The box art for Super Mario Galaxy for the Nintendo Wii, the first Mario game to take the iconic plumber into outer space. (Nintendo)
It was a game that would take a legendary icon of video gaming into outer space and become acclaimed by fans and critics alike—Super Mario Galaxy.
Nintendo's Mario has led the company in new gaming adventures since the 1980s with the arcade hit Mario Bros and the system-seller Super Mario Bros for the Nintendo Entertainment System. Critically-acclaimed games like Super Mario World and Super Mario 64 would follow, as would many spin-offs, taking Mario into the world of racing, sports, puzzles and more.
Super Mario Galaxy would be the first new 3D Mario adventure for the Nintendo Wii, which was becoming a huge success for Nintendo with games like Wii Sports and its unique motion controls. The game would take Mario into outer space, venturing through unique planets. Unique gravity physics played a key role in the game. New characters such as Princess Rosalina were introduced, although enemies and supporting characters old and new appeared as well.
The music of the game was performed by a full symphony orchestra, and although the graphics weren't in high-definition due to the design of the Wii system, many fans and critics praised the graphics as some of the best the system had to offer. And, numerous game critics praised the games with positive reviews.
The game was a hit with consumers as well, with over 11 million units sold. A sequel, Super Mario Galaxy 2, would be released on the Wii in 2010.