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  • Summary: Luigi steps out from the shadow of his brother Mario and into the gloomy shadows of a very haunted house in this, his first-ever starring role. Armed with a flashlight and a customized vacuum cleaner, Luigi must rid the mansion of Boos and ghouls--and find his missing brother to boot. AsLuigi steps out from the shadow of his brother Mario and into the gloomy shadows of a very haunted house in this, his first-ever starring role. Armed with a flashlight and a customized vacuum cleaner, Luigi must rid the mansion of Boos and ghouls--and find his missing brother to boot. As Luigi, you'll search for the keys that open the many locked doors; vacuum coins, cash, and gold bars; and explore vases, bookcases, and drawers. From the brick-walled basement to the gloomy grounds, Luigi's Mansion is packed with chills, thrills, and creepy surprises. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. One of the most entertaining games I’ve played in a long time.
  2. 90
    It's not quite the flagship title you might expect for a Nintendo launch, but Luigi's Mansion is still a must-have.
  3. The graphics are top-notch, the sound is catchy and simply lovable, the controls are delightful and the gameplay is original and just so much fun. But the whole thing is dragged down by the frighteningly short game time.
  4. When you’re talking about a Miyamoto launch title, "pretty good" just won’t cut it.
  5. Fun. In fact, it's five or six of the best hours you can spend on any system this year. Unfortunately, that's all that it is.
  6. GMR Magazine
    70
    Like getting socks for Christmas, it's good and comfortable, but not what we wanted. [Feb 2003, p.96]
  7. Cheat Code Central
    60
    If you are a Mario fan, you'll probably walk out of the store with this one anyway, just don't expect the second coming.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 69 out of 87
  2. Negative: 5 out of 87
  1. Aug 26, 2020
    10
    A stellar launch title - it makes perfect sense why Mario Sunshine was sidelined during the launch in favor of this game.

    Pros: -Luigi's
    A stellar launch title - it makes perfect sense why Mario Sunshine was sidelined during the launch in favor of this game.

    Pros:
    -Luigi's first major game as a headliner (Mario is Missing was technically the first - this game is based off of that)
    -A stellar example of the great graphical and audio capabilities of the system.
    -Amazing story - Introduction of new characters, the bosses in the game are absolutely perfect
    -Level design is A+, the mansion and all it's 4 areas are incredible! The game becomes more addicting as you adventure throughout more of the mansion.
    -Fantastic controls

    Cons:
    -The game's difficulty level is a little too easy and if you've played loads of times the game can be beaten in less than 20 hours.
    - Released a little less than a month AFTER halloween as GCN was launched November 18th 2001.

    Luigi's Mansion still remains as a key franchise for Nintendo today with Luigi's Mansion 3 being one of the biggest titles for Switch so far. None of the sequels have the charm that the original have.

    Luigi's Mansion also takes away the pain of having only 1 game on Gamecube developed by Rareware.
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  2. Jul 21, 2016
    10
    The gameplay is fantastic and the story is gold and the music is AMAZING! The bosses are cool and the new characters are great and are veryThe gameplay is fantastic and the story is gold and the music is AMAZING! The bosses are cool and the new characters are great and are very interesting. This game is amazing! Expand
  3. Mar 25, 2013
    10
    This game is a true classic. I have beat this game at least 7 times and it just seems to never get old. Even with today's consoles this gamesThis game is a true classic. I have beat this game at least 7 times and it just seems to never get old. Even with today's consoles this games graphics still look great. The whole concept is just incredible. I highly recommend this game. Expand
  4. Mar 27, 2013
    9
    If you enjoyed the first luigi's mansion, I think you'll like this even more. Luigi is hilarious, the music is great, the environments areIf you enjoyed the first luigi's mansion, I think you'll like this even more. Luigi is hilarious, the music is great, the environments are lots of fun, and the gameplay strikes a good balance between not changing it too much while adding a fresh new feel. They did change the game up a bit to be more "mission" oriented which is to help it work better for portable play. Rest assured, you can still explore the mansions and there are plenty of hidden secrets to hunt for. The multiplayer is a lot of fun if you play with friends either online or locally (IT HAS DOWNLOAD PLAY!! Yes!!!) I had some trouble going online playing against people worldwide, I'm not really sure why Point lost on that one though. The game doesn't have much replayability, but I wasn't really expecting it from this type of game. I've got other games to play and things to do, I just wanted a nice fun experience which is exactly what I got! Expand
  5. Jan 6, 2020
    8
    I personally love this games visuals and think that combined with the great sound design make for an amazing atmosphere. The only thing thatI personally love this games visuals and think that combined with the great sound design make for an amazing atmosphere. The only thing that drags the visuals down is the slightly awkward walking cycle. Collecting boos is kind of a cumbersome task late-game and without ways to access different floors quickly is very irritating if your going for an A rank. There is also a dust pile in the basement floor that makes it a pain to traverse. The mothers room has some major fps drops after you light the room up so that is a bummer but not a issue for the most part. Overall I'd say its a great game and I'd recommend it to anyone who's interested in a short and sweet adventure. Expand
  6. Nov 5, 2013
    8
    Very underrated. It's not long or difficult, but it's very entertaining and charming with deceptive replay value. In attempting to create whatVery underrated. It's not long or difficult, but it's very entertaining and charming with deceptive replay value. In attempting to create what amounts to little more than a graphical showcase as a launch title for Gamecube, Nintendo inadvertently made a quirky little title that deserves a place in any Gamecube library and that is one of my fondest adolescent Gamecube memories. Expand
  7. LuigiJ.
    Jun 2, 2002
    0
    I really don't see what's so cool about some guy in green tights with a vacuum strapped to his back.

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#2 Most Discussed GameCube Game of 2001
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#2 Most Shared GameCube Game of 2001