Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, known in Japan, Australia and Europe as Luigi’s Mansion 2,[a] is a 2013 action-adventurevideo game developed by Next Level Games and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo 3DS. It is the sequel to the 2001 Nintendo GameCube game Luigi’s Mansion. It is also the third video game where Luigi is the main character instead of Mario after the first Luigi’s Mansion game and Mario Is Missing!. The game was released in Japan on March 20, 2013, and later in that same month in most other major regions.
In Dark Moon, the player controls Luigi, who is equipped with the Poltergust 5000, a specialized vacuum cleaner used to capture ghosts. In the game’s single-player mode, the main goal is to retrieve the shards of the shattered Dark Moon, a magical object that has a pacifying effect on the ghosts who live in the game’s setting, Evershade Valley, while also rescuing Luigi’s brother, Mario, from King Boo, the mastermind behind the disappearance of the Dark Moon and the paranormal activity. Luigi progressively explores five different-themed mansions while capturing ghosts and solving puzzles in order to progress to the next level. Dark Moon offers a cooperative multiplayer mode that can be played locally or online via Nintendo Network.