Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon (JP) (also known as Luigi's Mansion 2 everywhere else) is a game for the Nintendo 3DS by Nintendo.

Originally revealed under the worldwide title of "Luigi's Mansion 2" at Nintendo's 2011 E3 Press Conference, this game serves as the successor to the Nintendo GameCube launch title Luigi's Mansion.

It is widely believed that the Nintendo 3DS was chosen for this sequel because the Nintendo GameCube was originally planned to be a 3D-enabled console, thus would've resulted in Luigi's Mansion being 3D. It is the third Mario game to only star Luigi. The first being Mario is Missing! and the second being Luigi's Mansion.



Luigi with an upgrade or power-up for his flashlight.

Exploration through a mansion is split into multiple mission-based levels that focus on completing a number of missions, such as retrieving an object, accessing a particular room, or defeating a stronger boss ghost.

At the end of each mission, the player is scored based on various factors such as the treasures and ghosts collected. If during a mission Luigi takes too much damage from ghost attacks or from environmental hazards and loses all his heart points, he will faint and the player must restart the mission.

If the player finds and collects a golden bone, Luigi will be revived the first time he faints and will be able to continue the mission instead of starting over.


The Story revolves around Luigi being hired by Professor E. Gadd to find the scattered shards of the Dark Moon around several different mansions. This ancient artifact was used by the professor to tame the ghosts and use them as extra hands. When it mysteriously shatters, however, the ghosts go rouge, making it imperative to restore the Dark Moon.



LMDM Luigi vs King Boo

Luigi and King Boo.

Common Ghosts




There are five "mansions" to beat in this game. The mansions are vastly different from each other, and a couple may not even be considered mansions in the traditional sense. Each mansion has five levels and boss level (an exception is the Secret Mine which only has three levels before the boss level). The fifth mansion is immediately followed by the final boss fight.

  • Gloomy Manor
  • A-1 "Poltergust 5000"
  • A-2 "Gear Up"
  • A-3 "Quiet Please"
  • A-4 "Visual Tricks"
  • A-5 "Sticky Situation"
  • A-Boss "Confront The Source"
  • Haunted Towers
  • B-1 "A Job for a Plumber"
  • B-2 "The Pinwheel Gate"
  • B-3 "Graveyard Shift"
  • B-4 "Pool Party"
  • B-5 "Doggone Key"
  • B-Boss "Tree Topping"
  • Old Clockworks
  • C-1 "A Timely Entrance"
  • C-2 "Underground Expedition"
  • C-3 "Roundhouse Brawl"
  • C-4 "Play Catch"
  • C-5 "Piece at Last"
  • C-Boss "Showtime"
  • Secret Mine
  • D-1 "Cold Case"
  • D-2 "Hit Rock Bottom"
  • D-3 "Across the Chasm"
  • D-Boss "Chilly Ride"
  • Treacherous Mansion
  • E-1 "Front-Door Key"
  • E-2 "Double Trouble"
  • E-3 "A Train to Catch"
  • E-4 "Ambush Maneuver"
  • E-5 "Paranormal Chaos"
  • E-Boss "Stop the Knightmare"
  • King Boo's Illusion
  • Final Boss "A Nightmare to Remember"


  • On Miiverse, they set up a community for the game even though it's a game for 3DS. People there usually post a funny reaction of the thumbnail (which was Luigi screaming)


Aggregate scores
GameRankings 86% (based on 43 reviews)
Metacritic 86 (based on 74 critic reviews)
Review scores
Edge 8/10
Electronic Gaming Monthly 8.5/10
Eurogamer 9/10
Famitsu 35/40[1]
Game Informer 8.5/10
GameSpot 6.5/10
GamesRadar 4/5
GamesTM 9/10
GameTrailers 9.3/10
IGN 9.3/10
Nintendo World Report 9.5/10
Official Nintendo Magazine 92/100

The game was received pretty well receiving a 86 on Metacritic and 85.86% on GameRankings. Famitsu gave it a 35 (9,9,8,9) out of 40.

In terms of sales, this game was also a success. On its first week of release in Japan, it sold 280,151 according to Media Create. In America, it sold about 360,000 in its launch month according to NPD making it to the 6th best selling game for the month of March in 2013. As of March 31, 2014, it sold 3.98 million worldwide with 1,008,146 being sold in Japan. In France, the game has sold about 393,251 since its launch.



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