It’s about time that the younger brother gets his time in the limelight. I of course speak of the lean green machine Luigi. Being a younger brother myself, I’ve always had a special connection to Luigi, always in the shadow of his older brother that everyone seems to know and love. But who lead the launch title of the Nintendo Gamecube? Luigi! Who has an amazing title on the 3DS? I’ll give you a second to take a guess. If you guessed Link, well that is acceptable, I mean the Ocarina of Time remake was pretty awesome, but the man in question is someone else that dons the green garb.
Nintendo has declared 2013 the Year of Luigi. When I found out about this, I had the most goofiest, excited look about my face! (An actual picture of said facial expression can be seen upon request.) To kick off the Year of Luigi, Nintendo has recently released, Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon.
Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon is the sequel to the popular launch title for the GameCube, Luigi’s Mansion.
Luigi’s Mansion was the first game that I played when I got my GameCube for Christmas, and boy what a game it was! It was fun, new and featured my personal favorite plumber! But enough of my childhood nostalgia, there’ll be more for that later.
The story starts off with Professor E. Gadd. Ghost professional extraordinaire. While studying the activities of the paranormal, he is being aided by some lab assistants who are ghosts no less. Everything is going smoothly for the professor, until a certain King of The Boos decides to ruin everything by zapping the Dark Moon. The Dark Moon is a powerful crystal that floats above the Evershade Valley and seems to be the source of keeping ghosts non-lethal. With it broken, the ghosts have run rampant destroying the good professors lab.
Then enters our hero. Luigi in all of his mighty heroic glory!… OK so maybe he’s just at home and fell asleep with the T.V. on. After a rude awakening by Professor E. Gadd, Luigi is once again recruited to sweep a mansion clean of its ghostly apparitions. While this seems very similar to its predecessor, think back for a moment. How many mansions where there in the original? One. How many are there in this installment? Five. Five mansions filled from top to bottom with ghosts. With the Poltergust 5000 in hand and what little courage he can muster, Luigi sets off on his new adventure.
For a handheld, this game plays very well. The controls seemed very well laid out, while a second thumbstick to control the Poltergust 5000 would be very much welcomed, catching ghosts still feels satisfying. Dark Moon, is more mission based as each mansion must be taken care of piece by piece. This gives the player a great sense of anticipation for what’s to come. So you wanted to explore that particular floor that caught your eye? Well get back in there next mission!
Not only is Luigi accompanied by his Poltergust, but a new light attachment called the Dark Light Device. This new light can help discover hidden objects, doors and reveal secrets in various paintings scattered throughout the mansion.
If you’ve played the previous Luigi’s Mansion, there was money and treasure scattered all over the mansion. However, it wasn’t until the end that it actually mattered. This time, the money collected goes into upgrading the strength of your Poltergust and the duration of the Dark Light. Overall this was a much needed add on, as collecting treasure has become more meaningful this time around.
Not only is the game play addicting, but its Luigi’s character that really draws you in. Unlike his fearless brother, Luigi is timid and scared most, if not all of the time. Clicking on the d-pad will cause Luigi to cry out a small shy and timid “Hello?”. This of course followed by his timid walk is perfect for his given scenario of ghost hunting.
But who says you have to ghost hunt alone? Dark Moon offers players the chance to team up to conquer the “Scare Scraper”. Cheesy sounding yes, but hey I thought it was clever. You and three friends can join forces in three game variants having up to 5, 10, 25 or an infinite number of floors. The variant “Hunter”, has players…well hunting down each ghost until said floor is clear. “Rush” will have players searching for the exit before time runs out! Lastly, the goal of “Polterpup” is to find and capture all of the ghost dogs on each floor and let me tell you from experience, they prove quite a challenge to track down.
Let me finish with this. I love Nintendo. They were my first gaming experience since I was but three, and to this day, they always surprise me with their product. The characters have such a unique charm about them that I will enjoy them, throughout the rest of my gaming days.
If you’re a Nintendo fan boy like me, then this is something that belongs in your library of games.