Great, Official Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon Artwork Justifies New Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon Preview

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I played Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon yesterday.

I think the game will be good, but then I thought that a year ago and yet today scientists are still trying to determine the difference between the game's E3 2011 demo and the game's E3 2012 demo.

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2011.

2012.

What a difference a year doesn't make! Or maybe that snow part's new for 2012?

Surely it's a good thing that Luigi's Mansion 2 Dark Moon has very deep 3D effects, lets you suck up ghosts with a vacuum and manages to control pretty well despite the 3DS lacking a second analog circle pad. (You move and aim simultaneously with the left circle pad and use the top and bottom face buttons to tilt the vacuum up and down.)

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Illustration for article titled Great, Official emLuigis Mansion: Dark Moon/em Artwork Justifies New emLuigis Mansion: Dark Moon/em Preview

I had missed the game at this year's E3 but played it yesterday in New York. I was pleased, as I was with New Super Mario Bros. 2 at an even briefer play-through of that game at E3. Nintendo's flagship 2012 3DS games don't feel like radical deviations from the games that preceded them, but they feel like well-made successors with familiar, yet specific gameplay.

It's been too long (11 years) since we got to play as a frightened Luigi in a mansion full of ghosts. Dark Moon will let us do it again this year through a series of mansions. I was impressed. Just release the game, already, Nintendo. Surely you're not going to bring the same demo to a third E3? Hopefully not. The game is currently slated for a late 2012 release.

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I liked the original on the GC, but I don't think it'll translate well to the 3DS. I think they missed the perfect opportunity to cash in on the Wii's control scheme by not making one for that system.

They're too concerned with pushing the Wii U and promoting the 3DS. It's almost like OoT's Navi, pointing to the 3DS while shouting "HEY! LISTEN!"