We can’t stop thinking about Gooigi, the gooey Luigi clone

e3 2019 nintendo luigis mansion 3 gooigi
e3 2019 nintendo luigis mansion 3 gooigi

If you watched the Nintendo Direct during E3 2019 you probably have a single image stuck firmly to your brain, like chewing gum to the underside of a school desk. It’s Gooigi, isn’t it? You can’t get the slimy Luigi clone that stars in Luigi’s Mansion 3 out of your head.

This might be Nintendo’s most terrifying creation yet. So where did Gooigi come from? The obvious answer seems to be that Luigi collected all of the snot he blew into tissues over the years and moulded it into his own image. But that’s not the case.

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If you watched the Nintendo Direct during E3 2019 you probably have a single image stuck firmly to your brain, like chewing gum to the underside of a school desk. It’s Gooigi, isn’t it? You can’t get the slimy Luigi clone that stars in Luigi’s Mansion 3 out of your head.

This might be Nintendo’s most terrifying creation yet. So where did Gooigi come from? The obvious answer seems to be that Luigi collected all of the snot he blew into tissues over the years and moulded it into his own image. But that’s not the case.

Gooigi is the creation of Professor E. Gadd, who has given Luigi’s trusty ghost-sucking tool – the Poltergust 3000 – a bunch of smart upgrades in Luigi’s Mansion 3. You can slam ghosts around, fire a plunger to pull objects, and send out a burst of air to clear some space. And now you can create a gooey version of Luigi to help you solve puzzles.

Gooigi was actually introduced in the Nintendo 3DS remake of the first Luigi’s Mansion game. In that game, Gooigi is vulnerable to fire, and so melts very easily. But he can always come back after death. When the apocalypse comes and all life on the planet has been eradicated, only Gooigi will remain.

Gooigi’s role in the 3DS remake was to provide a character for a second player to control. That remains the case in Luigi’s Mansion 3, but he also has wider uses, as he can help the meat version of Luigi pull heavy objects. Does that mean his goo is as strong as muscle?

Regardless, his gooey form also means he can pass through bars and spikes to reach items that his fleshy counterpart cannot. Having no bones seems to have a lot of perks. Basically, Gooigi is just like Luigi but better in every way. Might as well just rip out your skeleton now and submit to your new gooey leader.

But hold up! Gooigi’s big weakness in Luigi’s Mansion 3 is water. If he comes into contact with the wet stuff then he’ll be washed away by it. So it’s not all great being made of goo. Poor guy. Just don’t imagine the horror he feels when seeing his feet and legs lose their form and become liquid as he’s pulled towards a stinky drain. Don’t do it!

Gooigi raises a lot of questions as well as many shrieks of terror. We’re most intrigued by how you can switch between Luigi and Gooigi in solo play. It seems Luigi swaps his consciousness and lets his gooey self have it for a short time. Luigi’s head droops forward and he just stands there vacantly as you run around as Gooigi. Would you trust a slimy clone of yourself just to hand back the miracle of life? Luigi does.

Other questions include: What does Gooigi smell like? How does he see? And does this imply the existence of Wagooigi – a goo clone of Waluigi?

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