I might be wearing rose-tinted glasses here, as this game is just so nostalgic for me, but in my opinion no other mainline Mario game has ever topped this one.
The unique use of gravity in conjunction with the level design and core game mechanics is wonderfully creative, even awe inspiring. For whatever indescribable reason, just the image of a joyful plumber wandering small planets with the vast open space in the background, stretching seemingly endlessly beyond the horizon, elicits strong emotions from me. It's the rare Mario game that I sometimes play just for the atmosphere.
The graphics push the limits of the Wii, and despite not being HD they still hold up really well for me today. And I know that Mario games aren't expected to have great plots, but even Galaxy feels more inspired in this regard with the addition of Rosalina, the comet observatory and especially Rosalina's Storybook, which honestly made me tear up first reading it as a kid. Just the fact that this completely optional but beautifully illustrated and bittersweet side story was included in a MARIO game speaks volumes to Galaxy in particular.
Oh and the music is amazing, one of my all time favourite video game osts.
- The levels
- The graphics
- The gameplay
- The atmosphere
- The storybook
- The MUSIC
- Come on, it's Mario Galaxy