Finally, after three long years, I’m compiling another list of horror games that can be played on Nintendo consoles. This list is a little shorter so think of it as a supplementary list for the Top 10 Horror Games to Play on Nintendo Consoles article. Some of these games may scare you silly; some of them are full of blood and guts. Regardless, all of these games can be played on Nintendo consoles and they are great to pop in during the macabre month of October.
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Starting Friday, June 14, 2013 – and lasting until June 20 – Canadians will be able to pick up a Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon 3DS bundle for $179.99. After June 20 – June 18 in Quebec – the bundle will retail for $189.99, which is a $20 save if you buy both items separately. Consumers will receive a Cosmo Black Nintendo 3DS and a retail copy of Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon.
This special Luigi;s Mansion: Dark Moon 3DS bundle is exclusive to Walmart Canada and can be purchased both in-store, and online.
Source: Nintendo of Canada
In a recent press release, Nintendo revealed that sales for first-party Nintendo 3DS software, from January to April 2013, is up 52 percent when compared to the same time period from 2012. In just four months, Nintendo has been able to move over 2.1 million units of its first-party software. In addition to these figures, Nintendo also provided sales figures for the following Nintendo 3DS titles:
Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon – 530,000 total units to date
LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins – 94,000 total units to date
Nintendo also provided sales figures for New Super Mario Bros. U, which has moved 770,000 total units since the Wii U’s launch.
Nintendo also mentioned some of the major Wii U games it will be bringing to the E3 2013 show floor, as well. Gamers can expect to find information for the following upcoming Wii U games: Mario Kart, Super Mario, The Legend of Zelda, and Super Smash Bros.
Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon Review
It’s hard to believe it’s been twelve years since the launch of the Nintendo GameCube, and of course, Luigi’s Mansion. Fortunately, fans of the green clad plumber have reason to celebrate; Luigi is back in a starring role. Fans clamoured for a sequel to Luigi’s Mansion, and a sequel they received with the release of Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon for Nintendo 3DS.
Unfortunate for Luigi, King Boo has shattered the Dark Moon into several pieces, causing a peaceful group of ghosts to channel their dark side and force poor Professor E. Gadd out of his own laboratory. With nowhere to turn, Professor E. Gadd abducts Luigi to help him recover the shattered pieces of the Dark Moon, and return Evershade Valley to its peaceful state.
The plot of Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon is straightforward with just a little mystery sprinkled throughout. The game is broken up into several missions and takes place across five different mansions. Between missions, Luigi receives instructions from Professor E. Gadd; the only other time there is any significant plot development is when the professor contacts Luigi on a familiar looking Dual Scream handheld.
As mentioned above, there are five different mansions for Luigi to explore in Dark Moon, but unlike the GameCube game, Dark Moon is broken up into several missions. I’m a big fan of this method and feel it makes playing the game on a handheld device a little more palatable. Most mansions have five missions, a boss fight, and an unlockable mission – only one mansion has a fewer number of missions. There is little variety in the types of missions meaning you’re usually hunting ghosts, fetching items, or solving puzzles. Regardless, the vast number of interesting puzzles kept me entertained until the very end.
To complete each mission, Luigi must use the Poltergust 5000 to capture ghosts and solve puzzles. This vacuum-like tool can be used to suck in a large variety of items (by pressing R) such as carpets, drapes, money, ropes, and more. Also, the Poltergust 5000 can be used to blow air (by pressing L) which will be useful for turning valves and other switches; experimenting with everything is the key to discovering what you can interact with. One of my favourite uses of the Poltergust 5000 is sucking up a bucket, filling it with water, and then dousing plants to find hidden items and new paths.
The Poltergust 5000 also has other uses including its Strobulb and Dark-Light Device features. The Strobulb – activated by pressing A – is a flashlight that can be charged to scare ghosts, defeat small enemies, and even activate special Professor E. Gadd panels. The Dark-Light Device – activated by holding y – emits a rainbow-like light that can reveal illusions such as items in paintings, mansion furniture and decorations, as well as reveal hidden doors and paths.
