Still out of this world.
Super Mario Galaxy was a great game, in case anyone didn’t know or just plain forgot. It expanded upon mechanics introduced in Super Mario 64, making it a game that remains a highlight of the Wii library. The sequel, released five years ago, improves upon Supe Mario Galaxy’s formula is a must-have title for anyone who ever was a fan of Mario games growing up. With the game’s recent re-release on Wii U, it’s a perfect time to remind the world that this masterpiece continues to remain just as fresh and innovative as it was in 2010.
The game itself is amazing. Using Mario, you’ll trek across planets in Mario’s galaxy (using a ship based on his own likeness, no less) as you solve puzzles and quests in order to obtain stars, which fuel the ship and help steer you closer to Bowser’s castle, where again he has Princess Peach locked up. The various worlds you come across are varied, each with their own items and bosses that are completely engaging. Presentation-wise, it’s one of the most polished titles on the Wii system. The orchestrated soundtrack is one of the best I’ve heard in a Mario game and the graphics hold up very well compared to today’s fare. Although I wish with this new Wii U release that the graphics would receive an upgrade (as this is a Wii title that would look tremendous in HD), the game looks and feels like it’s straight out of a high-def animated movie -- the presentation overall is tremendous and something awesome to experience each time I ventured into a new world to explore.
Super Mario Galaxy 2 has everything you want in a Mario game. From level design to depth to the huge list of things to do and discover, it’s still one of the best Mario titles to date, and that covers a lot of ground. The Wii controls are great and perhaps the best use of the Wii Remote’s unique capabilities out of any core Nintendo title. The overall whimsy and adventure brought to the fore by the expertly designed worlds makes for a tremendous experience. That describes Super Mario Galaxy 2 to a tee, in fact- a tremendous experience that everyone should go out and try.