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it's not your typical Mario game, but it's still tons of fun Gothicgene (83) 4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars
A beautiful, humorous twist on the traditional Mario formula...while it lasts Ryu (56) 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars
Green is the style in mushroom land. Horny-Bullant (59) 3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars
Luigi finally gets his own game, but he has to rescue ... Mario??? Shadowcaster (261) 3.17 Stars3.17 Stars3.17 Stars3.17 Stars3.17 Stars
Who Ya Gonna Call? LUIGI! Lawnmower Man (149) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Who'd have thought Luigi has to rescue Mario from a haunted mansion? Dark Cloud (35) 3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars
What are you gonna play? Jungle Jim (305) 4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
AI The quality of the game's intelligence, usually for the behavior of opponents. 3.5
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 4.0
Graphics The visual quality of the game 4.2
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 3.9
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.9
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they are executed. This rating is used for every game except compilations and special editions which don't have unique game content not available in a standalone game or DLC. 3.8
Overall User Score (77 votes) 3.9

Critic Reviews

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If you need blood, death and destruction in order for you to enjoy a game then you have my deepest sympathies, as you’re probably going to deny yourself the pleasure of playing this incredible game. It’s not terribly complex, and it’s relatively short, (though there is a ‘Hidden Mansion’ mode to open up and play through), but it’s an all around great game, and one I highly recommend. Luigi’s Mansion is pure fun applied to a disc.
Game Zero (Dec, 2001)
Graphics are really nice, game control is just spot on the mark, and sound is great and very deep in content. The story is amusing, and everything about the game is classic fun. Really, the only thing I can knock this on is that as a long-time gamer, the length of the game was way too short for my liking. Sure you can play through multiple times, but even that only goes so far. In any event, if you have kids, you must get them this game. They'll love playing it, and you may also.
Gamer's Pulse (Nov 26, 2001)
Was Luigi's Mansion worth picking up? I think so. While it is a bit on the short side, there is some replay value (I got an "E" rating on my first go, so replaying in an attempt to grab the "A" is worthwhile). The graphics are excellent, and the sound above par. The game is just a lot of fun, and certainly something different. Nintendo decided to try something different, and it has paid off.
Cinescape (Nov 20, 2001)
LUIGI’S MANSION definitely isn’t the new Mario game. But it stands on its own as an excellent title. The small touches and innovative gameplay make it a must-buy for GameCube owners and anyone who likes Luigi.
Edutaining Kids (Apr, 2002)
Luigi's Mansion is a fun escapade for the Game Cube. It features detailed graphics, holds a good measure of suspense, and requires a bit of strategy to complete. Though older kids will probably finish the game sooner than they'd like, Luigi's Mansion will entertain the younger crowd faithfully for quite some time.
(Japanese version)
Auch die (Halb-)Transparenzen bei den Gespenstern, das Schweben der Kamera hinter durchsichtig werdende Mauern oder das absolut realistische Verhalten von wehenden Verhängen, einem Wasserstrahl und, und, und... eindrucksvoller hätte kaum ein anderes Launch-Spiel die Grafikfähigkeiten des GCN demonstrieren können. Dazu kommt ein großer Spielumfang und ein Gameplay, das wesentlich komplexer und auch auf Dauer packender ist, als es auf den ersten Blick vielleicht erscheinen mag. Kurz und gut: Luigi's Mansion erfüllt die hohen Erwartungen an Spiel und Konsole auf ganzer Länge.
Geeks Under Grace (Jun 25, 2014)
Luigi's Mansion is a short, spooky game that will tease your brain, delight you with a few goofy thrills, and teach you a lesson or two about what real love and dedication is all about.
(German version)
Auch wenn geübte Spieler nicht allzu lange von Luigi‘s Mansion aufgehalten werden, macht es eine Menge Spaß, was nicht nur an der famosen Grafik liegt. Aber hat man das Spiel einmal durchgespielt, gibt es wenig Grund, es ein zweites Mal zu tun. Höchstens die Tatsache, dass beim zweiten Durchmarsch das ganze Haus spiegelverkehrt und der Schwierigkeitsgrad höher ist (u.a. weniger Herzen, mehr Schaden). Am Ende bleibt dann ein erstauntes “Wie, das war‘s schon? und die Lust auf mehr.
