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Super Mario Galaxy 2
Super Mario Galaxy 2 (NA)
Developer(s) Nintendo EAD Tokyo
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Wii platform icon Wii U platform icon
Accessory(ies) Nunchuk-icon
Genre(s) Platformer, Adventure
Download Size 1350 MB
Rating(s)
ESRB  PEGI  CERO  USK  ACB

03ESRB E  01PEGI 3  01CERO A  02USK 6  01ACB G

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Super Mario Galaxy 2

Super Mario Galaxy 2 is a Wii video game by Nintendo. It is a sequel to Super Mario Galaxy and contains new elements and features such as the helpful Yoshi, new powerups, and new enemies.

Plot

Princess Peach invites Mario for some cake, at a time when Star Bits was raining down from the skies over the Mushroom Kingdom. On his way, Mario finds a Luma, who immediately befriends him and grants him the ability to spin. Shortly there after, Mario's archnemesis, a planet-sized Bowser invades and attacks the Mushroom Kingdom.

Bowser takes Peach escapes into outer space to create his empire at the center of the universe again. After launching into outer space, Mario is given control of Starship Mario, a mobile planetoid in the shape of his head, made by a crafty Luma mechanic named Lubba, powered by Power Stars, and piloted by other Lumas; his mission is to fly across the universe in pursuit of Bowser and the Princess and to help Lubba find the lost Lumas that were part of Bowser's plot.

Along the way Mario meets new Lumas, and joins up with his companion Yoshi and many other aliens too. Upon collecting enough Power Stars, Starship Mario reaches Bowser's main fortification, draining energy from what appears to be a comet. Mario infiltrates the castle and defeats Bowser, but is forced to retreat when Bowser reappears; Mario then ultimately defeats him and lands on a small flower-covered planetoid before Princess Peach, riding the Grand Star, comes down and thanks him. Together, they return to Starship Mario, where everyone is looking at the comet that Bowser was siphoning energy from.

Gameplay

The game's hub world is a planetoid in the shape of Mario's face (the characters jokingly call it a faceship) called Starship Mario. The starship is used to gain access to the different galaxies and worlds. There are seven worlds in all, each one containing a certain amount of galaxies. New galaxies are made available upon completing missions and collecting stars. There are blockades placed in the various worlds that prevent further progression until the player can accumulate a set amount of stars. A blockade is always placed directly before the final galaxy of a world.

In each galaxy there are stars that the player must collect. The stars can be found by defeating bosses, finding silver stars, going through a challenging obstacle course like stage, or completing some other type of objective. Early on, each galaxy contains very few stars in comparison to previous Mario games. After the first 120 stars are collected, the amount of stars that are available in each galaxy doubles. The latter 120 stars are green and can be found in tough to reach places. After collecting 240 stars, the final galaxy, titled the Grandmaster Galaxy, becomes available. It is an extremely challenging stage that contains two stars. The second star, and the final star in the entire game, can only be accessed after collecting the Comet Medal in the galaxy, and having 9,999 Star Bits in the bank.

Mario and Yoshi

Mario is controlled by using the joystick on the Nunchuk controller. He can jump by pressing the A button, long jump by pressing the Z button and subsequently the A button, and can triple jump by jumping three consecutive times. After finding a golden Luma in the beginning of the game, Mario can perform a spin attack. The spin attack is used to activate launch stars, defeat enemies, flip switches and more. By pressing the Z button, Mario will crouch. The controls are very similar to the original Galaxy.

As in the previous game there are many items that Mario can acquire. One of the new items is a top-like drill. The drill is used on planets that are composed of dirt. With a flick of the Wii Remote, players will send Mario drilling through the entire planet and popping up at the other side. This is used to access new areas and to defeat certain enemies that have the unfortunate luck of being placed at the opposite end of the planet, including bosses. In later stages the drill is used in very complicated ways involving swift gravity alterations. While not technically a suit, the drill grants Mario new powers like a suit would. When Mario uses a launch star with a drill in hand, he'll drop the drill before being shot to a new planet.

