Metascore
86

Generally favorable reviews - based on 74 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 67 out of 74
  2. Negative: 0 out of 74
  1. Mar 21, 2013
    93
    Shows Nintendo at its inventive best. It’s an essential game in the 3DS’ increasingly impressive line-up, and though I sometimes wished that it would leave me alone to explore more at my own pace, it’s otherwise difficult to fault a game this detailed, absorbing and masterfully made.
  2. Mar 21, 2013
    65
    A mostly pleasant game marred by the possibility of moments so frustrating, they threaten to overshadow the entire experience. These missteps are all the more disappointing because the better elements of the game are so charming. You may still want to take up the PolterGust 5000 and explore these haunted houses, but be warned: the things lurking in these dark places aren't likely to scare you, but they may well have you seeing red.
  3. Mar 22, 2013
    78
    Though the main game isn't incredibly long, there are collectables, bonus levels to unlock, and multiplayer modes.
  4. Mar 21, 2013
    85
    The rich presentation (especially on the 3DS XL) and contained mission structure make it a perfect addition to the 3DS library. Whether you played the GameCube original or not, this is a must-play for Nintendo fans.
  5. Mar 22, 2013
    90
    It's gorgeous, as close to a playable cartoon as anything since Zelda: The Wind Waker. That's a big name to drop, but if Luigi's return doesn't quite put him in that class, it puts him in the running among Nintendo's finest.
  6. Mar 28, 2013
    85
    It plays to the original's strengths and adds a batch of new features. Most importantly, the multiplayer mode alleviates any concerns about short length and is a ton of fun.
  7. Apr 1, 2013
    91
    Overall, this is definitely a sequel worth checking out. Even if you’re not familiar with the original GameCube title, there’s a good chance you’ll find something to love about the sequel.
  8. Mar 21, 2013
    90
    Mario could learn a trick or two from his brother, as Luigi's Mansion 2: Dark Moon stakes its claim as one of the most essential titles available for Nintendo 3DS.
  9. Mar 21, 2013
    80
    Connection problems aside, I've really been enjoying the hell out of this new Luigi's Mansion. The whole thing is damn fun, especially for people like me that have fond memories of the Gamecube original.
  10. Apr 10, 2013
    92
    A must-have for 3DS owners. [May 2013, p.68]
  11. Mar 24, 2013
    92
    Luigi's Mansion 2 is a fantastic adventure full of charm and personality, with gorgeous graphics and more than enjoyable mechanics. A control scheme that screams for the second analog stick and a somewhat disappointing last mission are the only minor drawbacks of a more-than-recommended purchase.
  12. Mar 21, 2013
    80
    Dark Moon weighs in at about 14 hours long, though it’ll feel longer thanks to skillful pacing. And the game has a number of tools to keep sucking players back in. Each mansion has a ton of collectibles that in turn unlock new time attack modes for each stage. Then there’s the fairly basic multiplayer, which is worth a try if you can get up to four 3DS owners in the same room, but it’s a mostly forgettable.
  13. Mar 25, 2013
    85
    The mission system may be something some players will dislike, compared to the freedom of the original. However, it has many hours of gameplay to offer, and the new multiplayer mode is a great addition that will make us forget about that.
  14. Mar 21, 2013
    80
    Despite the twitchy combat and compulsive collecting, it all comes back to those creaking mansions. Highly polished under their grime and cobwebs, the treats awaiting in their dark rooms prove Luigi’s subversive series still has the capacity to thrill.
  15. May 31, 2013
    90
    Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon is a stellar sequel to a forgettable classic. Nintendo has refined the formula and made it interesting to fans and even those that didn’t find the appeal behind the original. For those looking for the next great 3DS game, don’t sleep on Luigi’s latest.
  16. Mar 27, 2013
    90
    Next Level has found a way to return gamers to the world of Luigi’s Mansion in a way that manages to retain its predecessor’s charm, one that doesn’t take the technical and mechanical aspects for granted. More perfectly than they could have hoped, Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon fully executes Nintendo’s original vision.
  17. Mar 21, 2013
    90
    Luigi's Mansion 2 is a joy, showcasing a love for characterisation and wonderful attention to detail that gives the game an inimitable personality. It never outstretches the limitations of the 3DS, but continuously proves the system's lofty capabilities.
  18. Mar 25, 2013
    89
    A great follow up to one of the lovely classics that left us on the GameCube more than a decade ago. Luigi's Mansion 2 is an always spot on adventure-puzzle game.
  19. Mar 21, 2013
    90
    It took long enough for a sequel to arrive but Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon offers a spirited romp, a good level of challenge, and might spur some thought regarding your very existence.
