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Super Mario Galaxy

Released on 16 November 2007

Rating: 3+ (PEGI)

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When some creature escapes into space with Princess Peach, Mario gives chase, exploring bizarre planets all across the galaxy.

The ultimate Nintendo hero is taking the ultimate step... out into space. Join Mario as he ushers in a new era of video games, defying gravity across all the planets in the galaxy. Players run, jump and battle enemies as they explore all the planets in the galaxy. Since this game makes full use of all the features of the Wii Remote, players have to do all kinds of things to succeed: pressing buttons, swinging the Wii Remote and the Nunchuk, and even pointing at and dragging things with the pointer.
  • Shake, tilt and point! Mario takes advantage of all the unique aspects of the Wii Remote and Nunchuk controller, unleashing new moves as players shake the controller and even point at and drag items with the pointer.
  • Mario essentially defined the 3D platforming genre with Super Mario 64, and this game proves once again that he is king. Players perform mind-bending, lowgravity jumps across wild alien terrain as they experience platforming for a new generation.
  • Mario dons new suits! As Bee Mario and Boo Mario, you'll use these special suits to help Mario fly and turn invisible. What other suits will you find?
  • A new character, Rosalina, makes her debut. This Watcher of the Stars aids Mario on his quest to find her friend, the Grand Star, in addition to Princess Peach.

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 The best game available on Wii? I think so.

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There come several times in a console's life where a everybody-must-get-this-game comes along. On the DS so far, there have been New Super Mario Bros, Animal Crossing and Zelda Phantom Hourglass, wheras on the Wii, we've seen our way through Twilight Princess and Resident Evil 4. That's where Super Mario Galaxy comes in...

Quite simply, this is by far one of the best games ever made. It advances way beyond Super Mario 64 did in it's time, but still plays quite similarly to the classic. The story this time is that you must travel through many different galaxies to rescue princess Peach from Bowsers new lair (set in space). When you get into the beyond, a strange woman named Rosalina decides to help you out on her own space ship, which you use as your main hub. From here, you can travel to nearby galaxies and attempt to complete several missions in each. These missions can vary from about five to twenty minutes, but most of them offer something new and innovative that'll make you want to go back and play it again.

You control the game using the nunchuck to run, using A to jump and Z to crouch. By using combinations of these moves, you can perform all the usual array of tricks (such as backflips and long jumps), with no real alterations on Super Mario 64. There is an extra feature that does play a big part though, and that is the addition of star bits.

Scattered throughout each level, there will be an array of "star bits" which you collect by aiming the Wii remote pointer at them. Then, by using B, you can fire these star bits at enimies to briefly distract them ir stop them in their tracks. The aiming for this isn't always that good, but you'll find that you rarely need them anyway, and instead just use them for purchasing new planets offering mini games and secret levels. In this game, coins play a much smaller part than the others, and they are much less common than in Mario's 2D adventures.

The levels themselves though, are excellent fun, and offer levels of enjoyment I haven't seen in a game before. This is all helped out by the colourful palette and brilliantly performed orchestral soundtrack. The graphics in this game appear to stretch the Wii's technical limitaions to their highest point, and although this is a Mario game, it sports some of the best presentation you'll ever see on the console.

The only bad point I can think of is that the game's difficulty is often varied, and so is sometimes a bit easy for those really hardcore gamers out there. There is still a fair share of difficult challenges in there though as well, with the odd one being frustratingly hard for a while. It can still be semi-completed by youngsters though, since only 60 of the 120 missions must be completed to go against Bowser, and with a huge stash of extra lives available at ease around the hub, you'll rarely get a Game Over screen.

As a little extra, there is a two player mode as well, where an extra player can use their pointer to make Mario jump or collect star bits for you. This works fairly well, and is useful for helping less able gamers through those "ARGH" moments, but we think that it would have been cooler to let the other player control Luigi, or even go head to head on certain stages (such as the one where you race the penguin down the track).

Overall though, this is a fantastic single player experience, with a massive variety of things to do with little boredom or frustration whatsoever. There's loads to do for those that really can't put the game down, with many extra levels, secrets and stars hidden across the game. This game is a must buy for anyone who has a love of video games. Or even fun at all, for that matter.

 best game on the wii UNEXPECTEDLY

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Firstly i just wanna say i am not a fan of 3d platformers or even mariop for that matter i am a sega boy that loves sonic threw and threw but theres a problem mario has just released the best 3d p[latform game not just on the wii but ever this game couldnt be better if it wanted its not amazingly hard to complete but once you have theres still so much to do afterwards to fully complete the game is where the challenge lies im about 80% through the game now and finding the later levels fairly difficult but not overly that it fells like a waste

Basically this this game has converted me and is a huge must everything about it is perfect
The game
The music &
The graphics all top notch thi sis one game that will go down in history as one of the very best ever (which is why it won game of the year lol)

Buy it now

 Worth the 10 year wait??? YES.

