Super Mario Galaxies has been hyped as the true Mario sequel worthy of ranking among the likes of Mario 64 when it comes to gameplay, innovation, and lasting appeal. The bar was set so incredibly high with Mario 64 that I think SMG could either be a huge success, or a huge let down. There's no question about it. Kids will love this game. It's Mario, and you can control him in different worlds. What more could a kid who hasn't played previous Mario games ask for or really even look for? Nintendo fans from the earlier generations will be the hardest to please though. In many ways, Nintendo can't please everybody, but based on Mario 64 sales numbers, they have to be aware that fans are going to be nit picky with SMG. Here's what I'd like to see. I really hope it is very similar to Mario 64 in overall feel. Mario 64 is among my top 3 favorite games of all time EASILY. Sometimes I even rank Mario 64 as my #1 favorite game ever. (My other two are NiGHTS: Into Dreams for Sega Saturn, and GoldenEye for N64). Anyway, the level of detail and overall gameplay factors such as stars, unlocking different areas of the castle, and the many different level types was really what made Mario 64 such a great game for me. The sound effects, music, and visual effects were stunning at the time. Heck you can still catch me listening to the Mario 64 soundtrack now and then, I'm not going to lie. The music really did an amazing job of setting the tone for the game. Super Mario Sunshine didn't do anything for me. Granted, I didn't really give it a chance, but cleaning up a world of poo didn't really seem too exciting to me. From what I hear SMG will stay more true to what worked in Mario 64 instead of building off of Sunshine. I sure hope so. My expectations for this game couldn't be higher. Unfortunately, all that being said, I'm pretty sure that Super Mario Galaxies will not be better than Mario 64. If it is, then it will have succeeded in becoming one of my favorite games of all time. I've played QUITE a few games, so ranking within my top 3 will be quite a feat in itself. I guess we will all find out soon. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.