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Super Mario Galaxy 2 game review



3-2-1, blastoff! It’s time to explore one really wacky universe in Super Mario Galaxy 2 with your old pal Mario.

SUPER MARIO GALAXY 2
Nintendo for Wii

Graphics: 8.5
Gameplay: 9.0
Sound: 8.5
Replay Value: 8.0
Overall Score: 8.7
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Pros: Yoshi is playable; drill through planets; 2-player multiplayer
Cons: Not that much different from the last game; no online multiplayer

Is this sequel new and cool enough for you to take another interplanetary ride with the plumber who’s always dedicated to saving Princess Peach?

I want to make it clear that Nintendo hasn’t redesigned the wheel here. It’s very similar to the last game. However, if you’re one of the millions who loved Super Mario Galaxy and yearned for more when you were done, you’ll be happy to take another wild trip through space.

WHAT A TUTORIAL LEVEL

As Mario, you’re invited to Princess Peach’s palace to have cake and watch the beautiful falling stars as they rain from the heavens. But mayhem ensues. On your way to the castle, you see that a giant Bowser, so big he takes up the whole TV screen, has kidnapped the pretty princess. He’s fanged, ugly and angry, and he mocks you. Are you going to take that lying down? No way!

On your quest, you explore the outer reaches of the galaxy, planet by planet, each with its own unique environment. There are surprises all along the way, even in the first half hour of play. First, you’ll find Baby Luma under your hat. Not only is he cute, he’ll be the source of all kinds of helpful things as you travel the cosmos on your journey.

The first big thrill happens when you meet a group of friendly Lumas, headed by a tear-drop shaped, purple space mechanic named Lubba. Lubba and his pals don’t care for Bowser and when you promise to help them, their planet turns into a spaceship that looks like Mario’s head—with grass for his hair and mustache!

Essentially, this is your tutorial level. But it’s a lot of fun. Make sure you explore and find the entrance into your ship’s engine room. Check back often for new mysterious rooms that open up.

SAVOR AND SEARCH

Everything is carefully made and presented here, so take some time to look around and explore. Don’t rush through the game. As you spin into enemies to stop their attack, collect the falling star bits, coins and the occasional star. Find the Grand Star, and you’ll travel to a brave new world.

Along the way, search for Comet Medals, the majority of which are very well hidden. When you have enough of these, you can summon Prankster Comets, which make changes to the universe and offer you new (and sometimes really tough) challenges.

Playing Super Mario Galaxy 2 is like having a super-imaginative amusement park fun house right in your own home. You swing, triple jump, leap onto moving platforms, swim underwater, avoid buzzsaws, speed like Sonic through chutes, defy gravity and play upside down. And that’s just the beginning.

NEW STUFF

You can become a cloud and make your own puffy platforms to get to places you otherwise couldn’t. You can become a boulder, rolling into hard objects that a spin won’t break into. Of course, you can grab a Boo Mushroom to become Boo Mario, a ghost that can pass through walls. All of these powerups don’t last very long. Keep that in mind, or you’ll fall and maybe lose a life.

Mario can soar and glide on a colorful bird with a huge wingspan called a Fluzzard. You can use a handy drill on your adventure, too. Just shake the remote to bore right down through the planet. And you can use the drill on monsters.

If there’s a black hole nearby, you might be in for some heart-stopping action. Watch out for the many Void Marios that emerge. They look like Mario, but they’re black and fast and not very nice at all. Get away because they multiply quickly. The one thing I don’t like is the Star Ball, which has you jump up and balance on a huge see-through globe. It’s sometimes too hard to maneuver.

TEAMING UP

There’s nothing more fun than playing the game with Yoshi. Hop on and ride as you command him to eat food and enemies with his super long tongue. You can also use that tongue like a handy grappling hook to swing from place to place. Plus, Yoshi can transform into a floating blimp. And when you chomp down a Bulb Berry, Yoshi shines a light that reveals special paths you couldn’t see by yourself. He’s indispensable to winning the game.

Overall, Super Mario Galaxy 2 is a very fine game, one that you can play with a friend in multiplayer mode (sadly, there is no online multiplayer capability). Even though you sometimes wish there were more new things to do, it’s a pleasure-filled experience that slowly ramps up from easy to very challenging. And, hey, there’s nothing like the heroic feeling of saving Princess Peach from that mean ol’ Bowser.

Comments about “Super Mario Galaxy 2 game review”

  1. diddly doo says:

    this game is awesome! i only have the first Super Mario Galaxy with 120 STARS! it is super fun

  2. somebody... says:

    After I got this game, yoshi became my official favorite mario character

  3. _____ says:

    I got this for a birthday gift. It’s the best 3-D Mario game so far! Just the Bowser fights are too EASY. I lost no health AT ALL on my first try (World 2). BUT HOW DO YOU ACTIVATE THE PRANKSTER COMETS!!?!?? I’ve heard that you need to beat Tall Trunk in World 3’s 2nd mission, the slide, and talk to the Whittle that appears on Starship Mario. But I can’t find info online!

  4. technolord says:

    Hello, where do you get the comet medal for the first world on galaxy 2? PLZ ZANSWER!

  5. technolord says:

    I own this game, and its awesome. Repeat. AWESOME!

  6. Evron says:

    I think all of the Mario games are just plain awesome!