Of course, Luigi’s Mansion wouldn’t be complete without a whole lot of ghost hunting, and you’ll be using a combination of all the Poltergust 5000’s features for the hunt. With most ghosts, you will need to scare them with a Strobulb flash then vacuum them up with the Poltergust 5000. Stronger ghosts will require more patience which may include letting them attack you first, then countering with a quick Strobulb flash.
There is a decent variety of ghosts in the game, and for the most part, hunting them down is a lot of fun. My only complaint would be the lack of agility Luigi has when using the Poltergust 5000. When you use one of the vacuum’s functions, Luigi can’t turn unless you stop using the Poltergust 5000. You can aim up or down by pressing X and B, but not being able to turn around while using the vacuum caused a lot of unnecessary deaths. This is the only problem I had with the controls as everything else works fine.
While we’re on complaints, I was disappointed with the lack of checkpoints in Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon. Normally, this wouldn’t bother me much because I’m used to the retro gaming mentality, but sometimes the game likes to overwhelm you with enemies, causing you to bump into enemies unknowingly, thus draining your health meter quickly. This is most noticeable during bigger ghost battles, and especially during boss fights. It’s frustrating to spend 20+ minutes on a level and then having to start from the beginning.
Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon has a high replay value, and not only because of its entertaining multiplayer modes. There are tons of hidden gems and Boos to find in every mansion. Finding every Boo in any given mansion will unlock an additional mission, ultimately giving you a great reason to keep playing the single player mode. Also, there is a ton of cash to collect in the form of coins, gold bars, and even dollar bills. Collecting this cash will unlock upgrades for your Poltergust 5000, some of which are necessary for certain parts of the game, others just happen to be really useful.
Briefly mentioned above, Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon also has a variety of multiplayer modes thanks to the ScareScraper. The ScareScraper is a haunted tower full of floors that need to be cleaned of their ghostly inhabitants. There are three main modes in the ScareScraper, each offering a different way to play: Hunter Mode, Rush Mode, and Polterpup Mode. In Hunter mode, you will be going room to room trying to capture every ghost, then venturing up another floor to do it again. Rush Mode will have you racing around each floor looking for its escape hatch, while Polterpup mode will challenge you to find cute ghost puppies by tracking them down with the Dark-Light Device. Each mode can be played with up to four players locally, and even online using the Nintendo Network. Also, you have the option to choose between 5, 10, and 25 floors, and normal, hard, and expert difficulties giving multiplayer some replay value of its own. There are also some unlockable multiplayer options such as endless varieties of each mode.
Graphically, Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon is absolutely stunning, and that’s with or without stereoscopic 3D enabled. The 3D effect gives off a sense of depth comparable to other Nintendo published titles, but it’s the game’s lighting that I enjoyed the most. Flashes of lightning will envelop entire rooms, while your flashlight will cause items to cast realistic shadows; a small, but necessary touch in a game inspired by the horror genre. Giving the game another sense of horror is its great soundtrack, even if the game itself isn’t scary.
Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon is another must own Nintendo 3DS game with fantastic replay value in its hidden nooks and crannies, and multiplayer modes; the single player adventure itself took me nearly 11.5 hours to complete. While I did have minor complaints about the game’s controls, lack of variety, and difficulty spikes, Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon stunningly puts together one of the most entertaining ghost hunts in gaming.
8.5/10 – Great
Borrowed a Review Copy
A new Iwata Asks feature is up and this time Iwata is speaking with Next Level Games, the team behind Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon.
KICK OFF THE YEAR OF LUIGI WITH LUIGI’S MANSION: DARK MOON
Luigi Takes the Spotlight in a New Spooky Adventure Exclusively for Nintendo 3DS
VANCOUVER, BC, March 21, 2013 – When there are ghosts that need capturing, puzzles that need solving and haunted mansions that need exploring, who is the best little brother for the job? Luigi, that’s who! Luigi may be afraid of, well, everything, but that fear isn’t going to stop him when the Dark Moon has shattered and he is the only one who can retrieve the missing pieces. Launching exclusively for Nintendo 3DS on March 24, Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon is the sequel to 2001’s much-loved Luigi’s Mansion and features more mansions, more ghosts and more Luigi!
Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon marks the beginning of the Year of Luigi. The yearlong celebration for Mario’s green-clad younger brother also includes the launch of Mario & Luigi: Dream Team and Mario Golf: World Tour for Nintendo 3DS, as well as the New Super Luigi U downloadable content for New Super Mario Bros. U on Wii U.
“The Year of Luigi starts with a bang as Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon delivers an original adventure starring Mario’s not-so-brave brother,” said Ron Bertram, Nintendo of Canada’s vice-president and general manager. “Packed with multiple mansions to explore, secrets to discover and a new multiplayer mode to enjoy, the game is a fitting tribute to one of gaming’s most unsung heroes.”
In Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, Luigi must explore several unique mansions, all stunningly realized with colourful 3D visuals that make each haunted hallway and atmospheric detail look better than ever. Each mansion is filled with ghosts for Luigi to capture, clever puzzles to challenge his skills and piles of treasure for him to collect. Equipped with his trusty Poltergust 5000, a vacuum cleaner designed to suck up ghosts, and a variety of new abilities like the secret-revealing Dark-Light Device, Luigi must complete each of the mansions’ multiple missions in his quest to find the pieces of the Dark Moon. These missions can be replayed many times, encouraging players to earn a higher rank by collecting more treasure and losing less health.
All the mansions in the game are packed with environmental details that can be manipulated to help Luigi conquer challenges. Puzzles can be solved by spinning the hands of a clock with the Poltergust 5000, or precious coins can be uncovered by flipping over a rug. Almost every object in the mansions’ many rooms can be interacted with.
New to the series are fun multiplayer modes that can be enjoyed with up to four players using local wireless, download or online play. In Hunter Mode, players team up to catch all the ghosts on each floor of a haunted tower. Rush Mode finds players escaping a floor before time runs out, while Polterpup Mode focuses on a frantic search for hidden ghost dogs. Additional Nintendo 3DS systems and games, as well as wireless broadband Internet access, may be required for multiplayer modes.
As a special promotion for anyone who has not yet purchased a Nintendo 3DS XL system, those that register both a Nintendo 3DS XL and Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon via Club Nintendo between Feb. 14 and April 30 will receive a code to download one of these five great games for free in the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS: Super Mario 3D Land, Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask, Art Academy: Lessons for Everyone!, Star Fox 64 3D or Freakyforms Deluxe: Your Creations, Alive! For more information, visit http://club2.nintendo.com/3ds-xl-promo.
Remember that Nintendo 3DS features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/3ds.
Man, this brings me back to the good old days of watching Saturday morning cartoons. I’d argue that the commercials were the best part.
In addition to Hunter Mode revealed back in late January, Nintendo has revealed two more multiplayer modes for Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon.
First up is Rush Mode, a mode that challenges players to escape each floor before the timer expires. Secondly, there is Polterpup Mode, a mode that challenges you to find hidden ghost dogs. All of these modes can be played locally, through download play, and online as well.
Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon is around the corner with a March 23rd release date, but we still know very little about the title. However, Nintendo has just uploaded a trailer showcasing the new multiplayer feature – which features both local and online support – being added to the series.
Today, Nintendo revealed Hunter Mode, a co-operative experience that lets gamers team up with three other Luigis to clear the ScareScraper – a tower infested with ghosts. Players are challenged to hunt down ghosts and clear each floor of the tower before the clock hits zero. Players can choose the number of floors they wish to conquer, (5, 10, or 25) and the difficulty. Depending on how you perform, you may be able to get bonuses and upgrades, both of which may come in handy when facing off against the boss waiting at the top of the tower. Oh, and if you die, your teammates will be able to revive you.
One thing I’d like to point out is that the trailer seems to suggest that Hunter Mode is one of many multiplayer experiences that Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon offers. My guess is that Nintendo will show us more multiplayer focused trailers before the game launches in March.