In case you've been living under a rock for the past ten months, 2013 is the Year Of Luigi. Also, your rock is rubbish at keeping you up to date on current affairs, they have ones with WiFi now you know.
So far, in this, the Year Of Luigi, we've had
Luigi's Mansion 2, New Super Luigi U, Mario & Luigi: Dream Team and a dedicated launch on Miiverse for fans to congregate and worship at the alter of Luigi, mostly with sweet drawings of the man himself.
Today in this, the year of Luigi, the latest piece of Year Of Luigi merchandise went on sale in Europe and can only be purchased at
Nintendo's official online store, and it's arguably the perfect way to show your Luigi indoctrination is complete love.
Chris Scullion secured his limited edition Luigi 3DS XL this morning. Below he presents you with this extremely serious, professional slideshow.
Here's the box you'll see when you get the Luigi 3DS XL in your beautifully moisturised hands. Just look at it, all green and lovely. Ignore that bash on the bottom left: yours won't have that (unless your postman is neglectful).
The back of the box is almost as breathtaking as the front. It's worth bearing in mind though that as this is a 3DS XL it won't have an AC Adaptor in the box. So unless you already have one from another 3DS or 3DS XL, you'd better buy one if you don't want to be dripping salty tears onto its exterior.
Just in case you were concerned that the final design wasn't like the one on the box, and that Nintendo might be selling you a lame duck, here's what it looks like out of the box. Once you compare the two you'll feel so ashamed at yourself for doubting them that you'll probably remove half the friends from your Facebook account.
Here's the beast itself, in all its unashamed glory. No matter what shade of green you prefer it's all catered for here: lime green, emerald green, bottle green... um, well, that's it really. Still, that's three more greens than a non-green 3DS.
Here's the back of it. You usually won't see this bit because it'll be resting neatly on your hands as you play, but at least you can rest assured that if we as a species ever evolve to develop eyeballs on our fingertips you'll be able to see the lovely Year Of Luigi logo on the underside during gameplay.
For an idea of scale, we've stood the Year Of Luigi 3DS XL next to the actual, life-sized Luigi. Look at it! It's almost as tall as an actual person! How are you supposed to get that on the train? Actually, we lied to you - that's only a toy. Still though, you should have seen your face. You looked devastated.
There can be no denying that various types of Luigi enjoy the Year Of Luigi 3DS XL. That plastic one looked happy and this one seems similarly chuffed. It's almost as if he knows that these past thirty years of living in his brother's shadow have finally been worth it, now he's finally got his own handheld.
When you open it up there's a surprising lack of colour: the yin to the green outer yang, if you will. We're personally not interested in what colour the X button is, though. As long as its screens are nice - and the XL's 4.88" upper screen and 4.18" touch screen most definitely are - then we're content.
Speaking of celebratory years, where was the Year Of Donkey Kong? Last year it was Zelda, the year before that it was Mario... Nintendo's first true mascot has never had the respect he deserves. He debuted in 1981, so we expect a 35th anniversary celebration in 2016, Nintendo.
The 3DS XL isn't just a games device, you know. If you're small enough you can also use it as a sacrificial altar, granting fanboy wishes the world over by putting rival mascots out of their misery. Don't worry, if there's enough demand we'll take a photo of Tingle getting a kicking on top of an Atari Lynx.
When we first took the Year Of Luigi 3DS XL out of the box, someone in the office exclaimed that it looked so clean "you could eat your dinner off that". At this, a tiny hand snatched it from us and proceeded to have an English tea on it. We wish that smart-arse would stop taking us so literally.
Ultimately there can only be one real judge of a Luigi 3DS XL and that's the man himself. According to the real Luigi: "This is probably the finest handheld I've ever touched. Sorry? I'm what? Chris in a crap unofficial Luigi mask? How dare you, that's purely speculation." With that he ran off giggling.