To say that Super Mario Galaxy has been a highly-anticipated game is a bit of an understatement. Although the Wii has shot Nintendo back to the forefront of console gaming in terms of hardware sales, the software for the title has been lacking in terms of high-profile, exclusive titles. With the delay of Super Smash Bros. Brawl until next year, Super Mario Galaxy is a bright spot in an otherwise port-filled release schedule for the Wii.
That said, Nintendo couldn't have found a better game to ship in the weeks before the important Thanksgiving holiday. Super Mario Galaxy has been lauded far and wide for its accessible but challenging gameplay and its unique use of the Wii controls. As you may expect for a Mario game, the plot revolves around Bowser kidnapping Princess Peach and forcing Mario to chase him down to rescue her. The caveat here is that the game takes place in deep space, so that Mario has to travel from galaxy to galaxy, picking up Power Stars until he's re-powered the Comet Observatory that he's on. When he finally collects enough Power Stars, he'll finally be able to take down Bowser once and for all…until the next Super Mario game, that is.
Anyway, here's what to expect from GameSpot's Game Guide to Super Mario Galaxy.