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Super Mario Galaxy is a video game released for the Wii. It is an entry to the series of Mario's 3D platformers, after the games Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario 64 DS. It had 700,000 copies pre-ordered in Japan, and 400,000 in the U.S.

Super Mario Galaxy, unlike the other Mario games, takes place in deep space. Most of the game's levels consist of many small planets and planetoids, with some as big as real-life planets. The game has 121 Stars to collect, although the player will have to go through the first 120 Stars twice (once as Mario and once as Luigi) to unlock the 121st and final Star.


Toad Town, where the game started and ended.

Every hundred years a huge comet (Grand Star) flies by in the skies above the Mushroom Kingdom. One year, that comet filled the entire sky, and from it fell a stream of shooting stars. The Toads scooped up the Star Bits and brought them to the castle, where they were reborn as a great Power Star. That night Mario received a letter:

"Dear Mario, I'll be waiting for you at the castle on the night of the Star Festival. There's something I'd like to give you." — from Peach.

With invitation in hand, Mario headed off to the castle just as the Star Festival was getting into full swing. Surrounded by Toads gleefully trying to catch falling Star Bits, Mario was looking forward to the night's festivities.

But then something happened.

Bowser attacked the Toads with his airships and froze them in crystals. He "invited" Peach to the creation of his new galaxy and warped into space with her castle to the center of the universe. When Mario tried to save her, a Magikoopa named Kamek broke the airborne path to the castle causing Mario to fall into an unknown land.

Mario later woke up on a small grassy moon and met three Star Bunnies who promised to tell Mario where he was if he caught them. When he did, they took him to meet Princess Rosalina, who told Mario that the universe was in great peril after Bowser had attacked her "ship", the Comet Observatory, and stole the Power Stars, including the seven Grand Stars. Without them, the Comet Observatory was doomed. Rosalina asked Mario to rescue the Grand Stars in order to defeat Bowser, who took Peach to the center of the universe. Mario then started his journey across the galaxies, freeing Power and Grand Stars. Once five of the Grand Stars were collected, the Comet Observatory became a starship and was able to take Mario to the center of the universe.

There he defeated Bowser in his brand-new galaxy, retrieved the last Grand Star, and rescued Princess Peach. Without this Grand Star, the sun of Bowser's near-complete galaxy went supernova and became a gigantic black hole. Everything in the universe began to fall into the black hole. The Lumas from the Comet Observatory, including the Luma who had faithfully accompanied Mario, sacrificed themselves in order to neutralize it. The Lumas attacked the black hole's singularity, and it soon disintegrated in a massive explosion. Mario appeared in front of Rosalina, who had somehow managed to save him from the cataclysm. She told him that "this was not the end, but a new beginning for the universe," and that "the universe was an endless cycle, but one that never repeats itself exactly the same way each time."

Mario later awoke in the Mushroom Kingdom near Peach's castle. He saw everyone he'd met throughout his adventure celebrating, while Bowser and Peach sat next to him. When he looked into the sky, he noticed a green light of a new galaxy. "Welcome! Welcome, new galaxy!" Mario exclaimed, as the camera zoomed out into space, revealing that the whole universe had been merged into one giant galaxy (although the galaxy Mario saw in the sky is not shown). If the player continues with the file, Rosalina will say if all 120 Power Stars are collected, the player can travel the new world. If the player has finished the game with 120 stars, after the credits Rosalina and a group of Lumas appear on the planet Mario started on at the beginning of the game. Rosalina says "I will watch over you from beyond the stars," and flies off to the Comet Observatory. Then the white baby Luma is shown to be alive, now residing on the small planet. Finally, if the player has just beaten the game with 120 Stars with Mario, a Luigi tab will appear with him saying "Super Luigi Galaxy!".

The Luigi Story goes exactly the same as Mario's. Even the Luigi in Mario's story is still Luigi. When the player has defeated Bowser and continues with the Luigi Story, Rosalina will again say if Luigi collects all 120 stars, the player can travel to a new world. When the player collects 120 Stars, the player can travel to Grand Finale Galaxy, the new world and the same new galaxy Mario saw in the ending movie. This galaxy is parallel to the Mushroom World. This explains why there are two Luigi's. The 121st, and final star can be found here.

