“It’s-a me, Mario!”

May 25, 2010

We had a nice long weekend up here with the celebration of Victoria Day. Earlier tonight, I went over to my brother’s place to check out this new game he said his roommate just bought for his Wii. The game turned out to be Super Mario Galaxy 2.

Galaxy 2: Jump! Twist! Put on that bee costume! Here we goooooo!

Now, I’m no stranger to the Wii. My husband and I own one ourselves (though I mainly use it for Wii Fit games and Wii Sports Resort) and I’ve played a bit of Galaxy 1. The point is, I know my way around a Wii remote and nunchuk, but even then I found Super Mario Galaxy 2 extremely challenging! Don’t get me wrong, I had a lot of fun in those few hours I spent with the game. I can’t recall the last time I’ve yelled “WHAT THE CRAP!”, “Wow, really?!” or “NOooOOoooOOoo!” so many times at a television screen…but in a good way (come on, I can’t be the only one who does that).

It is amazing to see how far video games have come. Every year, something is guaranteed to blow me away with its technological advancements and I’ve come to appreciate and even expect that. Still, something tugged at my heart while experiencing SMG2’s visuals and astonishing “physics”. Entertaining as it was, for some reason it also made me miss my Nintendo 64. After all, that was where our favorite Italian plumber made his 3D debut, even though he’s been around since the early 80’s and I still remember the old Game Boy games. I grew up with Mario and his Goomba stomping adventures pretty much, but around the time the N64 came out was when I started really getting into video games and stopped seeing them as just a fad.

Mario 64: Good times

Back then, Super Mario 64 presented its own brand of challenges, but it was intuitive and straightforward. Nothing compared to this running-upside-down, waving-my-arms-around-like-a-mad-woman kinda thing. Fun as hell, but like I said, some of the later stages of SMG2 are pretty difficult. I doubt my preteen self would have had the patience or coordination to handle it, but with technology moving forward, we can only expect games to become increasingly complex and have higher proficiency requirements. This isn’t a bad thing though, and I don’t want to make this post sound like I’m an old geezer lamenting for the good old days, but I am amazed sometimes when I think about how even the “kiddie” games like Mario are so much more complicated now than they were just a mere decade ago.

Aside from getting pissed off at myself for making many dumb mistakes (like stupidly stomp-jumping to my death when I actually meant to leap to another platform) there’s not much else to complain about. Galaxy 2 delivers a great gaming experience, and got my heart rate going tonight…again, in a good way!


  1. Ah God bless the Empire 😉 We celebrated Victoria Day a week ago although I still didn’t get a day off work for it 😥

    I’ve heard a lot of good things about the new Mario game and several review sites are giving it 10/10 or 100%… seems a little excessive to me and smacks of being caught up in the hype machine frenzy but, well, to each their own 🙂 As you can tell I’m not a huge fan of Mario! Don’t dislike the games but they’re not my favourite ones.

    • No day off for Victoria Day? You got robbed! 😛

      And from what I saw, the game definitely deserved high marks, but…not sure if it warranted perfect scores. Some of the challenges were more unique than the first game, but in the end they were too similar.

  2. I remember when Super Mario 64 came out. I was mesmerized by that game. Some of the music (especially the underwater levels) was so beautiful. Between that and Tomb Raider, I was ready to welcome the 3D (polygonal, at least) revolution.

    SMG2 sounds like it expects you to have learned how to play from the first game, hence the higher difficulty.

    • Agreed, a lot of the challenges seemed like they were the “next step” to what we were introduced to in the first game.

      And I too enjoyed the music of Mario 64. I have many fond memories of that game, as well as Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time which remains one of my all-time favorites even after all these years.

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