Review by Hank
"Maarrrriiiiiiooooo, Mario? I've got to find Mario!"
Luigi's Mansion is Nintendo's flagship title for the new GameCube, and it is an enjoyable trip through the game. But is Luigi’s first-ever solo title a system seller or merely a Mario stand-in? Read on to find out.
Plot: As with most Mario games, there isn't a lot of a plot, but it isn't so bad. Luigi wins a mansion in a contest he didn't enter. Seems strange, no? He tells Mario about it, and says to meet him there. Luigi is on a trek through the forest that night, but he gets lost. He looks at his map, and sees where his mansion should be, all bright and shiny. Then he looks up, and finds it all dark and dismal. That, and it's full of ghosts and Mario is no where to be found. He goes in and finds Dr. E. Gadd and the good doctor gives him a vacuum to clean out the house, and find Mario.
Beautiful character animations, lighting, shadows, and physics effects, but the textures are a bit blurry, and some things are low on polygons. The ghosts are transparent, just as they should be, and other effects are good, too.
The music does get old after a while, but it's not nerve grating bad. The sounds are good, footsteps and other noises, but some are a bit cheesy. It has some classic Nintendo themes, and there's even one part where you have to guess the music. It's all good.
It's rather easy to get used to the GameCube controller, and accustomed to the controls of the game, although they are daunting at first. Moving the flashlight and vacuum is a bit difficult at first, but it becomes easier.
It's a lot of fun, but it gets a little old after a while, but there's enough variety in the ghosts and puzzles are good enough to keep it fresh. You'll be sitting there for hours, unable to blink because it is that much fun. But, I should mention that it is rather short, and it shouldn't take more than six or seven hours depending on your skill level, but it's a blast while it lasts. There's even some secrets left over after you plough through it.
It's a good, strong launch title, and it would be a good first game for the GameCube. It's a bit simplistic, but it is a lot of fun, while it lasts. It has gorgeous graphics, excellent control, and it's a blast to play, so it's worth getting.
Reviewer's Score: 8/10 | Originally Posted: 11/18/01, Updated 11/18/01
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