Most videogames these days pack some sort of post-ending content, whether that be additional levels, tougher difficulty settings or collectible objects you didn’t pick up the first time through.
The more punctilious game reviews give these bonus options a grade under the heading “replay value.” The extras are usually extraneous, though — little rewards for truly devoted fans who want to keep playing in the game’s world. Everybody knows the good stuff is all before the ending.
Not so in Super Mario Galaxy 2, the stunning new sequel to the imaginative 3-D platformer that first launched Nintendo’s plumber into space. In fact, the Wii game trots out its most complex and creative challenges after the final credits roll.
If you haven’t seen them, you haven’t truly finished the game.