As a video game company, Nintendo’s first major foray into the industry that made them a household name started in the arcade. As arcade gaming has grown less and less relevant in an era of powerful gaming PCs and home consoles, the House of Mario has still maintained a presence in those gaming dens of yore with franchises like Mario Kart and F-Zero. It sounds like the company is moving away from your typical arcade racer, though, and will be bringing a less obvious title into an arcade cabinet.
According to a story from Arcade Heroes, Luigi’s Mansion was recently tested in Japanese arcades, and will apparently differ from the usual format of the two released console games in that it will use an attached light gun peripheral to capture ghosts. The development of the arcade version was apparently handled by Capcom instead of an internal Nintendo developer, which the original article cites as being a potential negative against the arcade machine’s gameplay experience. This also potentially adds to the likelihood that it may not see a release outside of Japan.
The original Luigi’s Mansion was a launch title for the Nintendo GameCube in 2001, and filled the void left by the unusual absence of a dedicated Super Mario game at the launch of Nintendo’s newest home console. It proved to be a critical success, and still stands as one of the most beloved games in the GameCube software library. Last year, Nintendo released Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon for the handheld Nintendo 3DS console, the second game in the series. Featuring stereoscopic 3D effects and some fun new additions to gameplay, it was also a critical success, and has sold over 4 million copies to date.
What do you think? Do you like Luigi’s Mansion? Can you see it making the transition to arcades? Would you play it?
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