Super Mario Galaxy 2
Join Mario in a Galaxy Far, Far, Far, Far Away!
What It Is
It’s hard to believe that it has been three years since the first Super Mario Galaxy was released. It seems like it was just yesterday that we were transported to this strange and wacky galaxy that only Nintendo could conceive. Super Mario Galaxy 2, the sequel to the 2007 game, brings us more out-of-this (or any other) world adventures set among awesome, gravity-defying levels with spaced-out creatures and over-the-top obstacles.
Once again, Princess Peach has been kidnapped! You would think that by now Peach would have taken a self defense class or something to prevent herself from all these abductions but apparently, she hasn’t. As usual, it is up to Mario (and you) to rescue the princess. Traveling from galaxy to galaxy on a spaceship that looks like Mario’s head, you will battle enemies and solve puzzles across multiple unique levels, each with a boss at the end that you will need to defeat. Along the way, you will gather coins and star bits, get to try out some great power-ups and even ride everyone’s favorite Nintendo dinosaur-Yoshi!
Why It’s Fun
Power-ups are always some of the most fun elements in any Nintendo game, especially the Mario ones. In Galaxy 2, while in the Fluffy Buff Galaxy (yes, that’s really what one of the levels is called), you will discover the cloud power-up that turns Mario into Cloud Mario and enables him to jump in the air and create cloud platforms to land on. Another great power-up is a drill that Mario will use to tunnel all the way through a planet and pop out on the other side.
Some levels are giant puzzles where the difficulty and fun lies in how to get from one point to another rather than battling your way past enemies. There are still enemies to deal with but the puzzle levels are more about thinking than fighting.
Finally, classic Nintendo insanity and humor keeps you laughing as you play through Galaxy 2. A perfect example of this is Yoshi’s appetite/ability. While riding on Yoshi, you can grab enemies with his tongue and eat them to get by. Certain objects will give Yoshi unique abilities when he eats them such as a Blimp Fruit that will inflate Yoshi causing him to float.
Who’s Going To Love It
Galaxy 2 isn’t all happy clouds and rainbows. It’s hard! In fact, some levels are so hard that even advanced gamers will find this a challenging and intriguing game. That’s great for the advanced gamer but can be frustrating for beginners, which is why the Cosmic Guide system is such a handy feature. If you are having a hard time getting past a particular area, for example if you keep dying at the same spot over and over, Cosmic Guide will take over Mario and get you through the area.
As for specific ages, kids of all ages (boys and girls) who love Mario and his pals will want to play this game. I would imagine that anyone under the age of seven will be a little too young to play on their own, but I can’t think of anyone too old to enjoy this game.
Anyone who loved the first Mario Galaxy will love this one also. It plays like a continuation of the first game with just enough changes to keep it fresh but not so much that the core fun of the first game is lost.
What To Be Aware Of
The two-player option is a nice feature, but Galaxy 2 is a lot more fun for one person. Player two is more of a side-kick who is handy in a fight and can grab star bits but has very little control or impact on the game.
5 out of 5
It has to be fun or it wouldn’t be on Time to Play. But some games are more fun than others so here’s our scale: 1 is fun, 2 is a lot of fun, 3 is great, 4 is awesome and 5 is out-of-this-world!
Video Game Information
Super Mario Galaxy 2
Players: 1 - 2
Available: Now, at most major retail, toy, gaming specialty shops and many online e-commerce sites.
Launch Date: May 23, 2010
Date of Review: June 2010