    P.S. On Super Mario Galaxy 1 once you know how to beat bowser it is 100% easy!!!

  7. 3edcvfr4dslquiwre says:

    Own 1 + 2!!!!!! ON WORLD S!!!!!!!!! HAVE 136 STARS!!!!!!!

  8. Gamer101 says:

    This is the the most epicly awesome game ever in the universe and the best mario so far. You see I just got a 360 and I thought I would never play the wii again or even look at it but an Xbox game along with three wii games were stolen from me and the first Mario Galaxy being one of those and I thought I didn’t care about the Wii games but my Dad got Mario Galaxy 2 to replace the first mario galaxy and now I try to play it as much as i Can even though I am more of an Xbox person.:)

  9. JOEBOB1021 says:

    On Super Mario Galaxy 1 how do you get past the trash thing on Dreadnoght Galaxy. I already know about the bombs on the gold circle. Anyone know any tips and tricks.

  10. turtle says:

    i love the game but… i don’t have a wii.

  11. beepboop says:

    I have the Super Mario Galaxy 2 and Super Mario Galaxy. I’ve gotten both of them!

  12. super mario bro says:

    I have a wii and super mario galaxy 1 but a second one! its out of this world!

  13. kirby says:

    I love Mario Games

  14. sillytaco1545 says:

    I love this game! I play it most of the day and i try to find all the comet medals! I hope other people find this game as fun as i do!

  15. Ficus says:

    I got this game yesterday… ive had my wii 2 years and this is the funnest time ive ever had on it. this version better then number 1. i like the new power ups, though i am disapointed by fireball mario not being able to keep it up long, but hey, overall a epic game :D

  16. Anonymous says:

    i vote b.

  17. weedwacker says:

    136 stars

  18. yoshirider says:

    Ithink it is AWESOME!!!!!!! Unfortchnatly i do not have a wii. :(

  19. 3edcvfr4dslquiwre says:

    Own it!!!!!
    HAVE 86 STARS!!!!!!!!!
    ON WORLD S!!!!!!!!

  20. Mario says:

    Hey, peoples! Did ya all know that you can play Luigi in Super Mario Galaxy 2? I’m going to have a miniature poll right here. Vote for the poll!
    WHAT GAME IS BETTER?
    A: Super Mario Galaxy
    B: Super Mario Galaxy 2
    REMEMBER: YOU HAVE UNTIL SATURDAY TO VOTE, SO DO IT NOW!

  21. LT says:

    IT IS AWESOME

  22. great mother of pearl says:

    it looks awesome i so want it now

  23. mario685 says:

    It Is AWESOME That’sWHAT I HEARD

  24. Riddler 2010 says:

    I LOVE mario games on the Wii & Nitendo DS, but unfortunatly I have neither. :(

  25. scouter says:

    already have 90 stars and beat bowser all 3 times

  26. trav says:

    I AM SOOOO GETTING IT!!!!

  27. jakattack says:

    I love mario games!!!:)

  28. jakattack says:

    I want it badly :)

  29. noemys says:

    why would yoshi help mario i thought they were enemies

  30. Bobomb says:

    Got it, and I’m playing it. The cosmic clones are so annoying, but when you get to a certain point they disappear into starbits!

  31. ___ says:

    It’s awesome!

  32. yoshi says:

    no i think iam gonna keep it yoshi for now on

  33. stick stick says:

    this game is awsome but the new super mario bros is about 1000x better than super mario galaxy two but i want both by the way my name used to be yoshi

  34. ladysman 1 says:

    i have the first,but want the second

  35. joe parks. says:

    i love super mario.

  36. yoshi says:

    really?

  37. yoshi says:

    i shall say this again it is way awesome

  38. Snake21 says:

    It is awesome … if u get a chance to write back please do so(it’s like New Super Mario Bros. 64)

    • yoshi says:

      HEY SNAKE21 IAM REPLYING TO YOUR COMMENT AND I AGREE IT IS WAY WAY AWESOME AND I WHANT BADLY

    • gamest k says:

      in super mario galaxy 2 world 6 throwback galexy it’s the same as super mario 64 ds whomp’s fortres even the music’s the same! wow who new that it would take somthing from my second faorite game and put it in my frist! it’s like a dream!

  39. PEPPER YOSHI says:

    I can’t believe that yoshi helps Mario!

  40. Shrew says:

    I got it on Thursday

  41. mario man says:

    i cant wait!i have the first one SUPER MARIO GALEXY1 oh,i just cant wait!

  42. yoshi says:

    i have seen videos of super mario galaxy 2 and from what i can tell it is way awesome

  43. Clarky says:

    that is cool

  44. Panda Man says:

    I want dis SO BADLY!!! (I AM Comic Lover, but I changed my nickname!)

  45. LEADER OF FIVE101 says:

    AWESOME! :-)

  46. houstonmustang says:

    dude!!!!!! this looks cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  47. GAMER 2 says:

    I’M STILL WAITING FOR IT TO COME IN THE MAIL! I’VE SEEN ALL THE EPIC TRAILERS FOR IT! MAN IT’S TAKING A TOOOOO LONG TIME…

  48. Sonic4 says:

    This is coming from a sonic fan, but I WANT IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  49. Icecat97 says:

    I want this game for my birthday which is on August 23.

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