Luigi's Mansion 3 Articles RSS Feed | Luigi's Mansion 3 RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Luigi's Mansion 3 Update 1.14 Delivers Second DLC Pack Thu, 30 Apr 2020 14:34:26 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Luigi's Mansion 3 update 1.14 went live today, bringing with it the second round of Luigi's Mansion 3 DLC. It includes new mini-games for the Scream Park, new costumes, and more ScareScraper content following the first batch of Luigi's Mansion 3 DLC a few months ago.

The ScareScraper, one of the ghost-busting plumber's multiplayer modes, is getting five new, rare ghosts. It's also getting three new costumes, one of which is the adorable Cap'n Weegee pictured above. There's three new floor themes too, and if you wear one of the new costumes, six different ghosts themed around those costumes may just show up.

ScreamPark is getting three new games, though the patch notes don't describe what those are. And finally, you can browse through Luigi's Mansion 3 development art in a new Art Viewer mode accessible from the main menu.

The Luigi's Mansion 3 update corrects a few bugs in the story too, including a rather big one where the game just stopped during the final boss battle.The update fixes a number of issues in ScareScraper too, including instances where everything would stop if you moved between rooms with a Toad in tow.

The full patch notes are on Nintendo's support site.

Even without the DLC, Luigi's Mansion 3 offered some of the most — and wackiest — fun of 2019. It seems like support for it is finally coming to an end, and we know we won't get any Luigi's Mansion 3 single-player DLC. But stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Luigi's Mansion news as it manifests.

Dig that Party Groove: Luigi's Mansion 3's Multiplayer DLC is Out Now Wed, 04 Mar 2020 22:36:00 -0500 Josh Broadwell

Luigi's Mansion 3 received its first big content update today. It adds Part One of the game's two-part multiplayer DLC, fixes some bugs, and introduces a few other updates to the green ghost catcher's third outing.

First up is the main attraction, Luigi's Mansion 3's multiplayer DLC. If you're heading into the ScareScraper, you'll see some new costumes added to Luigi's wardrobe. There's Mummigi, the mummy outfit, The Green Knight suit of armor, and Groovigi, a 70s disco outfit with matching wig that looks disturbingly at home on Luigi. These each get a matching ScareScraper floor and ghosts.

The DLC update is also bringing three new ScreamPark games. First is Dodgebrawl, which is dodgeball using the Poltergust G-00. River Bank is a Mario Party-style minigame where you rush about on pool floaties, picking up coins as they cascade down the waterfall and avoiding obstacles along the way.

Finally is the Tricky Ghost Hunt, where you... well, you hunt ghosts. But the big difference between this and normal ghost hunting is that you have to avoid electrified tiles in the process.

The update also lets you try ScreamPark games on your own, without playing with others. It's billed as practice mode, but at least it's something for the solo players out there since Luigi's Mansion 3 single-player DLC won't be happening. There's also an album that lets you listen to selections from the Luigi's Mansion 3 soundtrack.

The update is live now, with part two expected sometime in July. You can check out the full patch notes on the official Nintendo support website as well.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Luigi's Mansion 3 news as it manifests from the ether.

Luigi's Mansion 3 Single Player DLC Hasn't Got a Ghost of a Chance, Devs Say Fri, 07 Feb 2020 11:03:29 -0500 Josh Broadwell

With Luigi's Mansion 3's quirky storytelling, fast-paced action, secret gems, and memorable rare ghosts, it's only natural players might want even more single-player content instead of the multiplayer DLC we're getting. But Next Level Games told Kotaku that new single-player gameplay isn't coming to the game for a few reasons. 

One of the most important relates to the game's structure and how players progress through each floor. Nintendo producer Kensuke Tanabe worked with Next Level Games on the project and said adding a new floor or hotel as single-player DLC would throw this flow off:

Luigi's Mansion 3, it [sic] has a solid introduction, development, twist, and conclusion. Therefore, by inserting an additional floor, there would be an inconsistency with the setting and chronological order.

There's the more practical consideration of time as well. Yoshihito Ikebata, another of the game's producers, said developing a new hotel would have taken far too long. On top of that, Ikebata said the team was pleased with how fun it was having eight people playing multiplayer on the same system.

It was something the dev team wanted to pursue further, but it didn't have time to fully incorporate alongside the ScreamPark for launch thanks to scheduling restraints. Hence why we're getting it now. 

Luigi's Mansion 3's Creative Director Bryce Holliday says any desire for single-player DLC faded after the team pitched its multiplayer ideas to Nintendo anyway — and that was fine with Next Level.

"At NLG, we love making multiplayer games," Holliday said, "so this DLC is full of those experiences we wanted to share."

While Nintendo's other big first-party titles like Fire Emblem: Three Houses and Pokemon Sword and Shield are getting single-player expansions, we're still plenty happy with what the base game has to offer.

The first round of Luigi's Mansion 3's multiplayer DLC launched last month, and the second is expected sometime in April. You can pick up the gem that is Luigi's Mansion 3 for the Nintendo Switch for the price of $59.99 from major retailers such as Amazon, GameStop, and Walmart. 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Luigi's Mansion 3 news as it rises from the grave.

Nintendo Switch Sails Past Remarkable Sales Milestone Thu, 30 Jan 2020 12:43:51 -0500 Josh Broadwell

Nintendo published its most recent financial report recently, and it contained some big milestones for the Nintendo Switch. It also contained some tidbits for Pokemon Sword and Shield, among other 2019 Switch hits.

As of December 31, 2019, the Switch has surpassed total sales of the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES). The SNES sold 49.1 million units worldwide during its market heyday in the early- and mid-'90s. The Switch has now sold 52.48 million units worldwide. The figures include sales of the vanilla Switch and the Switch Lite.

With a slate of games coming up, such as Animal Crossing: New HorizonsLangrisser 1+2, Snack World: The Dungeon Crawl Gold, Rune Factory 4 Special, and Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Rescue Team DX, that number will probably increase.

Pokemon Sword and Shield sold 16 million copies in the two-ish months between release and the end of the year. That's more than Super Smash Bros. Ultimate managed to shift in its launch period and more than Pokemon X and Y and Pokemon Sun and Moon, which are both sitting at just over 16 million each — after being out for six and three years respectively.

Luigi's Mansion 3 sold more than 5 million copies. While we aren't surprised such a well-realized game sold well, the numbers are still impressive seeing as Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon only managed to sell close to 5 million after several years on the market.

Fire Emblem: Three Houses, the other spectacular Nintendo hit from 2019, hasn't quite broken 3 million sales yet. Still, the SRPG genre and Fire Emblem, in particular, aren't as mainstream as Pokemon. That number is almost double what Fire Emblem: Awakening managed to achieve in five years.

In short, Nintendo Switch and its software are doing pretty well on the whole. NPD Group analyst Mat Piscatella predicts this success won't change too much in the coming year, either in terms of increases or declines. That's not usually news any product developer wants to hear.

However, considering Sony and Microsoft are launching their next-gen consoles the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X this holiday season, it's an impressive prediction should it turn out to be true.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Nintendo Switch news as it develops.

Nintendo Scares Up Luigi's Mansion 3 Multiplayer DLC for 2020 Wed, 18 Dec 2019 11:18:03 -0500 Josh Broadwell

Luigi's Mansion 3 just released in October, but Nintendo already has DLC expansions planned for Scream Park and the ScareScraper, the game's multiplayer components.

Luigi's Mansion 3's DLC will be divided into two parts, the first of which will release on April 30, 2020. The second DLC will release sometime before July 31, 2020. 

Both packs are included in one DLC purchase, which will cost $9.99 in both the eShop and when purchased directly from Nintendo. Buying the DLC unlocks a special in-game item in E.Gadd's lab, the Flashlight Type-P, which casts an oh-so-adorable Polterpup face on the wall.

We detailed what the game's multiplayer is like a while ago. Here's what the first DLC pack will add to it:

  • Three new minigames for multiplayer ScreamPark mode
  • Six new Themed Ghosts
  • Three new outfits for Luigi
  • Three new floor themes in co-op ScareScraper mode

All in all, it's not a massive expansion. But if you're already enjoying ghost-hunting with your friends and family, it's enough to keep Luigi's Mansion 3 fresh.

We had a frightening amount of fun with Luigi's Mansion 3 when it first released, and it's good to see Nintendo still plans on supporting this gem of a Switch game into the future.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Luigi's Mansion 3 and Nintendo news as it manifests from the ether.

Nintendo Merchandise Gift Guide: 16 Gift Ideas for Your Favorite Nintendo Fan Wed, 13 Nov 2019 16:11:50 -0500 Josh Broadwell


Super Mario Maker 2


Rating: 4.5/5 stars (485 total ratings)
Price: $43.94
Buy it from: Amazon


We'd be remiss if we didn't include Super Mario Maker 2 in our list, the follow-up to the excellent Super Mario Maker for the Wii U. It's the game series that lets you design, play, and share your own Super Mario levels, using items and obstacles from throughout Mario history and offering multiple aesthetic styles to suit your creative needs.


As comprehensive as the original was, it might seem like there's no way to improve. But Super Mario Maker 2 did improve, adding even more items, even more ways to design your stages, multiplayer options, and a special new Super Mario 3D Land style that lets you create stages with 3D elements.


On top of that is a much more expanded single-player mode, one that goes far beyond simple tutorials to use for building and sharing stages. The idea is that Mario must help rebuild Peach's castle. While it exists mostly to teach players how to make their own stages, the included levels are easily some of the best designed Mario stages in general, essentially adding a new 2D Mario game on top of the Maker components.


Even those who spent hundreds of hours with the original found Super Mario Maker 2 to be exciting and fresh.




And that's it for our Nintendo merchandise gift guide for this year. Hopefully, this list of awesome Nintendo products helped you find a gift for your favorite Nintendo fan — or at least got your gears turning! 


The Art of Bravely Default


Rating: 5/5 stars (11 total ratings)
Price: $23.49 (Hardcover)
Buy it from: Amazon


Bravely Default isn't a new game, but it's only just now we're getting the lovely art book we've needed since the game launched. Bravely Default itself is a solid RPG, but one of the best things about it is how completely gorgeous it is, alongside the way the story plays with RPG storytelling and its Final Fantasy roots.


Dark Horse Books — the same ones that published the Mario Odyssey art book — brings us 256 pages stuffed full of content. There's the usual art, of course, following location and character designs from conception through to the finished product. There's also never-before-localized commentary from the development team, covering the story and its origins plus general commentary on the development process.


This is a natural fit for anyone who's played Bravely Default, though should it already be on your intended recipient's shelf, Dark Horse published a similar book based on the game's sequel, Bravely Second.


