Luigi gets the spotlight again after 10 long years.
Luigi’s Mansion 2 for the 3DS was announced by Nintendo at its E3 conference yesterday. The series makes a return after almost a 10 year absence.
Reggie Fils-Aime, president of Nintendo of America, said during the conference that the sequel isn’t just a revision of the first game like some other 3DS titles but a completely new experience. Luigi will visit several new mansions during the game.
Shigeru Miyamoto, creator of the Mario and Zelda franchises, revealed during the Nintendo Developer Roundtable at E3 yesterday that Next Level Games is developing Luigi’s Mansion 2. Next Level Games is the Canadian studio behind games like Mario Strikers Charged (Wii, 2007) and Punch-Out!! (Wii, 2009). Miyamoto said he’s personally overseeing the project.
In Luigi’s Mansion 2 Professor E. Gadd wants Luigi to again help him in his ghost research. Luigi uses a vacuum called the Poltergust to traverse haunted mansions and capture ghosts. Players can control the vacuum by physically moving the 3DS. The game also takes advantage of the system’s 3D abilities by using Luigi’s flashlight and new attacks on the environment and enemies.
The game is a direct sequel to the GameCube game Luigi’s Mansion. Luigi’s Mansion was a GameCube launch title that released Nov. 18, 2001 in North America. It was the first time the Luigi character had his entirely own game.
Luigi’s Manson actually had a 3D designed version for the GameCube, but the technology was still too expensive to fully implement on the console. Satoru Iwata, president of Nintendo, revealed during an “Iwata Asks” session that the GameCube had built-in 3D capabilities. By connecting a special LCD accessory to the system, it could show the player 3D images. Iwata said the accessory would have cost players more than the actual GameCube so 3D gaming was put on hold.
No official release date for Luigi’s Mansion 2 was confirmed by Nintendo. Miyamoto said the game will release sometime in early 2012.
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