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Super Mario Galaxy 2
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Developer(s) Nintendo EAD Tokyo
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Wii
Release date USA May 23, 2010
Japan May 27, 2010
Europe June 11, 2010
Australia July 1, 2010
ROC December 4, 2010
HK December 4, 2010
South Korea January 20, 2011
Genre Platformer
Rating(s)
ESRB:ESRB E.svg - Everyone
PEGI:PEGI 3.svg - Three years and older
CERO:CERO A.png - All ages
ACB:ACB G.svg - General
USK:USK 6.svg - Six years and older
Mode(s) Single player
Multiplayer cooperative
Media
Wii:
Media CD icon.png Optical disc
Input
Wii:

Super Mario Galaxy 2 is a 3D action platformer game for the Wii. It is the sequel to Super Mario Galaxy and is the fourth original 3D platformer in the Mario series. It was released in 2010 on May 23 in North America, May 27 in Japan, June 11 in Europe, July 1 in Australia and December 4 in China. It was also released on January 20, 2011 in South Korea.

The sequel retains many elements from its predecessor, such as the adventure being in outer space, the element of gravity, and recurring objects such as Launch Stars and Sling Stars. Returning items include the Bee Mushroom and the Fire Flower. However, the game introduces new elements as well, such as the utilization of Yoshi, new power-ups like the Cloud Flower, and the use of a guide within the game for beginner players. All releases of the game except for the American version include a beginner's DVD to help players understand the controls and items if they haven't played Super Mario Galaxy. In North America, help for beginners is found on the official website as well as on the Nintendo Channel.

Story

General

Every one hundred years, shining stardust falls on Mushroom Kingdom. On this particular day, residents of the Mushroom Kingdom come out and enjoy throwing and playing with the stardust.

Princess Peach invites Mario to share some cake while watching the shooting stars. On his way to Peach's Castle, Mario finds a lost Baby Luma, who seems to like Mario and jumps into his hat, granting him spin power. Near the castle, Mario discovers it under attack by Bowser, now gigantic thanks to the Power Stars, who kidnaps Peach and takes her away to the center of the universe. In response, Lumas who crashed near the castle offer to aid Mario to chase Bowser by transforming into a Launch Star and launcing Mario to space.

After collecting a Power Star, Mario arrives on a planet-like object, where he meets Lubba, who tells his crew and their spaceship were attacked by Bowser. Realizing both him and Mario need each other's help to collect the stolen Power Stars and rescue Peach, he uses the Power Star to fix his ship and transform it into Starship Mario, which is used to travel through space and find more Power Stars. During his travels, Mario has to deal with Bowser's forces, including Bowser Jr. and Giant Bowser himself.

Baby Luma bidding farewell to Mario and Peach.

Finally, Mario and friends locate Bowser's Galaxy Generator, where Bowser is fought for the final time. After Bowser's defeat, his empire becomes undone, and Peach is saved. A comet which was caught by Bowser's fortress is also freed, and is revealed to be the Comet Observatory. Rosalina then appears, happy to see that Baby Luma is safe. Baby Luma, overjoyed that he's reunited with his "mama", heads back to his home, and takes Mario's hat as a souvenir, much to Mario's surprise. After the Comet Observatory leaves, Mario and Peach return to their own home using the Starship Mario. Along the way, Bowser is shown in a miniature form near Peach's Castle.

Rosalina telling stories to the Lumas.

If the player collects the first 120 Power Stars and battles Bowser again in his fortress, an extra scene is shown after the credits, revealing Rosalina and her Lumas in the Comet Observatory's Library. She has finished reading a story to them (possibly the events of the game itself) and plans on telling the Lumas a new story about the Green Power Stars. A new feature is then unlocked in which all the galaxies are visited by green Prankster Comets. From there, the player must hunt down all the Green Stars. When they are all collected (adding up to 240 Power Stars), the Grandmaster Galaxy will be opened in World S. It houses the last two Power Stars, and when the last one is reached, Rosalina will congratulate the player, and will appear on Starship Mario.

From instruction booklet

Shining stardust falls on the Mushroom Kingdom once every hundred years. That time had come again…

"Dear Mario,

Would you like to share some cake while we watch the shooting stars? Meet me at the castle!" -Peach

Mario ran through the field with stars falling around him. Suddenly, he noticed a strange light in the grass.

As he peered cautiously through the reeds, he saw a small, lost Luma.

