Luigi's Mansion (series)

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Luigi's Mansion
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First Installment Luigi's Mansion (2001)
Latest Installment Luigi's Mansion Arcade (2015)
Number of Installments 3 (2 main, 1 arcade)
Parent franchise Mario

The Luigi's Mansion series is a series of action-adventure video games with a few light horror elements. It spans over three different systems and consists of three different games. It is the only series within the Mario franchise to have all of its games feature Luigi as the main protagonist, instead of Mario. A majority of the games in which Luigi is portrayed as the main character are in this series alone, as there are only five such games total. Throughout the series, Luigi takes on a ghost-hunting role by capturing various types of ghosts. The series commenced with the releases of Luigi's Mansion for the Nintendo GameCube which was followed by a sequel for the Nintendo 3DS and an arcade-based spinoff of the sequel.

List of games[edit]

Main games[edit]

Cover, original release, and system Synopsis
Luigi's Mansion
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Japan September 14, 2001
Nintendo GameCube
The first game and the original namesake for the overall series, Luigi's Mansion was released in 2001 for the Nintendo GameCube. In the game, Luigi receives a message that he won his very own mansion in a contest he did not even enter. Puzzled by this, Luigi heads towards the mansion and meets Professor E. Gadd, who tells Luigi that his brother, Mario, has been captured by King Boo. King Boo made the mansion a mere illusion with intent to lure Mario and Luigi in order to capture the two. Luigi later learns that the evil ghost trapped Mario inside a portrait Luigi is gifted with the Poltergust 3000 in order to vacuum ghosts and return them to their portraits. Luigi eventually defeats King Boo and frees his brother from his captivity.
Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon
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Japan March 20, 2013
Nintendo 3DS
As a kickoff for the "Year of Luigi" and a revival of a series under a long hiatus, Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon was released for the Nintendo 3DS in 2013. King Boo has somehow escaped from the painting which he was trapped inside and breaks the Dark Moon, an artifact that pacifies the ghosts it looks over. Due to its breakage, the Dark Moon's calming powers are nonexistent, causing the ghosts to become hostile. E. Gadd calls for Luigi to help restore the broken Dark Moon and bring peace back to the Evershade Valley. After collecting four out of the five pieces, Luigi learns that Mario has been taken hostage by King Boo, again. Luigi, with the help of the Poltergust 5000, is able to conquer the mansion and defeat King Boo, freeing his brother once again.

Arcade game[edit]

Cover, original release, and system Synopsis
Luigi's Mansion Arcade
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Japan Summer 2015
Arcade Machine
Based off of the Nintendo 3DS game in the series, Luigi's Mansion Arcade was released in 2015, continuing a modern trend of arcade games returning to the Mario franchise. This game follows traditional, arcade-styled shooters in the sense that the user does not control where to go, as he or she is simply taken from location to location in order to defeat the ghosts. The controller for the game is based off the Poltergust 5000. The main objectives are to suck up the ghosts--similar to previous installments in the series--and to rack up a high score.



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The main protagonist of the series, the cowardly Luigi must fight his fears in order to rescue his brother and defeat King Boo, with the help of the different Poltergust models, with the Poltergust 3000 in the first game and the Poltergust 5000 in the second game and spin-off.
Professor Elvin Gadd
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Professor Elvin Gadd, or E. Gadd for short, is a ghost researcher who invented the Poltergust series, among many other things, such as the Game Boy Horror, Dual Scream, Parascope, and Pixelator. He also gives advice to Luigi.
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Instead of being the main protagonist, in the Luigi's Mansion series, Mario is the one in need of saving, as King Boo traps him within a painting.


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King Boo
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The leader of the Boos, King Boo is the main antagonist of the games. In the first game, he releases several of E. Gadd's captured Portrait Ghosts and tricks Mario and Luigi into thinking Luigi won a mansion in a contest. In the second, he destroys the Dark Moon to cause the local friendly ghosts to turn hostile.
A Big Boo composed of several smaller Boos, Boolossus appears as the third boss in the first game. In the second game, it reappears again as a boss, but is referred to as simply Big Boo in the English translation.
A specific Polterpup who repeatedly makes trouble for Luigi in the second game. After the Dark Moon is restored, he returns to being well-behaved, and becomes Luigi's dog.


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A typically timid species, Toads act primarily as save points in the first game. In the second game, they are E. Gadd's assistants, and hold footage from security cameras, but must be escorted to a Pixelator before it can be seen.
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Spherical ghosts, most Boos prefer to hide and run instead of fight. In the first game, they must be sucked up to advance at certain points, but the light in the room they hide in must be turned on to do so. Once Luigi finds them, they try to escape to another room. In the second game, they use Spirit Balls to cast illusions, turning objects invisible, and exposing the correct object will draw out the Boo. In the first game, there are 50, and in the second, 32, most of which have their own pun-based name.
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Ghosts are the various spectral enemies throughout the games. In the first game, most of them are actually creations of the ghost artist Vincent Van Gore brought to "life," while in the second, the ghosts are normal inhabitants of Evershade Valley that turned hostile when the Dark Moon is shattered.