Luigi's Mansion

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Platforms: GameCube, Nintendo 2DS/3DS and Nintendo Switch

Genres: Action, Adventure and Puzzle

Released: October 2018. Added to this library 5 months ago, last updated 3 months ago.

Overview

The three Luigi’s Mansion (Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Gamecube or Nintendo Switch) games each challenge you to investigate a haunted mansion. As longstanding Nintendo character Luigi, you play a ghostbuster to capture various mischievous ghouls. The puzzles are beautifully intricate and a satisfying mystery to solve for all ages.

This adventure follows a narrative around Luigi needing to find and capture ghosts. As he progresses he gains more skills and equipment. This is similar in all versions although the scope, graphics and interactions develop with the series.

Commitment

Duration: This game will take between 14 hours and 20 hours to complete.
 
Players: You can play with 8 players in the same room and up to 8 players online. Luigi's Mansion on the Gamecube is shorter at around 7-9 hours. The later games also benefit from co-operative and competitive modes to enjoy once the story has been finished.

You can play the different versions of Luigi's Mansion with other players in different ways:
  • Luigi's Mansion (Nintendo Gamecube) was single-player.
  • Luigi's Mansion (Nintendo 3DS re-release) added 2-player co-operative mode on the main story by linking two systems and two copies of the game. You could also play the Ghost Training mode with one copy of the game and two systems via the Download Play feature.
  • Luigi's Mansion 2 (Nintendo 3DS) also known as Luigi's Mansion Dark Moon in the US, provided a Thrill Tower mode that you could play with 4 players. You need a system for each player but only one copy of the game which is shared via the Download Play feature. You can also play this mode online.
  • Luigi’s Mansion 3 (Nintendo Switch) provides a co-operative mode for two players on the main story with one system and one copy of the game. The Scarescaraper mode is for up to 8 players and requires 4 switches and a copy of the game on each one. Screampark mode is more limited in scope but supports 8 players on one console. There is additional content available for more multiplayer levels.

Costs

Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.

This game supports Nintendo's amiibo, figurines and cards that can be purchased separately to unlock in-game items. Luigi's Mansion 3 also offers in-game purchases for "Multiplayer" packs that add costumes, new minigames.

You will need Nintendo Online (must be 18 to purchase, but can be any age to use) to play online with Nintendo Switch.

Multiplayer on DS or 3DS is available with one copy of the game, via Download Play feature.

Ratings

This game has received a PEGI 7 because it features non-realistic violence in a child-friendly setting or context, violence that lacks any apparent harm or injury to fantasy or mythical beings and creatures and pictures or sounds likely to be scary to young children. Not suitable for persons under 7 years of age. The examiners report expands this rating with the following: This game contains cartoony violence between the player and fantasy characters. The violence itself and reactions to it are unrealistic and can be compared to slapstick movies. The game takes places in a building haunted by ghosts and other evil creatures. Some of these ghosts/creatures look menacing and potentially scary for younger children.

This game offers players the opportunity to purchase in-game items in the form of DLC content which some parents or carers may want to be aware of. Parents, carers or other responsible adults should check to see what is being offered before making any purchase on behalf of a child. It should be noted that the game can still be played without the need to purchase such items.

This game has been rated ESRB EVERYONE.


Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Accessibility

System settings: Nintendo Switch has some built-in features, including a lockable zoom, that can be used on all games.

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