Why doesn’t Luigi’s Mansion 3 have a release date yet?

Mario may be the face of Nintendo, but Luigi has quite the following himself. Those loyal fans are waiting eagerly for his next big adventure, and it won’t be too much longer. Luigi’s Mansion 3 will launch sometime later this year, but we’re still not sure when. This game has been cooking for a long, long time. In fact, we recently learned that it began life as a Wii U title. So after all this time, why are we still waiting on a release date?

Where’s the Luigi’s Mansion 3 release date?

Polygon recently posed this question to Nintendo Senior Product Marketing Manager Bill Trinen. According to Trinen, Nintendo is giving developer Next Level Games the freedom to deliver the game at their own pace.

[Next Level Games is] putting a lot of care into the game. We want to let them put the care into it they want, so we’re waiting on them to let us know and we’ll solidify the release date.

Luigi’s Mansion 3 is far enough along in development that it was playable at E3. In fact, it was one of our favorite games on the E3 show floor. All of the Nintendo Enthusiast staff members who went hands-on with the game came away feeling like it has the potential to be something really special. It sounds like Nintendo recognizes that, so they’re giving Next Level Games all the time they need to get it just right.

That said, Nintendo still seems committed to a 2019 release date. There’s only so much time left in the year. Barring a delay, it won’t be too much longer before Luigi fans are happily hunting ghosts. If I was a gambling man, I’d personally place a wager on an October release date. It gives Next Level Games plenty of flexibility, and it would be out just in time for Halloween. Hopefully, we’ll have an official release date soon.

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Ben Lamoreux
Nintendo Enthusiast's Managing Editor. I grew up on Super Nintendo and never stopped playing. Been writing video game news, opinions, reviews, and interviews professionally for over a decade. Favorite franchises include Zelda, Metroid, and Mother.