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Super Mario Galaxy 2 - Wii

Game Description: Rejoin Mario on his galactic adventures in this follow-up to 2007's critically acclaimed platformer. Team up with your beloved dino-pal Yoshi, explore all new planets, and encounter diabolical enemies and puzzles as you journey to the stars and beyond.
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Super Mario Galaxy 2 Preview

By Abbie Heppe - Posted Feb 25, 2010

Super Mario Galaxy 2, E3 2009

Super Mario Galaxy 2 clearly deserves to be called “super.” The eight or so levels I played at Nintendo’s 2010 media summit ran the gamut from simple to embarrassingly complex, and overall, the new Mario builds on the foundation of previous Mario titles, but adds enough novel tricks, traps and abilities to keep it from being a stale nostalgia trip.

Judging by the interview I did with Nintendo’s Bill Trinen (which you can see on X-Play shortly), the development team had as much fun experimenting and creating the game as I had playing, probably a core reason SMG2 has improved so greatly on what the first game offered.

The addition of Yoshi is the biggest game-changer in Super Mario Galaxy 2. Not every level uses Yoshi, but the ones that do are impressive. Mario’s dinosaur friend swings his tongue, and gobbles down enemies and fruits that act as items. Some fruits allows you speed Yoshi up or float him in the air. Expanded-power Yoshi is a welcome expansion of the established Galaxy gameplay.


Along with the return of old Nintendo pals, Galaxy 2 breaks out some new items too. The level Nintendo demonstrated in the early morning presser involved a drill that allows players to dig through planets and explore within them, opening new paths where it appears none exist. Although it felt like cheating to watch the level played before I had to chance to solve it myself, little magic was lost as a consequence; there’s a lot of pleasure in experimentation with new devices.

Super Mario Galaxy 2 screenshot

What is most impressive is how the new items are incorporated into puzzles that challenge my perception of 2D vs 3D platforming. The game tightly nestles in between the two in a very satisfying manner. I am still delighted as I write this.

Many elements from the first game reappear -- the bee suit, the Lumas and the collectable comet bits that can be used to unlock new areas -- but (of course), there are some new approaches to these elements that I can't detail because, well, they're secret for now, known only to Nintendo.

In short, SMG2 is enjoyable to watch, to play, to assist with star collection or to simply heckle other players attempting the most challenging of puzzles. May 23 can't come soon enough.

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  • MrApophis

    What would be cool is if you could "Level up" your maximum life.

    Posted: April 8, 2010 10:51 AM
    MrApophis
  • crsport24

    That Mario Galaxy 2 Video game looks VERY INTERESTING SO MUCH THAT I MAY REALLY WANNA GO OUT AND BUY IT WHEN IT DOES IN FACT COME OUT FOR SALE IN THE STORES ON MARCH 23rd.............

    Posted: March 5, 2010 5:08 PM
    crsport24
  • 3dark7

    NIntendo work hard on this one!

    Posted: March 4, 2010 2:45 PM
    3dark7
  • deleted_1D94F9CC-4502-43B2-967D-FEEB46B17DE7

    Look nice but I don't have Wii

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    Posted: March 3, 2010 10:45 PM
    deleted_1D94F9CC-4502-43B2-967D-FEEB46B17DE7
  • xdomx125x

    question: i am falling a very long distance, what do i do? answer: yell waaaaaaaaaaahhhhh!!!!

    Posted: March 3, 2010 11:33 AM
    xdomx125x
  • SirPukey

    can't wait for this game loved the first a lot

    Posted: March 2, 2010 1:50 PM
    SirPukey
  • oldschool6239

    Darn it I never got the first I'm so behind, the lighting and colors schemes are amazing.

    Posted: March 2, 2010 8:46 AM
    oldschool6239
  • xL7717

    I never got into Super Mario Galaxy. I feel bad that I didn't either, as everyone is always talking about how great the first one is. I got to 50 stars and was bored with it. I'll check this out, but I'm not playing it with any high expectations, to be honest with you.

    Posted: March 1, 2010 3:36 PM
    xL7717
  • heroes_will_fall_26

    wow, this game looks incredible. i'm turning off final fantasy XIII to play this!

    Posted: March 1, 2010 1:09 PM
    heroes_will_fall_26
  • RZRHED87

    Just nice to see a community where the comments aren't full of jabs and spitful comments. Glad I joined this G4 thing you kids are doing. LOL And seeing Olivia anytime I want is sweet, too!

    Posted: February 28, 2010 5:11 PM
    RZRHED87
  • rhys1882

    Any chance of them finally abandoning the archaic concept of a set number of lives + unlimited continues?

    Posted: February 26, 2010 1:36 PM
    rhys1882
  • dantastic4

    This game just looks simply goregous in everyway.3d Mario's back and ready to kick some ass!

    Posted: February 26, 2010 8:04 AM
    dantastic4
  • magozel

    wow i love mario games, but i didn't like new super mario bros wii (>.<)....
    this games looks great!!! big goombas and yoshi!!!!!

    Posted: February 25, 2010 10:03 PM
    magozel
  • leakime

    I'm kicking out Nathan Drake and Master Chief and plugging in my old motion sensitive white box because Mario 3D is back and better than ever!!!

    Posted: February 25, 2010 8:20 PM
    leakime
  • zimmy91

    wow actually looks good and that is rare for the wii

    Posted: February 25, 2010 6:26 PM
    zimmy91
  • Angry Jessie

    Time to dust of ye olde Wii

    Posted: February 25, 2010 5:33 PM
    Angry+Jessie
  • Connor53

    I love the mario games for the wii, but for once I would like a bowser fight that doesn't involve using his own course to kill him. You've seen it in pretty much every mario game. From the switch on the bridge in the classic game, and the mines in mario 64, to the rediculous hot tub in sunshine, the planet that he smashes on to burn himself in galaxy, and finally the giant switch at the end of new super mario bros wii. Seriously, just once I would like to kick bowsers ass the old fashion way!

    Posted: February 25, 2010 4:34 PM
    Connor53
  • RickAstin

    Love it....even happier that Yoshi isn't a time based power up like he was in Sunshine...


    here's hoping the option to play as Luigi is back as well....and also hope that the bowser fights aren't all identical....

    Posted: February 25, 2010 3:51 PM
    RickAstin
  • littledragon092

    Dear Wii,
    I officially miss you.
    -Your old pal, littledragon092

    Posted: February 25, 2010 2:53 PM
    littledragon092
  • Jack7238

    looks awesome.

    Posted: February 25, 2010 2:38 PM
    Jack7238
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