In Nintendo's latest Direct, the company revealed a new Switch title for 2019: Luigi's Mansion 3. Once again, Luigi will be armed with a vacuum, and head on to explore a spooky residence. Nintendo debuted a brief teaser showcasing the setting, and some gameplay that fans of the series will be familiar with.
This is a notable announcement. Luigi's Mansion was a launch title for the GameCube and has gone down as a cult classic. In the game, Luigi takes the center stage instead of his brother. In fact, Mario is the one that is kidnapped. But, Bowser isn't the antagonist. Instead, the leader of the Boos, King Boo, is the culprit. The game was unique with its emphasis on exploring the mansion and using a vacuum cleaner to suck up ghosts. Much to everyone's surprise, Nintendo released a sequel in 2013 titled Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon. In that game, King Boo returned and once again defeated Mario. Luigi had to explore multiple mansions. Now, what will the story be in the third installment?
While it's a short teaser, it does offer some interesting details. For one thing, you'll notice that the game seems to take place in a hotel instead of a mansion. (You'll see the room numbers, and a cleaning cart that a trio of ghosts appear out of.) Mario seems to be on vacation based on the suitcase. In fact, one can infer based on all the open pizza boxes that Mario and friends were all on vacation here before something happened. In a later scene, there is a banner with pictures of Mario, Luigi, what appears to be Toad, and a fourth one that could be Princess Peach. There appears to be a marked "X" on the characters' faces, which could mean that the villain has targeted these characters.
For gameplay, the vacuum returns. Interestingly, a Polterpup from Dark Moon will be returning. As for who will be the main villain, it is reasonable to think that King Boo will be returning. King Boo returning would be welcome, as the villain has proven to be one of Nintendo's most evil and engaging. Of course, it's always possible that a new ghostly antagonist will show up.
In other Luigi's Mansion news, Nintendo also revealed that the upcoming 3DS port of the first game will feature 2-player cooperative play. The port is still scheduled to release on October 12th.
Nintendo says that Luigi's Mansion 3 is a working title. This isn't surprising, as the second game was titled "Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon" in North America instead of "Luigi's Mansion 2." No release date for Luigi's Mansion 3 was given other than 2019. It's likely we won't hear any more details until 2018 concludes.