Currently Playing: Luigi’s Mansion 2: Dark Moon

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

I played and reviewed a lot of games in 2017. Most of them were from the Nintendo Switch, the latest craze in gaming. While I’ll still be playing my share of Switch games, I wanted to look back at some games I haven’t played in a while.

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Luigi’s Mansion for the Nintendo Gamecube was one of my favorite games ever. I loved playing as the “sidekick” who finally gets his moment to shine. I enjoyed playing as the younger brother being a younger sister myself and always being “player two.”

I was excited when Luigi’s Mansion 2: Dark Moon came out for the Nintendo 3DS on March 20, 2013. I bought it, I played it, I didn’t beat it.

I mean, I did eventually. The final boss was difficult for me. It was a pain and it was timed and I panicked and no matter how many times I tried I just could not defeat the final boss.

It wasn’t until my cousin, who is now 13 – you do the math – got the game and brought it with her when we went on vacation about three or four years ago. I had brought my game as well to play with her.

I warned her about the final boss and how difficult it could be and such, but she had breezed right through the entire game like it was nothing!

That was my motivation to beat the game. My competitiveness came out.

I ended up beating the game that week while on vacation, but that was after countless tris. While I beat it before my cousin, she too finished the game that week. The boss took her a couple of tries, but she ultimately defeated it in fewer tries than me.

I was getting in the mood to play Luigi’s Mansion again. I made Kris play Luigi’s Mansion for the Gamecube during our challenge in 2016 and realized it’s been a while since I’ve picked up Dark Moon.

I’ve been enjoying myself while playing it. While the story isn’t as strong as the first game, it still brings back a lot of memories.

I’m happy to be playing as Luigi again. Let’s see how long it takes me to defeat the boss this time.

Have you played Luigi’s Mansion 2: Dark Moon? Is it one of those games you loved or hated? Let me know in the comments below!

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Top Tuesday: Most Wanted Nintendo Switch Games

Happy Tuesday!

I’m pretty sure I’ve talked about this before way back when the Nintendo Switch came out (it’s already been seven months… wow!), but I wanted to talk about some games that I hope will come to the console in the near future.

Top Tuesday: Most Wanted Games for the Nintendo Switch

4. Luigi’s Mansion

I would love to have a third Luigi’s Mansion game, but at this point, I wouldn’t even care if they remade the first one and maybe added a little to it. I love the Gamecube and, at the time, the graphics were awesome, but I would love to see Luigi on the TV with Switch graphics!

3. Animal Crossing

New Leaf came out for the 3DS in 2012. That’s a long time ago! Sure, they’ve come out with Happy Home Designer and Amiibo Festival since then, but… I want a new game. And now that I have the New 2DS XL, I wouldn’t care if they put it on there. Still, I would love to see it on the Switch, on my TV.

2. Pokemon

Give me something. Anything. I prefer a main game, but I’ll take any sort of Pokemon. And yes, I know there’s Pokken Tournament DX, but like I said I want a main game. And, I think that’s what they’re working on, but it’d be nice to have some updates on it.

1. Super Smash Brothers

I can’t believe that they haven’t officially announced this yet. I say officially because we all believe that’s what Reggie said in his blurred-beeped-out speech during the Nintendo World Championship. I’m down for a brand new Smash game or a deluxe version. Like all the other games, I just want to see it on the Switch.

What games are you hoping for? Let me know in the comments below!

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Luigi’s Mansion 3?

Rachel Mii Double JumpHappy Thursday!

There’s a lot of great games coming out for the Nintendo Switch, some games I hope to play to branch out a bit more than just constantly playing Mario or Zelda.

With that said, there’s still one game that I really hope to see on the Switch someday…

When Luigi’s Mansion came out in 2001 for the Nintendo Gamecube, I was beyond excited. I absolutely love Luigi and I was happy that he was finally getting some spotlight. The idea of the haunted mansion intrigued me as well since the Boo House levels in a typical Mario game are among my favorite.

It’s a quick game, one I always wished they had expanded upon because I enjoyed it so much. Then they finally came out with Luigi’s Mansion 2: Dark Moon in 2013 for the Nintendo 3DS. 12 years later!

Dark Moon was a fantastic game, one that I plan on re-playing in the near future. I don’t want to wait another 12 years for the next Luigi’s Mansion game, especially since it’s already been four years.

I would love for Nintendo to make a third Luigi’s Mansion game for the Nintendo Switch. I think a lot could be updated and added with the Switch’s new features.

And the graphics? The graphics would be amazing.

I know there were rumors of a Luigi’s Mansion 3 going around back when the Switch was only known as the “NX.” It was a rumor that it’d be a launch title and there’s no sign of a Luigi’s Mansion 3 anywhere.

Miyamoto and Aonuma mentioned a possible “Paper Zelda” game to go along with Paper Mario in the interview below. If that’s true, then Luigi’s Mansion 3 shouldn’t be so far-fetched… Right?

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Top Tuesday: Favorite Mario Characters

Rachel Mii Double JumpHappy Tuesday!

Have you gotten your Nintendo Switch? We haven’t…

With that said, I decided to talk about my favorite Mario characters because… Well, why not?

Kris and I watched the Super Mario Bros movie with Bob Hoskins the other night (it’s such a bad movie, but we love it anyway!) and I think that’s what got Mario stuck in my head.

It’s hard to narrow down just five characters from the Super Mario world, but these were the first five that I thought of. I figured they must be my favorite if I thought of them first.

5. Chain Chomp

Chain Chomp always had a soft spot in my heart. He’s the “dog” in the Mario world and who doesn’t love to have a dog? Sure, Chain Chomp can eat you, but I’m sure he would make a lovely pet.

4. Bowser

In games such as Super Smash Brothers, Mario Kart, or Mario Party, I never play as Bowser. I don’t know why I just don’t. But Bowser is such a great character. I love his personality, especially in the Paper Mario games. He’s witty and funny and I enjoy that he actually joins Mario in some games. He’s not bad, he just makes the wrong choices.

3. Boo

I’m afraid of ghosts, but I love Boo. I don’t know what it is about Boo, but he’s adorable and his voice is funny. I’ve always enjoyed the Boo houses in any Mario game and especially love Luigi’s Mansion. I’m drawn to those kinds of games for whatever reason.

2. Luigi

Who doesn’t love Luigi more than Mario? No offense, Mario. Luigi is my spirit animal. He’s afraid of the world, but is strangely drawn to ghosts for whatever reason.

1. Yoshi

Do I really have to explain this one?

Who are your favorite Mario characters? Let me know in the comments below!

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Character Spotlight: Luigi

Rachel Mii Double JumpHappy Tuesday!

I can’t believe the end of the month is already here. It’s time for another Character Spotlight and I’ve chosen one of my all-time favorites!

 

Character Spotlight: Luigi

Luigi was created as such so the Super Mario games could have a two-player option. They changed Mario’s color scheme, thus coming up with Luigi. He soon grew into his own character being deemed as Mario’s younger brother and developed a personality.

He first appeared in the 1983 game Mario Bros. for the NES by Nintendo. In that game, however, there were no differences between him and Mario, other than their colors. He didn’t begin to come into his own until Super Mario Bros. 2 which came out in 1988 for the NES. He was slightly taller than Mario and was able to jump higher as well.

Luigi was always one of my favorites because I felt as though he and I were alike. We’re both the younger sibling, we’re both “player two,” and we’re both afraid of our own shadows. I loved how he was always willing to help no matter how scared he was.

Luigi’s Mansion, which came out in 2001 for the Nintendo Gamecube, is one of my favorite games ever. It’s a simple storyline and it’s a fairly quick and easy game to beat. But what I love most about it is the fact that Luigi is afraid of everything, but he still takes charge as the protagonist and fights to save his brother, who happens to always be the hero.

Luigi is an all-around great guy and he is one of my favorite Nintendo characters. I love playing him any chance I get.

Challenge Unlocked: Luigi’s Mansion

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Rachel and I had the bright idea to challenge each other to play a video game that we had never played before. For Rachel, I chose a game from the Fire Emblem series, while for me she originally chose Batman: Arkham Asylum. Unfortunately, our Xbox 360 didn’t like that idea, so Luigi’s Mansion stepped up to the plate.

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Kris has never played Luigi’s Mansion before. I have always wanted her to play, but she was never interested in it. So… How did you like it?

krismii
It wasn’t a bad game at all, but it was definitely more fun with someone there watching and enjoying the game with you. It isn’t something that I would play on my own.

rachmii
It was definitely funny watching you play. It was fun to know what you were supposed to do next when you didn’t have a clue. I liked watching you figure it out, even if the game is pretty straightforward.

krismii
I had a good idea as to what to do. From catching glimpses of you playing, I knew the general gist as to what I was supposed to do. That, and the keys showing up on the map above their doors definitely helped! I think I’m used to a bit more exploration in games and different sort of puzzles. Still, it wasn’t a bad game. The bosses were usually a good enough challenge (especially the final boss) and the 50 Boos challenge was fun.

