[May 17, 2001]
Lots of new Luigi's Mansion pics today popping up on various sites, as well as downloadable footage. And, if you were
watching Tech TV today or yesterday, you may have seen some of this stuff full-screen. :) There's still no word on
if Luigi will be playable in Super Smash Bros. Melee, but there's always the possibility that he'll be a hidden
character again. I hope so, as the videos I saw seemed to have all of the characters from the original game, other than
Luigi and Jigglypuff. But with Luigi getting his own game at around the same time as that game's release, it would
seem a bit odd to exclude him. On a slightly unrelated note, I think the addition of Peach, Bowser, and Sheik kicks ass. :)
For lots of new movies and pics, check out the following sites:
I should also mention that Luigi's Mansion is probably not "the" Mario game for GameCube,
but we'll probably have to wait for SpaceWorld in August to get the details on that game. Also, there's word of
new additions to the Mario Kart and Mario Party series in the works for GameCube. And of course, don't forget about
Super Mario Advance and Mario Kart Advance for... (duh) Game Boy Advance. I got a chance to play Super Mario Advance
the other day, and it looked and played quite nicely. :)
[May 16, 2001]
The news all Luigi fans have been waiting for. It's now official. Luigi will be starring in
his first solo title since Mario Is Missing, and under the watchful eye of Miyamoto-san, it's certainly looking good.
Details about the game were revealed earlier this week and today at the pre-E3 press conference. It's
no secret that our boy Luigi scares easily, and this game is looking to take full advantage of that personality trait,
helping to further develop Luigi's character.
Luigi's Mansion's story begins with Luigi and Mario winning a contest in which a mansion is the
prize. However, as Luigi arrives at the mansion, he discovers that it is haunted, and his brother is nowhere to be found.
Luigi is informed by an odd little doctor that in order to rescue Mario, he must collect all of the mansion's ghosts and turn them into paintings, armed
with only a flashlight and a vacuum cleaner.
The gameplay stands apart from other Mario Bros. games. Luigi must locate ghosts with his flashlight
and then suck them up with his vacuum cleaner. This vacuum appears to be his main tool throughout the game. He can use
it to inhale ghosts, as well as items such as coins and mice, and it can also be used to spray water. However, players
must watch that vacuum doesn't overheat, or Luigi's overalls will catch on fire. Ouch. :) While the game is fully 3D, it often takes on a side-scrolling perspective as Luigi makes his way
through the mansion.
As for the graphics, they really show what the GameCube is capable of. The transparent glow of the
ghosts, the real-time light and shadows cast by Luigi's flashlight, Luigi's cowering and frightened expressions, and various
other effects add to the dark and creepy mood of the game. New pictures have been released in addition to the footage from
SpaceWorld in August, and they really speak for themselves. Click on the links below. (Credit for these images goes to www.ign.com.)
The game will be available November 2001, probably at launch, which is currently scheduled for November 5th. Check back later for further updates... ^_^
[March 2, 2001]
All righty... It's 5:30 am, and I haven't gone to bed yet,
so I'll make this quick. ^_^;; There's a new message board up now, since the old one is shutting down.
The new one's an ezboard, which I like very much. I hope to see you all there. ^_^
Other updates are slow simply because I don't have a lot of time on my hands at the moment. I have lots of new
pictures and sounds to add, and the game list and links are seriously outdated. o_O;;
Spring break is coming up soon, so I'll try to get a decent update done then (provided I get to take my computer
home with me). Also, a lot of the mail I've been sent over the past couple of months has been lost, so if you e-mailed
me and haven't gotten a reply, I'm really sorry. If it was something important you can try sending it again, or better yet,
head on over on the message board, since I tend to check for new messages more often than I check my mail. ^_^;; And of course,
keep those poll responses coming in! Once I have the time, I'll figure out the results and post them. ^_^
[August 24/25, 2000]
So much to do and so little time!
Well, it's almost time for me to
head back to college, but with all
the excitement surrounding Spaceworld
2000, I thought it'd be a good time
to update. If you've been to www.nintendo.com
and various other gaming sites recently, I'm
sure you've seen screenshots of the
Gamecube and Game Boy Advance
in action. In case you haven't,
just take a look at these Gamecube
screenshots of Luigi braving a haunted mansion!
These pics do not necessarily represent
actual scenes from the next Mario
game, but they do give us an idea of what to
expect. The clip (and maybe game?) has been
dubbed "Luigi's Mansion." I like the
detail in his shoes and overalls, and I thought
it was interesting that his eyebrows and mustache are
brown, like the rest of his hair, rather than
the usual black. The effects and
fluid movement in this clip are simply amazing.
Try to see it in motion, if you can.
And if you can't, check out the pictures
section for some more screenshots.
Now for the update...
As of 4:55 AM EST on August 25th,
I've got the entire pictures section updated (for
now). Lots of new pics this time.
I've added some old favorites
in with lots of new stuff. As I
mentioned above, I've got a whole bunch of
screenshots of Luigi in the Gamecube demo.
I'll be watching out for any
from Spaceworld. :)
I have some
new sounds and links to add, but I'm
afraid I'm gonna have to put them on hold for a
bit. Keep an eye out for them.
well, I really need to get a little sleep
now... Catch you on the message board. :)