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#3: Super Mario Galaxy

Platform
2007

A game that bleeds invention, creativity, and above all else, joy. Super Mario Galaxy reached for the stars and pushed the series into the stratosphere. Every level was a joy to play through, and the game had so many ideas bursting at the seams. Even the controller was seen as a toy to play with, and how it was used in a variety of ways was brilliant. The game is an endless toy box, with each galaxy holding something new for you to play with. The soundtrack is a revelation, the graphics are gorgeous, and I could go on and on (as I already have) about the sublime game and level design. Super Mario Galaxy is a testament to interactive entertainment, and more than that, a look into the heart of what makes gaming so amazing.