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Luigi's Mansion (2001) is an adventure game where you investigate a haunted mansion to capture the ghosts. As long-standing Nintendo character Luigi, you play a ghostbuster to capture various mischievous ghouls and rescue Mario. It stands out for the unusual spooky premise combined with beautiful intricate environments and brain-teasing puzzles.

You play Luigi who, after winning a mansion from an unknown source, sets off to meet up with Mario and investigate. However, when you arrive, Mario is nowhere to be found, and you enter the mansion only to find it riddled with ghosts and spooky apparitions. With the help of a friendly scientist, you hunt down all the ghosts, collect treasure, and rescue Mario from his supernatural prison.

Play involves exploring the mansion's many rooms, defeating ghosts, and finding keys and secrets to advance. You use your flashlight to stun ghosts and the Poltergust 3000, a modified vacuum cleaner, to suck them up and defeat them. At the end of the game, you get a new mansion built for you, the size of which depends on how much treasure you find.

The result is a game that's spooky yet never too scary, with Ghostbusters-style action and quirky characters. Combined with exploring the richly detailed environments filled with secrets and treasures, it makes for a novel experience.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Luigi's Mansion 4 years ago. It was re-examined by Ellen Robertson and updated 6 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Adventure game with Action, Collecting, Puzzle, Stealth and Traversal elements. You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online. The 3DS remake added 2-player co-operative mode to the main story by linking two systems and two copies of the game, with one player playing as Gooigi, who can revive infinitely if his health reaches zero, making it perfect for younger or less experienced players to help an older sibling or parent.

You could also play the Ghost Training mode with one copy of the game and two systems via the Download Play feature.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 5 hours and 8 hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for non-realistic violence in a child-friendly setting or context, violence that lacks any apparent harm or injury to fantasy or mythical beings and creatures. The game contains pictures or sounds likely to be scary to younger children. The player has to navigate in dark hallways and ghosts suddenly appear, objects move without being touched and thunder and lightning suddenly brighten up the room, making shadows appear. The game also contains very mild violence in a childlike setting, like ghosts being sucked up in a vacuum cleaner or Luigi getting punched when a ghost draws near.

Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB EVERYONE for Mild Cartoon Violence. Players use a vacuum to capture ghosts and manipulate objects that move between rooms. Ghosts struggle when captured, and a handful of ghosts shoot projectiles (e.g., fireballs) at Luigi. Boss battles occur on rare occasion and can involve tossing exploding balls at enemies.

Skill Level

7+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Younger children need to learn to be methodical in their exploration. Persevering when stuck is also important.


Luigi's Mansion usually costs £34.99.
You can only play this on older systems (GameCube and Nintendo 2DS|3DS) but can usually find it second hand on eBay.

Luigi's Mansion

Switch Store 2DS|3DS £34.99 Unavailable On Digital Store
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.
This game supports Nintendo's amiibo figurines and cards that can be purchased separately to unlock in-game items. 

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 14/09/2001, updated in 2018

Out Now: 3DS and 2DS and GameCube

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Players: 1-2

Genres: Adventure (Action, Collecting, Puzzle, Stealth and Traversal)

Accessibility: 21 features

Components: 2D Side-On

Developer: Nintendo America (@NintendoAmerica)

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