Luigi's Mansion 3
|Luigi's Mansion 3|
Icon artwork, featuring Luigi and Gooigi
|Developer(s)||Next Level Games|
|Release||October 31, 2019|
Luigi's Mansion 3[a] is an upcoming action-adventure game developed by Next Level Games and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo Switch. The sequel to Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, it is set to be released on October 31, 2019.
Luigi's Mansion 3 is an action-adventure game. The gameplay is largely similar to that of Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, but has a more open-ended level structure rather than the pre-defined missions of the previous game. Luigi is tasked with exploring a large hotel, with each floor based around a different theme, featuring a variety of atmospheres and mechanics. There is also a multiplayer component called ScareScraper that will allow for up to eight players to play together locally and online.
Luigi, along with his pet Polterpup, brother Mario, Princess Peach, and a group of Toads go on vacation after receiving an invitation to the luxurious Last Resort hotel. But the invite turns out to be a trap by King Boo, with Luigi escaping down the laundry chute while his friends were captured. With the help of his Polterpup and Professor E. Gadd, who provides him with the Poltergust G-00 and Gooigi, Luigi must deal with the hotel's ghostly occupants and find the missing elevator buttons needed to access the seventeen floors so he can save his friends.
Luigi's Mansion 3 is published by Nintendo and developed by Next Level Games, who previously developed Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon. The change in setting from a mansion to a hotel was done so that players could have "three-dimensional exploration" with Kensuke Tanabe explaining that they "wanted players to be able to visualize how the hotel was set up". Despite the new setting, the team deliberately made the choice for some of the settings to "make it as unexpected and even un-hotel-like as possible". the team noted that as long as they connected the settings through a traditional hotel setup they could get away with the diverse settings. Some features that were previously present in or planned for the Nintendo 3DS remake of the original Luigi's Mansion were expanded on for the third installment, such as same screen local co-op play and new abilities like the Slam and Burst.
Luigi's Mansion 3 was announced during a Nintendo Direct presentation on September 13, 2018, with the title at the time being listed as tentative and planned for release in 2019. Prior to the game's formal announcement, Luigi's new gadget, the Poltergust G-00, was shown for the first time in the August 2018 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Nintendo Direct as part of the trailer announcing Simon and Richter Belmont from the Castlevania series as playable characters. The Poltergust G-00 was also incorporated into Luigi's moveset, now being able to grab opponents from a distance with the Suction Shot. It is also used for his Final Smash, replacing the Poltergust 5000 from the previous installment.
Luigi's Mansion 3 was a part of Nintendo's E3 2019 showcase, with a new trailer highlighting the premise, gameplay mechanics, and game modes, including online multiplayer. A demo was also made available to play on the show floor. Nintendo of America's Nate Bihldorff stated that the game's primary campaign will be longer than that of Dark Moon. He also stated that the finalized title was changed to a simple number 3 because the time gap between the second and third installments was much shorter to the point of calling the series an established franchise, as opposed to the 12-year gap between the first and second installments. A new trailer shown during the September 4, 2019 Nintendo Direct showcased some areas of the hotel setting and debuted a new party-oriented game mode for up to eight players on a single console. Luigi's Mansion 3 is set to be released on October 31, 2019.
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