With the baby Luma tucked safely under his cap, Mario rushed on to the castle.

But when he got there, something unexpected was waiting for him…

Characters

Mario and Yoshi soaring through the sky in the Yoshi Star Galaxy.

Gameplay elements

Mario on the deck of Starship Mario.

Gameplay is similar to Super Mario Galaxy, with a focus on platforming based on and around 3-D planets of varying sizes and with many different types of surfaces. Power-ups, such as the Bee Mushroom, Boo Mushroom, Spring Mushroom, and Fire Flower make a return, along with new ones such as the Rock Mushroom and the Cloud Flower, as well as various enemies and Airships. Launch Stars reappear for interplanetary navigation, along with a Luma and Mario's spin action. Additionally, the concept of "Dark Matter" appears as the medium of which Cosmic Clones are composed, and as a portal through which Airships emerge from. 2-D stages featured in Super Mario Galaxy are also included in Super Mario Galaxy 2, introducing many new features. The game has only 3 file slots to use, unlike the 6 files in the preceding game and files can no longer be copied.

Mario is controlled with the analog stick and can jump with the A Button. The Nunchuk Z Button works just as the Z Button trigger did in Super Mario 64. The player uses it to make Mario crouch, do Somersaults and do Long Jumps. The Nunchuk C Button centers the camera behind Mario, while the +Control Pad can adjust the camera angle manually. By pressing the upper part of the +Control Pad, the player can enter a first person perspective.

The game also uses the motion-sensors of the Wii Remote. The pointer of the Remote appears as the Star Cursor on the screen. The Star Cursor is used to perform a variety of actions, such as using Pull Stars, manipulating Sling Pods, and collecting Star Bits. Shaking the Wii Remote or Nunchuk will make Mario perform a Spin.

One of the more notable additions in Super Mario Galaxy 2 is the inclusion of Yoshi. If Mario were to discover a Yoshi egg, he would merely crack it to release and use Yoshi. Yoshi will change colors when eating either a Dash Pepper, Blimp Berry or Bulb Berry; a Dash Yoshi darts at rapid speeds, a Blimp Yoshi inflates and floats upwards, and a Bulb Yoshi lights up and shows hidden paths for a certain amount of time, respectively. When utilizing Yoshi, the player's Wii Remote cursor turns into a red sphere that detects targets for Yoshi's tongue. Using the cursor allows Yoshi to swallow enemies and swing from special flowers.

Elements from older games are also included in the new game. These elements include a remix of Super Mario Bros.'s overworld theme (which is originally heard in Toy Time Galaxy from the predecessor, Super Mario Galaxy), a galaxy that is reminiscent of Giant Land from Super Mario Bros. 3, a remix of the second overworld theme from Super Mario World, the checkpoint flag from New Super Mario Bros. Wii, and a remix of the main theme and slide theme from Super Mario 64.

Mario and Co-Star Luma on the underwater portion of Cosmic Cove Galaxy.
Mario near the Portal leading to World 4.

Super Mario Galaxy 2 features a singular hub, different from any Mario 3-D game. For traveling between different galaxies Mario will use a planet shaped like his head, Starship Mario. Starship Mario can still be explored, much like the Comet Observatory, although it is smaller. The game has a total of 242 stars to collect, including 120 Power Stars, 120 Green Power Stars and an extra 2 Power Stars in Grandmaster Galaxy.

Multiplayer from the original Super Mario Galaxy reappears, but instead of being another star cursor, the second player is a Co-Star Luma. The second player in Super Mario Galaxy 2 can stun enemies and pick up Star Bits like in Super Mario Galaxy, but now it can pick up coins (including Purple Coins) and mushrooms, defeat enemies by spinning, stop the Star Ball (while player 1 is riding on it), activate checkpoints, and flip switches.

Mario in the Cosmic Guide mode of Flip-Swap Galaxy.

Super Mario Galaxy 2 features ways to help players during gameplay similar to the Super Guide mode seen in New Super Mario Bros. Wii. The player may request to the Tip Network, which it is a short demonstration of Mario taking some actions to progress on certain level. Another way the game offers is the Cosmic Guide mode. If the player finds a very difficult obstacle on his or her way, an entity known as the Cosmic Spirit will ask Mario if he needs some help. Activating this mode, Mario will pass automatically through the level to find the Star. The player may stop this mode by pressing the Plus Button, though once the player has chosen this mode, they will finish a level by getting a Bronze Star instead of one gold. The player must play through the level without the Cosmic Guide in order to gain a gold Star.