Dragon Quest XI Luminary's Crest Slim Fit T-Shirt


Rating: 90% 5 stars (150 total ratings)
Price: $18.81
Buy it from: Redbubble


Like Fire Emblem, Dragon Quest still hasn't quite reached a level of popularity in the West that generates a wealth of merchandise. But the Luminary, the hero of Dragon Quest XI, is probably a bit more well known now thanks to his debut in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.


Whether your intended recipient has played DQXI or just knows the Luminary as that quirky character with the random moveset from Smash, the Luminary's Crest T-shirt from Redbubble is a great way to show off some of that Dragon Quest fan love. The design itself is central to the game, plus it's understated enough to be something you could wear anywhere, unlike some of the character-centric shirts that tend to be just a tad too loud for normal wear.


Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age Definitive Edition


Rating: 5/5 stars (239 total ratings)
Price: $49.99
Buy it from: Amazon


Dragon Quest XI was one of the best RPGs that launched on the PlayStation 4 last year. Though Dragon Quest traditionally doesn't push too many boundaries in terms of RPG conventions, DQXI brought the series forward by leaps and bounds, with more character interactions, a bigger world, and a particularly potent plot twist that turns those conventions upside down.


And now it's on the Nintendo Switch. It isn't just the regular game, either. The "definitive edition" moniker is well earned, as the Switch version includes new content, side chapters fleshing out every main character's story, a section that lets you explore elements from previous Dragon Quest worlds, and even the ability to play almost the entire game with SNES-style graphics.


Players take control of the nameless Hero, the Luminary of ancient legends reincarnated for reasons unknown. There's a bit of a hitch in this setup, though, since the Hero ends up in prison precisely because he's the Luminary. From there, players meet up with an eclectic and fantastic cast of characters and travel around the (huge) world to uncover the mystery behind the Luminary and the dark plans unfolding behind the scenes.


This is a meaty game, with a long main storyline on top of an extended post-game set of challenges


The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (Switch)


Rating: 4.5/5 stars (540 total ratings)
Price: $49.94
Buy it from: Amazon


Speaking of love for retro, Nintendo released an enhanced version of the classic The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening on the Switch this year. Structurally, it's almost exactly like the Game Boy and Game Boy Color original, but that's not a bad thing. It isn't considered one of the best games in the storied Zelda series for nothing, and it places a greater emphasis on exploration and storytelling than many of the Zelda games that followed it.


Link wakes up on a strange island and finds out he has to also wake up a mysterious creature known as the Wind Fish. He can't figure out why everyone on the island reminds him of people in Hyrule — or why creatures from other Nintendo franchises are wandering around. It's a surreal adventure tightly woven around some wildly unique personalities.


While the core gameplay remains largely untouched, the game's visuals and soundtrack received some excellent upgrades. The entire game looks like a mix of toybox and diorama style in what, alongside Crafted World, stands out as one of the year's most innovative use of visuals in a game.


If you can't tell already, we liked it. A lot. You can see all the reasons why here if you're interested.


The NES Encyclopedia


Rating: 4.5 stars (12 reviews)
Price: $37.04 (Hardcover) or $29.95 (Paperback)
Buy it from: Amazon


This is the quintessential guide to everything Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). There's a comprehensive, but concise, overview of that period in gaming and the system itself, along with a detailed entry for every NES game released  all 714 of them  plus the 160 unlicensed games. It's the only book of its kind.


The author is considered an expert in retro gaming as well, so you know it's coming not just from a reliable author, but from someone with personal experience of, and passion for, the topic. The enthusiasm for retro gaming is only getting stronger, so this would be a perfect gift for someone who already has the latest Nintendo products and even the NES Classic.


Plus, the author is currently compiling an SNES Encyclopedia, which means we just sorted your Christmas 2020 plans for you as well. You're welcome.


Poke Ball Classics


If that certain someone isn't a plushie fan or can't carry their favorite stuffie around with them, the Poke Ball Classics collection is a consideration. It's a range of professional attire and accessories for adults (or those who have to pretend to be adults during the day).


Though the wallet is shown above, the line contains a number of choices.


It's a great reminder of the child at heart, that the things we love don't have to fall away just because time passes and we grow up. And they look cool, which is always a bonus.


Pokemon Sitting Cuties Plush


Ratings: Generally 5 stars (number of ratings varies depending on which plush)
Price: $10.99
Buy it from: The Pokemon Center


The National Pokedex in Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield might not include all 1,000+ Pokemon this time around, but the spirit of Gotta Catch 'Em All is alive and well with The Pokemon Center's line of Pokemon Sitting Cuties.


Right now, the line includes every Pokemon from Generations 1 and 2, which equates to 253 different plushies. These range in size from 5-inches to roughly 8-inches, but all are $10.99.


As you'd expect, they all sit up somehow, which makes them easy to display or even just to sit around without worrying about them falling over and becoming the dog's next meal.


The size also means these could be great individual stocking stuffers or grouped together as more than one, and they won't take up much space for the recipient either.


The Art of Super Mario Odyssey


Rating: 4.5/5 (9 reviews)
Price: $34.98 (Hardcover)
Buy it from: Amazon


Super Mario Odyssey, the beloved plumber's first Nintendo Switch outing, has been around for two years now, and many players have seen all there is to see. What they may not have seen, though, is how it all came to be.


Publisher Dark Horse Books recently put out The Art of Super Mario Odyssey, an in-depth art book presenting the various kingdoms Mario ventures to in a completely new light.


And it's not light on content either, with 368 pages worth of material. From finished products and concept art, to cut designs and stories from the development team, this artbook is a must-have for Mario Odyssey fans.


Luigi's Mansion 3


Rating: 4.5/5 stars (145 total ratings)
Price: $59.99
Buy it from: Amazon


Luigi's Mansion first appeared on the GameCube way back in 2001, and despite being well-received, it's only seen two sequels since then. It's kind of okay, though, because the most recent of those, Luigi's Mansion 3, is a polished game that's an absolute blast to play from start to finish.


Luigi, Mario, Peach, and some Toads are on vacation at the ominously named Last Resort Hotel. Everything seems perfect until night falls, the hotel owner reveals she's in alliance with Luigi's old nemesis King Boo, and everyone except Luigi has been sealed inside portraits.


Fortunately, Luigi soon recovers his trusty Poltergust vacuum that lets him suck up ghosts and basically everything else. From there, it's up to the player to explore all 17 floors in the massive haunted hotel, uncovering secrets, solving puzzles, playing with toilets, and fighting off hordes of ghosts.


It's definitely one of the better-looking games on the Switch. You're rewarded for paying attention to the details as well since many puzzle solutions are found by carefully examining what's around you. All in all, Luigi's Mansion 3 is just plain fun for any age.


Keep Calm and Have an Apple Gel Mug


Rating: 95% 5-star ratings (out of 66)
Price: $15.76
Buy it from: Redbubble


2019 has been an excellent year for RPGs on the Switch, but one that sort of got lost in the shuffle is Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition. It's a remaster of a game that's largely considered the best in the long-running Tales of series, and it made its debut on a Nintendo system with the Switch earlier this year.


For a while, Apple Gels are quite literally your lifeblood in the game, being the most basic — and affordable — method of restoring your health and keeping you going. This mug does the same thing for whatever your essential building block of life might be, whether it's coffee, tea, or something else entirely.


It's a fun little reminder to take a break and give yourself a nice little treat in the middle of the day. 


Etrian Odyssey Nexus


Ratings: 4.5/5 stars (50 total ratings)
Price: $29.97
Buy it from: Amazon


The 3DS still saw some new releases in early 2019 as well, with Etrian Odyssey Nexus being one of the more prominent ones. It's a celebration of, and possibly farewell to, Atlus' long-running Etrian Odyssey series that first debuted back on the original DS.


Etrian Odyssey Nexus is a throwback to traditional, first-person dungeon crawler RPG mixes, where you put together a party of five adventurers and explore a series of labyrinths. The exploration is the real star here, since Etrian Odyssey games require you to draw your map as you explore, documenting shortcuts, secrets, walls — or not, if you don't want to (but you should).


These labyrinths aren't for the fainthearted, either. Etrian Odyssey is known for being one of the more challenging RPG series on the 3DS, and Nexus is no exception (though as always, the difficulty can be changed at any time to suit your needs).


Overcoming the challenges in each labyrinth requires some careful party planning, and that's one of the game's biggest strengths. You have access to over a dozen unique classes pulled from all the previous Etrian Odyssey games, each with its own set of skill trees that offers a ton of customization options. No two EO parties will be the same and each offers a tremendous level of freedom in how each player approaches the game and keep things fresh for a long time.


We go into more detail in our review here.


I Am Ferdinand Von Aegir T-Shirt


Ratings: 90% 5/5 stars (118 total ratings)
Price: $17.36
Buy it from: Redbubble


Maybe the person on your list already has Fire Emblem: Three Houses. If so, and if they're active on the Internet at all, they're probably familiar with this little gem of a phrase.


For a bit of context, Ferdinand is a character in the Black Eagles House, the son of the imperial prime minister and someone who has rather a good opinion of himself. Every character has a sound byte play when you first choose them during your turn. Dorothea, the former opera songstress, says, "That's my cue!" while the ever-impatient Lysithea says "Let's make this quick...".


Ferdinand? He says "I am Ferdinand Von Aegir!" That's it. That's all his enemies need to know, because for Ferdinand, the entire world is encapsulated in that one statement.


Naturally, this immediately turned Ferdinand and his catchphrase into a meme and even webcomic material. There isn't much Three Houses merchandise available, but this one, with its humor and stronger connections to the gameplay experience itself, is definitely one of the better pieces out there.


Fire Emblem: Three Houses


Rating: 5 stars (496 total ratings)
Price: $57.85
Buy it from: Amazon


Fire Emblem: Three Houses is an absolute must-have for any fan of RPGs or strategy games. It accommodates players of all skill and interest levels, and that's not something many strategy games do. It's a marriage of traditional Fire Emblem strategy gameplay with an RPG-style school setting that offers players an unprecedented level of customization. 


Then there's the story. Three Houses boasts a sprawling storyline split into four main branches depending on the player's choices. Each branch shares a similar first part, then they all diverge wildly, covering completely separate storylines and characters.


There's no "true" ending here, giving extra weight to the initial House choice and which students players choose to recruit into their armies. Fortunately, there are ways to shorten subsequent playthroughs, so experiencing each story won't just be a slog.


It's also one of the most accessible Fire Emblem games to date. There's Classic mode, where dead units stay dead, and Casual mode, where characters who drop to 0 HP just retreat. Then there's Normal and Hard difficulty, with the soul-shattering Maddening mode recently added as the highest difficulty level in the game. Stat crunching menu lovers can spend time optimizing every student, or you can skip the instructions part and let the game do it for you.


You can see our review of it as well if you need some more specific details, and we even have a range of Three Houses guides to point your happy recipient in the right direction should they need some assistance.


