This was lots and lots of fun – then wasn’t. Super Mario in all his various incarnations is still the closest thing we have to a perfect video game character. He’s lovable, courageous, courtly, talented–and if your toilet backs up, who ya gonna call?
As with Super Mario Galaxy 1, this game takes you around various planets where you run gravity-defying, three-dimensional gauntlets until you grab hold of a star. Then every now and again you fight with Bowzer. Then, if you’re very, very good – and I’m so good I can’t even talk about it without blushing – you (what else?) rescue the Princess.
All of which is a blast–though it never achieves the woo-hoo level of Mario magnificence we got last year with Super Mario Bros. Wii, one of the great games of all time. Plus, once you’ve been through Galaxy 2 start to finish… when you go back to try to recover all the hidden stars and extra stars and so on, it gets pretty tedious. I stopped after a while.
So… definitely worth it as almost always with Mario, but I’m willing to follow an Italian plumber only so far and no farther!