Luigi is back with his own adventure, saving his friends in a haunted mansion or hotel. With having so much fun playing the first one on GameCube back in the day, I was extremely excited to get my hands on this game. It’s an absolute delight to encounter a game like Luigi’s Mansion 3, a small but carefully architected journey that engages us with its creativity, innovation, and individuality. 

Personally, I did not ever get a chance to play the second installment on the 3DS when it came out but the memories I have with the first one on GameCube will last forever. Luigi’s Mansion 3 gives off vibes from the first game and I couldn’t be happier. 

The hotel Luigi and company arrive at in the beginning of the game includes more than a dozen floors, each composed of a handful of rooms. Each location is stuffed with details and secrets, making it easy to spend half an hour or more on just a single floor. You’ll want to inspect each piece of furniture, painting, check behind curtains, and even take time to glance into mouse holes and cracks in walls to uncover riddles and discover a range of collectibles and rare ghosts. I was surprised by the amount of stuff in each room and amazed by how much of it could be torn to shreds with the Poltergust G-00 vacuum cleaner. Everything you destroy releases coins that can be traded in for helpful items. 

You also have 2 new partners throughout your journey inside the hotel. There’s a ghost dog that helps you find locations and hints. There is also there is Gooigi, the slimy clone is a new invention by Professor Elvin Gadd, a pint-sized ghost investigator that guides Luigi throughout his adventures. Googi lives in a tank on Luigi’s back and can be called upon at any time by clicking the right analog stick. The green companion can slip through drains and squeeze through bars that are too tight for Luigi. 

Exploration is pleasing because each floor and room has a theme and style all its own. There are VIP suites, restaurants, a garage, theatres loaded with their own sets of secrets and surprises. It’s all wrapped up in gorgeous graphics, including fantastic beautiful scenery, realistic lighting effects, and wonderfully spooky music and sounds. It’s one of the most fascinating games I’ve ever played for Switch 

Overall this is one hell of a Spook-tacular game and very fun for all. If anyone can create a worthy sequel, it’s Nintendo. Luigi’s Mansion 3 is a blast and proves you don’t need to have Mario as the main character to be a successful Mario game.

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