|Posted by Kelsy on January 8, 2019 at 12:05 AM|
Luigi's Mansion is a blast to the past told in a 2018 way. If you haven't played the original game from 2001, then this is an entirely new experience for you. Everything about Luigi's Mansion is unique, and was one of the most highly praised games back on the Nintendo Gamecube. It showed Nintendo can take risks, that may seem completely out of their league, but manages to make it succeed. But does the 3DS hold up to the classic? Which version is better? and are you buying the same game? or is there something new to spook everyone?
The Story takes place at a deserted mansion that Mario was last seen at before going missing. Luigi being his brother, decides to go out and look for Mario. Once finding himself in the Mansion, he discovers that the place is haunted with ghosts! A scientist; Dr. E Gadd rescues Luigi from the mansion and explains that these ghosts escaped from his portraits and asks Luigi to help him. Luigi agrees, while at the same time is given a new powerhouse: The Poltergust 3000 to capture the ghosts. Luigi sets off back into the Mansion to hunt down the ghosts while finding, and rescuring his brother Mario.
The Music in Luigi's Mansion is some of the best soundtracks that I have ever heard in a video game. The dark part of the mansion always puts you on edge, the suspensive silence until the pop up that makes your heart race, the way Luigi hums and whistles the main theme as he explores the hallways, and the boss fights send bursts of adrenaline. You can never feel safe, and it feels realistic. Inspired by horror film, halloween, and ghostbusters: Luigi's Mansion's style of music stays true to Nintendo's Mario Bros. but mixes all of these classics along with it to create something so new. Of course on the 3DS, the speakers aren't as powerful as a home TV. The quality of the music is for sure lacking. If this is your first time playing the game, I recommend to listen to the full soundtrack on Youtube for the full experience.
In 2001, the Gamecube's graphics tend to have tried to take the Nintendo 64's graphics and turn it up to as reaslitic as it could be. Luigi's look, textures, and expressions were very visible and the graphics all around from his shadow to the detail across the mansion is overhwelming in the best way. You feel like you're in the game, that you're the one trying to save Mario. Unfortionately, a lot of this was changed on the 3DS. Luigi's model has been built from the ground up, in a new 2018 look. Based on the recent titles that he appears in, Luigi resembles his "today art" more which I don't think suits the game. His colors are more vibrant, which the game is supposed to be dark. His animations seem off especially when walking. He looks to be tip-toeing half the time while his knees stick out compared to just walking normally. Though, his expressions on his face are more detailed thanks to better experience with technology after nearly 20 years. His shadow, that was removed only makes me upset while details in the Mansion were also toned down due to the 3DS hardware.
This was the part I wanted to talk about the most: "Kelsy, how are the controls" ... Horrible.
Buttons on the 3DS controller seem to be misplaced. Opening a door with the Y button when it should be a simple A button for example. The use of the Motion control is my biggest issue because you are unable to turn it off. If you are in the middle of catching a ghost or trying to aim our vacum in a certain way for a boo, the Motion control will most of the time, get in the way of your gameplay. The 3DS is also very uncomfortable for the game. Luckily, I had the C stick to move and control whereI wanted Luigi to look. But during our lets play on Twitch, I did not have the C stick which made me depend on the motion control. During the bonus story, "The Hidden Mansion" my left hand literally fell asleep and cramped up (for the first time in any game) because of the way I had to mash the anolog to catch ghosts which seemed sometimes, unresponsible. The placement of your hand too, just naturally isn't a comfortable position for the title and would have for sure benefited better on the Switch instead. Though, the 3rd title has been announced for the Switch and I can understand Nintendo's intention to bring people aboard the 3DS to the switch if they enjoyed this title. Besides the controls, the gameplay is just as addicting. Going through every door in the Mansion, finding secrets , treasures, hunting down all the boos and ghosts are just as good as the original. You never get bored once, you want to keep going to get to the end. In my 4 hour and a half firs ttime playthrough, I didn't want to stop; even with the hand cramps. I laughed a lot during the playthrough with Luigi's priceless reactions when he was scared, and the fear I felt when the lights went out on the 4th floor and I was being attacked by dozens of ghosts at once. Every room, every ghost and every environment is thought of perfectly and planned with passion which takes everything I said about the controls, and shoves it under the bed for no one to see or rememeber that it's there. You'll be too distracted from how much fun you are having that you'll play through any controls at this point.
My road to 100%
Luigi's Mansion 3DS specifically comes with new features such as the Hidden Mansion mode from the EU version which is basically, "hard mode" with items and secrets added, and moved around the mansion. There is also an Achievement mode added, which isn;'t hard to fill out at all if paid attention to.
During my 100% playthrough, I had to complete the following:
- Complete my 1st main Playthrough which we did on Stream.
- Complete it again, get an S rank: At the end of the game you are given a rank, and a mansion based on all the money you have gathered during your lets play. S, is the highest rank.
- Defeat every boss in GOLD , meaning to capture every ghost in a good time, without damage. This specifically, I did not do and just focused on getting every ghost in the game since you don't recieve anything extra for doing everything Gold, I did not waste my time.
- Capture every Boo: You have to capture 50 Boos around the mansion, and are rewarded with a rare gem.
- Unlock, and complete the Hidden Mansion: Once completed your main playthrough, you will unlock Hard Mode. and yes, it's REALLY hard. I died at least 7-8 times, and I'm a hardcore Luigi's Mansion player.
- Capture every Boo in the Hidden Mansion: They are WAY harder to get now.
- Complete every mission on the Achievement list: Honestly I only had to look at this 3 times, the rest just completed itself.
And voila, we're done! We have 100% Completed Luigi's Mansion! Which, we are rewarded with nothing at all XD
Luigi's Mansion is an instant classic that everyone should be playing if they love Nintendo. On any console, it's just as fun. On the 3ds, it did add new features and more time to play compared to the 4 hour playthrough I usually do on the original, all of this boosted it to about 10-12 hours. But yet... I think I still prefer the original for the graphics, music and just the comfortable controls. BUT I do recommend the version on the 3DS, for old times sake, and to experience the new challenges that await you. You can also play this game in Co-op, but sadly I didn't have a friend to try this with so if you can find a bud to play this with, I recommend to get spooked out together! Let me know how it goes!
In any case, thank you guys for reading! I hope you enjoyed, here's the highlights of our lets play on Twitch! and I'll see you guys soon!
- Amazing story -Terrible Controls
- Music - Quality Decreased
- Addicting Gameplay
- New Modes are FUN & Challenging