It might seem a long way off, but Super Mario Galaxy 2 is just one month away for lucky North American gamers, whilst European players can pick it up on June 11th. Nintendo has just released a new trailer and screenshots showing off the return of Rosalina, the introduction of Cloud Mario and the first sighting of Cosmic Guide, the celestial cousin to New Super Mario Bros. Wii’s Super Guide.
One of the more bizarre revelations is the introduction of Starship Mario, a planet shaped like the plumber’s head that has the power to fly around the galaxy of its own will, becoming slowly more populated with characters and features as the game progresses.
Nintendo’s press release is followed by a gallery of brand new shots to tide you over just a little longer.
MARIO GOES GALACTIC AGAIN!
Super Mario Galaxy 2: newly released information on gameplay elements
22 April 2010: Hold onto your seat and get ready for orbit, as the long awaited Super Mario Galaxy 2 will touch down in Europe on 11 June 2010. Bursting with new features and gameplay elements, there’s something for everyone in Mario’s latest adventure.
The Star Festival is in full flow as falling stars shower down on the Mushroom Kingdom once again. Princess Peach invites Mario to watch the festival at her castle, but en route he comes across a Luma who takes a shine to him and dives into his hat to hide, giving him the Spin move powers. Before he reaches the castle, Mario is concerned to see that a gigantic Bowser, super-sized from harnessing the power from the stars, is attacking and capturing Peach. As Bowser escapes, Mario launches into outer space in pursuit. Cue an incredible mission in outer space – to save the Princess and bring peace back to the Mushroom Kingdom!
Super Mario Galaxy 2 is jam-packed with new features, including new ways to travel around the galaxies, brand new Mario suits, an enhanced co-operative mode, a Cosmic Guide – and a hungrier-than-ever Yoshi.
Steer your way around Super Mario Galaxy 2 on Starship Mario. After completing the first level in the game Mario unlocks a spaceship, which is in fact a planet, transformed by a Luma to look just like Mario. Using this planetary ship, you can navigate the World Map on tracks between galaxies, harking back to the logical paths the classic Mario games took. Play and explore on this planet throughout the game and as galaxies are completed the Starship Mario gradually becomes populated with characters and features to enjoy.
Two new Mario suits take center stage: Cloud Mario and Rock Mario. For the first time, as Cloud Mario, create up to three cloud platforms which enable him to reach high into the sky. When wearing his other suit, he can also transform himself into Rock Mario, rocking and rolling into enemies and elements in galaxies to reveal new things.
The Super Mario Galaxy co-operative mode has been enhanced for Super Mario Galaxy 2. In the Co-Star mode, your friend will support you as a Luma who can not only hold enemies, but perform the famous Mario Spin move to immobilise and knock enemies out and can also interact with parts of galaxies. You will also be able to collect coins on Mario’s behalf as on top of the Star Bits as in Super Mario Galaxy!
Your faithful friend Yoshi plays an increasingly important role in Super Mario Galaxy 2 and he has a special new feature. When he eats a light bulb-shaped berry, he emits a brilliant light to reveal hidden areas, but watch out as the ability only lasts a short while so Mario and Yoshi need to grab more berries to keep the platform they’re standing on secure!
Super Mario Galaxy 2 features something for everyone, with levels difficult enough to challenge the most confident of players but also offers areas for casual players to enjoy. Super Mario Galaxy 2 will also feature the Cosmic Guide; a helper mode which can help players who may find some areas difficult. So what are you waiting for? Make sure you snap up your copy when Mario flies back to Europe from outer space on 11 June 2010.
What are we waiting for? Why, the actual game to be released, of course.