Ah, Luigi—Mario’s slightly taller, greener, and occasionally overshadowed brother. But let’s not forget that he’s the star of his spectral escapade: “Luigi’s Mansion” for the 3DS. Imagine this: you win a contest you never entered (sound suspicious?) and end up with a haunted mansion. Luigi finds himself in precisely this odd situation, but with his brother Mario missing and ghosts all around, Luigi teams up with a scientist named E. Gadd and his tricked-out vacuum cleaner to delve into the haunted abyss.
A GAME OF CHANCE AND A HAUNTED MANSION
Luigi didn’t ask for this. He never even signed up for the contest that declared him the owner of a spooky castle. But curiosity killed the cat—or, in this case, nearly bagged a Luigi. When Luigi gets to the mansion, and Mario is nowhere to be found, things quickly go from “This could be fun” to “Why is that chair floating?” If you’re a sucker for mysterious stories where you’re thrown into the deep end (ghosts and all), then this game is your jam.
TEAMING UP WITH A MAD SCIENTIST
Enter Elvin Gadd or E. Gadd if syllables aren’t your thing. This quirky scientist swoops just in time to save Luigi from his first ghostly encounter. How? With a vacuum cleaner, of course. Nothing says “heroic rescue” like household appliances. E. Gadd tells Luigi he saw Mario enter the mansion, so Luigi gets armed with E. Gadd’s ghost-busting vacuum and sets out on his mission. If that’s not the most Nintendo thing to happen, I don’t know what is.
GHOST HUNTING 101: YOUR WEAPONS
In a haunted house, a regular flashlight won’t cut it—you need “ghost repellent”! Thankfully, E. Gadd outfits Luigi with a special flashlight, a ghost-sucking vacuum cleaner, and a Game Boy Horror. To catch those pesky spirits, Luigi has to first shine his flashlight on them, then use his vacuum to seal the deal. It’s like fishing, but replace the fish with translucent, moaning spooks. For a few special ghosts, Luigi needs extra goodies like medallions. Why? Because the spirits read the rulebook and decided to be complicated.
THE GAME BOY HORROR: A GAMER’S GPS
It would be best to have directions in a mansion with more rooms than in a Tetris game with blocks. And that’s where the Game Boy Horror comes in. This isn’t your typical Game Boy; it’s a map and a key-finding assistant all rolled into one. Never get lost again in a room full of antique vases and creepy paintings. Also, it helps you find keys, which are critical because, as we all know, locked doors in a haunted mansion never lead to a linen closet.
YOU CAN’T ESCAPE THE BOSSES
Do you think you can vacuum up every ghost in your path? Think again. Boss monsters make regular ghosts look like Casper’s introverted cousins. These big baddies habitually slip into other rooms just when you thought you had them cornered. So, you’re not just hunting; you’re chasing them across the mansion. It’s like a game of ethereal tag, except you’re “it,” and “it” has a vacuum cleaner of doom.
So there you have it. A deep dive into “Luigi’s Mansion” for the 3DS—a game that teaches us valuable lessons about curiosity, the importance of household appliances in ghost hunting, and how, even in a haunted mansion, it’s still all about family. Get your flashlight ready, folks; you’re in for a hauntingly good time.