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Game Reviewed: Super Mario Galaxy 2
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo
Platform: Wii
Category: Platformer
ESRB Rating: E
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Game Description:

Super Mario Galaxy 2 is the highly-anticipated sequel to the original Super Mario Galaxy released in 2007. If you have ever played any of the Mario games, you can probably guess the story. Mario goes to see the Princess, but arrives just in time to see Bowser snatch her away. This time Bowser has kidnapped her to force her to bake him a cake. Mario pursues the nefarious Bowser, this time with the help of a squatty, purple star-looking guy named Lubba who allows Mario the use of his planetoid spaceship. So Mario must complete levels (called galaxies) to collect power stars that will allow the spaceship to advance eventually allowing Mario to reach Bowser.

Super Mario Galaxy 2 uses some of the same items from the previous Super Mario Galaxy game, such as the Fire Flower, which allows Mario to shoot fireballs for a short period of time, and the Bee Mushroom, allowing Mario to buzz around like a bee. The game also introduces a few new toys to Mario’s arsenal. The Cloud Flower allows Mario to create three temporary platforms to stand on, also giving Mario the ability to walk on clouds. The Rock Mushroom allows Mario to roll around like a boulder and smash into things. And the drill enables Mario to drill through planets and enemies. In addition, fan favorite Yoshi makes a return to the series. Yoshi is a little dinosaur that Mario can ride on. Yoshi can hover briefly in midair and slurp up enemies with his tongue. He can also use his tongue to turn on levers and swing on some objects. Yoshi also has a few power-ups of his own, such as a hot pepper that makes Yoshi dash and a blue fruit that allows Yoshi to take off into the sky like a balloon letting out air.

What Parents Need to Know

Violence

The game features typical Mario cartoon-like antics. Mario spins into and stomps on foes. Various enemies shoot fire and cannons. Enemies poof into smoke or otherwise disappear when defeated.

Language

There is no bad language in this game.

Sexual Content

There is no sexual content in the game.

Spiritual Content

There are some elements of the storyline that talk about the power of the stars and the cosmos, but nothing that would imply we should take these things seriously in the real world.

There are also some haunted levels where some enemies are ghosts and some are skeleton creatures.

There is an enemy with a magic wand who shoots magic projectiles at Mario.

Reviewer's Thoughts

I was expecting Super Mario Galaxy 2 to be a repackaging of the first Super Mario Galaxy only with different galaxies to play in. I was pleasantly surprised to find that even though the game uses the same controls and has the same basic idea, the levels are extremely creative and lots of fun to play. Super Mario Galaxy 2 is designed so that casual gamers will be able to pick up the remote and play, and so that those of us who have played Mario games since the 80’s will have some difficult but rewarding challenges. The levels are beautiful, the game is a lot of fun, and even the music is epic. This is quite possibly the best Mario game ever, and should be an excellent pick for any family.



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