Super Mario Galaxy 2 Hands-On

We finally get some hands-on time with the new drill and take Yoshi for a spin in Super Mario Galaxy 2.

After the morning presentation at Nintendo's media summit in San Francisco, we were let loose to roam the floors and get some hands-on time with a variety of games, but most importantly, this was our first chance to play Super Mario Galaxy 2. Like in the previous game, Mario will roam the universe that defies the laws of physics, hopping from one planet to another as well as visiting plenty of exotic locales. But this time, he will be accompanied by the adorable green dinosaur that we've all come to know and love--Yoshi. Nintendo had 10 levels for us to choose from, so we did our best to drill, jump, and eat our way through each unique area.

We decided to check out the area that was presented earlier in the day, where we were able to use the drill and dig instantly from one side of the large planetary dirt mound to the next. The controls are the same as in the original Super Mario Galaxy, and they're tight, responsive, and easy to master once you get back into the swing of things. Using the remote, you can point and collect star bits as you bounce over goombas to make your way to the star at the end of the stage. The drill can be found on the ground. By shaking the remote, you'll pick it up over your head, and you simply shake again to plow through anything that doesn't have a metallic surface. We eventually made our way to the boss fight, which wasn't as hard as it looked, given that this particular planet could be navigated only on a 2D plane--so it was like walking on the outside of an onion ring. The robotic creature with two metallic legs stomped around a bit and sent a few power drills our way but then left its underbelly exposed just long enough for us to come up (or down?) from the other side to give it a good kick in its sensitive areas.

In the trailer we saw earlier, there was an image of a giant snakelike space dragon, which we got a chance to face during our hands-on session. This creature, known as Gobblegut, was sent after us by Bowser Jr., and it looped around the planet with its large maw aimed at Mario. It eventually burrowed into the ground and out the other end, weaving and twisting to conveniently block our line of sight. But by staying out of this monster's mouth and hovering around the area where it had dug itself in, we were able to hit the vulnerable areas along its body until it finally backed off.

Before taking charge of Yoshi, we played through a 2D platforming level where the traditional laws of gravity did not apply. By keeping an eye on the blue and red arrows, we could determine which way gravity was working in that particular area and time, but there were portions of the level where it would switch on us, so we had to anticipate the change to avoid landing on some hazardous terrain. Another world we explored was composed of floating platforms made up of traditional Super Mario Bros. bricks, pipes, coin blocks, and jumbo-sized enemies. Just because a flying goomba is 10 times your size doesn't mean that you can't do a spin attack to knock the beast on its head. If you loved Giant Land in Super Mario Bros. 3, you're going to love this level.

Keep running, don't look back.

Since we saw what Yoshi could do with the blimp earlier in the day (basically balloon up and float), we decided to see what would happen to him if he ate a dash pepper. If you point at an object onscreen and press the B button, Yoshi's unnaturally long tongue will wrap around almost anything and swallow it. We're assuming that the dash pepper was extra spicy, because Yoshi immediately turned red and began to run at full speed. Controlling him is tricky while he's in this state, because he's ultrasensitive to your motions. Running into a wall will knock him back and slow him down, and the way the levels are designed, you need to get to the top of a ramp or the end of a long stretch of platforms before the effects of the pepper wear off. It took us multiple tries to get through some of the trickier areas, because he can easily run up the side of a wall, but if you brush against any wall or take a turn too early, you're going to take a tumble. It's incredibly fun to guide Yoshi as he darts up a long ramp, but it'll take a few mistakes before you know what to expect and can breeze by without any mishaps.

Even though it seems like our green friend can inhale everything, bullet bills don't seem to be a part of Yoshi's diet. What he can do, though, is keep a bullet in his mouth temporarily and then spit it out to help you wipe out enemies or break things--like glass--that may be blocking your path. If Yoshi gets separated from you at any time and goes off a ledge, he'll reappear in a nearby nest so you don't have to risk falling off a platform to get him back. Another one of Yoshi's talents is the ability to use his tongue to latch on to daisies, which can then propel you to higher ground like a swinging monkey.

Explore a variety of cool new environments.

