North America is still waiting for the boxed release of New Super Luigi U – we in Europe got it last month. Still, at least they’ve got this Luigi branded train to make up for it.
It celebrates the curiously late launch of the game later this month, and the wider Year of Luigi. That marks the character’s 30th anniversary, which is confusing given that Nintendo celebrated Super Mario’s 25th anniversary only three years ago.
Anyway, the train is on the Chicago ‘L’ – short for ‘elevated’, North American public transport fans – and having been unveiled on Monday, it’s going to run until 8th September.
Fingers crossed the actor in the Luigi costume won’t have to remain on board the entire time.
Gotta beat ’em all
That’s what competitive Pokemon looks like – a cross between Blockbusters (with all the mascots) and a particularly poor staring contest.
It was the 10th Pokemon World Championships last weekend, covering both trading card and video game interpretations of the catch ’em all juggernaut. Smartly, winners get not only a lovely Pikachu trophy, but also scholarships – presumably for university, rather than further Pokemon training.
There are three age groups, and the shock news this year was that the top video game masters division was won for the first time by a European – Arash Ommati from Italy.