful 101 looks very nice, but the Pikmin games have been so good. Back in the day I actually completed the 9-day challenge for the original game, and the 8-day challenge in Pikmin 2.
posted by JHarris at 4:17 PM on June 6


Looks like Nintendo noticed the meme!
posted by JHarris at 4:25 PM on June 6


One thing I found funny was that the Luigi Death Stares subreddit has over twice as many subscribers as the Mario Kart subreddit.
posted by cyberscythe at 9:54 AM on June 7


How are people getting Wonderful 101? I only see options for Pikmin, Zelda, Wii U Party and Mario Bros
posted by curious nu at 5:35 PM on June 7


Ah, turns out EU gets a selection of 10 games, NA gets.. 4. That's super awesome.
posted by curious nu at 6:42 PM on June 7


I'm a US user, but I have to say that, while I've played just a few tracks of Mario Kart 8 so far, Pikmin 3 is very nice.
posted by JHarris at 4:07 AM on June 8


Is it time to start linking to our highlight reels yet?
posted by Elementary Penguin at 8:23 AM on June 8


curious nu: "Ah, turns out EU gets a selection of 10 games, NA gets.. 4. That's super awesome."

You can buy the Wonderful 101 for like 20 dollars on amazon. And sell it when you're done. It seems like a waste to spend your download on it when it's fallen by 66 percent in less than a year.
posted by pwnguin at 5:40 PM on June 8


That's a great shame, as the game has boatloads of charm.
posted by JHarris at 10:55 PM on June 8


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