Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Super Mario Galaxy

Without trying to sound too much like a Nintendo fanboy I have to say I've been having a blast playing Super Mario Galaxy on Wii. It's lots of fun and is getting rave reviews from everyone on the planet.

Now, the game is awesome, but I would love to see what the reviews would have been like if Mario was retextured as Manny the Carpenter and was released by THQ as Super Manny's Adventures.

Would the reviewers mark it down for having text only on the screen and no VO? Would they pick on the bizarre storyline that mixes witches and UFOs and mushrooms into one big mix? Would it get 98% or higher?

I guess we'll never know. But I suspect smaller devs would never be given the same sort of breaks in these areas that Nintendo gets.

What do you think?

1 comment:

Duncan Curtis said...

Hey John,

I don't think smaller dev companies would get the kind of break nintendo is. However, I also think that the branding behind the Mario series has been around so long and is so fixed in what it is (text with no VO and big mushrooms etc) that they shouldn't change it because they'd risk alienating thier hardcore fan base.

Just my two cents.