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The most obvious difference with this new DS version is that you can now control Wario, Yoshi and Luigi in the game, as well as just Mario. There are also new and more powerful power-ups, such as the ability to turn Mario into an inflatable balloon, which make some of the hardest sections a little easier.
The most controversial change to the game though is the control system. With no analogue controller you have the choice to use just the D-pad or the stylus. The latter works best, but still seems an obvious compromise over the original version. A far more convincing showcase of the DSs touch screen can be seen with 36 different mini-games, many of which are surprisingly addictive. Theres a multiplayer mode for four people to play wirelessly, which although a little simplistic is impressive for the fact that only one person needs a copy of the game to play it.
Although it does at times seem a little obvious that this was not a game originally designed with the DS in mind, it's still an enormous amount of fun and manages to showcase just about everything the new console is capable of. --David Jenkins
Super Mario 64 was a genre-defining classic. Now it arrives on the Nintendo DS with all-new features that take advantage of the new portable system`s dual screens, touch screen and wireless features! Mario, Luigi and Wario are invited to a royal party for Princess Peach. When they arrive at the castle, it is strangely empty and the 3 of them try to learn what happened. When they disappear too, Yoshi must rescue them from their old enemy Bowser.
The landscape and the characters all look familiar. This is the opening castle area of Super Mario 64, only with a few DS twists thrown in. Up to four players can link up using the wireless capabilities. Players move familiar characters like Mario, Luigi, Yoshi and Wario around the 3-D landscape, exploring and looking for stars. While one screen shows the player's character position, the other provides an overall map of the area. Touch a spot on the screen to pop the camera over to another player's position, or to take a close-up look at the castle.
This game is definately one of the best DS games in my eyes. It not only has 150 stars to collect (thats an extra 30 than the N64!), but it has 4 playable characters with different abilities, and a total graphical makeover!
This game really is value for money, out of the 9 games that i own for my DS this is by far the one that i have played the most, both becasue of the time it took to get all of the stars and also because of the highly addictive mini games (which caused lots of competition between me my girlfriend and my mum)!!
If anyone owns a DS and somehow doesn't own this game then you must buy it! It is a lovely conversion from the N64 version and improves upon all the faults in the N64 version. As for the controls pay no attention to people slating it on grounds of crap controls. If you like games and enjoyed mario you can soon adapt to not using a analog stick, it takes a little gettin used to but as soon as you do you will throughly enjoy this title!!
story 8/10 this is just a pretty basic Super Mario storyline really, the usual Princess getting kiddnapped by Bowser again. Nothing much new from storylines in previous Mario games.But this didnt actually bother me too much as other aspects of it are great
graphics 9.5/10 As soon as i saw marios face pop up on the title screen i was very impressed by the graphics. This isnt exactly Playstation 2 graphics but its quite rare that portable games are proper 3D and technology can only go so far, so people shouldnt be dissapointed. I would also say that the graphics are slightly improved from the original for N64 because it looks less blocky and the environment stands out more apart from the trees.
Gameplay 10/10 this is great too. The objective of the game is to complete a series of fun filled tasks on each level in order to gain stars as either of four playable Characters, Yoshi, Mario, Luigi and Wario each of these character have there own set of unique abilities . The tasks include, red coin searching, races and many many more. Note that this is not the only thing you can do, you can also play mini games using the touch screen if you choose the rec room option on the title screen i found these extremly fun and entertaining. these involve playing picture poker with luigi, playing the traditional love me loves me not game with Yoshi, rolling a snowball through a race course with Wario and keeping up Marios in the sky in order to hit the flying shy guys.
Replayabily 9/10- The begging segment of the game is fairly easy and shouldnt take long to get through but later on the amount of stars required to open doors will be harder to reach.Read more ›
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