E3 2019 Hands-on – Luigi’s Mansion 3

It’s so great when Ninty listens to their massive fan base screaming in unison for a particular sequel of a particular franchise. Everybody flipped when Luigi’s Mansion 3 got announced last year, myself in particular when I found out the game would be playable at E3 2019. You see, I was a big fan of the original game, but didn’t like the approach taken by Nintendo on the 3DS sequel. After playing the demo, I can relax knowing that this game is bringing back the level design and overall gameplay from the original Gamecube title.

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Indiana Jones has a whip, Luigi has a toilet plunger.

Luigi’s Mansion 3‘s title is a bit misleading, as he is now exploring a gigantic haunted hotel. The setting isn’t exactly the same as before, but the overall gameplay is pretty similar, plus the fact that you’re not in a mansion allows for crazier room layouts and bosses to fight. That’s what I liked the most about the demo. The metroidvania vibes in it were immense, with each room featuring some kind of puzzle or trap to solve. Luigi’s new tools include a toiler plunger that can be used to break objects and open specific doors, as well as “Gooigi”, a Luigi clone made out of goo that can be used to solve puzzles involving dangerous terrain and twin floor switches.

The only issue I had in the demo, and that’s more of lack of muscle memory than an actual flaw in the game itself, was getting used to the game’s aiming controls with the right analog stick. I ended up missing a few ghosts before getting used to how Luigi turns around with the right stick, even though the game itself features fixed camera angles. After I got used to it, it didn’t take long for me to master the controls and defeat the demo’s boss, a ghost wearing a knight’s armor. I had to stun him with my flashlight, then proceed to destroy his armor with the toilet plunger before being able to catch him with the vacuum cleaner.

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Say hello to Gooigi.

What I love the most about Luigi’s Mansion 3, is that Nintendo listened to fans and decided to design the game just like the original, but with a more unique and creative setting. The game looks great, features good controls, and has a great sense of humor. We’re still a good chunk of months away from its release, but I can safely guarantee that Luigi’s Mansion 3 will become a top-tier Switch title and a must-have for its owners when it comes out.