The Luigi’s Mansion series is an odd departure from the Mario Bros’ previous outings. As the title indicates, Luigi takes centre stage in these games and he becomes a full-fledged Ghostbuster. Obviously, if Luigi was a regular Ghostbuster it would not be silly enough for Nintendo. Instead of a Proton Pack, Luigi uses the Poltergust G-00 which is basically a vacuum. Yes you read that right.
Luigi’s Mansion 3 begins with the crew (Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, and Toad) on their way to a hotel. Right from the beginning everything about the hotel seems shady from the staff to the mysterious owner. As expected the hotel is quickly overrun by ghosts and Luigi’s friends are captured. It is up to our green clad hero Link….err…I mean Luigi to save the day. Without giving away any spoilers I can say that the story is simple and serves its purpose. It’s quirky with some laughs thrown in and it retains the Mario Bros charm.
For a Nintendo Switch game, Luigi’s Mansion 3 looks and sound sounds fantastic. The character designs look great with their cartoony flair and the music seems to fit right into the Mario Bros universe. With 17 floors to explore in the game you would expect some repetition, however each one has its own look and feel and adds variety. The Nintendo Switch will always has it’s limitations when its comes to overall system power, but Luigi’s Mansion 3 is easily one of the best looking Nintendo Switch games.
Luigi’s Mansion 3’s controls are fun and frustrating. Luigi’s movements are controlled with the left analog stick, the suction and blowing of his vacuum are controlled with the ZR and ZL triggers respectively, the A button is used to zap the ghosts, and the right analog stick controls where you aim. Ghosts need to be zapped prior to them being sucked up, but each type of ghost requires a different strategy of attack as you will battle everything from huge ghosts to generic ghosts who wear sunglasses to avoid being zapped. The game also introduces Gooigi, a literal Luigi clone made of goo that can be summoned to assist in battle or help with puzzles. The entire story portion of the game can played with a second player which makes the game easier but a bit more chaotic. The chaos does not end there, there is the optional Screampark where 4 players can go head to head in “Mario Party” style ghostbusting. I did run into a few situations where I became disoriented with Luigi’s aim due to the control layout and it got very frustrating when he needed to use the vacuum to aim and fire objects.
Luigi’s Mansion 3 is the best game in the Luigi’s Mansion franchise. It uses the formula that works but isn’t afraid to change of the game mechanics when required. The game could have become monotonous, but it never did thanks to great level design and creativity. Watch out Mario, Luigi’s Mansion 3 is the most fun you will have on the Switch so far this year.