Super Mario Galaxy

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"Mario Galaxy" redirects here. For information about the stage in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, see Mario Galaxy (stage).
This article is about the game known as "Super Mario Wii" in South Korea. For the game commonly referred to as "Super Mario Wii" in other regions, see New Super Mario Bros. Wii.
Not to be confused with Super Galaxy.
Super Mario Galaxy
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Developer Nintendo EAD Tokyo
Publisher Nintendo
Platforms Wii, Wii U, Nvidia Shield (Mainland China only)[1]
Release date Original release:
Japan November 1, 2007
USA November 12, 2007
Europe November 16, 2007
Australia November 29, 2007
South Africa February 1, 2008
HK July 12, 2008
ROC July 12, 2008
South Korea September 4, 2008
Nintendo Selects:
USA August 28, 2011
Europe September 16, 2011
Australia November 7, 2013
South Korea April 23, 2015
Wii U (digital download):
Japan May 31, 2015[2]
USA December 24, 2015[3]
Europe February 4, 2016[4]
Australia February 5, 2016
Nvidia Shield:
China March 22, 2018[5]
Genre Platformer, Action-adventure
Rating(s) Original release:
ESRB:ESRB E.svg - Everyone
PEGI:PEGI 3.svg - Three years and older
CERO:CERO A.png - All ages
ACB:ACB G.svg - General
RARS:RARS 0+.svg - All ages
Nintendo Selects:
DEJUS:DEJUS L.png - General audience
VC release:
ACB:ACB PG.svg - Parental guidance
Mode(s) Single player
Two-player co-op
Media CD icon.png Optical disc
Wii U:
Media DL icon.svg Digital download
Wii U:

Super Mario Galaxy, known as Super Mario Wii in South Korea, is a 3D action-adventure platformer game for the Wii console, first released in 2007. It is the third Mario 3D platformer, and the follow-up to Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Sunshine. However, unlike the previous two 3D adventure installments for the Mario franchise, this game takes place in deep space. Most of the game's levels consist of many small planets and planetoids, while others have bigger planets. Upon release, Super Mario Galaxy received some of the highest review scores and appraisals of any Wii game to date, and of any game overall. Since its release, the game has sold nearly 13 million copies, making it the ninth best-selling Wii game, and earning a Nintendo Selects re-release.[6]

A sequel to this game, Super Mario Galaxy 2, was released in May 2010. A port of the game is bundled in with Super Mario 3D All-Stars for the Nintendo Switch, released in September 2020, featuring the original game with upscaled graphics.[7]


From the instruction booklet

Every hundred years, a huge comet flies by in the skies above the Mushroom Kingdom. One year, that comet filled the entire sky, and from it fell a stream of shooting stars. The Toads scooped up the Star Bits and brought them to the castle, where they were reborn as a great Power Star. It was a happy time in the Mushroom Kingdom. Then one night Mario received a letter...

Dear Mario, I’ll be waiting for you at the castle on the night of the Star Festival. There’s something I’d like to give you. From Peach

With invitation in hand, Mario headed off to the castle just as the Star Festival was getting into full swing. Surrounded by Toads gleefully trying to catch falling Star Bits, Mario was looking forward to the night’s festivities.

But then, something happened...

Castle Gardens, the beginning area.

Every hundred years, on the eve of the Star Festival, a comet passes over the Mushroom Kingdom and causes magical stars and stardust to fall to the planet below. Peach invites Mario to her castle to join in the festivities and receive a special gift. As Mario arrives in the Castle Gardens, Bowser suddenly attacks the Toads with his airships and freezes them in crystals. He "invites" Peach to the creation of his brand new galaxy and lifts the castle off the ground with a UFO to carry it to the center of the universe. Before Mario can reach Peach, Kamek casts a spell at him, sending him into space. A Luma, whom Peach was carrying before her abduction, flees to look for Mario before Kamek warps the castle away with another spell.

Peach's castle being lifted into space.

When Mario later wakes up on a small grassy planet he meets the Lumas and eventually Rosalina, a mysterious woman who acts as the protector of the galaxies and the mother of the Lumas. She tells Mario that her ship, the Comet Observatory, had its Power Stars and Grand Stars stolen by Bowser. Without these, the Comet Observatory is unable to move through space. Rosalina asks him to rescue the Grand Stars in order to defeat Bowser. Mario also receives help from a Luma who grants him spinning powers. Mario and Luma complete missions from galaxies in opened domes in order to receive Power Stars. Once a mission is completed, Mario collects a Power Star and unlocks the next mission. There are normally five galaxies per dome, and once Mario has collected enough Power Stars, the next galaxy in the current dome would be an enemy base where either Bowser or Bowser Jr. would be using the power of one of the Grand Stars. His next mission would be to defeat Bowser or Bowser Jr. and rescue the next Grand Star. Rescuing the Grand Star unlocks the next dome. When enough Power Stars and Grand Stars are collected, the Comet Observatory takes Mario to the center of the universe.

Mario flying with Peach after rescuing her.

Here, Mario defeats Bowser in his brand new galaxy, retrieves the last Grand Star, and rescues Peach. Just then, one of the planets of Bowser's near-complete galaxy undergoes a supernova and becomes a supermassive black hole which begins pulling in everything. The Lumas from the Comet Observatory, including the Luma who had accompanied Mario throughout his adventure, throw themselves into the black hole in order to neutralize it, and it soon disintegrates in a massive explosion. Mario appears in front of Rosalina, who saves him from the cataclysm and tells him that this is not the end, but a new beginning for the universe, which repeats its cycle, albeit imperfectly.

Mario later awakens in the Mushroom Kingdom near Peach's Castle. He sees everyone he has met throughout his adventure celebrating, while Bowser and Peach lie next to him with no recollection of the past events. When he looks in the air, he notices the reconstructed galaxy, and exclaims "Welcome! Welcome new galaxy!" as the camera zooms out into space, revealing the reconstituted universe. If 120 Power Stars are collected, a special cut scene plays after the credits: Rosalina thanks the player and says "I will watch over you from beyond the stars." before flying off with the Comet Observatory. The Luma that accompanied Mario is shown to be alive, left behind by Rosalina inside a derelict Starshroom on a small planet. This alludes to the idea of how the universe repeats itself, as Rosalina will be reborn and find Luma searching for its mother some time in the future, and the events of Rosalina's Storybook occur again.


Basic gameplay[edit]

Gameplay is somewhat different from the previous Mario titles, as rather than being played strictly in 2D or 3D, the game occasionally shifts from 3D to 2D and vice versa (although the core gameplay is largely in 3D); the game also utilizes sphere walking. Even with these changes, however, the gameplay heavily resembles Super Mario 64 and Super Mario Sunshine, with a similar camera system and similar gameplay mechanics.

Basic controls[edit]

Pull Stars are used by pointing the Star Cursor at them and pressing A Button.