Yoshi's Crafted World


Rating: 4.6/5 (350 total ratings)
Price: $43.94
Buy it from: Amazon


With all the big releases and epic adventures that released on Nintendo Switch this year, it's easy to forget Mario's lovable dino-sidekick Yoshi had their own game release this year as well.


Yoshi's Crafted World follows in the footsteps of Yoshi's Woolly World on the Wii U and 3DS, sending Yoshi across a variety of absolutely gorgeous worlds stuffed full of detail to retrieve some special Gems stolen by an evil Magikoopa.


Crafted World goes beyond Woolly World in the detail department, though. Every item in the game is a handicraft item, made from cardboard, straws — anything and everything you'd expect to see in a craft project of some kind. Most of these are used in puzzles of some kind or can be interacted with to earn a special item or coins as well, and it's easily the best use of graphics and environment in a game this year.


Like most Yoshi games, Crafted World isn't designed for your hardcore challenge seeker. It's fairly easy, though trying to find all the collectibles is a challenge in itself. Still, someone who appreciates solid and fun design and is happy to just get lost in the world for a while would be a good match for Yoshi's Crafted World.


If you need more information about it, head over to our review for a more thorough description.


Nintendo Switch Lite


Rating: 4.5/5 stars (322 total ratings)
Price: $199.95
Buy it from: Amazon


The Nintendo Switch Lite is a more portable variant of the standard Nintendo Switch. While it sacrifices the ability to connect to a TV and it lacks HD Rumble — which means there's a handful of games it can't play — it's also a heck of a lot easier to carry around. It's also generally more comfortable to play in handheld mode.


Otherwise, it does everything the same, with a display that's just a bit clearer than the original Switch, longer battery life, and improved backlight and sound settings.


If you're buying for someone who mostly plays portable systems or who needs their own Switch outside the family unit, then this is definitely a better buy than the base model — not least because it's $100 less than the original Switch. Check out our full review and detailed comparisons here.


It's holiday 2019 already. Christmas is almost upon us, and it's time to start thinking about all the rad Nintendo merchandise you're going to gift that special someone. Luckily, we've done a lot of the leg work and put together a list of 16 awesome gifts to kickstart your holiday journey. 


The Nintendo Switch has been out for two years now, but 2019 was an extra-good year for Nintendo fans. Just in the past 10 months alone, we've seen several high-quality new titles added to the system's library, ranging from epic RPGs to games that let you build your own levels. The 3DS even got an excellent new title earlier in the year.


But what to do when that special someone already bought the latest games? We've got you covered there, too, with a selection of non-game merchandise to suit a variety of interests and tastes.


Let's see what we've got below. 

Luigi's Mansion 3 Review: Frightfully Delightful Fri, 08 Nov 2019 13:37:01 -0500 Josh Broadwell

Vacations just never seem to work out well for the Mario bros. Whether it's the kidnapping on Isle Delfino, the mad witch of the Beanbean Kingdom, or peculiar happenings in Rogueport, what starts out as a peaceful getaway always turns into just more world-saving work.

If you've seen the Luigi's Mansion 3 trailers, you already have a general idea of what goes down in the game. Mario and co. get an invitation to the swanky Last Resort Hotel, and in true horror film fashion, they completely ignore all the obvious warning signs that this is a bad idea and settle in for a relaxing, luxurious vacation. 

Of course, it all goes terribly wrong, Mario, Peach, and the Toads get turned into paintings courtesy of King Boo, and poor Luigi is left running for his life, ending up in a laundry chute. His old friend Professor E.Gadd just so happens to be staying at the hotel too (how lucky is that, right?). His car in the basement garage just so happens to contain a new model of the famous Poltergust.

The sub-series' characteristic humor and inability to take anything seriously make for a fun story even if it is familiar, and there's one other new addition that ultimately transforms everything else in the game: Helen Gravely. The hotel setting is reliant on including her as a secondary villain, and the hotel is what makes Luigi's Mansion 3 really shine.

The first two games were variants of "Collect All Things to Destroy Big Bad," especially Dark Moon, which had you collect Dark Moon pieces and Boos. Even though LM3 has defeating Helen and King Boo as its ultimate goal, and you do collect elevator buttons, the buttons are just a means to keep exploring the hotel.

Luigi's Mansion 3 Review: A Spooky Good Time

And there's a lot of exploring to do. The Last Resort has 17 floors total, many of which you'll revisit again and again, either to explore some nook you forgot or to gather up some of the 100+ Gems you can collect (so many, we actually had to split our Gem guides into a part one and part two).

Luigi's Mansion 3 does away with Dark Moon's iffy mission structure, meaning you're free to explore to your heart's content. Ghosts reappear from time to time on cleared floors too, so it never feels like you're backtracking through empty areas. It feels like a living (dead) hotel.

That, the hotel's sheer size, and the presence of a vaguely important end goal off in the distance give Luigi's Mansion 3 a strong sandbox feel, not unlike Breath of the Wild, even if it's obviously linear in nature.

A big part of the sandbox element here is in how Luigi interacts with the hotel. Turn the sink faucets on, mess with the burners in the kitchen, destroy the dining room — whatever you want. Most of this involves just pressing the action button to interact with something or using the suck or expel functions on the Poltergust. But the real star in Luigi's toolbox is the plunger shot.

Luigi can fire off a plunger at a good many objects around the Last Resort and for various reasons — sometimes to uncover a hidden item, sometimes just to get something out of the way, and sometimes just because that fancy vase sitting in the corner really would look better in a hundred pieces.

The actions and physics are sort of like Elebits, only they actually stay fresh for more than five minutes.

I played with toilets a lot in Luigi's Mansion 3 — and it was worth it.

The vast majority of actions you take in Luigi's Mansion 3 reward you in some form or another. Eight times out of 10, you get showers of coins, bills (money, not duck), pearls, and gold bars for your efforts, while other times you'll uncover one of a floor's six hidden Gems.

Still, others are just fun, often quirky responses to Luigi's actions. For example, the toilet in the bathroom adjoining Mario's room spits out a sword when Luigi checks it out. For absolutely no reason. As far as I can tell, it's the only toilet in the game that does this too, and it's not alone in the one-off, bizarre interactions department (or the quirky toilet department either).

What this does is clever, because it teaches you to pay attention to everything in a room, even the most mundane or innocent-looking things. It compels you to see what you can do with them. A good many puzzles in Luigi's Mansion 3 — especially the Gem-related ones — require that same level of attention to the environment and interacting with seemingly obscure objects, making this a fun and intuitive way to help players along without holding their hands.

There is a bit of a bump in the road here, though. For all the things you can do and the many rooms you can explore, the payoff is limited to money and Gems. One thing that worked well in Dark Moon was the need to upgrade your tools using the cash you found, adding an extra sense of urgency and practicality to gathering up all the lovely shinies.

Luigi's Mansion 3 does away with upgrades; your Dark Light never overheats, and Gooigi's existence means you don't need enhancements for the Polgergust and plunger shot. Here, you're back to only seeing your efforts pay off at the end with a ranking system and hotel of your own based on how much cash you earned throughout the game.

It works in the original Luigi's Mansion because there's just not as much to explore, and it's a short game. But there are times in Luigi's Mansion 3 where one wishes there was maybe something else on offer or some other incentive to explore every nook and cranny.

However, this feeling is typically short-lived thanks to the nature of the hotel and the game's slick pacing. No floor outstays its welcome, and each one boasts layouts of different sizes and structures, so it never gets boring. The RIP Suites, for example, are your standard hotel rooms, but then the Shops floor is much more compact and built around basically destroying everything you see. The fourth floor is pretty much just a boss fight with some small rooms sprinkled around for exploration.

And I'd be remiss to not mention how fantastic every floor looks. The attention to detail in Luigi's Mansion 3 is staggering, and it's easily one of the better, if not the best, looking games on the Switch.

This is helped along by some excellent level design in general. Every setting is bursting with personality in some form or another. Whether it's the theme park nature of Castle MacFrights (where a tinny theme-park style track plays when you arrive in front of the castle, and drink cups and popcorn bags scattered around everywhere) or the claustrophobicic and eerie Tomb Suits (complete with sparkling sand and too-small-for-comfort rooms), the design is truly high quality.

Even the floors with a lot to do and see go by quickly, and the game's combat plays an important role in their speed. Luigi's Mansion 3 is packed with ghosts, lots of ghosts of different shades and abilities, and lots of boss ghosts as well. However, the Slam feature significantly cuts down the time it takes to absorb them into the Poltergust.

Most regular ghost battles are, admittedly, a bit on the easy side. That's not necessarily because of the Slam mechanic, though. You'll get ganged up on by hordes of ghosts on occasion, but in many cases, it's sort of like a musou game; they just wait for you to attack them. There are still times when you'll be kept on your toes and need to make use of those Gold Bones that revive you though, so it's a bit of an odd balance.

Granted, Luigi's Mansion has never been difficult, and it just isn't meant to be that kind of game. And the benefit to pacing can't be denied either, especially when it helps make boss battles seem faster. Bosses in the previous two games weren't always challenging in the truest sense of the word, but they were tedious. Luigi's Mansion 3 goes a long way in fixing that issue and making them fun.

Another factor in that is how varied each boss and their fight is as well; every boss has a stand-out design and requires wildly different methods to defeat, so even when it's easy, it's never dull.

The controls deserve a brief mention as well. For some, it's been a bit of a sore area, because the primary way you're taught to activate the Dark Light or plunger shot doesn't lend itself to rotating Luigi with the right stick.

You can use the shoulder buttons for these though ("L" for the plunger and "L+R" for the Dark Light), which makes it a non-issue. Even still, annoying as the defaults were at first, it never really hampered my progress or enjoyment.

Luigi's Mansion 3 Review — The Bottom Line

  • Excellent level design
  • Pitch-perfect pacing
  • Full of quirky humor
  • Fun boss designs and boss battles
  • So much to explore and interact with
  • Looks and sounds amazing
  • Could have benefited from more immediate rewards or need for collecting all that money
  • Regular combat can be a bit too easy (even if it's still fun)
  • Controls might be annoying for some

Luigi's Mansion 3 is just pure fun to play. There is always something to do, something new to see, or some puzzle to solve. Even if the rewards aren't always quite as rewarding as they could be, the cleverness of the design and fast pacing don't let the stale feeling linger for very long.

Luigi's Mansion 3 one of the best games on the Switch right now.

[Note: A copy of Luigi's Mansion 3 was provided by Nintendo for the purpose of this review.]

Luigi's Mansion 3 Gems Guide Pt.2: All Gems Floors 9F to 15F Thu, 07 Nov 2019 14:35:33 -0500 Josh Broadwell

In our last Luigi's Mansion 3 gems guide, we showed you the locations for all of the game's gems through Floor 8F. This walkthrough will show the gem locations for the rest of the game. 

This is part two of our in-depth Luigi's Mansion 3 gem location guide, covering roughly the game's second half, including B2F. We not only tell your the location of each gem, but how you can get it and when you can get it. 

