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Super Mario Galaxy
SuperMarioGalaxy.jpg
Developer(s) Nintendo EAD Tokyo
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Director(s) Yoshiaki Koizumi
Producer(s) Shigeru Miyamoto
Designer(s) Shigeru Miyamoto
Yoshiaki Koizumi
Composer(s) Mahito Yokota
Koji Kondo
Series Mario
Aspect ratio 4:3, 16:9
Native resolution 480p (EDTV)
480i (SDTV)
Platform(s) Wii
Release date(s) JP November 1, 2007
NA November 12, 2007
CA November 14, 2007
EU November 16, 2007
AUS November 29, 2007
Genre(s) Platform
Mode(s) Single-player, cooperative multiplayer
Rating(s) CERO: A
ESRB: E
OFLC: G
PEGI: 3+
Media 1 Wii Optical Disc
Input methods Wii Remote and Nunchuk

Super Mario Galaxy (スーパーマリオギャラクシー?) is a 3D platform game developed by Nintendo EAD Tokyo and published by Nintendo for the Wii. It was released in Japan on November 1, 2007, the United States on November 12, 2007, Canada on November 14, 2007, Europe on November 16, 2007, Australia on November 27, 2007 and South Korea on September 4, 2008. It is the third 3D platformer in the Mario series, after Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Sunshine.

The game follows the protagonist, Mario, on a quest to rescue Princess Peach from the game's primary antagonist, Bowser. Levels are galaxies filled with minor planets and worlds, while gameplay is updated with gravity effects and new power-ups.

Super Mario Galaxy was first shown at E3 2006 and enjoyed a high level of pre-release awareness. The game has been hailed by several gaming websites as one of the best video games of all time[1][2] and has won a BAFTA.

A sequel is currently under production; Super Mario Galaxy 2 was announced at E3 2009,[3] and will be released on May 23, 2010 in North America.[4]

Contents

Gameplay

Premise and setting

Super Mario Galaxy is set in outer space, where Mario travels from galaxy to galaxy in order to collect Power Stars, which are earned by completing quests or defeating enemies. Each galaxy contains a number of planets and other space matter for the player to explore. The game uses a new physics system that allows for a unique feature: each celestial object has its own gravitational force, allowing the player to completely circumnavigate rounded or irregular planetoids, walking sideways or upside down. The player can usually jump from one independent object and fall towards another one nearby. Though the main gameplay and physics are in 3D, there are several areas in the game in which the player's movements are restricted to a 2-dimensional plane, an element reminiscent of 2D Mario games.

Super Mario Galaxy allows the player to fully circumnavigate small planets.

The game's main hub is the Comet Observatory, a spaceship which contains six themed domes that provide access to the forty-two galaxies available in the game.[5] When the player first begins the game, access is available to only a few galaxies. However, as more Power Stars are collected, more galaxies become available to the player. Some galaxies are accessed through special means; for example, the star-shaped creatures called "Hungry Lumas" will transform into new galaxies once they are fed enough Star Bits (small, collectible objects that serve as weapons and currency in the game). The Hungry Lumas may also appear within the galaxy, and when they are fed enough Star Bits, they will transform into other planetary bodies which will contain some form of puzzle or challenge which will reward Mario with a Power Star when completed. When 120 Power Stars are collected, the player has the ability to play through again as Mario's brother Luigi. Gameplay is slightly different while playing as Luigi, as some obstacles can be harder or easier to overcome. Once 120 Power Stars are collected with both characters, the player is rewarded one additional challenge for Mario and Luigi to complete, as well as two commemorative pictures that can be sent to the Wii Message Board upon each brother completing the challenge.

