In an interview with Polygon, Next Level Games director Bryce Holliday said the humor found in Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon was inspired by Mr. Bean, which is a British comedy program. According to Holliday, Luigi acts like the program’s main character, Mr. Bean, who’s played by comedian Rowan Atkinson, in the upcoming Nintendo 3DS game. Luigi and Mr. Bean are apparently similar in that they both are hesitant heroes while being unlucky fools. Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon launches in a week.
“Watching Luigi is kind of like watching a Mr. Bean episode. You know he’s going to get into trouble, but you’re kind of surprised about where it’s going to come from.
“We did watch a lot of Mr. Bean in the beginning to get reference for the character animations, so he’s kind of like that hapless fool and reluctant hero. He’s trying to live his life, but you know what the joke is before he does.”
-Next Level Games director Bryce Holliday