Nintendo’s MVP returns

Super Mario is older than 90 percent of the student body. Most of you probably never saw any of the games he was in prior to the NES being released.I can almost guarantee that none of you knew that Mario was originally called “Jumpman” in the Japanese version of the game that saved Nintendo, Donkey Kong. None of that matters though, because Super Mario Galaxy takes everything you thought you knew about Nintendo’s franchise player and moves some nuts and bolts in excellent fashion.

Anyone who ever played any of the Super Mario games before this one knows the story. Bowser, the koopa king, kidnaps Princess Peach, and Mario has to save her. The difference this time is that Bowser has a UFO, and he uses it to steal the entire castle. You read that right; he has not only committed an act of kidnapping, but he also committed, um.LAND THEFT! If Bowser were black, that FBI would be all in his issue.

Back to the game, and we find Mario transported to a strange new world where Mario has to collect stars to find a way to rescue the princess (AGAIN). Along with old-school power-ups like the fire flower, Mario has a bunch of new powers in the form of suits that he can wear during game play. There’s a bee suit that gives Mario limited flight ability, a boo suit that gives Mario stealth powers, and a spring suit that gives the plumber added jumping ability.

I was a little nervous when I bought this one. I really didn’t know what to expect when I saw Mario running around a bunch of circles. I also didn’t know how the Wii Remote and Nunchuk would combine for the control. I’m very pleased to report to those who care that this game handles like a dream, and the combined control scheme felt as comfortable as the original Super Mario Bros on the NES 22 years ago.

I can’t think of any gripes with this game. I know lots of readers will shy away because Mario games are kind of cutesy. Anyone who is supposed to be a gamer cannot deny that Nintendo hasn’t made any bad games for the WII (though other companies have).

Super Mario Galaxy adds to the strongest franchise in gaming history with its strongest game. If you own a Wii, you should buy it. If you don’t own a Wii, you should buy one, get this game, Metroid Prime 3, and The Legend of Zelda, Twilight Princess, and clear a few months.you’ll need them.