In addition to that, unlike in Super Mario Galaxy, the player can now switch between playing as Mario or playing as Luigi in certain levels. If the player clears Bowser's Galaxy Generator, Luigi can be played as in any level.

Enemies

New enemies

Mario surrounded by Cosmic Clones in the Purple Coin Shadow Vault.

Returning enemies

* - Enemies which first appeared in Super Mario Galaxy.

Bosses

Twenty one bosses appear in the game. Some of them are fought more than once. The numbers below include Prankster Comet encounters.

  1. Peewee Piranha ×2
  2. Giga Lakitu ×1
  3. Digga-Leg ×2
  4. Gobblegut ×2
  5. Mandibug Stack (miniboss) ×1
  6. Bugaboom ×1
  7. Rollodillo ×1
  8. Sorbetti ×1
  9. Megahammer ×2
  10. Glamdozer ×1
  11. Squizzard ×2
  12. Prince Pikante ×1
  13. Bowser Jr.'s Boomsday Machine ×2
  14. Whomp King ×1
  15. Fire Gobblegut ×1
  16. Giant Bowser ×3
  17. Dino Piranha ×4
  18. King Kaliente ×4
  19. Major Burrows ×3
  20. Bouldergeist ×2
  21. Fiery Dino Piranha ×2

Note: There is a Green Star on Major Burrows's planet and Bouldergeist's arena. In these situations, the player can choose to ignore the two bosses and go for the Green Star instead.

Items

Three Flower Grapples and a Berry, which both are new items in this game.

Power Ups

This game introduces the Cloud Flower, the Spin Drill and the Rock Mushroom. The Ice Flower and the Red Star are the only Power-Ups from the first game not to make a comeback appearance in the sequel. All of the Power-Ups except for the Rainbow Star appear in the Engine Room of Starship Mario, though none can be used, as they are contained as souvenirs in small glass domes which cannot be penetrated. However, the Cloud Flower will appear on the "forehead" of the Starship Mario which can be used around the ship.

Power-Up Function Image
Cloud Flower Allows Mario to make three cloud platforms by shaking the Wii Remote. Also allows Mario to walk on other Clouds. If Mario picks up another Cloud Flower when he is Cloud Mario, his clouds would refill back up to three. SMG2 Cloudflower.png
Spin Drill An item that allows Mario to drill though dirt by shaking the Wii Remote which sends him to the other side of the planet Mario is currently on. SpinDrill.png
Rock Mushroom Allows Mario to turn into a rock by shaking the Wii Remote, knocking out enemies and boulders along the way. Can also be used to destroy Red Crystals and to knock down bridges. SMG2 RockMushroom.JPG
Bee Mushroom Allows Mario to fly for a short time when the A Button button is held. Also allows Mario to stick to honey walls, and give him the ability to walk on flowers and clouds. SMG BeeSuit.jpg
Boo Mushroom A mushroom that gives Mario the power of intangibility, and also allows him to float in the air with A Button button taps. Shaking the Wii Remote would allow Mario to go through certain things, and to ride like the wind. SMG BooSuit.jpg
Fire Flower A power-up that allows Mario to throw fireballs at his enemies by shaking the Wii Remote. Fire Flower SMG.png
Spring Mushroom A power-up that transforms Mario into Spring Mario, allowing Mario to bounce extremely high by pressing the A Button with good timing. Spring Mushroom.png
Rainbow Star A power-up that turns Mario into Rainbow Mario, thereby making him completely invincible for a short time. SMG RainbowStar.jpg

Gallery

Power Up locations

Galaxy Star Cloud Flower Spin Drill Rock Mushroom Bee Mushroom Boo Mushroom Fire Flower Spring Mushroom Rainbow Star
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Fluffy Bluff Galaxy Star 1 and Secret Star Check mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg
Rightside Down Galaxy Secret Star X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg
Puzzle Plank Galaxy Secret Star Check mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg
Boulder Bowl Galaxy All X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg
Cosmic Cove Galaxy Star 2 X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg
Honeybloom Galaxy All X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg
Cloudy Court Galaxy Star 1 and Secret Star Check mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg
Freezy Flake Galaxy Star 1 and Star 2 X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg2 X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg1 X mark.svg X mark.svg
Supermassive Galaxy All X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg
Flipsville Galaxy Star 2 X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg
Starshine Beach Galaxy Star 2 Check mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg
Chompworks Galaxy Star 2 X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Honeyhop Galaxy Star 1 X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg
Slipsand Galaxy Star 1 and Comet Star X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg
Shiverburn Galaxy Star 1 and Comet Star Check mark.svg1 X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg3
Boo Moon Galaxy Star 2 X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg
Upside Dizzy Galaxy Secret Star X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg
Melty Monster Galaxy Star 2 and Secret Star X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg
Throwback Galaxy Star 2 and Comet Star Check mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg
Battle Belt Galaxy All X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg
Bowser's Galaxy Generator All Check mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg
Twisty Trials Galaxy Star 1 Check mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg
Grandmaster Galaxy All Check mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg

