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What I Got For Christmas Part 5 – Super Mario Galaxy

Most people that I’ve told that I got this game for Christmas were surprised to hear it because they figured I would have gotten it on it’s release date. The truth is, I was logical about the whole thing, and put it on my list knowing I could save some green this way, plus I had Guitar Hero 3 to play.

So far, I’m about 21 stars into the game (after about 4 hours of game play). Like Super Mario 64, the game has 120 stars to collect. The honestly feels almost exactly like Super Mario 64, except bigger, and well… completely different :-). It’s like trying to describe Super Mario World (or heck even Super Mario Brothers 3) to someone who has only played the original Super Mario Brothers… You just can’t explain the level of enjoyment you get out of things like the Bee Suit or Ghost Suit… Or how about the new purple coins, or Luigi’s role in the game… Or heck, how to explain what a platformer is like when you can walk on both sides of the platform… It’s just not possible to explain.

It’s also very difficult to explain how much fun it is to play this game with the wiimote. Doing things like throwing a shell really add to the game, without taking away from the game play… The player two stuff also helps to get someone that “just wants to watch” involved (like Amber) and makes the game even more amusing. It amazing how helpful having a second player sometimes can be as well (like if your about to die and need someone to “release” a coin while your trying to avoid the boss.

The graphics, although slightly child-ish… Are some of the sharpest I’ve seen in a Nintendo game, and feel VERY polished. I particularly liked the hair on the queen bee… It reminded me of what it looked like the first time I saw Sully from Monsters in… Very impressive in my mind.

So the long of the short of it is this: I love it.

There is only one thing so far that I’m a tad bit dissappointed with about it. I feel the game was made a little to easy. Just to give you an idea… Super Mario 64, you had 8 pieces of “pie” before Mario would lose a life. There would be times in Super Mario 64, where you would almost be forced to take some damage to survive. So far in Mario Galaxy, there has only been 3 pieces of “pie” (although I’ve temporarily had 6 in a few levels), on top of that, I’ve never really needed to use them except in some very stupid mistakes… The baddies just aren’t that bad… Heck at least the version of Bowser I’ve played so far barely put a dent in me.

In any case, I’m still only 20 stars in, and to some degree, it still feels like they are trying to show me how to play the game. (There is that much to show). That said, I’m expecting things to get more difficult. Especially when I get around star 100 (although only 69 are needed to beat the game).

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  • Richard January 9, 2008, 8:15 am

    There are more than 120 stars. There are at least 240, might be 250…can't recall. The game does get a little harder as you progress. If you don't know what a comet is yet, well they make the game a little more challenging and the levels themselves just get harder as you progress.

    Still nothing as hard as some other games I have played, but that's part of the charm of Mario. Anyone can pick it up and play, you don't have to have 10+ years of video game experiences to know all the quirks.

    You should definitely find more time to play. The game is so pretty and I like the random injections of humor.

  • Justin Gehring January 9, 2008, 8:24 am

    Ye, I wrote this post like 3 days ago (even though it came out today. At this point, I'm now at 39 stars in… I'm not really sure how there can be more than 120 stars , given that I keep getting "crowns" which have been implying to me the level is beat.

    In any case, I told myself I won't activate WoW until I get 120 stars so… That is my quest!

  • Nikki January 9, 2008, 1:50 pm

    What are you going to do when you get married and have to pay attention to your wife…?

  • Justin Gehring January 10, 2008, 8:21 am

    I'm more worried about her not paying attention to me 😉