Super Mario Galaxy 2 Impressions

Nintendo shows off a couple of new levels in its upcoming sequel to Super Mario Galaxy.

Nintendo's media summit in San Francisco today began with a short opening speech by vice president of sales and marketing, Cammie Dunaway. She led the presentation into the first game demo of the day: Super Mario Galaxy 2. We were given a quick tour of a couple of levels of the game, which primarily highlighted the use of the drill, and we got a chance to see Yoshi basically eat everything digestible.

The first level we saw was set in outer space, with several brown mounds of smaller planets that could be accessed by warp stars. By holding the circular red drill over his head, Mario was able to dig through the planet and pop up on the other side. Using this new skill, our favorite plumber was able to reach platforms that were otherwise inaccessible by conventional jumping methods. We also watched as Mario drilled inside a hollow planet and collected a ring of coins within it. Like the last game, part of the appeal is finding out how each planet works as they all have their own unique set of rules.

We will have an opportunity to get some hands-on time later, but for now, it looks like the controls will remain the same. You control Mario with the analog stick and shake the Wii Remote to do a spin attack, as well as use the drill. In the next portion of the demo, we saw a cousin of the Megaleg boss from the first game. We watched Mario dodge drills that were thrown while trying to wait for right moment to dig through the small planet to stab its exposed belly. After making short work of Gigaleg, we jumped to another level to see what Yoshi could do.

Yoshi functions in the same way as before, except now, you can control his tongue by pointing with the Wii Remote and pressing B to inhale almost anything onscreen. On this lush green planet with goombahs and spiky plants, Yoshi could eat blimp fruits that would cause him to expand into a blimp to float. A counter indicates how much time you have left before he deflates, but by grabbing more of these delicious goodies, you and your green pal can float continuously.

We were able to check out a couple of 2D platforming areas as well. We watched Mario and Yoshi work together to try to avoid falling off a rotating log while dodging hazards and grabbing blimp fruit. After collecting all the pieces of a warp star, we jumped to another area that looked like a cutout of a log and eventually found our way to the star to end the level. What made these levels particularly cool was the fact that it still looks like they can be explored in 3D--especially with so many moving parts--but you're limited to a 2D plane.

Following the demo, we saw a trailer of Super Mario Galaxy 2 that showcased the variety of levels that will be seen in the game. Not only did we see Mario hanging out in space, but we also saw worlds with a ghost-house theme and a giant world with extra large bad guys waiting for you. One boss that caught our eye was a giant snake that looped through and around planets. We watched as our hero weaved around to stay out of its way. Yoshi's tongue will also be a truly powerful tool as we saw him help Mario tug and pull large moving platforms.

We'll have more of an update for you when we get a chance to play Super Mario Galaxy 2 for ourselves, so check back for our write-up. In the meantime, we'll leave you with a release date of May 23.

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KONEBOX
KONEBOX

The way Super Mario Galaxy 2 focuses on platforming on and around 3-D planets, makes me want to buy this game straight away! The only thing that bothers me is that there will not be a hub world in Super Mario Galaxy 2, instead they will use the world map system from previous Mario games :(

BLuFAlc0n
BLuFAlc0n

....this is it guys, gor the definitive nominations for Game of the Year '10.... It's either: Super Mario Galaxy 2 or Monster Hunter 3 ...and I thought SMG2 would be the same as the first one except the name... looks like I was wrong about that, there's things here that wouldn't even be imagined in the first one...

calvinsora
calvinsora

I'm looking more and more forward to this game every day. I just want more Mario.

jogosnices
jogosnices

the graphics are goods the first impresion are good the yosis in the game are a col idea but it is very similar with the first game

justincoool
justincoool

Go Nintendo! :) I think the question at this point is: Who ISN'T buying this awesome game? This game will sell like 10-15 million easy. The Wii install base is triple what is was back in 2007. May 23rd will be one awesome day. :)

NerdyGeekboy
NerdyGeekboy

its been 3 years since the great accomplishment of Super Mario Galaxy. Super Mario Galaxy 2 will (hopefully) be a bigger accomplishment.

AA7
AA7

Yoshi is all I want. In fact I need him. Need badly.

Xizle
Xizle

That cash cow's teets must be pretty dried up by now.

david_lck
david_lck moderator moderator

This game is looking really good. Can't wait to play as Yoshi. :P "NOM!"

Hexalude
Hexalude

I REALLY wish they would stop making Mario games. The "Rescuing the princess" plot never gets old does it? Not even after one thousand odd games and 3 decades. And what the hell is it about Stars?!!? What does an Italian plumber need with Stars? Honestly... Talk about milking it dry. Move on Nintendo, focus on more worthy titles, like Metroid, rather than your precious Mario factory.

Linkman0714
Linkman0714

instant day one buy for me. galaxy was awesome and this looks like it will be even better

roll450
roll450

^_^ Instant buy for me on release date!

tehepicpwnzor
tehepicpwnzor

That's an insane soundtrack for such crappy graphics. Sony guy is impressed.

