Super Mario Galaxy Wii User Review

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Nintendo Wii


If you are a fan of Mario games or have ever played a Mario game then this game will simply meet your expectations on that basis alone. There is really a ton of gameplay and fun packed into this game. I actually picked up this game a week ago and haven't put it down since.

First of all the graphics are all 3D and incredible. It has a sequel feel to from the great Mario 64, that we all came to love over the years. You will first notice that when you start out you are on a ship and there are different areas (levels) you can go into. There are variety of rooms in which you can travel to new galaxies. Most will have a boss scene at the end.

Without ruining the storyline and everything I will sum it all up in one sentence. Once again, you do have to rescue Peach from Bowser as it most Mario games. You are going to be traveling to galaxies (about 40 in all). All kinds of exciting gameplay which could be anything from going around on land dodging boulders, swimming, and even underwater. There are also ice levels, lava levels, and mechanical machine levels, as well.

You are going to be traveling around a lot and collecting stars (about 120). The gameplay is really fun and pretty simple. You are going to control Mario with the analog stick, but also point and interact, as well as throwing star bits. There are tons of characters and lots and lots of environments to explore.

The camera system is excellent and doesn't seem to get in the way at all. You can go left, right, up, down and the camera will just follow what you do. So many games that you play these days don't make an effective use of the camera, but Super Mario Galaxy simply writes the book on how a camera system should work.

I actually thought this was the new Wii Super Mario Galaxy 2, I didn’t realize until I seen the advert that it wasn’t the game I wanted, it does enable me though to now purchase the new Mario Galaxy 2 though so there’s a bonus.

The lasting effect on this game is great. Best graphics, music, and gameplay, you can find on the Wii.. You will simply get your money’s worth out of this game. This game will go down in the history books and simply stand the test of time.

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Super Gamer Dude

Nintendo Wii


No matter what else comes out for a Nintendo, each of them is always remembered by the Mario game or games that came out for that system. For most systems this was a great thing, but the GameCube's Mario game, Super Mario Sunshine, has been dismissed by both critics and consumers as one of the worst 3D Mario games ever made. Can Super Mario Galaxy show the world that Sunshine was just a hiccup in an otherwise stellar franchise?

The short answer to this question is a resounding yes, but lets look at the reasons why. By setting Super Mario Galaxy in space, the game designers found it much easier to each world (level) from each other visually and stylistically. That said, the best thing about this clear separation between each world is that they can each have their own distinct rules. Past games have done this to some extent, but every level in Super Mario Galaxy looks one hundred percent unique and interesting.

Super Mario Galaxy also ditches the extremely gimmicky water backpack from Super Mario Sunshine in favor of a much more tradition 3D platforming style of gameplay. However, the game adds a new kind of collectible called star bits that requires you to point at them on the screen to collect them. I'm sure that Nintendo felt obligated to make use of the system's motion controls, but for games like this, they often just detract from the overall experience.

Thankfully, the sometimes odd motion controls don't take away from the gameplay as a whole. Like most 3D Mario games, Super Mario Galaxy manages to walk the line between being too easy and being too hard. I never felt like I was just breezing through the worlds, but I also never felt like I was being unjustly punished by unforgiving level design, at least for required levels. Some optional levels are certainly crazy hard, but that's the point.

Of course, Super Mario Galaxy is not without its weak spots. Practically every new suit that the game introduces handles terribly, particularly the spring suit. Like any Mario game, the story seems silly and tacked on to the point where you wonder why Nintendo even bothers to write a story for any of their games in the first place. But to be honest, these are minor nitpicks when we're talking about the best game available for the Wii right now.

Super Mario Galaxy sets an incredibly high bar for other games that come out on the Wii, and I certainly hope that they are able to match it, because if they can, the Wii will be able to truly give the Xbox 360 and the PS3 a run for their money when it comes to software. Moreover, Super Mario Galaxy picks the Mario series of 3D platformers back up after they fell so hard in Sunshine, and now I am once again looking forward to whatever Nintendo comes up with for Mario during their next time up at bat.