If you've stumbled on this Luigi's Mansion 3 guide by accident, don't be afraid. We shine light on the game's first half in our Luigi's Mansion 3 gems guide

Luigi's Mansion 3 Gems Guide Pt. 2: All Gems Floors 9F to 15F

Luigi's Mansion 3: Unnatural History Museum — 9F Gems

It's easiest to search for all these after you defeat the floor's boss, since you'll need to drag some bones around to get a few of the 9F Gems.

White Gem

Grab a dino bone, and take it to the display case near the elevator. Smash the case to unleash a shiny ghost, and do the usual to get the White Gem.

Red Gem

In the passage left of the elevator, you'll see some pink plants. Flash the Strobulb to activate the light behind the pink plants, then flash it again to open a safe containing the Red Gem.

Green Gem

Get another bone, and swing it into the pterodactyl on display outside the elevator. The Green Gem pops out.

Violet Gem

Smash the display cabinet opposite to where you find the White Gem. Use the Dark Light to make the Gem materialize.

Gold Gem

It's sitting in the open in a display case. If you didn't get this one already, you should have a pretty good idea how to go about acquiring it.

Luigi's Mansion 3: Boilerworks — B2 Gems

Nope, Floor 10 isn't the next floor Luigi has to explore. It's back down to the basement instead, though you won't be able to get all the Gems the first time.

White Gem

This is in the Old Resevoir, but you can't get there until after Floor F12. Head to the brick alcove near the rotating bridge, and hurl a paint can at the wall to scare out a shiny ghost. Introduce it to the Poltergust.

Red Gem

The Red Gem is in the Storage Room on the second level. You'll switch between Luigi and Gooigi to rotate valves and let Gooigi grab the Gem from a chest.

Blue Gem

Head to the Observation area on the second level right outside the central area. Use the Dark Light on the gap between copper pipes in the corridor. Use the Strobulb on the light at the other end of the room to start the coffee maker. Nab the prize once it finishes. 

Green Gem

Venture into Sewer B and, once it's drained, operate the lift by putting one character on the platform and using the other to pull the chain. Then use the Poltergust to get the Gem.

Violet Gem

This is a fun little side excursion. Go to the northern end of the drained sewer, dubbed Sewer C. Use the plunger shot on the small round object you see sticking out of the floor. It reveals a submarine periscope, which Gooigi can travel down. As Gooigi, carry the flaming canister to the stove, and claim the Gem once it appears.

Gold Gem

You can nab this one as you first enter the area. Vacuum the brick wall, and send Gooigi through the pipe you uncover. Go to the right, past the key, into the little hidden doorway, and you'll find the Gold Gem.

Luigi's Mansion 3: Tomb Suites — 10F Gems

White Gem

In the central chamber, pull open the sarcophagus near the eastern door using the plunger shot. It's actually a Russian doll-style tomb, and the White Gem is in the last one.

Red Gem

At the end of the corridor with the elevator, there's a snake statue holding the Red Gem. Use Luigi or Gooigi to pull the tail. Then use the other character to suction the Gem out.

Blue Gem

Go to the Jewel Chamber (north exit from the central chamber) and make your way to the back of the chamber. Destroy the pot on the left (destroy the one on the right while you're at it), and you'll find a cross-shaped item. Fit this into the socket near the Jewel Chamber entrance (on the left), and you'll get the Gem.

Green Gem

Venture to the left/western exit of the Central Chamber, and you'll be in the Scale Chamber. There's something waiting to destroy Luigi in here too, but once you crack the puzzle, suck up the sand in the western part of the room. This reveals a drain, which Gooigi can drop into and recover the Green Gem from a chest.

Violet Gem

This one is buried in the sand in the Pyramid chamber. Line yourself up with the bottom-left corner of the pyramid, and start vacuuming the sandy area between the pyramid and the wall to find it.

Gold Gem

On the other side of the chamber is a stone snake buried in the sand. Excavate it using the Poltergust, then use the Dark Light device to restore its missing bits, and it will vomit forth the Gold Gem out of gratitude. Yay?

Luigi's Mansion 3: Twisted Suites — 11F Gems

White Gem

Finding this one is a puzzle in a puzzle. Make your way to the Suit Bathroom, which is the room in the bottom-left corner of the map. Then vacuum up a set of cards to get access to the Gem. Here's where they are:

  • Beside the bathtub
  • Above the toilet 
  • On the bath mat
  • On the windowsill
  • Standing up at the end of the windowsill
  • On the dresser

Red Gem

This is in the Bladed Bedroom, which is just to the east/right of the Suit Bathroom. Rotate the daggerboard at the back of the room, and you'll get the Gem.

Blue Gem

Go to the Trainer's Room, the northernmost room on the floor's map. There's a piggy bank in here. Break it. 

Green Gem

This one is in the Lounge, the big room north of the elevator. You'll need to split Luigi and Gooigi up. In the right part of the room, use the plunger shot to open the panel on the right side of the stage. Position the other character on the left side of the room. Flash the Strobulb on the panel on the right. You'll need to switch characters to flash the Strobulb again and suction up the Gem.

Violet Gem

In the hall outside the boss room, keep the top hat that falls on Luigi. Go to the right, and put the hat on the statue that's missing a hat to reveal a staircase that takes you to the Violet Gem.

Gold Gem

Go to the Mirror Room's bathroom (easternmost room on the floor), and you'll see a painting in the mirror that isn't on the wall. That's your cue to once again fire up the Dark Light device to make the painting appear to get your Gem.

Luigi's Mansion 3: The Spectral Catch — 12F Gems

White Gem

In the large area outside the elevator, dubbed the Grotto Lounge, head to the bottom left area. Shine your Dark Light on the crate to reveal a pulley. Use it to get the Gem.

Red Gem

Go left on the Beach until you see the mermaid statue. Pelt it with coconuts until it shatters, and you'll get the Red Gem.

Blue Gem

This one requires the Poltergust upgrade E.Gadd gives you during this segment. Use it to pull up the floor in the hall outside the elevator area. You'll bring up a trail leading to an X (of course). Use the "ZL" and "ZR" jump on top of the X to make the Gem appear.

Green Gem and Violet Gem

Defeat the floor's boss, then work your way to the upper left part of the ship. Remove the sheet, and get the treasure map from the barrel. The map takes you to the right side of the beach, where you'll use the Dark Light to reveal a bridge. On the first island this takes you to, vacuum the sand to uncover the Violet Gem. Use the Dark Light to reveal bridges until you get to the island with the treasure, then use it again to make the chest appear, wherein lies the Green Gem.

Gold Gem

Outside the elevator, pick up the giant metal sphere, and launch it at the orbs suspended from the ceiling. The one on the right has the Gold Gem.

Luigi's Mansion 3: Fitness Center — 13F Gems

White Gem

In the Gym Reception area, ring the bell on the desk, then walk away. Go back and ring it again after you hear it respond. A shiny ghost appears. Defeat it per usual, and collect the White Gem.

Red Gem

Stand on the scale in the Weight Room to open a panel in the side of a nearby pillar. Call forth Gooigi and send him to collect it. If you can't see it, check the mirror.

Blue Gem

This one's in the Locker Room. Grab up a boxing glove with the Poltergust, then launch it at the sign under the light near the arrow pointing left.

Green Gem

Clear out the ghosts in the Shower Room and turn the water off. Send Gooigi down the drain and into the pipe on the right to claim the Green Gem.

Violet Gem

Go to the Training Room (far left room on the map) and use the Strobulb to cycle through the radio channels until you get to Channel 3. Three ghosts pop out — two gold ones and a shiny one. Defeat them all to reap your reward, and as always, the Gem is with the shiny one.

Gold Gem

Stand on the big dumbbell design outside the elevator with Luigi and Gooigi to open the trophy case and reveal the Gold Gem.

Luigi's Mansion 3: The Dance Hall — 14F Gems

White Gem

Work your way over to the left-most area with tables in the Dance Floor room, and shine the Dark Light on a spot where a table should be. A shiny ghost pops out with the table, and you know what to do next.

Red Gem

This one's also in the Dance Floor area, and you'll need to get Gooigi out for it. Position Luigi in front of one of the turntables on the wall, and Gooigi in front of the other, then activate both Polgetgusts. You'll ruin the disco ball, but get the Red Gem in return.

Blue Gem

You can't retrieve the Blue Gem until you defeat the floor's boss, and it's also in the main Dance Floor room. Once that's done, position Luigi and Gooigi on the dance floor's two dark tiles to bring up a socket for the Poltergust. Vacuum up the DJ's area to find a doorway leading to the Green Room. Use a Dark Light on the one wig-less mannequin to bring the wig back into reality and earn your Gem.

Green Gem

Go to the Cloakroom in the elevator corridor. It's the area right before the stairs. Suck up every coat in the room to activate a hidden panel, out of which the Green Gem comes sailing.

Violet Gem

This one's right outside the elevators. Spin the turntables like you do for the Red Gem, and it brings the funny section of wall out. Position Luigi or Gooigi under it, then use the "ZR+ZL" jump until you get your Gem.

Gold Gem

Walk on the dark tiles in front of the elevator, without stepping off them, and then stand Luigi and Gooigi on the two new darkened tiles. Repeat the process until you can access the underground vault, and use Gooigi to slip through some bars to grab the Gold Gem.

Luigi's Mansion 3: The Master Suite — 15F Gems

White Gem

Go to the hallway with the Boo statutes. Use the Poltergust to rotate it until the statue's shadow matches the outline on the opposite wall. Then do the same so it matches the Luigi outline that appears afterward. You'll get the White Gem for your troubles.

Red Gem

Head to the Library, and solve the puzzle there so you can move around freely. Then, go through the door on the left, and locate the large brown book. Carry it to the shelf on the upper level that's missing a book, and you'll get the Red Gem.

Blue Gem

In the Master Bathroom, do the usual — turn the water off, send Gooigi down the drain, and work your way along until you get to the Gem.

Green Gem

Position Luigi and Gooigi on the two side tables in the Lounge to reveal the Green Gem.

Violet Gem

Not much to this one: in the upper left corner of the Lounge is a pipe, send Gooigi through, and walk along the pathway to get to the Gem.

Gold Gem

In the Master Bedroom, use the plunger shot on the mannequin in the back right alcove. It turns the floor into a giant, ascending see-saw and activates lasers you need to avoid as well. Put Gooigi on the see-saw, avoid the lasers (duh), and then squeeze through the bars at the top to get the Gold Gem.


Congratulations! You just collected all of the Gems in Luigi's Mansion 3. What do you get for your trouble? The satisfaction of knowing you just collected all 102 Gems in Luigi's Mansion 3.

There's no huge reward or major bonus added to your final score. But on the plus side, you scoured every last corner of the Last Resort and solved all the puzzles — and that's something to be proud of.