The game has several innovations and additions to the basic 3D Mario game concept. 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 Backwards Somersaults, Side Somersaults, and Long Jumps. Mario can also Triple Jump by jumping with precise timing three times, each time jumping higher than before. The Nunchuk C Button centers the camera behind Mario, while the +Control Pad can adjust the camera angle manually. By pressing +Control Pad up, 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 makes Mario perform a Spin.

Mario's Spin move can defeat enemies or activate machines.

By pressing B Button, players can fire a Star Bit. When enemies are hit by a Star Bit, they are stunned and can be defeated with a touch, releasing Star Bits. Mario can also defeat most enemies by jumping on them, which creates a healing coin. Using the Spin to defeat enemies is also possible. Spinning may also stop an enemy from attacking; if Bowser and Mario both Star Spin at the same time, both moves get canceled. Also, if Mario or Luigi Long Jumps then lands on the ground and quickly does a Spin, they will do a small pirouette. The player can use any of these tactics or only one of them during the entire game, as a specific tactic is never required to defeat a regular enemy. Only special enemies such as the Grand Goomba in the Gateway Galaxy might require a Spin. Several enemies are, however, much easier to defeat by shooting them than by jumping on them. As in Super Mario Sunshine, Mario can jump on NPCs to gain extra height or annoy them.

Swimming is fairly simple. Mario can change his direction by using the analog stick and can dive by pressing Z. Breaststrokes are possible by pressing A repeatedly while swimming forward. Mario must return to the surface or collect air bubbles periodically in order to refill his air supply. Failure to do so could result in losing a life.

Skating is a technique used when on ice. Mario merely needs to spin while walking, and he starts to skate.

There is also a move that is not explained in the instruction booklet. If the player, while airborne, both shakes the controller and presses Nunchuk Z Button (to spin and ground pound at the same time), they perform a special ground pound that homes in on nearby enemies. If there is no enemy nearby, Mario does a fancier Ground Pound. This move returns in the game's sequel, also unexplained in the packaged materials.

Co-Star Mode[edit]

Featured in Super Mario Galaxy is a multiplayer mode named Co-Star Mode. By simply connecting a second Wii Remote, another player can join in and assist the first player by controlling a second Star Cursor, and in doing so can accomplish a variety of different things, some of which the first player can do, but many of which the first player cannot do. When Co-Star Mode is active, "1P" appears below Player 1's Star Cursor, and "2P" appears below Player 2's Star Cursor to help differentiate between them. When Co-Star Mode is not in use, these indicators no longer appear beneath either player's Star Cursors, until such time as Co-Star Mode becomes active again. The second player can collect Star Bits and fire them at enemies to briefly stun them. When the second Star Cursor is pointed at Mario and A Button is pressed, the second player can make Mario perform a Co-Star Super Jump. Combining both jump techniques can make Mario jump higher than when only controlled with one controller. This works in midair, but can only be done once before touching a horizontal surface.[8]

Mario's life meter[edit]

Mario's life meter has been decreased to three total. Originally, Mario had a life meter with 8 units, similar to Super Mario 64, its DS remake and Super Mario Sunshine, but it was reduced to 3 in the final game, with the ability to extend it to a maximum of 6, via a Life Mushroom. There is no longer a separate health bar for underwater levels which decreases slowly. Instead, Mario has an air meter which decreases and hurts Mario's health when it hits zero. The Life Mushroom replenishes any lost health and adds a second health meter, making Mario's max health six. When Mario's health drops down to three again, the second health meter smashes and the effect of the Life Mushroom is lost.

New elements[edit]

Mario explores a 3D world with planets which have their own gravity. Several levels have arrows which Mario can turn around with a Spin, changing the direction of the gravity. The Launch Star allows Mario to launch off of a planet and go flying to the next. There is little or no warning that a boss might be located on the next planet, and there is also little indication that Mario may be facing something terrible or something peaceful on where he is headed next, and there are also no loading times and screens. The game also contains side-scrolling levels reminiscent of New Super Mario Bros. with classic enemies such as Goombas and Piranha Plants. These side-scrolling levels may also contain directional gravity, allowing Mario to walk on the walls and ceiling.

"Super Luigi Galaxy"[edit]

Luigi about to race against Cosmic Luigi in the Freezeflame Galaxy in "Super Luigi Galaxy" mode.

Collecting all 120 Power Stars and defeating Bowser once more unlocks "Super Luigi Galaxy" mode, which replaces Mario with a playable version of Luigi and presents a few gameplay differences to reflect this change. Like in a number of previous Mario games, Luigi boasts higher jumps, but lower traction compared to Mario. Luigi is also faster than Mario, but takes longer to reach top speed. Luigi loses air faster while underwater and loses a chunk of air every time he spins underwater. Cosmic Luigi is more challenging than Cosmic Mario, and Luigi receives 20 1-Up Mushrooms from Peach's letter (although if Luigi's 1-Up counter grows too high, he only receives five). Outside of these changes, the storyline is almost completely unchanged, and even includes the original NPC Luigi. When players collect 120 Power Stars and defeat Bowser again in this mode, Grand Finale Galaxy becomes available for both Mario and Luigi, allowing the 121st Power Star to be collected.

This mode is referenced by Rosalina as "another world" players can access once they have defeated Bowser after collecting 120 Power Stars. In the Japanese version, she describes it as the world where Mario (or Luigi) may come across his alternate self who is not him.[9]


  • A Button: Jump/swim
  • B Button: Fire Star Bit
  • Wii Remote (shake): Spin
  • Nunchuk Control Stick: Move
  • Nunchuk Z Button (grounded): Crouch
  • Nunchuk Z Button (midair): Ground Pound
  • Nunchuk C Button: Center camera
  • +Control Pad: Move camera
  • +Control Pad up: First-person view
  • Wii Remote (shake midair) + Nunchuk Z Button: Homing Ground Pound

Note: Since the Nvidia Shield controller does not have motion controls, the spin is performed by pressing the X button, while the right analog stick is used to move the Star Cursor. In the case of Player 2, both analog sticks can be used to control the Star Cursor.[10] The original tilt controls in the game is also replaced by the regular left analog stick control.[11]


The Egg Planet in the Good Egg Galaxy.

Power Stars make a comeback, last being seen in Super Mario 64. The main goal of the game is to collect a minimum of 60 stars and defeat Bowser. Similar to Peach's Castle in Super Mario 64 and Delfino Plaza in Super Mario Sunshine, the Comet Observatory acts as the game's hub area. There, Mario can access the galaxies from domes. New areas in the Comet Observatory become accessible as Mario gains Power Stars and Grand Stars. A minimum number of Power Stars is required to have enough power to go to each multi-star galaxy, single non-Grand Star galaxies with a ? Block icon when locked are bonuses for finishing certain star missions. At the end of each dome, the player enters a galaxy where they alternate between fighting Bowser Jr. and Bowser, represented by Bowser's head on the world map (though after a Bowser Jr. galaxy is cleared, the head changes into the actual galaxy itself). The game has a level intro for each star, as in Super Mario Sunshine.

