Super Mario Galaxy review

  • Enough fun to make your head explode
  • Ridiculously colorful, polished graphics
  • Takes platforming to a whole new level
  • Costumes could be cooler
  • Powerups accompanied by lame techno
  • Not having the game RIGHT NOW

Complaints? A few little 'uns. Certain stars only appear when a galaxy-altering comet is in orbit, and come the end of the game we'd like to tackle those last tricky stars in our own order without paying a shyster Luma to shift comets for us. And while much has been made of them, the costumes aren't the bee all and end all. Costumed Mario is as cute as a button, but you can't help but see them as restrictions on the freedom we have with Mario au naturel. Plus, later elemental powerups commit the heinous crime of interrupting a sublime soundtrack with annoying euro dance-hall techno. Bad ice Mario, bad!

You'll understand the outrage. Galaxy's is such a complete aesthetic experience that even the most minor design hiccup can be devastating. Floating inside a sphere of water staring out into distorted space, coasting around a light-refracting ice donut - these are visual concepts words simply can't describe. Short of trying to describe the noise that goose pimples make, we'll just have to ask you to take our word for it until you play it.

Of course, if anyone could capture the sound of goose pimples, it'd be Galaxy's sound designers. Every step carries the correct pitter-patter as filtered through dirt, puddles, wood or watermelon, and Martinet's helium yelps have never been as crisply entertaining. Smother it in a generous helping of some of the finest orchestral bombast ever heard in a game and you've got a soundscape that turns your earwax rainbow coloured. Landing in the Gusty Garden Galaxy to a blare of horns instantly makes our list of top five gaming moments of all time.

More Info

Release date: Nov 12 2007 - Wii (US)
Nov 16 2007 - Wii (UK)
Available Platforms: Wii
Genre: Action
Published by: Nintendo
Developed by: Nintendo
Franchise: Mario
ESRB Rating:
PEGI Rating:


  • markshell - October 10, 2010 3:35 a.m.

    I finished Galaxy 2, now I'm going to try the first one. It still amazes me how they could pull off such polished Mario games for the same system. Better. How in the hell could they leave us wanting more of this even after 2 games with the same mechanics?
  • fartinapot - September 18, 2010 12:16 p.m.

    The 2nd one is WAY better
  • fartinapot - May 11, 2010 12:42 a.m.

    Is the 2nd one suppose to be better?
  • rafa_slash - August 31, 2008 9:11 a.m.

    yeah,this game deserves that 10,in fact, it deserves an 11!!
  • Top_Hat - December 20, 2008 12:33 a.m.

    More like a 10,000/10. This game is THE BEST game for the ever for the Wii. PERIOD.
  • Oxfordcomma4 - February 15, 2009 3:27 p.m.

    Best Wii game currently in existence. Brawl is good, but this is better.

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