It's been six years since Mario's brother strapped on a modified vacuum cleaner and battled colorful ghosts in Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon (known as just Luigi's Mansion 2 in Europe, Australia and Japan). The 3DS adventure was a brilliant but sad reminder that the game deserved another home console outing similar to the original Gamecube release. Well, it's finally happened. Luigi's Mansion 3 is a joyous and expertly-polished Switch release that further establishes the plumber as an equal to his shorter and historically more famous brother.
The biggest upgrade over Dark Moon is, unsurprisingly, the visuals. Luigi has never looked better, with a wonderfully sharp character model and expressive animations that sell his easily-frightened personality. He trots in a way that causes his knees and mustachioed face to quickly bounce up and down. I love the way he shakes and trembles, too, as you guide him through each room and slowly open wardrobes and drawers. You can't help but root for the guy as he bravely pushes forward and tries to match Mario's heroism.
The game's haunted house is delightful, too. Unlike Dark Moon -- which spanned five spooky structures -- Luigi's Mansion 3 takes place in a single hotel. The building is massive and frequently uses paranormal magic to defy physics and architectural logic. Early floors feature conventional hotel facilities such as gift shops and dining halls. The higher levels, meanwhile, include an Egyptian pyramid and ghost-riddled pirate ship. Each one is a small but fleshed out world that taps into some of the most obvious and beloved horror tropes.
Every floor is packed with tiny details. Wander the 'RIP Suites,' for instance, and you'll find hallways covered in rugs that are wrinkled and bunched up in places. Green and gold wallpaper is punctuated by oil paintings hung in thick wooden frames, 'wanted' Luigi posters (the ghosts are working together to capture him) and art deco-inspired lamps that shine some much-needed light into the gloom. Venture into a guest's room and you might find a guitar, headphones and amplifier beside their unmade bed, suitcase and room service tray.