If the game reviewers are to be believed, the newly released Super Mario Galaxy 2 (for the Wii) is nearly a perfect game. Collectively across all reviewers, it’s garnered a rating of approximately 98 out of 100. How is it possible for a game to live up to such hype? Couldn’t it just end up the video game equivalent of Avatar? Praised so highly and so much that by the time you actually get to see it, it’s completely underwhelming?
That was my concern as I unwrapped Super Mario Galaxy 2. And for the first few levels, it seemed exactly like Super Mario Galaxy the first. Fun, yes, but I was expecting something more.
But then the ‘something more’ showed up and drove any initial disappointment off the couch out of the room and out the back door. Before I even realized what was happening, I was having the most fun on the Wii that I had had in a long time. Gameplay is fast and smooth, levels are creative and challenging (without being impossible), characters are varied and entertaining, and the world of the game just seems so, well, vast. And, unbelievably, the more you play, the more fun it gets!
All of the characters you know and love are back: Mario, Luigi, Bowser, Princess, the Toads, Goombas and, most exciting, Yoshi! And many of the new friends from the original Super Mario Galaxy—such as the Lumas—are back, along with some new faces. And new power-ups mean that you can play as Cloud Mario (who can create and float on clouds), Rock Mario (who can roll and smash into enemies) and Hot Pepper Yoshi (who moves at super speeds). Plus, improvements to P2 play means that the second player, playing as a Luma floating alongside Mario, can do more than just collect the star bits made famous by the first version: the second player can also freeze and defeat enemies and grab out-of-reach coins and goodies.
It’s easily one of the best games to be released for the Wii to date, and will keep kids and parents entertained for hours. Just make sure you pay attention to your little Luma friends, who often remind you that it might be time to take a break.
–Megan, editor of canadianfamily.ca