  20. Mar 22, 2013
    85
    Luigi’s Mansion 2 is a sequel that improves every aspect of the predecessor, also adding a fun multiplayer. Sin for the abuse of some ideas and the repetitive mechanics, like the combat with the ghosts. However, a great game with a great and ironic atmosphere.
  21. Apr 2, 2013
    88
    It’s still a fantastic game, with a lengthy — if slightly repetitive — campaign, and a surprisingly addictive multiplayer option.
  22. Mar 21, 2013
    95
    If Dark Moon was just a single-player experience, it would have been a fleeting, yet enjoyable adventure. But with the addition of an infectious multiplayer element that can't be replicated anywhere else, it makes Luigi's Mansion Dark Moon even better than its predecessor, and one of the clear-cut best games on the 3DS.
  23. Mar 25, 2013
    90
    Luigi's Mansion 2: Dark Moon is one of the best titles by Nintendo in recent years. Almost a real Killer Application, at least if you look at it with the eyes of an old fan.
  24. May 13, 2013
    90
    Luigi's Mansion 2 is a clever and original action adventure with nice puzzles and interesting combat. [May 2013]
  25. Mar 30, 2013
    90
    With Luigi's Mansion 2 Nintendo adds a brilliant game to the 3DS. Luigi got through the first part with the vacuum cleaner well and delivered a good second part.
  26. Mar 21, 2013
    80
    Luigi’s second “solo” adventure is bigger and funnier than the original GameCube title, but the stiff mission-based structure prevents it from becoming an instant classic.
  27. Mar 30, 2013
    85
    Got rid of your handheld because you only play games on your phone? A shame, because with Luigi’s Mansion 2 it's proven how refined a game on the 3DS can be. It’s drenched in a comedic vibe, which keeps things fresh while exploring, puzzling and fighting ghosts for the considerable time it takes to complete the game.
  28. Mar 21, 2013
    90
    It's one of the best games yet for 3DS, and evidence that 2013 is very much the "Year of Luigi".
  29. 95
    Dark Moon’s multiplayer is an incredible local experience that should have you shouting with your friends in no time. Online play, however, loses a bit of that experience’s immediacy. The only way to convey anything is to select one of four preset phrases from the D-pad, which hinders communication.
  30. Mar 21, 2013
    90
    Utterly charming and subversively clever in that classic Nintendo way, this is one of the best games on the 3DS and one of the mostly perfectly polished titles on any system this year.
  31. Mar 21, 2013
    93
    Every haunted room seems to breathe with an inventive charm and delicate attention to detail that make this game one of the best reasons to own a 3DS. Catching ghosts is a rewarding occupation, and the vast amount of hidden collectables could have you fighting to exorcise your inner completionist. With the addition an unexpectedly inventive and enjoyable multiplayer experience, 3DS owners will be hard-pressed not to cut Luigi just a little more respect.
  32. Mar 22, 2013
    90
    Regardless of whether you played Luigi's Mansion, this sequel stands on its own merits, and in the process, became another fine entry in the growing 3DS library of quality titles in need of enthusiastic owners. Relish the experience.
  33. Apr 25, 2013
    80
    The moment-to-moment navigation and ghost-busting is so innately enjoyable that it often negated my complaints, though. Mostly, Dark Moon is an excellent adventure game that smartly builds upon one of Nintendo’s most unique and underutilized properties. It could have used a little more balancing and little less padding, but otherwise, this is a grand start to the Year of Luigi.
  34. Mar 25, 2013
    90
    Luigi's Mansion 2 is a great game that has solid gameplay with well-designed levels. Looks good, plays better and improves so many elements of its predecessor.
  35. May 20, 2013
    96
    The pride in the Nintendo legacy is apparent in every single aspect of this title; the attention to detail, and sheen of professionalism is everywhere. It’s a triumph - visually one of the best handheld titles ever seen, and in terms of capturing your emotions, Luigi has you on board from the first sequence. You want to guide him to victory (and safety!) because he is just so darn sweet.
  36. It has more heart than any game in recent memory. [Apr 2013, p.68]
  37. May 6, 2013
    80
    Overall, there are some very good and fun ideas that work very well here. It’s a great progression in many ways from the original and at times it’s a truly sublime experience. It’s also different enough from the first game for fans to want to own and enjoy both.
  38. Mar 21, 2013
    90
    Luigi's Mansion 2 doesn't just bring back to life the original, it transcends it. Deeper gameplay, smart puzzles, and a parody-filled tone meet a carefully structured mission-based progression that make it perfect for nomad play, while its multiplayer offers yet another take on ghost cleaning.
  39. Apr 14, 2013
    70
    Dark Moon is a likable if flawed journey through an enjoyably spooky world, and while it may not hold up to a long-term residency, it’s certainly worth a weekend getaway.
