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  • Summary: (Also known as "Luigi's Mansion 2" in the UK/EU) Luigi is back on a mission to remove a bunch of stubborn ghosts from some spooky mansions. Armed with his trusty Poltergust ghost-sucking vacuum cleaner, Mario's brother takes center stage to capture these pesky phantoms.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 67 out of 74
  2. Negative: 0 out of 74
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Hyper Magazine
    Apr 9, 2013
    80
    A charming, entertaining romp with bucket-loads of character. Luigi's back in action! [May 2013, p.79]
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 97 out of 114
  2. Negative: 1 out of 114
  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
    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.
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  2. Apr 7, 2014
    10
    Luigi's Mansion Dark Moon for Nintendo 3DS is one of most fav games ever
    i enjoyed playing story mode, although for this Review i wanted
    Luigi's Mansion Dark Moon for Nintendo 3DS is one of most fav games ever
    i enjoyed playing story mode, although for this Review i wanted talked about Multplayer
    the Multplayer was very well fun catching ghost and leveling up your poturgust 3000(i think)
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  3. Mar 31, 2013
    10
    Now I do not usually write reviews on games as my opinions might be hated by people. This is an exception as I LOVED the original game andNow I do not usually write reviews on games as my opinions might be hated by people. This is an exception as I LOVED the original game and needed to voice why I think this game is equal to/better than the original. Note: I also played the original A LOT. I beat the game 8 times and got the A mansion.

    Now, this review won't be divided into too many sections.

    GAMEPLAY:

    The gameplay is much more varied than the original game. To fight some ghosts you have to wait at a certain time before you flash them (not taking your clothes off) with the light or use the dark light device on the Boos to reveal where they are. The original was mostly turning your flashlight off then on when the ghost was in the path. The only part I did not like, but am starting to not mind too much, is that you cannot turn around with the light being charged. It is a minor annoyance.

    STORY:

    The story in this game is just as silly as the original (in a good way). The "Dark Moon" was destroyed by someone (will not say who) and the ghosts went crazy. Then you are called upon by Professor E. Gadd (he makes a return) to help fix the moon. The story is really good in this game.

    Those are the two categories I am going to touch on because that is mostly what I personally look for in a Nintendo game (gameplay more than story).
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  4. Apr 14, 2013
    9
    This game does a great job of showcasing what the handheld can do. Great graphics and the sounds is amazing when wearing headphones. NintendoThis game does a great job of showcasing what the handheld can do. Great graphics and the sounds is amazing when wearing headphones. Nintendo did a wonderful job on this game. Expand
  5. Mar 26, 2016
    9
    Dark Moon is darker than the first Luigi's Mansion game. It doesn't mean that it's better though... for the Year of Luigi... and Mario &Dark Moon is darker than the first Luigi's Mansion game. It doesn't mean that it's better though... for the Year of Luigi... and Mario & Luigi: Dream Team... this one managed to show Luigi's lovable side to Nintendo and Mario fans. Expand
  6. Aug 3, 2016
    8
    Gameplay:
    Luigi's Mansion's gameplay transitioned beautifully to the 3DS, where it's gameplay and control scheme are perfectly suited for
    Gameplay:
    Luigi's Mansion's gameplay transitioned beautifully to the 3DS, where it's gameplay and control scheme are perfectly suited for this system. Gameplay consists of using the poltergust-5000 to suck up ghosts and clear different areas of poltergeists. Carefully inspecting the environment to find hiding ghosts is a key element in this game. Puzzles are also present throughout the campaign and it can become challenging from time to time. However, boss battles were disappointingly easy and provided little challenge. The Scarescraper, the multiplayer aspect of Luigi's Mansion, requires teamwork with others online. There's a small variation between the different game modes and they can be customized with floor amount and even difficulty. It provides extra playability once the story mode has been completed.

    Story:
    Luigi's Mansion takes place in various locations within Evershade Valley. King Boo has destroyed and stolen the Dark Moon and scattered the pieces in different locations. With the Dark Moon gone, all the ghosts have become dangerous and aggressive! It is up to Luigi to find the pieces and restore peace to Evershade Valley!

    Graphics:
    The art direction of Luigi's Mansion should be applauded for their use of different color schemes. Dark rooms with dark color schemes indicates the presence of ghosts while empty rooms are bright and full of color. The use of 3D also adds immersion to the game and shows how 3D is still a useful feature in many 3DS games.

    Verdict:
    Luigi's Mansion is a game that every 3DS owner should play! Veterans of the series can expect a sequel that lives up to the original and new players can expect a polished and solid gameplay experience! I recommend this game!
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  7. Dec 5, 2013
    4
    This game is really fun... when you're actually able to play it. However, each mission only lets you explore a limited amount of a mansion atThis game is really fun... when you're actually able to play it. However, each mission only lets you explore a limited amount of a mansion at once. Also, you're constantly interrupted by message from the Professor telling you what to do. Even when you replay a mission, there's still the same constant interruptions that you've already heard. The mansion bosses are kinda all over the place in terms of fun and difficulty. There's upgrades you can get for Luigi, but they're all in a fixed order, and you get all of them pretty early on.

    Really, the biggest thing to me is that the replay value of the game is killed because there's always stuff in your way preventing you from just exploring a whole mansion at once, and there's always dumb messages from E. Gad that you can't skip over, telling you the same things you already know.
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