There are five "Prankster Comets" that appear periodically ("Speedy", "Daredevil", "Cosmic", "Fast Foe" and "Purple"). When one of them comes into orbit with a galaxy, a special challenge is initiated that leads to an extra Power Star. The Speedy Comet challenges the player to replay an episode within a varying time limit. The Daredevil Comet has the player replay a section of a level with Mario's maximum health reduced to one unit, meaning that the player must complete the objective without being damaged once. The Cosmic Comet pits the player in a race against a doppelgänger of Mario (or Luigi) to a Power Star. The Fast Foe Comet makes a galaxy's enemies twice as fast and thus harder to avoid. The Purple Comet, accessible only after completing the story half of the game, allots 100 purple coins (or 150, though only 100 have to be collected) across an area of each of the 15 six-star galaxies for the player to collect, sometimes within a time limit.[6]

Controls

The player's character is controlled via the Wii Remote and Nunchuk. While most of Mario's abilities are taken directly from Super Mario 64, such as the long jump, wall jumps, and a variety of somersaults, Mario is given new moves that take advantage of the Wii Remote's pointer and motion sensing. The most basic control scheme is the Star Pointer, which appears on-screen for the entire game and both marks the position of, and is controlled by, the Wii Remote. First and foremost, the Star Pointer is used to pick up special konpeito-shaped objects called "Star Bits", which are then shot to stun enemies, manipulate obstacles, or feed Hungry Lumas. Secondly, the pointer can latch onto small blue objects called "Pull Stars" that gradually pull Mario through space. Thirdly, if the player becomes encased in a floating bubble, the Star Pointer is used to blow air at it in order to influence the direction and speed it moves. At one point the pointer can be used to clear snow. Luigi controls identically to Mario, but he has both better jumping abilities and less traction, making some areas either less or more challenging when playing through the game the second time.

The player gains a new ability early in the game, known as the "Spin" technique, which has previously appeared in varying forms since Super Mario Bros. 3. In Super Mario Galaxy the Spin is primarily used for melee attacks, as it can stun enemies and shatter objects, and is used to trigger special propellers called "Sling Stars" or "Launch Stars" that launch Mario across large distances through space. The Spin is also used for climbing vines, ice-skating, unscrewing bolts, and for activating several power-ups. Other Wii Remote functions are available for smaller quests, such as surfing aboard a manta ray or balancing atop a large ball and rolling it through an obstacle course.

Power-ups and lives

Super Mario Galaxy features the most power-ups and transformations of all 3D Mario games to date.[7] Nine power-ups supply Mario with a special costume that grants him new abilities. For example, special Mushrooms bestow the player with a Bee, Boo or Spring Suit. The Bee Suit allows Mario to temporarily hover through the air, climb special walls, and walk on clouds and flowers; the Boo Suit allows him to float through the air, as well as become transparent and move through obstacles; and the Spring Suit allows him to jump to high areas that would otherwise be inaccessible. The Fire Flower, which allows Mario to throw fireballs, makes its 3D debut, and the all-new Ice Flower lets Mario create hexagonal tiles of ice to cover any liquid surface he walks on and allows him to skate across ice and lava. The Rainbow Star grants Mario temporary invincibility, allowing him to destroy any enemies that he touches. He can also jump higher and run faster. The Red Star, which is an optional power-up and only accessible after completing a certain mission, allows him to fly for 1 minute.

Mario's health consists of a three-piece power meter, which is depleted by contact with enemies and hazards. When swimming, Mario has an air supply meter, which quickly depletes his main power meter if it runs out. Mario's health can be restored by collecting Coins and his air supply by touching bubbles or reaching the water's surface. When the power meter becomes empty, the player loses a life and must go back to a predetermined checkpoint. The power meter can be temporarily expanded to six units through the use of a Life Mushroom, with the maximum health returning to three units if the overall health falls to three units from enemy or hazard contact or if Mario suffers instant death. Instant death can occur by being swallowed by quicksand or dark matter; falling into bottomless pits, which either consist of black holes or leaving a planet's gravitational pull and falling into space; getting crushed between objects; losing a race against a non-player character; or other special challenges. The player can obtain extra lives by collecting 1-Up Mushrooms, 50 Star Bits, or 50 Coins while on a single level. Blue Hungry Lumas (known as "Luma Shops") can also exchange 30 Star Bits for a 1-Up Mushroom or Life Mushroom in certain galaxies, usually just before a boss.