Super Mario Galaxy 2 is what you would expect from a sequel, with more of the same mechanics but new content as well to encourage you to explore this unique universe full of familiar faces and new bizarre creatures. The varied environments are a blast to go through, and the animations look really good at this point, so we can't wait to play more of the game as soon as we can get our own build. What's also exciting is that Nintendo has announced that Super Mario Galaxy 2 will be coming May 23. Be sure to keep checking back for more updates as soon as they become available.

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C3Le5tiaL
C3Le5tiaL

Super Mario Galaxy 2 looks awesome! Maybe better than the first?

popovicsasa
popovicsasa

Super Mario Galaxy was awesome game, really refreshing and lot of fun. I just know that Super Mario Galaxy 2 will be awesome too :D

tdurjan101
tdurjan101

I've beaten Super Mario Galaxy and it was amazing, I can't wait for Super Mario Galaxy 2!!

lawLiet18
lawLiet18

I WANT TO HAVE THIS GAME!! BUT I DON'T HAVE ANY NINTENDO Wii..:((

tommytab
tommytab

Dayum been waiting for this since G1. Played every mario game not gonna stop from the n64 gamecube and wii. HELL YEAHH! im 17 and mario games are the best! Yoshii!!! i missed him from the old yoshi's story on the N64

Angland
Angland

mario games are the only reason why i got a wii and all so far on the wii have been awsom so i am really looking forward to super mario galaxy 2. forget wii sport or resort this is why nintendo is the best .. :D

chrizmol
chrizmol

This is what Nintendo fans have been waiting for :)

Soundwave1998
Soundwave1998

I think this game will be a great game for the wii and it is awesome that it is multiplayer.If you like Super Mario and you like wii games i think this will be a great game for you.

eldespi
eldespi

i dont have moey:{...

Loragoori10
Loragoori10

Super Mario Galaxy 2 Does Look Like A VERY Exciting Game. I Can't Wait Till May 23rd 2010!

Phazevariance
Phazevariance

I want to play Super Mario High Definition ... when's that getting released?

KONEBOX
KONEBOX

Yes, Super Mario Galaxy 2 will be amazing. The first game was great, but this will be even better. We will get super mario galaxy 2 this summer, and the new Zelda game later this year ... this can't get any cooler! Super Mario Galaxy 2 FTW! :)

Jajathinx
Jajathinx

Super Mario Galaxy is da bomb! #1 was amazing, the graphics, story, gameplay, etc was utterly mind blowing. Lets just see if Yoshi along with a couple of other changes can still keep me interested in the series........

Absinthe-abuser
Absinthe-abuser

@ ImaChilean13 I don't get it... Why did you click on the SMG2 Hands-On Preview, if u hate the Wii and Mario Games? There's a big, fat X on the Upper right Corner of ur Browser. U should click it instead of posting stupid Comments. Im wishing back the good old Days, where not every Idi0t could connect to the Internet... Besides that, im 25 and im having more fun with New Super Mario Bros. Wii than with any Call of Duty Game or mediocre Ubi-Soft stuff that gets boring after the first 2 hours. However i don't wanna miss my PC as well. In my opinion Games like Borderlands, L4D2 and Mass Effect 2 are worth a play, too.

Absinthe-abuser
Absinthe-abuser

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Djmaster214
Djmaster214

i wouldnt say it has more substance than other games but its just simple good fun imo

NintendoPapa
NintendoPapa

DEFINITELY getting this game and i'll be 26 years old. Shame on all of you who say this game is for kids. It has a lot more substance than the endless shooting games that flood the market these days.

ImaChilean13
ImaChilean13

im not going to play this game. beacause i hate wii and im selling it, and because this game is "same old $h@t"

e1shw
e1shw

Man, I loved the first one and I am already in love with this one. I can't wait to play this epic piece of gold! :D

JCDenton
JCDenton

@linkman3 most 5 to 10 year-olds wouldn't be able to beat hardly any Mario games, let alone the Galaxy ones. I'm looking forward to SMGalaxy 2 because it has great platformer gameplay, and not for any other reason.

linkman3
linkman3

this shouldnt go on these games are really for 5 to 10 year-olds

demonsonic34
demonsonic34

i cant wait for this game it looks really fun

aminty1
aminty1

sounds good, I have the first one and think it is great fun. Nintendo can't fail on Mario!

lauxmonster
lauxmonster

I haven't bought a Wii game since I built my PC, but this looks really good and it appears Nintendo is doing a great job with this. Will be my first Wii game in a long time.