Brettsky128
Brettsky128

I'll buy this game for the simple fact that you can ride Yoshi.

metal_militia89
metal_militia89

I have hated Yoshi since Super Mario World. But this game looks damn nice.

riou7
riou7 moderator moderator

Wow....

Denveraic
Denveraic

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Denveraic

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jessmaster13
jessmaster13

Epic. Can't wait till this comes out. Day one buy for sure.

drummer131
drummer131

Yes, these Galaxy games don't seem to be as open as SM64 and Sunshine were, but they are GREAT games in their own right. I look forward to having my mind repeatedly blown as I go from planet to planet and discover one after another new idea that I didn't think was possible. Clearly, they came up with TONS of ideas and to think they can fill a whole second game with ideas unable to be used in the first game is unbelievable.

manga777
manga777

That is pretty soon but it is still gonna be one of the best games on the Wii

Platinum-knight
Platinum-knight

After the excitement of a new Mario game wore off, I was a little disappointed with the first one... Mario 64 and Sunshine were amazing games with big, open, and explorable worlds. Galaxy was pretty and big, but not too explorable. They linearized the open world experienced for the most part.

Mikethechimp
Mikethechimp

Nintendo can just make a new Mario Galaxy every 2 years and still stay in profit.

glassweezer
glassweezer

Looks class A to me, they seemed to up the variety of things in the level to do by a ton.

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

dove actually its the 5th , the 3rd was super mario 64 ds -remake , and technically 6th cause in japan ther was super mario 642 for the 64dd but ya , and its far from the 4th mario lol its the 4th on wii but its not the 4th , the wii 4 super paper mario super mario galaxy new super mario bros wii super mario galaxy 2

Mawfawka
Mawfawka

I love mario games as much as anyone else but when the hell are we ever going to see some new characters nintendo? Here comes Super Mario 17 everyone!!! And later this year we have The Legend of Zelda 12!!! Use the creativity that sparked those franchises in the 80's to once again blow our minds. Stop just attaching gimmicky crap and rehashing that same "gotta save the princess even though she's not really in danger" crap. End of rant.

dovberg
dovberg

well this is actually only the 4th mario 64 type mario, and so far each one has had their own unique things they have been centered around.

zeebenzene
zeebenzene

Space, the final frontier. Where do you go once you've gone to space. I don't think that mario games are going to be good anymore. It's always just the same old stuff and sooner or later people are going to ask themselves, "we have about 8 of these. do we really need any more." This is just overkill.

Gargaglio5tatus
Gargaglio5tatus

if you watched the new trailer you may realize this game is actually pretty damn different from the first galaxy

InsertWittyID
InsertWittyID

@Desperados11 You have no soul! Haha! In all serious though, I do somewhat understand criticisms against Nintendo for holding back the video game industry. However, when it comes down to it, the defining factor of a good video game is whether it provides an enjoyable interactive experience. Although the gameplay of Mario games hasn't changed dramatically since Mario 64, I'm continually impressed by the new and imaginative environments that get put into each new Mario game (the first Galaxy was particularly impressive). To me, this keeps the games enjoyable even though they use an old formula.

DuncanM908
DuncanM908

To all the samesayers...look at Bioshock 2. They didn't do much different, and they still made a great game. I expect the same from SMG2. Also, both sequels added drills...if that becomes a fad, the game industry will greatly improve. Drills make everything more awesome.

InsertWittyID
InsertWittyID

I'm going to have a lot of games to play this summer.

Desperados11
Desperados11

more of the same thx nintendo for lifting video games to new heights cough cough...

First_Descent
First_Descent

Mario is always epic, especially for a middle classed plumber... lol

Megamanx266
Megamanx266

Still waiting for a next-gen Megaman release that isn't either a spin-off or retro-remake.

LorDofGod
LorDofGod

Mario, the beast game of nintendo and is never disappoint!NEVER!

Markey83
Markey83

This game is going to be AWESOME!!!

wiifan001
wiifan001

Mega Man 10 Red Steel 2 Super Mario Galaxy 2 Metroid Other M Monster Hunter 3 Sin and Punishment 2 Yes, March and Q2 2010 is PHENOMENAL!

homegirl2180
homegirl2180

Sounds like it'll be great! It, of course, won't feel as fresh as the original, but still sounds like it'll do what a good sequel should do: expand on the good concepts of the original as well as adding interesting and (probably) good, new mechanics. Just hope it's as long and large as the first game.

nimbulan2000
nimbulan2000

Ooh May 23rd, I thought it wouldn't be out until the end of the year at least. Hopefully we can get some preview videos soon.

twztid13
twztid13

still need 2 finish the first. been saving the last of the game till i knew when the next good game for the system was coming. didnt want to fathom that my wii had no use at all for over a year, so i saved a little bit of greatness just incase. GREAT NEWS abt this & metroid. now we need zelda (i have yet to play my favorite franchise on the wii since i played twilight princess on my gamecube- BEST GC game ever, btw).

fkbwii
fkbwii

Sooner than expected! 1st day buy!