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Super Mario Galaxy celebrates its 10th anniversary

Posted on November 1, 2017 by (@NE_Brian) in News, Wii

Super Mario Galaxy is celebrating a milestone anniversary today. The game originally debuted on Wii ten years ago in Japan – November 1, 2007 – with the overseas release taking place a couple of weeks later.

I personally have fond memories of Super Mario Galaxy. It was one of the earliest games we covered on the site, and it’s right up there for me as one of my favorite games of all time. I remember going into it without being overly interested, only to end up being completely blown away.

Do you remember what it was like playing Super Mario Galaxy all of those years ago? Let us know!

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  • Stuart O’Quin

    Happy Birthday!
    I celebrated the Odyssey launch with a review of Mario’s first handheld adventure:

    • shani

      Awesome, I played that game a lot as a child. 🙂

  • Billy

    Nintendo needs to celebrate it’s 11th anniversary with a port of the game on the Switch 🙂

    • shani

      Couldn’t agree more! But please let it be a port of Galaxy 2 – or even better, a combined release of both dubbed Mario Galaxy Deluxe. 🙂

      • Billy

        Yea that would be sweet, along with the additional announcement of Galaxy 3 designed for the Switch =)

    • Aline Piroutek

      This game must be the first on Switch Virtual Console service.

  • TruExtent

    Oh man, I remember when I was I seeing the DS and asking for it for Hanukkah just for New Super Mario Bros. I remember clearly saying “I don’t care about that 3D stuff. I love the 2D Mario just like on my Game Boy Advance!” So that year I got the DS and loved it.

    Then next year for Hanukkah, my mother got a surprise gift. Something called a Wii. What heck even is a Wii? I was happy with my DS and Pokemon Diamond at the time. There was Wii Sports, kinda cool. There was Lego Star Wars, that was fun. There was a weird trivia game called Smarty Pants that bored me. And then later that night, I was given one more present to unwrap. Super Mario Galaxy.

    MARIO? IN SPACE??? My mind was blown before even putting the disc in. And after I finally gained control of Mario hopping around Toad Town, suddenly Bowser attacks. Oh the music, that music! And the sight of Bowser just wrecking everything, the castle being brought into the sky, Mario flying off into the depths of space… I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. And then the gravity mechanics began and all I thought to myself was, “Why did I want the DS over this?”

    I still have that same Wii and same game to this day. The Wii has definitely seen better days but it’s still alive and kicking, right alongside my Wii U, my Switch and the the entire retro line up of Nintendo consoles (and of course a few other consoles that I’ve snagged over the years). But now I can take Mario Galaxy and throw it into the Dolphin emulator. Seeing it in HD… man I can just go blow my mind all over again.

    • shani

      What a lovely memory, thanks for sharing. 🙂

  • Addy

    I remember getting this for Christmas, along with Link’s Crossbow Training (w/ the Zapper shell), and Trauma Center: New Blood. I had a blast playing them all, well not so much as Crossbow Training as it’s more of a freebie type of game.

    • lina the clueless

      addy you still kicking around here

  • Vigilante_blade

    Hated that game. Using a PC mod to play it with no motions was all right though.

    • lina the clueless

      yeah Nintendo ruined so many great games during their Wii motion control era

      • shani

        You couldn’t be more wrong. There were (and still are) tons of great games with motion controls. They are a standard for many modern games and other applications nowadays (not just Nintendo, but Steam, Sony, Oculus, Google and many others) and reading your comment tells me that you haven’t kept up with all that progress but instead decided to stay stuck in the past.
        I guess you prefer retro games over modern games then?

        • lina the clueless

          oh plz shut up… motion controls is trash

        • lina the clueless

          every time I play splatoon 2 turn off motion controls

      • Aline Piroutek


      • Johnny

        Okami for Wii was a lot better than the other versions because of motion controls.

    • Radish

      It’s a shame you haven’t been able to play Breath of the Wild nor Mario Odyssey because motion triggers you. But I will enjoy both 10/10 games extra for you! :>

      P.S. I know you have me blocked and can’t read what I’m writing but I still enjoy responding to you anyway :>

      • Reggie

        I’m curious if he’s blocked me too. Makes no difference though.

    • shani

      Lol I guess you never understood how motion controls work and are supposed to be used. But maybe they are too complex and challenging for some minds.
      I guess playing with a mouse is too challenging for you as well then?

  • Reggie

    I sadly never got the chance to play this. =C I wish I did when it came out.

    • Let’s hope they do eventually release an HD collection for Switch. The two Galaxy games where too good to not be re-released on a current system. Thing is, they look tremendous even if you just raise the resolution, they wouldn’t even need to polish them all that much.

  • shani

    Yeah my memories of it (especially MG2) are still vivid. I remember how blown away I was by the concept of Galaxy, although I never finished the first game because it was a bit too easy and there were a lot of great games to play back then.

    But I played through MG2, it’s still my favourite Mario game and probably even my all-time favourite platformer.
    I played most of it with a friend in co-op mode, which is great because you can switch every few deaths while the second player can assist – which was especially helpful in the later stages when the difficulty really ramped up. The ultra-hard bonus levels and the hunt for the green stars are some of my favourite gaming memories!

    And while I’m remembering it, it makes even more painfully clear how underwhelming Odyssey is. It’s not a bad game at all, mind you, it’s probably still one of the best platformers out there, but it has a kind of ordinary feel to it, the feeling that it has nothing special (the hat mechanic doesn’t cut it for me), that there is no platforming challenge, that it was dumbed down and westernized. It has lost the ingenuity that made previous 3D Mario games stand out (even though I didn’t like Sunshine that much).
    Although, come to think of it, I see a pattern here. Mario 64 was revolutionary for the whole genre, while Sunshine was less of a milestone for me. Meanwhile, Galaxy 1 & 2 (more like Galaxy 1.5) were revolutionary again and inspired many games – not just platformers – while Odyssey is just an ordinary platformer.
    So I guess the next 3D Mario will be revolutionary again. 😀

    • Aline Piroutek

      I still haven’t played the new Mario game. Super Mario Galaxy is a masterpiece indeed, the enviroment, the music, the controls, the performance(take that Mighty No.9), the AWESOMENESS, my favourite 3D platafformer and top 10 games of my entire life, 23 years old here.

  • Mon Ensky

    Still my favourite.

  • キロ

    Oh wow, ten years already…?

  • Adrian Brown

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but I think Galaxy was the first game in which Peach screamed “Maaaaaariooooo!” like she does now on almost every installment (including Odyssey). The first time I heard her screaming like that in Galaxy literally made my eyes a little wet.

    I prefer Galaxy 2, but of course Galaxy is a masterpiece by itself.

  • Morian

    I remember Mario Galaxy to be a dissapointment for me. And then, for whatever reason I ended up getting Galaxy 2 and loving it. Why? I don’t know exactly but I think it’s the level design.

  • Sausage

    I had wii as a kid but played only Wii sports and brawl. But then i found out about this game ,bought it and this changed me into huge Nintendo fan, it was just perfect game back then to me.

  • Max

    Such a great game. I, for one, loved the motion-controlled levels where Mario was running on the glass ball.