Super Mario Galaxy
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Appropriate for: Ages 6+
What is the goal of the game? As with many of the other games that make up Nintendo’s Super Mario franchise, Mario’s mission is to save Princess Peach from his evil arch-nemesis, King Koopa- aka Bowser. To do so, Mario must collect “Stars.” As he collects these stars, new galaxies open up for him to explore and he will eventually find a path to the final battle with Bowser.
How do you play? Mario is controlled with a combination of the Wii remote’s analog stick and sensor; the analog stick moves him in any direction, the large A button makes him jump, and the motion sensor is used in certain instances where he must throw bombs (done by flicking the remote) or slingshot off certain objects (done by pulling back the remote and flicking to “release” him). A second player can help collect stars by using a second Wii remote.
What parents should know: Super Mario Galaxy is rated “E” and marked for “Cartoon Violence.” Though some of Mario’s acts can be considered “violent,” the outcome is never any harsher than what might be shown on a cartoon. For example, if Mario jumps on an enemy, that enemy goes flat and disappears. One battle involves a dinosaur-plant with a heavy weight in its tail. To win, Mario must knock that weight into the dinosaur’s head. There’s never any blood or gore.
It should be noted that Super Mario Galaxy’s unique perspective might trigger motion sickness in some players and sensitive individuals might want to limit their play time until they build a tolerance.
What type of families would love it? “Super Mario Galaxy is the perfect game for children and adults alike. The kids will love the whimsical style of the game and the parents will appreciate that they can leave their kids alone with the game and not worry about any sort of objectionable material showing up,” writes a Whattheyplay.com user.