E3 2011: Luigi's Mansion 2 Hands-On

In the just-announced Luigi's Mansion 2, we sample the lesser Mario brother's 3D return to ghostbusting.

At Nintendo's E3 press briefing, we welcomed the announcement of Luigi's Mansion 2, which is the sequel to the 2001 GameCube game and part of Nintendo's strong second wave of first-party 3DS titles. A brief hands-on didn't disappoint: At first blush, this is a good-looking, fun-feeling sequel that is true to the spirit (sorry) of the ghostbusting original, with spooky visuals that pop nicely with the addition of stereoscopic 3D.

In Luigi's Mansion 2, kooky inventor-scientist Professor E. Gadd returns to ghost research, once more dispatching the taller Mario brother to investigate haunted houses. As Luigi, we snuck into a classically creepy manor armed with the essential flashlight and vacuum cleaner. Ghost catching is a matter of flashing the target poltergeist with an especially bright burst from the flashlight--stunning the spook in place--and then vacuuming it up. For the purpose of ghost wrangling, Luigi has an electrical, lightning-type attack. When Luigi's spectral quarry struggles against the stream of suction, a button prompt indicates that he can zap the ghost to maintain the vacuum's grip.

Exploring the mansion's network of rooms and halls, we also vacuumed up cash, coins (some hidden high in the rafters), spiderwebs, and fat spiders, the latter of which dropped from the ceiling on silk strands. We revealed treasure chests by sucking up the dust sheets that hid them and sought out keys to open the mansion's various locked doors. At one point, when a tricky staircase turned into a slide midclimb, we had to do battle with two ghosts at once, trying to capture one while avoiding the other's attacks, before we could progress to the next floor.

The old-timey haunted house looked great and was decked out with cobwebbed furniture and oversized suits of armor. The armor lined a long corridor and would also take sword swipes at Luigi as he scampered past. The smart, simple controls handled nicely, with the circle pad for movement, the right bumper to switch the vacuum cleaner on, and the upper and lower face buttons for angling the vacuum stream up or down. With 3DS no-brainers Super Mario 3D and Mario Kart 3D also being shown off at this year's E3, this Luigi-fronted game might well be overshadowed, but it's a charming and promising game that deserves the same kind of attention. Look for plenty more on it ahead of release in 2012.

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Discussion

47 comments
Joo_Phish
Joo_Phish

god i hate hand helds, they steal great games from consoles, this should be on Wii not 3DS just like the additions to the Jak and Daxter Series shouldve been on console not handheld, its enraging

tfkrocks
tfkrocks

@buhboon68 Not all of the ghosts in the original one looked like people. Perhaps Luigi's Mansion 2 will have some human-looking ghosts..

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

This game isn't arriving fast enough - is it still on time for February 2012?

DARKNESSxEAGLE
DARKNESSxEAGLE

I loved the first one... but this is meant to have multiple mansions, and there's no way it's going to be larger than the Gamecube version which means each of the mansions will most likely be the equivalent of one of the areas in the original mansion, so I will just have to wait and see.

Sgt_Crow
Sgt_Crow

I'd buy a 3DS for this. The original is a classic imo.

LinkLuigi
LinkLuigi

Luigi's Mansion was always a hit-or-miss game. Either you love it or you don't. I may be a Luigi fan, but I think I'd love the first game based on it's own merits. And I did love that game. It was just so...new. I haven't played anything like it. I think the haters disliked the game because it wasn't another platformer. Fair enough, but there are plenty of those around (at the time). Mario has the platforming market down pack. Wario even has his own original spin on platforming. Hell, even Peach got into the game. But this is Luigi's niche, and I hope Luigi's Mansion 2 isn't the last of it. On a side note, I'd freak if Waluigi was behind all of this. Jeez, give that cheap knock-off something.

renji4eva
renji4eva

This is great!!! A sequal to one of my favorite games...... and its portable!!!

jimdotbeep
jimdotbeep

I'm so glad the Luigi's Mansion Franchise isn't dead. I thought for sure the public hated this game. Everyone on the internet keeps making fun of it.

greenmatt77
greenmatt77

I was starting to regret buying the 3ds, but with this game, super Mario 3d, Mario kart, zelda, and much more awesome games coming out soon, I am proud of myself for getting one!