Multiplayer

Super Mario Galaxy has a co-operative two-player option called "Co-Star Mode", in which one player controls Mario and a Star Pointer while the other controls a second Star Pointer on-screen to gather Star Bits and shoot them at enemies (the first player's Star Pointer is blue while the second player's Star Pointer is yellow).[8] While the first player can normally do this except during certain events, the second player can shoot star bits without restriction. Additionally, the second player can make Mario jump, or the height of Mario's jump can be increased if the first and second player press the A button at the same moment. The second player's pointer star can also be aimed at some enemies to stop them by holding the A button, which prevents them from moving. The second player does not need a Nunchuk to play.

Plot

Mario is presented with a Power Star.

Shortly after Mario is invited to the centennial Star Festival by Princess Peach to celebrate the comet that passes overhead, Bowser invades the Mushroom Kingdom with a surprise attack in a fleet of airships. Summoning a giant flying saucer, he rips Peach's entire castle from its foundations and lifts it into outer space. After an unsuccessful rescue attempt, Mario is catapulted across the cosmos and awakens on a small planet. On the planet he meets a mysterious woman called Rosalina and her companion stars, the Lumas.[9] Rosalina is a watcher of the stars, who uses the Comet Observatory to travel across the universe. However, the Power Stars that act as the Observatory's power source have all been stolen by Bowser, rendering it immobile. Bestowed with the power to travel through space, Mario sets off on an intergalactic adventure across the universe to reclaim the Power Stars and restore power to Rosalina's observatory. Along the way, Mario rescues his brother Luigi and the Toad Brigade, a small group of Toads that escaped from Bowser when he stole Peach's Castle, all of whom help him find Power Stars after their rescues.

Upon collecting enough Power Stars, Rosalina's Observatory has enough power to transform into a comet and fly to the center of the universe, where Peach is held captive. Confronting Bowser, Mario learns that Bowser's plan is to rule the entire universe with Peach at his side, using a newly constructed sun of his own via the power of the Grand Stars. Mario manages to defeat Bowser and free Peach; however, in doing so, Bowser's sun collapses into itself, becoming a supermassive black hole that begins consuming the nearby galaxies, the observatory, Peach's Castle, and Bowser's airships. All of Rosalina's Lumas jump into the black hole to destroy it, but sacrifice themselves in the process. The galaxies sucked into the black hole collapse into a singularity and explode in a supernova. Rosalina appears to Mario as a giantess, stating that stars never die and are later reborn as new stars. Mario awakens in the restored Mushroom Kingdom alongside Peach and Bowser, celebrating the new galaxy that has emerged in the skies.

Development

The concept for Super Mario Galaxy's game play originated from ideas taken from Super Mario 128, a tech demo shown at Nintendo Space World in 2000 to exemplify the processing power of the Nintendo GameCube.[10] The demo's director (and director of Super Mario Galaxy), Yoshiaki Koizumi, desired that one of the demo's distinguishing features, spherical-based platforms, would be used in a future game, but was held back in belief that such a feat would be "impossible for technical reasons".[11] Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto suggested to work on the next large-scale Mario game after Nintendo EAD Tokyo finished development on Donkey Kong: Jungle Beat in late 2004,[12] pushing for the spherical platform concept to be realized.[11] A prototype of the game's physics system took three months to build, where it was decided that the game's use of spherical platforms would best be suited to planetoids in an outer space environment, with the concept of gravity as a major feature.[11] During development, the designers would often exchange ideas with Miyamoto from his office in Kyoto, where he would make suggestions to the game design.[11] Miyamoto ended up being more involved in the development of Galaxy than he did with Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Sunshine.

