Watch in 1080p if possible! This is the official Chinese release of Super Mario Galaxy for the Nvidia Shield TV. This HD version of Super Mario Galaxy is only available in China, where the game had never been released before until recently; they got it for the first time in early 2018. As a result, this release is on the Nvidia Shield TV rather than the Wii, and it’s in true 1080p HD to try to keep up with the modern era (though they didn’t improve the texturing to match the new resolution :P). The controls have been remapped to work with a standard gamepad, rather than Wii Remote. I imported the Chinese Nvidia Shield TV in anticipation of the announced release of a Chinese version of Mario Kart Wii (with official online multiplayer!), but in the meantime I picked up Galaxy to see how it was, and this is the result!
Swordofseals joins commentary at 5:35:49.
The full game is played here, as Luigi, obtaining all 121 stars. There is commentary, however since this was originally a Twitch live stream, it lacks direction and may not always make sense without context. Swordofseals joins in on commentary about halfway through. I didn’t originally intend to put this on YouTube, but since Nintendo have relaxed their copyright policies, I’m giving it a go! I’m choosing to upload the Luigi playthrough rather than the Mario one, because obviously Luigi is superior to Mario (and the Mario stream suffered framerate issues and stream drops, which this one did not). That said, for some reason, I note that this YouTube upload does run into framerate issues every now and again, though they go away after a few minutes. The original VOD does not have these issues. If you want to see the original video on Twitch, which has a chat replay, you can do that here: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/310302622 (and the Mario playthrough can be found by looking through the Highlights section if anyone desperately to see it)!
This video is 1080p at 30fps, but the game runs at 1080p/60fps. I don’t have the hardware required to record 1080/60, so it looks even better in person than it does here. The game runs very smooth, with only occasional stutter. Though sometimes in areas of the game where the action is intense, the controls do end up feeling a bit lethargic. The stream bitrate was 2900kbps, which is why the footage sometimes looks grainy when there’s a lot of motion. Unfortunately, there was not much I could do about this, also due to hardware limitations.
As for how the controls map to the Nvidia TV’s controller, they are as follows:
Left analog: Move Mario/Luigi
Right analog: Move Wiimote cursor
D-pad: Camera control
Left trigger: Crouch
Right trigger: Grab pull stars, confirm menu choices
A: Jump, confirm menu choices
B: Shoot starbits
Y: Centre camera
Anything involving motion controls just got mapped to the analog stick, which usually simplifies them. But cursor activity is MUCH harder with the right analog, so it balances out 😛
If anyone’s trying to get this version of Super Mario Galaxy for themselves, it’s a complicated affair, and I’ll try to post detailed instructions when Mario Kart Wii releases for it, too. And yes, I will be uploading stuff to do with the Mario Kart Wii release on there!
With that in mind, I hope you all enjoy the video!