Everyone knows Mario’s skinner brother Luigi has always been in the portlier plumber’s shadow. Luigi has rarely stolen the spotlight for himself, even when he’s playing tennis, driving go-karts, or in the background of most of Mario’s outings. The Gamecube launch title Luigi’s Mansion was the green brother’s first real solo game, but since then Luigi has gone back to playing second fiddle to Mario. That is about to end with the release of Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon on the 3DS.
I am hoping Nintendo sees the potential is Luigi standing on his own as the protagonist. Actually it doesn’t really concern Nintendo at all: they could put a Toad as the main character and make a great title. What Luigi’s future really relies on is the market. Are gamers willing to buy Luigi over Mario? Do people, parents of young gamers more specifically, know who Luigi even is? If Dark Moon has any chance of becoming a financial success Nintendo is sure hoping so.
Regardless of sales figures, Luigi does good on the 3DS, and Dark Moon is the most fun I’ve had on the system since Super Mario 3D Land.