Hey there, “First, it seems clear that Nintendo doesn’t have a major game in any of their beloved franchises (Mario/Zelda/Metroid) coming soon.” I have to disagree on this one here. Animal Crossing (June) is a beloved franchise, Fire Emblem (Feb) is a beloved Franchise, Mario Kart for the Wii U is also coming. They will not release another Mario title soon because they had one last year. You have forgotten than Nintendo has dozens of strong IPs/Franchises, even without a Super Mario this year, they have Animal Crossing, they still have Mario Kart, Pokemon, Smash Bros, all these IPs Nintendo can bring back in whatever time of the day. These are their strongest cards, they’ll use them wisely. Also, I cannot understand why you seem to point out that Nintendo brought back the character to save the Wii U when in fact most of the games that will be released featuring Luigi are all on the Nintendo 3DS. You’re argument is invalid.