In its thumb-arousing pitch-perfect blend of old school game values and brand new, modern gameplay mechanics, Super Mario Galaxy re-teaches some important lessons that a lot of us have forgotten in our thirsty pursuit for polygons and ever more detailed textures.
Progress should never be at the expense of the foundations it was built on. Super Mario Galaxy is all the teacher we need to show us that some things really should not be forgotten, and that other things in the modern industry really do need shaking up.
First and most obviously, Super Mario Galaxy is a platform game, albeit one which seriously pushes the boundaries of the genre. But where are the rest of them? It used to be the case that platform games were in greater supply than oxygen, but these days we're flailing on the ground gasping for breath. With the prevalence and popularity of shooters in the current climate, the humble jumping game has been left very much by the sidelines. Throughout its history though, the platform genre has been responsible for some of the most fun and innovative gameplay we've ever seen.