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    CptnWaffles's GameLog for Super Mario Galaxy (Wii)

    Monday 21 January, 2008


    I began this session expecting more of the same and I pretty much got what I was expecting. I admit that the levels varied somewhat with the addition of surfing and ball rolling but they still were as linear as ever. I played up to the halfway point before stopping to continue this and my discoveries were few but profound.

    The continuing use of small objects with huge gravitational forces is great but sometimes will wreck havoc on the camera and often makes the controls hard to use conceptually. For instance, after turning upside down I must then continue holding the control stick in the same direction for Mario to go the other way. The camera technically hasn't changed angle which leaves it correct but it's confusing to try and visualize it as a player.

    This time I added in a second player to "help" but many times accidents happened that would leave me flying off an edge or very close to doing so. The ability to make Mario jump would also throw me off as my second player randomly would poke Mario and make him spin or jump while I was trying something else. It was helpful at times but more often an aggravation.


    There are many innovative new ideas to go with the ongoing cliche Mario theme. First off is their great use of the Wii's graphics. In order to make sure the player could see the objects placed against the black backdrop of space, Nintendo had rings of light cast around each object to make sure everything was in sight. During the third boss fight I saw some amazing graphic details such as Bowsers hair blowing in the wind (wait... wind in space?).

    The game has a very clear spacing between levels and the home base. Many times I'd find myself wishing I could go from level to level without dealing with the home base time. While I do understand that it's necessary when a storyline event happens, it's an minor inconvenience I can nitpick about.

    The multiplayer isn't very helpful and seemed like a reason to add a 2 to the back of the box instead of 1.

    Cutscenes are used very often as "in-between" states to introduce a new area, show a bit of the story line, or to give the player a sneak peek at the level they are about to enter. Personally I found the level sneak peeks most helpful in figuring out how I would approach each level, despite how linear each level was. It would give a very pulled back view to show the theme for the level as well which helped create a mood even before Mario enters the level and begins his adventure.

    A great element I saw that will probably be considered when creating my own game is the use of interactive tutorials to get the player used to new control schemes or game ideas. For instance, when Mario first learns to surf they hold you in place while you experiment with the controls and get used to how it works. While I admit that afterwards I still died many times learning the details of how it worked, I was that much wiser for having been shown such a helpful tutorial and probably saved myself a good amount of time.

    The music also gave me a lasting sense of nostalgia from the older games that I loved so dearly. It was nice to see a 3d version of this game and I was pleased with how this addition to the series continued. I would have liked to have seen Nintendo step outside the box with such an innovative concept but they still stayed within their "Mario template".


    I get the impression that the multiplayer was added as a way to let non-gamers also participate. I've found it very handy to play with my 5 year old son and my wife also enjoyed it. So, I guess it's a special kind of two player not really suited to everyone... what do you think?

    Friday 25 January, 2008 by jp

    I definitely see how friendly the Wiimote and control scheme for the second player is but they give the second player enough control to really mess with Mario as you try to maneuver him about the game world.

    Friday 25 January, 2008 by CptnWaffles

    Yeah, I sometimes get confused with the cursor, the second player can sometimes be really helpful! For example, when they click on those large rolling boulders the boulders are frozen, making it easier to walk around.

    Friday 25 January, 2008 by jp

    This is pretty much what we're looking for. Excellent game log.

    - Ian Rickard (your TA for this assignment)

    Tuesday 29 January, 2008 by inio
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