Galaxy's environments were truly breathtaking

Over the past 10 days or so, our friends over at Eurogamer have been charting the best games of the past generation - a feat that's easier said than done. Naturally, we kept an eye on proceedings, looking out for any Nintendo titles that might crop up. We watched blockbuster after blockbuster take the plaudits, from The Last of Us, to Fallout 3, to Red Dead Redemption.

As we approached the last couple of days, it looked like we were going to have another Golden Joysticks on our hands. What, no Nintendo games at all?! Blasphemy! It turns out that Eurogamer was simply saving the best 'til last; Super Mario Galaxy is its Game of the Generation.

First shown off at E3 2006, the planetoid-hopping platformer is truly one of the modern greats. With sumptuous visuals and an equally stellar orchestrated soundtrack, Super Mario Galaxy defined an era, and forever raised the bar for control and level design in future 3D platformers.

Mario's 3D Wii debut sold over 11 million copies worldwide, and was the subject of overwhelming critical acclaim. It arguably remains the Wii's standout title — we had it second behind Super Mario Galaxy 2 in our Wii list — and one of the greatest achievements in modern gaming. Well played, Eurogamer; we couldn't agree more.

You can read Eurogamer's thoughts here.