Super Mario Galaxy 2 Impressions

Nintendo surprised everyone by unveiling Super Mario Galaxy 2 at E3 2009, and we were on hand to check it out.

It's clear that Nintendo got the message from its hardcore fans about its core franchises. The company has answered with not one but two new Mario platforming games today. Not only will New Super Mario Bros. be jumping from the DS to the Wii, but a sequel to Super Mario Galaxy is also under development. Nintendo showed us the first footage of the game at its E3 2009 press conference, and we were massively impressed with what we saw.

The first thing to note is that the game looks very similar to the original Galaxy in terms of style, with lots of galaxies to explore and stars to collect. The first new feature that we saw was a screw device that Mario can use to drill through planets. We also saw how Mario was able to turn the world black and white, and there was a section in which he was being chased by multiple shadow Marios. But most exciting of all was when Mario flew through space on the back of Yoshi, which we'll take as a guarantee that the green dinosaur will appear in the finished game.

As for the environments, we noted new snow levels and switches that can turn water into ice and back again. There were also planets with luscious plant life, literally overflowing with flowers and bushes for Mario to wade through. Other levels featured oversized goombas and Bullet Bill, and Mario himself will again be able to don the bee suit for short flights through the air.

The buzz in the GameSpot booth was tangible when this game was being shown, and it's fair to say that it's the one game that we're all looking forward to most from the presentation. Sadly, we've just had a quick look at the Nintendo booth here on the show floor, and it doesn't look as if the game is going to be playable at E3. However, we'll be pressing Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto in a roundtable later during the show, and we'll report back with any further details on the game.

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wyatticefair
wyatticefair

I wonder if you have to get the first one to understand the sequel

dovberg
dovberg

I liked sunshine more

bladex8
bladex8

The first one was a very good game but it had a bad camera. It was fun anyway. This one could be even more fun!

Crawfo720
Crawfo720

I just hopoe that Nintendo doesn't screw over and make everything god-awfully hard like in Sunshine. After all, Miyamoto said that the game would be a little more difficult...

Kazman2
Kazman2

yea i hope it is 2 player... Sounds awesome though

Hiroo4
Hiroo4

2 player split screen co-op please.

Clank17
Clank17

I dont like super mario galaxy :S the controls are so complex lol .... new super mario bros is better .... i mean ... u dont need then nunchuk !! super mario galaxy incomodates me vith haveng to dificultly use the nunchuk just to move around !?!?! I DONT THINK SO Btw... if ur gonna rate my as poor comment im just making an oppinion not an offense -.-

colonialpikachu
colonialpikachu

The Wii needs a boost from Zelda and Mario (and maybe even Pokemon) so that it doesn't economically die. There hasn't been anything good and new for the Wii since the year after it launched.

HyperThumbs
HyperThumbs

I hope they'll still have the Boo Suit! :D

linkman3
linkman3

frob 1965 u are so right co-op in galaxy 1 was boring

frob1965
frob1965

so i think that for co-op mode, instead of just having player 2 just do stuff with the remote, they should have p.2 be Luigi ... it would make the co-op so much more enjoyable

bvjens31
bvjens31

@jestopia i'd rather see a mario game that blends super smash brothers brawl and final fantasy tactics :D

jetstopia
jetstopia

bring it on, mario games always do something new. how about mario in a fps swat team style, taking down the evil bowser with military precision.... any takers?

never-named
never-named

Here's hoping for some cohesiveness in the story this time around...kidding! Hopefully Galaxy 2 will feature an "actual" co-op; a second player beside (or online) playing as Yoshi or Luigi would be out of this Galaxy!

stewie1000
stewie1000

awesomes i have the first 1 and it was really fun cant wait till thes game comes out :) :P

bijeebus
bijeebus

i hope its longer than the first

Redhammer729
Redhammer729

awesome. i'm still waiting to see 128 marios running around with blocks, pushing each other off a cliff.

wintermute_66
wintermute_66

Who cares even if it is more of the same ? It's Super Mario Galaxy 2, so you know it's going to be one of the funnest platformers available on the Wii. Nobody does this stuff like Nintendo, they are the King!

