As it gets deeper into fall and the leaves change, pumpkins are going on sale, and Halloween decorations are going up. The spooky times are coming ladies and gentlemen, and I can barely contain my excitement. I’m the type of person that loves Halloween a lot more than Christmas, so things like horror games are a tradition for me around October. As I write this, I reminisce about every October where I plugged in my old Gamecube, popped open my Luigi’s Mansion case, and put in the game while starting a new playthrough. When I got my first job and had a lot of disposable income I repurchased a Gamecube, and the first two games I bought for it were Luigi’s Mansion and Paper Mario. There is just something so iconic about Luigi’s Mansion that it’s hard to pinpoint, but I really think it’s the atmosphere of the game; the scouring the dark hallways while Luigi hums the theme for the game, but then once you clear a room and suck up all the ghosts, the lights turn on and Luigi calms down a bit and starts whistling. Yea, I know, I just got the theme stuck in your head for the hundredth time. But this article isn’t about the original game, it’s about the newly announced game, Luigi’s Mansion 3.
Just like many other people, I’m extremely excited for this game. It seems like a very loyal sequel that really builds on everything the first game did. Well, at least from what we have seen from the minute of gameplay. Even though this isn’t as big of a game as Smash or Animal Crossing, I do think this is a big 2019 title that a lot of people care about. Other than Fire Emblem Three Houses, Luigi’s Mansion 3 is setting up to be one of my most anticipated 2019 titles. Because of this, I do have a few opinions on how this game should be structured and what should be included in it. So with that, here are my five things I want in Luigi’s Mansion 3.
A Spooky Atmosphere
Now, this will be a bit hard considering Luigi’s Mansion isn’t an actual horror game. It’s not meant to scare the crap out of you, unless maybe you’re a small child, but this is also a puzzle game so small children probably won’t be able to play. Even though I know something like Luigi’s Mansion 1 really isn’t THAT spooky, it does have a spooky atmosphere. How does it do this though? It’s the low, bass filled theme that Luigi nervously hums, it’s the ghosts appearing behind you and grabbing you, and it’s the low lighting that makes you realize you’re not safe. The small things in this game that incorporate horror elements like the music, fixed camera angle and a few other things, really make that atmosphere. Why is this important, you may ask? The atmosphere, or the real feel of the game, is why I constantly go back to the first Luigi’s Mansion at least once a year. It creates nostalgia and makes the game stand out from the rest. I also obviously associate the spookiness with Halloween so I usually play Luigi’s Mansion around October every year. It just goes to show that single player games do have great longevity.
I’m not suggesting that the game should be two player, but now I think it may be inevitable. I think having more than one person will kind of ruin the atmosphere and spookiness of the game, but then again, I don’t really know since I’ve never played these games co-op. After the Direct where they announced that the remake of the first Luigi’s Mansion on 3DS will have the ability to be played co-op, I do think there is a great chance of that also coming to Switch. My only problem is that the 2nd player only plays as this silhouette of Luigi that is fully green… Couldn’t Nintendo put in an already pre existing character? It looks incredibly awkward and out of place and again, kind of ruins the atmosphere of the game. There are three incredibly east choices for a second character, like a random Toad. Toads were all over the Mansion in the first game so maybe in Luigi’s Mansion 3 it could be the same, and whenever you talk to a Toad, they ask if you’d like some help, thus initiating coop play. Waluigi could also be a great player 2 and I could easily think of a story that explains their reason for being there. He could have seen the Mansion Luigi built in the first game and got jealous, so this time he follows Luigi into what looks like a hotel (if it’s the building from the title card) and just tags along with him to get the money that Luigi is constantly picking up. Plus its just freaking Waluigi, put him in a damn mainline game already!
The third character I can think of is easily the best option and makes the most story sense, Professor E Gadd. This old timer is always there to help Luigi with his Mansion problems and even though he always mentions how old he is, is it really THAT hard to just stick him in the game anyways? Yes I do understand the programming and character modeling that would have to go into making a unique second player but still, fully green weird Luigi just looks stupid.
I know that I really just want this because I’m older and wiser now, and the puzzles of typical Luigi’s Mansion fashion probably won’t trouble me all that much, but I still want this nonetheless. I really just want this because I want the game to be more challenging and a bit longer. As much as I love the original game, I do wish it was a bit longer and harder. I’m sure that when I was a kid, some of the puzzles really stumped me, and thus the game took a bit longer, but when I go back and replay it, it’s usually around a 15 hour playthrough. Plus it’s been years since they have made a new game, so I’m sure the creative team behind this game can come up with some interesting puzzles that use a variety of mechanics. I don’t think this is going to happen though, since this is a Mario game and has to be accessible for a younger audience. Damn you Mario for not being more adult friendly. Maybe different difficulty settings could fix this?
A Big Mansion
As I said earlier, the first game in the series can be quite short even though it is a great adventure. But even still, I would like the Mansion that Luigi is exploring to be a bit bigger just to increase the length of the game. Fortunately for me and everyone else who wants this, as you can see in the trailer, it doesn’t look like Luigi is walking around a Mansion, but actually a very large hotel. At the end of the trailer you can see that the hotel is actually many stories tall and has a very spooky and defined look. You can also see in the trailer that the rooms that Luigi is in are very hotel like, and you can even spot some of Mario’s luggage in one room. If the hotel really is as big as it’s shown at the end of the trailer, I think we are in for a real treat. The developers did a great job of making each room in the first game feel very different and unique and I think with this hotel setting it could get quite interesting and fun. I don’t know anything about how a hotel works or what kind of hotel Luigi will be traversing (I sure know it’s going to be a haunted one), but I’m guessing hotels have a variety of different kind of rooms and back rooms that guests never get to see. God I’m excited for this game.
The Original Luigi’s Mansion Theme
I’m laughing to myself a bit as I write this because it’s kind of childish BUT THE GAME WONT BE GOOD TO ME UNLESS THEY SOMEHOW INCORPORATE THE ORIGINAL THEME! Even if it is just on the opening menu or cutscene, I will be somewhat happy. I have faith, since Nintendo knows how important and nostalgic their music can be, so I think there is a good chance they will put it in. The first thing I think about when it comes to this series is that iconic theme and I also hope they have Luigi nervously humming it. I’ve been walking around my house all day humming it myself. That’s all I really have to say, this was a petty request.
I love Luigi’s Mansion with all my heart and I grow more excited to play it as October is drawing near. The reason I made this article is because I have such a love for the original and thus I’m incredibly excited for the new, 3rd game in the series. I hope it’s more like the original than Dark Moon. Hopefully you agree with me, and even if you don’t, let me know what you think down in the comments. For all things spooky, stay savvy!