Today, Chicago made homage to one of the greatest characters in video game history:
“I’m’a Luigi – number one!”
As The Year Of Luigi forges ahead full force, Nintendo chose the city of Chicago to promote Luigi’s new superstar game “New Super Luigi U.” Over taking several of Chicago’s L trains which blaze through the Brown Line routes, many CTA riders had the magical experience to ride the Luigi Line! I can’t even explain to you the level of excitement/anxiety I was feeling while waiting for the Luigi Line to pull over. All of the sudden, there is was: a beautiful green colored train with decals of the different characters in the game along with a few gold coins (too bad those golden pieces weren’t real…). As a Luigi fan for virtually my whole life, you can imagine the level of thrill rushing through my body while I stepped inside the train. For all you Chicagoans (or those visiting the city) that missed riding the Luigi Line today, do not fret. The Luigi Line will be running for about 4 weeks around the Loop on the Brown Line. So plan accordingly and experience a joyful ride!
While the Luigi Line paraded around The Windy City’s Downtown area, Nintendo made sure fans would get complete exposure to Luigi’s new game by setting up various kiosks around the Clark and Lake train station where people had access to play New Super Luigi U for unlimited time – which I may or may have not played for over 2 hours before heading home. NSLU’s gameplay controls and world displays are basically the same as in New Super Mario Bros. Wii; however, there are a few different tweaks. Luigi can jump higher and further than Mario, but he slides further too – so be careful and don’t plan on being able to come to a complete stop. It’s not happening. Also, the courses are shorter. This time around, you only get 100 seconds to complete the stage before being assassinated by unknown forces of The Mushroom Kingdom universe when the timer reaches 0. One cool feature that I wasn’t able to experience was the option to play as Nabbit. Nabbit is this little rabbit-thief looking character who is invincible against enemies. I immediately thought about how that would be “the saving grace” for older siblings who are forced to have younger siblings play with them. With Nabbit, the youngings can actually help you. So thank Luigi for this.
Yes riding the line home was fun and playing NSLU was beautiful, but the coup de grâce was getting the chance to meet Luigi himself. As I mentioned above, I have been a Luigi fan since his first appearance in Mario Bros. games. I’ve always been attracted to his underdog image because I was an underdog myself. And now he has an opportunity to break from his shell and shine – like I did at one point in life. Having the chance to finally meet him brought me back to when I was 10 years old looking up to someone who kept on fighting no matter the outcome.
I can’t wait buy the Wii U and NSLU – It promises hours upon hours of fun! What do you think about The Year Of Luigi? Have you played NSLU? Do you think Luigi will reach new heights of Super Stardom? I want to know! See you around!