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.
Conclusion: One thing that looks particularly interesting about this sequel is that players will be able to ride Yoshi in it. Footage of the game thus far shows a number of times where Mario is riding on his back, zipping around. Yoshi was doing a sprint at one point while all red in the face, and another time he was all puffed up and blowing downward to help him float in the air.
Summary: Nintendo knows how to make a good platformer, especially when it involves their prized mascot Mario. There’s no denying Super Mario Galaxy 2 is top notch, from the graphics down to the gameplay. Sure, some will criticize the game feels too much like its predecessor, but the bottom line is it’s fun and that’s what gaming is all about. Another win for the Nintendo camp.
Pros: Fun gameplay, Beautiful, colourful graphics, Cool new power-ups
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
Excerpt: As a huge Mario fan from way back, I jumped at the chance to review the original Super Mario Galaxy. Somehow, Mario always seems to reinvent himself while keeping true to the gameplay that made the franchise so popular. Galaxy took platforming and turned it on its head. Galaxy 2 is one of the most direct sequels Mario has had, so will it still manage to be a breath of fresh air like Super Mario Bros 3? Or is it more of a remix like the Japanese Super Mario Bros 2?
Summary: While there’s nothing quite like lining up the perfect headshot in Modern Warfare 2 or single-handedly slaughtering a rival gang in Grand Theft Auto, sometimes it’s the simple things in gaming life that are the most satisfying. And in shirking shocks and ultraviolence for unparalled charm, creativity and variety, Nintendo has delivered one of Mario’s greatest adventures to date, and a killer title no Wii owner should be without.
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.