Two short weeks, 12 days to be exact; I am marking off my calendar in anticipation of Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon's release date on March 24th on the Nintendo 3DS. Up to this point the 3DS's library has not wowed me and I could not justify plopping down the 200 something dollars needed to buy one. Now I have not played it yet, but I am going to go out on a limb here and say that Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon is the reason that non-3DS adopters have been looking for to finally warrant a purchase of Nintendo's most recent portable console.
A long time ago in the year 2001 (12 years ago??!) a game titled Luigi's Mansion came out on Nintendo's home console at the time, the Nintendo Gamecube. It was available on launch date and was one of the only two Nintendo made titles that gamers had the option of getting on day one. Being the devoted Mario and Nintendo fan that I am, I purchased Luigi's Mansion with no hesitation and dove right in. The second I opened the game case and popped the miniDVD into my little purple cube I was in love.
The graphics were immediately a huge step up from the Nintendo 64. The opening movie had Luigi walking slowly towards a mansion he supposedly won in a contest he had never entered. The subject of the dark scene was a creepy mansion surrounded by a dark gloomy atmosphere complete with lightning to further set the mood.
Once you got through the opening sequence of events you were thrown into the mansion with nothing but a flashlight, a vacuum cleaner and a Game Boy Color-like communicator to speak with the mad scientist you had just met and who had provided you with these items. It is your job as the Luigi to get through the many terrors of the mansion and rescue your brother Mario from King Boo's grasp.
Along the way you try to catch as many ghosts as humanely possible by first surprising them with your flashlight and then sucking them up in your handy dandy vacuum, the Poltergust 3000. This mechanic worked surprisingly well and felt very smooth with the Gamecube's dual analog stick controller. If Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon keeps the gameplay of what made the original game so much fun to play then we are all in for a very enjoyable game.
The trailers for Dark Moon look amazing and I cannot wait to get my hands on this game and journey to the spooky mansion with Luigi once more. Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon is going to be the first must-have 3DS title, at least for me.
Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon is published by Nintendo and will be available on Sunday, March 24th.