On March 24th Luigi will finally push Mario out of the spotlight and emerge from the massive shadow of the Italian plumber turned superhero when he headlines Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon. The game is heading to the Nintendo 3DS and is a sequel of sorts to the original Luigi’s Mansion, which was released in 2001 for the Nintendo GameCube.
In the new game, Luigi is sent to five new haunted houses by Professor E. Gadd (from the original game) armed with the new Poltergust 5000 to capture ghosts and gather various treasures along the way. Just like the Poltergust 3000 from the original, the 5000 is a specialized vacuum cleaner used to capture the ghosts. The new game adds to the gameplay by making it a little more difficult to capture the ghosts along with new puzzled-oriented elements to advance through the game. Also new is a multiplayer mode on the Nintendo Network that always players to assume the role of Luigi (in different colors) to explore the “ScareScraper” mansion.
If the new game is anything like the original it’ll be a blast to play. Not only did the original game not take itself serious, but the concept alone of Luigi in a haunted house with a vacuum to catch ghosts is as fun as it gets. Why didn’t the vacuum ever make it into other Mario game’s Haunted House levels? Check out Luigi’s new adventure next month (and you can pre-order it here)!