Nintendo reveals how they settled on a hotel setting for Luigi's Mansion 3, and discuss Luigi's persona

Luigi the underdog

Nintendo has shared their own internal interview with Luigi's Mansion 3 Producer Mr. Tanabe and Supervisor Mr. Ikebata, which gives some insight into the game's setting, as well as the team's thoughts on Luigi. Check out those snippets below.

How the hotel setting was decided on

T: With a hotel, it’s easy to envision how rooms are structured: they are lined up above, below, and beside each other. For instance, if you are in room 102, you would immediately know that room 202 was directly above you.

In the beginning, we thought about focusing on puzzles that happened in rooms that were just next to each other, side by side. But by having rooms above and below, it kind of adds to the amount of stuff that we can do from a puzzle perspective. For example, if you see water dripping down from the floor above, the player will understand that they need to explore the room above them. It can be difficult to visualize a building’s layout in your head, so we felt the structure of a hotel would be easy to understand.

I: The atmosphere completely changes when you progress from floor to floor, so we’ve prepared various puzzles that match their atmospheres. By making each floor a different atmosphere, I believe we’ve been able to create puzzles with more depth.

On what makes Luigi...Luigi!

T: If Mario represents what most people think of as a “hero,” I think Luigi represents the “underdog.” I think his unreliable persona is also Luigi’s charm. Only Luigi can have those comical interactions with the ghosts.

Check out the full interview here


I like when games make you think about the physical space - this is one thing that BotW did well with the Divine Beasts. I hope they keep this idea in more games!

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I think we're all a little bit Luigi inside. Anxious, feel inferior at times and, most importantly, have to tolerate that loser Daisy.

Absolutely. Embrace your inner Weegee!

Maybe the Polterpup is Luigi's Persona.

I think Luigi has one of the best personalities in the Mario games. He shows that he is afraid, yet still gets the job done. And he's one of the most expressive Mario characters I have ever seen.


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