Mario encounters Luigi in four levels (located in the Good Egg Galaxy, the Honeyhive Galaxy, the Battlerock Galaxy, and the Ghostly Galaxy). In Ghostly Galaxy, Luigi is at the end of Luigi and the Haunted Mansion holding a star. After Luigi is rescued, he can be seen in the observatory and helps Mario reach secret stars that he could not get alone. When Luigi is in other galaxies, Mario receives a letter from Luigi every time Luigi has found a Power Star, including a picture which helps Mario find Luigi. After the main game is finished, Mario can return and collect up to 120 stars. Super Mario Galaxy contains a few different types of stars, including red, green, and comet stars. The Green Stars are secret stars which are used to unlock the Trial Galaxies and one Red Power Star appears when Mario returns to the gate, which allows usage of the Red Star in the Comet Observatory.

After finishing a level, Mario's highest score of coins for the galaxy is recorded and the collected Star Bits are transferred to the Comet Observatory, where Mario can later use them to feed Hungry Lumas. The requirements for opening up each galaxy is listed below, with Star Bits if the galaxy is created by a Hungry Luma. Note, however, that some galaxies are not unlocked by simply obtaining a number of stars but by completing a specific star. This is true for all Hungry Lumas except the first, and all bonus galaxies from Buoy Base Galaxy onward.

There are a total of forty-two galaxies in the game.

The amount of Power Stars and Star Bits listed after a galaxy is the amount of the corresponding collectibles that is required to unlock the galaxy.

Galaxies marked with an asterisk (*) are unlocked by feeding Hungry Lumas. Missions marked in green are Green Star missions, orange are Grand Star missions, cyan are Prankster Comets, pink are secret missions, and red is the single Red Power Star mission.

Dome Galaxy Missions
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Gateway Galaxy
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Grand Star Rescue
Gateway's Purple Coins
Boo's Boneyard Galaxy*
Racing the Spooky Speedster
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Good Egg Galaxy
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Dino Piranha A Snack of Cosmic Proportions King Kaliente's Battle Fleet
Dino Piranha Speed Run Purple Coin Omelet Luigi on the Roof
Honeyhive Galaxy
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Bee Mario Takes Flight Trouble on the Tower Big Bad Bugaboom
Honeyhive Cosmic Mario Race The Honeyhive's Purple Coins Luigi in the Honeyhive Kingdom
Loopdeeloop Galaxy
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Surfing 101
Flipswitch Galaxy
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Painting the Planet Yellow
Sweet Sweet Galaxy*
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Rocky Road
Bowser Jr.'s Robot Reactor
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Megaleg's Moon
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Space Junk Galaxy
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Pull Star Path Kamella's Airship Attack Tarantox's Tangled Web
Pull Star Path Speed Run Purple Coin Spacewalk Yoshi's Unexpected Appearance
Battlerock Galaxy
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Battlerock Barrage Breaking into the Battlerock Topmaniac and the Topman Tribe
Topmaniac's Daredevil Run Purple Coins on the Battlerock Battlerock's Garbage Dump
Luigi under the Saucer
Rolling Green Galaxy
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Rolling in the Clouds
Hurry-Scurry Galaxy
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Shrinking Satellite
Sling Pod Galaxy*
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A Very Sticky Situation
Bowser's Star Reactor
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The Fiery Stronghold
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Beach Bowl Galaxy
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Sunken Treasure Passing the Swim Test The Secret Undersea Cavern
Fast Foes on the Cyclone Stone Beachcombing for Purple Coins Wall Jumping up Waterfalls
Ghostly Galaxy
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Luigi and the Haunted Mansion A Very Spooky Sprint Beware of Bouldergeist
Bouldergeist's Daredevil Run Purple Coins in the Bone Pen Matter Splatter Mansion
Bubble Breeze Galaxy
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Through the Poison Swamp
Buoy Base Galaxy
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The Floating Fortress
The Secret of Buoy Base
Drip Drop Galaxy*
Giant Eel Outbreak
Bowser Jr.'s Airship Armada
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Sinking the Airships
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Gusty Garden Galaxy
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Bunnies in the Wind The Dirty Tricks of Major Burrows Gusty Garden's Gravity Scramble
Major Burrows's Daredevil Run Purple Coins on the Puzzle Cube The Golden Chomp
Freezeflame Galaxy
The Frozen Peak of Baron Brrr Freezeflame's Blistering Core Hot and Cold Collide
Frosty Cosmic Mario Race Purple Coins on the Summit Conquering the Summit
Dusty Dune Galaxy
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Soaring on the Desert Winds Blasting through the Sand Sunbaked Sand Castle
Sandblast Speed Run Purple Coins in the Desert Bullet Bill on Your Back
Treasure of the Pyramid
Honeyclimb Galaxy
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Scaling the Sticky Wall
Bigmouth Galaxy*
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Bigmouth's Gold Bait
Bowser's Dark Matter Plant
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Darkness on the Horizon
Engine Room
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Gold Leaf Galaxy
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Star Bunnies on the Hunt Cataquack to the Skies When It Rains, It Pours
Cosmic Mario Forest Race Purple Coins in the Woods The Bell on the Big Tree
Sea Slide Galaxy
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Going after Guppy Faster Than a Speeding Penguin The Silver Stars of Sea Slide
Underwater Cosmic Mario Race Purple Coins by the Seaside Hurry, He's Hungry
Toy Time Galaxy
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Heavy Metal Mecha-Bowser Mario Meets Mario Bouncing Down Cake Lane
Fast Foes of Toy Time Luigi's Purple Coins The Flipswitch Chain
Bonefin Galaxy
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Kingfin's Fearsome Waters
Sand Spiral Galaxy*
Choosing a Favorite Snack
Bowser Jr.'s Lava Reactor
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King Kaliente's Spicy Return
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Deep Dark Galaxy
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The Underground Ghost Ship Bubble Blastoff Guppy and the Underground Lake
Ghost Ship Daredevil Run Plunder the Purple Coins Boo in a Box
Dreadnought Galaxy
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Infiltrating the Dreadnought Dreadnought's Colossal Cannons Revenge of the Topman Tribe
Topman Tribe Speed Run Battlestation's Purple Coins Dreadnought's Garbage Dump
Melty Molten Galaxy
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The Sinking Lava Spire Through the Meteor Storm Fiery Dino Piranha
Lava Spire Daredevil Run Red-Hot Purple Coins Burning Tide
Matter Splatter Galaxy
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Watch Your Step
Snow Cap Galaxy*
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Star Bunnies in the Snow
Planet of Trials
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Rolling Gizmo Galaxy
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Gizmos, Gears, and Gadgets
Bubble Blast Galaxy
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The Electric Labyrinth
Loopdeeswoop Galaxy
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The Galaxy's Greatest Wave
Grand Finale Galaxy
The Star Festival
Center of the Universe
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Bowser's Galaxy Reactor
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The Fate of the Universe