For more tips, tricks, and strategies on Luigi's Mansion 3, be sure to head over to our Luigi's Mansion 3 guides hub for more. If you're looking for the gems from the first part of the game, be sure to check out our Gems guide for Floors B1F through 8F.

Luigi's Mansion 3 Boo Locations Guide: How to Find All Boos Fri, 08 Nov 2019 09:46:23 -0500 Josh Broadwell

Uncovering Luigi's Mansion 3 boo locations can be tricky. And knowing how to find all boos isn't as easy as it is in previous games, but only because there aren't as many.

Rather than 50 or so Boos to catch, Luigi's Mansion 3 only has 16. That's one for every floor except the final floor, where Helen Gravely resides.

Here's where all the Boos in Luigi's Mansion 3 are, how to get them, and what you get once you clear them all out.

How to Catch Boos in Luigi's Mansion 3

How you catch boos hasn't changed much since Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon. They don't appear on a floor until after you've cleared out the boss ghost.

After uncovering their location(s), shine the Dark Light on them so they can't turn invisible, then use the Polgergust to grab them by the tongue.

What comes next is a bit different. Luigi uses the Slam move to knock the Boos around. Unlike with regular ghosts, though, you get 10 chances to Slam the Boo. So keep mashing "A" until it escapes. Then do it all one more time to cram the Boo in the Poltergust for safe keeping.

If you're not playing with HD Rumble, you won't feel any haptic feedback when you get close to a Boo. If you do miss the cue or just make a mistake, the Boo will fly out of its hiding place and go into a nearby room to hide again. Try it all once more until you catch it.

It seems where a Boo appears on a specific floor isn't the same for each player, so while we've striven for accuracy in pointing out specific rooms, we also recognize when it's likely you could find a Boo in a different area. Additionally, the exact location (i.e., dresser, toilet, trash can) will probably be different for you, even if the room is the same.

Floor B1F Boo: Boosement

This one is lurking in the laundry room. We found it by entering from the right, moving in front of the dresser against the left wall, and interacting with it. Out popped Boosement.

Floor 1F Boo: Gumboo

Gumboo is in the Lobby area. Some found it in the gargoyle near the door, but we also found it hiding in one of the tables near the elevator.

Floor 2F Boo: Booigi

Most people are finding Booigi in the Mezzanine bathrooms, the one with fruit all over the place, although one or two found it hidden away in the Dressing Room table.

Floor 3F Boo: Kungboo

There's a bit more consensus for where Kungboo is; nearly everyone found it in the telephone at the end of the corridor outside the elevator area.

Floor 4F Boo: Boogie

Boogie is in the women's bathroom in front of the stage on the Great Stage floor.

Floor 5F Boo: Booldog

This one varies a bit as well, though the most common location for Booldog is in E.Gadd's room (last one on the right, Room 508).

Floor 6F Boo: Boo-at-Arms

Everyone seems to find Boo-at-Arms in a different location.

Some found it in the area overlooking the Coliseum, some in the room right next to that, and some in the first room with the spike trap; for what it's worth, we found Boo-at-Arms in the room leading to the Coliseum, in a suit of armor.

Floor 7F Boo: Bootanist

The Bootanist is pretty much consistently in the Thorny Bathroom, probably in the tub or the sink.

Floor 8F Boo: Booducer

The Horror Set seems to be the most common place for Booducer on the Paranormal Productions floor, but it could be lurking in any of the four main set areas.

Floor 9F Boo: Boones

Boones is hidden in one of the paintings in the Unnatural History Museum's main exhibit area.

Floor B2F Boo: ComBooster

Down in the Boilerworks' Main Tank area, you'll come across ComBooster in the fridge — probably. Some found it in the nearby valve room outside the elevator.

Floor 10F Boo: AnuBoo

AnuBoo is more than likely in the Scale Chamber of the Tomb Suites floor. If not there, try the Snake Chamber.

Floor 11F Boo: Boofuddler

Head to the Trainer's Room in the Twisted Suites, and you should find Boofuddler in the fridge at the back.

Floor 12F Boo: Booccaneer

This one's up for grabs, really.

We found Booccaneer in the keg on the Beach right when you enter that area, but some found it on the Pirate Ship, and others as far away as in the Grotto Lounge  Fortunately, The Spectral Catch is a pretty small floor, so there aren't that many places to look anyway.

Floor 13F Boo: Boodybuilder

Boodybuilder (yes, that's really it's name), could be in the Yoga Room or it could be hiding out in the Pool Room.

Floor 14F Boo: Boosician

Boosician is more than likely near the elevator. It could be as we found it above, near the trash can. Or it could be in the gift shop nearby or the coatroom (also nearby).

What Do You Get For Catching All the Boos?

That's a good question! And the answer isn't quite as good. Other than the fun of hunting them down and capturing them, you get an attachment for Luigi's flashlight that projects a Boo image onto the wall. Oh well.


That's it for how to catch Boos in Luigi's Mansion 3 and where to find all Boos, but be sure to check out our other Luigi's Mansion 3 guides as well.

Luigi's Mansion 3 Gems Guide Pt.1: All Gems Floors B1F to 8F Thu, 07 Nov 2019 14:34:49 -0500 Josh Broadwell

Luigi's Mansion 3 gems aren't always easy to find. With a total of 102 Gems to find, there are six gems on each floor of the game. That's a lot of searching. 

You can buy a hint from Luigi's pal E.Gadd to find the gems, though these hints are limited in number. They only show you the general area a Gem is in.

Figuring out gem hiding spots is part of the fun in Luigi's Mansion 3, but sometimes, you just want to go fast. That's why we've put this handy walkthrough guide together. We've put the locations in the order the game compiles the collectibles, not necessarily the order you'll find each one on each floor.

You can find the second part of this guide here: Luigi's Mansion 3 Gems Guide: All Gems Floors 9F to 15F.

Luigi's Mansion 3 Gems Guide Pt.1: All Gems Floors B1F to 8F

Luigi's Mansion 3: B1 Gem Locations

White Gem

The blue car at the back of the garage has a Strobulb sensor. Flash it, and the White Gem appears

Red Gem

You'll need to come back later with Gooigi for this one. To the left of the garage, where the utility area is, switch to Gooigi and squeeze through the iron barrier. Pull open the circuit box, then use the Strobulb. 

Blue Gem

Head to the car where you found the Poltergust. There's a metal grate on the wall to the right. Use the plunger shot to remove it, then use Gooigi to slip through the metal floor grate.

Green Gem

You'll see this one before you can actually get it. It's in one of the washing machines in the laundry room Luigi first falls into. Once you have the plunger shot, come back and use it to open the machine.

Violet Gem

Use the Dark Light device on the painting outside the garage.

Gold Gem

This one's a bit tricky unless you know where to look. Head up the stairs leading to the Lobby, and you'll see the Gold Gem. What you can't see, thanks to the camera angle, is the metal grate right above it. Switch to Gooigi at the top of the stairs, fall through the grate, and grab the Gem.

Luigi's Mansion 3: Grand Lobby — F1 Gems

White Gem

To the left is a sitting area. You'll notice an empty space in front of the window. Shine the Dark Light device there and suck up the orbs that appear to reveal a chaise lounge and a shining blue ghost. Defeat the ghost, and you'll obtain the White Gem.

Red Gem

This one requires the plunger shot too. Head to the table below the large painting on the edge of the foyer, fire a plunger, and pull it back. This activates a gear mechanism that opens the painting, revealing the Red Gem.

Blue Gem

Go up the stairs, turn left, and roll up the carpet. Switch to Gooigi and drop through the floor grate. Move toward the screen, then use "ZL" and "ZR" to do a jump and blast the Blue Gem out of its hiding place.

Green Gem

You'll see this one immediately as you enter the Lobby. It's near the elevator, nestled in the sinister grip of a dead plant. Use the plunger shot to break the pot and obtain the Green Gem.

Violet Gem

Go behind the reception desk, and use the Strobulb on the cabinet in the back.

Gold Gem

Here's another tricky one that's easy to overlook. Near the front doors is a large chandelier, and underneath on the left or right, you may or may not notice two peculiar floor designs. These are switches. Pop Gooigi on one switch and Luigi on the other. Use the Poltergusts to rotate the chandelier and reveal the Gold Gem.

Luigi's Mansion 3: Mezzanine — F2 Gems

Many of these aren't available until you come back after clearing the Shops floor.

White Gem

When you come back to the Mezzanine after clearing the Shops floor, go into the men's bathroom, and open the stall on the right. Pull the newspaper down to reveal another shining ghost, defeat it, and claim your White Gem.

Red Gem

This one involves another chandelier trick, but Luigi can do it himself. Rotate the chandelier in the Ballroom to open the doors on the left. Go inside and pick up the Red Gem.

Blue Gem

After you defeat the chef boss in the Kitchen, go into the freezer. Look to the left, and you'll see a block of ice containing a Gem. Pull it out with the Poltergust, then carry it to the burners in the center of the kitchen to melt the ice.

Green Gem

Go to the Dressing Room (you can get to it the first time around), and pull the coats off the rack to reveal a safe. Use the Strobulb to open it, then claim your prize.

Violet Gem

This one's in the games room. Pull a sword off the wall to the right of the billiards table using the Poltergust, then use "ZL" to launch it at the darts board to reveal the Gem.

Gold Gem

Here's another hidden one. In the little foyer outside the dining room, you'll see a sign. Destroy it with the plunger shot, and summon Gooigi. Use both Poltergusts to rotate the wall fans. It opens the light fixture above to release the Gold Gem.

Luigi's Mansion 3: Hotel Shops — F3 Gems

White Gem

Go up the escalator in the shopping area, then turn right. Open the gate near the greenery using a jump blast, and keep following the path around. It'll take you onto a ledge above the lobby, and you can keep following it until you reach a chest containing coins and the White Gem.

Red Gem

In the Heart shop is a mannequin sitting on a dresser to the left. Pull it with the plunger shot to open a secret passage, then open the chest to obtain the Gem.

Blue Gem

Outside the officer's office is a vending machine. Use the Strobulb on it until the Blue Gem comes out.

Green Gem

Use the Dark Light outside the Diamond shop to reveal a ladder. Climb up, and follow the path to the end. You'll find a chest containing the Green Gem.

Violet Gem

Here's another toilet treasure for you. Go to the men's bathroom on the first level, and use the Dark Light to reveal the floor grate you can see in the mirror.

Send Gooigi on his way under the women's bathroom, turn the valve off to stop the flood above, then go back to the men's restroom. Pull the wall grate off using the plunger shot, and send Gooigi through to obtain the Gem.

Gold Gem

This one is also in the Diamond shop. Use the trunks lying about to smash the glass case at the back containing the Gold Gem. Oops.

Luigi's Mansion 3: The Great Stage — F4 Gems

White Gem

This one is with another shiny ghost. Go to the women's restroom, use the Dark Light to reveal the missing faucets, and capture the ghost.