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Apparently there’s a lot more to the game after you beat. Such as you can go through the story mode again, but on hard mode. I’m sure that would be a fun challenge!

krismii
Yes, but one playthrough was enough for me. I was satisfied that I got a Rank B with all the money I vacuumed up! Playing as Luigi was fine, too, seeing as he was always one of our favorite underdogs, but a bit more development on his part would have been nice. It was funny seeing him as a scaredy-cat, but I thought it would be nice to see him shake a little less the more time went on or the more ghosts he vanquished.

Rachel Mii Double Jump
I don’t expect much development from Luigi because that’s who Luigi is. Plus, the story is kind of bland. Luigi has to rescue Mario. Aside from the gameplay, it’s pretty much the same as every other Mario game where Mario has to save Peach. So there’s not much room for character development. Luigi is a bit more confident in Dark Moon for the 3DS… Which I’ll have you play at some point as well.

krismii
That’s true, regarding Mario games. If you think about it, though, there aren’t many Mario games I really play, not on my own, anyway. The exception to that is Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, which has a much more involved storyline and character development. My favorite kind of games have a story I can be engrossed in as well as characters I can truly find myself caring about, like the Legend of Zelda series or Fire Emblem games. All in all, though, Luigi’s mansion was a good game, but it’s not near my favorite list. It was a good, different challenge, so thanks for recommending it!

Rachel Mii Double Jump
Hm. That is true. I always have to ask you to play Mario games with me. Luigi’s Mansion is old and can be a bit rough around the edges since it doesn’t play as a traditional Mario game, but it’s still one of my favorites. I’m glad I got to watch you play it and you didn’t absolutely hate it!

What about you? How do you like the game Luigi’s Mansion?

First Games I Completed Myself

Rachel Mii Double JumpHi everyone!

When it comes to playing video games, we all have to start somewhere. As for me, I watched Kris play all the time. I typically didn’t play the games myself.

However, I did eventually branch out and play some games myself. Here are some games that I completed myself… and that was a big accomplishment for me.

Animal Crossing

The original Animal Crossing game for the Gamecube. Kris got it as a birthday gift. The person who gave it to her thought, “Kris loves video games. Kris loves animals. Animal Crossing… perfect!”

She liked the game, but it wasn’t her favorite. She didn’t get into it enough to play all the way through. I did. And I’ve been playing the Animal Crossing games ever since.

Animal Crossing is a very easy game. You create a town, fish, catch bugs, becomes friends with your animal neighbors, and overall try to keep everyone happy. The main point of the game is to make money so you can pay back your house debt. There are side quests such as collecting all the fossils, fish, and bugs, for the museum as well as collecting all the furniture and such for you home and make it the best that you can.

If you’re talking like that, I didn’t 100% the game. But I did go as far as I could when it came to upgrading my house. I no longer have anymore debt. When that happens… well, nothing too special happens. I have to admit I was a bit disappointed at what I got when I was finally debt-free for the rest of my life.

Either way, I count it as a win. It was the first game I completed myself.

Luigi’s Mansion

The idea of ghosts freaks me out. I totally believe ghosts exist and that scares me. Even if they are friendly ghosts, it’s still freaky to me.

Yet I love Luigi with all my heart, more so than I love Mario, so when a game came out for the Gamecube that revolved around Luigi, I was excited.

Luigi “wins” a contest (a non-existent contest) and gets a free mansion. A haunted mansion. Sounds great, doesn’t it?

Of course, the tables have turned and Mario is kidnapped by these ghosts. Luigi has to go and save his older brother, the savior of Mushroom Kingdom. Luigi goes through the entire mansion sucking up ghosts with his vacuum clearing the haunted mansion of the many different kinds of ghosts that appear.

It’s a simple, but wonderful game that I could play over and over again. I was excited when they came out with Dark Moon for the 3DS and I eagerly await a third installment for this series.

I’ve completed Paper Mario myself, which I’m sure you all know by now. That one was for the Nintendo64, but I didn’t complete it myself until I bought it on the WiiWare on my Wii.

And of course, I’ve completed various Pokemon games myself. Though I thought those games were too obvious to list.

What were some of the first games that you completed yourself?