Prankster Comets[edit]

Main article: Prankster Comet

Prankster Comets are objects which interfere with a Galaxy, giving it an extra attribute. The 30 comet stars are obtained by completing special challenges in the major galaxies, such as speed runs of certain missions, "daredevil" runs (in which Mario is defeated if he takes a single hit), racing cosmic clones of Mario or Luigi, and doubling the speed of enemies and obstacles. They only appear after the corresponding regular level (e.g. Ghostly Galaxy's Bouldergeist battle) is completed, sometimes immediately, and at other times, only after another galaxy's level is completed. Prankster Comets appear and disappear every other level completed. After a level is completed while a Prankster Comet is active, all the Prankster Comets are removed until yet another level is beaten. In some cases (like the Space Junk Galaxy), the entire galaxy has to be beaten first. There are two Prankster Comets in each of the 15 major galaxies: one of the comet types just described, plus one purple prankster comet that appears after beating Bowser's Galaxy Reactor for the first time, forcing missions where the player must collect 100 Purple Coins.


Mario meeting Rosalina

Mario encounters many new and old characters in his adventure through the galaxies. Most of these are met in one or more galaxies, though Rosalina, the Toad Brigade and the Lumas are found on the Comet Observatory.


Image Name Description
Mario Spin Art - Super Mario Galaxy.png Mario Mario retains his conventional role in the Super Mario series as the game's main protagonist in his adventure to once again rescue Princess Peach from the clutches of Bowser and Bowser Jr. This time, Mario has the power to spin and fly through space.
LuigiSMG.png Luigi Luigi, Mario's younger brother, appears in several galaxies as a companion, offering Mario some stars. There are two of him, and one of him is playable after the game is completed.


Image Name Description
SMG Peach moon picture.png Princess Peach Peach is kidnapped by Bowser and Mario must rescue her once again.
Princess Rosalina Super Mario Galaxy.png Rosalina A mysterious woman who acts as the guardian of space.
SMG Polari.jpg Polari The eldest of the Lumas.
SMG Luma.jpg Luma An apricot Luma who gives Mario his newfound powers.
SMG YellowLuma.jpg Lumas A race of star children.
LuigiRosalinaSMG.png Toad Brigade A meek band of Toads who find Power Stars for Mario.
SMG Spooky Speedster Artwork.png Spooky Speedster A friendly Boo who races Mario.
SMG Star Bunny Artwork.png Star Bunny A race of bunnies who are sometimes Lumas in disguise.
SMG Bee Artwork.png Honeybees A race of bees who serve their queen.
QueenBee.png Queen Bee The queen of the Honeybees.
Gearmo Artwork - Super Mario Galaxy 2.png Gearmo An irritable race of machine people.
SMG Penguin Artwork.png Penguins A race of penguins who enjoy swimming and relaxation.
SMG Coach Artwork.png Coach A friendly penguin who teaches Mario to surf.
Penguru SMG.png Penguru An elderly penguin who gives Mario Power Stars.
RaySMG.png Ray A friendly creature who Mario surfs on.
GuppySMG.png Guppy An arrogant orca who bullies the penguins.
SMG Board.png Boards A race of boards who teach Mario to use power ups.
CataquackSMG.png Cataquack A harmless race of creatures who throw Mario to great heights.
WormSuperMarioGalaxy.png Big Green Caterpillar A group of caterpillars who appear in the Gusty Garden Galaxy.
SMG Cosmic Mario Model.png Cosmic Mario/Luigi A mysterious entity who challenges Mario at Prankster Comets.

Enemies and obstacles[edit]

The game has old enemies such as Goombas from Super Mario Bros. and Piranha Plants, enemies which make their 3D platformer debut such as Magikoopas and Dry Bones, as well as new enemies, which include the Electrogoombas and Mandibugs.

New enemies and obstacles[edit]

Returning enemies and obstacles[edit]


The boss characters.

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

Image Boss Times Fought Image Boss Times Fought Image Boss Times Fought Image Boss Times Fought
DinoPiranha.png Dino Piranha 2 KingKalienteProfile.png King Kaliente 2 SMG Mandibug Parent.png Stink Bug Parent 1 SMG Bugaboom Artwork.png Bugaboom 1
SMG Megaleg and Moon Model.png Megaleg 1 Kamella SMG.png Kamella 3 TarantoxSMG.png Tarantox 1 Topmaniac.png Topmaniac 4
Bowser - Super Mario Galaxy.png Bowser 3 Bouldergeist SMG.png Bouldergeist 2
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Bowser Jr. 1 Major Burrows Artwork.png Major Burrows 2
Baron Brrr.png Baron Brrr 1 Undergrunt Gunner.png Undergrunt Gunner 3 SMG Kingfin Artwork.png Kingfin 1 Firey Dino Piranha.png Fiery Dino Piranha 1

Items and objects[edit]

Throughout the game, Mario can use many new and returning items, many of which have unique properties.

