The original Super Mario Galaxy’s biggest gameplay advance was the use of gravity – players could leap off of small planets and launch into orbit or even run upside-down under a platform. In Super Mario Galaxy 2, players experience challenges from another dimension! Traverse a wild variety of galaxies exploding with imagination! Leap into orbit around tiny micro-planets, tumble through rooms with constantly flip-flopping gravity, drill through craggy worlds to emerge on the other side, and look out for new power-ups!
Mario collects stars as he travels from galaxy to galaxy. Every level is new, but the game retains the charm, sense of wonder and beauty in line with Mario’s history. Mario works his way through the various levels, sometimes upside-down, sometimes floating from place to place.
How to navigate with Maps:
From the map, players pilot Starship Mario to the galaxy they want to play. It works a lot like the map in New Super Mario Bros. Wii. Galaxies (or courses, in the case of New Super Mario Bros. Wii) are laid out on the map from left to right, and players must progress to open more galaxies on the way to a boss encounter. Once the boss is defeated, players have the option to move on to the next world. Like New Super Mario Bros. Wii, galaxies are also split up into Worlds.
Like the previous game, Super Mario Galaxy 2 features comet challenges that take the game’s difficulty to another dimension. However, instead of comets randomly appearing over certain galaxies to open tough challenges, in this game players will collect hidden Comet Medals on levels to unlock Comet stars on galaxies. Often, it’s a difficult challenge just to find and collect the Comet Medal on a galaxy. Comet stars are completely optional – they do not need to be completed to “beat” the game. The Comet stars that unlock from collecting Comet Medals act as a difficult reward for super-skilled players that seek out and enjoy the toughest challenges.
Blimp Fruit Power-up:
Reach new heights with Yoshi’s belly-expanding Blimp Fruit. When a player eats one of these, Yoshi’s body fills with air and propels itself upward to the highest treetops in the galaxy. Players can control Yoshi by changing the direction of his exhaling airstream or pausing the stream to hover in midair.
Spin Drill Power-up
Pick up the Spin Drill power-up and shake the Wii Remote™ controller over soft ground to corkscrew down and dig – even to the other side of the planet! Because many worlds are round (or have two sides), players will need to think about where they want to drill so that they end up in the right place on the other side of the world.