Super Mario Galaxy 2 - first-look

13) Prank bank
Reggie promises us challenge and they come none more challenging than the purple coin challenges. In Galaxy, these collect-’em-up missions only appeared when the purple Prankster Comet was orbiting a galaxy. These comets modify the behaviour of a galaxy to enable particularly tricky tasks. We welcome them back with trembling open arms and slightly gritted teeth.

14) The para of love
Nintendo are so fond of dipping into the enemy design back catalogue that Mario Galaxy 2 should be like Friends Reunited for henchmen. We’ve spotted water boatman-like Skeeters (returning having been dumped after Mario Sunshine), but more importantly, the winged Paragoombas are making their debut in a 3D Mario game. Good on ’em!

15) Best buds
Sitting prettily in a row these buds look harmless, but allow them to unfold and they begin to spin, turning their petals into whirring buzzsaws. In bud form they look very similar to the fruits Yoshi gobbles elsewhere in the trailer – could they be another type, enabling some flower-related ability? Horrendous hayfever, perhaps?

16) Cymbologist
You know exactly how it’ll work. You’ll buttstomp that cymbal and they’ll crash together for one majestic moment. Here’s an idea: the music in the first Galaxy would adapt itself and build up with your performance. What if these enormo-instruments added to the soundtrack?

17) Band plays on
The trailer music reeks of Mario class. Big brassy trumpets suggest galactic fun and the zigzagging violins capture the spiralling grace of Mario’s aerial gymnastics, all undercut with a chirpy whistle that’s pure Super Mario World. To top it all it seamlessly segues into a burst of Gusty Garden Galaxy. Utterly majestic. Can’t wait see what else composers Koji Kondo and Mahito Yokota dream up.

18) 2D continued
Galaxy’s 2D platforming made for several highlights in a game bereft of lows. Big huzzahs, then, for their return in Galaxy 2. Look underneath the glass and you can see electric barriers and moving platforms just waiting to put your old-school leaping abilities to the test. New Super Mario Bros Wii had better watch its back.

19) Field of dreams
EAD Tokyo spent all that time mastering spherical planets only to go and create a flattened plain? It doesn’t make sense. We know Mario rolls massive snowballs here – what if these boulders grow to such size as to become spherical planets? Nintendo have had their fun playing god – could it be our turn now?

20) He’s back
Yes, the mysterious Mr. Gay has returned. Keen-eyed jokers/conspiracy theorists realized that the glinting stars on the first game’s logo marked out the letters ‘U R MR GAY’. The internet made quite a big deal out of this and yet Nintendo haven’t altered the logo. It now reads ‘U R MR GAY 2’ which sounds like a childish retort to the first logo. FIGHT!

Jul 17, 2009


  • trode73 - January 15, 2010 2:52 a.m.

    looks good, new galaxies look good
  • Adda - August 28, 2009 3 p.m.

    how kan you get the game on the computer?
  • RandomIdoit - July 21, 2009 8:19 p.m.

    I HATE YOSHI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • doomdoomdoom - July 21, 2009 4:33 p.m.

    Not another Mario game, i am so happy i don't have a Wii This game looks exactly the same as the 1st SMGalaxy. The only differences i see is the green dinosaur is now orange. This game is not worth it until they change it more so it doesn't look like Super Mario Galaxy with a number 2 slapped on the side. What is this the 200th mario game or the thousandth?
  • Mushroomer - July 19, 2009 12:12 a.m.

    I see this one as more of a Mario Bros 2 dealie (the REAL one, none of this US-only crap). It's the classic formula, remixed for a far more experienced crowd. I expect challenges that will make Luigi's Purple Coins look like NOTHING.
  • mastersword369 - July 18, 2009 9:35 p.m.

    I didn't really enjoy SMG1 that much.It just wasn't very fun to me, and I found Sunshine to be much better. Do I have issues? Well, I'll probably buy SMG2 anyway, to tide me over until Metroid: Other M.
  • Csheroe - July 18, 2009 8:49 p.m.

    I agree with Tuned Pwnage. Finally gonna turn on my wii!
  • zayleffein - July 18, 2009 4:34 p.m.

    Mario games rely so much on charm, and somehow I think this game won't be any different. But it does look fun and challenging, so maybe worth a try.
  • SolidSpartan - July 18, 2009 5:19 a.m.

    Yeah, the first 1 was great, but I don't think I'll be getting it. Well, at least not right when it's released. There's OTHER great games that I'll be playing like Halo ODST, CoDMW 2, and Mass Effect 2. ReCAPTCHA: "tweeting ago" That reminds me, I gotta remember to check my profile on Twitter...
  • game-thugsta - July 18, 2009 3:36 a.m.

    yay for gatorade colored yoshi!
  • afroninjakatana - July 18, 2009 2:07 a.m.

    That's funny U R MR GAY 2. Didn't see it coming I thought Nintendo would have took that out but I guess they didn't find that out.
  • skyguy343 - July 17, 2009 9:10 p.m.

    well played tuned pwnage...
  • GamerAidan - August 23, 2009 12:54 a.m.

    Yes Loved and finished the first game. And will beat this one aswell, but the one thing i wanna know will luigi be in this because in one I think nintendo got slack by making luigi save himself i mean cmon.
  • thomashalpenny - July 26, 2009 11:21 a.m.

    FUN :)
  • Pollyforce679 - July 24, 2009 1:49 a.m.

    i looks sick it looks the sam as the fist one but i gone the first one and its sick ass so this one looks good to
  • crazyqazqaz - July 23, 2009 2:50 p.m.

    Can't wait 4 this 1. I loved the first 1 and this will be my first Wii game in months. Haven't commented in ages, glad to be back!!
  • Ryguy649 - July 20, 2009 5:09 p.m.

    omg cant wait the first was pretty dammit awesome and the seconds gonna kick ass even more
  • videokid1234 - July 20, 2009 4:31 p.m.

    i got all 240 stars in the first one and gunna get 240 in this one too!
  • AuthorityFigure - July 20, 2009 9:51 a.m.

    As a modern gamer, I'm scared of change. I will continue to play my original SMG.

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