Nintendo isn’t showing a new mainline Mario game at E3 this year, unless you count Super Mario Maker 2. However, they are giving Mario’s brother a place in the spotlight with Luigi’s Mansion 3 (working title).
Luigi’s Mansion 3 — What We Know
We first heard of Luigi’s Mansion 3 back in September of 2018, when Nintendo released a trailer for the game. While Nintendo released a remake of Luigi’s Mansion for the 3DS in fall of last year, Luigi’s Mansion 3 is the first true new game in the series since 2013’s Dark Moon. It’s also the first for a Nintendo console — rather than a portable — since the original for the Gamecube way back in 2001.
Gameplay in Luigi’s Mansion 3 seems very similar to that of its predecessors. Luigi hunts ghosts using a flashlight and an upgraded Poltergust G-00, which he also uses in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for his throws and Final Smash. Previous Luigi’s Mansion games have featured Luigi rescuing his brother, so it seems likely that this one will follow in that tradition.
We can only speculate on most of Luigi’s Mansion 3 until we get to grips with it, but there is one thing I’d love to see. Remember when Nintendo showed Death tearing Luigi’s soul from his body? What if Luigi had to deliberately enter a near-death state to tackle particularly powerful ghosts ala 1996 horror-comedy The Frighteners? The odds of Jake Busey starring as a spectral mass murderer posing as the Grim Reaper seem low, but maybe it’s just like, Bowser or something?
Regardless, it’s exciting to see Luigi finally getting back in action. The year of Luigi is a distant memory, but maybe Luigi’s Mansion 3 will be the start of a green renaissance.
Luigi’s Mansion 3 — Hands-On Impressions
Luigi’s Mansion 3 is going to be playable at E3, so we’ll update with our impressions after we’ve gotten our hands on it.