Stop raising those eyebrows. I'm just like you. I fondly remember eating my first Monty Mole while riding Yoshi for the first time
as well as that timeless experience, hoppin' around in Kuribo's Shoe in what has now become the second-best Super Mario adventure of all time.
But times change. Ideas are stretched, technology is polished. And every once in a while, those twin practices digest their respective components in perfect unison and crap out a sparkling, golden turd. That golden turd is Super Mario Galaxy
Really, once you play this game, all the other ones pale in comparison. I know this must sound like high blasphemy to some, but it's true. The strategic platforming and creative stage design that made the NES and Super Nintendo
installments so great return after an extended hiatus (the ones that gave us the pretty-damn-good-but-ultimately-underwhelming Super Mario 64
), this time as applied to Nintendo
's very finest 3D physics and gameplay mechanics. Not to mention that this time they, and you, also play around with stuff like gravity, orbit, and magnetic fields, giving things a whole other angle. The result is a Super Mario Bros
game that harkens back to the tried-and-true "start at the beginning and get to the end" platforming days of yore whilst glistening with what may well be Nintendo's finest graphics to date and a bunch of brand-new technical innovations that feel like they've been here forever. And as an added bonus, this game washes away
any residual memories you may still have had of Super Mario Sunshine
. Ninty, I accept your apology. Come over here, you're gettin' a hug.
A lot of people think the game is too easy. Here's my personal opinion: the game is easy, certainly easier than most of its predecessors, but not so
easy that it interferes with your experience of the game. And besides, when it's not being too easy, it's being too hard.
If ever you think Nintendo has little faith in your gaming prowess, I welcome you to complete the Sling Pod Galaxy or the Rolling Gizmo Galaxy again. That should put things in perspective.
Super Mario Galaxy 2
is coming up. Yoshi's in it, as well as Para-Goombas and the Big World. Things can only get better from here.
Mario. Boldly go.