Reports surfaced earlier this year that Nintendo was planning to re-release or remaster a number of classic Mario games for Nintendo Switch. With this month marking the 35th anniversary of Super Mario Bros., Nintendo finally decided to announce those games, and there’s a ton coming. But one of the notable takeaways seems to be what isn’t included–namely, Super Mario Galaxy 2.
The headlining aspect of today’s surprise Nintendo Direct is Super Mario 3D All-Stars for Nintendo Switch. This packages together a major Mario game from the Nintendo 64, GameCube, and Wii–Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy–with some improvements, like widescreen support and higher resolutions. It’s something of a callback to the original Super Mario All-Stars, a SNES compilation of NES Mario games, and clearly isn’t intended to compile together every single Mario game, or even the best ones (as Sunshine’s detractors would no doubt point out).
And yet, it’s hard not to feel a little disappointed by the absence of Super Mario Galaxy 2, which some would contend is the single best Mario game ever–it scored a rare 10 in our Super Mario Galaxy 2 review. It expanded on its already brilliant predecessor, introducing Yoshi and new power-ups like the Spin Drill, and consistently offering a delightfully varied experience from beginning to end. It’s a phenomenal game and would have arguably been a superior inclusion to the first Galaxy, which has led to some consternation among its supporters on Twitter.
I think we can all agree that Super Mario Galaxy 2 has been done very, very, very dirty.
— Stealth (@Stealth40k) September 3, 2020
i will buy the mario 3D all stars collection, because i’m an idiot. however i will not do so without tweeting, right now, that1. they shoulda made 64 widescreen.2. i have always Personally Disliked mario galaxy. today i consider it a Bad Game3. why no mario galaxy 2???
— tim rogers (@108) September 3, 2020
Hopefully Nintendo can sort out the licensing issue with Nintendo so they can release Super Mario Galaxy 2 on current gen systems at some point.
— Daniel Ahmad (@ZhugeEX) September 3, 2020
Looking forward to 5 years of Nintendo fans replying to every video with “Where’s Mario Galaxy 2??”
— Tristan Cooper (@TristanACooper) September 3, 2020
Will this outpouring of support for the game have any effect? Probably not, although we can still hope Nintendo eventually has plans to make Mario Galaxy 2 playable on Switch in some form. Nintendo is bringing another classic Mario game, Super Mario 3D World, to the system as a standalone release with new content in the form of Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury.
And if not, maybe this collection can at least finally put to rest the question of whether Super Mario Sunshine is any good. But I doubt it.
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