- This week's edition of the regular Critical Reception column examines online reaction to Super Mario Galaxy, the long-awaited Wii entry in Nintendo's flagship franchise that some critics are calling "an exceptional game by any standard."
Since the release of the Nintendo Wii late last year, perhaps no title has been as highly anticipated as Super Mario Galaxy. Galaxy's release has become even more important at this point in the Wii's lifespan, following the recent announcement that Nintendo's other likely holiday hit, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, would not see release until 2008.
Early previews and trade show demos for Super Mario Galaxy were almost universally met with a positive response from gamers in the months leading up to the title's release, and the retail release of Super Mario Galaxy appears to be no different, earning a Metacritic-averaged score of 97 out of 100 from critics.
Margaret Robertson at Eurogamer awards Super Mario Galaxy a score of 10 out of 10, noting that it will make gamers question why other games aren't as inventive or rewarding. "What have we all been playing at in the ten years since Super Mario 64 came out?" she asks. "This is what gaming ought to be like."
"Bright, bold, unrepentantly loony, Galaxy is everything you wanted it to be," Robertson continues....