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Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon Review

Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon Review

When Luigi's Mansion released on the GameCube, it lifted up Luigi's standing in the eyes of many gamers. He was no longer a side-kick, he was now much more of a fan-favourite character. Sucking up ghosts in a haunted mansion with a vacuum cleaner proved to be a nice escape from the traditional platformer game genre that Super Mario games are known for. And even though the game was short in length , it become one of Nintendo's cult classics. Now over ten years later, the long awaited sequel, Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon has arrived on the Nintendo 3DS and it proves to be a great follow up.

The game takes place in Evershade Valley where Professor E. Gadd's laboratory resides. From here, he studies the friendly ghosts that roam around the area. Not everything is right in Evershade Valley though, as the Dark Moon, a glowing purple object that hangs above the town, has been shattered. This has caused the ghosts to become aggressive.

Professor E. Gadd therefore calls upon Luigi to locate the six pieces of the Dark Moon that have been scattered throughout different mansions so that peace can be restored.

Along with the newly upgraded Poltergust 5000, which can suck up three ghosts at a time, there are some new tools that Luigi is equipped with this time around.

First off, there's the stroboscope. Luigi can charge this item up, allowing it to release an intense burst of light. In many ways it immitates a flashbang, and stuns ghosts in close vicinity. Once stunned the ghost's hit points are revealed and the player must then proceed to vacuum it up by pushing the control stick in the opposite direction that the ghost is trying to escape. This certainly isn't as dramatic as capturing ghosts in the previous game, but it can be very challenging when other ghosts surround Luigi and attack him while he is attempting suck their comrades in.

Another new tool that is very helpful is the Dark-Light Device that allows Luigi to see objects that are hidden by shining it on specific places. Once revealed, Luigi needs to vacuum up the spirit balls before they disappear, revealing the object such as furniture or a treasure chest. The Dark-Light is also a great tool for finding money and gems trapped inside paintings. In the top-right corner of the top screen is a rainbow-colored meter that can be upgraded so that the Dark-Light Device can be used for an extended period of time.

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