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Luigi's Mansion 3 is an action-adventure horror game released for the Nintendo Switch console in 2019. It is the third installment in the Luigi's Mansion series, which are based around the character Luigi in a paranormal adventure.

The game retains the core elements of the previous games, such as the dark, ghoulish settings with supernatural themes, an action-adventure gameplay and sucking up ghosts that Luigi encounters on his adventures.

There are a number of new features, such as new skills to be learnt with the vacuum, the addition of a doppelgänger character named Gooigi for assistance on puzzle-solving in certain levels and the expansion of multiplayer features such as co-op and competitive play.

In this iteration of Luigi's Mansion, the green plumber who the player takes on the role of has to navigate his way through the haunted high-rise hotel block, featuring differently themed levels that incorporate puzzles and ghost catching to rescue his kidnapped companions. 

Gameplay

The gameplay is similar to Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon with everything pertaining to Luigi and his way to hunt ghost, on top of that is added new ideas made for Luigi's Mansion 3 like Gooigi, which allows co-op play as well as allow the player to control a character with different abilities in single player. The world structure and the ghost themselves are based on Luigi's Mansion according to Kensuke Tanabe as he felt that this was one of the few thing missing from the second game.

Plot

Luigi, his Polterpup, Mario, Princess Peach and her court are invited to go on vacation in a gorgeous hotel. Their vacation plans are ruined as this is revealed to be a plot that King Boo had orchestrated to get his revenge on Luigi and capture his friends, as the green-clad hero finds the hard way when Princess Peach screams. (She and the rest have been captured and crammed into paintings.) Luigi investigates, finding that the hotel's gorgeous looks have faded. It has become spooky, and King Boo shows the paintings within whose depths Luigi's friends have been sealed within.

Now, Luigi must go through multiple floors, defeating various Ghosts to gain the Elevator Buttons that have been scattered around the Hotel, save his five hapless friends, and defeat King Boo again. Gooigi aids him directly, being able to be summoned form the new Poltergust G-00 that Luigi has. He and his gooey doppelganger can work together to solve puzzles that they cannot solve on their own. From his bunker, Professor Elvin Gadd provides hints that can be used as Luigi navigates the haunted hotels.

Eventually, Luigi saves his friends, and they all make their way up to the top of the hotel to save Princess Peach and defeat King Boo. King Boo turns the tables by summoning a giant painting and crams Mario, Professor Elvin Gadd, and the Mushroom Retainers (Toad included) into a giant painting. Luigi and King Boo square off for the final confrontation. Eventually, Luigi manages to get the upper hand by bashing King Boo's skull into the roof to damage the ghostly royal. However, King Boo AGAIN turns the tables by using his crown to supersize the painting, turning it into a Black Hole that sucks up the hotel as it grows huge. Regardless, Luigi manages to defeat King Boo and cram him inside the Poltergust G-00.

With King Boo gone, the hotel crumbles. However, Polterpup saves Luigi just before the Green Wonder breaks his skull. The Ghosts escape the container and try to destroy the jewel that was used by King Boo, but it fades away. The Ghosts regret their past actions, but Luigi and Professor Elvin Gadd (The latter, Mario, Princess Peach, and the Mushroom Retainers (Toad included) were saved earlier.) offer to rebuild the hotel for them. They agree and put construction helmets on their heads, though the Hammer eats his as the purple ghost looks at the Hammer funny.

Characters

  • Luigi: The main protagonist of the game. Luigi uses his trusty Poltergust G-00 to suck up ghosts and slam them. Luigi has 100 hit points.
    • Gooigi: The tritagonist of the game. Gooigi is an incomplete clone of Luigi. He can phase through spikes and grates, but he does have his own weaknesses, such as dying immediately while in water or exposed to fire. Gooigi has 25 hit points.
  • Professor Elvin Gadd: The deteuragonist of the game. Professor Elvin Gadd is a scientist who studies ghosts and makes crazy inventions that actually work out. His name comes from "Egad", which can be used for surprise.
  • King Boo: The main antagonist of the game. King Boo is the perpetrator behind Mario's, Princess Peach's, and the Mushroom Retainers's (Toad included) being kidnapped. He takes his name from his status as the king of the Boos. In this game, Hellen Gravely is in a cahoots with him.
  • Hellen Gravely: This woman is the reason why King Boo escaped containment from the previous game in the first place. She invited the gang to the hotel so King Boo, who was released by her, would trap the gang. She is a thin purple ghost who has yellow eyes.
  • Director Morty: This neutral character makes movies on the eighth floor. He loves his films and megaphone. Director Morty is the second ghost to not be an enemy. The first is Madame Clairvoya from the first game.
  • Godzilla: Godzilla appears as a boss in the game. He makes his home on Paranormal Productions. Luigi fights him in a movie.
  • Boolossus: The Jumbo Ghost from the pilot game of the Luigi's Mansion franchise returns. He makes his appearance on the roof this time.

Development

According to an interview of Kensuke Tanabe and Yoshihito Ikebata made by Kotaku [2], the game's develoment started on the Wii U in 2016 as soon as Next Level Games finished the development of Metroid Prime: Federation Force.

The game was originally revealed in a Nintendo Direct in September 2018. It was later showcased in more details during E3 2019. A trailer showcasing the basic synopsis of the game as well as some new gameplay elements. The Scarecraper was also shown to return.

Trivia

  • Luigi's new Poltergust was teased in a trailer for the inclusion of Simon Belmont in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, almost a month before Luigi's Mansion 3 was made known to the public. It's name is Poltegust G-00 and there are many improvements to the original models, being able to throw plungers and a jet propulsion which makes Luigi jump.
  • This is the fourth Mario game to star only Luigi, with the first being Mario is Missing!.
  • This is the first Luigi's Mansion game to feature a Black Hole. In this case, it is a giant painting that is devouring the hotel that serves as the game's focus.
  • This is also the first Luigi's Mansion game where Princess Peach physically appears. She was absent in the first two games, but she was mentioned by Toad in the first game.
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