Luigi's Mansion 3 was one of the Nintendo Switch games I was able to check out on their tour. This was a neat entry, and it was nice to step into Luigi’s franchise once again. I was also lucky to check out their spooky manor area that they setup, it was quite a lot of fun. This whole creepy dark room where players could experience the game, I just went in to grab photos and video.
Anyways, onto the game itself you’re playing as Luigi and dealing with ghosts. It feels like an evolution of this series with a bit more of a puzzle element included. There’s a sort of green goo Luigi that’s in your bag and you use this duplicate to solve problems in order to progress. It’s an interesting mechanic, and one that took some slight adjusting to get used to. It was fun to see and I believe it could really help the series branch out more in new ways.
Aside from that, you’re going need to battle some ghosts. There are mechanics involved where you need to throw ghosts around and then suck them in. That’s the way to tackle these spirits and there are a variety of them. You also may need to shoot out a plunger, as shield type ghouls may be flying around as well.
It was a rather short demo, but one that displayed a lot of what to expect. There were some puzzles, a few hidden keys to discover and many ghosts to deal with. I had a lot of fun with it, and it feels like the good old Nintendo Gamecube entry. This presentation ended with a neat boss fight and that used the mechanics you learned over the demo. It was a neat setup with funny cardboard ghosts and a fairly straight forward enemy to tackle.
Generally I liked what I played and look forward to hopefully checking out the full version. The visuals were solid for Switch, and I only viewed the game in a docked setting. I liked the setup for hitting ghosts, and it came together for a solid time while presenting a fun linear situation. That’s all for Luigi's Mansion 3, at least for now. Check out our E3 2019 hub for additional coverage from the event.
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