Super Mario Galaxy
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Game Reviewed: Super Mario Galaxy
ESRB Rating: E
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In this latest Mario adventure, Princess Peach has invited Mario to visit her during the Star Festival, an event that takes place only once every 100 years when a giant comet flings shooting stars across the night sky over the Mushroom Kingdom. Mario is happily skipping his way to the castle when Bowser attacks once again. Mario switches into hero mode as Bowser takes not only the Princess but her castle as well. He gets blasted into space by one of Bowser’s minions and wakes up in a strange place inhabited by star shaped creatures called Lumas and their “mama” Rosalina.
Once again Mario must rescue the princess in this colorful third person adventure. Mario has to spin, fly, skate, and of course jump his way across a variety of galaxies, from the dry dry desert to the peaks of an ice covered mountain, from a haunted mansion to giant spaceships, meeting and helping bees, bunnies, Toads, penguins, and many other colorful characters along the way.
What Parents Need To Know
Very cartoony, not as strong as most Saturday morning cartoons. Mario’s main attack is a spin move that knocks most enemies over. He can then kick them and they disappear in a puff of star bits. He can also jump on enemies. One of the abilities he can get is to throw fireballs, which can be used in some instances to hit enemies. Turtle shells can also be thrown at enemies. There are some enemies that cause explosions because they are either bullets or cannonballs. Several other enemies shoot projectiles of electricity, magic, rocks, fireballs, etc.
There are a couple of enemies that look like stereotypical witches, big pointy hats and magic wands. They just use their wands to shoot turtle shells and projectiles, nothing occult.
A comment is made about the “essence” of stars being in all of us and a comment about the circle of life. An optional section of the story implies a character's mother had died. There are several enemies that are skeletons and ghosts, but they are very cartoony. Also, there is at least one way Mario can be defeated in which he becomes a skeleton.
Mario can almost always be counted on to provide a fun and exciting adventure. Nintendo pretty much always does a good job keeping the Mario games squeaky clean, and this one is no exception. There really is not much here for parents to be concerned about.