Luigi's Mansion is an action-adventure/horror comedy/puzzle game published by Nintendo as a launch title for the Nintendo GameCube. It is a spin-off of the Super Mario Bros. franchise.
A port for the Nintendo 3DS was released in 2018.
Famed plumber hero Luigi has won a mansion in a contest that he never entered, so he has invited his older brother Mario to join him there and celebrate. He soon finds out that the mansion is really full of ghosts and learns from Professor Elvin "E." Gadd, an avid paranormal researcher and ghost hunter, that Mario is trapped inside. To prepare for Luigi's mission to rescue Mario, E. Gadd arms Luigi with the Poltergust 3000: a vacuum cleaner custom-made for sucking up ghosts, and the Game Boy Horror: a multipurpose parody of the Game Boy Color.
In the mansion, Luigi battles countless ghosts, including special portrait ghosts that serve as area bosses and sub-bosses and are sealed in paintings in E. Gadd's art gallery after their capture, and solves a series of puzzles to gradually unlock all the rooms of the mansion until he eventually arrives at the underground Secret Altar. There, he finds that King Boo, the ruler of the classic race of Super Mario ghosts called Boos, who orchestrated the kidnapping, is holding Mario hostage in a painting. King Boo makes an image of the Mario Bros.' archenemy Bowser, the King of the Koopas, appear in the painting and controls the image to suck Luigi inside. Luigi finds himself in an arena that resembles the mansion's roof with a hellishly fiery background, and King Boo drops in from above, puppeteering a giant, lifelike Bowser suit from the inside. Using explosive, spiked metal balls thrown by "Bowser", Luigi blasts the suit's head off and uses the Poltergust to drain King Boo's heart points (HP) until he finally captures the king and returns to the altar to save Mario. The mansion disappears after Mario's rescue and release from his painting, but E. Gadd uses the treasures Luigi collected on his mission to build him a new house on the former site of the mansion.
Why It Rocks
- One of the few games with Luigi as the main protagonist instead of Mario.
- Smooth controls with an innovative combat system.
- Great graphics for 2001 standards.
- Nice original story.
- Great music. If you pay attention, Luigi actively hums (and whistles) the main theme as he explores the mansion.
- Very creative appearance of the ghosts.
- Unlike other Mario games which have friendly moments, this game being a child survival horror has a dark and scary tone that makes going down the aisles tense, plus the game atmosphere of an abandoned mansion with ghosts is innovative for a Mario game, but at the same time having humorous moments.
- Luigi can collect treasures and money which are used to build Luigi's NEW Mansion replacing the old one at the end of the game. The size, ranking, and quality of the mansion depend on how much money and treasure he collects.
- Lots of little secrets and details all over the mansion.
- As a small gag, Luigi uses a Game Boy Horror to scan areas.
- Awesome and cool boss battles.
- It also introduced King Boo, and he is a great villain.
- The game had a major influence on the Mario franchise as a whole. Ever since Luigi's Mansion, Luigi, who was originally not a very fleshed-out character, has been characterized as a lovable coward and is often associated with Boos and other paranormal beings.
- It's a pretty short game.
- Somewhat few boss fights, only having four bosses in total.
- Boolossus, the third boss in the game, is extremely difficult to beat without taking damage below 90. Therefore, getting a Gold Rank requires trial-and-error.
- The beta version for the game over screen was terrifying.
- The American commercial, no words can describe how weird it is, although it isn't as weird as the Yoshi's Island commercial. Thankfully, the American commercial for the 3DS remake was much better.
- The NTSC version of the Hidden Mansion in the GameCube version is bland as the only two differences it has from the normal mansion are the stronger Poltergust 3000 and the enemies dealing double damage to Luigi. Thankfully, a lot of changes were made to the PAL Hidden Mansion, most of which were retained in the 3DS version.