Nintendo's 2019-2020 lineup of games has grown astronomical at this point. Many of these games have received solid release dates, or at least release windows solid enough to be down to the month. One of the games curiously left out of this for a while was Luigi's Mansion 3, the long-awaited third installment of the series that gives Mario's brother time in the spotlight. The only thing we knew was that it had a '2019' release date planned, with no indication as to when. That's all changed now; Luigi's Mansion 3 is coming out the spookiest day of all: Halloween. And really, what could be more fitting for our green-clad ghost buster?


"When Luigi's friends go missing on vacation, it's up to our reluctant hero to save them from the ghosts in the Last Resort hotel," the announcement post reads. "Join forces with Gooigi, slam ghosts, & prepare for a spooky treat when Luigi's Mansion 3 arrives on the Nintendo Switch 10/31!" Said friends include Mario, Peach, and the rest of the gang. With the game being set in a hotel, Nintendo plans on approaching the gameplay in a more open fashion than before. This was a common complaint about the sequel, Dark Moon since its levels were mission-based. Each floor of the Last Resort hotel features its own unique, creepy theme. Think of each floor as a chapter in the original game, for example. New game mechanics are introduced in each, and there's a lot more to play with this time around. The most notable addition is Luigi's goo-made doppelganger: Gooigi. A little unnerving, to be sure, but a handy partner in a pinch; he can also be utilized by a second player in local co-op.

The development of Luigi's Mansion 3 is being handled by none other than Canada-based Next Level Games, in collaboration with Nintendo's Japan studio. Next Level were the ones who developed Dark Moon, and the original game's remake on the 3DS. Thankfully, we didn't have to wait as long for the third chapter. There was a colossal dozen-year gap in between the GameCube classic and sequel, but it seems Luigi's popularity only grows higher. The game will also see the return of fan-favorite characters from across the series, including Professor E. Gadd and the first game's villain: King Boo. For those who want something a little more than a straight story, you'll also be able to play the new ScareScraper online mode. This mode boasts up to eight players, and all of you can play either locally or online, progressing through a series of challenges that only get more difficult as you go.


Luigi's Mansion 3 will be a Nintendo Switch exclusive, and it's set to launch on October 31st. For those keeping track of the date, that's a Thursday release. Surprisingly enough, there are no pre-order bonuses for the game at any retailers. The one exception is EB Games in Australia, which is offering a beautiful steel bookcase for the physical collectors out there (it glows in the dark). For that reason, though, you're safe to sleep on the release if you want to see how the game reviews first. Halloween may seem far away, but I'm sure our Switches will keep us plenty busy until then. You can check out the full announcement and fan reactions on Nintendo's Twitter account, or check out the extensive E3 2019 trailer for it down below here. But beware the ghosts, and make sure you bring your handy Poltergust G-00.


Tanner is a freelance writer. He enjoys all things video games, particularly the weirder ones, and can often be found drinking coffee and trying to get through his backlog.

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