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Sep 142018

Yesterday’s Nintendo Direct had several exciting announcements, and the one I was the happiest to see came first: Luigi’s Mansion 3 is in development for the Switch.

We discussed the possibility last month, when Simon Belmont’s Super Smash Bros. trailer included Luigi wielding a new Poltergust.

As you probably know by now, I enjoyed the original Luigi’s Mansion much more than Dark Moon. If Luigi’s Mansion 3 follows the original’s style, I’ll be thrilled. If it’s more like Dark Moon, I’ll be disappointed.

Which will it be?

We’ve only seen a short teaser for Luigi’s Mansion 3 so far, and it’s still hard to say. There are elements in the trailer that could point toward either direction. Let’s take a look.

The art at the end shows what appears to be a huge mansion (or possibly a hotel, judging from the rooms we see), which gives me hope that it will take place in a single location like the original. However, there is a cartoonish look to the ghosts that suggests a lighter tone similar to that in Dark Moon.

I went back and watched the original announcement for Dark Moon to compare them, and the Dark Moon announcement had much more of a comedic/slapstick tone. Based on that comparison, Luigi’s Mansion 3 already feels more atmospheric to me.

(They also said right away that Dark Moon would have multiple mansions, although something like that is hard to judge from Luigi’s Mansion 3’s short teaser.)

So what about the structure? The large mansion seems like a good sign, but we can’t rule out the possibility that you still explore it in segmented missions. For all we know, each floor could act like a different mansion.

But the teaser looks good and I’m hopeful that this will be a return to form for Luigi’s Mansion, with a new building to explore in a style closer to the first game. What do you think?

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  2 Responses to “Luigi’s Mansion 3 Announced for the Switch!”

  1. Most people feel the same as you. Personally I loved Dark Moon, so I’ll be happy either way. 🙂

    • I was surprised to see how many people feel the same way I do. When I first played it, I had the impression that I was in the minority for not loving it, but now I see lots of people talking about the same things I disliked about it.

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