When it comes to the Mario brothers, there’s a certain narrative that’s become popular over the years. A majority of fans, and even Nintendo, believe that Mario is the superior brother, capable of saving princesses and the Mushroom Kingdom from any danger, while Luigi is easily frightened and considered quite useless.
However, let’s not forget how Luigi saved Mario in the first Luigi’s Mansion on Nintendo GameCube. In both LM1 as well as the 3DS sequel, LM: Dark Moon, we were given a glimpse of the potential Luigi has to save the day when no one else can. The newest entry, Luigi’s Mansion 3, seems to be a return to form for the series and we’re excited to see what new, spooky adventures await for the ghostbustin’, green-loving plumber this 2019.
Luigi’s Mansion 3 Release Date
On September 13th 2018, Nintendo released an announcement trailer for Luigi’s Mansion 3, which as of now is just a working title. At the same time, they revealed that a port of the original Luigi’s Mansion would be coming to Nintendo 3DS. The port was released on the 12th of October 2018, about a month before the game was originally released on GameCube back in 2001.
Without an exact release date, limited footage from the short trailer, and not even a definitive title, we can guess that Nintendo still has some big decisions to make regarding the game’s development. For now, all we can do is speculate when Luigi’s Mansion 3 is most likely coming to the Switch this 2019.
With the most recent game in the series, LM: Dark Moon, releasing in March of 2013, it’s possible to see Nintendo aim for another Spring release. On the other hand, the first game and the 3DS port released later in the Fall, so hitting that target might give them extra time to figure out some important details, like uh, the game’s name? So make sure to check back as we’ll be updating this story as we learn more information.
Luigi’s Mansion 3 Trailer
Luigi’s Mansion 3 Story
From the short announcement trailer, we can gather a couple things. First, Luigi is back in a mansion, this time in the form of a huge hotel that seems to have multiple floors to explore.
Second, it doesn’t seem that he came here alone, as you can make out an “M” on a red and blue piece of luggage in one of the rooms Luigi walks through in the trailer. This, along with a later scene that reveals four framed portraits above Luigi’s head, one of Toad, Mario, Princess Peach, and Luigi himself, suggests that the gang may have all came to this hotel together, possibly to relax and take a break from stomping on Goombas.
Lastly, at the end of the trailer, you can see a large purple gem near the top of the mansion, similar to the one on King Boo’s crown throughout the series. Maybe KB has returned to cause havoc for Luigi once again, this time kidnapping more than just his brother and instead all his friends. Or maybe he’s teamed up with a new, more sinister villain in order to carry out this evil plot and get rid of the gang once and for all.
Luigi’s Mansion 3 Gameplay – What Could Be Changed?
From the gameplay shown in the trailer, it seems like Nintendo is focused on capturing the feel of the first game. A criticism fans have of LM: Dark Moon is the removal of any Metroidvania elements, which allowed you to explore the mansion at your own pace, instead having you select missions for specific areas. With the mansion in LM3 having multiple floors, being able to approach the game in a number of ways would be a great call-back to LM1 and provide a dynamic experience for players.
Another thing fans miss from the first game are ghost portraits, which would culminate in wonderfully-themed boss battles. With this new mansion being a hotel, it’d be nice to see designated areas for different kinds of bosses like a kitchen where you battle the ghost of the head chef, a lobby where you encounter the spirit of the concierge, a broom closet where you fight the dead maid? Hey, it could happen!
It looks like Luigi’s infamous Poltergust has been upgraded since the last game as well. The new and improved Poltergust G-00, which made its first appearance in a Super Smash Bros. Nintendo Direct, will be Luigi’s weapon of choice in LM3. After seeing some of its upgrades like the Strobulb which stuns enemy ghosts as well as the ability to fire toilet plungers, we can expect to defeat enemies in new and interesting ways in the next game.
The Final Word
As far as heroes go, Luigi’s probably not at the top of anyone’s list. However, that doesn’t mean he can’t rise to the occasion, especially when it comes to saving his friends. Luigi has proven that he’s more than just a sidekick and we’re hoping LM3 gives him a bit more street-cred in the Mushroom Kingdom. With so much nostalgia surrounding the LM games, it’ll be interesting to see what Nintendo does with this series on the Switch in 2019.