Friday, June 18, 2010

I think the hamburger-man called them bridge games



New Super Mario Bros Wii was a runaway success, that little bugger even outsold Modern Warfare 2. The first Mario Galaxy did alright but the sales of its side scrolling sibling made it look like an unwanted stepchild. Luckily this didn't stop Miyamoto and his crew from conjuring up a sequel to Galaxy in those seemingly magical offices over in Kyoto. They don't make a secret of the fact that they are going after not only the people who played the first Galaxy but also that huge market made up of those millions who bought and hopefully also enjoyed NSMB.

This is made abundantly clear by the first section of Galaxy 2. The game actually starts out locked in to a 2D view. And then goes on to carefully introducing 3D gaming, like this was some newfangled invention meant to blow us away. Now this was done in such a charming way I didn't mind at all. The point is that Nintendo clearly sees NSMB as the stepping stone on to "real" games, like Galaxy.

Suddenly Nintendo's evil master plan becomes clear. First they get those innocent little non-gamers to dip your toes in to the water with Wii Sports. Then they are expected to move on to slightly deeper waters with New Super Mario Bros. And before they know it they are busy playing Mario Galaxy 2, new converts ready for the world of what Nintendo refers to as core games.

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