[Preview] Luigi’s Mansion 3

Written by Brett Hill


  • Launch: 2019
  • Number of Players: 1-8
  • Genre: Adventure, Action
  • Publisher: Nintendo

Luigi’s Mansion 3 was my most anticipated game of the day, finding out that there would be a playable demo at the post E3 event at Nintendo HQ was one of the main reasons of travelling down to Windsor. We were given the advice to blast through the tutorial and to press the – button on the Pro Controller to skip the short cut scene due to time restraints but that didn’t stop me from taking my time to soak up all the charm of what Luigi’s third outing had to offer.

Luigi is back in his biggest adventure yet and this time he is taking his Bro and the residents of the Mushroom Kingdom with him. What was meant to be a relaxing vacation in a towering hotel, well, not everything is all it’s cracked up to be. It doesn’t take long for Luigi to encounter a ghoulish presence and become a quivering mess. Luigi’s friends have been kidnapped and have been turned into haunted paintings, it is now down to the green overall-wearing hero to save them.

Professor E. Gadd has suped-up the Poltergust and has added many new features to help Luigi on his quest. These were shown off in the tutorial at the beginning of the demo, you could try the new moves out on Polterpup. Poor ghost doggo!!
The new moves (slam, suction shot and burst) are a welcome addition to the series that made the game play seem to have more depth to it compared to previous titles and made the ghostly take downs more engaging. The final modification to the apparition swallowing vacuum is the option to summon Gooigi.

The environment in the playable demo had a medieval theme to it, which consisted of a few rooms filled with ghouls and puzzles to complete before entering an arena to take on a jousting, lance wielding boss on horseback. Each room required you to use one or a combination of the new functions, there was a sense of satisfaction slamming enemies into walls and other ghosts. When Gooigi was summoned Luigi would fall into a docile state and you could control Gooigi to walk through areas not normally accessible by Luigi, such as spike pits. A rep informed us that when in co-op mode player 2 will take control of Gooigi.

Luigi’s Mansion 3 still doesn’t have a release date yet but it will be available to play in 2019.

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