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After 10 very long years of waiting the next true installment to the Mario francise has arrived. Mario's controls are taken straight out of Mario 64, so anyone who has played this will feel right at home. Graphically it is easily the best so far on the Wii. Gameplay is fantastic with superb gravity effects. Lastabilty, this game will take you a while with 120 stars to collect (initially, but dont want to spoil anything). Difficulty, experienced gamers will find this a tad on the easy side, but the difficulty is set perfectly for introducing new gamers to the Mario series.

Quite simply the best game on the Wii and possibly the best game in 10 years.

 Easily A Five Star Affair!

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This is.... as someone else said "The Perfect Game". Beautiful graphics really showcasing what the Wii is capable of. Stunning locals that drip with Mario goodness and physics that are mind bendingly impressive and fun to play! Plenty to do in this game, so you will definetly get you're monies worth! An essential purchase for the Wii, I'd nearly buy it twice!

 Pure Genuis Around Every Corner.

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There are some moments in gaming that define why we love games so much and why we are still here writing reviews about them. These are games like Mario Kart, Super Smash Brothers: Brawl and of coarse Zelda (these are only a handful, I could be hear a very long time if I named them all). As you can see in the games I have named, the franchise responsible for most of these beautiful and wonderful moments is the Mario series. Everyone who has played their fair share of games can relate to sliding down their first Mario flagpole in Super Mario Bros, finding Yoshi for the first time in Super Mario World and Running around Peach's castle and castle grounds in Super Mario 64 and so on!

Now with Mario's first proper adventure on Nintendo's fifth generation console, the plan is to provide some more of these defining moments and revolutionise all over again, as had been done with Mario 64 just over a decade ago. Thankfully I can safely say 'Mission Accomplished'. Mario Galaxy is one of the finest games I have ever played and a must for any Wii owner.

The very first thing I noticed when I began playing the game was the visuals. Throughout the whole game the graphics constantly amaze, with stunning visual effects (as the camera moves and large planets rise or set far in the distance you're treated to a fantastic sight as the horizon glows, creating a sort of a lens flare effect), some remarkably huge playing areas and characters that are positively filled to the brim with personality (not least of all, the main man himself). To put in a simpler and a briefer version of what I just said, if you've been long dreaming of a game that makes the most of the wii's powerful graphic processor then your dreams have just come true!!!

At this stage your ears may be beginning to feel a little neglected or jealous, tell them not to worry; your eyes aren't the only things being treated to a feast here. The sound is also some of the best I have heard in a Mario game. While the new musical themes may not immediately as catchy as the classics we all know and have come to love, they fit into the environments perfectly capture the feeling of being in an unfamiliar location and I believe that like me you will come to love them in time and will find yourself uncontrollably humming along as you did in the older Mario games.

Retro- heads don't loose the head because you are more then catered for with heaps of old school nods to the earlier games in the series. Question blocks return, mushrooms are back (and looking better then ever before) and, crucially; some of Mario's power ups give a similar sense of nostalgia. As well as the bee suit and Boo Mario there are others that I won't spoil in case you haven't got this game yet (lets just say they involve ice and springs- hint, hint), the return of fire Mario makes it clear that Mario is going back to his roots.

In terms of difficulty, the game varies. While some missions are quite simple, others test the skill of even the most dedicated Mario fan. It is perhaps slightly harder then Mario 64, but not as frustrating as Mario Sunshine's later levels were. Needless to say it will take you a while to get all 120 stars.

Playing with the wii remote may seem like a fiddly experience but the fact is that within 5 minuets I forget I was using it. It speaks volume of how well the system works that within minuets it felt like I had been doing this since the days of Mario 64.

To tell you the rest it would be like giving you a pack of malteers with no chocolate- YUCK!!! Overall Mario Galaxy surprises, amazes and entertains you all at once.

Pros:
+ Incomparable Gameplay.
+ Outstanding Graphics.
+ Superb sound design.
+ Pure Genius.
97%

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