The rock suit grants Mario the ability to roll up in a ball and smash through enemies, rock spires, boulders, fences and creations made of snow. When activated in a snow like stage, Mario will gradually pick up enough snow to resemble a snow ball (though it serves no purpose). The suit is used in a variety of stages to knock down walls, defeat a large amount of enemies (including ones that resemble bowling pins), and go through an intense obstacle course. A second new suit is the Cloud Suit, which grants Mario the ability to generate clouds strong enough to support him by spinning the Wii Remote. Each time Mario touches a Cloud Flower (the item that gives him the power), Mario will be given three clouds. After those three clouds have been used, Mario will still have the suit on (allowing him to still walk on clouds), but will have to find another item in order to once again generate clouds.

Suits returning from the original game include the Bee Suit, the Fire Suit (officially called Fire Mario), the Spring Suit, the Boo Suit, and the Starman/Invincibility Suit. The Bee Suit grants Mario the power of a bee, allowing him to fly in the air. The Fire Suit and Starman Suit each last for a short time and allow Mario to throw fireballs and become invincible, respectively. The Spring Suit will cause Mario to jump extremely high in the air when the A button is pressed at the right time. Finally, the Boo Suit turns Mario into a ghost and allows him to pass through objects and float in the air.

Yoshi, new to the Galaxy series, is found in a variety of stages including Starship Mario. After a stage is completed with Yoshi, he is left behind, meaning the player is not able to bring him in to other stages. This is the fourth Mario platformer (not including Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island) that includes Yoshi as a secondary playable character, the others being Super Mario World, Super Mario Sunshine, and New Super Mario Bros. Wii. He was also a playable character in the Nintendo DS remake of Super Mario 64, Super Mario 64 DS. In Super Mario Galaxy 2, Yoshi can easily run over rough terrain, can eat numerous enemies, can gobble up weapons and use them against foes, can flutter jump and can grapple onto flowers. Instead of a spin attack Yoshi will perform a head shake when the player flicks the Wii Remote. Yoshi can shoot his tongue out at some objects and pull back when the player pushes the joystick in the opposite direction. This is used to uproot fruit, Piranha Plants and certain blocks stuck in the wall.

Special types of fruit that litter some stages give Yoshi special powers. The Blimp Fruit turns Yoshi light blue and inflates him like a balloon, sending him and Mario upwards until he runs out of air. The spicy Dash Pepper turns Yoshi bright orange and sends him running at an extremely fast speed, allowing him to run on walls and over water. Finally, the Bulb Berry turns Yoshi yellow and makes the surrounding invisible objects visible. When the effect wears off, the invisible objects will disappear and, even if they're there or not, Yoshi and Mario will plummet to their death unless they find solid ground that doesn't require the light.

Bosses

Here are the minor bosses (excluding Bowser and Bowser Jr.) that are encountered and fought during the game:

