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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.

249 Comments on Super Mario Galaxy 2 game review

  1. koopa hunter // December 25, 2012 at 7:25 pm // Reply

    Beat the whole game. Best Mario game that Nintendo made!!

  2. mega mario // July 5, 2012 at 3:26 pm // Reply

    if you like this game try new super mario on the ds

  3. LEGO Universer // March 1, 2012 at 8:37 pm // Reply

    I LOVE this game and have a question:what do the ghost mean?

  4. I WANT THIS GAME SO BAD!! P.S. SUPER MARIO 64 DS RULES!!! IT’S-A-ME, MARIO!

  5. I love SMG2!And ilikemario,their are 121 stars in SMG1.

  6. I played it … and I loved it!

  7. I just got a Wii for Christmas and I really want the game!!!

  8. I know 4 cheats to SMG2 ;) if you want me to tell them to you people give me ideas for a 3rd SMG.ps the cheats are cool skating tricks,infinite lives,really long yoshi tongue,and super ground pound.

  9. how do you add in online multiplayer with a 3D adventure-action game? That doesn’t even make sense.

  10. My life was so boring until I got this game my best friend had SMG1 and I LOVED to play it.But now that I have SMG2 I am so much happier.

  11. Its so cool but i`m stuck on the last level on word 3, someone help!

  12. i got ramdow riad on world s

  13. hey pbj you must have stayd up all night playing then

  14. how much dous that game cost?

  15. world s is fun.

  16. I beat galaxy 2 but im not to rolling coaster galaxy yet.:( :(

  17. its fun but the first version is better :|

  18. i have only played super mario galaxy 1 its sooo fun

  19. glamdozer and bowser are the easiest bosses EVER

  20. bowser?

  21. I beat the game in 4 days!

  22. i have this game and i’m stuck on the s. world!?!?!?!?!

  23. i beat the game in one night :)

  24. its realy cool i love it

  25. I have completed this game including green star except for Grandmaster galaxy’s comet star: the perfect run it’ s so HARD!!!

  26. The bird levels were kind of tricky with weird controls just like the ray surfing in the oringal wich I could never complete!

  27. yes!!!!!!! // July 29, 2010 at 3:10 pm // Reply

    just this morning i beat the game and now i need 2 more stars to cross the thing beetween mario squared and ?

  28. where is something falls in world 2? secret star

  29. game almost beat need 2 stars were is clockwork ruins secret star

    • get 30 coins in 1st planet and feed them to luma under the last clock.you might need a player 2 to help you collect coins

  30. This review is excellent. Did you know IGN said that SMG2 was the best game the Wii has to offer?

  31. you people pay for making fun of me i have come out of game to kill mario creator muhahahaha you die

  32. snoozer brueser // July 27, 2010 at 10:13 am // Reply

    is there a cheat to get luigie in super mario galaxy 1 lazerdude

    • No there is not but after you get 120 stars and beat bowser 2 times you start the whole game over but you play as the man in green!

  33. ask me any question i can answer it.
    P.S. i only answer the following: super paper mario, super mario galaxy, super mario galaxy 2, wario land shake it, wii sports resort, and a few other games. :)

  34. "Panda The Quizmaster" // July 19, 2010 at 7:43 am // Reply

    *comet siren* SMG2 Quiz! Three rounds, Each five Questions! Question… What is the first galaxy in the game? A.Gadget Guys Galaxy. B.Sky Station Galaxy. C.Flip-Swap Galaxy. Ya got til the of the month. ANSWER.

  35. i got it!!!!!!! SO COOL!!!!!!!!!

  36. there are 121 stars in the first one you get 120 and you battle bowser by asking rosalina and get luigie then beat another level with luigie and get 121 stars p.s. the toad birgade is not helpull at all the just go to galaxys and watch you

  37. mariolover // July 12, 2010 at 5:10 pm // Reply

    i would love to get this. thank you for the reiview

  38. i have 73 stars on the first super mario galaxy how many do you need to get luigie?

  39. your right speron7 he is hard.

  40. I LOVE this game!I like versing the Koopa boss on a purple cloud.

  41. Gobblegut is so HARD!

    • splatster // July 1, 2010 at 5:01 pm // Reply

      mario galaxy 2 is not meant for beginners that have never played the first one. if you have, run away and when he gets stuck, spin the bulgies. ( i dont have the game, i saw my friend battle him.)

  42. nice comment

  43. great mother of pearl // June 29, 2010 at 7:20 pm // Reply

    it is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  44. how do you dustroue the frst lavl.

  45. You have to play 2 player and it is totally easy.

  46. there is 500 stars rock on i know because i beat it

  47. 100racecar // June 26, 2010 at 11:41 am // Reply

    to unlock luigi beat bowsers final boss x2 in a row

  48. needinghelp!!!!!!!! // June 25, 2010 at 11:29 pm // Reply

    On some of the worlds after you get the first star it tells you that there is another star in silver with a question mark in the star but when i played that level again it kept the star silver with the question mark in it!! how am i supposed to get those stars? if you can help in any way please let me know i am dying to finish this game it is awesome!!:D

  49. I want so bad I have the 1st one I have almost all the stars I’m stuck I cant get luige how many stars do you need 1,000,000,000,000? If you know tell me remember rock on

  50. I got this game for my late birthday. It is my favourite mario game in the world.

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