The idea for Mario to have a "spin" attack came during the early stages of development, when it was decided that jumping on enemies on a spherical map would be difficult for some players. Initially the "spin" was activated via rotation of the Nunchuk's control stick, but after motion sensing was confirmed to be implemented in the Wii Remote, the "spin" was changed to be activated through shaking the controller.[13] Koizumi suggested that Mario's life meter should have a maximum capacity of three instead of eight (which Mario had in the previous two games), but at the same time more 1-Up Mushrooms would be placed in the game and checkpoints would be added, in order to balance the game's difficulty. Satoru Iwata noted "the fact that the intensity factor changes according to whether the life meter is set to 3 or 8 is representative of the things that players do not notice that actually change the gameplay dramatically."[14]

It was first hinted by Takashi Tezuka, Nintendo's analysis and development's general manager, that multiplayer was going to be co-op in an interview with gaming site IGN.[15] Two-player functionality was later confirmed, along with reports of the team experimenting with new ways to use the Wii Remote so that one player can control Mario while the other aids him, backed up by suggestions by Miyamoto that the second player could have the ability to affect Mario's progress. It was later revealed at Nintendo's E3 2007 that the co-op mode was permanently implemented into the game and could be accessed at any time.

Release

In an after-hours press event at E3 2006 in May, Miyamoto stated: "I don't want to promise anything yet. But if it's not a launch title it will definitely be there within the first six months".[16] Nintendo of America's President Reggie Fils-Aime later stated in a November 27, 2006 interview with cable TV network MTV that the game was expected to be released sometime up to Christmas 2007.[17] Near the end of Miyamoto's keynote presentation at the 2007 Game Developers Conference in March, he further confirmed: "You'll be able to play Super Mario Galaxy this year".[18] [19] At Nintendo's E3 2007 conference, it was confirmed that Super Mario Galaxy would be released in North America on November 12, 2007 and four days later in Europe. In North America, certain retailers had given out a free limited edition coin for preordering the game. Some retailers had delayed it until November 13, 2007, such as GameStop in North America, and some retailers had delayed the release until November 14, 2007.[20] Equally, certain UK retailers shipped the game a day earlier than the European release date, for example Virgin megastores and Game.

Music

Super Mario Galaxy: Original Soundtrack
Soundtrack by Mahito Yokota and Koji Kondo, performed by the Mario Galaxy Orchestra
Released
January 24, 2008 (2008-01-24) (Japan)
Genre Video game soundtrack
Length 67:05 (Original Edition)
129:54 (Platinum Edition)
Label

During development, Mahito Yokota, who was in charge of the composition of music, originally wanted Super Mario Galaxy to have a Latin style of music and even had 28 tracks completed for the game.[21] The reason for this was that Latin percussion instruments had been used in previous Mario games, such as steelpans, bongo drums, and congas.[22] For Super Mario Galaxy's theme, Yokota used Latin instruments and a synthesizer to create sci-fi sounds. The composition was approved by Yoshiaki Koizumi, the game's designer, but when he presented it to Koji Kondo, he told him that his composition was no good. According to Yokota, he always had an image that Mario was for children, causing him to create cute music that would appeal to children.[22] Three months later, Yokota presented three different styles of music to Shigeru Miyamoto. One piece had an orchestral sound, one was a mix of orchestral music and pop music, and the last was pop music.[23] Miyamoto chose the orchestral piece, which was written by Kondo. From then on, the game's soundtrack would be composed for a symphony orchestra.[23] Kondō often asked the orchestra to play at unusual tempos to perfectly synchronise with the rest of Mario's movement. He also stated that even the sound effects fit into the musical score if the player listens carefully.[21]

The official soundtrack was released on January 24, 2008. It was an exclusive to Club Nintendo subscribers in Japan, although as of November 2008 both versions of the soundtrack are available from Club Nintendo of Europe. The soundtrack was released in two versions: the Original Soundtrack, which only contains 28 tracks from the game, and the Platinum Edition, which contains all 81 tracks from the game on two discs. The soundtrack has won numerous critic awards, such as "Best Design in Audio" from the U.K.'s Edge Magazine.[24]


Trading Cards

In 2008, a company named Enterplay released Super Mario Galaxy trading cards. There are 100 base cards and 15 rare foil cards that come in only 1:6 packs. In addition to that there are 9 Fun Tats and eight pop up standees.