Item Function
? Coin
A large coin that can make a multitude of things appear, including coins, Star Bits, notes, a power-up, or even another ? Coin.
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? Block
A block that releases other items, such as coins, Star Bits, or power-ups, when hit from the bottom.
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1-Up Mushroom
Gives Mario an extra life.
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Life Mushroom
A mushroom that gives Mario's Health Meter an additional three sections, bringing the total to six.
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A dandelion-like plant that allows the player to launch off when they shake the Wii remote enough.
The star-like reactor that powers the Comet Observatory and grows as Mario collects Grand Stars.
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Bob-omb Dispenser
A machine that consistently dispenses Bob-ombs for use by the player.
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Bolt Lift
A set of rotating nuts that serve as a platform in industrial-themed galaxies.
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Bowser Statue
Statues that release items when destroyed with Bullet Bills or Bomb Boos.
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Brick Block
Blocks that sometimes release coins when destroyed.
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Air bubbles that refill Mario's air meter when collected underwater.
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Allows the player to aim and fire Mario to get to other planets.
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Balls that can be used as projectiles to attack enemies and bosses, particularly Pokeys.
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Restore lost wedges of Mario's Health Meter. If 50 coins are collected, Mario gains an extra life.
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Coin Block
Blocks identical in appearance to Brick Blocks. They release coins repeatedly when hit.
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Often found in many different galaxies, these can be broken to release items or Goombas.
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A glassy crystal that can contain Star Bits, power-ups, or rarely, enemies and Toads.
Empty Block
Blocks that are found in galaxies or created after a Coin Block is used.
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Flipswitch Panel
Floor tiles that trigger an event when Mario steps on all of them in an area.
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Floaty Fluff
Flowers that Mario can hang onto to ride wind currents between areas.
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Gold Shell
A special, rare shell that is either given to the Coach (in the Beach Bowl Galaxy) or used to open a chest (in the Bigmouth Galaxy). It gives a large speed boost when used underwater.
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Gravity arrow
Switches that change the direction of gravity when flipped.
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Gravity field
Colored walls that indicate the direction of gravity in an area.
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Gravity spotlight
Spotlights that pull Mario in when he stands under them.
Green Shell
A green Koopa Shell that Mario can grab by touching it or spinning near it. The player can then throw it at enemies by shaking the Wii Remote. It gives a small speed boost underwater.
Ground-Pound Switch
Switches that are activated by a ground-pound event.
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Keys that unlock Key Doors when collected.
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Key Door
Doors that are unlocked when Keys are collected.
Launch Star
A powerful item that quickly launches Mario to another planet when the player shakes the Wii Remote near it.
Lever Switch
Switches that reveal portions of the level required to progress.
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Colorful musical notes that only appear after Mario has touched a ? Coin, after which a short trail of them appears in the immediate vicinity. When they are collected quickly, a short tune plays in the background. Collecting all of them causes either a power-up, a 1-Up Mushroom or a Power Star to appear.
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Pull Star
An item that pulls Mario towards it when the player positions the Star Cursor over it and presses the A Button button.
Purple Coin
A special variety of coin that only appears in galaxies when a Purple Comet is in orbit around a galaxy.
Red Shell
A red Koopa Shell that Mario can grab by touching it or spinning near it. When Mario launches it, it homes in on any nearby enemies. It gives a larger boost than the Green Shell when used underwater.
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Sling Pod
A stretchy device that functions similar to a Sling Star, moving Mario to another area nearby.
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Sling Star
A smaller version of a Launch Star that flings Mario to another planet or area when the player shakes the Wii Remote near it.
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Sproutle Vine
A curved vine that Mario can slide on to reach another area.
Star Ball
A ball that Mario must roll to the end of the stage to release the Power Star contained within it.
Star Bit
One of the most common items in the game, Star Bits can be found almost everywhere and can be collected with the Star Cursor. Sometimes, Mario has to feed Star Bits to Hungry Lumas to advance. If 50 Star Bits are collected, Mario earns an extra life.
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Star Chip
Small fragments of a Launch Star, Sling Star, or Pull Star. When all five have been found, they reform into their respective star and allow the player to advance. Yellow Star Chips are much more common than blue ones.
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Tree stumps that can be ground-pounded to release items or trigger events.
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Springs that bounce the player high in the air to reach items or platforms.
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Treasure chest
Chests containing items, Toads, or Power Stars. They are typically opened with Koopa Shells.
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Warp Pad
Pads found on the Comet Observatory that carry Mario to hard-to-reach areas.
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Warp Pipe
Pipes that transport the player between areas or inside planets.
Projectiles similar to coconuts that can be thrown to defeat enemies.


Mario regains his ability to attain different abilities via special mushrooms, flowers, and stars, similar to Super Mario 64, in which he could obtain the Wing Cap, the Vanish Cap, and the Metal Cap to gain new powers. In this game, Mario uses seven Power-Ups to gain new abilities.

Power-Up Transformation Function
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Bee Mushroom
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Bee Mario
Allows Mario to fly for a short time when the A Button button is held. Also allows Mario to stick to Honeycomb Walls, and gives him the ability to walk on flowers and clouds.
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Boo Mushroom
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Boo Mario
A mushroom that gives Mario the power of intangibility, and also allows him to float in the air with A Button button taps. The Wii Remote can be shaken to go through certain objects.
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Fire Flower
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Fire Mario
A power-up that allows Mario to throw fireballs at his enemies by shaking the Wii Remote.
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Ice Flower
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Ice Mario
A power-up that allows Mario to freeze water or lava in small hexagonal ice platforms and skate across them freely.
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Rainbow Star
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Rainbow Mario
A power-up that turns Mario into Rainbow Mario, thereby making him completely invincible for a short time. After running for a while with this power-up active, Mario's top speed increases.
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Red Star
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Flying Mario
A power-up that holds the power of the Red Luma. It allows Mario to fly for a limited time by spinning while in the air. The player can also hold A Button to stop and change the direction while flying. It resembles the Wing Cap from Super Mario 64.
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Spring Mushroom
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Spring Mario
A power-up that transforms Mario into Spring Mario, allowing him to bounce extremely high by pressing A Button with good timing.

Power Stars[edit]

Item Function
Grand Star
A special type of Power Star that is needed to power the Comet Observatory.
Green Power Star
A very rare Power Star that can only be found in three galaxies in the game. They are used to unlock the Trial Galaxies.
Power Star
A regular star that Mario must collect to power up the various parts of the Comet Observatory and ultimately reach Bowser at the center of the universe.
Red Power Star
An extremely rare Power Star that is guarded by the Red Luma. There is only one found in the entire game.
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Silver Star
A special star always found in sets of five in some galaxies. When Mario collects all five of them, they merge into a Power Star.


At various points in the game, the Mailtoad gives the player a letter, which is sent to the Wii Message Board.

Whenever Luigi needs to be rescued after initially saving him from the Ghostly Galaxy, the letter says the following:

Dear Mario,
Oh, no! It's horrible!
Luigi has gone missing!
What will we do?!


After rescuing Luigi each of these times, the letter says the following:

Dear Mario,

Thank you for saving Luigi! Keep trying to rescue those Power Stars, and we'll do our best to help! ♪


After getting the 121st and final Power Star from the Grand Finale Galaxy, the letter will say the following:

Dear (Mii's name),

Congratulations! We would like to send you a galaxy sized thanks for saving all the Power Stars and playing to the very end.

Until next time;

The Super Mario Galaxy staff

Super Mario Galaxy Original Soundtrack[edit]

Main article: Super Mario Galaxy Original Soundtrack

A soundtrack for the game was released called the Super Mario Galaxy Original Soundtrack. There is a one-disc edition and a two-disc Platinum edition. It was exclusive to Club Nintendo members in Japan and Europe. The one-disc version was also included in certain bundles of the Wii in 2010 that also contained Wii Sports and New Super Mario Bros. Wii.


Super Mario Galaxy finds its roots in the Super Mario 128 demo.[12] Yoshiaki Koizumi, the director of the demo, wanted the part where Mario moves freely around a saucer-shaped platform to be included in an actual game, but found that implementing the concept would be technically demanding.[12] Shigeru Miyamoto remained interested in the concept, and after Donkey Kong Jungle Beat's completion, asked the newly formed EAD Tokyo if they wanted to make a high-profile game starring established Nintendo characters, which led to one of the staff member suggesting that they had the skillset to make a Mario game.[12] Yoshiaki Koizumi felt that the Jungle Beat team had the ability to make spherical platforms work and said he wanted to make the game for the Wii.

