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Local Multiplayer Sneaks Up On Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Um, what?

On each occasion that we've played Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, the demo on offer has been a single-player level. The prospect of multiplayer arrived before promptly disappearing way back in November 2011, with Nintendo listing multiplayer as a feature, before saying it was all a big mistake.

Yet now we have the official site for the game, and at the time of writing it says the following.

With so many new places to explore, all new ways to capture ghosts, and a brand new local multiplayer mode, Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon is another star turn for Mario's heroic brother—and it's only on Nintendo 3DS.

Curiously, the info side bar shows "No. of Players: 1 player". Does anyone at Nintendo know for sure whether there's multiplayer in this game?

We're going to assume that local multiplayer means more than StreetPass data exchanges, as descriptions normally specify when that feature's being used. What could this multiplayer be? Do two Luigi's compete to clear a room quickly, or is one a ghost and another Luigi in a twist on the mascot's appearance in Nintendo Land?

Right now we don't know what the mode is or whether this is another listing error. Until we know more, wild speculation is welcome in the comments below.

Thanks to Joey Cummens for the tip.


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baba_944 said:

Like I said on my forums post, I hope the multiplayer will be like in Super Mario 64 DS. Whoever catches the most ghosts wins.



hYdeks said:

crap, i forgot this game is coming out!!!!! sigh I guess I might actually need a new 3DS for this



kyurem6298 said:

maybe since toad helps u out on the singleplayer. maybe for the multiplayer one is luigi and the other is toad



Captain_Balko said:

I sure hope that if there is local multiplayer, and it ISN'T Streetpass, it is Download Play enabled. I'd like to be able to play Luigi's Mansion with my brother without forking over an additional forty dollars for a second game card. I doubt it will happen, but it would be nice if it did.



Nintendawg said:

Seriously, Nintendo? Uh, this was supposed to be a launch title and 2 years later we're still "speculating"?
No. I won't speculate. I just don't care anymore and whenever big N. gets so cryptic there's always something fishy behind the stale hype.
Thank God for all the 3rd party support.



TrueWiiMaster said:

Luigi's Mansion was never supposed to be a launch title. They showed it really early, along with Animal Crossing, but there was never anything about it coming right away.



TingLz said:

Launch title? When did that happen? Like C-Olimar said, this was revealed AFTER the 3DS came out



NintyMan said:

Unless Nintendo comes out and officially says that Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon has a multiplayer mode, I won't believe this. It just seems like a deju vu of the same mistake two years ago.



Absolute_Zero said:

I really want this game. I've been waiting what feels like FOREVER. Hmmm, what would the multiplayer be like?



Nintendawg said:

"Not sure what either of you are talking about."
Help yourself and read it again.
As for the 4 months interval before its announcement... you may be right, I'm not sure as it's been a [long] while, but that wasn't even my point. We all know how hard those first months were for the 3DS. If anything, showing little snippets of a game "to-be-released-in-God-knows-when" made it quite evident that N. wasn't ready to launch the system. Even more so, in retrospect. It kind of reminds me of the N64 days, only they did a much better job back then with Super Mario 64 launching along with the system.
I don't know if this game will be good or not. I'm just saying it's long overdue. Old news.
'dawg out



Mayonnaise said:

Ive been waiting for this game ever since i beat the first one. I hope it is not the local play where you have to have two cartriges instead of the one. Also cant wait for Pikmin 3.



Spoony_Tech said:

@Nintendawg Nintendo did a much better job in those days????? No they didn't. Mario 64 was pretty much the only good game for a year after launch. The games were so slow in coming plus were so expensive it was a bit ridiculous! Plus with all the instant access we have now to information back then we heard about oft and it was out in 6 months or less. Luigis Mansion 2 was never promised to us in a confirmed release date. Now kid Icarus was to be assumed to be a launch title. That one you could complain about!



Geonjaha said:

Looking at Super Mario 64 and New Super Mario Bros. There could still be very fun multiplayer included that isn't part of the main game - however it seems Nintendo is finished with such practices, seeing as...

  • New Super Mario Bros. 2 dropped the minigame collection
  • Paper Mario: Sticker Star had its minigames cancelled
  • Mario Kart 7 had mission mode and VS mode removed

Following these unfortunate trends of laziness for 3DS games I suspect Luigi's Mansion will suffer from the same problems. I just hope to god they haven't messed up Animal Crossing.



Geonjaha said:

@Eien1239 - Whatever the excuse, the point is that we're getting less extras than we used to for these first party retail games. All of those features didn't need to be there - but it was nice that Nintendo put them there, and losing that just means I'm much less inclined to buy the games.



Nintomdo said:

@Geonjaha Nintendo also apear to be pumping out more releases then they used to and seem much more crunched for time and resources. This looks like a likely reason for less extras.