90 (May 09, 2002)
I love this game, and it's certainly going to be keeping me up many a night until I complete it and save poor old Mario. Mario returns in light-hearted and refreshing fashion,
I didn’t have the highest of expectations for this release, but Luigi’s Mansion turned out to be the surprise hit of the year. Even though it is a departure from the Mario lineage, it still harbors the classic feel that we all know and love.
Luigi’s Mansion shouldn’t disappoint the hardcore Nintendo crowd. No, Luigi can’t jump but it’s still a fun and engaging experience.
The game itself is just a cute little adventure that has the main character using a vacuum cleaner which makes for an interesting game mechanic, but nothing revolutionary as far as I’m concerned. If you pick up a GameCube, Luigi’s Mansion is pretty much a given. I was just hoping for more, because any gamer with some experience will blow through this title fairly quickly.
N-Zone (Jul 06, 2003)
Luigi’s Mansion beinhaltet viele gute Ideen wie die clevere Steuerung oder die abgefahrenen Geister, doch der kurze Umfang schadet dem Spiel. Hätten die Entwickler dem Spiel einige zusätzliche Räume und Geheimnisse spendiert und den Spielverlauf etwas abwechslungsreicher gestaltet, hätte einer höheren Wertung nichts im Wege gestanden. So aber ist Luigi’s Mansion ein nettes Spiel für zwischendurch, das zumindest die Wartezeit auf Mario Sunshine versüßt.
The Game Hoard (Oct 12, 2018)
Luigi suddenly being thrust into the ghostbusting business may have been an odd angle for him to take, but Luigi’s Mansion pulls it off surprisingly well. Catching ghosts is quick to learn but augmented over the course of the game with the scavenger hunt of finding Boos and the Portrait Ghosts having puzzles tied to their personal quirks. The task of pulling in ghosts is technically simple but made more intriguing by the variety expressed through your many targets, and while the mansion’s design can be a bit too wide and drag down the traversal, the building also has its own character and tone to contribute to the experience. That mix of delightful cartoon visuals with the trappings of subdued horror helps to motivate the player to keep moving to see what might be in the next uniquely styled room, even if that might lead to a ghost fight that lasts a touch too long.
Game Shark (Nov 27, 2001)
It's about time the little plumber had his 15 minutes of fame. It's just too bad that that's about as long as his game lasts.
84 (May 08, 2002)
Insgesamt ist Luigi's Mansion ein gelungener Launch-Titel, der, gewaltlos, Anklang bei allen Altersklassen finden sollte. Leider fehlt uns der für Nintendo sonst übliche Tiefgang etwas. Die freispielbare Hidden Mansion bietet außer spiegelverkehrter Darstellung des gesamten Hauses und einem gesteigertem Schwierigkeitsgrad keine weiteren Anreize.
84 (May 15, 2002)
Für eingefleischte Nintendo-Fans ist dieser Titel bestimmt ein Muss. Aber auch Normalsterbliche werden an Luigis Mansion ihre Freude haben. Wenn auch nicht für lange Zeit denn die kurze Spieldauer zieht das Preis-Leistungsverhältnis doch anständig hinunter. Ansonsten aber ein sehr solider Titel der zeigt was in der neuen Konsole steckt.
A lot of people have written Luigi's Mansion off as a poor man's Mario, a kid's game that is way to easy. Don't be put off by this. LM is well worth the look- it delivers a fun experience- that while short is very rewarding. The puzzles aren't brain-numbingly hard but provide enough variety and challenge to keep even the most hardened gamer interested. In hindsight, SMS might have been a better launch title, but Luigi's Mansion is a nice addition to any 'Cuber's collection. Luigi has arrived.
