Conclusion: If this doesn't sound like a fun and complete game to you, you are crazy. Of course, Super Mario is not for everyone, and perhaps 3D Mario platforming versus the four-player 2D, side-scrolling Super Mario that was released back in November isn't much. I know some may prefer that, but the truth is - here lies yet another wonderful game that any true Mario fan shouldn't miss. It's been made with love, and it shows!
Conclusion: This isn’t to say Mario Galaxy 2 doesn’t hold any surprises. It’s just that they’re wearing familiar clothing. Something that doesn’t happen that often in legitimately new Mario games, which might be a letdown to some players. Like me. But probably not the majority of you.
Summary: Parents need to know that Super Mario Galaxy 2 is a nearly all-ages platformer with only mild cartoon violence. Mario is the quintessential video game protagonist, an unquestionably good soul journeying to save his princess from an evil monster named Bowser. He fights enemies, but only those of the cartoonish, non-human variety and using whimsical attacks, such as ground pounds, spins, and special abilities that let him turn into a rolling boulder or use a dinosaur’s...
Excerpt: Can a direct sequel to one of the best platformers of all time have the same impact as the original? Super Mario Galaxy was so different, so unique, so exquisitely made that it's without a doubt the best game on the Wii. So good, in fact, that the 9/10 I gave it back in November 2007 seems more than a little harsh. What can I say? I must have been suffering from game fatigue.
Excerpt: Super Mario Galaxy was an astounding game with a magnificent world that gave you the sense that you were exploring a vast universe filled with variety. As is always the case with a Mario game, it was impeccably designed and just simply incredible fun to play. It was magic. Super Mario Galaxy 2 is an almost unthinkable game, a direct sequel bringing back together much of the things that made its predecessor such a joy to play.
Summary: Mario comes back in his most impressive game to date.
Pros: Great visuals; pleasing new orchestral pieces; a bevy of new mechanics and powerups; Yoshi and Luigi both make a return; tightened camera; lots of variety between levels; co-op mechanics mean that anyone can play.
Cons: Some levels feel too short; not enough levels with Yoshi/Luigi.