GC '07: Super Mario Galaxy Hands-On

One more level of Mario's latest adventure was revealed at Leipzig, and we rushed over to Nintendo's expansive booth for a hands-on play.

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LEIPZIG, Germany--Nintendo's mascot has been making regular appearances at the world's video game shows for well over a year now, but it's still difficult to resist one more play on the Italian plumber's intergalactic platformer. As it turns out, our addiction actually paid off this time because the Nintendo representatives informed us that this was the first time the Beam Star Trail level has been shown to the press. We spent a good few minutes checking it out, and while it was certainly a tricky level to navigate, we definitely had a lot of fun with it.

The level begins with Mario having to hook himself into a series of blue gravity stars that can be used to move between planets. Using the Wii Remote to aim the onscreen hand, we began to gingerly pull Mario along this chain for fear of sending him flying into the expanse of space around him. However, as we became more adept at quickly grabbing and swinging, we were able to gain momentum, which sent Mario flying so fast that he could miss certain hooks altogether but still survive. It's an addictive mechanic once you get the hang of it, reminding us a little of the advanced webslinging moves of the recent Spider-Man games.

Once we were past the blue star bridge and on the (relatively) safe ground of a nearby planet, we had to use Mario's spinning move to smash up some crystals. The spinning move is performed by shaking the motion-sensitive Wii Remote and can be used to smash things, as well as stun enemies. In fact, it's just one of many ways to deal with enemies in Super Mario Galaxy. It wouldn't be a Mario game if you couldn't jump on their heads, but you can also fire stars at them by aiming the Wii Remote onscreen and pressing the B button. Once we'd destroyed the crystals and collected pieces of a star, it was onto a rocket to fly to another planet.

Many people will have seen the videos of Mario flying from planet to planet, and even though the majority of them are quite small, it's a joy to explore them. Moving upside down and in all directions is somehow never confusing. It's also a credit to Nintendo's control system that you never have to think too much about moving around. At one point during our demo, we went down a tube and inside the planet itself, running around the interior to help free a blue star trapped at the centre. Another part of the level moved from planets and onto a platform that broke into parts then rebuilt itself as you walked along it.

Super Mario Galaxy is looking as promising as ever, and after another drop-in visit, we were again left wanting more. One thing's for certain: Wherever the wee man rears his head next, GameSpot will be there.

Discussion

103 comments
juggleballz
juggleballz

Kahoony said: "Sure there might be a few different features and a new plot, but the idea is basically the same" What about GTA? Ratchet and Clank? Halo? Castlevania? Zelda? The list can go on and on and on.... Mario Galaxy isn't trying to be a different genre. It's a platform game and always has been. It's COMPLETELY different to its predecessors. Mario 64, Sunshine, Mario Bros on the DS, and this are completely different, plot wise, gameplay wise, look wise, style wise, control wise and genre wise. The only similarity is Mario. So what do you mean its basically the same? If you mean genre your comment is ridiculous. Your comment could be justified if it were based on Zelda for example, which although there have been some style changes and minor plot changes, they are very similar games, same feel. But that isn't necessarily a bad thing.

kahoony
kahoony

I think that Super Mario Galaxy is really just something that Nintendo Have decided to piece together after about 7 or so years, which just shows that they are trying to pretty something up and say that its completely different. Sure there might be a few different features and a new plot, but the idea is basically the same, and the fact that this game is said to be about $200, isn't helping this game at all. I think that it will still be a very good game, but i'm not going to get this the first day it comes out.

