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 Dec 09, 2007 - 11:40 AM - by Michael
* More impressions: Mario Galaxy

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Super Mario Galaxy has got to be the wierdest Mario game that Nintendo's ever come up with... and I mean that in a good way.

Super Mario 64 took the series and made it a leap of faith, moving from 2D to 3D. Mario Kart was always a fun series.

They kind of messed up with Mario Sunshine, because they killed existing play mechanics in trying to strap in the water-gun mechanic. Inside it, however, were a number of extremely-hard "micro world" setups which involved what basically looked like tinker toys... I think that was the basis, with a little relative-gravity twist, for what Mario Galaxy does. And on that level, where Sunshine managed only to be mediocre, Mario Galaxy goes back to the roots of Mario64 and offers up whatever worlds they felt like programming, with whatever little mini-games they feel like throwing in, and does it well.

I'm enjoying it.

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