  40. Mar 26, 2013
    90
    Lots of charm, ghosts, detailed environments, great sound effects and a theme song you'll be whistling for weeks to come.
  41. Mar 25, 2013
    90
    As solo game or shared with friends, Luigi's Mansion 2 is an essential experience for the Nintendo 3DS.
  42. Mar 22, 2013
    90
    This is an excellent action adventure game design. At its best, it is full of surprises, dynamic battles and logic puzzles. Once you enter the haunted house you don’t want to check out until the last ghost is caught.
  43. Mar 21, 2013
    90
    Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon is a completely different type of game from the first, and it’s better in every single way. It’s tougher, lengthier, more creative, more varied, and just plain more fun.
  44. Apr 15, 2013
    70
    A good sequel that improves upon the original and does most things right. Sadly a couple of misses such as lack of checkpoints and clunky controls stands in the way of a higher grade.
  45. Mar 21, 2013
    80
    Dark Moon takes what was basically a really good sketch of a game in the original Luigi's Mansion, and fleshes it out into a more robust, and arguably far more entertaining romp, all while retaining the distinctive flavor of that first game.
  46. Apr 2, 2013
    90
    If you have a 3DS you don't want to miss this game.
  47. Mar 30, 2013
    85
    Luigi’s Mansion 2 is a special and well rounded adventure that delivers on graphics, atmosphere and humor. A good, eerie game with a cheerful tone. Great for cowards… but also challenging enough for the tougher gamer.
  48. Mar 28, 2013
    90
    A must-have for 3DS owners that improves over the original and features surprisingly good multiplayer action.
  49. Mar 24, 2013
    80
    Some may find the lack of challenge from both the enemies and puzzles a bit of a shame, and it could perhaps have done with a bigger mansion to explore freely, but from start to finish, Luigi's Mansion 2 is nothing but pure enjoyment, full of that wonderful Nintendo charm and magic that has made so many of its games such a joy to play over the years.
  50. Mar 21, 2013
    70
    Dark Moon is a bit like Luigi himself: charming, goofy and utterly affable. The core mechanic of catching ghosts is solid and exciting, and the environments are absolutely worth seeing and exploring. It's got heart, but after trudging through all five of its locales, you may wind up feeling a little like a bedraggled, battle-worn ghostbuster yourself.
  51. Mar 22, 2013
    90
    Luigi's back, in his best game yet. Luigi's Mansion 2: Dark Moon is a joyful adventure, remarkably polished, easy to fall in love with and full of stuff to discover and to play with. Visually outstanding, the game surpasses - in every way - the original Gamecube game, but the multiplayer mode is still archaic.
  52. Apr 15, 2013
    70
    Luigi's Mansion 2 does exactly what a good sequel should do and builds upon he solid foundation of its predecessor whilst also bringing fresh new elements to the table. Our frightened protagonist is as charming as ever, and the game's mission based structure is a welcome addition over the open world setting of the original game.
  53. Apr 1, 2013
    100
    While the system has been blessed with multiple must-have Mario adventures, it's a delight to say there's now an essential one from his often overlooked sibling too.
  54. Apr 28, 2013
    80
    An excellent action adventure game with many entertaining elements. Its multiplayer game along with the game's changeable setting is good and likeable. However, a lack of motivation to reach the maximum score in every single level, and sections of levels that are often repeated are putting the game down.
  55. Mar 22, 2013
    70
    It might sound a bit more harsh than the game deserves, but sometimes you have to call the developers out when a game suffers under ill-advised direction. Thanks to the beautiful and richly filled houses and some really great characters, Luigi's Mansion qualifies as a really good game. It's just not the fantastic one it could have been.
  56. Apr 10, 2013
    80
    Luigi’s Mansion 2 is an incredibly charming game that despite some issues with online play and a bit of repetitiveness manages to offer a very good experience.
  57. Mar 25, 2013
    85
    The presentation is wonderful and the attention to detail creates a game that has a charm and feel all its own. The controls are a little confusing at times but if you can get over them you’ll discover a fun game.
  58. Mar 21, 2013
    90
    It's a fantastic little platformer that looks great, plays well, doesn't talk down to you and utilizes the strengths of the system to their full effect. This is a game that really "gets" the essence of the 3DS, and understands that a good 3DS game means so much more than just using the 3D effect.
  59. 90
    I didn’t really get much into the original Luigi’s Mansion so I was unsure what to expect for a handheld sequel, but I came away pleasantly surprised with the high level of visual detail, fun gameplay mechanics, amount of replayability, and inclusion of an entertaining multiplayer.
