When Nintendo revealed Simon Belmont for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the video included Luigi ineffectually trying to fight monsters with the Poltergust, the vacuum he uses in Luigi’s Mansion.
However, the vacuum’s design appears different from both the Poltergust 3000 (used in Luigi’s Mansion) and the Poltergust 5000 (used in Dark Moon).
This has led some fans to speculate that the redesigned Poltergust in the Smash Bros. trailer might be a sign that a third Luigi’s Mansion game is in development.
Of course, we have the original Luigi’s Mansion being brought to the 3DS later this year. That itself could be intended to revive interest in the series before a new game comes out.
Whether they’re teasing it or not, I’d love to see a third Luigi’s Mansion game…
…if it follows the structure of the first game, not the second.
I’ve written before about how I consider the original Luigi’s Mansion to be vastly superior to Dark Moon, not only because Dark Moon focused so much more on comedy, but mainly because Dark Moon divided the game into a series of missions.
Luigi’s Mansion had a linear progression, yes, but as more of the mansion opened up, I felt I really got to know it. It was a more immersive experience, and I loved it. Dark Moon abandoned that for a mission-based system.
So if there is a Luigi’s Mansion 3, I hope it returns to the more exploration-driven style of the first game. Maybe reactions to the upcoming 3DS version will help. If we get another Dark Moon, I might just skip it.
How do you feel about the Luigi’s Mansion series and the potential for a third game? Do you think the redesigned Poltergust is a tease, or is the new design strictly for Smash?---
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