Excerpt: It may be easy to take one look at Super Mario Galaxy 2, see the same gravity-altering traps and spherical worlds from its predecessor, and dismiss this as a by-the-numbers sequel to the superb original. But by assuming you know what to expect from Mario's latest adventure, you would be doing yourself and this game a great disservice.
Pros: Levels have tons of different objectives, all of them fun, New power-ups spice up the action, Later levels offer a sizable challenge, Stunning visuals that are a marvel to look at, Catchy soundtrack that combines classic Mario songs with new material, N/A
Conclusion: All of us have wondered at some point about the creative future of the gaming; has innovation given way to mere evolution? Super Mario Galaxy 2 is one of those exceedingly rare games that will restore your faith in the creative forces of the videogame industry. This is no mere sequel… it is everything Galaxy was and more, a vast menagerie of the most outlandish ideas the creative minds at Nintendo could apply to a Mario game, twisting and contorting the template at every...
Summary: Super Mario Galaxy 2 includes the amazing gravity-defying, physics-based exploration from the first game, but is loaded with entirely new galaxies and features to challenge and delight players. On some stages, Mario can pair up with his dinosaur buddy Yoshi and use his tongue to grab items and spit them back at enemies.
Excerpt: 3-2-1, blastoff! It’s time to explore one really wacky universe in Super Mario Galaxy 2 with your old pal Mario. Is this sequel new and cool enough for you to take another interplanetary ride with the plumber who’s always dedicated to saving Princess Peach? I want to make it clear that Nintendo hasn’t redesigned the wheel here. It’s very similar to the last game.
Conclusion: The various Galaxies that players will visit consist of a bunch of little spheres that one can run around, jumping about, ultimately in search of a stolen star that can be found at the end of each stage. This all plays out largely through the traditional run and jump gamut of platformer conventions, while Nintendo throws in a few little extras with each new level.
Conclusion: Concept: The sequel to the groundbreaking platformer delivers clever and extremely challenging platforming
Graphics: As bright and colorful as always; this looks good enough to make me wish the Wii could output true HD
Sound: A mix of classic Mario music and a variety of other catchy tunes
Playability: The platforming is rock solid and Yoshi adds some great new gameplay.
Summary: In 2007, Super Mario Galaxy came out and, well, we all know what happened there. People loved it. Other game franchises have tried to change up their style, setting or gameplay, usually resulting in a lukewarm reception (in some cases, straight up bad). Mario, however, seems to be able to take on pretty much any setting, profession, or gaming generation and come out remaining the classic character that he is. .
Excerpt: I doubt that the developers at Nintendo have been brainstorming ways to tie Zelda and Mario together (outside of Super Smash Brothers Brawl , anyway), but at a recent demo of Super Mario Galaxy 2 at Nintendo's office, I couldn't stop drawing parallels between the mustachioed plumber's new adventure and past games in Link's long-running franchise.