Mario Galaxy Has me a Little Worried
I love Mario. I feel comfortable enough with myself that I can admit that. Just seeing a little toy of him giving me his “it’s a me!” grin can put me right at ease. I can still pick up any of the Mario games, and enjoy them in a way a lot of other franchises just have never been able to do. Mario games are key to pointing out just what video games can achieve with a simple concept executed in a masterful way. I even like Mario Sunshine despite it’s numbing difficulty!
But what I have seen so far from videos of Mario Galaxy, I am a little put off. I somehow realize that once it’s out my fears will be squashed, I will feel silly for ever doubting. But for now I can’t help but feel nervous about where things have gone. I’ve had a Wii since launch, but I still not sold on the controls. I still have not finished Zelda:Twilight Princess simply because it annoys me to play it that way. I may have to restart with the Gamecube version! But the Wario game proved that the Wii was capable of doing a lot more with the Wiimote than we thought. But I suppose if any games are going to do it right, it will be Galaxy and perhaps Metroid Prime 3. That also reminds me to get around to that copy of Resident Evil 4 I have somewhere in my growing stack of games in my living room that I need to play.
I don’t know what it is exactly that makes me wince watching Mario Galaxy footage. What should be joy and anticipation, turns into scrunched eyes and pursed lips. Jumping from little planets and weird falling star attacks … it just seems all TOO different for me. I thought I was alone on this until today I heard 1UP’s Shane Bettenhausen say “it doesn’t feel like real worlds” after his hands on which he talked about on a podcast. He went on further to say “Yeah I’m playing a new Mario game and that’s great.. but it isn’t exactly what I wanted..” He did say he thought it was a great game, but something was there that threw him off. These are the points that worry me, and to hear them echoed from a respected journalist who has actually had a chance to play it is a little unsettling.
I surely hope that I am way off the mark, and worried for nothing. And I ultimately think it will be a great game. I suppose I’m just being an old fuddy duddy who wants things to just all stay the same! New Super Mario Brothers on the DS was a great diversion to tide us over, but Galaxy is the title that may justify my owning a Wii at all. Please please let it be great! I love innovation, but I don’t like it just for the sake of it!