Super Mario Galaxy 2: review

Super Mario Galaxy 2 is a platform video game developed by Nintendo and released in 2010 for the Nintendo Wii. It’s the sequel to the original Super Mario Galaxy.

At first, developers intended to offer this content as an updated version of the first game. However, the staff kept building upon the game with so many ideas that Nintendo decided to turn this project into an actual sequel.

Just like its predecessor, Super Mario Galaxy 2 received widespread critical acclaim, and some websites went as far as to deem this title as one of the greatest video games of all time.

Review

The story begins just like it did in Super Mario Galaxy. The Mushroom Kingdom is celebrating the star festival, and Mario gets invited to the castle.

Soon after arriving, Mario finds a little baby Luma who seemingly got abandoned by his people. The confused Luma takes residence under Mario’s cap.

Mario later finds the entire area under attack by Bowser, who’s now gigantic in size. He claims he has the power of the stars, kidnaps peach, states he’ll conquer the universe and make a galactic empire before taking off to space at light-speed.

With the help of a few friendly Lumas, Mario sets off to pursue Bowser. After collecting the first of many Power Stars, Mario finds a stray planetoid inhabited by a group of Lumas and their leader Lubba.

Lubba explains the planetoid is their space ship, but since Bowser stole their Power Stars their ship is inactive.

Fortunately, the baby Luma helps to start an alliance between Mario to Lubba. The crew then begins the journey to reclaim the Power Stars and rescue Princess Peach.

The plot seems a bit cliché, but it doesn’t detract from the overall gaming experience.

Super Mario Galaxy 2 features a mix of fun, variety, and creativity. It effectively combines the delightful cartoony style found in the franchise with the gorgeous visuals and epic scale inherent to space adventures.

This game setting offers players a very unique experience with mechanics like fluid gravity and wild camera angles. Most of the first Super Mario Galaxy’s bugs got fixed in this sequel.

Super Mario Galaxy 2 also boasts a lot of variety across its many worlds and planets.

The range and tone seen across the levels is impressive; you got cute and pretty areas such as the Honey Bloom galaxy as well as the foreboding fortresses found at the end of every world.

Surprising the player by throwing Mario in a one-off world filled with giants keeps gamers delighted as they play.

One of the differences between Super Mario Galaxy and this sequel is the world map mechanic.

In the first game, the observatory was the hub in which players visited some ship’s sections to play each galaxy’s levels. However, Super Mario Galaxy 2 now features a 2D map, which is more efficient as you can quickly start playing the levels.

The soundtrack is amazing. Credits for the musical score for this game go to a symphony orchestra known as the “Mario Galaxy Orchestra,” which consisted of 70 musicians.

With Shigeru Miyamoto’s blessing, the composers created a mix of new pieces as well as arrangements from both Super Mario Galaxy and earlier entries in the franchise such as Super Mario World and Super Mario 64.

The sound design is impressive because of its adaptability towards how you play this game. For example, the music becomes more serene when the character gets fully submerged in water.

Super Mario Galaxy 2’s overall presentation celebrates the franchise by honoring the past while improving upon older concepts and introducing new ideas.

The gameplay is the same one we get in Super Mario Galaxy. Mario can still perform his usual series of leaps and jumps, and he still has access to his spin attack.

Platforming is the meat and potatoes of this gaming experience. Thankfully, the controls are very responsive, except for a few occasions such as when the camera gets somewhat messy, or when the game forces the player to use the Wii-mote.

However, the areas that demand players to use the Wii-mote are few in number, and the game feels great the rest of the time.

Many classic Mario power-ups such as the Fire Flower, the Starman, the Bee Mushroom, and the Spring Mushroom return in Super Mario Galaxy 2. But, the game also adds other new elements in this regard.

The Spin Drill allows Mario to dig through specific types of terrains to come out on the other side of the platform. The Cloud Flower lets Mario create up to three cloudy platforms at any time.

The Rock Mushroom turns Mario into a rolling boulder. And the Boo Mushroom gives Mario the ability to phase through some obstacles.

The bosses are easy but very imaginative and fun. The battles against Bowser and Bowser Jr. are harder and more complex than the rest, but not very much. So, even newcomers can beat this game without much trouble.

Occasionally, you may run into Luigi and when you do, the game allows you to temporarily switch Mario with him.

You can also play with Yoshi, who has a massive distance advantage due to his tongue attack. His flutter ability helps with the most difficult platform sections, and he even has his own set of power-ups too.

This game won’t push players to their limits. If you die too much on a level, a shadowy version of Rosalina shows up to offer assistance. Very few stages are actually hard, and only by Mario games standards.

Overall, Super Mario Galaxy 2 offers a fun and enjoyable gaming experience. It’s a blast to play, and we highly recommend this game.