List of Stars

World 1
Sky Station Galaxy Yoshi Star Galaxy
StarPeewee Piranha's Temper Tantrum StarStorming the Sky Fleet StarSaddle Up with Yoshi StarSpiny Control
CometStarPeewee Piranha's Speed Run GreenStarGreen Star 1 CometStarSpiny Rainbow Romp GreenStarGreen Star 1
GreenStarGreen Star 2 GreenStarGreen Star 3 GreenStarGreen Star 2 GreenStarGreen Star 3
Spin-Dig Galaxy Fluffy Bluff Galaxy
StarDigga-Leg's Planet StarSilver Stars Down Deep StarSearch for the Toad Brigade Captain StarThe Chimp's Stomp Challenge
CometStarDigga-Leg's Daredevil Run GreenStarGreen Star 1 StarEvery Planet Has Its Price GreenStarGreen Star 1
GreenStarGreen Star 2 GreenStarGreen Star 3 GreenStarGreen Star 2 GreenStarGreen Star 3
Flip-Swap Galaxy Rightside Down Galaxy
StarThink Before You Shake CometStarPurple Coin Flip 'n' Sprint StarBreaking the Laws of Gravity StarThe Great Creat Incinerator
GreenStarGreen Star 1 GreenStarGreen Star 2 GreenStarGreen Star 1 GreenStarGreen Star 2
Bowser Jr.'s Fiery Flotilla
GrandStarGobblegut's Aching Belly CometStarFiery Flotilla Speed Run GreenStarGreen Star 1 GreenStarGreen Star 2
World 2
Puzzle Plank Galaxy Hightail Falls Galaxy
StarThe Puzzling Picture Block CometStarPurple Coin Shadow Vault StarHot-Stepping Dash Pepper CometStarHightail Falls Speed Run
StarBugaboom's Back GreenStarGreen Star 1 StarSilver Stars in Hightail Falls GreenStarGreen Star 1
GreenStarGreen Star 2 GreenStarGreen Star 3 GreenStarGreen Star 2 GreenStarGreen Star 3
Boulder Bowl Galaxy Cosmic Cove Galaxy
StarRock and Rollodillo CometStarRolling Crabber Romp StarTwin Falls Hideaway StarExploring the Cosmic Cavern
StarC'mere, Goomba GreenStarGreen Star 1 StarCatch That Star Bunny GreenStarGreen Star 1
GreenStarGreen Star 2 GreenStarGreen Star 3 GreenStarGreen Star 2 GreenStarGreen Star 3
Wild Glide Galaxy Honeybloom Galaxy
StarFluzzard's First Flight StarJungle Fluzzard Race StarBumble Beginnings StarThe Secret Wall Jump
GreenStarGreen Star 1 GreenStarGreen Star 2 GreenStarGreen Star 1 GreenStarGreen Star 2
Bowser's Lava Lair
GrandStarBowser's Big Lava Power Party CometStarLava Lair Speed Run GreenStarGreen Star 1 GreenStarGreen Star 2
World 3
Tall Trunk Galaxy Cloudy Court Galaxy
StarThe Flotacious Blimp Fruit StarTall Trunk's Big Slide StarHead in the Clouds CometStarThe Shadow Lining
CometStarTall Trunk's Purple Coin Slide GreenStarGreen Star 1 StarSilver Stars in the Purple Pond GreenStarGreen Star 1
GreenStarGreen Star 2 GreenStarGreen Star 3 GreenStarGreen Star 2 GreenStarGreen Star 3
Haunty Halls Galaxy Freezy Flake Galaxy
StarA Glimmer of Bulb Berry StarSneaking Down the Creepy Corridor StarBowser on Ice StarSorbetti's Chilly Reception
CometStarSpooky Cosmic Clone Chase GreenStarGreen Star 1 StarThe Chimp's Skating Challenge GreenStarGreen Star 1
GreenStarGreen Star 2 GreenStarGreen Star 3 GreenStarGreen Star 2 GreenStarGreen Star 3
Rolling Masterpiece Galaxy Beat Block Galaxy
StarSilver Chomp Grudge Match CometStarMasterpiece Speed Run StarStep to the Beep CometStarSilver Stars in Double Time
GreenStarGreen Star 1 GreenStarGreen Star 2 GreenStarGreen Star 1 GreenStarGreen Star 2
Bowser Jr.'s Fearsome Fleet
GrandStarBowser Jr's Mighty Megahammer CometStarMegahammer's Daredevil Bash GreenStarGreen Star 1 GreenStarGreen Star 2
World 4 (Super Mario Galaxy 2)
Supermassive Galaxy Flipsville Galaxy
StarHuge Trouble with Big Wigglers CometStarBig Wigglers Speed Run StarFlip-Flopping in Flipsville StarFlipsville's New Digs
StarIn Full Bloom GreenStarGreen Star 1 CometStarPurple Coin Spin Speed Run GreenStarGreen Star 1
GreenStarGreen Star 2 GreenStarGreen Star 3 GreenStarGreen Star 2 GreenStarGreen Star 3
Starshine Beach Galaxy Chompworks Galaxy
