Character Spotlight: Polterpup

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Happy Tuesday!

We’re already nearing the end of October and Halloween is so close. I thought it was only appropriate to talk about a ghost dog.

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Polterpup is an adorable dog from Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon. He’s a ghost so he somehow passed away, but that doesn’t damper his spirits (sorry, not sorry).

Dark Moon is the one and only game Polterpup has been in. So far, at least. I believe he’ll be making an appearance in Luigi’s Mansion 3 for the Nintendo 3DS! He aids Luigi as much as he hinders Luigi in Dark Moon. He’ll steal important items such as keys to the next area and Luigi needs to chase him down to get it back. It’s all a game to Polterpup, though. On the other hand, if Luigi finds golden dog bones throughout the levels, Polterpup will revive Luigi when he game overs.

I love Polterpup as a character because he contributes to plot in some ways and also is a revive mechanic for Luigi. Plus, he’s cute and who doesn’t want a ghost puppy around?

I’m looking forward to seeing what else Polterpup can get into! Honestly, I’d love to see him as an assist trophy in Super Smash Brothers Ultimate.

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Luigi’s Mansion 3DS [Game Review]

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Title: Luigi’s Mansion
Developer: Nintendo | Grezzo
Publisher: Nintendo 
Platform:
Nintendo 3DS
Category:
Action, Adventure
Release Date:
October 12, 2018
How we got the game:
I pre-ordered it

 

 

 

What can I say about Luigi’s Mansion? It’s one of my favorites and I was super excited to get an updated version.

gameplay

This is a fairly simple game to play. Luigi moves around with the analog stick. In this version it gives you the choice of whether you want Luigi to move around freely or side-step. I have him move around freely because the side-stepping looks weird. However, when you’re sucking up ghosts or if you press the B button while walking, he sort of side-steps anyway. The X button is used as the A button would typically be used in any other game. The X button opens doors and will call for Mario if there’s nothing else around.

Capturing the ghosts is easy. Shine your flashlight on them and once they’re stunned, you can press the R button to use the Poltergust 3000 to suck up the ghosts as you move the analog stick in the opposite direction of where the ghost is trying to escape. It’s easy enough though some ghosts are harder than others.

The point of the game is to go through the entire mansion to find Mario as you rid it of all the ghosts at the same time. There are regular ghosts throughout the mansion along with mini-bosses and regular bosses.

This is a quick game to get through – especially if you’ve played it before. I know this game like the back of hand at this point. However, it’s a little easier on the 3DS because of the touch screen. The Gamecube obviously didn’t have that. If you had a key, the Gameboy Horror (in game) showed you where it was on the map. The touch screen for the 3DS is the map and shows where the key goes right away. There’s absolutely no getting lost in this version.

I thought the concept of Gooigi – the very green version of Luigi for the co-op mode – was weird at first. I liked how they added a co-op mode, though I haven’t had a chance to try that part out just yet. The way they added Gooigi into the game was impressive though and my respect for the slimed-version of Luigi went up.

graphics-music

The graphics, as always, were great. I really enjoyed them on the Gamecube and the updated graphics for the 3DS stayed true to the original graphics. The colors were just brighter and the details were a little more crisp. I thought they did a wonderful job and the game looks great.

I found myself humming along with the music again. I get Professor E. Gadd’s lab music stuck in my head from time to time. The first time Luigi went there, I sat on that screen for a while and just hummed along with the music. I don’t know why, but that’s always been a favorite tune of mine.

They did a great job with the sound effect. For the most part, everything sounds the same from the original Gamecube version. However, they updated a few things. For example, when Luigi calls for Mario, his voice echos. When you enter a dark room and haven’t defeated the ghosts yet, you can hear them cackling somewhere in the room. They’re small details, but I really liked them. I felt as though they added a lot to the game.
storyLuigi won a contest he didn’t enter. He won his own mansion. (Wouldn’t that be nice?) I mean, it’s haunted, but hey – take what you can get, right?

The only problem is, Luigi has no idea how these people got his information and Mario was dumb enough to fall for the scheme. Luigi heads to the mansion to see what it’s all about as well as find his brother, who ends up getting himself kidnapped.