  60. Apr 9, 2013
    80
    A charming, entertaining romp with bucket-loads of character. Luigi's back in action! [May 2013, p.79]
  61. Mar 21, 2013
    85
    Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon maintains much of the charm of the original and benefits from a superior coat of paint and level design. But one limitation the 3DS has—its lack of a second joystick—can prove irksome, especially as you move into the latter stages.
  62. Mar 21, 2013
    100
    This is a game unlike any other. Incomparable, yet instantly accessible. The best Nintendo games have a marvelous knack of building the perfect worlds for the perfect heroes and this is the foundation on which Luigi's Mansion is built. Cracking.
  63. Mar 21, 2013
    70
    Dark Moon has lost a bit of the soul of its predecessor — the ghosts have lost their motivations and personalities, such as they were. They're just monsters now. But by nearly every mechanical design metric, Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon is a better game than its predecessor.
  64. Mar 28, 2013
    85
    If Nintendo refuses to start developing new licenses, it's only because the firm already has enough talent to efficiently renew it's existing ones with a success others have yet to match. Luigi's Mansion 2 is a perfect example of this pattern as Luigi's new adventures in haunted houses hack your mind like drugs once the player understands the finer points of the game. The gameplay has a great finesse which is very enjoyable and the directing along the general atmosphere are almost a masterpiece. Of course the lack of a second controlling stick is not the best feature of the game and we would have liked a multiplayer mode with more rhythm. But the number of qualities provided by Luigi's Mansion 2 makes this game a classic of the 3DS lineup.
  65. Mar 21, 2013
    80
    Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon is a puzzle-rich wonderland full of irreverent humor and clever level design, but it cannot overcome the 3DS’s limitations. Tilt controls and the lack of a second analog stick really tarnishes an otherwise amazing game.
  66. May 22, 2013
    90
    Beautiful, fun, ingenious and unique.
  67. May 22, 2013
    90
    Luigi’s Mansion 2 is exactly what a great sequel should be. It’s a much bigger game than its predecessor but retains its creaky charms.
  68. Undeniably distinct from any of the games in which Luigi co-stars with his more famous brother, it’s a rollicking little romp hampered only by its flawed interface, which is more a problem with hardware than game design.
  69. Apr 9, 2013
    90
    It’s also one of the few 3DS games that I couldn’t imagine playing with the 3D off, as the extra depth really immerses you in Luigi’s Mansion’s world. It does take some getting used to though; the lack of a second analogue makes controlling Luigi a little troublesome until you get used to it, and the lack of Circle Pad Pro support is unforgivable.
  70. Mar 24, 2013
    80
    Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon offers a fun and memorable experience. Even though the lack of a second analog stick damages combat, and ghosts does not have their own personalities and context, Luigi and professor E. Gadd rescue some of the franchise's original charisma, and the basic game mechanic of capturing ghosts still is very addictive.
  71. Mar 22, 2013
    90
    Luigi’s Mansion 2 is an excellent puzzler wrapped in charming design, clever gameplay and gorgeous visuals through a lengthy campaign that (mostly) plays to 3DS’ strengths.
  72. May 27, 2013
    80
    If Next Level Games had opted to make Dark Moon more of an open-world experience, granting the player free will to poke around its gloomily graceful environments without continual check-in interruptions, it could have been equated to a minor masterpiece. But the game is still something of a small wonder.
  73. Apr 3, 2013
    94
    Overall, Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon is very easy to recommend. It's fun, charming, and one of the best games available on the 3DS.
  74. Apr 1, 2013
    80
    Luigi may be a little bit clumsy, and sucking up a ghost with a glorified vacuum may not be quite as satisfying as unloading a clip of bullets into an expletive-screaming terrorist, but the newest adventure starring Nintendo’s second-most-popular brother is still a heck of a lot of fun. It’s even head-and-shoulders above Mario’s latest handheld title, New Super Mario Bros. 2.
User Score
8.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 333 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 82 out of 87
  2. Negative: 3 out of 87
  1. Mar 24, 2013
    10
    Picked this up with my kid's this morning. They made me get up early and take them to BestBuy as soon as it opened.

    They've been glued to
    our 3DS's ever since. They're just trying the multiplayer right now and are having a blast. Full Review »
  2. Mar 24, 2013
    8
    It's been years since luigi has got his own game and this is the perfect return.The graphics are so stunning and the characters have a lot of personality the multiplayer is good as well Full Review »
  3. Mar 24, 2013
    10
    As usual a great Nintendo 1st party entry. Great humor, great gameplay and just pure fun. I have played through Luigis Mansion 2-3 times and love it. This takes what made the original great and expands upon it while not straying to far from the formula. In my eyes that is what makes a sequel truly great. Full Review »