It's not every day one comes across a video game where they can say 'yes, this game, Super Mario Galaxy, is by far the best GD game I have ever played in my GD life!'.
I'm a video game junkie, if it's new; odds are I have played it. If I
like it I write a review, let it sit, and hope that some little video
game junkie will come along and read it. If I love the game, I spread
the news far and wide...however, I have yet to come across a video game
worthy of spreading the news to nearly everyone who will listen. The
last game that I can recall playing and saying 'this is the best video
game in the world', was Super Mario 64.
Since Super Mario 64 games have been decent, but no game took the
cherry on top of the cake quite the way Super Mario 64 did. That is;
I introduce you to Super Mario Galaxy. This is the newest and hottest release for the Nintendo Wii; the Holy Grail in Wii gaming.
Nintendo Wii fans have heard rumors about it, got glimpses of screen
shots, and read every freaking pre-review we could get our hungry hands
The game seemed promising in all of these bits of information us fans
were given...but who the heck would of thought it was all that and more.
Super Mario Galaxy is has nearly the same look that the original Super
Mario 63 had. Crisp colorful graphics, charming background music, and
the same villains we all love to hate. Nothing is really different in
that aspect...but as similar as things are...things are also very, very
Super Mario Galaxy for the Wii starts off like this:
Princess Peach writes Mario a letter. In the letter she invites him to
the castle to join her at the castle for the star festival. It is a
night where bits of stars fall from the sky for all those to see.
Like in Mario 64, we set out for the castle. But uh oh...
Yep, it starts off pretty much that same as the original Super Mario 64 game.
As Mario makes his way to the castle, we are greeted by our long time
foe Bowser and his minions. There is no such thing as a fiesta in the
beginning of a Mario game. Bowser sees to that every time.
Bowser trashes the kingdom, and manages to slice Princess Toadstools
castle from the very earth it lies on. He picks this slice of earth up,
and the castle is dragged into outer space...Mario of course is in tow.
Once Mario is discovered though he is sent crashing through the
galaxy's and lands on this bizarre round planet. Mario's wakes up to 3
rabbits. (We all remember these rabbits as those fast hopping pains in
the butts from the original 64 game...you know, the rabbits that reside
in the basement, that were nearly impossible to catch). Anyhow...before
Mario discovers where he is, he must catch these annoying rabbits. The
rabbits are relatively easy to catch compared to the original Mario 64
After catching them Mario is given a brief explanation of where he is, what he has to do to help the princess, and so on.
Like the Mario 64, you are collecting stars again. To obtain a star at
the end of each mission you have to complete a certain task. Some tasks
require no thinking, other missions are based on luck, and some require
thought, speed, or puzzle solving.
On the very first planet you will realize that Super Mario Galaxy is going to be different...way different. Everything you once knew about Mario games are now gone... you see... in this game there is no gravity,
and as you walk the small galaxies it may seem like you are going to
fall off of the edge into the infamous pits of death...lose a life and
This is not the case in Super Mario Galaxy. Here Mario can walk on
walls, shimmy up onto ceilings and as bizarre as that all sounds, the
controls are actually quite simple.
You use the joystick to control Mario, and the wii mote to do simple
moves like jumping. When you advance a bit in the game, you are given
new moves. Shaking the wii mote allows Mario a new spin move. The spin
is basically what kills enemies.
The Star Pieces:
In the game you can use the pieces of star bits that you find as
weapons. You aim with the wii mote and launch using the under trigger. It's easy!!
Don't use all of your star bits though, you will also need these to
feed hungry Lumas. When you feed these hungry Lumas they transform into
galaxies or stars which can be used to launch you to other galaxies.
-Collecting 50 star bits also gives you a 1-Up (extra life).
Why I Love Super Mario Galaxy:
1. The controls are easy to use.
2. There are no odd glitches in the game that will cause it to freeze or jitter.
3. The game takes on the same graphics that the original Super Mario 64 used.
4. There enemies are all already well known. In Super Paper Mario for
the Wii we were all greeted with new enemies...quite frankly these new
enemies sucked. I was glad to see some old familiar faces in Super Mario
5. The game is FUN.
6. Re-Play value is huge!
7. They use charming well orchestrated music that plays lightly in the background.
8. Like all Mario games the beginning of the game starts off easy, and progresses towards harder challenges.
Although multi player lacks your sidekick Luigi...a friend can pick up
another wii mote at any time during game play. They can use this remote
to collect star bits that they see. This does not help much, but it's
better than not having any interaction in the game at all.
In Super Mario Galaxy you can transform into different animals or
elements on certain galaxies. In one particular galaxy Mario can be
transformed into a little buzzing bee. The controls are a cinch to use!
You use the Bee Mario to fly up to high ledges...watch out though, if
you get hit by an enemy, or accidentally land in water you will
transform back into Mario, and once transformed back, you will need to
find another Bee suit to become a Bee again.
In one galaxy Mario is transformed into ice. When Mario is ice he can
glide on top of water, once he touches the water it instantly turns into
a patch of ice. You will need to lay patches of ice out accordingly in
order to win a star in this galaxy. It's tricky, but very freaking fun.
Mario can transform into a giant Boo Ghost in Luigi's Haunted Mansion
planet. This allows Mario to fly, and go through walls he normally could
not go through without the suit.
Why Super Mario Galaxy Rocks:
This game is the best game I have played on the Nintendo Wii since I
bought the console. This game is exactly what Mario and Wii fans have
been waiting for. It's a fun filled adventure into a 3D environment
filled with colorful, lush, exciting worlds.
I bought the video game over the weekend, and was glued to the
television set the moment I turned the game on. I have already put about
14 hours into the game, and still I have barely even carved half way
into the game.
This Wii game has lived up to my expectations, and the price is well
worth it. In the past I had been very disappointed with the price tag on
most games. Super Mario Galaxy though was the first game I have ever
bought where I can say 'yes, this game is worth the $56.00 I spent on it!'
You can pick Super Mario Galaxy up now at any local game store, or at
Walmart or Target. The price remains the same, but is a few bucks less
Seriously, grab this title as fast as you can...it's truly a
remarkable game, and easily gets 10 out of 10 stars. I dub this one the
game of the year.