Super Mario Galaxy 2 is, to simply put it, the best game the Nintendo Wii has to offer. The game is a sequel to the successful Super Mario Galaxy, taking all the best bits about the game and simply adding more. The game was released in North America on May 23, 2010 and in Europe on June 11, 2010.
A spoiler alert, Princess Peach has been kidnapped by Bowser and it’s Mario job to save her, again! If Nintendo just happened to be reading this, why can’t she defend herself with the fighting moves you have given her in the Super Smash Bros series? Super Mario Galaxy 2 doesn’t offer the typical cut-scenes to explain this which seems to be the trend in this generation of gaming, but as soon as you play the game, cut-scenes and story just don’t matter.
Without playing Super Mario Galaxy 2, gamers could easily look at this game and see the same graphics engine, spherical gravity levels and think it simply a money grabbing sequel that Nintendo played ‘safe’ with. If you’re assuming you know what this game will be like, you’ll be falling into the trap of thinking this is just another Mario game. Let me assure you that this game is by far the best platform game ever! Nintendo went out to make a Galaxy sequel as they felt that there was so much more potential in the first one.
Super Mario Galaxy 2 plays just like the every 3D Mario game, which is to run through the level and get to a star. The unique twist in this game is the completely crazy level designs and spherical gravity system. This game has you going through 3D worlds which have Mario going upside down due to the gravity changing in the levels, to flying onto another planet, to swimming in water which just happens to be floating in the air. This game also goes back to its roots as it jumps from a 3D platform game to 2D platform sections. This is just one of those games you need to actually play to really appreciate as words don’t do it any justice.
The game’s controls are very simple and have you easily ‘platforming’ from the very beginning, so Nintendo has clearly made this game for everyone. Casual gamers can jump into the game straight away and simply finish it after collecting 70 stars, whereas veteran hardcore gamers can grind their way all the up to 240 stars.
There’s even the addition of Yoshi in this game, which plays a major role as he has his own set of power ups. My personal favourite is a chilli power-up that makes Yoshi run fast, allowing him to run up walls and half pipes that just happen to have a trail of coins. I couldn’t help but think of the Sonic games when I played through these sequences.
The graphics engine is the same as the first game but more polished. The game offers extremely colourful worlds that don’t rely on cel shaded graphics for it to look good. The textures are rich colours going for a similar colour style to a Pixar cartoon. The animation is typical overly cartoon movements and there is no frame rate issue or slow don’t what so ever. This is a stunning looking game; I just wish it was in HD!
I feel that in this generation of gaming, games tend to be geared towards a movie like experience, with cut scenes, intense storylines and voice acting. I personally love these games and have no issue with them. However every game seems to be doing this now. Super Mario Galaxy 2 completely dispenses with these luxuries and keeps it completely simple by focusing on gameplay. It does this one thing so well that the original and now Super Mario Galaxy 2 are still critically the best exclusives out of this generation. This is truly an amazing game that acts like a game rather than a film. If you have a Nintendo Wii, you have to play this game!
5 out of 5