Nintendo has never been a company that crams obligatory multiplayer into their products just for the sake of it--one of the things I like about Nintendo. So when they add it to one of their longstanding franchises, odds are it will be good. That's what I'm hoping for Luigi's Mansion Dark Moon
, which will have a multiplayer mode when it launches on March 24th.
Players team up as different colored Luigis, which makes me wonder why they don't just have various other Mario characters working together. The multicolored Luigi team will have to work their way up the haunted ScareScraper, clearing one floor at a time and wondering if they'll run into Drs. Veknman, Spengler and Stantz in the process. It sounds interesting but I'm not sure if it will be more addicting than the Luigi's Mansion minigame in Wii U's Nintendoland, which had everyone rolling their eyes at last E3 but now has them all glued to their couches.
Multiplayer Mode Makes a Ghostly Appearance in Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon
Nintendo has revealed new information about Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon launching exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems on March 24. Luigi stumbles through multiple mansions to capture ghosts and solve puzzles armed with his trusty ghost-catching vacuum cleaner, the Poltergust 5000, and in a series first, the game will feature local and online multiplayer modes, as well as Download Play capabilities.
Join up with up to four players and journey into the ScareScraper, which is jam-packed with paranormal creatures. Additional systems and games may be required for multiplayer modes and are sold separately. In Hunter Mode, each player controls a different color Luigi and is challenged to hunt down ghosts and use effective teamwork to clear each floor of the tower before the clock strikes zero. Bonuses and upgrades can be earned depending on how well the team performs. There are also boss battles at the top of each tower. Players can choose the number of floors in this mode ranging from five, 10 or 25. They can adjust the difficulty to cater to both new and veteran gamers. Fallen players can even be revived by their teammates to keep the adventure going.
When Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon launches on March 24, shoppers can purchase the packaged game as usual at retail locations nationwide. Or they can simply purchase and download the game on their own from the Nintendo eShop using a wireless broadband connection. Regardless of their purchasing method, the game sells for a suggested retail price of $39.99. For more information about Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, visit http://luigismansion.nintendo.com.