Review by chibidono32

"One of Nintendo's Finest"

Controls: 10/10
The controls work as well as any other Mario game. You press A to jump, B to shoot star bits, and a shake of the remote spins Mario. The new spin move is particularly useful because not only can you use it to attack enemies, you can also spin in mid-air to correct your jumps. You'll be glad it exists when you miss your jump but that little spin saves you from dying.

Graphics: 10/10
Super Mario Galaxy is definitely one of the best looking Wii games to date. While the idea of space may be black and empty, Nintendo did an excellent job coming up with different galaxies that are rich with colorful activity. All the planets are detailed with reflections or particles and like Sunshine, Galaxy has beautiful water effects. I was most impressed by the fuzz that covers the bees and spiders. Galaxy also has its fair-share of cut scenes and although impressive to watch, it is certainly annoying that you can't skip them like most games these days. Thankfully most are short but if you happen to struggle against a certain boss, you can expect to see the same cut scene over and over again.

Story:
Contrary to the typical Mario games, Galaxy isn't all about saving Peach and fighting Bowser. If other reviews give Galaxy's plot a low score, they obviously haven't played it through to the end. After collecting a minimum amount of stars, the power goes back to the back to the back of the Observatory and the library is open for storytelling. I don't want to go into too much detail but the book tells about the history of the Lumas and reminds me of Le Petit Prince.

Replayability: 10/10
With 120 stars to collect, it's a standard Mario game length. There are many galaxies that are worth revisiting because they are unique and fun to play through again. There are also “challenge comets” that appear on different galaxies which appear randomly as you progress through the game. Speedy comets for example make you zip through the level in four minutes to get the star while Daredevil comets have you fighting bosses with only one health point. Galaxy definitely ramps up in difficulty so gamers should have their fill of fun.

Audio: 10/10
Nintendo finally stopped being cheap and hired a full orchestra for one of their big games. Galaxy has a great soundtrack and while the tunes aren't as addicting as when you first played through Mario 64, the music definitely fits the different galaxies nicely.

Pros:
A great looking Wii game? Yes it's finally here.
Great controls.
Fully orchestrated.
It's a Mario game. Come on.

Cons:
Very rare camera/view problems.

Overall: 10/10


Reviewer's Score: 10/10 | Originally Posted: 11/07/07

Game Release: Super Mario Galaxy (JP, 11/01/07)


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