I will admit, I didn't understand how this fits in with the first one's storyline. Is it 100 yrs after the first one or another way the story could have happened. This aside it is a great and fun game. I like the addition of yoshi and a playable Luigi. Although Luigi slide stop is a little much but he has always been my favorite over Mario. My one compliant is the prankster comets. A few of the prankster comet levels are ridiculously hard.