1 - Only appear in Star 1
2 - Only appear in Star 2
3 - Only appear in Comet Star

Yoshi and Fruits

These are Yoshi's powerups and the locations they are in, along with the locations that Yoshi himself is in.

Locations

Galaxy Star Dash Pepper Blimp Fruit Bulb Berry
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Yoshi Star Galaxy All X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg
Hightail Falls Galaxy All Check mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg
Tall Trunk Galaxy Star 1 X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Haunty Halls Galaxy Star 1 X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg
Beat Block Galaxy Comet Star X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg
Bowser Jr.'s Fearsome Fleet All X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg
Starshine Beach Galaxy Star 1 and Comet Star Check mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Sweet Mystery Galaxy All X mark.svg X mark.svg Check mark.svg
Flash Black Galaxy All X mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Bowser's Galaxy Generator All Check mark.svg Check mark.svg X mark.svg
Twisty Trials Galaxy Comet Star X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg
Grandmaster Galaxy All X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg

Prankster Comets

Like the previous game, Prankster Comets appear and cause special missions to appear. While some comets from the first game return, others are completely new. Unlike the previous game however, comets are gotten by collecting Comet Medals instead of appearing randomly; also, not all galaxies have a comet (barring the Green Comet that appears after all 120 regular Power Stars are gotten). The table below shows how many Comet Medals it takes to cause a Prankster Comet to appear in a certain galaxy, as shown in the Prima Official Game Guide:

Galaxy Required Comet Medals Episode Title Based on
Cloudy Court Galaxy 1 Clone Comet The Shadow Lining
Yoshi Star Galaxy 2 Romp Comet Spiny Rainbow Romp
Spin-Dig Galaxy 3 Daredevil Comet Digga-Leg's Daredevil Run
Puzzle Plank Galaxy 4 Purple Comet Purple Coin Shadow Vault
Sky Station Galaxy 5 Speedy Comet Peewee Piranha's Speed Run
Boulder Bowl Galaxy 6 Romp Comet Rolling Crabber Romp
Flip-Swap Galaxy 8 Purple Comet Purple Coin Flip 'n' Sprint
Tall Trunk Galaxy 9 Purple Comet Tall Trunk's Purple Coin Slide
Hightail Falls Galaxy 10 Speedy Comet Hightail Falls Speed Run
Rolling Masterpiece Galaxy 10 Speedy Comet Masterpiece Speed Run
Flipsville Galaxy 11 Purple Comet Purple Coin Spin Speed Run
Haunty Halls Galaxy 12 Clone Comet Spooky Cosmic Clone Chase
Sweet Mystery Galaxy 14 Purple Comet Bulb Berry's Purple Coin Glow
Supermassive Galaxy 15 Speedy Comet Big Wigglers Speed Run
Chompworks Galaxy 18 Clone Comet Cosmic Clones in the Chompworks
Slipsand Galaxy 19 Daredevil Comet Squizzard's Daredevil Run
Shiverburn Galaxy 19 Romp Comet Octo-Army Icy Rainbow Romp
Bowser Jr.'s Fiery Flotilla 20 Speedy Comet Fiery Flotilla Speed Run
Bowser's Lava Lair 22 Speedy Comet Lava Lair Speed Run
Flash Black Galaxy 23 Romp Comet Dark Octo-Army Romp
Throwback Galaxy 24 Speedy Comet Whomp Silver Star Speed Run
Clockwork Ruins Galaxy 26 Purple Comet The Adventure of the Purple Coins
Bowser Jr.'s Fearsome Fleet 27 Daredevil Comet Megahammer's Daredevil Bash
Starshine Beach Galaxy 28 Purple Comet Purple Coin Beach Dash
Battle Belt Galaxy 30 Daredevil Comet Mini-Planet Daredevil Run
Beat Block Galaxy 31 Double Time Comet Silver Stars in Double Time
Bowser's Gravity Gauntlet 32 Speedy Comet Gravity Star Speed Run
Bowser Jr.'s Boom Bunker 34 Daredevil Comet Boomsday Machine Daredevil Run
Bowser's Galaxy Generator 36 Speedy Comet Bowser's Big Bad Speed Run
Mario Squared Galaxy 38 Purple Comet Luigi's Purple Coin Chaos
Rolling Coaster Galaxy 40 Purple Comet Purple Coins on the Rainbow Road
Twisty Trials Galaxy 42 Double Time Comet Turning Turning Double Time
Flip-Out Galaxy 44 Clone Comet Cosmic Clone Wall Jumpers
Stone Cyclone Galaxy 46 Speedy Comet Tox Box Speed Run
Boss Blitz Galaxy 48 Speedy Comet Throwback Throwdown Speed Run
Grandmaster Galaxy 49 Daredevil Comet The Perfect Run

