Super Mario Galaxy 3 to Feature Co-op?
Kieran Lumb / Nov 5th, 2012 4 Comments
With Nintendo releasing the Wii U soon, it’s inevitable that the most recognizable video game character of all time will return in Super Mario Galaxy 3 soon enough. The Galaxy series is incredibly popular and lets gamers control the pint-sized plumber as he explores outer space, collecting Power Stars from planets along the way. Fans of the series will no doubt be frothing at the mouth in anticipation for Super Mario Galaxy 3, whose release date will no doubt be announced shortly after the Wii U’s first holiday season.
Whether Super Mario Galaxy 3 is released on the Wii U with that name or a separate title–such as Super Mario Galaxy Wii U–is up to some debate. One thing that is certain, however, is that Super Mario Galaxy 1 and 2 received phenomenal reception, selling 10.68 million and 6.36 million copies respectively. If Nintendo is to improve on these impressive sales figures, they will have to include something truly special in Super Mario Galaxy 3, something that would allow friends to share the experience whether they’re in the same room or miles apart. Perhaps an improvement to the previous attempts at a co-op mode is the shot in the arm Super Mario Galaxy needs.
Super Mario Galaxy 1 and 2 are two of the best Mario games ever made. Featuring groundbreaking gameplay and vivid visuals, the Galaxy games created a joyful experience for gamers of all ages. In Super Mario Galaxy you could share the experience with a friend in “Co-Star Mode”, which allowed a friend to gather Star Bits and shoot them at enemies using a separate Wii remote to control a second Star pointer. Thankfully, the multiplayer capabilities were extended in Super Mario Galaxy 2. A friend was now able to control an orange Luma, increasing the involvement and usefulness of the second player. There were still some restrictions, though, with the second player having to be on the same console as online capabilities had not yet been introduced into the series.
Hopefully the release of the Wii U will convince Nintendo to add better multiplayer capabilities to the series. One possible addition could be a 4-player co-op mode that allows gamers to explore the Galaxies with their friends without having to share the same console. This could encourage a sort of “divide and conquer” mechanism where each player is given a different planet to explore within the galaxy. With the touch screen on the Wii U’s GamePad and additional TV connectivity, it could be possible for players to explore their world on the TV screen whilst checking a friend’s progress using the GamePad’s screen. Alternatively, for those who enjoy sharing the experience with family and friends in the same room, the Wiimote and nunchuck could be used to control Mario on the television while a second person controlls a second character–like the orange Luma in Super Mario Galaxy 2 or even Luigi–but with the same level of abilities as Mario on the GamePad.
The technology of the Wii U opens up a world of possibilities for Nintendo and several of their famous franchises. The second screen of the GamePad isn’t just an interesting piece of tech, it could be a great way to add co-op support to any game. Super Mario Galaxy 3 could be a fantastic title to take advantage of this feature. Failure to include improved co-op and online systems would definitely be a missed opportunity for Nintendo in the next generation.
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