• Developer: Next Level Games
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Price: $59.99
  • Release Date: October 31st, 2019
  • Date Reviewed: November 7th, 2019
  • Reviewed On: Nintendo Switch
  • Review Copy: No

Luigi’s Mansion is one of my favorite Nintendo franchises, the original Luigi’s Mansion on the GameCube was one of my favorite games on the system and I loved Dark Moon. It’s safe to say that I had extremely high expectations going into the third entry in the series and I was not disappointed. Luigi’s Mansion 3 is a visually beautiful game filled to the brim with fun puzzles, unique and interesting ghost, and charm. To avoid spoilers I’ll only be adding images from trailers in this review.

The story isn’t much to write home about. Mario, Luigi, Peach, and a couple of Toads get invited to a very nice hotel for vacation. However the whole thing is revealed to be a fake ploy by King Boo and the owner of the hotel Hellen Gravely to kidnap Mario and friends. Luigi is able to escape, find the Poltergust G-00, rescue the also kidnapped Professor E. Gadd, and go up the hotel to save his friends. While this isn’t some epic story with tons of plot twist it’s just enough to keep you interested and is a huge improvement than the usual Bowser kidnaps Peach we’ve gotten use to in the Mario series.

There are 17 floors in the haunted hotel each with their own unique theme and boss ghost at the end. The bosses all have their own gimmicks and unique weaknesses. No boss felt too similar to others. The floors are also filled with super creative puzzles, it took me a few minutes to find out the answer for some of them. When you do find the right answer it feels super rewarding. Some of my favorite floors were the Hotel Shops, Castle MacFrights, & Paranormal Production. There weren’t any floors I absolutely hated, they all have something fun and different to offer. The main campaign took me just over 10 hours to complete, it did have a pretty abrupt ending with not much build. I would’ve great appreciated another floor or two.

Luigi has tons of new tricks he can use to defeat ghost in this game. The suction shot is basically a plunger that can stick to surfaces. Pull the string on the plunger and you can destroy objects and find hidden items. Burst shoots a bunch of air out of the bottom of the Poltergust G-00 to give Luigi some airtime, and the star of the show Gooigi. Gooigi allows you to control what is essentially a second Luigi who’s archenemy is water and door handles. And of course for catching ghost you can slam them. All of these allows for super unique and creative puzzles & bosses that wouldn’t be possible in any other game.

The controls work well in most areas, just walking around and catching ghost works great but some other features don’t work as well. My biggest issue is with aiming the suction shot, it can be aimed with the right stick but also with motion controls. It’s hard to get a precise shot and the lock on system isn’t great. Sometimes the architecture of the room gets in the way of the camera. However, these aren’t very common occurrences and didn’t hinder the experience much at all.

Graphically the game looks amazing. The improvement from the first reveal trailer is honestly incredible. All the models and animations are extremely fleshed out. The lighting engine looks beautiful in parts and all of this just compliments the great floor design. It achieves all of this while still holding a steady 30 frames per second. Since Luigi’s Mansion isn’t a super intense game that relies on your reaction time 30 fps is perfectly fine, and it’s worth it to have the game look as good as it does.

There’s more to Luigi’s Mansion 3 than just the single player story mode as there are multiple multiplayer modes. In the story mode you can do multiplayer co-op with one player controlling Luigi and the other controlling Gooigi. Other than that you have two other completely multiplayer modes, the Scarescarper and the ScreamPark. The Scarescarper is a tower with Infinite floors where you must defeat all of the ghost and save the Toads on that floor before the time runs out. You can play with up to 8 players either local or online. This is the same mode from Luigi’s Mansion Dark Moon brought back. The ScreamPark is completely new to Luigi’s Mansion 3. It’s a team of 4 Luigi’s versus 4 Gooigi in three different minigames. Coin Floating where try to collect the most amount of coins while on a floaty, Ghost Hunt where the team that catches the most ghost win, and Common Barrage where you use the Poltergust G-00 to fire canon balls at the other team. Both of these modes are very fun to play with others and will receive paid DLC later down the line.

Luigi’s Mansion 3 is a nearly perfect game. It has tons of content not just for single player but multiplayer as well. All of the modes reek of creativity and passion. If it wasn’t for the small issues with the controls here and there and me wanting the game to be a bit longer I’d give it a perfect 10/10. Even without the perfect score I’d 100% recommend Luigi’s Mansion 3 to anyone who has a Nintendo Switch.