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Luigi's Mansion (Series) Review

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Posted: 19 months ago, last updated 2 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

The three Luigis 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.
  • Luigi's Mansion (Nintendo Gamecube)
  • Luigi's Mansion (Nintendo 3DS Re-Release)
  • Luigi's Mansion 2 (Nintendo 3DS) also known as Luigi's Mansion Dark Moon in the US
  • Luigi’s Mansion 3 (Nintendo Switch)

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 19/10/2018, updated in 2019

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, GameCube and Switch

Genres: Action, Adventure and Puzzle

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: @Nintendo

CommitmentCommitment

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.

CostsCosts

Luigi's Mansion usually costs £15.99 to £49.99.
 

Luigi's Mansion

2DS|3DS £34.99

Luigi's Mansion 2

2DS|3DS £15.99

Luigi's Mansion 3

Switch £49.99
 
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.

Age RatingsAge 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 has been rated ESRB EVERYONE.


Skill Rating: This game is enjoyed by 6+ year-olds as it's a good match for their ability and maturity. One family told us "We play Luigi's Mansion 3 with our 5-year-old son. He played as supporting character Gooigi and basically can’t die. He enjoyed running about alongside me and fleeing from ghosts and doing occasional puzzles where you both have to pull levers."
 
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.

AccessibilityAccessibility

There is an option in controls to change the right stick sensitivity from omnidirectional to horizontal only. This is used to simplify the use of the torch when searching rooms just looking left and right. If you select this, you can then use the motion controls to change the height Luigi looks at.
 
Our Luigi's Mansion Accessibility Report details 17 accessibility features:

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