Judah6
Judah6

For People talking Sh*t About the Wii Dosn't Have Much Graphic Power as the Xbox 360 and Ps3 is True But this Game really pushes the Wii System To the Iimit it really Shows what the Graphics on the Wii can Do Damn I Can't Wait for this Game!

ukillwegrill
ukillwegrill

multi-player is a key aspect the current gen gaming, a game with no mulitpalyer isnt as lasting as a game with multiplayer so it will get a lower score their are exceptions to this e.g oblivion but that game had tons of genuine replay value although i think mario will be better then metal gear solid i doubt it will reach the hights of halo as it dosent have the longterm strength of halo even though it will be alot better, at least in single player

fred_for_brains
fred_for_brains

It's sadly true though, even if Gamespot seems to like it, it will wind up being somthing like: Gamespot: 8.5 Users:9.4 Ign:11 Nintendo power: 14.7 But even so, that's just a cynical prediction. I hope they at LEAST give it a 9.X. And one more thing, why does Nintendo power always brown nose games on their consoles? I can understand with their in-house developments, but otherwise...

zztopp
zztopp

No matter how good and innovative this game turns out to be Gamespot wont give it more than 8.5-8.7? Why? Because it has no "multiplayer" mode ... yea Nintendo should churn out a mediocre "single player" campaign mode and a feature filled multiplayer mode with mario and the gang running out splashing themselves with mushrooms etc....that should allow Galaxy to approach the 9.5 score..

benjaminjoel
benjaminjoel

Wow, GameSpot is actually EXCITED about this game! Still, they'll give it an 8.5, while IGN will give it a 12.

rooshma
rooshma

Why is anyone even comparing the graphics between the 360 and the Wii? They're built for different reasons. 360 is about good graphics, realistic gameplay, and amazing online support. The Wii was built to be an affordable (not cheap) system that's simply FUN, and easily accessible for non-'gamers'. Kind of ironic since real gamers have been waiting for a good sequel to SM 64 but w/e this game does look fun. Games to get: Zelda Twilight Princess, SSB Brawl, SM Galaxy, and well... any other zelda game. People complain about not getting 3rd party games. Nintendo has gotten 3rd party games before, the games we still play are the 1st party ones. Sorry if I got rid of someones sorry excuse not to buy a Wii.

drunkonshadows7
drunkonshadows7

jackarse29: "not to besmirch the wii but it does'nt compare graphics wise with a 360" I have a wii and I love it but if the xbox 360 can handle up to720p and the wii can handle up to 480p then I don't see what the problem is in making a game with as good as the wiis graphics can get in all of their games... Also the game above is most certainly comparable with a 360 game. I have seen many 360 games that look far worse than the screenshots given. The wii is a tiny step of HD away from being a 360 they just aren't embedding better graphics onto the discs as they are now concentrating far too hard on the motion sensing and near enough not at all on the graphics. wb and explain what you think anyone and "jackarse29"

jackarse29
jackarse29

drunkonshadows7: "the system is almost as powerful as the 360" not to besmirch the wii but it doesn't compare graphics wise with a 360 anyway you shouldn't hesitate in getting one if you a zelda fan; i grew up playing OoT + MM and i've enjoyed every second of the 70 hours it took me to beat TP

drunkonshadows7
drunkonshadows7

I loved mario 64 and yet i hated mario sunshine. I think I just didnt like the jetpack addition or something... However this game seems to me to be the most interesting game for the wii and i'm hopefully going to have changed my mind again by next year. I am a nintendo/zelda fan and I felt that because the system is almost as powerful as the 360 and yet graphics wise so far... well i felt a bit let down by zelda tp's graphics and I recently bought transformers the game and was appaled at the poor qaulity in graphics, gameplay, storyline and the controls. please nintendo make this game insane and change my mind? tom

muffinduck01
muffinduck01

this wil be fun nothing more needs to be said

Nelzoma
Nelzoma

It's definatly the game i want the most!!! .... well .... after Smashbros

wrestlemaniaw
wrestlemaniaw

this game make me sick and the Wii both of them cross

Gally66
Gally66

user score - 10 gamespot score 7.5 we know its gonna happen its gonna be another underated game that will revolutionize the wiis capabilities

DarkspineSonic0
DarkspineSonic0

Cool! Mario game for wii: Cooler! Mario in Space: Coolest!! this is gonna be fun and i hope the the funny is still intact. and a center camera button.

jaredcrazy3232
jaredcrazy3232

now what i am about to say will offend you, i know people who dont like mario games!!!!!!!!! i know i almost killed my self to.... ya i am all pre-orderd

styphin
styphin

pissing my pants in anticipation

bazzatuk
bazzatuk

Looking and sounding better every time I get more information about it. Along with Metroid Prime 3, the Wii should have a strong line up this Christmas.