Red Gem

You can't get this one until you defeat the floor boss. After you do that, go to the dressing room (right side of the stage), and use the Dark Light on the piano.

Blue Gem

Go to the men's bathroom (on the right), and send Gooigi through the metal barrier to pull the toilet flusher. This opens the Boo door, which Luigi can use to get to the snack area. Hold "ZL" to blow the Poltergust on the bottles and open the safe. Snag the Gem (make sure your volume is up for this too).

Green Gem

This is one you can't get until you receive a suction upgrade after Floor 12. Make your way back to the stage, and use the jump on the left side to reveal a socket. You can use the suction upgrade with the socket to rip the back wall off and uncover a ghost orchestra. Suction them or ignore them as you will, because the TV is your goal here. Enter it, follow the path, and obtain the Gem.

Violet Gem

It wouldn't be a music floor if you couldn't make some music. Summon Gooigi next to the horn outside the elevator, and use one Poltergust to blow into the mouthpiece. Use the other to suction the Gem when it comes up.

Gold Gem

Easy: use the Strobulb on the popcorn machine at the far end of the lobby.

Luigi's Mansion 3: RIP Suites — F5 Gems

White Gem

Look through the telescope on E.Gadd's balcony, then defeat the shiny ghost that pops up.

Red Gem

This is in Peach's room, but you'll need Gooigi to use the dual plunger shot and move the sofa. Then use the Dark Light to reveal the room door. Go onto the balcony and head right to find the Red Gem.

Blue Gem

Use the plunger shot to rip the vending machine out of the wall, then go inside. Pull the grate off the back wall to get the Blue Gem.

Green Gem

In the hallway with the sculptures, suck up one of the objects with the Poltergust, then launch it at the fixture between 505 and 506.

Violet Gem

This is in the room under construction, next to E.Gadd's room. Go into the bathroom, go through the opening behind the main area, and clear everything out of your way to get to the Violet Gem.

Gold Gem

Go to Mario's room, and use the plunger shot to remove the trolley so you can enter the bathroom. Send Gooigi under the floor via the grate, and turn the valve with the Poltergust. Then, switch to Luigi and use his Poltergust on the tub faucets. A yellow trunk pops out, and the Gold Gem is inside.

Luigi's Mansion 3: Castle MacFrights — F6 Gems

White Gem

Go to the Coliseum balcony after defeating the boss, and walk along the pathway that has the suits of armor. The one on the left houses the White Gem for this floor.

Red Gem

This one is on Level 3, right inside the castle. Use the Dark Light to reveal the hidden suit of armor, then use the plunger shot to chuck it across the room and get the Red Gem.

Blue Gem

Go to the cellar on Level 2. Use the plunger shot on the barrel on the right, and go through the hidden opening on its right; work your way up the ladder to get the Blue Gem.

Green Gem

On Level 1, in the hallway outside the Coliseum, pull down the tapestry with the Poltergust, and use the Dark Light to reveal a hidden door. You'll enter the Royal Coffers, where you can vacuum up a heap of gold and the Green Gem.

Violet Gem

In the Armory on Level 3, fire a plunger at the funky looking bricks and yank it back to activate a mechanism that raises the wall and reveals the Violet Gem.

Gold Gem

This one is part of the cage puzzle, where you need both characters in the cage room. Use Luigi to blow air at the propeller on the left wall, then use Gooigi to talk through the cage and grab the Gold Gem.

Luigi's Mansion 3: Garden Suites — F7 Gems

White Gem

Go to the Ivy Bathroom on the third level. Uncover the hidden floor grate using the Dark Light device, and send Gooigi down. Use the Dark Light again to bring a pipe section back into existence. Use Luigi to turn the tub faucets, and the White Gem leaks down to Gooigi.

Red Gem

This one is in the Blooming Suite on the second level. Use the plunger shot on the side table to reveal a pipe, send Gooigi on his way, and flash the plant on the other side with the Strobulb.

Blue Gem

The Blue Gem is at the very top in the Atrium. There's a hidden doorway in the back wall on the left. You can use the Poltergust to suck up the leaves and trash to make a pathway to the Blue Gem.

Green Gem

Head to the Mushroom Suite on the fourth level, and work your way to the other side of the bed so you can go under the floor. Send Gooigi through the pipe on the right, and flash the plant with the Strobulb.

Violet Gem

Go to the Blooming Bathroom (not the one with watermelons) on the second level. Vacuum up the leaves to reveal a grate, send Gooigi down the grate, and interact with the pipes to flush the Violet Gem out.

Gold Gem

This one's easy: leave the elevator room on the first level, and use the Dark Light to uncover the Gem beneath a painting at the end of the hall.

Luigi's Mansion 3: Paranormal Productions — 8F Gems

White Gem

On the Fire Set, interact with the bike basket to flush out another shiny ghost; defeat it to get the White Gem.

Red Gem

In the reception area (first room after the elevator), roll the red rug up to reveal a star pattern under the table, and the Red Gem will appear.

Blue Gem

Getting the Blue Gem is a multi-step process. First, go to the Backstage area, and put Luigi on the cherry-picker. Use Gooigi to raise the platform, then use the Poltergust to grab the ice block the Blue Gem is in.

Then, put the block in the TV set that'll transport it to the Fire Set, where you can melt it and finally grab the Gem.

Green Gem

On the Micro Set, use Gooigi to squeeze into the bottle and claim the Green Gem.

Violet Gem

Right outside the elevator is a helicopter. Aim the Poltergust at it and hold "ZR" until a door opens and the Violet Gem pops out.

Gold Gem

In the reception room where you get the Red Gem is a rope next to a big film reel. Pull it with the Poltergust, and the Gold Gem will make itself known.


That's it for the first half of the game's Gems. Hopefully, this guide helped you find all of the Gem locations in this part of the game. Check out part two of our Luigi's Mansion 3 Gem guide here to see the Gem locations for Floors 9F to 15F. 

Luigi's Mansion 3: How to Find and Beat Polterkitty Mon, 04 Nov 2019 13:35:52 -0500 Josh Broadwell

One of Luigi's Mansion 3's biggest attractions is the return of boss ghosts with unique personalities, such as the Portrait Ghosts from the original game. One of the trickiest is Polterkitty, also known as Polter Kitty. The first time you face off against Polterkitty in Luigi's Mansion 3 is roughly halfway through the game, and it's a multi-part fight spanning two floors and some deadly hide-and-seek.

Fear not, though. We've laid out how to beat Polterkitty. Here's what you need to know. 

Polterkitty: Round One

Poor Luigi just wants to collect elevator buttons, but the hotel ghosts have different plans. This time around, it's Polterkitty who steals the elevator button for Floor 9 after you finish the Godzilla-adjacent battle on the Production Floor. From here, you'll need to track Polterkitty down and start the boss fight.

Polterkitty's first location is on Floor 8 (Paranormal Productions), in the Fire Set, under the bench. If you're having trouble finding it, just use the Dark Light function on Luigi's flashlight to uncover its spectral tracks.

Examine the furniture like you would any other object, and out pops Polterkitty, none too happy to see you.

Polterkitty Boss Fight

Polterkitty acts a lot like a Boo. You can't face or attack it directly. Instead, face the other way, and Polterkitty will start to stalk you.

The first phase of the Polterkitty boss fight in Luigi's Mansion 3. Polterkitty stands behind Luigi.

When Polterkitty rears back ready to strike, turn around, charge the Strobulb by holding "A," then release to stun Polterkitty, the same as with other ghosts.

Should you find the timing a bit difficult, you can always position Gooigi behind Luigi, facing Polterkitty, and quickly switch control to Gooigi. Polterkitty doesn't pay Gooigi any attention, so you don't need to worry about him getting harmed.

The ensuing fight plays out the same as with other ghosts as well — latch onto Polterkitty with the Poltergust, pull the opposite direction, Slam, and repeat.

You'll need to do this three times. Each time, you pull off one of Polterkitty's tails, but after the first phase, Polterkitty retreats to the Backstage area and then moves on to Floor 7 after you find it there.

How to Catch Polterkitty on Floor 7

Polterkitty's first hideout on Floor 7 is the Blooming Suite on Floor 7, in the wardrobe. Like before, use the Dark Light if you're having trouble finding it.

After phase two of the Polterkitty boss fight, the spectral feline goes to the Ivy Bathroom on Floor 7. It's lurking in the faucets, and depending on what you did the first time you were here, you might need to repair the pipes under the floor to flush Polterkitty out.

Polterkitty runs straight at a terrified Luigi.

To do that, use Luigi and Gooigi to move the giant watermelon out of the way, then use the Dark Light to uncover a hidden drain on the floor. Send Gooigi into the drain, uncover a vanished pipe beneath the floor with the Dark Light, and turn the taps on with Luigi back above ground.

Polterkitty: Round Two

Polterkitty escapes this fight, and you'll be seeing it again after defeating Johnny Deepend on Floor 13, as Luigi tries to make his way to Floor 14. This time around, though, the Polterkitty fight spans three floors, 13, 12, and 11.

Polterkitty Floor 13

It first hides in the boxing bag in Floor 13's Weight Room. You'll need to use a suction shot to launch one of the boxing gloves into the bag. Afterward, you don't actually fight Polterkitty and are, instead, forced to face off against a horde of ghosts while Polterkitty watches.

After your victory, follow Polterkitty's tracks into the weight room. You'll enter a reception-type area and see Polterkitty dangling from a bar overhead. When it lowers itself, flash it with the Strobulb to start the fight.

Polterkitty Floor 12

Follow Polterkitty down to Floor 12, The Spectral Catch, and trace it to the beach area. After clearing out the enemies already there for convenience, check out the barrel in the middle of the sand. Polterkitty leaps out, and the fight begins again after you successfully flash it with the Strobulb.

Polterkitty hovers above Luigi on a beach within the mansion.

Polterkitty Floor 11

Make your way down to Floor 11 after that and follow Polterkitty to the room with the hats. It's hiding under one of them and runs off to the stage room after you uncover it. Use Luigi's special jump ("ZL"+ "ZR") to lift multiple hats at once.

Polterkitty is in the casket on stage that has swords sticking into it. You'll need to use Luigi and Gooigi to fire a plunger shot at each front panel, then pull them off simultaneously. The fight commences, and at last, you capture Polterkitty and can go up to Floor 14.


It's a lengthy process, but that's all you need to know for how to beat Polterkitty in Luigi's Mansion 3. Be on the lookout for our other Luigi's Mansion 3 guides on GameSkinny in the coming days. 

More Luigi's Mansion 3 Footage Spotlights ScreamPark Minigames Thu, 24 Oct 2019 11:26:57 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Luigi's Mansion 3 is almost upon us, but that didn't stop the Treehouse folks from offering up another new video, this time showing off the game's three beefy multiplayer games in ScreamPark Mode.

