The folks at Canada-based studio Next Level Games have thanked the millions of Luigi fans out there, via their Facebook page, who’ve purchased their latest video game. Just in case you didn’t know, Next Level Games is the developer behind the critically acclaimed Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, which was released earlier this year, exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS.
Despite being a sequel to Nintendo GameCube launch title Luigi’s Mansion, Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon is the better game of the two – because of many reasons, as explained in our Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon review. If you haven’t already, purchase Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon from a retailer near you or the Nintendo eShop. Read Next Level Games’ thank you note below:
Thank You Luigi Fans!
It has been just over 3 months since the worldwide release of Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon and at Next Level Games, we’ve been overwhelmed by the support from our fans. We’d like to express a big thank you to everybody who bought the game, 3DS download played it or simply talked it up near the water cooler. Your continued support is most graciously appreciated.
We here at Next Level Games are honoured (this is the Canadian way to write it) to have the opportunity to entertain the millions of Nintendo fans.
We relish the everyday challenge of continuing the tradition of making fun for everyone.
High Fives all around,
Next Level Games
The NPD Group has said that April was a dismal month for video game sales in the United States. Industry sales slumped 25 percent, reaching $495.2 million. Software sales for April fell 17 percent to $267.8 million, while hardware sales plummeted 42 percent to $109.5 million. That didn’t stop Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon and LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins sneak into the all formats top ten. You can view all the best-selling games in the United States for the month of April, below.
- Injustice: Gods Among Us (360, PS3, Wii U)
- Dead Island: Riptide (360, PS3, PC)
- Bioshock Infinite (360, PS3, PC)
- Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 (360, PS3, PC, Wii U)
- Defiance (360, PS3, PC)
- Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon (3DS)
- NBA 2k13 (360, PS3, Wii, Wii U, PSP, PC)
- Skylanders Giants (Wii, 360, PS3, 3DS, Wii U)
- Lego City Undercover: The Chase Begins (3DS)
- MLB 13: The Show (PS3, Vita)
Both Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon and LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins are enjoying moderate success in the UK individual formats top five. Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon continues to hold on to number five, while LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins is sitting pretty at number four. Sadly, there’s still no Wii U games in the UK individual formats top forty. The best-selling game this week remains Dead Island: Riptide, which is available for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. You can view the top forty in its entirety, right here.
Having trouble pacing the dark halls of Luigi’s Mansion 2? Well have no fear, Nintendo is here to give you some tips and hints on finding collectibles and treasures, and it’s all in a handy support guide provided by Nintendo UK.
The guide, which you can find here, is chock full of helpful hints to lead series beginners into the Nintendo 3DS game. It reads more as a jazzed up version of the instruction manual, but players unfamiliar with the title will find it appreciative nonetheless.
This week’s UK individual formats chart are now in. The well-received Luigi’s Mansion 2 and LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins for Nintendo 3DS remain in the UK top ten. Luigi’s Mansion 2 has climbed from number nine to number five and LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins has climbed from number six to number four. Not a bad week for the Nintendo 3DS. Sadly, there’s no Wii U titles in the UK individual formats chart this week.
Rather than having one big mansion, Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon features multiple mansions for players to traverse. The reason for this is, according to the game’s supervisor Ryuichi Nakada, the developers wanted players to experience using the Poltergust 5000 – Luigi’s useful, ghost-sucking vacuum cleaner – in different environments. Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon is available for purchase in stores and in the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS.
Why did you decide to abandon a single mansion in exchange for several different mansions?
Nakada: It’s because we wanted to have players experience using the Poltergust 5000 in a variety of different environments. This certainly would have been possible within a single mansion, but another intention we had was to have people play the game in distinct portions at a time. Therefore, we decided the current structure would be best in terms of achieving this goal.
The NPD group has revealed the top ten best-selling games in the United States during the month of March. The well received Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon charted respectably at number six. The best-selling game of the month was Bioshock Infinite which was released on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. Sadly, Lego City: Undercover and Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate didn’t make the top ten. Here’s the best-selling games.
1. Bioshock Infinite (360, PS3, PC)** Take 2 Interactive
2. Tomb Raider 2013 (360, PS3)** Square Enix Inc
3. Gears of War: Judgement (360) Microsoft
4. God of War: Ascension (PS3)** Sony
5. Call of Duty: Black Ops II (360, PS3, PC, NWU)** Activision Blizzard
6. Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon (3DS) Nintendo
7. MLB 13: The Show (PS3, PSV) Sony
8. NBA 2K13 (360, PS3, WII, NWU, PSP, PC)** Take 2 Interactive
9. The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct (360, PS3, NWU) Activision Blizzard
10. Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 (360, PS3) Namco Bandai Games
Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon remains the best-selling Nintendo 3DS title this week as it remains at number five in the UK individual formats charts. Wii U exclusive LEGO City: Undercover didn’t fare quite as well as it slipped from number twenty-five to number thirty-five this week. Bioshock Infinite remains the best-selling game in the United Kingdom. You can view the entire charts, right here.
TT Game’s Wii U exclusive LEGO City: Undercover has slipped from number eight to number twenty-five in this weeks individual formats UK chart. Nintendo 3DS exclusive Luigi’s Mansion 2 isn’t doing too badly though as the game is sitting proudly on the number five-spot. Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is currently nowhere to be seen. This is presumably down to the stock shortages which Nintendo Europe president Satoru Shibata apologised for late last week. Here’s the full UK individual formats charts.
Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon director Bryce Holliday has revealed that Shigeru Miyamoto made some critical changes in the game including getting rid of all the original bosses. Holliday says that the team had some bosses in place, but Miyamoto wasn’t entirely happy with them. He then made the developers start over from scratch. Here’s what Holiday had to say about the process.
“For Miyamoto-san’s direct involvement with Next Level Games, he was kind of like a mentor. I believe he uses the word “shepherd.” He would often come in and steer the ship in a new direction when we were getting off course. We were able to play within the framework that he had set up, and the two gentlemen, Ikebata-san and Nakada-san, were kind of like the gatekeepers or the keepers of the rules. We would constantly be pushing the boundaries and seeing where we could get to, and then they would bring us back.
“At one point he threw out all the bosses of the game and made us start over. From our angle that was kind of a tea-table-flip. But maybe it just had bad legs and was wobbling or something. He often challenged us to not go with our first idea, or to experiment further on different things and then cherry-pick our best ideas.”
Gameplay engineer Brian Davis added: “That was toward the beginning of the project. We had only completed one boss. We had designed the other ones, but we hadn’t implemented them yet. What he wanted for that was, he wanted bosses that could only be in Luigi’s Mansion. If you saw a boss, you’d say, “That’s a Luigi’s Mansion boss!” I think that was the right choice. It allowed us to be very creative.”