XBASX
XBASX

Can't wait, im exited about mario again since SM64

Goku-stream
Goku-stream

Fantastic, I'm definately excited for this and it really is promising that it is getting good previews and and praise across the board. This will definately be the defining moment when this comes out.

wiifan001
wiifan001

Wow. Gamespot seems to actually be taking a liking to this game. That's something you just don't see often when it comes to the Wii games.

steelersrule56
steelersrule56

this will no question be the craziest game mario has ever seen i wanna know what happens in the beginning and why he was forced there

Fang_lord
Fang_lord

This game looks great. It will be a competition between Microsofts HALO3, Bioshock, Mass Effect, Metroid Prime 3, and Mario Galaxy. Halo3 just shouldnt get it, its over rated and theres 2 many fan boys, Mass Effect and Bioshock looks excellent and very indepth(you cannot deny that fact) and Metroid looks WOW. Hope Nintendo dont screw up mario though, because personally, i didnt like Mario Sunshine, it just wasnt the same as Mario 64...which we should all bow down to... I hope theres LOADS of planets on this, but not all of them have stars on, so you can literally just go to random planet and have a bit an explore just for the hell of it...or have some unlockable content...like go to a certain number of non story planets and get a free demo of Super Smash Bros Brawl :P I mean nintendo really need to have demos for there games, it cant be THAT hard to release a demo...iv only EVER seen 1, and that was for Splinter Cell 1 on the Cube.

creamcloud
creamcloud

mmmm I was gonna disagree, with Tsuchikage about Super Mario Bros 3... but your right. It wont top that lol I wonder how hard this games gonna be to complete. I like a good challenge. hope its not just EASY PEASY. that'd suck

sacatash
sacatash

This game IS the flagship of the Nintendo Wii and it will sell like hotcakes this October! ..I wont be surprise if it will take the Game of the Year honors for all consoles for its innovation and gameplay..yes better than halo3, bioshock and whatever HD superdupper graphics game that you can name. You can never beat good gameplay with graphics.

Jebril
Jebril

Game's gonna be awesome.

Link_tha_Gamer
Link_tha_Gamer

cybeast1390, we don't care about your opinion. Go somewhere else if you have to complain about gamespot.com

Gamer_152
Gamer_152

Wow, really sounds like some fun with those controls

KingKoop
KingKoop

Rock on, can't wait. cybeast1390- whats your problem there seems to be none for the other 10,000 users?

Tsuchikage
Tsuchikage

This game has the potential to be one of the greatest (maybe the greatest) Mario game of all time (excepting Super Mario Bros. 3; that'll never be topped).

MOOKUU
MOOKUU

DEJA VU!!!! i felt this way a long time ago bout a game called Super Mario 64

freakonature24
freakonature24

This is defiantly a game I will be buying, good to see that gamespot isn't being biased on the wii and that it has good controls.

xgalacticax
xgalacticax

If I have any cash left after getting metroid prime 3, halo 3 and an xbox 360, I will definitely get this. Nintendo, I hope a wii zelda is in the pipeline, twilight princess was awesome and I want more.....

Taagenbear
Taagenbear

Can't wait to get this! maybe it'll be a reason to dust off my wii.

scottyskater77
scottyskater77

I'm glad that the controls are working well. I was a little worried about them being too confusing with all the upside down crazy stuff.

Chargeagles1
Chargeagles1

Wow they said the controls are flawless.

daveg1
daveg1

its sure to be good agme but i wont be playing it any time soon..