Koizumi then gathered several other members in order to create a prototype. The outer space theme was chosen due to him finding that most players would interpret spherical shapes as planets,[12] and gravity was added. The prototype was shown to Nintendo after three months of development, which approved it.

Although Miyamoto was not working full time at EAD Tokyo, he frequently visited the studio to share ideas and oversee development. One of his suggestions was to include a delay between spinning instead of having Mario spin continuously by shaking the Wii Remote, so that the game would be more challenging and interesting to play.[12] A setup was eventually created so that both the Kyoto and Tokyo offices could playtest the game.

The development team made heavy use of play-testers due to the studio's experience while developing Donkey Kong Jungle Beat.[12] One of Koizumi's main concern were the camera angles and the motion sickness they caused. He thought camera-induced motion sickness was a problem with 3D action games, and found neither Super Mario Sunshine nor Donkey Kong Jungle Beat's solutions satisfying.[12]

EAD Tokyo was pressured to finish the game close to the Wii's launch, as several executives were disappointed by Super Mario Sunshine not being a Nintendo GameCube launch title and thought that an earlier release could have helped the GameCube's commercial performance. However, EAD Tokyo decided that making a polished Mario game was more important.[12]


Main article: List of Super Mario Galaxy trading cards

Trading cards were released to celebrate the release of Super Mario Galaxy. These helped amplify the publicity of the game. Each booster pack would have two regular cards, one trivia card, one standee, and one FunTat.


Super Mario Galaxy has been met with universal acclaim, receiving a GameRankings score of 97.64% from 78 reviews, making it the highest rated game on the website, while scoring a 97/100 on Metacritic, as of March 2019 the sixth-highest score on the website.

Famitsu Magazine has given Super Mario Galaxy a score of 38/40.[13] The Official Nintendo Magazine UK gave the game 97%. It was called the best game of the decade and praised for having excellent graphics, sound and gameplay as well as a mixture of new features and classic features.[14] Australia's longest-running unofficial multi-format gaming magazine, Hyper, scored the game 97 out of 100, tied for the highest score ever given in the history of the magazine, running since 1993.

Release Reviewer, Publication Score Comment
Wii Matt Casamassina, IGN 9.7/10 "Galaxy isn't quite perfect. There are some minor issues -- tiny blemishes, if you will, hiding on the backside of a supermodel. There's the auto-camera, which works exceptionally well most of the time, but every so often stumbles. And there's the overall difficulty -- a little too easy to 60 stars and to defeat bosses for my tastes. But even with these potential drawbacks, Nintendo's Tokyo studio has created a platformer that deserves its place among the very best and will surely be remembered in another decade as a classic."
Wii Alex Navarro, GameSpot 9.5/10 "The stellar presentation and fantastic level designs combine to make Super Mario Galaxy the Wii's game to beat and one of Mario's greatest adventures yet."
Wii Aaron Linde, Destructoid 9.6/10 "To say that they've succeeded almost isn't enough; Super Mario Galaxy is so incredible that it improves upon flaws in Mario 64 that I hadn't even noticed until, y'know, Galaxy did it better. And though there's little in the way of "innovation" of the genre, it's the refinement of the genre that solidifies Galaxy as the most essential platforming experience yet created."
Wii Anthony Dickens, Nintendo Life 10/10 "Super Mario Galaxy is a fantastic game, a game that displays Nintendo's continuing ambition to explore the possibilities of a 3D platformer, something that no-one else has really managed to do. It's considerably better than Super Mario Sunshine on all accounts, with the new emphasis on gravity it becomes once again a game that requires skill and timing rather than just an exploratory mind. This will be an instant hit and surely go down as one of the best Mario games. A must have for all."
Wii Tom Orry, VideoGamer 9/10 "In the hands of anyone who's been longing for a true sequel to Mario 64, Super Mario Galaxy could well be the game of the year, but it's nowhere near as revolutionary as Mario 64."
Compiler Platform / Score
Metacritic 97
GameRankings 97.64%

Awards and recognition[edit]

Super Mario Galaxy received Game of the Year in 2007 from IGN[15], GameSpot[16], Kotaku[17] and Yahoo! Games.[18] Australian magazine Hyper also named Super Mario Galaxy as Game of the Year in 2007 as voted by its readers.[citation needed]

In 2007, the game won an award for "Best Audio Design” from Edge.[19]In February 2008, the game received the "Adventure Game of the Year" award from the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences at the Interactive Achievement Awards.[20]

In 2009, the game won “Best Game” at the 5th British Academy Games Awards.[21] That same year, Guinness World Records ranked Super Mario Galaxy 29th in their list of top 50 console games of all time based on initial impact and lasting legacy.[22]

The game placed 51st in the 200th Issue of GameInformer's "Top 200 Games of All Time".[23] Nintendo Power ranked it as best Mario mainstream title in its May 2012 issue,[24] as well as the third-best game ever released on a Nintendo console in its final issue.


Super Mario Galaxy has been a commercial success, selling 350,000 units in Japan within its first few weeks of sale.[25] In the United States, the game sold 500,000 units within its first week of release, earning it the highest first-week sales for a Mario game in the country at the time.[26]Super Mario Galaxy is the 8th best-selling game for the Wii, selling 12.72 million copies worldwide as of September 2017.[27]

Super Mario 3D All-Stars description[edit]

  • "It's the night of the Star Festival, and Star Bits are falling from the sky! As everyone celebrates, Bowser suddenly appears and lifts the castle—and Princess Peach—into space, leaving Mario stranded in orbit! It's here that Mario meets a curious star child, Luma, and a mysterious woman in blue...This game introduced new ways to control Mario, like pointing and shaking the Wii Remote, as he explores miniature planets with fun forms of gravity."


For a complete list of media for this subject, see List of Super Mario Galaxy media.
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Main article: List of Super Mario Galaxy quotes


  • "Princess Peach! You are formally the creation of my new galaxy! Gwahahaha! This festival's over!"
  • "BWAHAHAHA! You finally made it! Just in time for me to stomp you into space bits!"
  • "WHAA--?! IT'S YOU! That's it, Mario! I'm gonna stomp you into space bits!"
  • "Finally! You got here just in time to see the creation of my galaxy in the center of the universe! WATCH AND WEEP! From this galaxy, I'll rule a great galactic empire with Peach by my side. It will last forever! I will rule every pitiful corner of the universe. So, Mario, as you can see, I got big plans. And stomping you is at the top of my list!"
  • "NOOOOO! My galaxy! My empire! This can't be happening..."

