Luigi's Mansion (JP) is a Mario game, and one of the launch titles for the Nintendo GameCube. It was the debut of the scientist Professor E. Gadd, who would appear in several Mario games after that. The game also marks the debut of King Boo, the king of the Boos who captured Mario and would also appear in several Mario games after that. Luigi's Mansion is the first Mario game to have Luigi in the title and the second to only star Luigi, the first one being Mario is Missing!.

A sequel, Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon was published for the Nintendo 3DS in 2013. In 2018, a remake of the original game was also produced for the 3DS system; as well as fitting within Nintendo's recent trend of reviving old games from their backlog for the 3DS, the remake also has 3D features that are finally given the light of day; the original GameCube counterpart was actually built with 3D capability, but this was scrapped from the final console during its development.


Luigi's Mansion starts when Luigi got a message saying that he won a mansion in a contest. He told his brother, Mario about this mansion because he didn't even enter a contest. Mario runs into the house immediately to investigate, but then disappeared into the mansion. Then Luigi heads straight into the mansion, but Mario is nowhere to be seen as Luigi believes that he must've arrived early or late. All the doors are locked. But a blob of some sort drops a key for the parlor. Then Luigi heads for the big, double doors, which is the parlor as he searches for Mario, and is assaulted by a ghost. But the ghost ignores Luigi because it is being sucked by an old man holding a vacuum. But the old man is soon defeated by the ghost. They both leave as three ghosts appear. They both introduce each other. Professor Gadd tells Luigi about a man very similar to him without knowing that was Mario, but Luigi tells him that man very similar to him is his twin-brother, Mario and he is missing, so Professor Gadd decides to give Luigi two gadgets so he can be safe and find his brother.


3DS changes

The 3DS version adds a few new changes most notably changing the controls to be more similar to Dark Moon's controls since the 3DS lacks analog triggers and the second stick. The game also adds a Boss Battle mode where the player can face off the bosses in a row.

There is a new co-op feature that features a second greener Luigi. The second player can play the whole game in co-op if they have a copy of the game. If they don't the two players can only do the Boss Battles together.

amiibo Support

The game supports 4 amiibo which can be activated in E. Gadd's lab. They act as such

  • Boo - indicates which room has a Boo
  • Toad - Heals you when talking to Toad
  • Mario - Turns Poison Mushrooms into Super Mushroom which recovers health over time
  • Luigi - Can revive you immediately after being defeated


Besides Luigi, Mario, E. Gadd and Toad, all the characters are ghosts. The Portrait Ghosts are listed below:

Area 1

  • Neville- The first portrait ghost that is encountered. He always reads the books he missed when he was alive.
  • Lydia - This mirror-gazing mother always does her hair. She stashed all her good away to prepare for a long afterlife.
  • Chauncey - This spoiled baby always cries and never sleeps. This seems natural since he was born a ghost. Also, this is the first boss you will encounter.

Area 2

  • The Floating Whirlindas - These Waltz Dancing couple won the local dance competition but were no longer to compete because their feet no longer touch the ground.
  • Shivers - The butler of the mansion known to be quite the coward. He has a crush on Melody Pianissima but is not sure how to tell her.
  • Melody Pianissima - She has a love for both video games and music, which even in death spends her time at the piano.
  • Mr. Luggs - He prefers all-day buffets to 3 meals a day. He ate himself to death and still wasn't satisfied.
  • Bogmire - Even though this ghost is a product of the mansion's fear and despair, he not sure who to fear or what to despair of these days. He is the second boss.

Area 3

Area 4

  • Uncle Grimly - Uncle Grimly can only appear when the lightning strikes out all power in the mansion.
  • Clockwork Soldiers - Three toy soldiers that come to life to the sound of 3 wind up clocks in the room.
  • Sue Pea - Happens to live in the upside down the guest bedroom. It is stated that she enjoys being alone.
  • Jarvis-He loves his antique jars so much that he now lives in one.He can hardly contain himself!He is a deformed human.
  • Vincent Van Gore
  • King Boo/Bowser


