There are some games that simply need no introduction. This is one of them.
Super Mario Galaxy 2 is a direct sequel to the 2007 classic, Super Mario Galaxy, which quickly became one of the highest rated games of all time, due to its level design, innovation, and overall polish. You may be asking yourself how they can possibly top such a game; it will require Nintendo to go above and beyond, and make a game that is both accessible to the casual gamer, and challenging for the hardcore; one that stays true to its predecessor, while at the same time, offering fresh gameplay, that even the most diehards of Nintendo fans will appreciate. Well, that is exactly what Nintendo did.
When the game was first revealed, many people criticized it for looking too similar to the original Super Mario Galaxy, claiming it to be a simple expansion upon the first game. This is somewhat true, however, completely wrong in the same regard. The similarities between both games are undeniable, mainly because the actual gameplay engine remains the same. Despite this, however, the game feels fresher than the first one did when it originally came out. This is due to the sheer amount of variety in the game’s many galaxies; you never feel like you’re playing something more than once, making for one of the most non repetitive video games I have ever played.
In terms of gameplay, there isn’t really anything that needs to be explained. It’s a Mario game. Everybody reading this certainly knows who he is, and what his “powers” are. The game offers a fine mix of both free roaming and linear environments, combining the best features of both and making the best of it. If you’re reading this, you probably also know how Mario games work, so I won’t bother explaining what you already know; I’ll get to the stuff that matters. I will make a convenient list of everything good about the game, everything bad, and also what I would rank it in comparison to other games.
- Super Mario Galaxy 2 has the best level design of any platformer released in the past decade.
- Fantastic, orchestrated soundtrack , including remixes of classic tunes.
- Three new power-ups, all of which contribute greatly to the innovation found within the game.
- Creative use of the Wii-mote speaker.
- Epic boss fights and the return of several classic enemies.
- It has an ending. This game, quite frankly, is easily the best I have played in years. I can’t think of a single thing wrong with it. I could maybe include how there’s a bit too much use of Cloud Mario, but that’s just nitpicking. If you own a Wii, you owe it to yourself to play this game. There’s no excuse not to. If you’re not a fan of the genre, then it’s completely understandable, and I don’t expect this review to change your mind; just be aware of the sheer quality of Super Mario Galaxy 2, and don’t hesitate to, at the very least, rent it.