Luigi Comparisons

In Super Mario Galaxy, also in its sequel Super Mario Galaxy 2, Luigi is a playable character (see Luigi Story above). Comparing Luigi with Mario and his "twin", Luigi runs faster and jumps higher than Mario does. But a disadvantage about him is that he has slightly lower traction than Mario. He is also taller than Mario, but shorter than the Non-Playable Luigi.




Non-Playable Characters





Transformations and Abilities


Super Mario Galaxy introduces new transformations and only reuses the Fire Flower power-up from previous games (Rainbow Star replacing the Star from the other games).

Galaxies and Missions


Gateway Galaxy

Boo's Boneyard Galaxy*

Grand Star Rescue Gateway's Purple Coins Racing the Spooky Speedster


Good Egg Galaxy

Honeyhive Galaxy

Dino Piranha A Snack of Cosmic Proportions Bee Mario/Luigi Takes Flight Trouble on the Tower
King Kaliente's Battle Fleet Dino Piranha Speed Run Big Bad Bugaboom Honeyhive Cosmic Mario/Luigi Race
Purple Coin Omelet Luigi on the Roof Honeyhive's Purple Coins Luigi in the Honeyhive Kingdom

Loopdeeloop Galaxy

Flipswitch Galaxy

Surfing 101 Painting the Planet Yellow

Sweet Sweet Galaxy*

Bowser Jr.'s Robot Reactor

Rocky Road Megaleg's Moon


Space Junk Galaxy

Battlerock Galaxy

Pull Star Path Kamella's Airship Attack Battlerock Barrage Breaking into the Battlerock
Tarantox's Tangled Web Pull Star Path Speed Run Topmaniac and the Topman Tribe Topmaniac's Daredevil Run
Purple Coin Spacewalk Yoshi's Unexpected Appearance Purple Coins on the Battlerock Battlerock's Garbage Dump
Luigi under the Saucer

Rolling Green Galaxy

Hurry-Scurry Galaxy

Rolling in the Clouds Shrinking Satellite

Sling Pod Galaxy*

Bowser's Star Reactor

A Very Sticky Situation The Fiery Stronghold


Beach Bowl Galaxy

Ghostly Galaxy

Sunken Treasure Passing the Swim Test Luigi and the Haunted Mansion A Very Spooky Sprint
The Secret Undersea Cavern Fast Foes on the Cyclone Stone Beware of Bouldergeist Bouldergeist's Daredevil Run
Beachcombing for Purple Coins Wall Jumping Up Waterfalls Purple Coins in the Bone Pen Matter Splatter Mansion

Bubble Breeze Galaxy

Buoy Base Galaxy

Through the Poison Swamp The Floating Fortress The Secret of Buoy Base

Drip Drop Galaxy*

Bowser Jr.'s Airship Armada

Giant Eel Outbreak Sinking the Airships


Gusty Garden Galaxy

Freezeflame Galaxy

Bunnies in the Wind The Dirty Tricks of Major Burrows The Frozen Peak of Baron Brrr Freezeflame's Blistering Core
Gusty Garden's Gravity Scramble Major Burrow's Daredevil Run Hot and Cold Collide Frosty Cosmic Mario/Luigi Race
Purple Coins on the Puzzle Cube The Golden Chomp Purple Coins on the Summit Conquering the Summit

Dusty Dune Galaxy

Honeyclimb Galaxy

Soaring on the Desert Winds Blasting Through the Sand Scaling the Sticky Wall
Sunbaked Sand Castle Sandblast Speed Run
Purple Coins in the Desert Bullet Bill on Your Back
Treasure of the Pyramid

Bigmouth Galaxy*

Bowser's Dark Matter Plant

Bigmouth's Gold Bait Darkness on the Horizon

Engine Room

Gold Leaf Galaxy

Sea Slide Galaxy

Star Bunnies on the Hunt Cataquack to the Skies Going After Guppy Faster Than a Speeding Penguin
When It Rains, It Pours Cosmic Mario/Luigi Forest Race The Silver Stars of Sea Slide Underwater Cosmic Mario/Luigi Race
Purple Coins in the Woods The Bell on the Big Tree Purple Coins by the Seaside Hurry, He's Hungry

Toy Time Galaxy

Bonefin Galaxy

Heavy-Metal Mecha Bowser Mario/Luigi Meets Mario Kingfin's Fearsome Waters
Bouncing Down Cake Lane Fast Foes of Toy Time
Luigi's Purple Coins The Flipswitch Chain

Sand Spiral Galaxy*

Bowser Jr.'s Lava Reactor

Choosing a Favorite Snack King Kaliente's Spicy Return


Deep Dark Galaxy

Dreadnought Galaxy

The Underground Ghost Ship Bubble Blastoff Infiltrating the Dreadnought Dreadnought's Colossal Cannons
Guppy and the Underground Lake Ghost Ship Daredevil Run Revenge of the Topman Tribe Topman Tribe Speed Run
Plunder the Purple Coins Boo in a Box Battlestation's Purple Coins Dreadnought's Garbage Dump

Melty Molten Galaxy

Matter Splatter Galaxy

The Sinking Lava Spire Through the Meteor Storm Watch Your Step
Fiery Dino Piranha Lava Spire Daredevil Run
Red-Hot Purple Coins Burning Tide
Snow Cap Galaxy*
Star Bunnies in the Snow
Planet of Trials
Rolling Gizmo Galaxy Bubble Blast Galaxy
Gizmos, Gears, and Gadgets The Electric Labyrinth
Loopdeeswoop Galaxy Grand Finale Galaxy
The Galaxy's Greatest Wave The Star Festival
Center of the Universe
Bowser's Galaxy Reactor
The Fate of the Universe

(*) = Unlocked by feeding a Hungry Luma.


Role English Actor Japanese Actor
Mario Charles Martinet Kōichi Yamadera
Luigi Yasuhiro Takato
Princess Peach Samantha Kelly Yuri Shiratori
Toads Makoto Tsumura
Bowser Kenny James Kenji Utsumi
Bowser Jr. Catey Sagoian Chika Sakamoto
Rosalina Mercedes Rose Megumi Toyoguchi

Trading Cards

The game featured its very own Trading Card game. It was an expression of a celebration for the game's release. The card game features 5 types of cards: Regulars, Trivias, Foils, Standees and FunTats.


A few misprints were made in the cards, that includes:

  • One of the cards has a misspelling, on the Home to Dino Piranha card, it reads, "Home to Dino Pirahna".
  • Another one of the cards has a misspelling, on the Baron Brrr card, it reads "Baron Brr".
  • Another one of the cards has completely misnamed Kingfin, naming him as "Bonefin".
  • The artwork on the Piranha Plant Card is actually a Prickly Piranha Plant due to there being no artwork for a regular Piranha Plant in the game.


  • This is the first 3D Mario game to include the Fire Flower, as well as its transformation, it also marks the first 3D Mario game to feature Invincible Mario.
  • This is the first fully 3D Mario title to feature a numbered sequel, Super Mario Galaxy 2.
  • The game uses certain elements inspired by the 2000 GameCube tech demo, Super Mario 128.
  • This game had a completely new game engine made for it.
  • This is the first appearance of Rosalina in the Mario series.
  • The low-battery sound effect for this game is reused in the Wii version of Donkey Kong: Jungle Beat. Additionally, the same icon is shown but the P1 icon isn't present.
  • This is the first 3D Mario game for the Wii.
  • This is the first 3D Mario game to receive a sequel.
    • Super Mario 64 was supposed to receive a sequel for the Nintendo 64DD but was cancelled due to the failure of the 64DD.
  • Due to a mix-up involving GameStop, the automated phone message sent to those who preordered the game stated Super Mario Galaxy to be a Mature-rated game.[1]
  • Super Mario Galaxy became the 3rd Best-Selling Mario game on the Wii, right behind New Super Mario Bros. Wii and Mario Kart Wii.


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Super Mario Galaxy Instruction Booklet

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