Names of Boos

  • King Boo (Final Boss)
  • Boolosus (15 Boo's)
  • Boo La La (Ooh La La)
  • GameBoo (Game Boy)
  • GameBoo Advance (Game Boy Advance)
  • TaBoo
  • Boolicious
  • KungBoo (Kung Fu)
  • BamBoo
  • Bootha
  • Boogie
  • GumBoo
  • PeekaBoo
  • Boomio (reference to Mario)
  • Boodacious
  • Booligan (Hooligan)
  • Booregard
  • Mr. Boojangles (Mr. BOjangles)
  • LimBooger
  • Boonswaggle
  • Booris
  • Boohoo
  • Shamboo
  • Booigi (Play on words of Luigi)
  • Little Boo Peep
  • Boo B. Hatch
  • Booripedus
  • Boomerang
  • 6 o' Clock Boo
  • Boolivia
  • Boonita
  • UnderBoo
  • TamBoorine
  • Booscaster
  • Boofant
  • Boolderdash
  • Bootique



Image Name Score Maximum count
Gold Coin 5,000 G 1,536
Bill 20,000 G 1,260
Gold Bar 100,000 G 61
Blue Sapphires 500,000 G 10
Green Emeralds 800,000 G 10
Red Rubies 1,000,000 G 10
Silver Diamond 2,000,000 G 5
Red Diamond 5,000 G 2
Gold Diamond 2,000,000 G 2
Small Pearl 50,000 G 76
Medium Pearl 100,000 G 76
Big Pearl 1,000,000 G 19


Through late 1999, the original idea for Luigi's Mansion didn't involve Nintendo characters. Director Hideki Konno (currently involved in the Mario Kart series) and his team were thinking of creating a game that took place in a single building, originally either a large house or apartment complex. Following this they thought they might use something like a doll house, and started to experiment with Mario characters. Once the game was given the go to release on the GameCube instead of the Nintendo 64, those involved wanted to offer something fresh so instead of Mario they opted for his brother Luigi.

Once Luigi was decided on, they had to start thinking of ideas for the house. They hadn't concluded what the theme would be based on and were thinking of a Japanese style house or a ninja mansion. Eventually, they came to a mansion that had a European and old-United States vibe to it, which eventually led to it being a haunted mansion.

Luigi and the haunted mansion idea were in place, and Mr. Konno started to design maps for the levels based on what he thought of previously. There were some things that they had to remove from the game, such as a desert level and a prairie, which were actually designed during the stages when it was a game that starred Mario, due to it being solely based around the haunted mansion. Early on in development they decided that the game would have three levels and a basement. It was decided that Luigi needs to search for Mario, who is trapped in the mansion. It was also decided that there are not going to be other Mario characters in this game besides Luigi and Mario, as it would not be another Mario chapter, though Toad is the only other Mario character to appear throughout the Mansion and King Boo uses a robot that is modeled after Bowser.

When asked why Luigi's Mansion was Nintendo's prominent launch title for the GameCube instead of a new standard Mario title, producer Shigeru Miyamoto stated that they wanted to show people that Nintendo is "a unique company that produces unique games. Therefore, we decided to first release titles like Luigi's Mansion and Pikmin."

In 2010, Konno revealed that the developers experimented with 3D when developing Luigi's Mansion, but ultimately decided against it. It was among the many experiments that led to the development of the Nintendo 3DS. In Nintendo Power Konno revealed that he was interested in reviving the franchise on the Nintendo 3DS, but would not confirm any plans to do so.


Since its release, elements of Luigi's Mansion have been applied to future titles. The most notable feature is giving Luigi spectral flames instead of the traditional fireballs. A battle stage based heavily on it was included in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, where Luigi's final smash was a spectral blast called the Negative Zone. The stage returns in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, where Luigi's final smash was replaced by a move based on the Poltergust 5000.

A stadium based on the game appears in Mario Super Sluggers. There is also a race track based around Luigi's Mansion in Mario Kart DS (this course would reappear in Mario Kart 7), wherein some of the Portrait Ghosts' portraits are hanging on the walls, including Chauncey and King Boo. King Boo himself has also appeared in many other games after he was introduced in this game, such as Mario Kart: Double Dash‼ and Super Mario Sunshine, but with a completely different design.


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