Super Mario Galaxy 2

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10 Overall Score
Graphics: 10/10
Controls: 10/10
Gameplay: 10/10

Perfect game, great variety, great controls, great gameplay

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Game Info

Game Name: Super Mario Galaxy 2

Developer(s): Nintendo EAD Tokyo

Publisher(s): Nintendo

Platform(s): Wii

Genre(s): Platformer/Action/Adventure

Release Date(s): May 23, 2010

ESRB Rating: E

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Lets do this Yoshi!

It is the Star Festival and Princess Peach has been kidnapped by Bowser. Now Mario must set off into space on the Starship Mario in the hopes of rescuing Princess Peach and finding the missing Lumas. Mario has help with Luigi and his old friend Yoshi lending a hand. The Princess must be saved!

Released on May 23, 2010, Super Mario Galaxy 2 was met with some of the best reviews of all time. It quickly became one of the Wii’s best selling games and has continued to be a strong point for the system.

Super Mario Galaxy 2 is a perfect game. It has all the best parts of Super Mario 64, tweaks the little errors of Super Mario Galaxy, and provides tons of variety of gameplay ranging from easy to very challenging. The plot is amazing…ok maybe Princess Peach’s continuous helplessness since Super Mario Bros. 2 isn’t very original but I don’t know how you would make a Super Mario Bros. game really have a plot.

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Hey, you! Get off of my cloud!

Like Super Mario Galaxy, the limits of the Wii are pushed to the limit. The design and style of the game is so smooth and the controls are great. New power-ups include the Spin-Drill, Rock Mario, and my favorite Cloud Mario that allows you to form a limited number of clouds below Mario to reach unreachable areas. These new “Marios” are joined by most of the costumes from Super Mario Galaxy.

Super Mario Galaxy 2 also has the return of Yoshi for the first time as a playable character in a 3D Mario game. Unlike New Super Mario Bros. Wii, the makers utilize Yoshi a bit more, but it still seems like more could have been done to incorporate him into the story more.  In addition to Yoshi, Luigi becomes playable more often on levels.

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You’re freakin’ dead Mario!

Super Mario Galaxy 2 is also equipped with the “no-fail” mode that first appeared in New Super Mario Bros. Wii. After a number of deaths (yes, it will happen), a Cosmic Guide will appear that can be used to get through the level with a penalty. It is kind of a sad state when game designers have to hold the player’s hand when they can’t succeed, but I also guess it is the same as going to Youtube and watching a walkthrough…so it is smart of Nintendo to just help players skip that step entirely.

There are tons of different levels in Super Mario Galaxy 2 and like first incorporated in Super Mario 64, each level has multiple endings for different stars. With all the costumes and different goals, Super Mario Galaxy 2 is very replayable. It is also quite difficult so good luck in collecting all the possible stars.

If you own a Wii and don’t own Super Mario Galaxy 2…get it now. It is one of the best games I’ve played in quite a while (on any system) and helps a system struggling to find its direction after its novelty wore off. Sure Mario is always looking to save the Princess, but he could also save Nintendo itself.

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Author: JPRoscoe View all posts by
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