Review by IVScarecrowVI

"Mario is Missing! It's up to Luigi, this time!"

The initial reaction at the release of this game was: Luigi? You get to play as Luigi this time? Not Mario? This game is gonna be great.

Well, all things considered it is a great game. Here's why.

Story: 9.5/10
It's very simple, but doesn't need to be any more complicated. Luigi gets a message in the mail that says he won a mansion. So, he calls up his famous brother, the always-cheerful Mario, and tells Mario to meet him there. However, Mario gets there first, and is captured by an unknown threat. It's up to Luigi to find his beloved brother.

Graphics: 10/10
Beautiful. The graphics are stunning, this is one of, if not the best-looking game on the Game Cube. Perfect in every detail, you can see the dust as Luigi moves about. The cold breath coming out of his mouth. Cloths bend and stretch as you vacuum them up. And the best part? Your flashlight generates REAL-TIME shadows. This game's graphics are nothing less than perfect. It's animated in a light-hearted fashion as expected from a Mario, or excuse me, Luigi Game. But still gorgeous.

Sound: 10/10
Brilliant. Luigi's shy tone is just what you'd expect in contrast with Mario's high pitched "yippee"s and "yahoo"s. Also, to add atmosphere, Luigi whistles or hums to himself as he walks the halls. The lower his health gets, the more nervous he sounds. You can also make him call "Mario!". Also, as his health gets lower, he sounds more desperate and scared. The Music is truly the BEST on the cube. Everything from light-hearted jingles to bone-chilling orchestrated pieces are found in this game. From the "Got Item" jingle to the dark theme heard in the halls, or even the scary voice that says "Nintendo" at the title screen. The sound is the game's best aspect.

Game play: 10/10
Perfect controls and easy-to-use game play. The game play is simple, but never gets old. You use your flashlight to stun enemies and then suck 'em up! It's also noteworthy how much of the environment you can interact with. Open doors, light candles, etc. They really put a lot into this one. When you enter the rooms they will be dark, except for your flashlight, so, to turn the lights on you have to exterminate all the enemies in the room, yet again, simple, yet perfect.

Replay Value: 9.5/10
Once you beat the game, you unlock the Hidden Mansion, which allows you to replay the game, but on a harder difficulty. It also counts how many times you beat the game, you can do so indefinitely without erasing a file.

Overall: 10/10
Perfect. A must-play for all Mario and Luigi fans alike.

Reviewer's Rating:   5.0 - Flawless

Originally Posted: 08/09/10

Game Release: Luigi's Mansion (US, 11/17/01)

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