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Game review: "Super Mario Galaxy"

Game review: "Super Mario Galaxy"

January 22, 2008|By ZACH TUSSING / Pulse Correspondent

What's the coolest Mario game yet? "Super Mario Galaxy" for Wii. "Super Mario Galaxy" is a mix of adventure, action and that fun, challenging element that makes up Nintendo's Mario series.

The story begins on Earth when Bowser (the villain) attacks Mushroom Kingdom and steals Princess Peach's castle. Mario tries to stop Bowser but gets shot out of the Milky Way and into a Galaxy observation space station. It's up to the player to visit different galaxies and planets in order to collect stars and eventually confront Bowser and rescue Peach.

One feature that really grabbed my attention is the gravity concept. Mario can walk or jump off the edge of a planet and walk upside-down on the side and bottom of that planet.

Playing this on the Wii is a new experience in gaming. One of my favorite galaxies is the Loop-De-Doop Galaxy where Mario can surf on the back of a stingray through a hovering river (this is done by tilting the Wii remote to steer). You use the same technique in the Beach Bowl Galaxy, where Mario can swim, dive and ride on motorized shells through ocean-like waters. Last, but not least, I enjoy the Bee Galaxy, where you can transform into "Bee-Mario." This character can temporarily fly through the planet and climb up honey walls.

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The first levels are fairly easy, however, they become more difficult as you progress. Coins still exist in this game although your main collective items are star-bits, which you can gather by pointing at them with the Wii remote.

Overall, I give this a 9.5 out of 10. It's good for veteran and "newbie" gamers.

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