Gamezone (Germany) (Oct 02, 2001)
Langweilig wird einem hier nicht so schnell, denn es gibt ständig neue Räume zu entdecken und man zögert mit dem Pause machen, da hier ein angenehmes "Nur-noch-einen-Raum-Gefühl" aufkommt. Luigi Mansion zeigt, dass es noch Innovationen gibt und sollte beim Kauf des Gamecube auf jeden Fall gleich mit angeschafft werden.
Gaming Target (Dec 04, 2001)
Overall, the graphics make Luigi's Mansion stand out even amongst the top titles in video games today. There's truly a huge improvement in the sound effects of the new game, when in comparison to the older Mario games. Throughout the gameplay, Luigi actually has a set of vocal chords that are interestingly involved with the game's main theme. Luigi can call out to his brother, not just in one way, but also in more than a few preprogrammed patterns. Not only that, but Luigi actually whistles along with the mansion's music, pacing the bright and dim floors. It's not bad, it's not great... but it fits.
80 (Mar 01, 2019)
Luigi’s Mansion was judged harshly at the GameCube launch because it wasn’t the game we wanted. Judged on its own merits the game is fantastic however. With more content Luigi’s Mansion would have been truly incredible but is still good enough to be worth seeking out for an afternoon full of fun.
Retro Spirit Games (Nov 02, 2013)
Luigi's Mansion is seriously good fun to play, with a great sense of humour, atmospheric and spot-on spooky visuals, quirky music and sound effects, some imaginative boss encounters, and satisfying ghost catching mechanics. It may not take you very long to finish, but it is sweet while it lasts.
GamesCollection (Mar 19, 2009)
Luigi's Mansion, a rigiocarlo oggi, sembra meno eccezionale di quello che pareva all'uscita. Vuoi perchè nel tempo c'è stata una notevole evoluzione tecnica dei giochi su GameCube - specialmente sotto il rispetto della grafica -, vuoi perchè alla lunga LM rischia di diventare monotono, è difficile definirlo ma un capolavoro, ma non si può neanche dire che sia un brutto gioco, anzi. Però... però... forse piacerà solo a chi è cresciuto a pane e Super Mario.
Edge (Oct 08, 2001)
Churls might moan about some of the well-worn motifs in the game. Collecting hearts for energy and keys from chests for doors are hackneyed, but they only act as symbols for navigating the game space rather than gameplay elements in themselves. It is Nintendo’s ability to constantly surprise and reward while maintaining the wonderfully creepy atmosphere that keeps you playing on. The desire to explore just one more location before switching off never really goes away. Fears Luigi’s Mansion was going to have a short lifespan have been put to rest. Though it’s no epic, it will take longer than you expect to complete. Thankfully, the number of times that you laugh, flinch, and have your breath taken away are numerous enough to warrant at least another jaunt through the creaky house.
Nintendo Life (Oct 09, 2010)
What Luigi's Mansion lacks in content and longevity, it makes up for with a remarkably well-crafted and unique single campaign that will keep you consistently entertained from front to back. It's not quite on the same level as Mario's better outings, but the game is so entirely different from anything Mario has ever starred in that it feels almost unjust to compare them; and, really, it's this complete departure from the Mario formula that makes the game so successful in the first place. The gameplay design is so uncommon that it's pretty difficult to slap a genre label on it, but suffice to say that if you consider yourself a gamer, you owe it to yourself to give this one a shot.
Luigi's game doesn't stand up to well to previous Mario Bros. games in terms of lifespan, and by the time its starts getting challenging you find him in a comical final battle against Bowser. Finding and vacuuming all the Boos in the game does make for a fun (and optional) distraction, but there isn't much to keep you playing.
GamersMark (Nov 24, 2001)
All in all, a great showcase piece, but hardly anything to go ga-ga over. My opinion, get it. It’s a great game, and deserves to be a part of everyone’s game collection.
