Seventeen years ago, Nintendo upended expectations by launching its state-of-the-art GameCube console without a Mario game. At the time it seemed crazy - after all, Mario titles were key to the success of its prior console launches - but this time, there was something else awaiting early adopters instead. Luigi's Mansion was - and is - rather an unusual game. Combining Nintendo's charming character design and fun gameplay mechanics with a horror-themed mansion certainly isn't something anyone expected at the time, but since its release, the series has become somewhat of a fan favourite. And now, the original game has relaunched on Nintendo 3DS in one of the most interesting conversions we've seen in some time.
As a GameCube launch title, Luigi's Mansion remains an interesting piece of work. In many ways, the visual stylings of modern Nintendo games can be traced back to this release. With an ample polygon budget and new rendering techniques, Nintendo started down its path towards matching its renders of Mario and friends using real-time in-game graphics. As such, in its original form, Luigi's Mansion still holds up from a visual perspective.
This week, a launch GameCube title arrives on Nintendo 3DS in its twilight years, with Nintendo employing the expertise of Grezzo - the studio responsible for the 3DS ports of Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask. First impressions are certainly positive. Whether you've played the original or not, this new conversion is instantly appealing. Character models are smoothly rendered, texture work is all-new and beautiful and there are a lot of great touches strewn about the environment. The way coins and money jump about the screen, the cloth physics that appear when using your vacuum, not to mention the reflections in mirrors, they all look superb. The flashlight beam is also a juxtaposition of what seems to be a per-pixel light drawn across the environment combined with a transparent cone and lens flare effect. It's all very cohesive and at first glance, you might not even realise that the game's visuals have been completely revamped.
Luigi's Mansion is getting a third game in the series for Nintendo Switch, due in 2019.
A brief trailer for the game, which you can see below, kicked off tonight's Nintendo Direct broadcast, along with confirmation that it would be coming next year. It'll follow the re-release of the original GameCube Luigi's Mansion for 3DS, which launches on October 19th.
See, all that worry about Luigi being dead was for nothing.
Nintendo may have unceremoniously slain Luigi in its most recent Smash Bros. Direct, but the put-upon plumber brother will be back alive in the upcoming 3DS port of Luigi's Mansion.
A handheld version of the GameCube classic, Luigi's Mansion for 3DS now has a release date: 19th October. Just in time for Halloween!
Apart from its portable size, the 3DS version of Luigi's Mansion otherwise looks faithful to the original, which was an overlooked gem in the GameCube's launch line-up. A bit of an oddity - and not the big Mario game some were wishing for - it still found a cult following and gained a 3DS sequel a couple of years back.
The original Luigi's Masion is getting a remake for 3DS, Nintendo has just announced.
Nintendo Switch will be able to play GameCube games via its Virtual Console service, three separate sources have confirmed to Eurogamer.
Nintendo has partnered with Capcom to create a Luigi's Mansion arcade game.
Don't answer the doorbell tonight: the local kids haven't put much effort into their costumes, and besides, some of them are hepped up on goofballs by the sounds of it. Instead, stay indoors and dust off your GBA, your GameCube, or, um, your smartphone, and play some spooky games instead.
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Did you read parts one and two? Shame on you! Whatever your answer. In our final selection of Cult Classics for GameCube, Keza touches on all the most influential genres: real-time pinball strategy, asymmetrical team-based '80s arcade games, rhythm shooters, and duck-based top-down aviation puzzling.