Review: Super Mario Galaxy 2

Could it be possible that Super Mario Galaxy 2 is even better than Super Mario Galaxy?  Quite a few sites have given SMG2 the 10/10 treatment.  I would personally give the original Super Mario Galaxy a 9/10, so that’s certainly tough to beat…

  • Published by: Nintendo
  • Developed by: Nintendo EAD Tokyo
  • Genre: Platformer
  • Number of Players: 1-2
  • Release Date:
    US: May 23, 2010
    Japan: May 27, 2010
  • MSRP: $49.99
  • E for Everyone

I walked into Super Mario Galaxy 2 with extremely high expectations and am pleased to say that those expectations were mostly met.  Super Mario Galaxy was a great game with few noticeable problems and I can say with confidence that Super Mario Galaxy 2 is the same. I will attempt to review this title without giving away any of the story…

Super Mario Galaxy 2 uses the exact same game engine as the original, the exact same controls and the concept of the title is basically the same.  The primary difference between the two would have to lie with refinement and polishing.  Some of the game’s changes may be welcomed by some gamers and not so welcomed by others.

Super Mario Galaxy 2 is easier than the original game in my opinion.  I also beat the game in less time, but had more fun with it.  Super Mario Galaxy 2 has a slower difficulty curve, where the game slowly goes from extremely easy to a little challenging over time.  The game never once got extremely difficult in my opinion.  Gamers of all ages and abilities will be able to beat this game without too much difficulty.

If you enjoyed the first Super Mario Galaxy, you will definitely find this one just as appealing and perhaps a little less frustrating.  Navigating from map to map is much easier this time around and everything in the game seems natural.  The story is equal in my opinion and gameplay is refined, but perhaps a little too easy.

There are enough new powers and new areas to keep you interested for quite a while, but this game might be something you want to rent instead of purchasing.  You can easily beat the game in one or two game sessions (in a single day) and can do everything you can possibly do with the game after a week or two.

Presentation

As far as presentation goes, this title is as good as it gets on the Nintendo Wii.

Graphics

The game looks great!  Even though the game engine has started to age a bit, the game still looks as good as it should.  Visually, Super Mario Galaxy 2 is a great game to look at.

Sound/Music

The music and sound is much better than what you found in the original.

Gameplay

The game is extremely fun to play, but perhaps a little easy for my taste.

Replay Value

There’s a little replay value here, but you can beat the game the day you buy it and can do everything you could possibly want to do after a week or two.  Replay value is the weakest aspect of this title.

In The End

In the end, this was an awesome game, but still could have been better.

9/10

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