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Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon Spooked Into 2013 For North America

Posted by Darren Calvert

What are you going to play at Halloween now?

A recent press release from Nintendo of America has revealed that would-be ghostbusters will have to wait until next year to get their grubby mitts on Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon.

Here’s the official statement from NoA:

Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon will now be available in the first half of 2013 in the Americas.

There is no firm news about the European release date yet, but unless anything changes we’re still expecting it late 2012. In the meantime, you can enjoy our Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon first impressions.

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User Comments (87)



Punny said:

Bummer... And I was looking forward to more ghost-busting. At least Paper Mario: Sticker Star is coming this year!



antdickens said:

That sucks oh well, at least something to look forward to in 2013. We'll all have Wii U by then... or will we?



shingi_70 said:

Wonder if the delay is due to throw Luigi mansion game in nintendo land. Good to see unchianed blades hitting next month hopefully.



TrueWiiMaster said:

I said the same thing when I saw the title.

In the end, this isn't too bad, if only because there are so many other games coming in the next 4 months.



Geonjaha said:

Damn son, thats some bad news right there.
At least there's still Paper Mario though.



19Robb92 said:

Oh, wow.. That sucks for you guys.

I really hope this isn't the case for EU as well. I really want LM2 and PM:SS this year.



GazPlant said:

This is becoming like Pikmin 3 now... At this rate, there's a very real possibility it will end up on 3DS2!



Barbiegurl777 said:

Finally we at least know what year it's at least coming out in 2013 only a couple of month's away.

Thank You!

Plus now I don't have to worry about holding back on a few games I wanted to get sooner! Yay!

Happy Gaming! (^_^)



HandheldGuru97 said:

Damnit Nintendo now I really will really have to push back my purchase date of NSMB2 until this Christmas.



NintyMan said:

That's a shame, but at least it's one game I won't have to get this Christmas, so this actually gives my wallet a sigh of relief. Besides, Paper Mario: Sticker Star is still coming this year for us. And maybe they're doing this because Next Level Games wants to take their time developing this game so it can be a very good game.



Pikachupwnage said:

This is pathetic.

NOA Is so hopelessly out of touch.

Drip feeding us VC games and taking forever to confirm localization of games and now giving us fire emblem and luigis mansion much later then everyone else. Its just not acceptable. It just isn't. What good reason could they possibly have for delaying fire emblem and luigis mansion?



ToadFan said:

I don't see what the big deal is, instead of it coming out in like December it's most likely going to come out in January or February 2013. It's not like your going to have to wait till like June 2013.



kingofe3 said:

People complain that too many Mario titles are coming out this year. Now people are complaining that Luigi's Mansion won't be coming out this year which decreases the releases of Mario titles for this year. Which is what people were complaining about in the first place!

Oh well, for me. I'm getting Paper Mario, Code of Princess, NSMB 2, Castlevania, the new Fluidity game (don't know why this wasn't posted!), and many other titles this year. So I'm good.



Pikachupwnage said:


Its still on track for a japanese and european 2012 release so there is no reason we should have such a delay. If we can get NSMB2 2 days after europe surely we can have luigis mansion in the same YEAR as them.



Emaan said:

Wow, this really upsets me. So basically I only have Paper Mario: Sticker Star to look forward to this Christmas. Oh well, hopefully I'll be having too much fun with my new Wii U by then to care.



AlbertoC said:


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Geonjaha said:

@Aviator - Except that's obviously not the reason. Europe and Japan are still getting it this year. They probably decided it would sell better at that time.



SkywardLink98 said:

"There is no firm news about the European release date yet, but unless anything changes we’re still expecting it late 2012. " Somehow I doubt Europeans are still getting it this holiday season...



Wanderhope said:

Well, now that my #1 game for the rest of the year is gone I may end up with Paper Mario: Sticker Star and/or Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion. But I suppose that was their plan all along...



Wanderhope said:

God, that makes my top three anticipated games happening in 2013 (Fire Emblem, Animal Crossing, Luigi's Mansion). Perhaps to fill a space in which virtually nothing will be out for Wii U?



RedYoshi999 said:

This is very bad news if it extends to over here. First Animal Crossing, now this? I'm actually waiting for them to tell us Paper Mario won't release this year too. I even have concerns for the Wii U and New Super Mario Bros U. I need something this Christmas Nintendo! If not Luigi's Mansion, then Paper Mario and Wii U are a must.



Chrno-x said:

Oh yeah Nintendo did it again "what?! there's no launch space for our Mario because of other games? then screw them, Mario's most important!", first Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem, now Luigis Mansion are coming out in 2013...."but don't worry we have another bunch of Mario games for you!" =_= (good there's still Castlevania and Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward coming)



CrazyOtto said:

It'll probably be delayed everywhere, because Dark Moon is actually being developed by a western company.



naut said:

Daaaaaang. That's a shame. Oh well--Like everyone else is saying. At least we have Sticker Star.



Shworange said:

Does this mean animal crossing is coming out this year instead?! Cricket... Cricket...



Bobhobob said:

They're probably gonna release LM2 and Animal Crossing 3D on the same day in a month where sales are low to boost sales.



