Excerpt: The first Super Mario Galaxy changed our perception of how a 3D space could be navigated. Upside down, right side up, it was all fair game with its gravity-defying hijinks that challenged us to put our minds on hold and allow our instincts to take over. Less than three years later the mustached mascot is taking to the cosmos once again with a much leaner, meaner disposition. But is it enough to keep the game from feeling like a glorified expansion?
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. .