Review of Luigi’s Mansion 3 — Welcome to the Hotel Luigi

After a six-year hiatus, Mario’s younger bro Luigi has once again busted out his trusty vacuum and flashlight in his first titular adventure for the Nintendo Switch.  Even though I missed out on Dark Moon, I got pretty psyched when I heard that Luigi’s Mansion 3 was going to be a thing.  And now that I’ve gotten my hands on it, I can say that Nintendo and Next Level Games have done an admirable job with the third chapter of this spin-off series.  With that preamble out of the way, let’s chat about all the cool stuff that Luigi’s latest Ghostbusters-like adventure brings to the table.

Hotel hijinks

The Mario Bros., Princess Peach, and a group of Toads have received invitations to a luxurious hotel called the Last Resort, so they hop in their bus and hit the road without thinking of what could possibly go wrong.  After everyone gets checked in and hits the sack, Luigi and his Polterpup sidekick wake up in the middle of the night to find that his friends and bother are nowhere to be found and the hotel seems a little haunted.  After an encounter with the hotel’s corrupt staff, as well as King Boo, it turns out that Luigi’s allies (Prof. E. Gadd included) have been imprisoned in paintings.  With the help of his ghost-sucking prowess, it’s up to the green-clad plumber to restore order to the hotel and rescue his pals.

It sucks and blows…Literally

Luigi’s Mansion 3 runs on the same engine as its 3DS predecessor, with some obligatory refinements.  The mission-based structure of Dark Moon has been given the boot, and has been replaced by checkpoints that autosave your progress.  Luigi’s Poltergust has been given some new moves like shooting plungers, knocking enemies back with a jet of air, and throwing ghosts onto the floor or into each other.  You can even play as Gooigi from the 3DS port of the original Luigi’s Mansion, and he’ll be a big help if you need to navigate tight spaces or walk across spiked floors (Just don’t fall into water).

If you want the option to have friends explore the haunted hotel with you, your wish is granted.  The campaign supports two-player co-op, and you also get a plate of eight-player modes that task you and your friends with capturing ghosts, firing cannonballs at targets, or catching as many coins as you can.  It’s evident that replay value was high on Nintendo’s priority list when this game was in development.

Who ya gonna call?

The Luigi’s Mansion spin-off series is not intended to be in the same league as the heavyweight platformers the Mario franchise is heavily lauded for, but that doesn’t mean it can’t produce fun games.  With its high replay value and truckload of charm, Luigi’s Mansion 3 is, without a doubt, another must-have for Nintendo’s hybrid console.  We might not get a fourth installment anytime soon, but there’s plenty of  ghost-sucking fun to be had here.

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UK Retailer Leaks Possible Release Dates For Major Nintendo Switch Titles!

Yesterday, the Lootpots Twitter account tweeted that a UK-based online retailer accidentally leaked possible release dates for a few upcoming Nintendo Switch titles. The post came with a link to their article that discussed what Nintendo Switch titles received these accidental release dates and more.

You can view their article by clicking here.

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Image courtesy of Variety.com.

In their article, lootpots.com reports release dates for Luigi’s Mansion 3, Animal Crossing, and Daemon X Machina were found on the UK-based online retailer website, base.com.

Each game’s release date was cited on individual product listing page dedicated to each game. On that note, by clicking on each’s titles name above, you’ll be able to see the release dates for yourself. Be aware that these pages may be taken down or revised based on base.com‘s decision.

If we were to take base.com’s listings as fact, then that would mean Nintendo plans to release the spooky, ghostly title Luigi’s Mansion 3 on July 19th, meaning it would be a Summer release instead of Fall. The timing for this release alone seems odd–considering a release near October would be a better fit for the title.

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Image courtesy of lootpots.com.

Moreover, Animal Crossing’s product listing page, conflicts with the video-game store discussion article we reported on awhile back that said the game would release on April 29th, 2019. The release date base.com set for Animal Crossing for Nintendo Switch states the game will release on September 19th, 2019 which is contrary to the individuals claims in the April 29th rumor.

As for their “Welcome to Animal Crossing” title, keep in mind that that’s simply based on the logo alone and may not be the game’s official title. This goes hand in hand with Luigi’s Mansion 3–since Nintendo’s first YouTube trailer (and video’s title) for the game states that the Luigi’s Mansion 3 name is simply a “working title,” meaning, it may not be the game official name.

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Image courtesy of lootpots.com.

As for Daemon X Machina’s product listings for the website, it appears this game may release sooner than some may have anticipated. As shown in the image above, base.com states Daemon X Machina’s will release on May 24th, 2019.

To have a brand-new IP release near Summer seems fitting considering how we had ARMS release on June 16th, 2017. Honestly, it’ll be interesting to see it release this soon–if these “rumor” release dates are true.

Lootpots.com also states that they discovered another release data for the new Shin Megami Tensei title (trailer footage via the AtlusUSA YouTube channel) that was initially revealed during the 2017 January Nintendo Switch presentation (footage via Nintendo.com).

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Snapshot taken by me. Image courtesy of base.com.

According to lootpots.com, they report that Shin Megami Tensei received a December 30th, 2019 release date, but like lootpots.com, I assume this is simply a placeholder date. Interestingly, they believe the other release dates for Luigi’s Mansion 3Animal Crossing, and Daemon X Machina could be real because they coincide “with Nintendo’s usual pattern of Friday releases.”

Although these release dates may sound exciting to some, I believe this whole release date fiasco should be taken lightly. The reason’s because lootpots.com discovered that Metroid Prime 4, that Nintendo delayed, has a scheduled 2019 release on base.com’s website, being December 7th, 2019. Not related to the article, but if Metroid Prime 4 wasn’t delayed and was released on base.com’s listed date, than it would release one-year after Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Regardless, I believe fans shouldn’t get their hopes up. The few pieces of evidence reported above could make these listings feel inaccurate. Waiting for Nintendo to reveal these titles release dates publicly, is our most credible shot at figuring out when these games above will come out. If anything, we’ll be sure to keep you posted when more release date news for these and other Nintendo titles are publicly shared.

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