Quebec Gamers (Feb 21, 2003)
Mais dans l'ensemble, malgré tous ces petits défauts, qui par le fait même font en sorte que le jeu soit simple et assez mignon, on peu dire que Luigi's Mansion est un jeu hautement amusant et divertissant. Les graphiques sont mignons et beaux, les fantômes sont beaux à voir, et la façon de les capturer est originale et amusante. Les séquences de loadage sont très courtes. On peut même dire qu'elles sont inexistantes! Bref, Luigi's Mansion n'est certes pas à la hauteur d'un Mario, mais si vous le payer un bon prix, et que vous aimez les petits jeux distrayants et simples comme bonjour, vous allez passer un excellent "court" moment!
GameSpot (Nov 07, 2001)
Luigi's first solo excursion has flashes of brilliance and is fun while it lasts, but the short amount of time it takes to complete it makes it a hard recommendation. There is some incentive to play through the game a second time, but even that can be done within an average rental period. If you're a serious video game collector or just want a game that will adequately show off your new console, Luigi's Mansion is worth picking up. But for everyone else, a trip to the local rental shop should suffice.
I really did like this game, despite some of the ratings. You may hear other things, but I think that this game deserves, at the least, a rental. Fun, original, exciting, and it is finally another Luigi title. I just wish it was longer, and had better replay value. Oh well, maybe they'll make a 'Luigi's Mansion II.' Ha.
GameSpy (Nov 19, 2001)
It looks great, plays well, and is pretty unique (which is becoming more and more unusual these days) but the bottom line is that although Luigi's Mansion is a technically competent and fun title, it really lacks any kind of longevity or replay value and can become a tad repetitive. Once you've trekked through the mansion once and explored every room, there's very little pulling power to make you replay the game. This wouldn't necessarily be an issue, but I'm pretty confident that most players won't break into a sweat beating this one in about six hours from start to finish.
Nintendo Difference (Dec 06, 2001)
Un jeu possédant des qualités graphiques très poussées et des bruitages très bien trouvés. Les musiques sont bien en accord avec le jeu mais Luigi's Mansion pêche par sa durée de vie. Il reste néanmoins un incontournable.
Gameplay RPG (Nov, 2001)
Luigi's Mansion est, malgré une durée de vie très courte, un excellent jeu qui vous fera passer un très bon moment.
The Video Game Critic (Nov 09, 2007)
Some of the puzzles are tough, and even in the early going some gamers are bound to become stuck. Even so, there are a lot of little things about the game that will make you smile, like hearing the Super Mario Bros. theme in the music room, or discovering a hidden switch only visible from a mirror on the far wall. The graphics are good but unspectacular, although there are some slick lighting and fog effects. The clammy brick walls in the basement really caught my eye. The audio contains a number of catchy tunes in the minor key, and rich digitized sound effects are interspersed with old-school style sound cues. Luigi's Mansion tends to be under-appreciated, but GameCube fans will definitely want this one in their collection.
Netjak (Dec 20, 2001)
The game will give you 8+ hours of fun, but doesn't warrant a full-dollar purchase. This is classic rent-bait and easily beaten within five days. The younger gamer will get even more game time out of it, and although the youngin's might not appreciate the complexity of the graphics; they will however have a ball playing it 'till the wee hours of the night. For parents considering a game for the GC, this is a must have for your tike.
Entertainmentopia (Nov 20, 2001)
While Luigi’s Mansion is in no way trying to be the next Mario game, Mario Sunshine will do that next summer, it does fill the void for some Mario Brother action until we get our real fix with Sunshine. The game does have some flaws and it is clearly obvious that this is not an EAD game, but this is what we got for launch, and with the release of Smash Bros. Melee last week, it is more than enough to keep us going, and keep praising Nintendo for making quality games.
Game Revolution (Nov 01, 2001)
Luigi's Mansion may not be a straight up winner, but I wouldn't call his first game a loser at all. The replay value is suspect and the one enormous dungeon mansion can grow tiring, but the graphics are quite beautiful and the interesting game mechanics are enjoyable. The game is clearly geared for a younger audience, but even adult gamers will have some fun. And a note to Luigi - get yourself some acting lessons and a girlfriend.
