Ten things that make us happy in Super Mario Galaxy 2

In a way, it's a pity E3 came along when it did. With Super Mario Galaxy 2 out on store shelves, everyone should still be talking about Mario's latest and greatest 3D adventure, but instead they're talking about weird tigers and chopping people's legs off in mid-air.

Well, not us. Not for a few minutes, anyway. Here are ten little things in Super Mario Galaxy 2 that make us feel like everything's right with the world:


The noise Lumas make

With a sound somewhere between a whistle and the squeak of a dog toy, the noise a Luma makes when he talks to you is awesome. Yet more proof that games characters don't need to be voiced.


Drums and Cymbals

You're jumping around the level, learning how to make clouds with Cloud Mario, when you arrive at three large platforms. They look different from the rest of the scenery... and then it hits you as you bounce up with a boom. They're drums. And when you reach the top, you can pound the cymbal to get loads of Star Bits. Tssssch!


Feeding a Hungry Luma

Whether it's with Star Bits or a cascade of golden coins, the flow of coloured items into the mouth of a Hungry Luma is incredibly satisfying. Especially when he looks so pleased at the end he announces he's going to...

Above: Took the word right out of my mouth


You spin, everybody spins

You're talking to Toad, but then forget you're near him and spin. Instead of getting knocked flying or even just taking cover, all the NPCs in the vicinity copy you and spin like a spinning top.


Toad finds a Star Bit

How cute is this? In an effort to help Mario, a lot of the characters will give you items they find. These range from coins to one-ups. But one little Toad tells you he's found a Star Bit and wants you to have it. It's the equivalent of a kid giving you a penny towards rent. All you can do is take it and say it's a big help.


Crystals reflect Mario

This is supposed to be Wii - the crappy machine that does crap graphics, right? Wrong. The reflection effect in the smashable crystal formations reflect Mario in every surface. I don't think there's a player around who hasn't stopped to take a few moments to play with the effect.


Boos hiding their faces in unison

Boos have always covered their faces when you look at them, but Galaxy 2 sees large groups of them moving in unison. Turn around and watch as they all cover their eyes simultaneously. No, fellas. Of course we can't see you.


Rolling giant snowballs

There's a snowball and you can push it along. Sure, its purpose is to help you across lava later on. But what about the first one on the first planet? There's no lava there. Why not see how big you can make it? Dave H swears he can make one bigger than the planet itself.

Above: There's so much imagination in the game. Anything that's fun is in


Eating three things at once with Yoshi

Mario's green friend is back and better than ever. And the new multi-tag system for eating things lets you consume several items at once. Yomp-yomp-yomp: All gone. Not sure how Yoshi's digestive system turns them into Star Bits, mind...


Orbiting Starship Mario

Perform a long-jump from the edge of a platform and, with a bit of luck, you can orbit the entire ship. This also works with small planets. It gives such an impression of near-weightlessness, you might find your stomach feeling a bit funny.

Above: Here we gooooooooooo!

What makes you happy when you play Super Mario Galaxy 2? You DO play it, right? Let us know in the comments. Oh, and don't say 'that they kept the stars on the letters in the logo' - that's just childish.

24 Jun, 2010


  • frogfromchronotriggerisactuallyjesus - July 20, 2010 11:55 a.m.

    it really made me happy when the applause owuld come out of the wiimote speakers when you grab all the coins in the question mark coin challenges
  • RFswitchBlade - June 28, 2010 6:56 p.m.

    I just love the Begining and end of the Slimy Spring Galaxy, it starts out as a cool, moist cave but ends as a beautiful scenic waterfall by a cliff that overlooks a desert, all set in a satisfying sunset with only the sound of chirping birds.
  • secretsearcher - June 26, 2010 2:17 a.m.

    i don't have it yet... :(
  • jakab11 - June 26, 2010 2:02 a.m.

    well I love everything about the game except that for some weird reason my cursor lags a lot
  • gopikmin - June 25, 2010 8:11 p.m.

