Luigi's Mansion for Nintendo 3DS

Luigi's Mansion

Oct 12, 2018
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About this game

Developer: Nintendo
Content Rating: Everyone


Luigi steps out from the shadow of his brother Mario and into the gloomy shadows of a very haunted house in this, his first-ever starring role. Armed with a flashlight and a customized vacuum cleaner, Luigi must rid the mansion of Boos and ghouls--and find his missing brother to boot. As Luigi, you'll search for the keys that open the many locked doors; vacuum coins, cash, and gold bars; and explore vases, bookcases, and drawers. From the brick-walled basement to the gloomy grounds, Luigi's Mansion is packed with chills, thrills, and creepy surprises.

Gamer Reviews

640 Reviews
0 review
Jan 6, 2022

**This review is for the original GameCube version as there is no official page for it here on whatoplay**

This game is near and dear to my heart. It was Christmas of 2001 when my parents gifted my brother and I with the new, hot console from Nintendo, the GameCube. Of the three games they bought for us to go with it, the other two being Mario Kart: Double Dash and Super Smash Bros. Melee—both great games in their own right—Luigi's Mansion stands out among them because it was the first game I ever played on the GameCube. To say my young, little mind was blown is an understatement. Being raised on SNES and N64, the updated graphics was such an exciting thing to witness. A core memory was born and I will always think back fondly on that simple time.

Say what you want about Luigi, but I credit this game with making him my favorite Mario character. He's brimming with a distinct personality every other major Mario character lacks (besides Bowser in the Mario & Luigi series). And his motivation is solid: despite turning his overalls a different color by the end of the night, a sniveling coward makes the choice to fight malicious ghosties in a haunted mansion with a damn vacuum because someone important to him is in danger. I respect that. Best Mario character lol

Luigi's Mansion is not a perfect game by any means—it's very easy, short, repetitive and the camera at times can be fixed in very frustrating places (especially for the final boss fight, oh lordy)—but upon revisiting it two decades later, it's just as much fun to play now as it was back then. The Poltergust 3000 is such a different tool to utilize when fighting with enemies or interacting with the world in general and I'll never get tired of using it. The elemental powers were a nice touch to keep the gameplay from going stale, though I wish the final boss fight incorporated everything we have learned about using each elemental power to make it more challenging and thematically satisfying. It seems like a wasted opportunity. Also, I need to rant about this real quick: that locked door on the first floor that blocks the staircase that leads to the second floor can go to Hell. Forcing me to take the scenic route—which includes having to listen to a certain character's cries of terror from below—every time I needed to backtrack was a dirty move. Just, it can burn.

Overall, Luigi's Mansion is a solid game that I recommend everyone try out at least once. It's a weird and different experience for a launch title but I think Nintendo's gamble paid off. Starting next year, I'm gonna make sure this one's in my rotation to kick off Spooky Month.



Aug 4, 2020

Aggregate Gamer Reviews

Critic Reviews

33 Reviews
Xander MorningstarOct 11, 2018
It’s not as visually impressive as the GameCube’s version. It’s not really any longer, even with the achievements, Most probably aren’t going to play for every ending. But all that said, it still works well, and I walked away pleasantly surprised. Then again…what ghost up, must come down.
Corey GavazaOct 22, 2018
Luigi’s Mansion on 3DS is a great recreation of the original classic. The entire adventure is here and it’s just as charming and unique as ever. Fans of Luigi’s Mansion who pick this up won’t be disappointed with what they find in this package. However, it should be said that as $39.99 title, you should consider whether or not five or so hours of original gameplay is worth it to you.
Jamie WardOct 26, 2018
It’s just a very good game with the same problems as the original, mainly being the length of the main story. If you missed it back when it was first released and enjoyed the sequel, then I urge you to try this. If you already took a trip to Luigi’s Mansion on the GameCube, then I don’t see any need to revisit it on the 3DS, as you could argue that the original remains the better version.

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