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Super Mario Galaxy Member Review for the Wii

By:
MattAY
01/13/08
PRINTER FRIENDLY VERSION
EMAIL TO A FRIEND
GENRE Action / Adventure 
PLAYERS 1- 2 
PUBLISHER Nintendo 
DEVELOPER Nintendo 
RELEASE DATE  
E Contains Mild Cartoon Violence

What do these ratings mean?

"Starrrr Treckin' Across The Universe!"

Galaxy is most likely the happiest game I've ever played. The music is happy, the good guys are happy. Even the bad guys are happy before you win the game. Everything is so bright, and fun, it's a very magical galaxy indeed. Trust Bowser to ruin it for some people!

Yeah, he's at it again. But this time he's gone for a bigger target - he's creating a new reining universe. You start the game in a star carnival that occurs just every 100 years. As you get over the hill on the way to Peach's castle, Bowser appears with his flying ship and UFO fleet! Before you know it, he's stolen the castle with the land underneath it. Mario tried to save the world at the beginning of the game, but it would never happen. So he falls off, flying thorugh the galaxy, and ends up on a rogue planet somewhere.

This planet happens to be the Gateway galaxy. Here you meet Rosalina, a human in charge of the main hub, and of the Lumas (little stars). She's so much better than Peach, because she gives you the power to spin - which you can kill enemies with, activate launch stars with etc. You soon learn that Bowser has stolen all the power stars, and all the grand stars. And yes, you guessed it, it's your mission to grab them all and return power to the main hub.

So 120 (actually 121) stars to gather in countless different galaxies. These galaxies are imaginative lands, they vary from a bumblebee world, to a molten lava world, and even to a toy world (by far my favourite)! It's very fun to play, as each galaxy has planets (just masses of land), and you must solve a tiny puzzle on each planet. It may be killing all the enemies, or flicking all the switches. Or even just leaping from platform to platform just so you can make it to the launch star to fly you to another planet. Mario loves it, he "woops" to pretty much everything - when he jumps, flies, spins etc. This is what contributes to making the game happy!

The producers also added gravitational pull! You can walk all the way round some planets, and some even have have puzzles to solve that involve walking on a certain face, could be on the side or on the bottom. It really creates the image of space.

Sooo what else can Mario do, the usual jump combos of double jump, triple jump, wall jump, side jump. There's spinning, where you shake the wiimote, and Mario spins stunning enemies or turning screws...it has many reasons to spin. You can also grab "pull stars" with the wii pointer, and it pulls Mario towards these little stars of gravatational pull. Mario can also collect these "star bits" that can unlock new galaxies, be fed to hungry Lumas...or even used as a weapon and fire them with the wii pointer! So many moves that you can be creative with, many hours of fun.

Last but not least! Mario power-ups! Bumblebee mario where you fly for a while, Boo Mario where you become a badass Boo (with a moustache)! There's Ice Mario, fire Mario, and Spring Mario. And one other, which is a pleasant surprise - so I wont tell you! They are all important, and not just there for show just to see what Mario looks like in a Bee outfit. So even more options for Mario to use - it's a very big opportunity for the player to be creative, and its amazing. I even had a hard time remebering all of Mario's moves because there are so many.

The graphics are amazing! Especially for a wii game. I dont know what they've done, but the producers have somehow given a gentle glow to most of the objects. It looks fantastic, and it really brings out the smooth movement, and detailed characters. When you plant your eyes on Bowser, it really shows - he's never looked so good, and you can really tell they've hit the jackpot with the graphics just by looking at him.

The controls are easy to use, comfortable to use etc. You spin with the wiimote as I told you before. But there are also minigames, one where you roll a ball and must use the wiimote as your "balancing stick" by holding it vertical. Another where you surf on a manta (someone surely got a pat on the back for this), where you point ans steer. Then another where Mario is in a bubble and your wii pointer icon turns into an air blower to direct your bubble. It's all just a magical time!

The sound is fantastic. The music is fitting to whichever planet you're on. A happy bumblebee land, and you get funky music that you have to jig to. then there's the epic music for when you're on a battleship...and it really gets you attached to the game. The sound effects are amazing too, there's the roaring of a blazing fire that sounds like it'd burn you to a crisp. And it's all just really clear and peachy.

Feeling like Italian? Just had a pizza, and you're thinking something's missing. I know what it is, it's Mario! this is seriously an amazing game, and I was so annoyed I asked for it for christmas because it meant I had to wait for a month after it came out. Luigi even caves, and he helps out in the game too - no one can resist Mario. So pop on over and buy this game, even if it's on another galaxy!


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