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Platforming on steroids

  • Aug 3, 2010
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When I first played this game, I frankly wasn't crazy about it. It got tired of jumping around all the time. However, the more you get into it, and the more you get used the play controls, the more addictive it becomes.

This is Mario platforming in a way that makes the original NES, SNES, and Mario 64 games look like child's play. There are dozens of galaxies and mini-galaxies to play, each one with a unique theme. With over 120 stars, there enough for even the most hardcore gamer, but even novices can probably beat it with 60 stars. Obviously, if you didn't like those games, don't play this. But if you liked those, you'll LOVE Mario Galaxy.

My one criticism is that you don't get much in terms of rewards for getting more stars. If you get all 120, you can play as Luigi, but he's basically the same as Mario. It would have been nice to unlock bonus features (new characters, photo albums, etc) every 10-15 stars or so.

Playing this again has made me excited for Super Mario Galaxy 2. I'm looking forward to getting it over Christmas.

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August 04, 2010
I love love love this game! Definitely my fave on the Wii. Interesting what you said about the stars. I'm so use to almost pointlessly collecting coins and stuff in other Mario games that I didn't even think about it, but it would be cool if the stars meant more. Maybe it is in 2? Which I haven't played yet. Great review, Dom!
August 04, 2010
i LOVE galaxy! the idea of walking all around little planets is really cool and got me thinking about games in a way i havent since i was a kid! unfortunately my roommate's wii got stolen before i had a chance to beat it but its great fun!
August 04, 2010
That's too bad... If you get one again, definitely check it out. I just ordered Mario Galaxy 2 (I found it cheap for $32, including shipping!), so I'll write a review of that one soon.
August 03, 2010
Well, I always loved the original Mario games, so it sounds like this one would be even more fun! Thanks for sharing! :)
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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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