Game of The Day #55: Super Mario Galaxy

  • Release date: 2007
  • Platform: Wii
  • Genre: Platformer
  • Developer: Nintendo
  • Publisher: Nintendo

Super Mario Galaxy is a fantastic platformer. This game is truly one of the greats. It’s as good as Super Mario 64 (Mario’s previous magnum opus) and is, in fact, better in many ways. Honestly, it’s a perfect 10 out of 10. You have to play it.

I always imagine someone asking me: If you had to show someone who doesn’t understand videogames why people put hours in front of the TV, or they think it’s unhealthy and try their hardest to keep their kids away from them, which games would you share with them to help them understand the appeal and value of games?

Super Mario Galaxy is one of those games that I would use. In fact, it may be the only game; The only game that’s required to communicate (or re-communicate) to skeptics/new children/old-school gamers/casual gamers/console haters about what it truly means to play a fun game. It’s so chock full of happy, colours, charm, replayability, depth, pickupability, suspense, reward, and quality that at almost every level, it’s a complete masterpiece.

Put simply: if you’ve got a Wii, you have to play Super Mario Galaxy. Play it right through to the end. Get every star. It’s one of those timeless classics that will be remembered by gamers forever.

I missed this game when it was new in 2007. Too busy playing other games. But that’s okay, because it recently was re-released as a Nintendo Selects title, meaning you can get it brand new for $20. That’s what I did. Never been happier.

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