Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Super Mario Galaxy (Wii) mini-review

Another short review, only because it came out a while ago. By the way, noticing any pattern with the articles lately? Keep your eyes open for something...

Nintendo EAD Tokyo
Publisher: Nintendo
Date Released: November 12, 2007 (USA)
MSRP: $49.99
Players: 1-2
Genre: Platformer
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)

The Good
  • Pure, addicting fun. It's a Mario platformer, why haven't you bought it yet?
  • Some of the best visuals on the Wii. Galaxy shows what can be done graphically on the Wii.
  • Over 120 levels that will keep you coming back for more.
  • Original, orchestrated music.
  • A unique, yet fun multiplayer system.
  • Slick, easily accessible hub world.
  • New power-ups: Boo Mushroom, Ice Flower, Bee Mushroom.
You sure did.

The Bad
  • The auto-camera works most of the time, but it has it's moments here an there where you wish you could rotate it and can't.
  • The overall difficulty isn't really that hard until the very last stages (such as the purple coin ones). You'll easily fly to that 60 star mark.
Other than that, Super Mario Galaxy is a spectacular experience that shouldn't be missed.

Gameplay: 9.5/10 Other than the occasional camera problem, Mario Galaxy shines in this area.

Story: 8/10 Besides the overused save the princess storyline, you have an additional, optional story that comes in unlockable chapters located in the Library.

Multiplayer: 8/10 The new multiplayer is actually kind of cool. The other player gathers star bits and knocks over enemies, while you control Mario. Cool, but not necessary to play the game.

Graphics: 9.5/10 Very awesome graphics. Looking a lot better than some 360 and PS3 games, Super Mario Galaxy is probably the best looking game on the system to date.

Sound: 10/10 Some utterly fantastic ochestrated music. Playing on mute or even low volume is a crime.

Lasting Value: 9.5/10 Over 120 stars to collect, and with some nice unlockables that I won't mention. Super Mario Galaxy will keep you playing for a long time.

Overall: 10/10
Up there with Super Mario Bros. 3 in terms of innovation and plain fun. The graphics and music show what can be done on the Wii. Own a Wii? Great, get this game. I'd recommend it to anyone with a Wii. It's that good.

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