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Our Recommended Age: Ages 6-up
Released: November 2007
Our Rating: A
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In Super Mario Galaxy for the Nintendo Wii, Mario has to save
his princess (again!) from the clutches of Bowser. This time around,
however, he will have to fight Bowser and his crew in space,
traveling to different galaxies, hopping on planets, and floating in
gravity. Kids will have a fun time playing Mario on these planets,
as they come in many shapes and sizes, each with different
characters, items, platforms, and puzzles waiting to be discovered.
The game is in 3D but in some ways it remains classic Mario since
kids spend a good amount of the game jumping on platforms and
collecting items such as mushrooms, coins, and star bits. All the
goodies you find have their own purposes, from giving you more
lives, to revealing new planets, to providing new powers. Mario also
has a few new moves--the most useful, besides his jump, is the spin
attack, executed by shaking the Wii remote. The spin attack is not
just a gimmick--it's effective when players need to knock down
enemies like Goombas, Koopas, and Bowser.
Kids will have fun flicking the Wii remote forward to throw
fireballs at enemies, but that's not all--Super Mario Galaxy
features many new power ups. The winter mushroom gives players the
ability to ice skate, so they will travel faster and can gain access
to hard-to-reach areas. When players don the honeybee suit, they can
fly and climb on giant honeycombs. In the haunted houses, Mario can
turn into a ghost, allowing him to move through walls and cages.
A second player can also join in the game, assisting the main player
by pointing the Wii remote at the television screen to collect star
bits. The partner can carry some of that burden so that the main
player can focus more determinedly on attacking and solving puzzles.
Besides helping grab items, the partner can also shoot star bits at
enemies, stunning them for a few seconds, allowing Mario to attack
them without worrying about getting harmed.
There is plenty to do in this game, from fighting giant bosses,
collecting items, wearing power suits, to finding secret stages. The
game still stays true to Mario's roots, with simple and tight
controls, charming characters, and nostalgic music. Super Mario
Galaxy will appeal to anyone who enjoys action and adventure.
This game is a must-own with its breathtaking animations,
involving gameplay, and superb variety.
- Engrossing, graphically
rich, involving, and pleasantly challenging. Its length is satisfying
and its variety superb.
- Simple and tight controls.
- A second player can join in and help; kids can play
- Well designed levels that complement well with Mario's
- Has the classic Super Mario Bros. feel to it--good for fans.
- Many of the level's bosses are easy to defeat.
- The story line (Mario saving the princess) is tried and
true, but typical.
For more information, user reviews, or to buy:
Super Mario Galaxy
. Available May 23, 2010: Super Mario Galaxy 2
Reviewed: June 2008