Here's what we learned about the mode from the trailer about Ghost Hunt, Cannon Barrage, and Coin Floating. 

Luigi's Mansion 3: Ghost Hunt

Ghost Hunt is pretty much what it sounds like: you and your friends (a total of four players) form teams and try to take down as many ghosts as possible in a graveyard arena.

Points earned depend on the kind of ghost you capture, and there's an element of discovery involved as well, since not all ghosts will happily pop out of their resting places to get squashed by your team.

Luigi's Mansion 3: Cannon Barrage

Cannon Barrage is the next minigame shown off, and this is one for up to six players. Everyone, again, forms two teams, and the goal this time around is to break as many targets as you can with your cannons.

It might sound simple, but you'll also have to find cannonballs, load the cannons, and fire them while fending off the opposing team's attempts to steal your (cannon) balls. It's a mad frenzy that wouldn't be out of place in a Mario Party game.

Luigi's Mansion 3: Coin Floating

Finally is Coin Floating, the strategic pool floaty game for up to eight players. Coins fall from above, and everyone dashes to gather them — or to turn their ducky float into a weapon and bash opponents away. Mines fall periodically as well and follow players around the pool, blasting them out of the water and taking up precious coin-collecting time in the process.


Luigi's Mansion 3 is out on Halloween for Nintendo Switch, and if you're want to know more about it, catch up with some new footage and our E3 impressions as well.

Watch 9 Minutes of New Luigi's Mansion 3 Footage Wed, 16 Oct 2019 11:38:31 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Just the other day, we were treated to some new Luigi's Mansion 3 footage highlighting the game's plot and some of its major characters. Now, as previews are starting to go up for the game, we're given an additional nine minutes of Luigi's Mansion 3 gameplay courtesy of GameSpot. Note that the video does contain what could be seen as spoilers in terms of locations and mechanics.

The footage shows us several of the hotel's lower floors, including the garage, lobby, shop floors, and the rather ominously named Floor 5, the RIP Suites. We also see the new Smash action in, well, action multiple times, and it seems it'll be a necessary component in capturing what would otherwise be some rather tough ghosts.

It looks like Polterpup will play the role of help-mate — like all good game dogs do — in Luigi's Mansion 3, popping up at important points to remind you what to do, should you temporarily lose your memory.

The rest of the trailer shows off a variety of other areas, some old and some new, along with demonstrating Luigi's new actions in a number of other scenarios.

One other thing the footage shows, though, is the attention to detail in the game. Sound effects vary depending on location, from the echo-y garage to the close-sounding corridors, light dances on gilded wardrobe doors and bounces off polished floor tiles — it looks like there's nothing that doesn't have at least a spark of personality.

Luigi's Mansion 3 launches for Nintendo Switch on October 31.

Source: GameSpot

Power Up Your Poltergust with 6 Minutes of New Luigi's Mansion 3 Footage Fri, 11 Oct 2019 16:06:34 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Luigi's Mansion 3 is right around the corner, launching on October 31. That's Halloween, in case you forgot.

Despite its impending launch and getting some attention at E3, Luigi's Mansion 3 seems to be flying under the radar for the most part. However, Nintendo Japan recently took some steps to remedy that with a new, six-minute-long trailer showing off some of the varied locales Luigi will be forced to visit and a handful of challenging foes he'll encounter.

After seeing the hapless Mario tourist party arrive at the haunted hotel, we see the return of King Boo, presumably as the game's main antagonist. The focus then shifts to highlighting three of the hotel's themed floors.

There's the garden we've seen before, which seems to benefit from being much larger and obviously better rendered than the similarly themed mansion in Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon. The trailer also shows off some of the spooky desert floor and a neon-light filled disco floor as well, where some new U.S. footage shows Luigi will get his boogie on with an undead DJ.

We also get a detailed look at how Googi control works, and it looks like Googi-themed puzzles will make Googi a necessity for much of Luigi's journey. unlike the goopy doppelganger's role in the recent 3DS Luigi's Mansion remake.

Finally, it's worth noting how good Luigi's Mansion 3 looks overall. While we'll naturally have to wait a bit longer for tech breakdowns and seeing how it runs, it's safe to say the new Luigi's Mansion is one of the better-looking games on the Nintendo Switch.

Stay tuned for our official review of the game coming at the beginning of November. 


GameSkinny Weekend Download: Gears 5 Bans Smoking, Nintendo Recharges, and Gamestop Goes Retro to Stay Alive Sat, 20 Jul 2019 08:49:34 -0400 GS_Staff

This week, Nintendo unveiled a new Switch model that's not as exciting as it sounds. Gears 5 removed smoking but left all of the blood and guts the series is known for. And GameStop looks to stay alive by going retro. 

On top of that, we've got exclusive interviews with the developers of The Blackout Club, Teppen, and Redeemer. We have a few reviews, including Super Mario Maker 2 and Etherborn, as well as a handful of guides for some of the latest games, including Teppen, Dragon Quest Builders 2, and Dr. Mario World

Sit back. Relax. Enjoy. It's the weekend. What else are you gonna do? Play video games? 





Check back next weekend for another roundup of news, reviews, guides, and features. Be sure to check previous weeks for more content: 

Luigi's Mansion 3 Gets a Spook-tacular Release Date Wed, 17 Jul 2019 10:41:54 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Luigi's Mansion 3 was one of Nintendo's primary E3 showpieces, taking up a great deal of the showroom floor and surprising people with how polished and varied its gameplay was — yet its release date remained a mystery after the show ended.

It's a mystery no longer, though. As the headline not-so-subtly suggests, Luigi's Mansion 3 is launching October 31 — Halloween itself. It's a break from Nintendo's norm as well. Halloween 2019 is on a Thursday. Typically, major retail games release on a Friday, so this is an intentional move seemingly to make sure consumers can enjoy the game in the ghostliest context possible.

Nintendo also released a very brief trailer to accompany the information. While it doesn't showcase anything new, it does officially reveal King Boo as the game's main antagonist — or, at least, as one of them.

The tweet links to the series' official website as well, presumably for more information about the game. However, at the time of writing, it appears said site is down.

Despite the game releasing soon, we still don't know all that much about it. Mario and co. go missing in a haunted hotel, Luigi must find them using new abilities, there are boss ghosts — and that's about it. Whether the other characters are playable and what other surprises await are still an enigma wrapped in a mystery.

Luigi's Mansion 3 is up for pre-order on all the usual sites, though there aren't any bonuses on offer. It's also part of the Nintendo Switch Voucher program (which we've detailed before), open for Nintendo Switch Online members and offering a slight discount on two select digital games.

Luigi's Mansion 3 E3 Preview: Boo, Goo, and Improved Mon, 17 Jun 2019 10:53:47 -0400 Erroll Maas

Since its initial announcement during the September 2018 Nintendo Direct, Luigi's Mansion 3 has been somewhat of a mystery.

During Nintendo's E3 2019 Direct, we finally saw some of the gameplay that will be featured in the series' third entry.

We were fortunate enough to get some hands-on time with a demo on the showroom floor, and it provided both a nostalgic blast to the past as well as an optimistic look toward the future.

In Luigi's Mansion 3, players once again take control of Mario's ever frightened younger brother Luigi. Thinking he would be going on vacation to a seemingly luxurious hotel, he actually gets trapped in a plan by King Boo to capture the Mario brothers and their friends.

With assistance from Professor E. Gadd and the newly upgraded Poltergust G-00, Luigi must venture through the hotel to save his friends and bust some ghosts along the way.

The tutorial for this demo featured returning character Polterpup, as players are taught the basics by playing with him.

Luigi is equipped with a flashlight that can stun ghosts, and he also has the Poltergust-00, a new model of the familiar ghost busting vacuum which can now help Luigi slam ghosts back and forth in addition to pulling them toward him.

This short but sweet introduction is one of the best tutorials I've played, as it's straight to the point and doesn't waste the players time by trying to make them perform tedious tasks, and you even get to play with a ghost puppy as a bonus.

After this brief tutorial, it's off to explore the hotel, which has all manner of ghosts inside, from a few basic ghosts to other sorts of ghosts equipped with different tools such as shields. These require just a little more strategy to defeat.

In addition to ghosts, there are also treasures hidden behind certain walls which players can seek out to restore health and find items. Finding and obtaining these items may require the use of the suction shot, a more powerful suction tactic using the assistance of a plunger, or burst, which as you might be able to tell from the name, is the opposite of suction.

A brand-new mechanic first introduced during the Nintendo Direct is the inclusion of Gooigi, a playable clone of Luigi made out of slime who can ooze through obstacles Luigi can't get past by himself, such as spikes and metal bars.

Gooigi is useful once players become accustomed to switching between him and Luigi; in some cases, both can also be used at the same time. If the latter option proves to be too tricky for a single player, as it did for me due to using a pro controller instead of handheld mode and having to pay attention to both analog sticks for movement of both characters, a second player can join in and play as Gooigi to help them out.

While I only played the first Luigi's Mansion briefly and found Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon to be highly unsatisfying, Luigi's Mansion 3 seems like it takes both the praise and criticism of past entries to heart, in turn improving its own gameplay by both enhancing old features as well as adding new ones.

After playing the demo, it feels like Luigi's Mansion 3 will provide what fans want and will likely even have some pleasant surprises waiting for them.

As of writing, Luigi's Mansion 3 does not yet have a release date, but it is still planned to launch for Nintendo Switch sometime in Q4 2019.

Nintendo E3 2019 Recap: Surprises, Sequels, and Remakes Tue, 11 Jun 2019 14:35:48 -0400 Josh Broadwell

Nintendo got in on the name pub fun introducing new NOA president Doug Bowser after a slight mixup where the other Bowser tried to take the stage first. Poor big guy.

Order was restored, and things really kicked off from there. The company's E3 2019 Direct wasn't as long as some others, but there was a lot of information to be had. 

Smash Ultimate Fighter Pass DLC Characters

The E3 2019 Nintendo Direct opened with a look at the next Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC fighter: the Luminary, aka Hero, from Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age. Not quite Erdrick, but not too far off. The Hero will use a sword for melee attacks, but they also have access to magic spells like Zoom for recover and Zap for ranged attacks.

But they're not alone. The heroes from Dragon Quest IV and Dragon Quest VIII, plus Erdrick himself, are making their way to Smash Bros Ultimate as well. Each has access to a similar skill set, including Zap, Kamikaze, and Zoom. While we didn't get a firm release date, fans can expect them in the game this summer sometime.

Speaking of Dragon Quest XI, the Definitive Edition coming to Switch got a new trailer, showing off a special speed-up feature, previous worlds from the Dragon Quest universe, and that lovely 2D sprite-work as well. Look for it on September 27.

