PopTards Games: Super Mario Galaxy 2 review

Déjà vu is a French phrase meaning “already seen”, and it refers to the experience of feeling sure that one has witnessed or experienced a new situation previously. This was my prominent thought while playing through Mario Galaxy 2.  I was not expecting a game that would take my breath away like so many punches to the chest; I did however feel like I was punched, just not in the chest, lower than that.

So here we are again.  Mario is off to see the Princess, again.  He’s running through the comet fest, again.  He gets to the castle as the Princess is kidnapped, again.  It’s Bowser, again.  You’re joined by a little star sprite, again.  Now it’s off to save Peach, AGAIN.  You would think by now Peach would be strapped or at least carrying a taser, as it seems this happens at least once a year.

I know it seems like picking the low hanging fruit by ripping on the lack or originality in a Mario game, but the fruits not just low on this one, it’s buried deeper than Jimmy Hoffa.

I was not surprised in the least that the game felt familiar.  In fact, I imagine that playing it was the same feeling Bill Murray had in Groundhog’s Day.  The controls, characters, moves and power ups were all the same. Right down to the annoying little mushrooms that build a ship to follow you.

The slight alterations to the game come in the form of the second creepiest plane in known history which you pilot to various locations.  Yoshi also makes an appearance in the game as the only thing that could make me miss the handling of the cars in Grand Theft Auto.  Yet, at the core it’s still, as always, a star scavenger hunt.

There’s a point in the game when you go to a throw back universe (that’s the actual name The Throwback Universe, you can’t make this shit up) and play a level from Super Mario 64.  It’s the same exact level.  Now I’m all for honoring classics, but this just seemed lazy and mindless padding, although, I’ve come to expect that from Nintendo anymore. I don’t level this accusation solely at Nintendo either.  In today’s world it’s easier to repackage and resell what you know works until you’ve completely dried up the market.  I just find myself far more disappointed when I see it from Nintendo.  Sure the alarms went off with WiiSports Resort was announced, and the 80 + varieties of Wii fit games was off putting, but when they start repacking the flagship I feel its time to start loading the shotgun and tying the old girl to the tree.  Nintendo basically raised me and has for generations made some amazing leaps forwards in gaming.  Now they just seem like the bastard son of a Nerf Factory and Hasbro board room.

Now that I’ve gotten that out of my system, the game itself was not bad.  It was a well rounded platformer that was both challenging and fun.  The controls on most levels work well, as far as the Wii-mote will allow.  The levels are varied and the game has good replay value. There are a total of 242 stars to find though out the different galaxies.  Along the way you’ll get help from Yoshi, Lugi and various world specific creatures. You’ll battle through ice, fire, water, land and sometimes metal worlds.  You get a variety of power-ups in the familiar mushroom form.  Bee shroom, allows you to fly, cloud shroom lets you make clouds, the spring shroom, which maybe one of the most annoying things in the world, allows you to occasionally jump high along with a few others.

Basically what it boils down to is that if you’ve played the first one; don’t waste your time with the second unless you really want to play the same game with different levels.  This game is the poster child for the lack of creativity from a once leader in innovation.  We’ve all been here before with several other franchises.  Déjà vu is a French phrase meaning “already seen”, and it refers to the experience of feeling sure that one has witnessed or experienced a new situation previously.

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  1. Alana says:

    Thank you for this. If not for you, I would have spent the $60 dollars. Man can those Luma’s eat!

  2. myke says:

    I would be steamed if i hadn’t bought it using amazon credit, and that i’ll get 40 back from trading it in


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