Release Date: 5/27/2010
Version: Japan - RVL-L-SB4J
- Gameplay will be similar to the first Super Mario Galaxy, with a focus on platforming based on and around 3D planets with varying sizes and landscapes.
- The protagonist Mario will be able to ride the bipedal dinosaur Yoshi, who can use his tongue to swing across gaps, as well as eat different fruits that give him different powers, such as speed boosts or the ability to inflate like a balloon.
- While the player retains the ability to collect Star Bits with the blue Star Pointer from the first game, the Star Pointer is replaced by a red dot when riding Yoshi, which allows the player to aim and control his tongue.
- This can be used for swinging off objects, pulling levers or, like in previous games, swallowing enemies and spitting them out.
- Old mechanics will be returning from Super Mario Galaxy, such as the blue Pull Stars, sections restricted to a 2D axis, and gravity-reversing background arrows.
- Power-ups such as the Bee Mushroom will be returning, along with the Launch Star for interplanetary navigation.
- Also, new items and gameplay mechanics were showcased at E3 2009.
- These include a drill that allows Mario to dig through dirt into new areas (and in some cases explore the interior of planets) and switches that slow time momentarily, indicated by a change to monochrome vision.
- Players can collect Comet Medals hidden in the stages to unlock harder levels with tougher challenges.