The first Luigi’s Mansion saw the lanky green plumber saving Mario and defeating King Boo; then in Dark Moon, he was tasked with restoring peace to Evershade Valley; now in 2019, Luigi is gearing up to go on his biggest and most spooky adventure yet in Luigi’s Mansion 3, scheduled to release later this year on the Nintendo Switch.
Given it’s been six years since the last Luigi’s Mansion, fans of the series are excited to see where Luigi’s latest misadventures end up taking him. So we’re here to cover everything you need to know about the upcoming game and go over some major plot and gameplay details. We’ll be updating this story in the future, so make sure to check back.
Luigi’s Mansion 3 Release Date
In 2018, Nintendo announced that a new Luigi’s Mansion game was currently in development and anticipated to release sometime in 2019. We wouldn’t receive another update until E3 2019, where a new trailer was shown that highlighted the game’s story, new mechanics, and multiplayer. We also learned the game is now officially being called Luigi’s Mansion 3, however, Nintendo still hasn’t provided a firm release date and maintains a vague 2019 release window.
Taking a look at the company’s first-party release schedule, it seems likely Luigi’s Mansion 3 will launch sometime in the fall, preferably near Halloween. It’s interesting that Nintendo still hasn’t zeroed in on an exact date yet, but should there be any new announcements, we’ll make sure to share them with you here.
Luigi’s Mansion 3 Story
The new trailer outlines a lot of major story details that were previously speculated about. First things first, yes Luigi is back in a mansion; only this time it’s a sprawling hotel called the Last Resort and has multiple floors, some of which won’t be accessible at the start.
Second, Luigi isn’t by himself and is accompanied by Mario, Peach, Luigi’s pet Polterpup, and a few Toads. They had planned on taking a relaxing vacation together when things take a turn for the worst. After taking a nap, Luigi awakes to find everyone’s disappeared and the hotel now brimming with hostile spirits.
Equipped with his newly-updated Poltergust G-00, Luigi sets out to save his friends and find out who’s been pulling the strings. While we haven’t gotten a confirmation as to who the main villain is, previous entries have maintained King Boo as the preferred evil-doer. In the trailer, we’re given a brief glimpse of KB chasing Luigi down a hallway and an exterior shot where a large purple gem can be seen resting near the hotel’s roof.
This gem appears to be the same one King Boo wears on his crown, making him the likeliest suspect. It’s possible he’s found a way to harness the gem’s power to make the hotel’s ghosts more aggressive and kidnap Luigi’s friends.
We also know Professor E. Gadd will be returning to help Luigi on his journey and provide him with new gadgets. Lastly, Luigi’s Mansion 3 will ditch the more linear structure of past entries and give players more freedom to explore the hotel’s different environments; this leads us to believe it may play more like a Metroidvania.
Luigi’s Mansion 3 Gameplay – What Could Be Changed?
By including more Metroidvania elements, it’s possible we’ll see Luigi’s Mansion place more of an emphasis on equipment upgrades over traditional mission progression. We do know that Luigi’s new Poltergust G-oo comes equipped with a host of new abilities to help him deal with ghosts.
Here’s a list of all the ones that are currently known:
- Slam – while trapping a ghost, Luigi can slam them on the ground to inflict damage and even hit other ghosts.
- Suction Shot – Luigi can now fire plungers that latch on to objects and cause them to be destroyed when sucked up.
- Burst – The Poltergust G-oo now releases a burst of air pressure that launches Luigi into the air and pushes ghosts away.
- Gooigi – Professor E. Gadd’s latest invention allows Luigi to summon an alternate version of himself that can safely slide past spikes and squeeze through gates but is powerless against water.
While these new powers will prove useful when battling ghosts, they can also help Luigi reach new areas and find hidden items. This will no doubt lead to interesting puzzle designs we haven’t seen in any of the previous games.
Luigi’s Mansion 3‘s story mode will support local 2-player co-op, with one player controlling Luigi and the other controlling Gooigi. Additionally, the game includes a new online component called The ScareScraper, in which up to 8-players team up locally or online and attempt to catch ghosts and locate Toads in a large skyscraper before time runs out. Levels will become increasingly difficult as players make their way upwards and throw unique challenges at players that they’ll have to overcome.
The Final Word
Although Luigi may not have as many accolades as this older brother, the neurotic underdog can definitely hold his own in a fight. Luigi’s Mansion 3 will see the character stepping out of Mario’s shadow to conquer his fears once more and put an end to King Boo’s nefarious plans.
Given this will be Luigi’s solo debut on the Switch, it’s nice to see Nintendo expand upon the series and introduce new abilities and multiplayer modes. Although we still haven’t gotten a confirmed release date, the game keeps looking better with every new trailer, suggesting it’s close to being finished. For now, all we can do is wait until more information is revealed.
If you’re excited for Luigi’s Mansion 3 and want to learn about other upcoming Switch titles, check out our list for the Best Upcoming Switch Games.
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