Review by Megaman1981

"Imagine Super Mario 64 way back in 1996 using Wii controls. Well, here you go!"

Super Mario 64 was released in 1996, and it became a game that helped sell the N64. It was the first game in the Mario series to be in 3D. Mario games from the NES era were all in 2D, and the basic gameplay was simple. Mario had to jump on the enemies heads in order to defeat them. Mario can also use fireballs, hammers, and the tail from his raccoon suit to defeat enemies as well. In order to acquire those weapons, Mario needs to find power ups. That is the other aspect of 2D Mario games, the power ups. Mario starts out very small, but by using a mushroom, he can grow bigger. In addition finding a flower will give you fire power. Finding a raccoon suit, frog suit, and hammer suit will allow Mario to use different weapons and techniques. A star will allow Mario to become invincible. Everyone out there has played a Mario game. It's safe to say that Mario is the most popular video game mascot in history. Since then, Mario has gone on to star in many adventures. He's even played a damsel in distress (Luigi's Mansion), a doctor (Dr. Mario), and a villain (Donkey Kong Jr.), but his classic adventures involving Bowser are the best.

Well, because Super Mario 64 was such a hit, everyone wanted a sequel. First people thought that it would come out on the N64, but that didn't happen. In fact, the Gamecube didn't even launch with a Mario game. It wasn't until 2002 that the Gamecube got Super Mario Sunshine. First off, Super Mario Sunshine was a terrific game, but it failed to live up to the expectations that had come about from Super Mario 64. People wanted a proper follow up to Super Mario 64. Well folks, it's here! Super Mario Galaxy has arrived for the Wii and it's absolutely incredible.

The basic premise to any Super Mario Bros. game is to save the Mushroom Kingdom from Bowser. Bowser has once again kidnapped Princess Peach Toadstool, but this time it is a bit different. This time it starts out with Peach inviting Mario to her castle to attend a festival celebrating the passing of a comet overhead that happens every 100 years, just like in Super Mario 64 minus the cake. Mario arrives at her castle, but as soon as he arrives a couple of Bowser's Airships steal Peach's castle and launches into outer space. Of course Mario is on the outside of the castle when lift off occurs, but he is knocked off by Kamek and falls back towards the Mushroom Kingdom (Paper Mario anyone?). Mario lands and is confronted by the Lumas and Princess Rosalina, who explain that they are the watchers of the stars and their spaceship is the comet itself. She says that Bowser has stolen her Power Stars and needs Mario's help.

The gameplay is such a blast. Yes, this game is Super Mario 64 with Wii controls. First off, the camera that was such a pain in Super Mario Sunshine is gone! The camera in Super Mario Galaxy is perfect, plus you can adjust it if you need too. You move Mario with the joystick and jump with the A button. That's all you really need to know to get started. In addition, a simple shake of the Wiimote makes Mario do a spin attack. You can also collect Star Bits on the ground and then throw them at enemies by pointing the Wiimote at the screen and firing with the B button. Also, all of Mario special moves like wall jumping are back. Mario also has a bunch of powerups. The classic ones like the Super Mushroom and Fire Flower are back. The new ones including an Ice Flower, a Rainbow Star, a Bee Mushroom, a Boo Mushroom, and a Red Star Powerup. Sadly, FLUDD is nowhere to be seen. You still collect stars much like in the other 3D Mario games. In fact you only need 60 to battle Bowser. The game has about the same difficulty as Super Mario Sunshine.

The graphics are what amazed me about this game. What's so great about the graphics? Well, this is the best looking Wii game to date. Hands down! Each environment has such detail. Bowser in the opening sequence looks so cool, not like how he normally looks in the Mario Party games. The music is also a big part in the Mario series. However, most of the music is totally new. I like this; new game, new music. Some of the tunes are very memorable, including the Super Mario Bros. 3 Airship music which plays during the opening sequence. That is a nice touch. I still think that the music from the NES Mario games were better, but Super Mario Galaxy's music is still incredible.

The game is just busting with replay value. As I said before, you only need 60 stars in order to beat the game. However, collecting all 120 stars will unlock a huge secret. What is that secret? Well, remember how everyone thought that a certain plumber with a green hat was unlockable in Super Mario 64? Well, everyone got their wish here!

People have been waiting for a follow up to Super Mario 64 since 1996. Now in my opinion, it came in 2002 with Super Mario Sunshine, but now no one can say anything now. Super Mario Galaxy will do two things. First it will help keep us busy till Super Smash Bros. Brawl comes out in February 2008 and it will be the game of the year during the 2007 holiday season.

Reviewer's Rating:   5.0 - Flawless

Originally Posted: 11/14/07

Game Release: Super Mario Galaxy (US, 11/12/07)

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