Excerpt: Three years ago, Mario hit the Wii with a remarkable 3D entry that brought a ton of innovation to the series through its spherical level designs that fit the galaxy moniker well. It also introduced new items like star bits that acted as both currency and a projectile attack. Despite some awkward camera issues and a clunky over world, the game still raised the bar for 3D platformers not just for Wii, but for all of gaming. Now, its successor has taken that crown.
Conclusion: Super Mario Galaxy 2 is simply the ultimate refinement of Nintendo's already masterful control of the genre; it's lovingly crafted, sumptuously presented and an absolute, unmitigated joy to play. It's dazzling in its breadth of ideas and wealth of distractions, and it all comes together into an unmissable package - and incontestable classic - that's practically the embodiment of pure, unadulterated fun.
Excerpt: , Nintendo uncharacteristically cranked out a sequel to the madly popular original. While fans are typically only treated to one Mario game per life cycle of their recent mainstream consoles, Wii owners now have three to choose from. In Super Mario Galaxy 2, you are going to find a fairly identical approach to Mario�s world as the previous title, yet with new power-ups and other fun surprises.
Excerpt: According to many, space is the final frontier. Our vast universe was thought to be the final area of exploration for Mario and company in 2007. The critically acclaimed platformer for the Wii, Super Mario Galaxy, evolved the franchise to a new standard. As gamers, we thought we would have to wait until the next [...
Conclusion: You can blame Nintendo for continuing to maximize the money that their famed mascot can make, but Super Mario Galaxy 2 is as close as it gets to a perfect sequel. The gameplay is just as great as its predecessor was, but the amount of new content and features make it the far superior game. With 242 stars, each obtainable yet surprisingly challenging, Super Mario Galaxy 2 is a game that should keep everyone’s Wii on this summer.
Excerpt: Super Mario Galaxy was the game that saved the Wii for me. Amidst a sea of multiplayer party games and fitness debacles, the stout plumber’s beautiful, original, engaging and fun inter-galactic adventure seem to come out at just the right time – when I was ready to completely give up on the Wii.
Excerpt: Time after time, Mario and the diligent masterminds at Nintendo responsible for him have proven that he can do anything. Arguably the eponymous face of gaming, the chubby plumber from Brooklyn has conquered everything from fighting games to racing, all while dazzling critics and dominating the sales charts.
Excerpt: Super Mario Galaxy 2 doesn’t reinvent the 3D Mario wheel, and in fact follows closely to the legacy of its prequel. Nintendo has been up front about this, saying that SMG2 started as a kind of "Galaxy 1.5," sporting some unused items from the first game, and it shows. But somewhere along the line, SMG1.5 turned into a full-fledged sequel, and the upgrade pays off in spades.
Excerpt: There are few games with as much charm, nostalgia, and mass appeal as those in the Super Mario series. Over the course of nearly thirty years, the mustachioed Italian plumber with a penchant for pipes and princesses has become permanently ingrained in pop culture. With so many spin-offs spanning nearly every gaming genre, it’s sometimes hard to believe that there is rarely a generation with more than one or two new games in the main Super Mario series.