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  The mission-based structure of Dark Moon has been given the boot, and has been replaced by checkpoints that autosave your progress.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.

4 Mario Sequels The Nintendo Switch NEEDS!

Since 2017 is coming to a close–why not discuss some sequels I’d love to see on the Nintendo Switch. Here are four video game sequels from Nintendo’s backlog that should appear on their new system.


4. Luigi’s Mansion 3

I’m pulling my wild card out early, but you know you want a new sequel to Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon on the Nintendo Switch. Although several rumors floated around–detailing a sequel in the works—I’m still holding my breath until it’s inevitable reveal. However, a true sequel to the first Luigi’s Mansion game is what I’d like to see appear on the Nintendo Switch. Not saying that I found Dark Moon’s gameplay bad, but there were several elements missing from that title. Actual dynamic and exquisite bosses.

The bosses didn’t seem too memorable compared to the variety of bosses shown within the first game. The game-play and the rest seemed fine, but I would love to see Next Level Games create bosses–similar to the first game. For the resolution and graphical overhaul for Luigi’s Mansion 3, I’ll leave that decision for Next Level Games to decide upon.


3. Mario Party 11 [With Online Play]

Isn’t a new Mario Party title kind of likely? Yes, you’re right, it is likely that the Nintendo Switch will receive a Mario Party game, however, what I want is a ‘true’ Mario Party game that harkens back to its roots. Enough with the car gimmicks, Nintendo. Everyone wants to freely move across the board and see their playable character end up in a good or bad position. It would build suspense and create a better experience for Nintendo fans.

Also, the biggest thing we gamers want out of Mario Party is an online mode where we can face our friends online. Imagine competing in mini-games online while sitting in the comfort of your home or on-the-go! Just the thought of that sounds fun! You can keep the local play features thanks to the two joy cons attached to the system. With all due respect, I have a feeling they’re cooking this up behind the scenes, but how long is that pot going to keep boiling? We’ll have to wait and find out.


2. A Mario Sports Game

I can’t comprehend why Nintendo hasn’t continued with the Strikers, Sluggers, or Golf titles. From the many sports games they have produced with these characters—it’s hard to imagine why they decided not to continue these games. The recent Mario Sports titles have been bland and a bit stale for me. They just don’t seem to carry the same amount of passion as their singular predecessors did. Mario Hoops wasn’t the best—but it could be fixed thanks to the Switch’s hardware. I expect them to go full throttle with either one’s development. We don’t want to see another Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash now, do we?

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1. Paper Mario

Before anyone mentions it, I enjoyed my play-through of Paper Mario: Color Splash. The comedic dialogue made me chuckle and the visuals were stunning all around. But, I would love to see Paper Mario ‘return to form’ per say. Unique takes on new and old Mario-esque villains and characters need to happen. I understand they want the RPG vibes to stay within the realm of the Mario and Luigi series of games, but taking that concept away from Paper Mario—dampens the strong, creative feeling Paper Mario 64 and Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door had.

Nintendo has shown that they wish to ‘return to form’ with Mario and Link–why not Paper Mario? Returning Paper Mario to his roots, and adding a unique twist to its formula–would certainly bring the franchise back up in everyone’s field of vision. Plus, I have to see how Goombella, Bobbery, and the others are doing. It’s been so long, Intelligent Systems!

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