Super Mario Galaxy 2 goes back to the past, then springs forward toward the future as a nonstop action fun filled platforming game and sequel to the original. The new sequel not only improves on the first but smashes it out of the ballpark. It is the combination of 2D and 3D graphics that takes you back to the release of Super Mario Bros. and turning the impossible into the possible. I have never had so much fun playing a game on the Wii console until I had stepped into the worlds of ice, water, fire, and space that not only were fun and exciting to play but were visually stunning and surprisingly challenging.
Super Mario Galaxy 2 shares a lot of similarities to the original including the concept and controls. The game also has the same ideas the original had that gamers fell in love with. Building on greatness is a sure way to redefine success and take it to the next level. Players get familiarized by starting out with a 2D intro, gradually advancing until the players have all the advantages of knowing the foreground and background. Eventually the game gives the player complete control into levels that are visually stunning. Once again fans of the original will enjoy the gravity controls around the planetoids as well as shifts between the 2D and 3D in multiple levels.
It’s been decades since the franchise had sprouted from the humble chubby little plumber who jumped from mushroom to mushroom and crossed across the levels from point A to point B to the 3D character that soars from planetoids to comets. Yet Nintendo knows not to stray too far from its roots thus recycling the same essence that made early Mario so popular. We see the same coins, similar enemies, similar characters, but we see them all in a shining and brilliant 360 degree light that is impossible to resist. Now we have Yoshi whom joins in with his tongue swinging abilities that cross gaps and eat fruit that make Yoshi gain special abilities. The plethora of seemingly endless twists and turns is more than enough to make your head spin as the game progresses from the Sky Station Galaxy to the Puzzle Plank galaxy and beyond.
The power ups are top notch and of multiple variety. Fans and players will enjoy uncovering all the power ups and abilities the game has to over which feature more than any previous 3D Mario games to date. For example; the cloud suit emphasizes the players ability to find specific paths by conjuring a limited and scarce range of platforms while the Boo Suit allows Mario to float and become transparent. The sequel also enlightens players by providing simpler controls around the numerous levels and gravitational planetoids, and the sequel also makes things easier by having maps that don’t overwhelm you but instead work with your imagination, turning frustration into pure delight. It is difficult to find frustration within the game because even as the game ups the challenge, the pathway to the finish line never gets boring or repetitive.
Incorporating a neat little story, easy to understand, simple controls, a terrific soundtrack that blends in both reality and fantasy along with the 2D and 3D worlds, and an endless supply of fun and creativity, Galaxy 2 soars high above the heavens and never fails to impress. Imaginative and innovative, it’s a must have for all fans and players alike. The best part of all is that we have only seen the beginning of what this decade long franchise has to offer and the best may be yet to come.