(Waring: games must have been made before the year 2000 to go in my ‘Classic Video Game Review’ series, this game was released in 2001 and therefore is under my ‘Video Game Review’ series.)
No more “It’s-a-me-Mario” nonsense, it’s Luigi time! Play as the green wonder in this game launched with the Nintendo Gamecube in the year 2001. With with the Poltergust 3000 and Professor E. Gadd Luigi will purge the haunted mansion.
The game Luigi’s Mansion for the. Nintendo GameCube was launched with the system. It did not become too popular from being entirely different from other Mario games, but it is still a good game. The GameCube was able to show how its graphics could be well for games on it’s system. The game is played in a haunted mansion, so the rooms are dark, but when the rooms purged of ghosts, the lights come on. The sounds and music have a creepy feel with Luigi whistling and whimpering scarily around the manor. The mansion is well built. It has many floors and rooms, such as a ballroom, bedrooms, dining room, basement, sky loft, observatory, or bathroom. Overall, the game’s graphics and sounds were a good start to show how the GameCube could handle music and lighting.
Luigi’s Mansion is not like a regular “Mario” game. Instead of the side-scrolling action, it is a 3D adventure game. There are many secrets to find in the mansion and ghosts to hunt. You have the Poultergust 3000, which is basically a vacuum which can either such/shoot air, and have elemental properties, such as fire/water. You have a flashlight which can illuminate the dark rooms, and it’s stuns ghosts, which is needed to do to capture them. You shine them with the light, the suck them with the vacuum all with the GameCube controller. The bosses are all different and the reward system is better is they are captured in one suction than several. The currency system is made from coins, bills, gems, and pearls which show the mansion style you win at the end of the game. (style A being the best mansion, style D for example being not to fabulous) A “Gameboy Horror” is the system Luigi communicates with Professor E. Gadd, and is used as a map. The game has 50 Boos to collect which yield a giant gem worth a fourth the amount of money needed to get “style A “, so go for all 50 Boos.
One great thing about this game is the Hidden Mansion version which is a re-vamped harder version unlocked after beating the game once. Once the player beats the game once, the quest retried in the normal mansion or the “Hidden Mansion”. It is the same gameplay, except for two things first, all ghosts (including Boos) give double the damage to Luigi, second, the Poltergust 3000 has 1.5 times more power. This can help get more pearls, which means more money and nicer frames.
Therefore, Luigi’s Mansion is a pretty good game for the GameCube. It’s takes the Mario series into another game style, and it lead to a sequel on the 3DS. I would give this game a 7/10.