Review: Super Mario Galaxy

Posted on 14th January 2008 by admin in Game Reviews

The Mario series is one of the most recognizable and popular video game series to ever exist. Its games have regularly topped charts, both for sales and critical reception.

Super Mario Galaxy

Nintendo 2007, Video Game, $38.46

Super Mario Galaxy is the newest Mario game, and is quite possibly the best yet. It was released in November, 2007 on Nintendo’s Wii system. It has met immense critical reception, with an average rating placing it in the top 2 on game review aggregation sites. The plot is predictable, but nobody plays Mario games for the plot. The real fun starts when you get into the gameplay. Mario visits various galaxies, each with their own themes, monsters, puzzles, and laws of physics. Each area is so bizarre and unique, and full of fun challenges. You have to complete a huge range of tasks, from racing and flying to jumping between platforms or solving puzzles.

Super Mario Galaxy’s controls feel very natural, incorporating motion-sensing capabilities without feeling gimmicky. The game makes very good use of the graphical power of the Wii. It is full of beautiful and impressive environments. The scope is huge, too, with dozens of galaxies to unlock, each with 5-7 stars to obtain from within. You can complete the game with 60 stars, or you can collect them all and end with 121.

Nintendo is sometimes criticized for trying to appeal to younger audiences, and ignoring die-hard gamers. Super Mario Galaxy proves that it’s possible to appeal to both. Casual gamers or children can have a great time playing Super Mario Galaxy, enjoying playing the basic challenges. Hardcore gamers, on the other hand, can take on the added difficulty of collecting all of the stars, and completing all of the optional challenges. The player can choose the amount of effort he or she puts forth – but one thing that won’t change is how much fun the game is.

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