StarSurf, Sand, and Silver Stars StarClimbing the Cloudy Tower StarWhere the Chomps Are Made of Gold StarSpring into the Chompworks
CometStarPurple Coin Speed Dash GreenStarGreen Star 1 CometStarCosmic Clones in the Chompworks GreenStarGreen Star 1
GreenStarGreen Star 2 GreenStarGreen Star 3 GreenStarGreen Star 2 GreenStarGreen Star 3
Sweet Mystery Galaxy Honeyhop Galaxy
StarBulb Berry's Mysterious Glow StarBulb Berry's Purple Coin Glow StarThe Sweetest Silver Stars StarThe Chimp's Score Challenge
GreenStarGreen Star 1 GreenStarGreen Star 2 GreenStarGreen Star 1 GreenStarGreen Star 2
Bowser's Gravity Gauntlet
GrandStarBreaking into Bowser's Castle CometStarGravity Star Speed Run GreenStarGreen Star 1 GreenStarGreen Star 2
World 5
Space Storm Galaxy Slipsand Galaxy
StarFollow Me, Bob-omb StarTo the Top of Topman's Tower StarSquizzard's Sandy Sinkhole StarSailing the Sandy Seas
StarC'mere, Topman GreenStarGreen Star 1 CometStarSquizzard's Daredevil Run GreenStarGreen Star 1
GreenStarGreen Star 2 GreenStarGreen Star 3 GreenStarGreen Star 2 GreenStarGreen Star 3
Shiverburn Galaxy Boo Moon Galaxy
StarPrince Pikante's Peppery Mood CometStarOcto-Army Icy Rainbow Romp StarSilver Stars Pop-Up StarHaunting the Howling Tower
StarChimp's Ultimate Skating Challenge GreenStarGreen Star 1 StarThe Star in the Sinking Swamp GreenStarGreen Star 1
GreenStarGreen Star 2 GreenStarGreen Star 3 GreenStarGreen Star 2 GreenStarGreen Star 3
Upside Dizzy Galaxy Fleet Glide Galaxy
StarA Walk on the Weird Side StarBurning Upside Dizzy StarFluzzard's Wild Battlefield Glide StarFastest Feathers in the Galaxy
GreenStarGreen Star 1 GreenStarGreen Star 2 GreenStarGreen Star 1 GreenStarGreen Star 2
Bowser Jr.'s Boom Bunker
GrandStarBowser Jr's Boomsday Machine CometStarBoomsday Machine Daredevil Run GreenStarGreen Star 1 GreenStarGreen Star 2
World 6
Melty Monster Galaxy Clockwork Ruins Galaxy
StarThe Magnificent Magma Sea StarA Stroll Down Rolling Lane StarTime for Adventure CometStarThe Adventure of the Purple Coins
StarThe Chimp's Bowling Challenge GreenStarGreen Star 1 StarThe Ledge Hammer Trap GreenStarGreen Star 1
GreenStarGreen Star 2 GreenStarGreen Star 3 GreenStarGreen Star 2 GreenStarGreen Star 3
Throwback Galaxy Battle Belt Galaxy
StarReturn of the Whomp King StarSilver Stars in the Whomp Fortress StarMini-Planet Mega-Run CometStarMini-Planet Daredevil Run
CometStarWhomp Silver Star Speed Run GreenStarGreen Star 1 StarSnacktime for Gobblegut GreenStarGreen Star 1
GreenStarGreen Star 2 GreenStarGreen Star 3 GreenStarGreen Star 2 GreenStarGreen Star 3
Flash Black Galaxy Slimy Spring Galaxy
StarJumping Around in the Dark CometStarDark Octo-Army Romp StarThe Deep Shell Well StarThe Chimp's Coin Challenge
GreenStarGreen Star 1 GreenStarGreen Star 2 GreenStarGreen Star 1 GreenStarGreen Star 2
Bowser's Galaxy Generator
GrandStarBowser's Fortified Fortress CometStarBowser's Big Bad Speed Run GreenStarGreen Star 1 GreenStarGreen Star 2
World S
Mario Squared Galaxy Rolling Coaster Galaxy
StarMake Mario a Star CometStarLuigi's Purple Coin Chaos StarThe Rainbow Road Roll CometStarPurple Coins on the Rainbow Road
GreenStarGreen Star 1 GreenStarGreen Star 2 GreenStarGreen Star 1 GreenStarGreen Star 2
Twisty Trials Galaxy Stone Cyclone Galaxy
StarSpinning and Spinning and Spinning CometStarTurning Turning Double Time StarSilver Stars on the Cyclone CometStarTox Box Speed Run
GreenStarGreen Star 1 GreenStarGreen Star 2 GreenStarGreen Star 1 GreenStarGreen Star 2
Boss Blitz Galaxy Flip-Out Galaxy
StarThrowback Throwdown CometStarThrowback Throwdown Speed Run StarWicked Wall Jumps CometStarCosmic Clone Wall Jumpers
GreenStarGreen Star 1 GreenStarGreen Star 2 GreenStarGreen Star 1 GreenStarGreen Star 2
Grandmaster Galaxy
StarThe Ultimate Test CometStarThe Perfect Run

