"Let's see, this makes three Christmases I've saved, versus eight I've ruined, two were kind of a draw."
Having snatched Christmas out of our pitiful orphan hands with the Smash Bros. delay, Nintendo may very well be giving it back with Super Mario Galaxy. It was fun at E3, but we got to play a near-finished version of the game from the very beginning at Nintendo's recent media briefing, and I've got that old feeling again. I remember waking up early in the morning so I could play Mario Sunshine all day, and that's what Galaxy threatens to do to me on November 12.
This is mostly because the action feels so perfect, as only Mario games seem to. Is Nintendo just one of the only developers left who will sink years and years into a family-friendly action game like this and make it feel spot-on? Everything from the backflips to the Goomba-stomping is thoroughly entertaining, and Galaxy doesn't shy away from throwing some curveball challenges at you even early on.