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One of Mario's Best Adventures

  • Mar 6, 2009
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Mario is a huge staple in gaming. When a Mario game comes out it can't just be "good" it has to be "great." In the past, Mario games have defined the platformers of their generation. From Super Mario Bros. over 20 years ago, to Super Mario 64 bringing platforming into 3D in a whole new light. Super Mario Sunshine, however, did not turn nearly as many heads as Super Mario 64. Understandable, seeing as how Super Mario 64 is a tough game to compare to. Super Mario Galaxy does compare, though. While it doesn't reinvent the wheel, it serves as an example of why Mario continues to rule the platforming genre.

Mario has never been a game to pick up for its storyline.  As usual, things are peaceful in the Mushroom Kingdom. In this case, they're enjoying the star festival. As usual, Bowser comes in and decides to stir up trouble. He ends up kidnapping Princess Peach and once again its up to Mario to go rescue her. In order to reach Bowser's hideout, though, he'll have to collect power stars to do so. It borrows a lot from Super Mario 64 in the plot development, but this is hardly the same game. Like all Mario games, the story is simplistic. We've been saving Peach for over 20 years and it won't be stopping soon. You do not pick up Super Mario Galaxy for its storyline. It's all about the gameplay.

Like every Mario game, Galaxy is easy to pick up and learn but incredibly difficult to master. Through your travels you'll control Mario as you tackle the bad guys of the Galaxy. Mario's basic movies are all here. He can jump, triple jump and spin. It's very similar to Super Mario 64. The obstacles in Mario's way however range from Bowser's troopers to natural disasters like black holes. Getting every single star can be a tough task. Like the other Mario games in the past, though, it isn't necessary to get every single star in order to fight the end boss.

There are also suits for Mario can wear in his travels. There is the usual flower power and invincible star, but you'll also find new suits.  There's the bee suit, which lets Mario fly. He can turn into a Boo and go through walls. He can even become a spring. Needless to say, there's a lot of variety in this gameplay.

There are several Wii games where the motion sensor controls have either been overused or they feel downright tacked on as an afterthought. In Super Mario Galaxy that's not the case. The motion sensor controls are not overused, nor are they forgotten about. From time to time you may find yourself rolling a ball around using the Wii remote like a joystick. Or you might be surfing on a manta ray. You'll shake the remote to execute Mario's spin move, and there's also a star you can control to pick up star bits and fire them off at enemies.

There's also a multiplayer aspect to Super Mario Galaxy, but it's certainly not all that engaging. Player 2 can use a separate remote to control a star and collect star bits and shoot them at enemies. Player 2 can also hold enemies still for Mario and make him jump. That's really all there is. Nothing more. It's interesting at first, but it's hard to shake the fact that player 2 just doesn't do a lot of anything.

Visually, Super Mario Galaxy is a pretty good looking game.  By far the best the Wii has to offer. The detail is just incredible and the environments are gorgeous looking. There's also a great deal of attention done with the physics.  It's fun to just jump up and watch Mario get pulled into the gravitational pull of another object. It's pretty cool stuff. If there was anything wrong with Super Mario Galaxy's presentation it would be that the player doesn't have complete control over the camera. The camera work isn't bad but from time to time there will be an object in your way. Luckily, this doesn't happen often enough to be a problem.

The game also sounds brilliant. Easily some of the best music the series has ever had. You'll hear remixed tunes from previous Mario adventures as well as whole lot of new stuff. It's perfectly orchestrated. There isn't a whole lot of voice acting in Super Mario Galaxy aside from Mario's shouts and screams and Bowser grunting. This probably won't bother most players as there isn't much story in the game anyway.

Super Mario Galaxy is a great game. It doesn't reinvent the wheel, but it has fantastic gameplay that is unmatched and unparalleled. If you're a Wii owner, this is the game to get.

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February 17, 2010
Love this game, Sean, and I love your review! I can't believe I missed this :P I don't own a Wii, but you're making me want to drive out to my friend's house to play...
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Super Mario Galaxy is a 3D platform game developed by Nintendo EAD Tokyo and published by Nintendo  for the Wii. It was released in Japan on November 1, 2007, the United States on November 12, 2007, Canada on November 14, 2007, Europe on November 16, 2007, Australia on November 27, 2007 and South Korea on September 4, 2008. It is the third 3D platformer in the Mario series, after Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Sunshine.

The game follows the protagonist, Mario, on a quest to rescue Princess Peach from the game's primary antagonist, Bowser. Levels are galaxies filled with minor planets and worlds, while gameplay is updated with gravity effects and new power-ups.

Super Mario Galaxy was first shown at E3 2006 and enjoyed a high level of pre-release awareness. The game has been hailed by several gaming websites as one of the best video games of all time and has won a BAFTA.

A sequel is currently under production; the first trailer for Super Mario Galaxy 2 was shown at E3 2009.
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ESRB: Everyone
Number of Players: 1-2
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo
Console: Wii
Genre: 3D Platformer
Release Date: November 12, 2007
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