Review: Luigi’s Mansion (Nintendo 3DS)

Suck up your fears and embark on a supernatural, comical quest to save Mario in Luigi’s Mansion for Nintendo 3DS In this remake of the Nintendo GameCube classic, tread carefully through a haunted house – alone or with a friend – as you solve pesky puzzles and guzzle up ghouls with your trusty vacuum cleaner.

Pros:

  • Fantastic graphics.
  • 1827 Blocks download size.
  • Opening tutorial area.
  • Three save slots.
  • In engine cutscenes.
  • Spooky soundtrack.
  • Options- Move- Standard or sidestep, Sensitivity, C-stick- Standard or inverted, Up/down sensitivity and circle pad, Pro adjustment and on/off setting.
  • The playfully spooky atmosphere.
  • Amiibo support- Gives items and rewards.
  • Download play support- One game copy, Two people can play it and take part in the practice area and view the gallery.
  • Gooigi- Co-op partner. Green gelatinous form your co-op mat takes.
  • Uses Gyro controls.
  • Brightness slider 1-4.
  • Gameboy color is used as the in-game gadget.
  • The lower screen is the map and you can zoom in/out, Your position is displayed as an 8 bit Luigi model from the NES. You can also check on any caught ghosts and the map that shows doors/keys/points of interest.
  • Own in-game achievements.
  • Can save in the game.
  • Cool ghost catching mechanic. You can stun the ghost with your torch then suck them up, Moving the opposite way to keep them hooked. Each ghost has a timer that goes down until you catch them.
  • Collect coins in the game, Find them in hidden places, Behind pictures/vases etc.
  • Camera- Take in-game screenshots.
  • Gallery ghosts- Search them once found to learn about them and their weaknesses. Acting like mini-bosses and once captured are put in the gallery where you can challenge them again later alone or in download play.
  • 100 hearts- Can get hearts back from finding them and defeating ghosts.
  • Co-op= For full co-op play you need two copies of the game.

Cons:

  • Cannot skip all cutscenes.
  • The Co-op within download play is very limited and serves more like a mini demo.
  • Cannot turn off gyro controls. making it hard to play at times as Luigi tends to keep looking at the ground.
  • Levels are long and not very commute friendly.
  • Achievements don’t pop up in game.

  • 9/10
    Graphics - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Sound - 9/10
  • 7/10
    Accessability - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
8.2/10

Summary

A game that is as much fun as it is nostalgic, You get to go back to a time when the sidekick of a well-known franchise not only got their own game But got a top quality game every bit as good as the main series he stars in. With Gyro controls mandatory, however, this will make or break your choice upon buying it. It works and works well but sometimes you don’t want the faff of moving around, Say on a bus or lying in bed. It would just be nice to turn it off. Away from that I always welcome download play as I feel it gives more bang for your buck, Here it is just for a self-contained little area but still its good for if you want to play with a younger gamer or show off the mechanics to another gamer. Co-op is in the game but is an expensive luxury with two copies of the game needed. The game itself is indeed a lot of fun fool of humor and clever mechanics, Luigi’s mansion is a game you really must play at least once in your life. The best nonbranded Ghostbusters game ever made.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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