The majestic horse is celebrated in the lunar calendar this year, bringing with it financial and marital volatility and impulsiveness, as well as the means by which Luigi will ride off into the sunset as his year draws to a close. Okay we made the last one up, but not the part about the Year of Luigi ending.
Luigi's moment in the spotlight in honor of being Mario's sibling for no less than 30 years comes to end this March 18th, as decreed by none other than Mario and Luigi's All-Father Shigeru Miyamoto himself:
Thanks to everyone's kind support, we were able to release many Luigi games over the course of the year. I hope everyone continues to cheer for the green brother!
However, all good things must come to an end, and the Year of Luigi will conclude on March 18.
In a special Developers' Room message in Miiverse, Miyamoto confirms the Year of Luigi Community and Luigi-flavored Developers' Room will no longer be accepting new posts or comments either on the fated day or once the number of comments in each community hits 1000.
Has it already been a year since Luigi stepped to the forefront as part of Nintendo's special celebration? It's actually been a bit longer than that, as Nintendo president Satoru Iwata officially brought forth the Year of Luigi last February 14th. Time flies, and hopefully it was because you were having fun... with Luigi.
To be sure, Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon on 3DS hardly disappointed sales-wise, and Luigi did get his own edition of New Super Mari-oops, Luigi Bros. U for the Wii U. And yes, he'll be in the new Smash Bros. games.
Update: Off by 2 days for original Year of Luigi announcement, fixed now. Apologies for inaccuracy. :(