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Luigi scares up some 3DS fun

Apr 26, 2013

By John Powell - G4 Canada

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Luigi’s Mansion: Dark MoonPoor Luigi. Mario’s twin rarely has the spotlight all to himself. Overshadowed by his older, perpetually princess losing brother on the 3DS, Luigi is always the faithful sidekick, always the back-up, always the companion...until now.

Nintendo has declared 2013 as the ‘Year of Luigi’ and to celebrate, the emerald plumber is starring in his own title: ‘Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon’ created by Next Level Games, a Canadian developer.

Doing his best Bill Murray and equipped with the Poltergeist 5000, Luigi is vacuuming up ghosts to save Evershade Valley. Working with egghead mentor Professor E. Gadd, Luigi is tracking down pieces of the Dark Moon, an object which has always keep the paranormal creatures happy and content. Shattered into six pieces and scattered into different mansions, the Dark Moon no longer has any influence over the ghosts and in turn some of them have gotten really, really grumpy.

Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon To aid Luigi in his bid to set things right, Professor E. Gadd supplies him with ghost hunting equipment. There are special attachments which freeze the spirits in place so they can be sucked up and reveal hidden objects and enemies. When not being used to trap ghosts, the Poltergeist 5000 can also suck out hidden objects like money, coins; pull down curtains or roll up rugs to reveal hidden doorways or items.

Every mansion you explore has puzzles and secrets that must be solved to move on. Secret passages swing open, special keys are found and oftentimes the world you see before you is pulled back and the true nature of things are revealed. None of the puzzles are too difficult although some will get you thinking. If you search around carefully and interact with everything, the answers will usually present themselves.

What might infuriate some players is there are no checkpoints throughout the missions so if you quit, you will have to play the entire level from the very beginning. On a portable gaming device, that is not sensible or convenient. Hunting some of the ghosts can be quite aggravating too. Moving from hiding place to hiding place and randomly poking their heads out only to attack, it is such a bother to tracking some of them. It can test the persistence of even the most easy-going gamer.

Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon Dark Moon’s atmosphere, the creaking floorboards, and the wind whispering through the windows, doors slamming shut on their own, all make for a spooky adventure. Dark Moon is a Scooby Doo not an Evil Dead creepy journey so there are no goose bumps and it appeals to all ages.

The animation is quirky, striking and so very charming. Luigi’s reactions to the spooks and the little details in his character make him just as dynamic as Mario ever has been. Treated this way, he could and will give Mario a run for his money. Although it is flawed, ‘Luigi’s Mansion’ is the perfect start to the ‘Year of Luigi’.


Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon
Format: Nintendo 3DS
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Next Level Games
ESRB Rating: E for Everyone
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Rating: 7 / 10

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