MaskedLink
MaskedLink

If any of you haters had watched the preview, it looks like there'll be actual WORLDS, too, and not just patchwork asteroids. It'll be a bigger, better version of the first, and I can't wait! A new Mario game, a new Zelda for the Wii, a new Mario & Luigi, a new Zelda DS, a new Metroid, it's too good to be true! Nintendo must be planning something. :D

lukas1051
lukas1051

All Nintendo need to do is design new levels. Keep the core gameplay mechanics the same and make more awesome levels. I loved the variety of the first game, my only criticism would be there was too much swimming, nobody enjoys swimming. All I say is design more levels, more variety and don't mess too much with what's already there. No need to fix what ain't broke.

ScrawlKnight
ScrawlKnight

Ugh... should have just given us a new Mario adventure! Mario Galaxy was great and all... but I would have preferred them to go with a different setting. Galaxy still doesn't hold a candle to Super Mario 64.

nintendave86
nintendave86

yeah this game is gonna be awesome! I can't wait!!!

Gorthin
Gorthin

why do the same thing again with different levels? Can't they design a new conncept. They did it when they took mario to the gamecube. come on nintendo! give us new!

SSBFan12
SSBFan12

This game is going to be the best for the Wii.

dcgames
dcgames

I sometimes wonder why Nintendo has to resort to releasing another older game with just a new gimmick or two. They run out of ideas for new games? Seems kind of lazy on their part.

PSFreak1
PSFreak1

will be good, just hope it raises the bar and brings new things to the game

pakhair
pakhair

This looks & will B a GR8 game..................

NeonNinja
NeonNinja

I think it's a bit too soon, but I also know Nintendo used to release A TON of Mario games on their NES and SNES consoles. Another franchise would have been nice, but still, with a 2010 release date, Galaxy will have had three years development time, so it's not that big of a deal. Bring on the dino-platforming!

Junior_AIN
Junior_AIN

So many other games needed to come before this....I'll buy anyway, but it's sad.

Hungry_Homer111
Hungry_Homer111

When I first heard about this, I was both happy (because it's another Mario platforming game, and those are always great, and SMG was one of the better ones), and disappointed (because they already announced a Mario platforming game in the same conference, and this one didn't look too different from the original. But in the end, the Mario fanboy has won out. Especially since Reggie said that this one was designed more for the core gamers who want a challenge out of the ideas of SMG, which means that it's supposed to be harder. Also, I really like some of the new ideas that I've seen in that trailer, both in terms of Yoshi use, and galaxy/level design. Can't wait for this one, and hope it lives up to the original (or is even better, if it's supposed to be more challenging).

wiidsduelpack
wiidsduelpack

A new Zelda for 2010 and two new Mario games, Nintendo is really getting on track to be the #1 again.

wiiwiieddie
wiiwiieddie

I know its the same thing, but the first thing was great and this just has more

Calverz
Calverz

"Massively Impressed"? Come on gamespot! Its literally the same thing again, they are milking Mario to try and win back hardcore fans again. Its frankly pathetic and too late.

nintendo-naut
nintendo-naut

I was kinda dissapointed they kept Galaxy's style. Not that I don't like it, it just seems like more of the same. But Mario is Mario...And he'll probably prove me oh-so-wrong. :P

chocolate1325
chocolate1325

2 new Mario games and Metroid I am satisfied by that.

KronosIII
KronosIII

..........Looks like the same game with Yoshi added on.......... YAY for Yoshi?!!!! I am really disappointed with nintendo this year. Even the new Samus game looks meh.

Sonikilate
Sonikilate

Great, New Super Mario Bros. for the wii!!! and Mario Galaxy 2!!! It looks that New Super Mario Bros. will have the graphics of Wii with the same platformer gameplay and maybe new world to explore and Galaxy, seems that by the things shown by now, looks like a great game compared to the original or maybe that changes will affect and maybe will not be a great game, but lets wait.

ultimte3ricecrm
ultimte3ricecrm

A New Super Mario Bros. 2?! Wow, Nintendo's really gearing up this year. I can't wait for Galaxy 2 as well.

alanthreonus
alanthreonus

I was just talking to my friend the other day about how I haven't been impressed with Nintendo this generation, and if they really wanted to impress their hardcore fans they would release a new Mario for the Wii, but I knew that would never happen. THANK YOU FOR PROVING ME WRONG!

gmax
gmax

Not many details yet, but it must be far enough along to talk about...

chisoxrule
chisoxrule

No release date announced?! I predict that this won't show up until sometime in the 4th quarter of 2010.

K_56
K_56

@ SuperSonicZ E3 isn't over yet. We may still get our new Zelda game. Who cares if we don't, though, They already confirmed that they are making one and we just got tons of other great games announced.