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5.0 out of 5 stars Mario In The Sky, November 11, 2007
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When it comes to anticapated games for the Nintendo Wii, many of them have wanted one thing, Mario. It has been nearly a year though since the Wii was launched with The Legend Of Zelda: Twilight Princess as the main attraction, but many die hard fans have been anxious for a game that has delivered the appeal of Super Mario 64 from Mario's hay day. Although Super Mario Sunshine was also a fun game for the Nintendo Gamecube, it just didn't deliver as well as the Nintendo 64 classic had proven. But, Mario has proven his strength earlier this year on the Wii with gems like Super Paper Mario & Mario Party 8 which both worked well as great buys for the Nintendo system, but this is the one that reaches to the stratosphere.

Super Mario Galaxy for the Nintendo Wii, brings in the big guns, as Mario does whatever it takes to save Princess Toadstool a.k.a. Peach from the clutches of Bowser. This time around, Mario takes to the sky to help him in his quest. Along the way, Mario has to collect star bits, which can help him beat enemies and bosses of all kinds, from the classics like Thwomps and goombas, to bigger than life boss battles like a vulgar spider who shoots venom at you, and even a mecha robot that fires bullet bills at you from all different angles.

There are also a few new features here that Mario shines through as well in the game, like specialty suits like the bee suit, which transforms Mario into a bumble bee, that can make mario fly through the Honeycomb stage, where he can collect coins and stars from each of the levels. There is also the boo suit, where Mario can actually become the ghostly menace, Boo in the haunted house level to help him enter ghostly portals that Mario couldn't normally enter, but it also can make the other Boo ghosts quickly fall in love with Mario in the blink of an eye. There are also some returns of classic items to use as well like the Fire Flower, and a new ice flower that Mario could use to freeze his foes on ice.

The graphics in the game are absolutely breathtaking and appeal well to the Wii's eyes, while the music is simplistic and elequent to the ears of Mario fans, especially as he surfs the galaxy. The control is also very simple to manuver, and stays mainly relevant to the palms of the Wii remote and nunchucks' hands. You can also use the Wii remote to help you grapple onto trees and meteors that can help you launch from one platform to another, and you can also use to help you collect star bits, and perform new attacks like the spin move. There is also a new co-op mode where for the first time, two people can play, as you can use another player to help you collect star bits, to help you along your quest, and defeat tougher foes like a giant octopus in the lava, and even giant goombas that are beyond the heights of the world.

All in all, what I love about Super Mario Galaxy is that it is everything Wii owners have wanted in a great game, and more. It is a definite must buy for the Wii that is sure to bring a lot of excitement into die hard Mario fans. This is one game that really brings out the heart at being the best of what the Nintendo Wii has delivered, and that has still shown to die hard Mario fans of all ages. I absolutely recommend it as a great buy on a star-spectacular scale.

Graphics: A

Sound: A+

Control: A-

Fun & Enjoyment: A

Overall: A
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Initial post: Nov 13, 2007, 6:04:59 AM PST
[Deleted by the author on Nov 14, 2007, 7:18:16 AM PST]

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 13, 2007, 7:06:48 AM PST
GarionOrb says:
I thought it was a very nice review! And it's definitely possible to get a good enough feel for a game after a few hours, provided the game is good enough.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 13, 2007, 8:35:05 AM PST
Nice review, Michael Kerner.

This comment is aimed at SpartanMark05. If you're getting this worked up over someone's review on Amazon.com, perhaps it's time to take a little break. I know a couple people who have received advance copies of the game. Don't completely discredit his review because it was made before the 13th. Furthermore, you don't necessarily need to play a game the entire way through to know whether it is good or bad. I particularly like how you told him he doesn't know how to have fun because he didn't enjoy a previous game in the Mario series. Huh...interesting. Lastly, I think it's both funny and sad that you think good grammar is a prerequisite for an Amazon review. Have you read reviews on this site? Give me a break.

Posted on Nov 13, 2007, 1:17:58 PM PST
Joe says:
SpartanMark05 - you bring no value to this discussion with your irrelevant, nit-picking comment. BOOOO!

Posted on Nov 14, 2007, 7:21:39 AM PST
To be sure, my foot is in my mouth right now. Valuable lesson: don't post stuff right after a bad day at work, you'll probably regret it. I know I do. Anyways, I have since deleted that posting and send sincerest apologies to Mr. Kerner.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 14, 2007, 9:56:06 PM PST
Tsanche says:
Glad you came to your senses

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2007, 9:59:32 AM PST
oniony says:
OK, how about now you reinstate your original comment so the rest of us have a clue what this whole thread is going on about?

Posted on Nov 16, 2007, 11:15:40 PM PST
MPG says:
My main issue is how this person managed to get this review in so early. I saw that someone already sent in a five-star review way before the game was released, though it did not show up until its official release date. I'm guessing it was this review because his was the only one that was up for some time. I received the game the first day and submitted a review after playing it for a few hours, but my review took almost three days to show up. What gives? Sorry for rambling, I'm just bewildered by Amazon's system. And don't get me wrong because this review is still informative and helpful.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 17, 2007, 1:14:15 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 17, 2007, 1:14:29 AM PST
Talduras says:
Amazon.com's review submission system is a bit quirky at times. There are times where you can submit a review and it will be posted within minutes to hours. At other times reviews will take days, or won't be posted at all (I had a review get "lost in the mail" so to speak. Luckily, it was just a Wii Points Card review... don't ask :P ). There's a chance it could be based on when you send it, whether it be weekends or merely a day when traffic is higher than normal (I have no idea how that's gauged), but no doubt things will only get more hectic on Amazon.com as we progress through the holiday season. At least they don't have any server problems to speak of. :)

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 26, 2008, 7:05:46 AM PDT
I actually got the opportunity to try the game out in a local Gamestop, about five days before Super Mario Galaxy was actually released to the public.
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