Queen Bee[edit]

  • "And who might you be? A physician, we presume? No matter. We are in the most vexing predicament and require assistance. The most furious itchiness plagues our entire being! It must be stopped! Please find the source at once!"
  • "Yes that's the ticket!"
  • "Ah...that feels goooood!"
  • "Ahoo hoo! That tickles!"
  • "My thanks! You have shown much bravery, New Bee. We trust that we may rely on you in the future!"
  • "The neighbors are causing trouble again. We would be most grateful for your assistance!"

Pre-release and unused content[edit]

Main article: List of Super Mario Galaxy pre-release and unused content

Rosalina was intended to be related to Princess Peach, and Rosalina had a very similar appearance reflecting this. Bonefin Galaxy was intended to be much darker, as was Deep Dark Galaxy. These were changed in the interest of playability. Guppy was originally a dolphin, and a friendly character. Some art of the Sea Slide and Beach Bowl Galaxies suggests that they were conceived as a single galaxy, with beach bowl's main planet in the center of Sea Slide's ring. A piece of concept art labeled only "fortress" is captioned as a piece that is very memorable to the SMG development team, since it was one of the earliest drawings of Galaxy. Ironically, the planet shown in the art is nowhere in the final game.


Super Mario Galaxy was the first Mario game to be officially localized to French for Quebec; that market had previously received Mario titles in English rather than French. This followed a deal between the Office québécois de la langue française and the video game industry to have every game available for that region in French by 2009. In the Quebec localization, NPCs (particularly the Lumas and the Toad Brigade) make heavy use of Joual accents and slang. This localization choice sparked a minor controversy, with representatives of the OQLF and the Union des artistes criticizing it for promoting poor literacy to children.[28] A Nintendo representative responded that the localization was made with "localizing for the market" in mind, as the Quebec market made up 25% of sales for Nintendo of Canada at the time.[28]

Following the negative reception to the localizations of Super Mario Galaxy and The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (which featured a similarly Joual-heavy localization), later Canadian French localizations would be written in Standard French (with the exception of the similarly-localized Paper Mario: Sticker Star, as well as the Pokémon series which would simply retain its European French localizations and corresponding slang).


Main article: List of Super Mario Galaxy glitches

Out of bounds in Freezeflame Galaxy[edit]

To perform this glitch the player should go to the Freezeflame Galaxy's mission Hot and Cold Collide. Mario should reach the second planet and triple-jump in the walkway between the sides of the planet. The player should use the slope-climbing glitch to reach the top of the planet. When the player walks on the planet, random textures of ice water will appear. The planet surface will also appear in the wrong spot or be invisible.

Bowser's Star Reactor death glitch[edit]

When the player enters Bowser's Star Reactor they must get to the end of the Loop Planet and get on the platform. If they do a long jump toward the Gravity Planet while the platform is moving, Mario will fall towards the gravity planet and die, tumbling as if he went into a black hole.


Main article: List of Super Mario Galaxy staff

A team of 100 individuals were involved in the development and publishing of Super Mario Galaxy, not counting those who merely localized the game for American and European audiences. The game's diverse staff ranged from Mario franchise veterans to newcomers.

Shigeru Miyamoto conceived the game and was its co-producer with Takao Shimizu. Yoshiaki Koizumi was the director and chief designer. The level design was directed by Koichi Hayashida, the programming by Naoki Koga, and the sound by Masafumi Kawamura. Characters original to the game were designed by a team of six people — Atsushi Mishima, Daisuke Watanabe, Rikuto Yoshida, Masanori Esaki, Kazuhiro Saito, and Takumi Ishii. Koji Kondo co-wrote the game's soundtrack with Mahito Yokota.

This is the first Super Mario game to feature Bowser's current voice actor, Kenny James.

The staff credits in the Nvidia Shield edition shows three people in charge of Chinese localization, as well as an "iQue testing group" for testing. It is possible that the game was fully translated for the iQue Wii release before the console was canceled.[29]

References to other games[edit]

  • Super Mario Bros. - Several sprites from this game appear here, including a planet in the Toy Time Galaxy, Mario sprites being in the background of a particular Bowser galaxy, and the background of the Flipswitch Galaxy which has scenery of the overworld and underground levels. Also, Toy Time Galaxy's music is a rearrangement of the overworld theme from this game. Several galaxies use a remix of a small portion of the underground theme from this game. Also, an arrangement of the underground theme is used for several galaxies, starting with Flipswitch Galaxy. Some of the musical notes are music from the game such as the underground theme and the underwater theme.
  • Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels - Luigi's higher jumping and lower traction returns.
  • Super Mario Bros. 3 - Several music tracks from this game are rearranged here. Airships also return.
  • Dr. Mario - A planet shaped like a giant Megavitamin cameos.
  • Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island - Rainbow Mario's theme is an orchestral remix of Superstar Mario's theme from this game.
  • Super Mario 64 - Tox Boxes and Bomps from this game return. The music of some Bowser galaxies are rearranged from Super Mario 64. In both games, after the credits and an ending screen is displayed, Mario would say "Thank you so much for playing my game!".
  • Paper Mario - Both games begin with a letter being sent from Peach to Mario. Also, Bowser's way of kidnapping Peach (by lifting the entire castle into the sky) is reused here. They also have stories of baby stars.
  • Luigi's Mansion - When the player first sees Luigi, he is trapped in a Ghost House. Mario freeing him is a direct spoof of Luigi's Mansion, as in Luigi's Mansion it was the direct opposite. Also, the music that is being played when a boss tower is unlocked sounds suspiciously like the Luigi's Mansion "Dark Room" theme.
  • Super Mario Sunshine - Fire Pressures and Water Shooters, which appear in various galaxies, have a strong resemblance to F.L.U.D.D.'s nozzle. The goal in the Loopdeeloop Galaxy and the Loopdeeswoop Galaxy is also shaped in a Shine Sprite. Blue Cataquacks are present in two galaxies.
  • Super Mario 64 DS - The Silver Stars from this game return in Super Mario Galaxy.
  • Donkey Kong Jungle Beat - The flowers that Donkey Kong flings off of were reused in Super Mario Galaxy.
  • Mario Party 7/Mario Party 8 - If a Dry Bones falls into quicksand in Dusty Dune Galaxy, the cry Dry Bones makes when it is "blown away" in these games can be heard.

