first off, let me start by saying that the minute you play this game, you'll be like, "Ooh! Pretty!" This is NOT your Mushroom Kingdom from Super Mario 64. Instead, you're greeted by mushroom people celebrating and a VERY beautiful and EPIC Peach's Castle. Don't even pay attention to Peach and Bowser's changed voices. Let yourself get immersed in the rearranged music of yesteryear, circa Super Mario Bros. 3 (it's all there, if I knew the titles I'd tell ya.) And this is the tip of the graphics iceberg (It's mostly FMV!) The in-game graphics boast a lot of the tech demo specifics that Super Mario 128 showed. LoZ:TP's wall walking iron boots were just a sampling of what was to come in SMG. Namely, the planet physics and camera angles...
Sound & Graphics: 10
Now, as for game play, that takes Mario to a new level. The challenges are everywhere. The planet physics, combined with the "Little Prince" concept with the camera angles make for a challenge unlike any other. Mario is controlled with the Nunchuk and Wii-mote. Camera is the D-Pad, with the joystick being Mario himself. The legendary Z-Button of the N64 game has returned. There's even some shooting of the screen involved with the B-Button and pointing. This leads up to the most innovative Mario experience since SM64.
Game Play: 10
All in all, I'll leave you with this: if you're a fan of Mario, you must play it. If you've never played a Mario game, you must play it. If you never played Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine or Super Mario 64 DS, you MUST play this. If you are a fan of platformers, what are you, stupid? DO I HAVE TO F'N REPEAT MYSELF?! PLAY THE GOSH DARN GAME.
Overall Rating: Modern Classic and Reinventing the Genre - 10/10
Well I actually JUST beat the game, and there's really nothing bad I have to say about it.
Visuals were amazing... Might be the HD cables I just bought, but still... =P
The concept was great, I thought the intro was the greatest intro to any Mario game on the market!... Now I haven't seen ALL the Mario intros, but it still got me greatly excited, and just itching to play more.
Spent about half the day playing through, and I was doing my best to get all the stars, but when I found I only needed 20 more stars to go, I ended up giving up that dream and just went for what I could get to finish the game the quickest. n.n;;
Now about the ending being weird... It was just that I didn't quite understand it... I know I can't spoil anything, but I'll just say I wish there was a LITTLE bit more speaking with the ending cut scene... Heck, maybe it's that it's rather late and I'm too tired to comprehend anything =P...
In any case the game was great over all...
I'm giving it a 9 because the visuals were great, the game was fun the play, I loved the intro, but I just wish the ending had a little bit more kick to it.