Video Game Classics: Luigi's Mansion

Released in 2001 as a launch title for the Nintendo GameCube, this action-adventure is one of the few in the series to star Mario’s younger brother Luigi. While this change in focus shocked many Nintendo fans, the offbeat ghost hunting adventure went on to quickly win over gamers with its charm and personality. Within the game, players take on the role of Luigi, who must overcome his fear to navigate an old mansion filled with terrifying ghosts to find Mario, who has gone missing. Join WatchMojo.com as we take a look back at Luigi’s Mansion for the Nintendo GameCube.
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Video Game Classics: Luigi’s Mansion

Some games will live forever as Classics. Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we’ll be taking a look at Luigi’s Mansion.

Released in 2001 as a launch title for the Nintendo GameCube, this action-adventure is one of the few in the series to star Mario’s younger brother Luigi. Interestingly, this change of focus shocked many Nintendo fans. Despite this, the offbeat adventure went on to quickly win over gamers with its charm and personality.

Luigi’s Mansion begins with the green-clad plumber arriving to claim an old manor that he had won, despite never actually entering any contest. Having invited his brother to examine the win, he quickly discovers that Mario has gone missing and the monstrous house is infested with terrifying ghosts.

Meeting a professor named Galvin Gadd, Luigi is told that the menacing mansion only appeared a few nights earlier, and to find his brother he’ll have to search through its five floors. To assist him on his quest, the professor provides Luigi with a vacuum cleaner that has been modified to trap ghosts, called the “Poltergust 3000.” He is also given a “Game Boy Horror” device, which functions as a map, scanner and communicator, enabling him to reach the professor.

Making his way through the massive mansion, Luigi will use these tools, along with his trusty flashlight. Using it, Luigi can not only shine light on the ghosts, but doing so will stun them, allowing him to spot their heart. This enables him to lock on with the vacuum, causing them to weaken and their hit points to drop to zero. At this point, they can be captured.

Luigi must also contend with “Portrait Ghosts” that must be put back in their paintings at the end of the game’s four areas, and locate three medallions. These allow him to shoot fire, water and ice, giving him the edge needed to capture other more tricky forms of poltergeists. Defeating all enemies within a room will cue the lights, and cause a chest to appear. These contain items such as keys, coins or the element medallions.

Working his way to the King Boo, Luigi must defeat the supernatural titan to rescue his brother, who has been sealed within a portrait. Beating the game, the mansion disappears, and Luigi uses the treasure they collected throughout their journey to construct a house in its place. The size of the house will change depending on how much booty players gathered during their adventure.

The fifth most popular GameCube title ever released, this unforgettable classic was finally given a 3D sequel a decade later for the Nintendo 3DS.
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