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It’s an attempt to bringing together something fresh and altogether familiar at the same time.
At first glance SMG2 is undeniably similar to the last game.
The intro sequence in particular being a 2D homage to the opening of the original SMG, with Bowser once again invading Princess Peach’s castle and stealing her away from Mario once more, thus yet again introducing us to the use of space travel and the need to collect those delightful golden stars.
From this point on, the mechanics are pretty much identical to the last game, and the use of gravity, the combination of traversing across large and tiny planets are all so familiar.
The difference is, that this sequel mixes it up far more than seen in the original SMG.
It’s a testament to the minds at Nintendo’s EAD team that they’ve managed to plunge so much originality in what could be seen as a rehashed, homage title of sorts.
With it’s magical atmosphere, delightful art styles, stunning graphics, and exemplary level design it was one of the best games to come out of Nintendo since the N64 days, and Super Mario 64 itself.
Nintendo have taken onboard what worked, and ditched perhaps what didn’t, or rather what did, but just not as well as it could have.There are also branching pathways which lead to bonus levels or other normal stages.The map can also be zoomed in and out, to show either individual galaxies, or simply the stages to be found in each one.Jumping on the pressure pad in front of the steering wheel (yes, a wheel) takes you to the game’s map screen, in which you browse through, and select your levels.Outside of the new hub world and map system, most of the changes and improvements are contained within the gameplay itself.