Many players like shaking things up with Nintendo games. Much like Super Smash Bros. Brawl’s own Project M, the WiiBrew community has developed a mod for Super Mario Galaxy 2 that has added a sweet co-op mode to this 3D Mario title.
Super Mario Galaxy was superb, as a single player experience, but the limited co-op was disappointing. Shooting star bits was OK, but experienced Mario players wanted more. Super Mario Galaxy 2 has delivered improvements in this respect, though the co-op is still not ideal.
Retailers are getting more and more aggressive with prices in order to get our precious gaming dollars. The latest deal is one of the best we've seen on a new release. Gamestop is having a 20% off sale on Wii and DS games over $30, which includes the latest greatest Super Mario Galaxy 2. The 20% off takes it to approximately forty bucks, and Gamestop will also toss in a $20 gaming credit for your next purchase. Effectively, you are paying around twenty bucks for what we here is another fine iteration of the Mario franchise. There are similar deals for other games, including New Super Mario Bros. Wii. Interested in the details?
Two co-op games are out this week and they might be the most drastically different co-op titles we've ever had in a single release alert. We've got family friendly to mature rated here folks - and when you combine them together you get one really trippy dream.
We just got a fresh batch of screenshots and a new trailer for Super Mario Galaxy 2 which shows the green clad plumber having at it with the minions of Bowser. Sadly it doesn't look like Luigi and Mario will be a co-op pair that are playable in the game, as it's an either or scenario for your goomba stomping. You'll still be able to play co-op with the 2nd player controlling your sidekick star.
Super Mario Galaxy 2 will be teaming up with Amazon.com for a handy special offer. When you order Super Mario Galaxy 2 you'll get an additional $20 in video game credit toward future Amazon.com video game purchases. With the number of amazing games we're looking forward to, it's hard to imagine that extra $20 won't come in handy toward something.
My Japanese is a little rusty, but I am sure they are saying, "It's a me, Mario!"
Earlier this week, we got a glimpse of Super Mario Galaxy 2's co-op mode in action from a screenshot taken off the official Japanese site for the game. While it wasn't much to go on, we were, never-the-less, hopeful that the second player would have more to do this time around than just shoot stars at enemies. Joystiq.com recently had the opportunity to get some hands-on time with the co-op mode, and it sounds like our hopes weren't entirely unfounded. In addition to having more direct interaction with the enemies, your star buddy will also be able to more directly support Mario in his adventure across the galaxy.
Super Mario Galaxy was a fantastic game, but the co-op elements were less than stellar, if you'll pardon the pun. You'll recall a second player could join in and shoot stars at enemies, and that was pretty much it. Perfect for younger gamers, but not exactly compelling for more experienced Mario lovers. If the above screenshot is any indication, co-op in Super Mario Galaxy 2 will be better.
As you are reading this from a site that caters for co-operative games, it is easy to assume that you are a co-op fan. But as the genre continues to grow and expand, there's one question that keeps coming up - "Where does co-op stop and the solo experience begin?"
To round out a great co-op year, Game Informer took polls asking community members how they feel about specific co-op aspects in games, and asked a few key co-op developers how the co-op process works for them. Out of these community polls, statistics arose that made Co-Optimus.com very proud of the gaming community at large. For instance, 51.9% of all gamers surveyed responded that they'd rather play social games than single player. Of those social gamers, 64.5% of them prefer friendly co-op to competitive multiplayer.