Super Mario Galaxy

Common Sense Media says

Fantastic outer space odyssey with coop play.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Mario rescues the "damsel in distress."

Violence & scariness

Cartoonish. Mario mostly stomps on enemies or stuns them with a spin attack.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this game is an enjoyable adventure for just about any age. Younger kids may have more difficulty with some of the challenges, but if they play in the Co-Star Mode, they can join with a more experienced player in a series of simple tasks. Inexperienced parents could also use this mode as a way to play the game with more experienced children because on the Wii, you don't have to know a complex set of controls.

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What's it about?

Mario blasts into orbit in the highly anticipated SUPER MARIO GALAXY, an exhilarating space odyssey that takes the Super Mario franchise to the next level. As with most adventures in the franchise, Mario sets off to rescue Princess Peach after longtime nemesis Bowser swipes both the princess and her castle. Mario later meets Rosalina, a watcher of the stars, who wants Mario to grab stars to power her ship. In return, she offers to assist in the search for Peach. Mario searches for these stars in a myriad of cleverly designed galaxies.

Is it any good?


Visually, Galaxy is arguably the best-looking of the Super Mario titles. Landscapes are full of color and life. Mario packs his signature set of moves, from the simple jump to a dazzling spin. Galaxy also unveils a few motion-control tricks courtesy of the Wii. Another intriguing addition to the franchise is the Co-Star Mode, which allows a second player to join in at any time. Using only the Wii remote, a player can collect Star Bits, freeze enemies, or assist Mario in super-high jumps. It's very easy to pick up, and could become a great outlet for inexperienced gamers and parents to join in on the fun.

Super Mario Gallaxy doesn't have the realistic graphics or complex controls of some of the other blockbuster 2007 releases, but it's equally as engaging and fun.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how this latest Mario release compares to previous titles. Is this the best ever? Mario first debuted in the 1980s. What's been the secret to Mario's longevity and what is it about Mario games that make them so appealing?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii
Available online?Not available online
Release date:November 13, 2007
ESRB rating:E for Everyone (Nintendo Wii)

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Kid, 10 years old March 28, 2011

Good game, but watch out!

Good game but do not go to the last level, very sad ending!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much consumerism
Safety and privacy concerns
Parent of a 7 and 10 year old Written bybrown_eyed_girl January 29, 2009

Cute but challenging

The graphics are adorable and there are are lots of levels and missions to complete with plenty of surprises around every new corner. It's great that a 2nd player can assist the primary player by using the 2nd wiimote to catch stars, block attackers, etc. The only negative is that the directions are a little vague and some of the missions are too hard for younger players, which invites frustration. I still have no idea what the overall goal of the game is. I got bored with it much faster than the kids did. I don't know how appealing it would be to more experienced teen gamers but the 7-11 year old set had a blast.
Adult Written bymmb004 April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age

everyone should buy


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