Luigi's Mansion 2: Giving Mario's Bro His Due
Nintendo's green clad plumber takes center stage, and we couldn't be happier.
Nintendo fans, GameCube owners in particular, have fond memories playing Luigi's Mansion. The 2001 launch title was and still is a phenomenal effort. Most importantly, it doesn't feel like a typical Mario adventure, by design, of course.
It's easy to point fingers at Nintendo for not giving Luigi more starring roles. He's such a likeable guy.
With this in mind, he's also Mario's brother and faithful sidekick. Having him break off on his own would be like seeing a bunch of games starring Robin without Batman. No sane businessman wants to let a company's future ride on a second banana.
That aside, the original Luigi's Mansion succeeded because a.) it looked incredible, and b.) it was just a ton of fun. We had a blast slowly creeping through the haunted mansion searching for treasure and sucking up ghosts with the Poltergust 3000. Don't even get us started on the excellent music. We still hum the tracks.
Thing is, it was Luigi's chance to shine, and Mario's bro rose to the challenge.
That's why we're so excited for Luigi's Mansion 2. Although June's E3 demo was a bit sluggish, it set the stage for what should be a delightful romp through another house of horrors, full of gold coins, enemies and plenty of surprises. The game's still early (don't expect to see it until at least 2012), but the developers already laid the foundation. Impressive lighting, intense battles with ghosts...it's all there.
Most importantly, it gives Luigi a rare opportunity to hog the spotlight while Mario delights audiences in Super Mario 3D Land, set to debut this November.
Say what you will about the 3DS, but when all is said and done, the system will play host to some outstanding games, with Luigi's Mansion 2 helping lead the charge.
On that note, we ain't afraid of no ghosts.
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