by JSnake, reviewed on
The Mario series has been around for an extremely long time. From humble beginnings, it has grown into the massive behemoth it is today. To this day, Mario has appeared in over two-hundred games and eleven main games. When Super Mario 64 came out in 1996, it revolutionized the gaming industry. The first true 3D adventure game was here and it blew every other game out of the water. Since then, Super Mario 64 has secured a permanent spot in history as one of the finest games ever crafted. Ever since, gamers the world over have been foaming at the mouth for a true sequel to the game.
Super Mario Sunshine was released in 2002 after much hype. It got rushed out the door though because it turned out to be an uninspired game with lackluster level design, much too similar environments, and shoddy camera controls.
However, Super Mario Galaxy is here now and it rectifies all of the problems of Sunshine and creates its own unique formula. This release was also backed up by much anticipation, but unlike Sunshine, it lives up to the excitement and actually surpasses the game that gamers wanted a sequel to.
Mario games have never been known for their plots. Super Mario Galaxy doesn't do much to buck this trend. The story is as follows. Every one-hundred years, a unique comet passes over the Mushroom Kingdom and the residents celebrate this once-in-a-lifetime event. Bowser takes advantages of the loose guard and swoops down in his battleship. He then unleashes a barrage of cannon-balls upon the castle grounds and pries the castle from its foundations, lifting it up into space, thus bringing Princess Peach into his evil clutches. Mario tries to stop Bowser, but hit by a magic spell cast by one of Bowser's minions, he falls down to earth. However, Mario lands on a planet unfamiliar to him, and it is there that he meets Rosalina and her Luma (little fat talking stars) buddies. Rosalina tells Mario that he must retrieve the lost Power Stars that power her observatory. When the Power Stars are collected, the observatory can transform into a space shuttle and travel to where Bowser has kept Princess Peach captive.
Inside the observatory is a room with a picture-book inside. This book tells the story of Rosalina's younger years and the origin of her Luma friends. It's quite a heart-warming tale and the pictures that go along with the text are absolutely adorable. Thankfully, players who do not care about stories and just want more gameplay will be happy to know that this story-book can be completely ignored.
The story isn't the most impressive one and it is incredibly simple. However, Mario games are never known for their exciting plots, and gamers have come to accept this. That said, the story is perfectly acceptable and in no way hinders the game's overall quality.
Plenty of variety
All over the observatory there are ways for Mario to travel to distant galaxies to find Power Stars. However, the roads to the stars are long and hard ones. As Mario enters a galaxy, he can select a challenge. Each challenge has its own star to collect, and there are three challenges to a galaxy as well as a secret star and a few special stars.
Players must complete a wide variety of different tasks depending on which challenge they choose. Thankfully, the routes the tasks take you on are just as varied. You won't be taking the same path through a level over and over again with just a different event happening. Instead, players will always be visiting new planets in the galaxies and continuously experiencing new gameplay mechanics and settings. The game does a wonderful job of getting the right amount of variety so players are never bored or doing the same thing for too long.
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