Summary: Miyamoto's plumber prodigy returns to the stars in Super Mario Galaxy 2, reinventing various series staples in the process and offering up a challenging, ever-evolving experience worthy of the Mario legacy.
Pros: An exhilarating reinvention of platformers that constantly challenges its own identity with success
Cons: The increased difficulty and high proficiency requirement may turn new fans off
Conclusion: Super Mario Galaxy 2 is still a good game. It’s full of the themes and elements that make a Mario game great – bright, inviting areas, satisfying challenges and an energetic soundtrack. It works well with the Nintendo Wii – it’s a sharp game to play and has the perfect balance of classic vs. motion controls. It is, in summary, an excellent game. However, it still comes up just short against its predecessor.
Conclusion: If it feels like I've been incredibly critical of this game, you're right. The first game was just brilliant, and likewise so is SMG2. It just seems that instead of toughening things up and broadening the SMG universe, we have been presented with a slightly more linear version of something we already know, with Yoshi and Luigi at the helm. At 17 hours, game finished and only 12 more stars left to absolute completion, I can say it's at least decent in length.
Excerpt: Super Mario Galaxy 2 is of course the sequel to one of the best games available on the Wii, Super Mario Galaxy. After a perceived drought of quality titles for Wii, owners of the console have been looking forward to at last having something worthwhile playing arrive to the dust-collecting paperweights.
Excerpt: Straight off the bat and without further ado, Super Mario Galaxy 2 (SMG2) is everything you’ve heard it is and more. 5/5. Essential purchase. Redefines the 3d-platformer. A paradigm sh – no I’m not gonna go there, but it is, quite simply, brilliant. And if anything, its release serves only to show that just when you thought the Wii’s star (no pun intended) was fading, that there are going to be no more traditional gaming experiences on it and that Nintendo is running out...
Excerpt: Fearlessly surpassing its predecessor whilst presenting mastery of old and new Nintendo features When Nintendo’s quintessential mascot Super Mario embarked on his first galactic conquest, the gaming world’s expectations sky-rocketed. Mario Galaxy quenched our high-standards, incorporating aspects from old games we loved with new aspects we were happy to tolerate. Indeed, we can attempt to compare ALL new 3D Mario games to Mario 64 , a pioneer of the 3D world.
Pros: Wonderful gameplay never grows old., Catchy Soundtrack., An array of new characters., Pretty Graphics.
Cons: Camera controls can be confusing., Music can get annoying after a while.
Conclusion: Super Mario Galaxy 2 has impressively managed to keep the Galaxy franchise fresh, despite the same concept being applied. There are enough new additions to keep those with experience happy but it has not lost any of what made it great in the first place. There is so much mission variety it is almost hard to believe and this adventure will not get boring any time soon.