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Super Mario Galaxy 2
ESRB Rating: E
What kind of game is it?
Super Mario Galaxy 2 is a 3D platformer that continues the standards set by its predecessor, 2007's Game of the Year runner-up Super Mario Galaxy and the likes of 2002's Super Mario Sunshine and 1996's Super Mario 64. The familiar tropes -- Mario must explore distant worlds to collect 120 stars -- are intact, but the world's favorite Italian plumber is joined by Yoshi, who makes his 3D debut.
Who's the Developer?
Nintendo EAD Tokyo. Under Nintendo's structure, most of its internal studios are located in Nintendo's worldwide headquarters in Kyoto, Japan. The Tokyo studio is the only exception. The team has worked on Donkey Kong Jungle Beat in addition to Super Mario Galaxy.
What's the story?
There’s less plot than past Mario platformers, but ultimately, it's Mario's mission to brave the elements and endure life-threatening scenarios in the name of interstellar collection. The addition of Yoshi, as well as several new suit abilities, such as the Cloud Suit and Rock Suit, help him achieve his goals.
In Super Mario Galaxy, you could play through a section leaping around as your partner collected plenty of floaty bits with the Wii remote. Without spoiling too much, multiplayer is back and more enhanced in SMG2. But alas, you won't be able to do any of that online.
What'd we say?
Andrew Pfister reviewed Super Mario Galaxy 2 for us, giving it a 5/5.
"Super Mario Galaxy 2 culminates over 20 years of Mario gaming -- whether you were around for it all as it happened or you picked it up later -- and distills it into a wonderful experience. The essence of Super Mario games has always been getting from Point A to Point B, being proud that you made it to the end, but then being disappointed because the middle part was so entertaining. This is a magnificent feeling that occurs so often in Super Mario Galaxy 2, I really do want to visit my 10-year old self and give him a sneak peek at what the future holds. (And pray that his/my head doesn't explode)."
See it in action: