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Super Mario Galaxy 2 (2010) is a running, jumping and exploring sequel to the critically acclaimed Super Mario Galaxy. It takes Mario to hundreds of different planet-shaped levels with their own gravitational fields and wacky physics. This builds upon the original by using the established mechanics with new features like a rideable Yoshi mount and more powers for Mario to create even more unusual levels that get you thinking outside the box.

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 a year ago. It was re-examined by Ellen Robertson and updated 7 days ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action and Platform game with Adventure, Fighting, Simulation and Traversal elements. You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online. A second player can assist with the Wii-Remote to collect crystals and fire them at enemies. In a feature new to the sequel, they can also drag other items like coins to Mario.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 9 and a half hours and 19 and a half hours to complete. To find every Power Star and collectable, and complete every bonus stage, you need to spend much longer and explore every nook and cranny of the worlds you visit.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 3.

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.

Skill Level

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.


You can only play this on older systems (Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U) but can usually find it second hand on eBay. There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 23/05/2010

Out Now: Wii and Wii U

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Players: 1-2

Genres: Action, Platform (Adventure, Fighting, Simulation and Traversal)

Accessibility: 21 features

Components: 3D Third-Person

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

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