Reception

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 97%[25]
Metacritic 97 out of 100[26]
Review scores
Publication Score
1UP.com A[27]
Allgame 4.5/5 stars[28]
Computer and Video Games 9.5 out of 10[29]
Edge 10 out of 10[30]
Electronic Gaming Monthly 9.5, 10, 10 out of 10[31]
Eurogamer 10 out of 10[32]
Famitsu 38 out of 40[33]
Game Informer 9.75 out of 10[34]
GamePro 5/5 stars[35]
Game Revolution A[36]
GameSpot 9.5 out of 10[37]
GameSpy 5/5 stars[38]
GamesRadar 10 out of 10[39]
GameTrailers 9.8 out of 10[40]
GameZone 9.8 out of 10[41]
IGN 9.7 out of 10[42]
9.7 out of 10 (Australia)[43]
Nintendo Power 9.5 out of 10[44]
Official Nintendo Magazine 97%[45]
Play Magazine 10 out of 10[46]
X-Play 5/5 stars[47]

Super Mario Galaxy has received universal commercial and critical success. By March 31, 2009, Nintendo had sold 8.02 million copies of Super Mario Galaxy worldwide.[48] It is the third best-selling non-bundled Wii game and the seventh best-selling Nintendo-published game for the Wii; the four best-selling Wii games, Wii Sports, Wii Play, Wii Fit, and Mario Kart Wii,[48] were bundled with the console or an accessory. As of July 9, 2008, the game has sold 912,746 copies in Japan, according to Famitsu.[49][50] According to the NPD Group, since the launch of the Wii, Super Mario Galaxy has become the third best-selling video game in Canada as of April 1, 2008.[51]

Super Mario Galaxy is the highest-rated game of all time on the review aggregator website TopTenReviews.[1] Nintendo Power voted in its August 2008 issue that Super Mario Galaxy was the best game for the Wii; it was also the only Mario game to get a top spot on the list, as well as the only game to be unanimously voted for the top position. NTSC-uk said that Super Mario Galaxy "will influence gaming perceptions, sure to replenish any lost passion".[52] GamePro stated that the title "raises the bar in terms of what can be achieved on the Wii."[35] IGN called Super Mario Galaxy "Wii's best game, and an absolute must-own experience", and "one of the greatest platformers ever played."[42] GameSpot praised its gameplay and level design stating: "if ever there were a must-own Wii game, Super Mario Galaxy is it."[37] Game Revolution noted the variety of gameplay, reliable camera angles and easy to use controls.[36]

Reviewers have expressed minor complaints with certain aspects of the game. GameSpot editor Alex Navarro found one of the powerups, the spring suit, difficult to control at times.[37] Matt Casamassina of IGN noted that the auto-camera "works well most of the time", but occasionally "stumbles".

Towards the end of 2007, Super Mario Galaxy was named Game of the Year by IGN, GameSpot, Nintendo Power, GameTrailers, Edge and Yahoo! Games. On February 7, 2008, the game received the "Adventure Game of the Year" award from the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences at the Interactive Achievement Awards.[53] The game placed third in Official Nintendo Magazine's "100 greatest Nintendo games of all time".[54] On March 10, 2009, the game won the "Game of the Year" award at the 5th British Academy Video Games Awards.[55]. Guinness World Records ranked Super Mario Galaxy 29th in their list of top 50 console games of all time based on initial impact and lasting legacy.[56] On November 26, 2009, Super Mario Galaxy was named the number one Wii game by IGN.[57]

In the March 2010 issue of Nintendo Power, it was the number one game in the "Top 10 Games of the Decade".