Wolf said:

I bet they took the mini game from Nintendo Land and stuck it in here! lol



SMW said:

Reminds me of LEGO Ciy. We still don't have a straight answer on if LEGO City has 2 players or not. What is with Nintendo and not filling us in on multiplayer?



MrMario02 said:

maybe the 1 player is a typo. like nintendolife's typo of saying etrian odyssey IV
came out in 2012 for U.S.



sinalefa said:

I agree with @Tech101. I made the mistake of buying a 64 at launch because of Mario 64, and a few months later I had played it to death and had nothing else to play or even look forward to, so I got a PS1 instead.

I also think people cannot be satisfied. If Nintendo don't show anything, they want Nintendo to throw them a bone. If they show it, then they want it now and say the wait is unbearable, fully knowing that most Nintendo games take long to be released and/or get delayed. If they show a game that no one knows about and say it releases next month, then you hear complaints of "why did you keep that a secret?" or suspect that the game may be rushed.

Anyway, I was bummed to hear this one did not release in October, but I won't cry or complain about it. The same with things like Bioshock Infinite or The Last of Us. There are many good games, new and old, to care about while those ones arrive.



ShortSleevedNook said:

I would love to see download play with this game! 3DS needs more of that. It's too bad not many people around here have one



Prof_Clayton said:

Hmm.... I'd suspect based on the words "Local Multiplayer Mode" it is seperate from the main game. Possibly you are placed in a story mansion, and race to see who catches every ghost first.
It shouldn't be co-op based on the wording.



CM30 said:

So it's got both local and Nintendo Network multiplayer? This game is sounding better by the day!



MrJoeUS said:

@Nintendawg I'm actually glad they pushed it back because they intended to put more things like mini games and such in Sticker Star but they rushed it out. So I don't want them to leave out the good stuff in this either.



rayword45 said:

I would love some mini-game collections like on NSMB and Mario 64 DS (better then the actual game, sadly).

@Austroid Seriously though, why the hell do we always play as generic Toads? It's downright f**kin stupid. How about some Wario or Waluigi? (who needs some sort of game inclusion in main games). Many people wanted Peach even.



DarkNinja9 said:

im assuming this is why they have the delays and all -.- but who cares about local multiplayer bring on the online features then it be good if not hurry and release it already jeez <.<



Robin_Aisaga said:

Multiplayer would be Nice except if it's only local with 2 gamecards. Than i would never know how multiplayer is and yeah, if multiplayer is with toads that would probably suck... Anyway do we have multiplayer or not? And how much longer do i have to wait?! Tell us nintendo!



Nintendawg said:

@Tech101 I was being specific: Nintendo did a much better job with Super Mario 64 launching along with the system." The company's future depended on it. What happened with later releases is another topic of discussion and I'm sorry to hear you had such a rough time finding games, anyone can relate to that.
I remember when I got my ambassador 3DS all I had to show to my friends were those downloadable game videos, one of which was that of Luigi's Mansion, so we're talking way back. I just do not see the point of announcing a game 2 years prior to its release. Or rather, I do, but it's already been discussed (i.e. HYPE).
In contrast, look at Fire Emblem Awakening, for instance. It's only been a few months since it was confirmed for release, not just vaguely announced and we also have a demo to try (which is amazing, by the way and made me pre-order the game). Now that is good marketing strategy.
As for Kid Icarus, you're right and I have already expressed my complaints in the past. I have yet have to purchase that game and frankly I don't think I ever will. Part of what put me off was all the delay, it got to my nerves.

@sinalefa Please... I was making a point, not a rant. Give me a break, I'm not "crying" or anything
I'm not one of those people you describe. Plus, as an Ambassador, you know, those early adopters who actually prevented the 3DS from being a total flop, I feel I have the right to exercise some healthy criticism.
'dawg out



Spoony_Tech said:

@Nintendawg Good post. I can see your frustration. After all almost two years is a long wait for an announced game with actual game footage. Don't think I haven't been waiting for Fire Emblem though for well over a year. Just because its not announced doesn't mean we don't think we will get them. As for Kid Icarus be mad if you want but at least give the game a rent some where. It's not for everyone but the game is just so much fun and the most story driven out of any Nintendo games.



DaveC said:

I don't really care about multiplayer. I would rather the resources were put into making a bigger game with more levels and such.



Chomposaur said:

Nintendo Never will grasp the online aspect will they ? They failed with the Wii u and now this .. Nintendo is a joke when it comes to online play-ability



Tomatoboxer said:

This could be great, it could be awful, but either way I won't be able to play it. They didn't have online multiplayer in NSMB2, NSMBU, or Nintendo Land, and they there won't be any for Pikmin 3. Why?



Yanni said:

Don't care much about the multiplayer for this game. My friends don't have 3DS anyway, so I'd rather get a blast solo game than some unexciting co-op or something like that...

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