Super Mario Galaxy: Oh My Stars!

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Hello people, who may or may not like space and Mario, this is for you. Check out my take on Super Mario Galaxy!

Background:

Super Mario Galaxy is one of those games that brings a lot of nostalgia for me. I started it when I was young and then eventually I stopped playing. Now I’ve come back several years later. I’m older, wiser, and a better gamer and I’m here to say I’ve beaten it my peeps!!! It is so satisfying to beat a game like this, even if it has a notoriously weird ending. I loved playing through it. My roommates were funny, they would come and watch me play and it was their first time seeing me do something where I was immersed in something else. It was funny that I was able to remember a lot of what I played the first time around too. I’d make comments like ‘oh, I remember this, I have to go over here and do this.’

Plot:

Bowser has once again captured Princess Peach and Mario is going to need all the help he can get. Rosaline offers a new power and her ship to help chase Bowser around the galaxy.

Small disclaimer, I didn’t 100% complete Super Mario Galaxy, I got the 60 stars you need to beat Bowser and see the ending so… sorry.

Things I liked about Super Mario Galaxy:

  • Nostalgia expectations were met
  • NPCs are adorable and I love them
  • The level design has such a wide variety of aesthetic and creativity (I could go on and on about this and how nicely this game fits the way Nintendo makes their games.)
  • The satisfaction of beating levels
  • I can see the inspiration it gave Mario Odyssey and I like the direction it’s going
  • Stars have an actual purpose
  • Lore within the game
  • King Kaliente will always be my favorite boss. <3 he’s bae
  • Dino plant is a beautiful tutorial and is my second favorite boss.
  • I liked the lumas that want snacks and transform into planets if you ever reach a point where you want to switch up the pace.
  • Trickster comets are a cool idea, I was personally able to beat this game without playing one in this playthrough but have played them in my first playthrough.
  • Lack of Yoshi, I think not having him brings a nice balance to the game.
  • Rosalina
  • Peach’s mail

Things I disliked:

  • I wish they taught you in-game how to do the fancy jumps instead of in a pamphlet, I didn’t read it so I had to beat the game with the moves that are taught in-game
  • This game is shorter than I remember
  • This game makes you go through vast degrees in difficulty for any given world which as you progress just made me want to go back and complete more of the beginning levels.
  • Swimming mechanics suck so much >:(
  • The final battle with Bowser is so hard compared to the rest of the game. There are 2 save spots and if you screw up, you basically have to start all over to get up to Bowser. Once you get to Bowser, if you lose a life he restarts his attack. He has 3 stages where you have to hit him twice. All the other bosses don’t work like this. They force you to use some mechanics that are hard to do and very stressful to pull off. (At least for me).
  • Stingray surfing level was traumatizing as a child, and it’s traumatizing now. I hate that level so much.
  • Golfing levels should not be in this game they are not fun either. Clever game mechanic. Sh***y gameplay.

Final Thoughts:

Overall, I give this game a 9/10. Despite all that I have against it, I love this game to star bits and pieces. The parts I have against it don’t make it any less enjoyable (except maybe that stingray surfing level) but I could have played other levels, I could have gotten better. If you haven’t played this game yet, you should. Here is a link to buy it at Gamestop and here is the link to buy it on Amazon. (Not affiliated but could be). Thank you for reading my take on “Super Mario Galaxy”, I appreciate it. Comment below your favorite Mario game. If you like my content, consider subscribing to my mailing list and if you want a review on something similar, click here.

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