Lunapplebloom said:

Well that kinda sucks. Oh well, I got many other things to tide me over for now. It'll give it the time to get that extra bit of polish.



Squirtodile said:

sigh. Well i'm very occupied right now, what with KI:U, Heroes of Ruin, and KH:3D. Also, Pokemon will be out, paper mario, NSMB2, and as dickens said, hopefully Wii U. But still, come on!



Tsuchinoko said:

First off, I was was never under the impression that the game would come out before Halloween anyway. There isn't really that culture here in Japan for the holiday, but even without that, it hasn't been announced in Japan (the release date), whereas Bravely Default has already been announced for an October release. I doubt Luigi's Mansion 2 (as it is still called here) will be out by then.



The_Fox said:

Maybe the delay will give them time to come up with a better name for the game.



rastamadeus said:

Shame. Hope it's just in America though. A Hallowe'en release should have been the target for the game worldwide.



TheConsiglio said:

Darn, I was planning to get it for christmas. Oh Well, Now it's definitely a Day One Buy for me.



Abcdude said:

Well, who knows. Maybe we will be playing this and animal crossing in the same week XD



NintendoLand said:

I always see delays for these type of games as an opportunity for the developers to put more time into it and then release it before Holloween.

But alas, that never happens...

Reminds me of when capcom rushed the crappy Resident Evil 4 port over to the Wii without much effort and in May.



Onett said:

This is good news for me. I'm still enjoying KH:3D and NSMB2 is on the horizon. I also have Paper Mario to look forward to in the near future. My Mario cravings will be gourmandized and by 2013 I'll get some Luigi and Animal Crossing into the rotation.



Hokori said:

If I were to guess from NextLevel Games being a western developer, it got delayed all over, but I could be wrong



TeeJay said:

Oh good! I couldn't afford it anytime this year anyway. It'll give them time to add some extra polish!



grumblebuzzz said:

This is terrible, awful, horrible news. What if the 2012 predictions are right and me and everyone else all die without ever playing it? UGH. EFF words.



Retro_on_theGo said:

I was so excited for this game. Man this is a bummer. least I can save up sme more money now.



UnseatingKDawg said:

@Pikachupwnage: Amen to that. We'll be lucky to get the next Luigi's Mansion by next June. That is, IF we're lucky. The VC deal isn't much better. We STILL haven't gotten some of the games from the "8-bit summer", and looking at the fact that we haven't received a VC game since, we aren't getting them anytime soon.



Chrono_Cross said:

So this and Animal Crossing are coming out in 2013? It's quite obvious outside of Paper Mario and a few other first party titles, that the 3DS is more or less relying on third party support this holiday season.

That and Nintendo is probably preparing for a smooth launch for the Wii U.



ScruffyYoshi said:

I wouldn't be suprised if it's 2013 for us too then (UK). Boooooo! (although they're still so many games coming out that I want, not to mention a Wii U!)



1takauchiha said:

What? That sucks, I was really looking forward to getting it for Christmas. Oh well, I suppose there's still Sticker Star, right?



SDDMN said:

Well, Nintendo will get my $40 next year then, unless they ultimately cancel the game.



Sogeman said:

Dammit, also shows 2013. I hate you Nintendo, I really hate you right now.



Radixxs said:

You've got to be kidding me. This means I may end up not buying any more 3DS games by the end of the year. And getting a Wii U is doubtful, and increasingly so the longer they delay releasing the price and release date info.



iphys said:

I hope they're doing it to make the game better. It was worth the wait for Kid Icarus.



TheAdza said:

Nintendo needs to release more games. 3rd parties arent stepping up to the plate, at least not in the west, so the 3DS really needs some big games to help sell this system, and they need to be coming much more frequently.



Ichiban said:

Ah well. I want this game to the best it can possibly be, so I can wait. Plus that leaves a bit extra cash for the Wii U launch



sillygostly said:

Perhaps Nintendo wish to release the first Luigi's Mansion game on the Wii U eShop before releasing the sequel...



Henmii said:

Hmmm, so only Paper mario this year from Nintendo's side (and luckily some interesting stuff from third-party's)! What's even worse though is Luigi's mansion 2 probably will be delayed untill March, wich means it could fail sales-wise! Well, at least it's Mario related so there's still hope for good sales!

On a sidenote: After Luigi's mansion 2 (wich looks very cool by the way) Nintendo REALLY needs to release other stuff then Mario on the 3DS!! Well, a new Animal crossing and a new Fire emblem are coming! But I also want a new Metroid, Zelda, Warioland, etc. As far as Mario goes, everything you would expect is almost out of the way (we have a 3D mario, a 2D mario, a Mariokart, a Mario tennis, soon a Paper mario and next year a new Luigi's mansion. They could still plan a Mario golf or even a new Mario and Luigi, though maybe it's time to release a Mario and Luigi on the Wii u!



MrWalkieTalkie said:

If they have to keep us waiting longer, then why not give us New Play Control Luigi's Mansion from gamecube! It will help us recap on the original and little kids these days to understand that there was an original! Highly doubt this but its just a fun idea.

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