Bosses

Development

Super Mario Galaxy 2 was revealed during Nintendo's E3 2009 press conference. During the event, Cammie Dunaway of Nintendo of America had already revealed New Super Mario Bros. Wii and Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again!, but then revealed that Nintendo had yet another surprise to show its fans, and subsequently showed the trailer for Super Mario Galaxy 2. The game, produced by Yoshiaki Koizumi (director of the previous game) and Shigeru Miyamoto is being developed by the team in Tokyo.

Confusion

During a round table event at E3 2009, Miyamoto explained that the game contained at least 95% new content (some sources say 90%). Fans quickly came to assume that he was referring to the stages in the game, thinking he meant that up to 5% of the galaxies would be returning from the first Super Mario Galaxy game. This quickly led to many questions during interviews, in which he was able to clarify what he meant. Instead of there being old galaxies, he meant that some of the suits such as the Bee Suit would make a return, but would be exploited in different ways.

When asked if there would be any returning galaxies from the first title in an issue of Official Nintendo Magazine, he explained that there wouldn't and even questioned why they thought it was a possibility. Another source of confusion was when fans descovered that the kingdom once again held the star festival, which was only supposed to happen every one hundred years. The only logical explanation is that since the universe was recreated at the end of the first game, this would technically be the planet's first star festival.

Reception

Edge, a British magazine widely known for being strict, was the first to publish a review of the game, rewarding it with their highest score, 10. In the history of the magazine, very few video games have been scored such. The Mario series has notably been rewarded more tens than any other video game series, with Super Mario 64 and the original Super Mario Galaxy also having this grade. The American publication Game Informer gave the game an impressive 9.25, though it should be noted that the original was given a higher 9.75. Some of the criticisms that the magazine had was that several of the stars were too challenging to obtain. One in particular allegedly took the reviewer four hours to get. GI also claimed that in some portions of the game, motion controls were poorly implemented, not working as effectively as they would have liked.

IGN and GameSpot, the two largest video game websites, both rewarded Super Mario Galaxy 2 with a ten, higher than what they rewarded the original. 1Up gave the game an A, saying that "Galaxy 2 strikes a rare balance: the additions (Yoshi, Cloud Mario, Rock Mario) expand the devious obstacles you must overcome to collect level-unlocking stars, but the underlying design is just as solid as anything from Super Mario World or Super Mario 64."

Prior to IGN's review of the game, Nintendo editor Craig Harris explained his progression on Twitter, saying such things as "I'm struggling to find something wrong with it. Super Mario Galaxy 2, why do you have to be so damn good?", and "Mario Galaxy 2 continues to wow me with some seriously creative level designs". One of his Twitter posts said "I can officially confirm that no characters unlock after 120 stars in SMG2. But it's after 120 stars the game unlocks...[TWITTER OVER LIMIT]".

This was the first title to be released in a series of Wii games released on the Wii U eShop.

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