This table shows the galaxies that do not have a comet associated with them:

Galaxy
Fluffy Bluff Galaxy
Rightside Down Galaxy
Cosmic Cove Galaxy
Wild Glide Galaxy
Honeybloom Galaxy
Freezy Flake Galaxy
Honeyhop Galaxy
Space Storm Galaxy
Boo Moon Galaxy
Upside Dizzy Galaxy
Fleet Glide Galaxy
Melty Monster Galaxy
Slimy Spring Galaxy

Galaxies

All forty-nine Galaxies can be accessed via the Grand World Map with Starship Mario. There are seven more galaxies in this game than in the first game. Galaxies marked with an asterisk (*) are only accessible by feeding a Hungry Luma.

World 1
Sky Station Galaxy Yoshi Star Galaxy
Peewee Piranha's Temper Tantrum Storming the Sky Fleet Saddle Up with Yoshi Spiny Control
Peewee Piranha's Speed Run Green Star 1 Spiny Rainbow Romp Green Star 1
Green Star 2 Green Star 3 Green Star 2 Green Star 3
Spin-Dig Galaxy Fluffy Bluff Galaxy
Digga-Leg's Planet Silver Stars Down Deep Search for the Toad Brigade Captain The Chimp's Stomp Challenge
Digga-Leg's Daredevil Run Green Star 1 Every Planet Has Its Price Green Star 1
Green Star 2 Green Star 3 Green Star 2 Green Star 3
Flip-Swap Galaxy* Rightside Down Galaxy
Think Before You Shake Purple Coin Flip 'n' Sprint Breaking the Laws of Gravity The Great Crate Incinerator
Green Star 1 Green Star 2 Green Star 1 Green Star 2
Bowser Jr.'s Fiery Flotilla
Gobblegut's Aching Belly Fiery Flotilla Speed Run Green Star 1 Green Star 2
World 2
Puzzle Plank Galaxy Hightail Falls Galaxy
The Puzzling Picture Block Purple Coin Shadow Vault Hot-Stepping Dash Pepper Hightail Falls Speed Run
Bugaboom's Back Green Star 1 Silver Stars in Hightail Falls Green Star 1
Green Star 2 Green Star 3 Green Star 2 Green Star 3
Boulder Bowl Galaxy Cosmic Cove Galaxy
Rock and Rollodillo Rolling Crabber Romp Twin Falls Hideaway Exploring the Cosmic Cavern
C'mere, Goomba Green Star 1 Catch That Star Bunny Green Star 1
Green Star 2 Green Star 3 Green Star 2 Green Star 3
Wild Glide Galaxy Honeybloom Galaxy*
Fluzzard's First Flight Jungle Fluzzard Race Bumble Beginnings The Secret Wall Jump
Green Star 1 Green Star 2 Green Star 1 Green Star 2
Bowser's Lava Lair
Bowser's Big Lava Power Party Lava Lair Speed Run Green Star 1 Green Star 2
World 3
Tall Trunk Galaxy Cloudy Court Galaxy
The Flotacious Blimp Fruit Tall Trunk's Big Slide Head in the Clouds The Shadow Lining
Tall Trunk's Purple Coin Slide Green Star 1 Silver Stars in the Purple Pond Green Star 1
Green Star 2 Green Star 3 Green Star 2 Green Star 3
Haunty Halls Galaxy Freezy Flake Galaxy
A Glimmer of Bulb Berry Sneaking Down the Creepy Corridor Bowser on Ice Sorbetti's Chilly Reception
Spooky Cosmic Clone Chase Green Star 1 The Chimp's Skating Challenge Green Star 1
Green Star 2 Green Star 3 Green Star 2 Green Star 3
Rolling Masterpiece Galaxy Beat Block Galaxy*
Silver Chomp Grudge Match Masterpiece Speed Run Step to the Beep Silver Stars in Double Time
Green Star 1 Green Star 2 Green Star 1 Green Star 2
Bowser Jr.'s Fearsome Fleet
Bowser Jr.'s Mighty Megahammer Megahammer's Daredevil Bash Green Star 1 Green Star 2
World 4
Supermassive Galaxy Flipsville Galaxy
