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Luigi’s Mansion 3 director Yoshihito Ikebata has spoken more about the origins of Gooigi. Although he’ll be appearing in the Switch game in a few months, his first appearance was in last year’s 3DS remake of the series’ initial entry.

Ikebata told Polygon that the idea for including Gooigi in the Luigi’s Mansion 3DS remake first came about after he’d been imagined for the Switch game. He also stated:

You may recall Luigi’s Mansion 3 producer Kensuke Tanabe mentioning that Gooigi is edible. Tanabe has since stated that “it might taste like coffee.” That does make sense in a way, as Gooigi became sentient after Professor E. Gadd spilled coffee on energy extracted from ghosts.

Perhaps Luigi’s Mansion 3 won’t be the final time we see Gooigi. Tanabe told The Verge: “There might be a Gooigi-only spinoff perhaps, with all different colors. Gooigi Power Rangers.”

As one final note, we have a few words from the Luigi’s Mansion 3 developers regarding what happens when Gooigi is actually brought out. Tanabe thinks that Luigi passes out, but producer Yoshihito Ikebata said “the essence of Luigi is sending Gooigi directions.”

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At E3 2019 last week, Kotaku spoke with Luigi’s Mansion 3 developers Yoshihito Ikebata and his boss, Kensuke Tanabe. We learn that this time around, the team is really looking to improve the boss battles over the last game, Dark Moon. We also get some inisght into Luigi as a character, confirmation that the series has a timeline, and more.

Here’s the full roundup:

Nintendo’s E3 2019 press website contains biographies for a variety of its employees who attended the show. Among them are Aya Kyogoku, Hisashi Nogami, Eiji Aonuma, and Yoshihito Ikebata. It appears that each of these staffers have been promoted.

Aonuma is still the producer of the Zelda series, but is now listed as a “Deputy General Manager”. Hisashi Nogami also holds the same managerial position. As for Aya Kyogoku, she’s now “Manager of Production Group No. 5” – otherwise known as the Splatoon and Animal Crossing team. Finally, Yoshiko Ikebata is a developer in “Production Group No. 6” – involved with Luigi’s Mansion and Metroid Prime.