MEDzZ3RO
MEDzZ3RO

First was superb, great news to see a sequel especially on 3DS.

pjordan0404
pjordan0404

first one was a lot of fun just really short

buhboon68
buhboon68

awesome, and they say there will be over 7 mansions to explore, my only complaint is the ghosts, they look kind of uncreative I mean in the first one they looked like people and they they were all different, in this one they all look pretty much the same except for the mummy...but still seven mansions is pretty awesome, cant wait, I really hope they make a great atmosphere like in the first one.

Echo-Tech
Echo-Tech

-dan spinoso they also might make a super smash bros for 3ds. there's a gamespot page and rumors ALL OVER THE INTERNET including the e3 press conference

thenerd64
thenerd64

to DanSpinoso- They just announced a new donkey kong game. Thought I might let you know.

DanSpinoso
DanSpinoso

3DS = releasing all good titles. zelda, smash bros, mario kart, luigis mansion, paper mario, super mario, star fox, resident evil, assassin creed, metal gear solid... from that all thats missing is metroid, donkey kong and not many others

CwlHeddwyn
CwlHeddwyn

nice to see Luigi getting more game time.

ShadowofSonic
ShadowofSonic

No lie.I first see this on a cold thunder-storming night......Good luck or bad luck...

mariosunshineds
mariosunshineds

I totally LOVED the original on the GameCube!! I know Super Mario 3DS is a must-have for me and everyone alike, but this incredibly impressed me much more! Unfortunately it won't be out for Christmas.

Sonumb92
Sonumb92

Finally!!! Hopefully they make it for the new Wii too.

Morokoo
Morokoo

Wow, I've wanted them to make a sequel for years. This one looks really good.

al_win
al_win

will get this over super mario 3d i respect luigi a bit more than mario

Bogroll101
Bogroll101

I'am so happy this was announced I loved the first one and glad its getting a sequel. I'm getting it ASAP =)

Bogroll101
Bogroll101

I'am so happy this was announced I loved the first one and glad its getting a sequel. I'm getting it ASAP =)

Rennar
Rennar

I really loved the first one! Really glad I can take its sequel werever I want...

TheLast1Left
TheLast1Left

i enjoyed the first one. I think the 3d effect will be cool on this game

Sepewrath
Sepewrath

So amped to see this series got a sequel, the first doesn't get the love it deserves.

nintendo-naut
nintendo-naut

Been waiting so long for this--The first was one of the best GCN games ever.

Grovilis
Grovilis

I've been wishing for a sequel during every E3.

Tacojoint
Tacojoint

this makes me want to get 3ds

Grodus5
Grodus5

This was an incredibly nice surprise when they flashed it. I literally squealed with delight. Hopefully it will be a little longer then the Gamecube one, I, for one, can't wait.

adriande2
adriande2

I really did like the first one. My hope is that they don't make these mansions any smaller than the original. One of the best things about the first game was the exploration, especially when you found something new in a room you already visited.

buft
buft

excited for this because the original was fun but short, now there are multiple mansions and i can play it under my sheets at night and pretend to be a ghost when anybody happens to come in. META!

MEDzZ3RO
MEDzZ3RO

Glad it's coming to 3DS rather then the Wii-U; they're giving the 3DS the much deserved support the DS and Wii lacked. They had a few great titles but they were drowned in the wave of casual party games plaguing the systems. 3DS line-up is looking incredibly strong with this, Super smash bros. and Tekken 3DS all being titles I hoped the system would get. Superb announcements.

braedo_the_stud
braedo_the_stud

I LOVED Luigi's Mansion! If this game is just as good, and longer, we've got a Triple A title on our hands!

KillerWabbit23
KillerWabbit23

As soon as I saw the title flash, I had an awesomegasm. Nintendo has, for once, shown that they care.

Wolflink001
Wolflink001

I'm a little leery about the sequel but I hope its as good as the first one. What a surprise!

mariostar0001
mariostar0001

Unexpected by all by major fans of the original, that is. They've been certain there will be a sequel for years.