Luigi's Mansion (Nintendo 3DS)
Luigi's Mansion, known as Luigi Mansion in Japanese, is a remake of the 2001 Nintendo GameCube game of the same name released in 2018 for the Nintendo 3DS. It was first announced in a Nintendo Direct presentation broadcast on March 8, 2018 and initially released in North America on October 12, 2018, a week later in Europe and Oceania, and the following month on November 8 in Japan, South Korea, and Hong Kong. Among the new features, the remake includes a map that appears in the bottom screen of the Nintendo 3DS, as well as a redesigned Gallery with a Boss Rush mode that allows players to battle against already defeated Portrait Ghosts. The game can be played in single player or multiplayer alongside a slime-themed Luigi, dubbed Gooigi, brought from the future by E. Gadd. The game requires 1778 blocks for a digital download from the Nintendo eShop.
List of changes from the original game
Achievements are divided into five different levels (Beginner, Easy, Normal, Hard, and Master), and can be viewed through the Options on the pause menu or by interacting with the statue in the Gallery, located next to the right-side stairs. When Luigi first visits the Gallery, only the statue stand is present. As the player completes each level, statues of different ghosts are added to the stand. Completing all achievements in the game turns the stand gold.
Clearing the Beginner level adds a statue of a Gold Ghost to the stand.
Clearing the Easy level adds a statue of a Garbage Can Ghost to the stand.
Clearing the Normal level adds a statue of a Purple Puncher to the stand.
Clearing the Hard level adds a statue of a Blue Twirler to the stand.
Clearing the Master level adds a statue of a Grabbing Ghost to the stand.
References to other games
The game's official website contains a feature called Professor E. Gadd's Research Journal. It is divided into several entries, throughout which E. Gadd relates the discovery of Gooigi and the numerous experiments that had been carried out on him to improve his powers. The fictional journal is riddled with pictures that illustrate E. Gadd's stories.
Like the original game, the remake received mostly positive reviews. Praise was aimed towards the new features, graphics, and the use of the touch screen as well the use of 3D, which was an idea for the original version, but scrapped due to the high cost. However, the multiplayer received mixed impressions, and the lack of improvement to the original game's graphics in certain locations, such as the Mirror Room, was criticized. While the controls were easy to handle, the motion controls received some criticism, being described by IGN as "a purge."
Nintendo eShop description
At launch, the game sold 27,000 units in Japan, which was about 45 percent of its launch stock.. By the end of 2018, the game had sold 90,410 units in Japan, making it the 3rd best-selling 3DS release of 2018 behind WarioWare Gold and Detective Pikachu.
The remake was developed by GREZZO Co.,Ltd., which formed by ex-Square Enix employees and who worked in Mario Hoops 3-on-3 before founded, previously developed remakes in the Legend of Zelda series, and directed by Katsumi Kuga. The original game's producer and director, Shigeru Miyamoto and Hideki Konno, respectively, were credited under "Special Thanks," while the original composer Kazumi Totaka served as sound supervisor.