75 (May 03, 2002)
Même s'il ne constitue peut-être pas une priorité parmi les premiers titres à sortir sur Gamecube, Luigi's Mansion est tout de même un très bon jeu qui dispose de pas mal d'atouts en sa faveur. Doté d'une réalisation particulièrement alléchante, on lui reprochera simplement sa longévité un peu trop courte et son manque de renouveau tout au long de l'aventure.
Nintendojo (2001)
Luigi's Mansion is fun. In fact, it's five or six of the best hours you can spend on any system this year. Unfortunately, that's all that it is. I can't recommend this as a purchase to anyone, except younger players, Mario Bros. loyalists, or launch completists. That said, Luigi's Mansion is a perfect weekend rental. Don't cheat yourself out of some quality ghost busting.
Luigi's Mansion was pretty disappointing for me and a false look at where the GameCube was going. I felt as though Nintendo had lost its touch forever after this game, but I was surely wrong. Way too short, repetitive, and corny music/storyline describe Luigi's Mansion to its fullest. Please don't buy this game, at least rent it first (and then you'll never play it again, because there's no replay value).
70 (UK) (Apr 30, 2002)
Luigi's Mansion is a delightful little game, instantly appealing to anybody with more than a passing interest in its heritage, but it isn't the GameCube equivalent of those platform classics I name-checked at the start of the review. A competent, atmospheric adventure and truly a new direction for the characters, but at this length it simply isn't worth the £35, let alone the cost of the console. If Miyamoto's vision of shorter games more often is to become reality, then the pricing structure will need serious adjustment...
NintendoWorldReport (Sep 26, 2001)
50 bucks for 10 hours of possible gameplay is really difficult for me to suggest. Sure it's a Shigeru Miyamoto game, but it's a lot of money to pay for such a short game…no matter how good it is.
IGN (Nov 16, 2001)
It's a dark, spooky night in the woods as Mario's brother approaches an ominous mansion that seems to warn visitors away with its very presence. Luigi doesn't particularly want any business with the place, but it's his new home – he received word that he won the eerie location in a contest that he doesn't even remember entering. And he's supposed to meet Mario inside at midnight for a quick tour.
I would never associate Luigi’s Mansion with the Mario franchise in terms of play mechanics and quality. That’s not to say it’s bad, it just doesn’t reach the high watermark for which Nintendo’s famous plumber is known. Luigi’s Mansion is best described as a charming diversion on an otherwise spectacular release list. With less than eight hours of content and very little reason to play through a second time, it’s the perfect rental. Despite stylish graphics and fun gameplay, the lack of any revolutionary concepts coupled with the short play time means potential buyers should pass up Luigi in favor of other GameCube launch titles.
UOL Jogos (Dec 04, 2001)
No fim das contas, Luigi's Mansion consegue escapar como um bom (e muito engraçado) jogo por contar com uma mecânica original, divertida e cheia de segredos - mas que acaba sendo mal aproveitada pela duração curta e poucos incentivos para se jogar novamente.
Gamekult (Oct 08, 2001)
Par plusieurs aspects, Luigi's Mansion fait office de démo technologique de démarrage : c'est propre, c'est net (ouf : pas de flou façon N64), mais ça ne casse finalement pas des briques, comme on dit, ni techniquement, ni d'un point de vue ludique. Et a fortiori, ça ne casse pas des cubes, non plus. Mais restons optimistes : c'est un jeu de toute première génération, et les exemples de titres ravageurs dans ce contexte sont difficiles à trouver, quelque soit le support.
Gamereactor (Sweden) (May 08, 2003)
Luigi's Mansion är inte rakt igenom uselt. Men någon orsak att köpa en kub är det då rakt inte och jag är lite förvånad att Nintendo släpper ifrån sig en så halvfärdig produkt. Hade Acclaim varit tillverkare och saknat Marios bror i huvudrollen hade detta nog inte ens varit med vid kubsläppet. Ni som bara ska skaffa ett spel vid släppet, avstå från Luigi's Mansion. Ta mig på mitt ord när jag säger att ni inte kommer att behöva vänta länge innan begagnatställen i spelbutiker kommer att svämmas över av billiga Luigi's Mansion.