By Stewart Sutherland
Super Mario Galaxy is the number one game on Nintendo Wii. Case closed. But did you know that when it was released, a lot of ideas were left out of the final product? Initially, the developers decided to gather these extra areas and galaxies and re-release the original as Super Mario Galaxy 1.5, one year later. Yet it turned out the entire production team had their own ideas for galaxies, worlds, items and areas. Eventually, the release date was pushed back a full two and a half years and these ideas gave birth to a brand new title: Super Mario Galaxy 2. Finally, the sequel to the greatest Wii game ever has arrived in 2010. But does it have the same chemistry that made the original game the best on the system?
By Stewie Sutherland
Why am I reviewing a game that came out more than two years ago? Because Super Mario Galaxy is (to date) the greatest game on the Nintendo Wii. Case closed. Released in 2007 as a Christmas title, the game has sold over 8 million copies, won a BAFTA award for Game of the Year and is hailed by Guinness World Records as Number 29 of their ‘50 Must Own Console Games’.
By Stewie Sutherland
Frequent readers of Alternative Magazine Online know that we do our best to cover all mediums when it comes to games. Duncan has put some of the Xbox 360’s best games under the microscope, while Matt researches hot portable and PC titles, and our editor and site owner Marty has reviewed some of the Playstation 3’s must-have titles this year. This usually leaves yours truly covering the Nintendo side of things (though now that Marty has gotten himself a brand new Wii, I might just convert him yet!) and it’s a job I enjoy quite a bit!
That said, we’ve only got a few short weeks until Christmas ’09, so most people already have their shopping lists sorted. Yep, it’s that magical time of the year where toy ad’s run around the clock, people meet with their strange elderly relatives they see once every two years and in my house, the electric bill soars from putting up too many lights. Still though, if you’re a fan of Nintendo’s stronger names, then 2010 will be a big year. (And not just because we can stop saying that really long “two thousand and…” biz).