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You play Mario who must, once again, save Princess Peach from the claws of evil Bowser, who this time is a towering giant, and save the galaxy. As you travel from planet to planet, collecting Stars in an effort to restore the universe to normalcy, you fight off enemies with your trusty companions, including Yoshi, a new addition for Galaxy 2.
Play remains similar to the original Mario Galaxy; you run, jump, and double jump through stages where gravity is always changing based on your environment, and stomp on enemies to defeat them. Stages switch between 2D and 3D platforming action. You collect Grand Stars and secret collectables from the stages and secret areas you discover as you gradually make your way to Bowser's lair. Several new additions allow for stages to be even more inventive, such as Yoshi, who can run fast and inflate to let you reach higher areas, and new suits that give you additional abilities, like creating temporary cloud platforms. Each world is totally unique and stretches your abilities in different directions, with some of the secret bonus stages requiring precise jumps and perfect platforming, requiring you to invent ambitious strategies and think outside the box.
The result is a sequel that takes the original game's unique spin on the classic Mario platforming action and combines it with new abilities and powers that make you rethink what's possible. Every stage presents a new way to experiment with what you can do to discover new ways to progress, making for a novel and exciting experience.
Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Super Mario Galaxy 2 6 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 6 months ago.
You can play this game in the following styles:
In the US, ESRB state: Players use an assortment of moves and power-ups—jumps, spin attacks, fireballs, turtle shells—to defeat tiny creatures inhabiting the themed galaxies. Some enemies crumble into pieces when jumped on, get momentarily stunned, or make "popping" sounds when attacked.
9+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. The main stages are fairly straightforward. Bonus stages and routes to get extra collectables, however, can be much more challenging and require expert jumps and reactions.