The Luigi's Mansion 3 release date has been announced and it's a perfect choice for a game that's meant to be spooky in a fun, child-friendly way. Nintendo previously revealed that Luigi's Mansion 3 would be releasing in 2019, but no specific release date had been announced until now.
First revealed with a short gameplay trailer during a September 2018 Nintendo direct, Luigi's Mansion 3 is the long-awaited sequel to the 2013 3DS game, Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon. Luigi's Mansion 3 brings Luigi's brand of kid-friendly horror game to a console once again, building off the unique premise of the original Luigi's Mansion on GameCube. At E3 2019, Nintendo revealed a significant chunk of Luigi's Mansion 3 gameplay, explaining the game's multi-story hotel setting as well as some of Luigi's new ghost-busting tools. It was previously rumored that fans would get a Luigi's Mansion 3 summer release, but today's announcement officially debunks that rumor.
Nintendo announced today via Twitter that Luigi's Mansion 3 will launch on October 31 - Halloween - on the Nintendo Switch, because of course it is. Perhaps it could have been guessed that the Halloween-y game would get a release date in October, but the series' previous titles, surprisingly, haven't all followed the same thematically appropriate release schedule. The original Luigi's Mansion on the Nintendo GameCube released in late September of 2001, while its sequel, 2013's Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, released on the Nintendo 3DS in March, of all months. The only other game in the series that's seen an October release is the 3DS remake of the original Luigi's Mansion, which launched on October 12, 2018 in North America.
When Luigi’s friends go missing on vacation, it’s up to our reluctant hero to save them from the ghosts in the Last Resort hotel! Join forces with Gooigi, slam ghosts, & prepare for a spooky treat when #LuigisMansion3 arrives to #NintendoSwitch on 10/31!https://t.co/3fg4O2t6PB pic.twitter.com/iNM9BKNKg5— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) July 17, 2019
Some fans saw Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon's mission-based campaign structure as a step back from the open exploration of the original Luigi's Mansion, and many felt Dark Moon's ghosts lacked the character of those in the original. Nintendo may be addressing those complaints in the sequel, as it seems the developers may be giving Luigi's Mansion 3 better puzzles, more diverse bosses and more interconnected areas.
It would be hard to ask for a better day to start playing this gooey, puzzle-filled romp through a haunted hotel. The release of this new sequel will be the perfect excuse to curl up on the couch with some sweet Halloween treats, ready to dig into Luigi's spooky adventures in Luigi's Mansion 3.