Huge Trouble with Big Wigglers Big Wigglers Speed Run Flip-Flopping in Flipsville Flipsville's New Digs
In Full Bloom Green Star 1 Purple Coin Spin Speed Run Green Star 1
Green Star 2 Green Star 3 Green Star 2 Green Star 3
Starshine Beach Galaxy Chompworks Galaxy
Surf, Sand, and Silver Stars Climbing the Cloudy Tower Where the Chomps Are Made of Gold Spring into the Chompworks
Purple Coin Speed Dash Green Star 1 Cosmic Clones in the Chompworks Green Star 1
Green Star 2 Green Star 3 Green Star 2 Green Star 3
Sweet Mystery Galaxy* Honeyhop Galaxy
Bulb Berry's Mysterious Glow Bulb Berry's Purple Coin Glow The Sweetest Silver Stars The Chimp's Score Challenge
Green Star 1 Green Star 2 Green Star 1 Green Star 2
Bowser's Gravity Gauntlet
Breaking into Bowser's Castle Gravity Star Speed Run Green Star 1 Green Star 2
World 5
Space Storm Galaxy Slipsand Galaxy
Follow Me, Bob-omb To the Top of Topman's Tower Squizzard's Sandy Sinkhole Sailing the Sandy Seas
C'mere, Topman Green Star 1 Squizzard's Daredevil Run Green Star 1
Green Star 2 Green Star 3 Green Star 2 Green Star 3
Shiverburn Galaxy Boo Moon Galaxy
Prince Pikante's Peppery Mood Octo-Army Icy Rainbow Romp Silver Stars Pop-Up Haunting the Howling Tower
The Chimp's Ultimate Skating Challenge Green Star 1 The Star in the Sinking Swamp Green Star 1
Green Star 2 Green Star 3 Green Star 2 Green Star 3
Upside Dizzy Galaxy Fleet Glide Galaxy*
A Walk on the Weird Side Burning Upside Dizzy Fluzzard's Wild Battlefield Glide Fastest Feathers in the Galaxy
Green Star 1 Green Star 2 Green Star 1 Green Star 2
Bowser Jr.'s Boom Bunker
Bowser Jr.'s Boomsday Machine Boomsday Machine Daredevil Run Green Star 1 Green Star 2
World 6
Melty Monster Galaxy Clockwork Ruins Galaxy
The Magnificent Magma Sea A Stroll Down Rolling Lane Time for Adventure The Adventure of the Purple Coins
The Chimp's Bowling Challenge Green Star 1 The Ledge Hammer Trap Green Star 1
Green Star 2 Green Star 3 Green Star 2 Green Star 3
Throwback Galaxy Battle Belt Galaxy
Return of the Whomp King Silver Stars in the Whomp Fortress Mini-Planet Mega-Run Mini-Planet Daredevil Run
Whomp Silver Star Speed Run Green Star 1 Snacktime for Gobblegut Green Star 1
Green Star 2 Green Star 3 Green Star 2 Green Star 3
Flash Black Galaxy* Slimy Spring Galaxy
Jumping Around in the Dark Dark Octo-Army Romp The Deep Shell Well The Chimp's Coin Challenge
Green Star 1 Green Star 2 Green Star 1 Green Star 2
Bowser's Galaxy Generator
Bowser's Fortified Fortress Bowser's Big Bad Speed Run Green Star 1 Green Star 2
World S
Mario Squared Galaxy Rolling Coaster Galaxy
Make Mario a Star Luigi's Purple Coin Chaos The Rainbow Road Roll Purple Coins on the Rainbow Road
Green Star 1 Green Star 2 Green Star 1 Green Star 2
Twisty Trials Galaxy Stone Cyclone Galaxy
Spinning and Spinning and Spinning Turning Turning Double Time Silver Stars on the Cyclone Tox Box Speed Run
Green Star 1 Green Star 2 Green Star 1 Green Star 2
Boss Blitz Galaxy Flip-Out Galaxy*
Throwback Throwdown Throwback Throwdown Speed Run Wicked Wall Jumps Cosmic Clone Wall Jumpers
Green Star 1 Green Star 2 Green Star 1 Green Star 2
Grandmaster Galaxy
The Ultimate Test The Perfect Run

