Submitted by Game-Modo 614d ago | opinion piece

The Highest Rated Game Ever Is Now...Super Mario Galaxy?! Not A Chance.

Super Mario Galaxy for Wii is one of the best games this generation in my humble opinion and it's one of those games I wont ever forget playing or completing.

Game-Modo was told today (02/11/2012) that Super Mario Galaxy is now the highest rated game ever. So Game-Modo decided to do some investigating and found that GameRankings had indeed now listed it as the highest rated game. Are you being serious?

Check out why Game-Modo think Super Mario Galaxy should not be the highest rated game ever. (Culture, Super Mario Galaxy, Super Mario Galaxy 2, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Wii)

DivineAssault  +   614d ago
Nintendo does know how to make great games.. Polishes em to near perfection too leaving em virtually glitch/bug free..
Game-Modo  +   614d ago
Agreed but would you class Super Mario Galaxy 2 as the highest rated game ever? What frustrates me is now many sites are claiming Super Mario Galaxy is the best game ever. Being the highest rated does not make it the best game ever either. Its a great game though.
PS-ADDICT  +   614d ago
SAN ANDREAS or Vice City deserves that
Temporary  +   614d ago
They deserve it because of the quality of the game and the demographic.

GTA would never win best game ever, because it's adults only. While both kids and adults can enjoy Mario Galaxy games and appreciate it.

Whoever disagrees that Super Mario Galaxy deserves its praise is one of the kids who just started gaming last gen and only know CoD and Halo.

Only REAL gamers understand WHY Mario Galaxy is considered the best. Whether you agree with it or not is your own opinion, but the overwhelming majority has spoken.
Baka-akaB  +   614d ago
That's a ridiculous claim . For starters your "overwhelming majority" precisely started this gen or the previous one . Stop pretending it's something only some "elite" would get .

In my case , while i find it great , i dont see it as superior to previous Mario games like 64 or even Super Mario World . Aside of course from obvious tech evolutions and refinements .
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3-4-5  +   614d ago
Exactly. Not too many Nintendo games need patches.
FanMan  +   614d ago
Debating over whether or not the game is "the greatest game ever" is pointless because that title is completely subjective. There is no definitive "greatest game" and there never will be because it is all based on ones own opinion, and no aggregate site is going to change that.
chadboban  +   614d ago
Completely agree.
DigitalAnalog  +   613d ago
It is the highest rating game this gen due to:

A) Achieving excellent gameplay on a control scheme that is considered a "gimmick". No console today or before has every achieved this. This is like having a Kinect game destroying AAA games like Uncharted or Gears with it's motion control scheme.

B) Redefining the aesthetics of the character with brilliant engrossing levels in utilize a planetary environment with such finese detail.

C) Ignores the AAA mindset that is plaguing this gen: Blockbuster style graphics and repeat ad-naseum gameplay. Despite it's underpowered "hardware", Mario Galaxy shines not only in graphics but having a solid 60 FRAMES PER SECOND gameplay to back it up.
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TooTall19  +   614d ago
Galaxy is one of my least favorite Mario games. I'd rather have 64, World, Sunshine, or Paper Mario.
Blastoise  +   614d ago
Super Mario 64 is loads better
Nerdmaster  +   614d ago
I really hope you're joking.
Game-Modo  +   614d ago
I like Galaxy but like you said its not the best mario dude :)
Samus HD  +   614d ago
yeahh not the best mario... but the best game ever (that's what the score say, and i agree)
wishingW3L  +   614d ago
scores say that Killzone 2 is better than Halo 4 (and by a pretty wide margin) and that simply isn't true.
Samus HD  +   614d ago
it's true that there are some overrated and underrated games. But in this case (SMG) I agree
XabiDaChosenOne  +   614d ago
Highest rated game yet it won less awards than uncharted? Something ain't right...
Game-Modo  +   614d ago
It dosent add up does it? I find it really strange also.
stragomccloud  +   614d ago
Thats because average gamers now are suckers for cinematics. It makes it easier for the player to feel like they are going through something with the characters. Something Mario is devoid of. Mario has pure amazing gameplay down in spades. That is why it claims number one.
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Picnic  +   613d ago
People are suckers for cinematics because they're afraid of playing anything that looks like a toy. Insecure people who never develop their inner child will never develop their inner adult either. What they fail to realise is that all those 'grown up' things that they crave like sports cars are also just toys really. Toys that help them to get places and be noticed. People put away what they regard as their 'childish pursuits' because of nothing more than ego and selfish ambition - the desire to be seen as serious and sexy which, in most people's hands, should be regarded as laughable aims because most people lack the intellect and sensuality to be either. Really, the likes of Mario and Banjo Kazooie should be on school cirriculums as an example of spacial awareness and puzzle solving through their artistic level design.
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stragomccloud  +   613d ago
Thank you picnic for articulating yourself so well. I believe your comment represents perhaps the most well thought out and intelligent comment that N4G has ever seen. That said, have you thought about writing an piece online about the issue, or submitting an academic paper on the topic?
omarzy  +   614d ago
Uncharted has a crap load of awards, but have you looked at them?

A lot of them consist of best graphics/visuals. A wii game won't win that.

Best voiced acting. A Mario game does not win voice acting.

Best use of, best whatever for a PS3 game. Wii games don't win ps3 awards.

Some are for technical achievements and multiplayer.

