Keeping an eye on the coin-op gaming scene
Nintendo has teamed up with Capcom and Sega to create Luigi Mansion Arcade, a lightgun spin-off of the spectre-bothering series. The enclosed theatre cabinet features a 55-inch screen and a pair of delightful Poltergust vacuum cleaner ‘guns’, which players use to suck at furnishings to find coins as well as do battle with luminescent apparitions. A button on the end of the Poltergust’s hose activates your torch so that you can stun your quarry before frantically shaking the controller in an effort to bag them. Some larger ghosts can only be defeated if players combine forces and cross their streams, while others will shrug off your torch light and require the use of a more hefty strobe bomb.
Both players get to be Luigi, and while the game plays out in firstperson, the plumber does make a number of nervous appearances during cutscenes. Before you start, Poltergust creator Professor E Gadd pops up to explain the business of ghost hunting, and then it’s off to Gloomy Manor, the only location announced so far and one that featured in Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon. Luigi Mansion Arcade is due for Japanese release in June, but no plans for a western version have been confirmed yet.
Game LuigiMansionArcade Manufacturer Capcom, Nintendo, Sega