Super Mario 3D World News: Princess Rosalina Joins the Cast, Nintendo Keeps 'Year of Luigi' Going [VIDEO]

By Luke Caulfield , Updated Nov 14, 2013 08:24 PM EST

The next Mario title in line, Super Mario 3D World, is already chock full of Mario regulars with the plumber himself, his skinner brother, Peach, and Toad, so what's one more? In addition to the pink Princess Peach, Nintendo has revealed that another member of royalty is coming to the Wii U title: Princess Rosalina, who made her debut in Super Mario Galaxy and has since appeared in various other Mario games, like a few Mario Karts and the sequel to Galaxy, will now appear once again as a playable character in Super Mario 3D World.

While a lot of the characters retain familiar abilites from the old NES Super Mario Bros. 2 game (Peach can float, Toad is quick, Luigi has that akward looking, but effective high jump, you know the deal), we don't know yet what Rosalina's in-game ability is. But given her skill set, something involving magic shouldn't be too far off.

New(ish) characters are great and all, but isn't 2013 what Nintendo has declared the year of Luigi? The poor, green overalled plumber has been in the shadow of his brother far too long. But then again, it is hard to be the center of attention when your brother's done everything from wrangle a giant gorilla to play referee over Mike Tyson.

Despite Mario's game appearances numbering into the hundreds, Nintendo hasn't forgotten about Luigi. In fact, the company is going old school, honoring the plumber with his very own rendition of the original arcade classic Mario Bros., dubbed, Luigi Bros. While it doesn't look like much more than a palette swap, I'm sure that Luigi is charmed by the thought. It will appear as a bonus game when Super Mario 3D World releases in North America, next week, November 22, and in the U.K. and Europe on November 29. Check out the video below to see Luigi do some 8-bit damage.

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