Luigi's Mansion 3

Luigi's Mansion 3 was up next, with a brand-new trailer showcasing some of the game's overarching story. Luigi, Mario, Toad, and Peach are invited to a luxurious hotel, but things soon go awry when Luigi finds himself alone, at night, in a storm.

Luigi's new Poltergust G-00 sports lots of new features, like the Slam. While Luigi attacks a ghost, he can use Slam to inflict extra damage, including on other ghosts.

The Suction Shot lets Luigi destroy furniture, take on specific ghost types, and deal extra damage.

When Luigi faces a swarm of ghosts, he can use Burst, a powerful, well, burst of air that evens the field a bit.

Then there's Prof. E Gadd's new Gooigi. Gooigi can slip through metal fences, walk on spikes, and overcome many other obstacles regular Luigi can't handle. He can also be controlled by another character in co-op mode.

The ScareScraper makes its return as well, challenging players to defeat as many ghosts as possible in a set time in local and online multiplayer.

No firm release date for this one either, but it is set for a 2019 release still, with plenty of gameplay coming up during Treehouse Live.

Dark Crystal Tactics

The next game shown off was The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics, a tactical RPG featuring medieval style combat and lots of Jim Henson style. It's based on the Netflix show of the same name, only the game will delve further into the world's lore and the Gelfling clans. Players can choose from 15 different job classes, each with customizable equipment and abilities that lend themselves to high replay value.

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening Switch

Link's Awakening's remake got a lot of love in a new trailer showing off the game's gorgeous visual upgrades and an excellent soundtrack to boot. From the looks of it, there are going to be new areas players can explore on Koholint Island and some new puzzles to tackle as well.

Players can earn special chambers over the course of the game and arrange them to create their own Chamber Dungeons for near-endless exploration — and lots of rewards. All this and more is coming September 20.

Collection of Mana and Trials of Mana

Square Enix's recent trademark filing for the Mana Collection is paying off in form of Trials of Mana and the release of the Collection of Mana. The first game is getting a global release on Nintendo Switch and is a remake of Seiken Densetsu 3. It'll be shown off more this week, but it's expected to launch in early 2020.

The Collection, featuring the Game Boy Adventure of ManaSecret of Mana, and Secret of Mana 2 will be available in the Nintendo eShop And yes, this is the original Trails of Mana, aka Seiken Densetsu 2, which means we're getting it twice now. When it rains and all...

The Witcher III: Wild Hunt Switch

Rumors of The Witcher III making its way to the Switch turned out to be true as well, with Wild Hunt: Complete Edition coming sometime later this year. It will bring all of the game's currently-released content. It's worth noting all of this content is on one game card too, and the visuals don't seem to be taking much of a direct hit from the required compression.

Fire Emblem: Three Houses

Fire Emblem: Three Houses got a meaty new trailer giving players a glimpse at the game's story. It's one of truly epic proportions and emphasizes the three main heroes' missions to bring order and justice to their lands. And voice acting — lots of voice acting.

Byleth's role in all this still isn't completely clear, but it seems like it's going to be a tragic one. The possibility of time travel is there too, with the three heroes looking back on their school days before engaging in a new battle. Expect more soon, and don't forget the game launches July 26.

Resident Evil 5 and Resident Evil 6

Those who forgot Resident Evil, Resident Evil 0, and Resident Evil 4 are on the Switch now got a friendly, creepy reminder in a new trailer that really served as a way to lead into this announcement: Resident Evil 5 and Resident Evil 6 are coming this fall to Nintendo Switch.

No More Heroes III

Next up was an irreverent pop-culture based game with plenty of mech action, a smooth anime style, and lots of self-referential humor. Yep, it's Travis Touchdown, in No More Heroes III. The latest entry in the franchise is set for a 2020 release date.

Contra: Rogue Corps

The storied Contra franchise is getting a new release too: Contra: Rogue Corps, coming September 29. It's a hectic, mad mix of third-person action, destruction, aliens, bugs, and more destruction.

The Contra Collection is available today in the eShop for those who can't wait for more alien-shooting action.

Daemon X Machina

After a long silence, we got to see more of Daemon X Machina today. A short cinematic trailer showed off some of the game's characters and vast environments, along with on-foot combat, huge enemy ships, and lots of cel-shaded explosions. Expect it on the Switch September 13.

Panzer Dragoon

Missing Panzer Dragoon? Nintendo was, too. That's why it's getting a reboot on the Switch this winter, plus this new trailer.

Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield

As promised, Pokemon Sword and Shield got a short update as well, following on from the big June 5 Pokemon Direct.

There wasn't really anything new except showing off the water Gym and leader Nessa, as well as the announcement that the Pokemon Plus accessory is compatible with Sword and Shield. It's like the Pokewalker and lets players take their favorite 'mon out for a walk. It doesn't work as a controller, though.

Astral Chain

Astral Chain, first revealed during the February Direct, got a story trailer, too.

Evil creatures called Chimeras are trying to pull humanity into another dimension, and a team of researchers banded together to create an anti-Chimera weapon merging humans with The Legions. Those Legions are the player character, but the special power has some negative drawbacks that cause some kind of havoc in the host body.

Look forward to more when the game launches August 20.

Empire of Sin

If you like guns, gangsters, and death, then Empire of Sin, a new game also set for a 2020 launch, might be one to check out. For now, make do with the trailer below.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance III: The Black Order

The Switch's exclusive Marvel game got some love during the Direct with an intense new story trailer showing off villains and heroes and announcing some new DLC content players can get now. The game itself will be available July 19.

Cadence of Hyrule Gets a Release Date

After a month of speculation and several of waiting, Cadence of Hyrule got another new trailer showcasing enemies players will take on as Link or Zelda — and a release date: July 13. Check out the trailer below.

Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games 2020

It wouldn't be the year before an Olympics year without a new Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games, and this year is no exception. The game will feature the usual mashup of Mario and Sonic characters doing Olympic sports like fencing, tennis, and the long-jump.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

It's here! The first Animal Crossing Switch news, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, was shown off in an adorable new trailer. The game centers on populating a deserted island and crafting tools after flying there as part of the Nook Inc Getaway Package. Nook apparently wields great influence here, as not only will the player purchase homes from him, but furniture and other items will be crafted using the special Nook Crafting Bench.

There will be plenty of new ways to interact with the environment and neighbors, including pole jumping and, of course, paying Tom Nook for everything, even your tent. It is his island getaway package after all.

The bad news? It's delayed to March 20, 2020, to help ensure the game is the best it can be. On the bright side, it's gorgeous, with a bright, yet muted color palette that reeks of coziness, a chilled out soundtrack with tones of New Leaf, and a sense of unity that only comes from trying to survive together in a lonely island.

Upcoming Games Highlight Reel

It's tough to follow an act like that, but Nintendo managed to with a sizzle reel highlighting the year's upcoming releases, including Spyro: Reignited Trilogy, Ni No Kuni, Minecraft Dungeons,  Dauntless, The Sinking City, and  a lot more.

Banjo-Kazooie Coming to Smash Ultimate

One final Smash Bros. announcement was the long-awaited and much-hoped-for addition of Banjo-Kazooie to Smash Bros Ultimate, with plenty of character footage and what looked like a glimpse at the duo's special stage, Gruntilda included.

These are the next, next Fighter Pass DLC characters and will be added to the game in Fall this year.

Breath of the Wild Sequel

The Direct ended with the usual surprise announcement, and this one was a pretty big surprise. It's a Breath of the Wild sequel set in what looks like a post-Calamity world.

Link and Zelda approach the skeleton of Ganondorf who gets revived by the creeping purple darkness associated with the Calamity. It's only in development as of now.

That's it. Looking for more E3 2019 coverage? Be sure to head over to the other recaps below: 

5 Hype-Worthy Nintendo Switch Exclusives Coming in 2019 Mon, 24 Dec 2018 11:00:02 -0500 Emma Grave

The Nintendo Switch already boasts some impressive exclusive games. 2017 saw the releases of Super Mario Odyssey, Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle, and Xenoblade Chronicles 2. 2018 brought with it big hits like Octopath Traveler, Pokémon: Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. It's a far cry from the Wii U days.

Looking ahead to 2019, there are even more exclusives to get excited about. Let's go over five Nintendo Switch games you should have on your radar for the coming year.

Fire Emblem: Three Houses

The next installment in the turn-based tactical RPG (recently with added romance) series takes place in a world called Fódlan, where the mysterious-sounding Church of Seiros wields power over the people.

Players will control the main character both on and off the battlefield, interacting with other characters to gather intel and build relationships. New twists have been added to the strategic battle system this time around, such as formations of troops now supporting individual heroes as they fight for victory. Fire Emblem: Three Houses is due out in the Spring.

Animal Crossing (working title)

Following Animal Crossing’s free-to-play mobile offering, Pocket Camp, is a new mainline game announced for the Nintendo Switch during a Nintendo Direct in September. Many fans had lost hope of seeing the title when it wasn’t mentioned at E3 2018, but you can soon get back to nature in the long-awaited game.

The short teaser didn’t give much away, with Tom Nook sitting at his desk saying, “I’ve got to make sure everyone has a nice, new place to come home to when they’re ready, yes?”

With any luck, more details on this new mainline title will be revealed early in the new year.

Yoshi’s Crafted World

Mario’s cutest companion goes on an adventure in a diorama-like world made from boxes and paper cups. Each stage has a flip side to explore, offering different views and adding some surprises to the traditional side-scrolling experience. Unusual obstacles, hidden paths and collectibles are located in each area, ensuring there is lots to discover as you lead Yoshi towards the goal.

Yoshi’s Crafted World comes to the Nintendo Switch in the Spring.

Luigi’s Mansion 3 (working title)

It has been a long wait for a Luigi's Mansion sequel but Luigi will finally be setting out on his next spooky journey in 2019.

The 40-second teaser shown in September didn’t reveal much about the game, but fans did get to see Luigi tentatively creeping through a haunted mansion and getting spooked by all manner of ghosts and ghouls, before bravely dispatching them with his trusty Poltergust vacuum.

Hopefully some additional details about the game will jump out of the shadows soon.

Pokémon for Nintendo Switch (working title)

Fans have already been treated to a bit of Pokémon goodness on the Nintendo Switch this year in the form of Pokémon: Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee, and next year there will be even more to enjoy when an all-new adventure is released.

Not much is known about this new mainline title, but it’s safe to say you can expect a new land to explore, trainers and gym leaders to battle, and different Pokémon to catch and train. This core Pokémon RPG is expected to launch in late 2019.

If those five games weren’t enough to whet your appetite for the year ahead, the Nintendo Switch will also be bringing you Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes, Daemon X Machina, Town, and Marvel’s Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order.

There are three big hitters currently in development as well (although these probably won’t be out for a while yet): Shin Megami Tensei V, Bayonetta 3, and Metroid Prime 4. Not to mention all the non-exclusives and indie games to look forward to. 2019 is shaping up to be a great year for the Nintendo Switch.