Season of Switch: Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon

Over a month has gone by since the debut of the Nintendo Switch (the inspiration for Season of Switch), and it looks like it’s a runaway success – Nintendo’s latest console has sold around 1 million units since March 3, making it the fastest-selling Nintendo console! Also, the company announced some new games for the Switch in its April 12th Nintendo Direct.

Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon (also known as Luigi’s Mansion 2 in some regions), released for the 3DS in 2013 as a part of the Year of Luigi, had some big shoes to fill as the successor to Luigi’s Mansion for the GameCube, released in 2001. The original brought Luigi out of his brother’s shadow as he explored a haunted mansion, guided by Professor E. Gadd (pun intended), inventor of the Poltergust 3000 (another pun intended) that Luigi uses to capture ghosts inhabiting the mansion. Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon brings Luigi to the aptly-named Evershade Valley, where he is recruited again by E. Gadd to explore not one but five different mansions (Gloomy Manor, Haunted Towers, Old Clockworks, Secret Mine, and Treacherous Mansion) to capture ghosts that went out of control after the Dark Moon was shattered.

Part of the beauty of this game is that there are all kinds of secrets and surprises scattered throughout each mansion. Unsuspecting pots may contain money (in the form of Mario-style coins as well as bills), Boos, or nothing at all, and Luigi can use the new-and-improved Poltergust 5000 to suck up carpets on the floor and “fake walls” that can lead to treasure or secret rooms. There are also gems hidden in each mansion; some are obvious, but others require quite a bit of searching. In fact, Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon takes secret-searching so seriously that the Poltergust even has a new function: the Dark-Light Device, which can uncover hidden objects and Boos.

Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon is a worthy successor to the original and adds even more enjoyable aspects to Luigi’s ghost-hunting adventure. Check out the first mission of the game in Gloomy Manor:

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