Development

Mario and two Grand Goombas in an early version of Supermassive Galaxy.

The development of Super Mario Galaxy 2 started as soon as the first Super Mario Galaxy was released. Many of the ideas were based on those shown in the first game, which, for example, included moving or adding new stars in the levels. The project was initially called Super Mario Galaxy 1.5. The development of the new version of the game lasted a year; however, Miyamoto realized that the new game was beginning to overflow with new elements and ideas. Therefore, the team decided to create a real Super Mario Galaxy sequel rather than a new version of the original installment.[1] The development of the sequel then lasted two and half years.[2]

The game was revealed at E3 2009, along with New Super Mario Bros. Wii. Although the game was far along in development, it was held back to 2010 due to the release of New Super Mario Bros. Wii in November 2009.[citation needed] According to Shigeru Miyamoto, 90% of the features in the game would be new, whereas the remaining 10% were already introduced or featured in the original Super Mario Galaxy. Shigeru Miyamoto noted, "Really what we ended up with is more than 90% of what you'll see in Galaxy 2 is brand new. I'd say closer to 95, maybe even 99%. One of the new things was the inclusion of Yoshi, and also the use of the drill to open up and drill through stages."[3] On the other hand, Miyamoto stated in an interview that he wanted to go with as little story as possible for Super Mario Galaxy 2.[4]

Some of the developers wanted to include characters from other Nintendo franchises, such as Pikmin or Donkey Kong. However, Miyamoto shot down the idea. [5]

CEO of Nintendo America Reggie Fils-Aime stated that Super Mario Galaxy 2 would be more challenging regarding its predecessor. It was hinted that the new game would implement a tool-assisted guide, similar to the Super Guide from New Super Mario Bros Wii. It was eventually confirmed, although it worked differently. Beginner players could use the Cosmic Guide mode (activated when encountering the Cosmic Spirit) or the Tip Network to learn moves and hints during gameplay. Japanese, European and Australian boxes came with a special DVD to help players to know basic and expert techniques of the game.

Super Mario Galaxy 2: Original Soundtrack

Main article: Super Mario Galaxy 2: Original Soundtrack

An official soundtrack for the game has been released. It is a two-disc edition exclusive to Club Nintendo members in Japan which holds all seventy songs from the game. The game's official soundtrack is performed by the Mario Galaxy Orchestra.

Reception

Super Mario Galaxy 2 has received widespread critical acclaim. EDGE magazine has given the game a perfect score of 10 out of 10, being the third Mario game so far to receive such rating (the others were Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Galaxy). Official Nintendo Magazine grants it a 97%, while Game Informer has given the game 9.25 out of 10. Nintendo Power gave it a 9.5 out of 10. IGN and Gamespot granted the game a perfect 10/10, as well as GamesRadar. Gamespot also gave the game the Best Platforming Award and the Best Wii Game Award of 2010. IGN named it the Best Wii Game of all time. Gametrailers has given a 9.7 from 10, while Famitsu a 37 out of 40. GamePro gave four and half stars, X-Play gave it a perfect five out of five stars, and 1UP.com an "A" rating. Nintendo Power also gave the game many awards in addition to the near perfect score, including the Overall Game of the Year Award (Readers), Best Wii Game of 2010 (Staff and Readers), and more. It was awarded Game of the Year and Best Game on Wii by Guinness Book of World Records Gamer's Edition 2011.

Upon its release, Super Mario Galaxy 2 was met with critical acclaim, and is one of the highest rated video games of all time on the aggregation sites Metacritic and GameRankings. It is one of the best-selling games on the Wii, with 6.36 million copies sold worldwide.

Media

Main article: List of media from Super Mario Galaxy 2

Quotes

Main article: List of quotes in Super Mario Galaxy 2

Glitches

Main article: List of glitches in Super Mario Galaxy 2

Beta elements

Main article: List of Super Mario Galaxy 2 beta elements

Gallery

For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Super Mario Galaxy 2.