    The comets stay at their respective galaxy, trying to get as far away as possible from the starship with cloud mario, the 2nd player is able to pick up purple coins, and the several bosses. The only sucky part are that like 100 stars are pretty easy while 20 stars near the end are very difficult.
  • philipshaw - June 25, 2010 11 a.m.

    I don't have it yet because the world cup is on and I won't get time to play it. I'm going to get it first thing after the world cup because of all the great things I have been hearing about the game
  • Nikku7 - June 25, 2010 6:46 a.m.

    The music in Hightail Falls Galaxy and Throwback Galaxy always make me happy. I also love long jumping around the planet, the joyous sound of woohoos from Mario and Luigi, and the flip Yoshi does when he swings with his tongue.I also love cloud Mario's poofy jello-ish hat and I go into first person view in most levels just to see their beauty. This game is truly incredible, even for a game that has little story depth. You can see how real this world is. I wish I could live in such amazing places as are on this game. It would be awesome in 3D...
  • ihopethisisnotantistasblood - June 25, 2010 1:13 a.m.

    luigi's purple coin chaos and how the music changes when you get yoshi
  • Conman93 - June 24, 2010 11:29 p.m.

    This game always cheers me up. Only have 85 stars at the moment. The opening is pretty uplifting with the short classic 2D side-scrolling. Very nostalgic
  • EnragedTortoise1 - June 24, 2010 11:21 p.m.

    I actually have an excuse! I didn't know that it came out the same day as MNR, so naturally, I had already reserved the game. When I saw SMG2 on the shelves, I was all like "FFFFUUUUUUU".
  • Giinjii - June 24, 2010 10:18 p.m.

    Just like others said, just the existance of a game like this is beyond charming, although I feel like the main character shouldn't be a plumber saving a princess. (I don't have a problem with it and I'm not asking for a more complex story from a game as fun as this) But every good Mario game always makes me feel like the main character should be just a child leaving his house, and right before he goes out the door, his parents stop him, give him his backpack, tell him they love him and BOOM the game starts with all its glory of a game doing nothing more than just being an awesome game.
  • MrDuracraft - June 24, 2010 9:39 p.m.

    Oh, i forgot that the semi-playable credits are great too! Just so people know, you can move when you reach the credits after the final Bowser battle. ReCaptcha: we swarmed (game stores to get MG2)
  • shadowarrior99 - June 24, 2010 9:34 p.m.

    The extra one hundred and twenty one stars... WHY DIDNT THEY DO THAT IN THE FIRST PLACE??? lol. I have 241 but i think there is another if you put all the star bits in the bank. I loved the throwback galaxy, it would have been nice if they threw in some more nostalgic levels (and some plot). But hey, cant have everything, right?
  • quicksilver_502 - June 24, 2010 8:53 p.m.

    personally, i found the hungry lumas creepy as hell.
  • xerroz - June 24, 2010 8:05 p.m.

    everything, the game is so fun, creative, colorful ,etc :) But i'd say riding yoshi is what makes me happy the most
  • Kenzo - June 24, 2010 6:56 p.m.

    i remember in the oringinal galaxy there was a level with a planet that shrank when you pulled a plug, if you did it right you could orbit that planet a good six or seven times
  • ivanho163 - June 24, 2010 6:12 p.m.

    THE MUSIC!! The Mario starship music is my favorite, but really, it's all incredible.
  • Chardan - June 24, 2010 6:11 p.m.

    I loved the 2000 star bit cost Galaxy you unlock before the final one (Flip-Out Galaxy). It requires tactics before you jump so you can use your spin to get a new platform, which is a nice challenge. Also, I can't get enough of the Slimy Spring Galaxy, the music is great, and its got a great atmosphere to it.
  • jitteryjigglypuff - June 24, 2010 5:57 p.m.

    Love the feeling of going into a launch star and flying through space. AWESOME
  • Superapple47 - June 24, 2010 5:26 p.m.

    Supermassive Galaxy! Just sad it's so short...

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