PompeyPirate
PompeyPirate

I'm not that fussed about the new Metroid Prime game but the two biggies for me are this and Zelda Wii. Think my love of all things Zelda just about shades it but this is looking awesome. Mario games are nearly always some of the best things Nintendo release. If it's getting a May 23rd release in the States, anyone know when will we get it in England?

ragheads
ragheads

the "keep running don't look back" picture looks like an older video game. Nevertheless, I am liking mario games.

baklinermr
baklinermr

That dinosaur looks outta this world crazy good graphics.

jddawg0808
jddawg0808

I can't wait for this! I've always cherished Mario games, but i may have to choose between this and Peace Walker.... or maybe I'll just buy both!

GamerofMario1
GamerofMario1

I hope they fixed the spring suit, or hopefully took it out!

marioman87
marioman87

Super Mario Galaxy was great, but this looks much better. What I appreciate about this game most of all is the inclusion of Yoshi. Instead of having him in it as a lame gimmick for one or two worlds, it looks like the concept was really thought out with the fruits and the tongue ability. And to all those people who posted the comments that are just bashing Mario games, it's obvious that they are console fanboys.

Strike079
Strike079

Well, as far as Mario goes, I've had good experiences riding dinosaurs and I've had good experiences laughing in the face of the laws of physics. Two and two.

notserbamma
notserbamma

there should be a retro-world in one of these mario galaxy games that has updated versions of some of the best Mario 64 levels...hey mario kart's been doin it and the old school ones are always the ones people come back to... just a random though...

oblivionownn
oblivionownn

@MaskedLink- At the end of SMG1, you see Bowser rise out of the lava, and you even see him with Peach and Mario later on.

rouguesquadron
rouguesquadron

I can already hear the classic Mario tune in my head.

MaskedLink
MaskedLink

This looks AWESOME! :D Good show! Anyway, how can Bowser... be alive? In SMG1, he fell into his own star, then fell into another one, then got hit by a flippin' supernova...

mattchat1022
mattchat1022

This game looks great! New worlds, new bosses, and who doesn't like Yoshi? Good job, Nintendo! I loved the first game, and now I really look forward to this coming out!

NOscope42
NOscope42

people's immaturity is clearly displayed when A mature rating is needed for you to even touch a game, let alone enjoy one. this game looks fun, and i loved the first one, even more importantly..YOSHI is back! woot!!!!

capitalthoughts
capitalthoughts

For all of the people in here who have been saying Mario is for kids and that Mario games aren't good just think about this, the original Galaxy has outscored the "mature" God of War 3, and Galaxy did that on a "weak console that has been ruining the gaming industry".

nickleite13
nickleite13

Nintendo is coming out with a lot of goodies this year, I'm more of an Xbox fan but I love Nintendo's exclusives. 3 games I must get this year would have to be Zelda 2010, Metroid other M and Galaxy 2.

GamerofMario1
GamerofMario1

It would be cool if one of the galaxies were SubCon and we had to fight Wart at the end of the galaxy.

maverick_41
maverick_41

has there been any more word on pikmin 3. seeing that guy's shirt made me wonder.

grasshopper6
grasshopper6

alright another Mario game it looks good

DarkZero_0x
DarkZero_0x

Galaxy 1 had the best music and look that other Mario games and i hope that Galaxy 2 will keep that and more. If Galaxy 2 and Metroid Other M are coming one month apart what will happen at E3 is year the new Zelda is going to be there but what else?

EdvardVG
EdvardVG

when i finished playing mario galaxy i concluded mario64 was harder to beat, but galaxy was more fun to play. i hope this one takes that into consideration.

fusikk
fusikk

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