Popular online gaming publication IGN has awarded Super Mario Galaxy with the acclaimed accolade as game of the last generation. IGN says that the Wii classic redefined the platforming genre and gave players a smart and refreshing challenge. They concluded by saying that it was ultimately the game worth owning a Wii for.
“Super Mario Galaxy wasn’t just the latest and greatest 3D Mario game when it released in 2007 — it redefined the platforming genre. Again. Nintendo’s best designers rebounded from the excellent but still somewhat underwhelming Super Mario Sunshine on the GameCube and unleashed Galaxy, a meaty, deep adventure that married Mario’s traditional fireballs and Koopaling knockouts with a healthy dose of M.C. Escher. Its game design is as smart and challenging as it is refreshing, and, Wii Sports be damned, it was and is worth owning a Wii for all on its own.”
Josh from the Bitblock has put together a comparison of the acclaimed Super Mario Galaxy versus the recently released Super Mario 3D World. Despite being released back in 2007, Super Mario Galaxy can still hold its own, despite being in standard definition. Super Mario 3D World is out now in North America, and on Friday in Europe.
Super Smash Bros creator Masahiro Sakurai has confirmed that the forthcoming Super Smash Bros game for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS will feature a Super Mario Galaxy stage. The exciting new stage from the iconic series will feature plenty of mind bending gravity effects which will ultimately change the outcome of your battle.
“A new stage, Mario Galaxy!! The pull of gravity emanates from the center of the planet, so this will require using brand-new tactics.”
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A video has been posted of Nintendo’s Big Band Orchestra performing various tracks from Super Mario 3D World. As reported some weeks ago, many of the tracks in Super Mario 3D World will feature a live orchestra. While the video only features snippets from several tracks, hopefully this is a sign of things to come and the music in 3D World will live up to the excellence of the music from the Mario Galaxy titles. Nintendo has recently announced that the soundtrack will see a release in Japan. Hopefully North America and Europe will be able to jump in on the fun as well.
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EAD General Manager Shigeru Miyamoto has told fans that while Super Mario 3D World is the present culmination of 3D Super Mario, that doesn’t mean that the team is done with the acclaimed Super Mario Galaxy series. Koizumi, the producer of the game, also said that when they made Super Mario 3D Land on the Nintendo 3DS, they already had the basic concept of Super Mario 3D World for Wii U in the back of their minds.
Miyamoto:Just so there is no misunderstanding, I should point out that this doesn’t mean we’ll never make another Super Mario Galaxy game.
Koizumi: That’s right. When we first started making Super Mario 3D World, Miyamoto-san asked me if this was going to be more like Super Mario Galaxy or more like Super Mario 3D Land. When we made Super Mario 3D Land, we had our eyes on the form of this game, so we made it this way without any hesitation.
Miyamoto: The same team can’t make both at the same time. And we can’t bring in a second party and slap the name Super Mario Galaxy on it. I suppose we could idealistically make both in Tokyo, but we want to do something new too, so there was that dilemma.
A new interview by French gaming site Gamekult with developers from EAD Tokyo continues to reveal interesting bits of news. The latest is that the developers initially tested Super Mario Galaxy for online play, but ultimately decided the experience should remain unique to players’ living rooms.
The quote closely echoes a recent one by Miyamoto in which he explained the reasoning behind why Super Mario 3D World was never a candidate for online play. Much speculation has taken place over where the Mario series will be headed following 3D World, as some have called for an open world game, while others are hoping for a Galaxy sequel. For now, Nintendo fans will simply have to make due with the fun-filled four-player of Super Mario 3D World. Here is the full quote from EAD Tokyo about Super Mario Galaxy:
“We decided from the outset to be limited to local multiplayer. At the time of Super Mario Galaxy, we conducted tests for the online game and we have technical expertise to implement. However, we chose to focus on a user-friendly experience in the same room.”
Online gaming publication Eurogamer has awarded the fantastic Super Mario Galaxy for the Wii as the game of the generation. The publication says that the game could well be the pinnacle of Mario’s career as there’s the unmistakable sense of a great idea reaching its fullest, and perhaps final, expression. Mario’s iconic adventure was released back in 2007 and received incredible reviews upon release. The game currently has a Metacritic score of 97 which puts it inline with its brilliant sequel, Super Mario Galaxy 2.
The sense of creative freedom is unparalleled. Once Mario’s designers had kicked themselves free of gravity and were swimming amongst the stars, they found that space allowed them to do anything they wanted. And so they did anything they wanted. Manta-ray surfing on a stiff little tube of twisting water? A marriage of crazy golf and pinball that hangs, stoically, above a black hole? Why not have an asteroid serving as the roost for a towering three-legged robot, and another that’s home to an enormous molten octopus, too? Why not lay on hollow planets, glass planets, planets like deserts and planets like desserts? Why not throw in a video game joke that’s been three decades in the construction: an ice level that comes with a lava level clamped to its back?
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Some speculation has surfaced based around the stamp collecting in Super Mario 3D World. It appears that a Rosalina character icon is one of the stamps that can be obtained in the game (# 1 above), and that there may even be a couple of other stamps with her image (#’s 2 & 3), indicating that she is featured in the game even more prominently than previously thought. In addition to the apparent Rosalina stamps, another stamp (# 4) may turn out to be a character icon similar to the four main icons for the playable characters in the game. Could it be possible that Rosalina and maybe even another character might be playable in the game? It would certainly add to the replay value of the game if this is the case. Post your thoughts in the comments below!
The latest trailer for Super Mario 3D World comes out of Japan and covers several aspects of the game including power-ups, plot, and its unique cooperative/competitive multiplayer mode. The trailer is 6 minutes long and reveals several worlds that have not been seen in other trailers, some of which resemble the Mario Galaxy series. This new trailer is bound to pick up several new fans of the game. Super Mario 3D World releases on Novemeber 22nd, will you be picking up a copy?
Several websites have begun to point out that a small section of the official Super Mario 3D World artwork (pictured above) contains a rendering of Rosalina’s ship, the Comet Observatory, from Super Mario Galaxy. This has lead to speculation that either Rosalina, or one or two Super Mario Galaxy-themed stages, or both, will be featured in Nintendo’s latest 3D Mario adventure title on Wii U.
A large outcry from fans of the Galaxy series has been heard throughout the internet ever since 3D World was announced, with many dedicated Mario players complaining that Super Mario 3D World appears to be a casual, multiplayer 3D Land clone, as opposed to a challenging, epic, story-centered game like the Galaxy titles. Fans will be able to find out for themselves what the game is like when Super Mario 3D World releases for Wii U on November 22nd.
Would you like to see some Galaxy-themed content in the newest Mario adventure? Let us know in the comments.