References in later games[edit]

  • Mario Kart Wii - Rosalina can be unlocked by having save data from Super Mario Galaxy. The Rainbow Road course is set in space and is full of Star Bits; a portion of its music is based on the Good Egg Galaxy's theme. Spiky Topmen were bosses in multiple online tournaments, and finally, the countdown sequence for starting a minigame returns as the official sequence for starting races and battles in this game.
  • Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story - The spike ball move used by Bowser in the last boss fight returns in this game.
  • Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games - Both the Individual and Team versions of Dream Ski Jumping take place in the Good Egg Galaxy. A few music tracks from Super Mario Galaxy can be bought. Also, Purple Coins can be collected in some Dream Events.
  • New Super Mario Bros. Wii - During the credits, Peach can be heard reading the letter she sends to Mario at the beginning of Super Mario Galaxy.
  • Super Mario Galaxy 2 - This is the sequel to Super Mario Galaxy, with many elements returning such as the reused voices, while others are new.
  • Super Mario 3D Land - The haunted house theme and the arrangement of the Airship Theme are reused. Several other music tracks and voice clips from Super Mario Galaxy were reused for this game.
  • Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games: Dino Piranha appears as the enemy faced during the Dream Spacewalk event. Also, the theme of Dino Piranha is used and rearranged. Despite taking place in the Sky Station Galaxy from Super Mario Galaxy 2, several planets from the Good Egg Galaxy and Gateway Galaxy are shown. Sounds from this game are used in Dream Space Walk. There is also the bee suit. A track called "Into the Sea of Stars" is also used for the Dream Space Walk event. The Battlerock Galaxy is also used as a Dream Event location. Also, Mario's spin move is used as his super dash, as well as an attack in the Dream Space Walk event.
  • Mario Kart 7 - On the Rosalina's Ice World course, the Comet Observatory is visible in the background. Also, Queen Bee can be unlocked as a playable character in this game.
  • Mario Party 9 - The Ground-Pound Switch icon appears on Wiggler's body segments and on Whomp's back. Also, the music of some Bowser Jr. minigames is a rearrangement of Bowser Jr.'s theme of this game.
  • Mario Tennis Open - The Comet Observatory appears as an unlockable court. The music played is an arrangement of the original theme and the music for the special game Galaxy Rally is an arrangement of the Good Egg Galaxy theme. Also, in the title screen, the player can see the Comet Observatory in the background.
  • Mario Party: Island Tour - Rocket Road is based on the Comet Observatory. Also, Rosalina and the Lumas appear on this board. The minigame Gyro for the Gold plays very similarly to the Star Ball.
  • Super Mario 3D World/Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury - There are secret underground rooms where the player can collect sequences of coins for a limited time and receive a prize if all coins are collected. In the promotional spread, a silhouette which appears to be the Comet Observatory can be seen in the stars behind Bowser's Highway. The Light Boxes' light can defeat ghosts like in this game. Rosalina's special ability is the spinning ability Mario uses. Super Galaxy, a stage based off of the Super Mario Galaxy games appears, and so do Octoombas and the Comet Observatory. The Comet Observatory theme (3rd version) plays in the World Crown map area, while an arrangement of Gusty Garden Galaxy's theme can be heard in Honeycomb Starway, Honeycomb Skyway, and Champion's Road. The overworld map of World Star has Star Bits in the background. Also, the Toad Brigade theme is reused on the Captain Toad levels. Also, sound effects from Super Mario Galaxy are reused.
  • Mario Golf: World Tour - Mario's Star uses elements from Super Mario Galaxy such as Star Bits. The music used in Wiggler Park uses a rearrangement of Honeyhive Galaxy's music.
  • Mario Kart 8/Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - An image of a Luma can be seen from an airplane (from Galaxy Air airlines) at the Sunshine Airport course, as well as on the Star Cup trophy. Also, part of Cloudtop Cruise's music is an arrangement of Gusty Garden Galaxy's music.
  • Super Smash Bros. for Wii U - There is a stage based on this game and Super Mario Galaxy 2, with the Starship Mario and Airship appearing in the background of the main stage. Rosalina is playable in this game, and her moves use objects from Super Mario Galaxy, such as Star Bits and Launch Stars.
  • Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition - Mario's Bee and Boo forms appear in this game as Helpers for the player's team, as well as Rosalina. Gusty Garden Galaxy's music is used for this game's credits.
  • Super Mario Maker - The victory and death themes from Super Mario Galaxy are used when the Rosalina costume completes a level or loses a life, respectively.
  • Mario Party: Star Rush - Gusty Garden Galaxy's theme appears as one of the songs in the Rhythm Recital mode for this game.[30]
  • Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle - Bee Mushrooms can be found on tubes of honey. Peach shouting for Mario from this game can be heard whenever she is defeated in battle.
  • Super Mario Odyssey - A sprite of Rosalina can be found in the Dark Side and Darker Side. The jingle that plays when Mario collects a new power-up is reused for when the Odyssey is restored. Peach's call to Mario from this game is heard during the opening sequence after Mario is knocked off of Bowser's airship, but in a higher pitch. The regional coins in the Moon Kingdom are based on the shape of Star Bits.
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - The Mario Galaxy stage returns in this game. Boo Mario, Luma, Hungry Luma and Queen Bee appears as spirits using their artwork from Super Mario Galaxy.
  • Super Mario Maker 2 - A sound effect that plays Gusty Garden Galaxy's theme is available.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese スーパーマリオギャラクシー
Sūpā Mario Gyarakushī
Super Mario Galaxy
Korean 슈퍼 마리오 Wii 갤럭시 어드벤처[31]
Syupeo Mario Wii Gaelleoksi Eodeubencheo
Super Mario Wii: Galaxy Adventure
Chinese (Simplified) 超级马力欧银河[32]
Chāojí Mǎlìōu Yínhé
Super Mario Galaxy
Chinese (Traditional) 超级瑪利歐銀河[33]
Chāojí Mǎlìōu Yínhé
Super Mario Galaxy


  • The save data description is "Launch into a cosmic adventure!"
  • Sixteen years before its release and by coincidence, the title "Super Mario Galaxy" was first mentioned in a fan letter written to Nintendo Power by Jimmy Peterford of Glen Cove, New York. The letter in question, which was printed in the December 1991 issue, detailed a fantasy game system called the "Raw Power System," which would come bundled with a game named "Super Mario Galaxy," but in Peterford's words, would be "better known as Super Mario Bros. 24!"[34]
  • Due to a mixup involving GameStop, the automated phone message sent to those who preordered the game stated Super Mario Galaxy to be a Mature-rated game.[35]
  • The Nvidia Shield version of Super Mario Galaxy showed copyright information "© 2007-2008 Nintendo". It was unknown what 2008 means in this context, possibly the year Super Mario Galaxy was planned for release on the iQue Wii before the console failed to make its way into the Chinese market.[36]
  • The galaxy image in the Super Mario Galaxy title is an edited version of the photograph Robert Gendler took of the Andromeda Galaxy in 2005.[37]
  • Despite Super Mario Galaxy receiving an official China (Simplified Chinese) release on Nvidia Shield, localized by iQue, Super Mario 3D All-Stars does not include Chinese script in-game and only offers menu translation for the Chinese-speaking audience.


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External links[edit]

Super Mario Galaxy coverage on other NIWA wikis: