Gamers get spooked as Luigi’s Mansion 2 launches today in Europe

Give it up for the little guy! Starting now, Mario has to step aside, because it’s his brother’s time to shine! 2013 is the Year of Luigi (I always liked him better because he wears my favorite color, GREEN), and what better way to start it off than with Luigi’s Mansion 2, available today in Europe for the Nintendo 3DS (it’s been available in North America since the 24th).

Luigi’s Mansion 2 lets you play as the bravest coward in the history of videogames, as players guide Luigi through various missions filled with puzzles and scary ghosts in order to retrieve the pieces of the Dark Moon. The Poltergust 5000 vacuum cleaner makes its triumphant return as THE HOUSEHOLD DEVICE to use to suck up evil spirits, or use the brand spankin’ new Dark-Light Device in order to help Luigi find various hidden treasures like gems and cash. There is also a new multiplayer mode, where gamers can team up in groups of four to play three different challenges in the Thrill Tower, locally and online.

Check out all the praise Luigi’s Mansion 2 has been getting from various critics and media outlets:

The Telegraph, 5 out of 5 – “[T]his is a game unlike any other. Incomparable, yet instantly accessible.”

IGN, 9.3 out of 10 – “Luigi’s Mansion 2 might be a sequel, but it’s one that shows Nintendo at its inventive best. It’s an essential game in the 3DS’ increasingly impressive line-up […].”

CVG, 9.2 out of 10 – “A must for 3DS owners.”

Eurogamer.net, 9 out of 10 – “It’s gorgeous, as close to a playable cartoon as anything since Zelda: The Wind Waker.”

Pocket Gamer, 9 out of 10 – “This sequel to the GameCube original is not only essential 3DS gaming, but it’s – dare I say it – the sort of game worth purchasing an entire console for.”

INSPIRING! As I said before, 2013 is the Year of Luigi (Nintendo President Satoru Iwata even said so while wearing a green Luigi hat, SO IT MUST BE TRUE), starting off with the 3DS Luigi’s Mansion 2, continuing with a 3DS Mario and Luigi RPG title in the summer (complete with Inception-like in-dream fighting and multiple Luigi clones for use in battle), the 3DS Mario Golf: World Tour, and the WiiU title New Super Luigi U, which is downloadable content for New Super Mario Bros. U that will change the game’s existing 80+ courses into all-new courses with Luigi, NOT GLORY HOG MARIO, as the main character, due out later this year.

Luigi’s Mansion 2 can be purchased online as a download through the Nintendo eShop or as a physical copy at a retailer with a limited edition glow-in-the-dark cover. Check out the game’s website, as well as Iwata and his glorious hat talking about the Year of Luigi below, and one more video with Luigi’s creator, Shigeru Miyamoto, discussing Luigi’s Mansion 2 IN EXCRUCIATING DETAIL.

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