Luigi's Mansion - Dark Moon

Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon released last week and man, what a game. I’ve been enjoying the heck out of it, and the fact that the team at Next Level Games were inspired by Zelda could go some way towards explaining its greatness.

In an interview on IGN, gameplay engineer Brian Davis discussed how Toad’s role in Dark Moon is comparable to that of Princess Zelda’s at the beginning of A Link to the Past.

“Davis: For me, the most fun I had working with a character was the Toad character. I’m not sure you’ve played with that character yet, but there are missions where you have to find Toad, free him, and escort him out of the mansion. There’s a connection between you and Toad. The ghosts can scare him, which causes a disconnect between the two of you, and he doesn’t enjoy that. He’s very scared. As a player, you want that connection between you two. For me, when I was developing that, it reminded me of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. In the very first mission, you go and find the princess and try to lead her out of the castle. I tried to keep that in mind, to kind of honor the original designers of that game and have a little anecdote in there.

IGN: So Toad is Zelda.

Davis: [laughs] Not officially.

Holliday: Inspired by…

Davis: Yeah. It was something I was thinking of while I was working on that mission.”

I’msurprised that Davis didn’t elaborate further, as I noticed more elements that could have been Zelda-inspired during my time with the game. Despite Dark Moon‘s more linear structure of levels and missions compared to the original, there is still a strong emphasis on exploration. There are all kinds of chests and treasure to find if you look hard enough and examine every crevice, and every mansion is like a Zelda dungeon with locked doors and tons of puzzles to solve.

It’s good to know that they chose inspiration from the one video game escort mission that wasn’t an absolute chore.

Source: IGN (via Nintendo Everything)
  • Darkly

    I like how this website talks of other topics as well.
    Super Smash Bros. and Luigi Mansion.
    I don't have the 3DS XL yet but this is one game I want to play I have the first Luigi's Mansion and that is an amazing game. It's short but really fun I was able to get an A rank and that's mainly going to the hidden mansion were it's all reversed.
    I loved playing the Legend of Zelda a link to the past so I can't wait to get this game.

  • KidWiththeBackpack

    I don't have a lot of money for games right now, but this game sounds really good, so once I get a job, I'll totally buy it. Now that they say it's inspired by ALttP it makes me want to play it more! 😀 Well I can still play ALttP in the meantime. 🙂

  • Mare

    I really love the game, and there were times I thought of LoZ. I mostly thought of the puzzles (though not as difficult as LoZ), and how much back tracking within the level you need to do. E. Gadd also mentions courage and how Luigi lacks it, but I imagined that he has a lot, and if were to hold a Triforce element, it would be courage. After all, Luigi IS facing his fear of ghosts and doing all he can to save Toads, his brother, and help out E. Gadd. That takes a lot of courage!
    And he collects a lot of money, upgrades, and gets treasure. Who else opens pots to find hidden loot? 🙂

  • Nunya Bidness

    Wow. I hated the toad escort missions. It was ferrying around a dead-weight that was designed exclusively to make the game longer.

    The missions were horrible.

    The fact that the game was broken up into missions was horrible.
    I wanted to explore the mansion. Instead, I was forced to explore one room at a time.

    And where were the ghosts? There were, like, 3 in each ‘level’. It was disappointing.


    And the cut-scenes. I paid for a game, not a movie.

    I guess playing Luigi’s Mansion on the Gamecube spoiled me. I forgot that Nintendo can’t make games anymore. Stop holding my hand and let me play the game.

    The first game I buy on launch day in over 1/2 a decade and it’s that? Sigh.

  • Sage_of_Winds

    Luigi's an idiot for entering another mansion.

  • Youd think luigi would bring someone with him to sue as bait but i guess toad soup will do good for bait right! *evil face*

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