Super Mario Galaxy
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  • This is a truly amazing game that shows just how timeless Mario is
  • The spin is a nice change from the punches and kicks from the preceding games in my opinion
  • Despite being slightly linear, it's still one of the best, most expansive Mario game to come along in a very long time, and its mix of old and new is a treat for an older gamer looking for a hint of nostalgia, or a new gamer looking for a new twist on an old favorite

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      As Mario’s first real new game on the Wii, there was a lot of hype built up around Super Mario Galaxy, and for very good reason. This is a truly amazing game that shows just how timeless Mario is.

      Story: 7/10

      The game follows the classic Mario formula with a few nice additions. During the festival of the stars, Bowser and his mighty airship fleet attack the Mushroom Kingdom, raining down shots that crystalize anything that they hit. Bowser’s ships actually lift the entire castle up and into the stars, throwing Mario out into space, where he’s rescued by some sentient stars and a woman named Rosalina, who lives on a giant space ship called the Observatory. She provides exposition saying that the more power stars and grand stars that they gather, the further they’ll be able to travel closer and closer to the center of the universe, where Bowser is now.

      As far as Mario plots go, it’s still pretty simple, but it’s a nice reimagining of a formula that’s been used since Super Mario 64.

      Gameplay: 10/10

      This is one amazing game. You can go into different


      sections of the observatory and launch yourself into different galaxies. The more stars you gather, the more galaxies you open up. Every major galaxy has at least three stars to find while every minor galaxy has at least one, and each of Bowser’s galaxies has a grand star. There are also hidden stars in some areas, hidden galaxies that you can access via feeding some of the stars in the observatory, and there are also special comets that will also appear over each galaxy. When a comet is orbiting a galaxy, you can take on a special challenge for yet another star. These comets usually have you retracing your steps in a challenge you’ve already completed, but with an added twist, such as a time limit, faster enemies, or only one hit to kill you.

      Mario’s just as athletic in this game as he is in his other games. He still has the classic triple jump, backflip, long jump, and so forth. His main move of attack this time is to either jump on his enemies, or to spin them. The spin is a nice change ...


      • from the punches and kicks from the preceding games in my opinion. He also gets a lot of power ups that can help him out in his adventure. He has the bee suit, that lets him fly for a limited amount of time and stick to honeycombs. You also have the classic fire flower item, which lets you shoot fire balls for a limited amount of time. Next, you have the ice flower, which lets you walk on water and freeze waterfalls easily. Finally, you have the boo mushroom, which will turn Mario into a ghost, allowing him to turn invisible and slide between certain objects and turn invisible.

        The actual stages are pretty well designed, making great use of the limited gravity, having Mario bounce from planet to planet in each galaxy and gather little star bits, which act as both ammunition and currency. I say ammunition because you can fire these at your enemies to stun them, or destroy minor obstacles. Each task will usually send you to different areas of the universe, though the stars seem more like giant obstacle courses instead of

        puzzles like they were in Super Mario 64. While it’s a little more linear than other games, it’s still one of the most satisfying experiences you can have and even if you’re set on a single path, that path still allows you to take in just how awesome everything is.

        Graphics: 9/10

        The game looks amazing. While it isn’t as detailed as, say, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, it’s still a well constructed world. The characters move believably, and fluently, sticking to classic continuity. Nothing’s really detailed, but it doesn’t have to be. The bright colors, contrasting with the usual blackness of space. All the planets are really well detailed, having their own environments and unique feel, which differs between galaxies, giving us plenty to love.

        Overall: 8/10

        This is a Mario game that everyone should play. Despite being slightly linear, it’s still one of the best, most expansive Mario game to come along in a very long time, and its mix of old and new is a treat for an older gamer looking for a hint of nostalgia, or a new gamer looking for a new twist on an old favorite.




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