Most are game of the year, but they are released 2 year apart.
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wishingW3L  +   614d ago
don't try to spin it. Uncharted has won more GOTY's than any other game and winning GOTY has nothing to do with graphics.
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omarzy  +   614d ago
Spin it? You really think Mario not winning best ps3 game is spinning it? You think mario galaxy released in 2007 not winning a 2009 goty is spinning it? You think Best voice acting not being given to a game without voices is spinning it?

Nobody is spinning anything. Mario is just a higher rated game. You can spin it all you want, but that will not change.

If they were released in the same year, and nominated for the same awards, then something would be fishy.

Galaxy 2 also has a higher rating, GTA4 has a higher rating. Awards don't mean you have the best ratings.
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ALLWRONG  +   614d ago
Most of the awards Uncharted got are from Sony mags or pro Sony sites.

Nice try though
MrBeatdown  +   614d ago


Out of over 150 awards, less than a dozen are from "Sony mags or pro Sony sites". Well, unless you consider just about every site out there a pro Sony site.

"Nice try though"
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Ben_Grimm  +   613d ago
Yea, something isn't right, with Uncharted.

With all the high scores and user reviews you would think Galaxy would have won those. Just goes to show that all these GOTY doesn't really mean a thing when it comes to what the actual users think.
stragomccloud  +   614d ago
It is an amazing game. Though most people who call themselves gamers probably just dismissed it and never actually gave it a shot. Nor the Wii for that matter. That said I think Ocarina of Time is the better game. Diffetence now is there were less reviewers back in the day.
XXXL  +   614d ago
Not even close to being the best Mario game ever, let alone amongst other franchises throught the years
Samus HD  +   614d ago
and Metacritic rates don't matter?!!
Linko64  +   614d ago
Most people are probably just miffed due to it being a Wii game. That juvenile view of 'its a casual console thus it's lame' unfortunately still exists.
abzdine  +   614d ago
Nintendo make the best gaming experiences. Gamers who never got a Nintendo console to play the awesomeness on them are not gamers.
chadboban  +   614d ago
"Super Mario Galaxy is the highest rated game ever?!"

Well according to all the reviews and sources they pulled, sure it may be by a measly 0.01% but yes it is the highest rated game by that website. That's a fact.

"Not a chance."

Okay calm down buddy. Does being the highest rated game make it the greatest game ever? Of course not. And in my opinion NO game can claim the title of greatest game ever unless every single gamer on the planet agrees on one game. Which will never happen because we are all different and all have different tastes. A lot of people have that one game they believe to be the best game ever, and if someone disagrees with that, it doesn't make them wrong it's just because we're all different.
Killman  +   614d ago
Super Mario Galaxy is a fantastic game but I agree with this article completely. Seeing it with such a high rating is a bit dumb. Games like Uncharted 2, RE4, and Batman, to name a few, deserve those scores. Those games actually pushed some boundaries. Not every game has to push boundaries to be good obviously, but it does at least a little to be considered one of the greatest of all time.
Baka-akaB  +   614d ago
Batmn and UC are amazing , ok .. but if Galaxy doesnt deserves to be up there for lack of revolutions and new boundaries , neither does any of those two .

They arent bringing much new under sun , wich isnt even a prerequisite to be an excellent game .

RE4 is another matter now .
Killman  +   614d ago
Well, Batman redefined what a super hero game should be. It's combat system is also incredibly well done. Uncharted redefined cinematic gaming.

Not completely disagreeing, just my opinion on it.
Baka-akaB  +   614d ago
One could argue that Galaxy redefined platforming too .
I dont see how those game that dont actually innovate get a pass , and Galaxy doesnt .

It deserves its rating as much as those games , the rest is genre and consoles preferences .
Norrison  +   614d ago
Uncharted didn't redefine cinematic gaming, it got all the awards and stuff because it was well written, with the best console graphics (I still think U2 is the best looking game, and is better than U3 in every department), the good voice acting, and the set pieces.
But all that has been done before in the half life series, maybe UC was the first TPS but it wasn't the first story driven, cinematic game.
axisofweevils  +   614d ago
Yep. The best game ever is on the Wii.
Let that be a lesson to graphics whores.

You can disagree, but that's just admitting you have a terrible taste in games.
I_am_Batman  +   614d ago
Here is a lesson for you: Never say "that's the best game of all time" because it will only start a flame bait. You can say highest rated on gamerankings because that's fact. Or you can even say that it's your favorite game but to just say "best game" is equal to say that taste is totally irrelevant.
I_am_Batman  +   614d ago
Congratulations Super Mario Galaxy. Still have to play that one.
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kma2k  +   614d ago
i might be a rarity but all my personal "great" games are there usually because of the story! I have played every mario game to completion up until 64 then i just kinda have no interest in it anymore, i have come to my conclusion that it is because of the lack of a compelling story. I have played a few levels of galaxy & yes it is a great mario game but ill be honest i haven't even put in 3 hours into the game, it just didnt hold my interest.
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DarthBigE  +   614d ago
Super Mario Galaxy was my favorite game for the Wii
Still haven't beat it with Luigi tho. Never got around to play part two either.
RedSoakedSponge  +   613d ago
surely the title for the "best game ever" is down to the individual gamers personal taste. someone who doesnt like platforming games for instance isnt going to agree with mario.
RedSoakedSponge  +   613d ago
can whoever disagreed with me tell me why?!?!

imo that disagree makes no sense what so ever

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