Discovering Super Mario Galaxy: A Textual Analysis


Super Mario Galaxy has been almost universally lauded as an enchanting, almost magical game, but what meaning is there to be found within the text? What does the entire experience actually represent and communicate to the player on the whole? With many now wondering what more could possibly be done to advance the classic 3D platformer, this paper aims to examine in depth what transforms Super Mario Galaxy from a collection of rules and code and into something that transcends its immensely competent mechanics, inspiring wonder and excitement in all who experience it through the power of its own discovery.