Super Mario 64 DS
Genre Action -> Platform
Today's Rank 0
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USA
Date 2004-11-22
Publisher Nintendo
UK
Date 2005-03-11
Publisher Nintendo
North America Retail Box ArtFor anyone buying a Nintendo DS, Mario 64 is the most obvious first purchase. The main single player mode is essentially the same as the original Super Mario 64 for the Nintendo 64, albeit with 30 more stars to collect from the game’s myriad levels. Back in 1997 it was the first truly successful 3D platform game and today its superlative level design still puts most new games to shame. 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 DS’s touch screen can be seen with 36 different mini-games, many of which are surprisingly addictive. There’s 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

Features:
- Play as Yoshi, Mario, Luigi or Wario -- each has their own unique abilities and you'll need them all
- Collect the 150 Power Star Bowser hid on the castle grounds
- In Adventure Mode, you'll control the four friends by using the stylus on the touch-screen
- Play and win fun touch-sensitive mini-games
- Battle up to three friends in Wireless Versus mode, which can be played with only one Super Mario 64 DS game card
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