Staff

Main article: List of Super Mario Galaxy 2 staff

References to other games

  • Super Mario Bros.: Supermassive Galaxy's music, which is itself a remix of Toy Time Galaxy's music from the first game, originated from this game's overworld music. Other music from this game returned from Super Mario Galaxy as well.
  • Super Mario Bros. 3: Supermassive Galaxy is similar to Giant Land from this game, as the two are of massive size and feature giant versions of common items and enemies.
  • Super Mario World: Yoshi, who first appeared in this game, is playable in Super Mario Galaxy 2, and the percussion sounds heard when riding on Yoshi are re-used. In fact, when Mario first saves Yoshi, his speech is obviously based on his speech in this game. Additionally, this game's athletic theme returns as Hightail Falls Galaxy's music, and the Ghost House theme returns as Haunty Halls Galaxy's music. Also, the sound effect that is heard when a P-Switch's effect is about to run out is used in the bonus areas of Super Mario Galaxy 2, and the sound effect heard when passing through a door in this game is used when opening a door in Boo Moon Galaxy.
  • Yoshi's Cookie: Some of the cookies seen inside the chocolate box platforms via the Bulb Berry in Sweet Mystery Galaxy are the checked cookies from this game.
  • Super Mario 64: The slider theme from this game (and its remake) is used for Tall Trunk Galaxy and Rolling Coaster Galaxy. The "Bowser's Road" theme is remixed once again. Also, the Throwback Galaxy is a replica of Whomp's Fortress, and its boss, the Whomp King, is fought there. Both games start with Peach sending a letter to Mario involving cake. Additionally, the "Inside the Castle Walls" theme can be heard when rescuing Peach and the final Grand Star in Super Mario Galaxy 2. The Rainbow Star theme is remixed once again from the Wing Cap and Vanish Cap theme. Finally, Mario says, "Thank you so much for playing my game!" after the ending credits, just as he did in this game.
  • Super Mario Sunshine: The Starshine Beach Galaxy is based on some elements from this game. The Twisty Trials Galaxy is a replica of the secret level found in Episode 4 of Ricco Harbor. The red and blue flipping platforms return, although they work differently. Piantas also return.
  • New Super Mario Bros. Wii: The Midway Flag returns from this game, and the Cosmic Guide and Tip Network are based on the Super Guide and Hint Movies from this game, respectively. Also, the world maps are based on the one from this game. In both games, Bowser is giant, and the final battle is divided in two different parts, the latter having a bigger Bowser. The model for the Koopalings' cake reappears in Super Mario Galaxy 2's credits. Additionally, when players collect all the coins in a certain time limit that were accessed by a switch in Super Mario Galaxy 2, the audience claps in the same fashion they did in this game.

References in later games

The Super Mario Galaxy 2 puzzle in the Nintendo 3DS StreetPass Mii Plaza game Puzzle Swap.

Names in other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese スーパーマリオギャラクシー 2
Sūpā Mario Gyarakushī Tsu
Super Mario Galaxy 2
Spanish Super Mario Galaxy 2 -
German Super Mario Galaxy 2 -
Korean 슈퍼 마리오 Wii 2: 갤럭시 어드벤처 투게더
Syupeo Mario Wii 2: Gaelleoksi Eodeubencheo Tugedeo
Super Mario Wii 2: Galaxy Adventure Together
Chinese 超級瑪利歐銀河2 (Traditional)
chāojí mǎlìōu yínhé èr
Super Mario Galaxy 2

References

  1. ^ Nintendo Everything >> Blog Archive >> At one point, Super Mario Galaxy 2 was Super Mario Galaxy 1.5 "As soon as the project was over, we started making something that we might call version 1.5. We did things like moving or adding stars to levels that were already available... we realized that there were too many things to fit into a version 1.5. That made us realize we should start from scratch and make Super Mario Galaxy 2." - Miyamoto during Iwata Asks: Super Mario Galaxy 2 interview
  2. ^ Iwata Asks: Super Mario Galaxy 2 details
  3. ^ E3: Miyamoto: Galaxy 2 Is As Big As The Original
  4. ^ Shigeru Miyamoto Interview at Wired.com
  5. ^ Super Mario Galaxy 2 Could Have Featured Donkey Kong and Pikmin Cameos, But Miyamoto Said "No"

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