In the wake of Capcom’s surprise location test for the previously unannounced Luigi’s Mansion Arcade, Japanese Twitter users have taken to posting their impressions on the game in its current state.
One by the name of Mimutsu provided an especially detailed report relative to what was available. For starters, the game does seemingly have a storyline of some sort going for it, although it potentially looks to be a redux of Luigi’s Mansion 2‘s on 3DS. Regardless, Professor E. Gadd remains on hand to both run tutorials, as well as tell players about various details while the game is being played.
The game itself is played with a light gun controller made to look like the series’ trademark Poltergust vacuum cleaner, including the part where the nozzle is rectangular. Two buttons are affixed to it, a standard trigger button and a flashlight button. A third button is present in front of the screen that’s used to both start the game, as well as set off bombs. As is standard in the franchise, sucking up ghosts remains the objective of the game and is accomplished by shaking the controller left to right. For the time being at least, there are no holders for the gun controller present on the arcade unit; players simply put it on top of the paneling in front of the screen when they’re done playing.
The only area that players could visit during the location test was Gloomy Manor, which was originally featured in Luigi’s Mansion 2. There are, however, diverging paths in the stage players can take, with one being split between the stage’s first and second floors and then a second split later on. Although the game is played in a first-person viewpoint, cutscenes are interspersed throughout the gameplay and Luigi still retains his mannerisms, making his presence still an important part of the proceedings. The results screen on the location test apparently makes it look as though the game could have three distinct stages total, but no explicit confirmation has otherwise been attained on that front.
Finally, according to a separate Twitter user by the name of Sacchi, Capcom intends to release the full game into Japanese arcades in summer 2015.
Thanks, Games Talk.