Review by papercup
"Greatest Mario and Wii game to date!"
The Super Mario series has pretty much always been fun. But the past couple of years things have seemed to slow down. But with Super Mario Galaxy comes a breath of fresh air to the series. Pure platforming entertainment, no golf clubs or board games it stays true to the Mario 64 formula, but adds new great gameplay elements that makes it a blast.
The most important aspect of any game, the gameplay. Like it's 2 3D predecessors Super Mario Galaxy is a platforming game that has you searching for 120 stars over about 40 different levels called galaxies. Moving around is done with the control stick on the nunchuck, jumping with A, Long Jumps, Back-flips are done with the Z Trigger + A and ground-pounds with Z while in the air. You collect star bits by pointing at them with the Wii-mote and shooting them at hungry lumas or enemies with the B trigger. Spinning is done by shacking the Wii-mote. It's all pretty simple and easy to get used to. But you can get a little bit disoriented when you're upside down or on walls. You also can pick up power ups that give you different abilities. The fire flower makes it's return and 3-D debut. Flying also returns and some other new abilities are added. The Ice flower let's you freeze water and it's easier to walk on frozen surfaces with. Spring Shroom turns Mario into a spring that let's you make bigger jumps than ever before. There's also the Bee Shroom which let's you fly around for a short time.
Having the richest Wii graphics to date SMG is a beautiful looking game. Although not the most realistic looking game out there the graphics are just amazing and really make you feel like you're flying through space traveling to different planets. Everything is smooth and round and looks great. This game has some really cool effects with gravity, like a waterfall falling into a black hole. The water actually twists and turns around it before it gets sucked in. It's really cool what they can do with gravity.
Songs both old and new can be heard through out the various galaxies you'll play through. Remix version of songs like the bowser level song from SM64 return. Everything sounds great and really fits well with the game. Nintendo did a great job here.
The game starts off kind of easy, it is pretty easy for most of the game, but there are some stages like Ray Surfing and the Trickster Comets which just ups the difficulty a lot. Ray Surfing you ride a ray on a race track of floating water and you control by tilting the Wii-mote left and right and moving by holding A. It's pretty hard considering you have 1:30 to beat it, and it's pretty easy to fall off. Good thing there's only 2 stages with this. Another difficult part of the game are Trickster Comets and Purple Coin Comets. If a Purple Coin Comet appears in a galaxy that means you can collect 100 purple coins for a star, which most are pretty easy some have time limits or it's easy to die on. Or Trickster Comets which come in a variety of flavors including daredevil, you have one energy, Fast Foes, enemies are fast, or Cosmic Mario Race, you have to race another Mario to the finish. Again most are pretty easy but some are just brutal. Because of Ray Surfing and Comets the difficulty is much higher.
There's tons to do in this game, there's about 40 galaxies, 120 stars and hundreds of planets to explore. You may get a star, than go back to improve a time or because you have to do a Trickster Comet and you may discover a completely different path than what you took before and may visit a planet you didn't even know about. Plus after you beat the game with 120 stars you unlock something special which you'll want to completely play through again just because the experience will be a bit different, and you'll unlock one last galaxy to complete.
Buy or rent?
Definitely a buy, this is one game you'll want to experience again and again. It's just a ridiculously fun game, it looks beautiful, and if you're a fan of Mario or platformers in general this is the game for you.
It's a great game, it brings 3-D Mario back to it's roots, and adds some great gameplay elements with the Wii-mote and with gravity effects. Although from the start it's kind of weird controlling, it gets a little disorienting, some stages are very hard, especially some trickster comets and in some cases may give you motion sickness, but despite all that it's the best Mario game in a long, long time.
Reviewer's Rating: 4.5 - Outstanding
Originally Posted: 11/19/07
Game Release: Super Mario Galaxy (US, 11/12/07)
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