Sequel

In the 1,000th issue of the Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu, Miyamoto stated his interest in making a sequel to Super Mario Galaxy.[58] Producer Yoshiaki Koizumi said in an interview with gaming site GameSpot that there is a "really high chance" several power-ups and suits that did not make it into Super Mario Galaxy would be used in the sequel.[59]

The sequel – Super Mario Galaxy 2 – was announced at E3 2009 during the Nintendo conference,[60] and will be released on May 23, 2010 in North America.[4]

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Super Mario Galaxy
Box artwork for Super Mario Galaxy.
Developer(s) Nintendo EAD
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Japanese title スーパーマリオギャラクシー
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Platform
System(s) Wii
Players 1-2
Mode(s) Single Player, Multiplayer
Rating(s)
ESRB: Everyone
PEGI: Ages 3+
CERO: All ages
OFLC: General
Media Wii Optical Disc
Input Wii Remote and Nunchuk
Preceded by Super Mario Sunshine
Followed by Super Mario Galaxy 2
Series Mario

Super Mario Galaxy continues the main Mario series on the Nintendo Wii.

Synopsis

Shortly after Mario is invited to the Star Festival, a celebration of the comet that passes over the Mushroom Kingdom every hundred years, Bowser invades with a surprise attack in a fleet of airships. Summoning a giant UFO, he rips Princess Peach's entire castle from its foundations and lifts it into outer space. After an unsuccessful rescue attempt, Mario is catapulted across the cosmos and awakens on a small planet. There he meets a mysterious woman called Rosalina and her companion stars, the Lumas.

Rosalina is a watcher of the stars, who uses her mobile Observatory to travel across the universe. However, the Power Stars that act as the Observatory's power source have all been stolen by Bowser, rendering it immobile. Bestowed with the power to travel through space, Mario sets off on an intergalactic adventure across the universe to reclaim the Power Stars and restore power to Rosalina's observatory.

Table of Contents

editMario series

1980s: Donkey Kong · Mario Bros. · Super Mario Bros. · The Lost Levels · Super Mario Bros. 2 · Super Mario Bros. 3

1990s: Super Mario World · Yoshi's Island · Super Mario 64

2000s: Super Mario Sunshine · Super Mario Advance 4 · New Super Mario Bros. · Super Mario Galaxy · New Super Mario Bros. Wii

2010s: Super Mario Galaxy 2

Sub-series: Mario is Missing · Mario Kart · Mario Party · Mario RPG · Yoshi


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Super Mario Galaxy

Developer(s) Nintendo
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Release date November 12, 2007
Genre Platformer
Mode(s) Single player
Age rating(s) ESRB: E
Platform(s) Wii
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Super Mario Galaxy is a 3D platformer for Wii, released on November 12, 2007. Many assume this is the Mario 128, a truer sequel to Super Mario 64 than Super Mario Sunshine, because it lacks a platformer gimmick like FLUDD. In it, miniature planets are the platforms, where Wii's controller is used to go from planet to planet, as well as bat away objects. Mario is controlled with the nunchaku attachment's analog stick.

Mario can breathe in space.
If you couldn't tell by the title, the game takes place in space. Apparently alien civilizations aren't different from the Mushroom Kingdom, because some trademark Mario baddies can be found, such as Bullet Bills and Goombas. This space setting provides a direction-less, MC Escher like feeling, where Mario will sometimes be sideways or upside down.

Each planetoid can be a small platform with a few obstacles or larger, traditional looking level. The small ones can be run around in a few seconds. Before moving on to the next planet/platform, you sometimes have to complete an objective like defeating an enemy on that platform. This is continued until you reach the end of the level. Mario has a few new moves, like doing a tornado spin that will bat away enemies & give him a boost, which is executed by shaking the controller. The motion sensing is also used to rocket Mario from planet to planet.

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