Obviously this is the same story as the original game. The only thing that changed was Gooigi. I really liked how they introduced Gooigi. I’m not sure if some people would consider this a spoiler or not, so I won’t too much. They connected Dark Moon to this game though and I thought it was really clever how they did it. It put a smile on my face, at least.

replay-value

It’s Luigi’s Mansion. I’ll be playing it again. No questions asked.

Luigi’s Mansion gets…
5 out of 5 lives.

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Luigi’s Mansion For The Nintendo 3DS Is Out Tomorrow!

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

October is starting off really well! Super Mario Party was a great game – I’m so happy Nintendo finally listened to us! Now another great game comes out tomorrow, the original Luigi’s Mansion.

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Luigi’s Mansion has always been a favorite of mine. I loved the first game and the second game was great as well. I remember when Nintendo announced back in March 2018 a port of the original Luigi’s Mansion game from the Gamecube coming over to the Nintendo 3DS. I was excited, even though I remember saying to Kris, “I’ll take it but I was really hoping for Luigi’s Mansion 3.”

I’ve talked about how I played and replayed Luigi’s Mansion on the Gamecube. I’ve also talked about how my cousin got Luigi’s Mansion Dark Moon on her 3DS and we were racing to beat the game while away on vacation. There’s about 10 years between us, her being younger of course. She enjoyed Dark Moon and I’ve always wanted her to play the original Luigi’s Mansion.

While our Gamecube games still work (I assume) and we could technically play on the Wii, all of our Gamecube controllers broke. It’s never been a priority either.

Now my cousin will finally be able to play the original and see what she missed out when she was younger! Of course, my other cousins used to bring their Gamecube up on vacation when the Gamecube was still hot and we used to watch them play Luigi’s Mansion out on the porch. So she knew of it even before Dark Moon came out.

Not only do I get to watch her experience how Luigi’s Mansion began, I also get to play with her in the co-op mode! I still think it’s weird that they have a full-green Luigi instead of Toad being brave enough to join him, but I’ll take what I can get.

Will you be getting Luigi’s Mansion for the 3DS? Are you as excited as I am for it tomorrow? Let me know in the comments below!

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Top Tuesday: Favorite Spooky Games

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday & October!

With the Fall officially here and Halloween around the corner, I though I’d talk about some spooky games I’ve played… well, the term “spooky” is used loosely.

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Take this list with a grain of salt. I don’t play horror games for a reason and some of these games aren’t even in the horror genre. Though I felt they were spooky enough.

3. Hello Neighbor

I’m already cheating on the first game. I’ve never actually played this one myself. I’ve seen a lot of other people play it though and… the story can be pretty unsettling. The learning AI and the premise is pretty spooky and this is technically a stealth horror game.

2. James Noir’s Hollywood Crimes

I’ve played this game for the Nintendo DS a couple of times and have even given it a review. This is a simple puzzle game and there isn’t too much to the story. However, you’re up against a psychopath and even get put into jail and have to escape. While the consequences aren’t that great, the game makes it seem like the stakes are high. When I first played it a long time ago, it kind of creeped me out.

1. Luigi’s Mansion

You should have seen this one coming. This is one of my favorite games. When I first played Luigi’s Mansion on the Gamecube way back in the day, I had a hard time playing it because our gaming systems were hooked up in the basement. I also couldn’t play it when I was home alone or when it was dark out. The cartoon ghosts spooked me despite how much I enjoyed the game. I pushed through the fear though!

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Throwback Thursday: My First Time Playing Luigi’s Mansion

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

With the announcement of Luigi’s Mansion 3 on the Nintendo Switch as well as the new co-op mode for the original Luigi’s Mansion remake, I got to thinking back to the first time I played Luigi’s Mansion.

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Luigi has always been one of my favorites (no offense, Mario), so when I heard Nintendo was making a game just for Luigi, I was stoked. I assume I got the Gamecube game for Christmas or something shortly after it came out. But I never finished it.

I got to the first boss, Baby Chauncey, and once I beat him, I stopped playing. I got stuck.

Yep. I got stuck in Luigi’s Mansion.

I had no idea where to go after that even though the same lays it out for you and it’s fairly obvious. I think I caught a few more ghosts but couldn’t find where to go after that. I don’t think I had a key or a certain item I needed. I’m pretty sure I missed a step somewhere and never realized it.

It was quite a while later when I decided to finally go back and play the game. I believe it was when Luigi’s Mansion Dark Moon was announced. I had wanted to get and play the game so bad but I realized I never even beat the first one.

