Review by SuperMan678
"If the Wii was the Queen's crown, Galaxy would be the diamond at its heart"
There are moments in gaming that define pure genius from start to finish, like Ocarina of Time or Super Mario 64. These games challenge you but still provide endless replay value, crisp sound and good graphics, plus imcomparable and amazing gameplay. They are true masterpieces. Many have joined them, but has the latest and third 3D Mario game done that and be a true work of genius? I have to say yes. This was the game the Universe was invented for.
The story is comparable all previous Mario games: Princess Toadstool (or Princess Peach) has been captured by Bowser and Mario is off to save her. The actual plot is that Peach has invited Mario to the Star Festival, held every 100 years to celebrate a comet appearing in the skies over the Mushroom Kingdom. Everything seems to be going smoothly...until Bowser and his Airship Armada turns up and attacks. Bowser's fleet then lifts Peach's castle out of the ground and despite a late rescue attempt by Mario, the Princess is taken with it.
After rescuing a Grand Star in the Gateway Galaxy, Mario lands on the Comet Observatory. The Observatory, which runs on the power of Grand Stars, is a hub world in which you can fly off to any of the galaxies. There are only one dome and a few galaxies to start with, but as you obtain more Power Stars, more galaxies unlock. Eventually there are about 40 galaxies at the end, each containing one to six stars. When you collect about 60 stars and have beaten Bowser a few times (not to mention his son, Bowser Jr.), you can finally go to the centre of the universe and save Princess Peach.
The gameplay is very comparable to Super Mario 64 and Sunshine. Like these games, you guide Mario through the level, jumping, stomping and spinning your way to collect the star at the end. Unlike these games, the idea of zero gravity is introduced: Mario can walk round entire planets without falling off and, if the planet is close, can jump and get caught by the other planet's gravity and be transferred to that planet. Sounds cool, doesn't it? All the moves from SM64 are back ( wall-kicking, long jumping, triple jumping etc.) plus the Spin, replacing the Punch that appeared in SM64.
The controls are quite simple: Control Stick to move; A to jump; B to fire Star bits; Shake Remote to spin; Z to crouch and the pointer to collect Star bits. Various motion-control uses are required for certain galaxies, like twisting to surf on manta-rays, tilting to steer golden balls through obstacle courses and using the pointer to control bubbles. These additions make Galaxy even more enjoyable and increase replay value.
Soaked in stunning colours, the graphics are the best on Wii by far. The characters, enemies and levels look absolutely stunning and nothing else on Wii even comes close. Truly a space-age graphical style.
Nintendo actually used an entire orchestra to record the sounds for Galaxy. Just like the graphics, the sound is crisp and amazing. If you've too busy collecting stars to listen, you're seriously missing out. If you have done that, open up a level wihout time limits and just sit there, listening. Awesome.
Even if you beat Bowser, you've only completed a bit of the game. There are 120 stars in the game and when you collect them all there's an unlockable waiting for you...I won't spoil it, but seriously it's a cool unlockable. Oops, I said too much...
Also when you collect 9,999 star bits, another special thing is unlocked. This is a game you'll be playing for months.
Somehow, Nintendo managed to put a multiplayer mode in. So how does that work? Well, it's called the Costar Mode.
As the name suggests, a second player (Using only the Remote) can help the first player and cause mischief in a variety of ways. P2 can stop certain enemies in their tracks, make Mario jump and spin, do a Costar Super Jump etc. This can actually help you beat Super Mario Galaxy. The mischief is a bit annoying, but still it's a great feature.
+ Amazing Mario gameplay
+ Stunning graphics
+ Crisp sound
+ Great levels
+ Just brilliant. Just brilliant.
The best game Nintendo has made since Ocarina of Time. If you don't want this, you shouldn't have a Wii. Best. Game. On. Wii. Just get this now. Otherwise I'll weep uncontrollably untiul you do.
Reviewer's Score: 10/10 | Originally Posted: 05/30/08
Game Release: Super Mario Galaxy (EU, 11/16/07)
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