The lights are on
We first speculated on it last month, but now it's confirmed: Super Mario Galaxy 2 will abandon the hub worlds featured in the plumber's other 3D adventures in favor of a traditional world map. Shigeru Miyamoto explains, "You can think of it in terms of something similar to Super Mario World or New Super Mario Bros. Wii, where you will have a rather convenient map to navigate."
He continues, "We want players to focus on the joy of the action instead of getting to each game course. We wanted to make it as accessible as possible and as easy as possible for the players. Also because we’re going to incorporate a number of different stars and conquering all the stars is going to be one of the most challenging missions for the player, we want them to understand as easy as possible where they should go next and which places they should go back to in order to get access to the remaining stars."
How do you feel about this? Were you a fan of the hubs in Mario 64, Sunshine, and Galaxy, or are you partial to the more streamlined process featured in Super Mario World and New Super Mario Bros. Wii?
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i personally like the hub worlds, it makes it feel like its not just one level after another, the hub world in Sunshine, Isle Delfino, was genius. The levels were easy to get to and there were stars in the hub world.
Hub worlds take away linearity, something that many gamers do not like
I'm not a fan of any Mario games.
Ahhh, the game is still gonna blow my mind.
Looks pretty good
I liked the hub.
I sorta like the HUB worlds in Galaxy 1, but hey the map worlds are great to....guess we have to see.
But...........I loved the hub worlds in Mario games! It made them feel so alive! This sucks....
I really loved the hub worlds, and am far from thrilled to see them go. Like you said, Mario 64, Sunshine, and Galaxy were all unique because of their free-roaming feel, while the Super Mario Bros games kept the traditional gameplay alive. I'm not too sure how much I'm going to like combining them, but look forward to playing the game nonetheless
It looks a little awkward but I'm sure it will work out.
I really enjoyed the space station hub in Galaxy, but I can understand why they opted out on it for the sequel. And hey, I like the map style in NSMB Wii too. If it's like that, I'll be happy.
Thank God. I played the first one during the dreaded Gaming dry spell just to assuage my gaming addiction, but I really couldn't stand the gameplay. It was so much better in Mario 64....Sounds like Nintendo is going to sky rocket in sales once again.
I never really cared all that much for the hubbs, they were never really done right (except for sunshine where there was a lot to do in the hubb, but that game was my least favorite mario title so go figure) so I'm fine with them going back to a world map such as this.
Makes sense to me. I mean, I like the Hub Worlds in Mario 64 and Galaxy; done well, they become iconic locations. And they were done well. But this is an "expansion pack sequel" in every sense of the word (although, thanks to Mario Galaxy's brilliant "anything is possible" design, it doesn't sting as much as any other sequel of this, 'more-of-the-same', nature). It makes sense that they'd refine things down to bare essentials, and just deliver us the content that's really important.
Especially since this is hitting so soon. Man, I STILL can't believe it's coming in 3 months!
You know Nintendo did this for the soccer moms because the hub was to complicated. Nintendo is just trying to sell more copies to the casual audience than they did with Super Mario Galaxy 1.
To be honest, I thought that going form place to place was more fun. But hey, as long as it doesn't take away from the gameplay, it's alright.
aww i liked the hub world. :(
I think the hub worlds provide a nice seperation from the 'standard maps' in 2D mario games. I don't think either layout is better than the other, but the hubs helped create a unique identity and give a greater sense of a 'real' world in which the adventures are taking place. The 2D maps give a more story-book or fairy tale feeling to the game.
I always seem to like the world map more though. It is traditional mario gaming.