I remember sitting in the basement with the large screen TV playing the game. I got spooked by the ghosts, especially being in the basement, because I’m a child, but I did it. I played through the whole game. I also remember thinking to myself, “How did I get stuck on this game?” So, yeah, I don’t know what I did the first time I tried playing it. I screwed up somewhere.

I’m glad I went back to it and beat it though. Then I got Luigi’s Mansion Dark Moon. I played through that, got stuck on the final boss, and then stopped playing it for about a year or so. It was when my cousin, who’s about nine years younger than me, got to the final boss on her copy of the game. My competitiveness came out and I didn’t want her to beat the game before me. We spent a week away on summer vacation each playing our games. I beat the game before her, but it still took her a lot less tries to beat it than it took me.

I’m a good gamer, that’s all there is to it.

We’ll see how Luigi’s Mansion 3 is for the Switch!

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Top Tuesday: Games I Play Over And Over

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

I was pretty excited from the latest Nintendo Direct. There were a lot of games that I’m looking forward to but some that I know I’ll play over and over again just like I have with the games before it.

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3. Luigi’s Mansion

This is a favorite of mine and one that I’ve played a few times. This is a game where I feel like I need to be in the mood to play it, but I always get excited for it and into it. Now that Luigi’s Mansion 3 has finally been announced, I can’t wait to play a brand new spin on the series. Plus, I can’t wait to get a hold of the original game for the 3DS and play with a friend… as weird as green Luigi may seem.

2. Animal Crossing

It’s no secret how much I love Animal Crossing. I definitely go in spurts with that game but I’ve gone back to it time and time again. While the real time can be annoying if you haven’t played in a year, I love being able to just pick back up where I left off. Or, wipe our my town and start from scratch… though I don’t like doing that. I’m sure I’ll be playing the new game over and over for a long time.

1. Pokemon

While this wasn’t talked about much at the recent Direct, I’m still super excited for the Let’s Go games and also the new core game that will be out next year. Though we still don’t know anything about that game yet. Either way, I know I’ll be trying my hardest to complete my Pokedexes and catch them all.

Now all I need is a new Paper Mario game and I’ll be good to go.

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Nintendo September 2018 Direct

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Another Nintendo direct has come and gone, and… We thought this one was pretty good!

The direct opened with Luigi hunting down ghosts again and we at first chalked it up to, “Oh, look, footage from the 3DS remake of Luigi’s Mansion.” The more we saw of it, though, the more we grew confused.

That room wasn’t in the first game. That’s a new item in the hallways. The little ghost dog was in the second Luigi’s mansion, not the first one.

With the reveal that the game was Luigi’s Mansion 3 for the Nintendo Switch, Rachel leaped up from the couch and teared up with joy! That was something that’s been on her wish list for a long while now, so to see the direct brilliantly open with it (and to assure us that, no, Luigi did not die in the previous Super Smash Bros Ultimate direct) was a treat!

Most of the other announcements and reveals were decent as well. I’m looking forward to the Final Fantasy games, a series that she’s barely had the chance to try considering most of them were on the Playstation family of consoles. Cities Skylines didn’t seem too bad either, with how much we love simulation games. I have played Sim City before, and the game looks pretty damn similar, so we’ll see how Skylines runs on the Switch. Game Freak’s Town seems like it looks pretty good, and Yoshi’s Crafted World looks adorable as well.

It was interesting, but not too surprising, to hear that New Super Mario Bros. U is being remastered into a deluxe version for the Switch. Those games are decent, in my opinion, and wasn’t something I was too hyped about, but we’ll probably get it to have a good time with our cousins and friends.

(Although, what the hell is Peachette? Why is Toadette able to transform into her? Why can’t Peach just be able to do the double jump and floaty thing, and Toadette have her own abilities that make her stand out as her own character? Why do we need to make her combine with Peach?)

We thought the ending of the direct was amazing. Isabelle is adorable and it’s fantastic to see such a fan favorite heading to Smash as her own character rather than as an echo fighter! To top it off, Tom Nook then appeared and we got a pretty little place card announcement stating that Animal Crossing was coming in 2019 for the Switch! I don’t play Animal Crossing, but it was the second time in the direct that Rachel cried tears of joy.

All in all, we figured it was a pretty successful direct.

What did you think of Nintendo’s latest direct?

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