Pros Suprisingly Good 3D Gameplay, Vibrant Graphics
Cons Makes You Miss the Original Sometimes; A Little Low in Detail
Summary This Nintendo 64 port was one of the first games to help push the envelope for superb 3D environments and rich gameplay.
If you own a Nintendo DS, this game is almost a must have!
The game itself is not EXACTLY the original port and there pros and cons to that. First, the game offers you up to 3 more playable characters which the original one didn't have. You can now play as Luigi, Wario, & Yoshi, as well as Mario ofcourse. The small chip-like game also boasts tons of mini games inwhich some require use of the stylus.
The only real cons are, the subtle graphics, for instance, lower resolution characters, but we have to remember that this is a portable handheld. Suprsingly, this game properly delivers a rich gameplay experience that will make you forget all of that!
Pros New Characters, Added Challenges, More stars
Cons None, this game is an improvement over the original
Summary I practiced the original N64 version for one week prior to buying the DS, so here goes my honest and objective review:Here I am over 3 years later and I still play this game every so often.
One of my favorite surprises in the original was catching the white rabbit and to see that as the very first challenge was a pleasant surprise.
It seems that Mario, Luigi and Wario (The Mario Brothers) have entered the castle and have not returned.
Yoshi is awakened on the castle roof only to discover that his friends are missing.
Yoshi must catch a white rabbit, who holds the key to the castle.
Once inside, the adventure begins.
It seems that there are more locked doors in this new version that require many more keys.
So far, every level has been improved. Added bonuses such as silver stars, which you must collect a total of 5 to reveal a power star is more challenging because if you get hit, one or more of your stars will fall and you must run after them.
There are more power ups and many more hidden secrets.
The most difficult levels have been improved to make navigating the levels easier.
For example, in the ghost house, once you defeat the Big Boo, getting to the top of the ghost house to retrieve the star is a breeze now (HINT: There is a hidden surprise in one of the coins at the top of the roof).
The controls will take time for you to develop your own unique playing style. For example, you can use the stylus to move around, adjust camera angles, etc.
Getting back to the game, there are more power-ups! Oh and yes, more secret rooms as well!
Some secret rooms you must visit multiple times as another character because each character has their own unique abilities that can affect the success of obtaining the power star.
The music is outstanding and delivers on the 3D model you see visually, you will also hear audiblly.
Keep this in mind, if a door requires a certain amount of coins, the very moment you obtain that amount, do not hesitate to enter that particular door because of all the ways to obtain keys and stars.
The power ups are amazing because each character has their own abilities and you will discover what they are and how that can work to your advantage.
In a great many ways, this game is a major upgrade to the original.
It looks like the level designers had fun redesigning the levels and making so many refinements.
Some of the most difficult areas were such a breeze this time around because of the refinements.
As a consumer, I really appreciate the added value I have with Super Mario 64 DS and I will proudly and highly praise and recommend this product.
In conclusion, when it comes to games (any game in fact), if the impact it has on you keeps you coming back for more, then the value is very high.
Updated on Nov 25, 2008
This game is a winner as far as I'm concerned!
Still recommending it highly.
Pros It's a portable version of the greatest platformer ever made.
Cons Controls are slightly shifty.
Summary This is, simply put, one of the greatest games ever made. Ever. The original Super Mario Bros. for the NES changed gaming forever by inventing the platformer, and this game changed 3D gaming by bringing the platformer back into the modern era of gaming. If that alone isn't a good reason to play this game, than maybe the new playable characters, awesome mini-games, and just plain fantastic gameplay will. The controls are iffy, yes, but they're not that bad to get around. A great nostalgia trip for those who have played the original, and a great game for any DS owner. Don't pass it up.
Pros Great graphics Great Music Good charactors
Cons Easier compared to the first
Summary This game Diddnt lose its Fun when changed to the D.S. However The first was more fun in a few ways.
1. Its a lot easier then the orignial paticularly when trying to get the 100 coin stars
2. It was fun being invisable metal mario now you cant do that anymore
The major way the d.s version is better is that the grahpics are better especially with bowesers look. e.g. he doesnt look as wierd as he used to the nitendo 64 version almost made him look comical
All in all This is one of the best games on the D.S.
Pros Great graphics, fun game play, excellent use of the stereo speakers
Cons Just a little clumsy controls
Summary This is such a great game. The graphics look great and the stereo speakers sound outstanding, one level has you track down a ghost in a complex maze of platforms and doors based on his cackling laugh, its incredible how you can track him down. This game is addicting and really fun and the mini games truly add to the game play. The only downfall, which is completely overshadowed by the excellence of the game is the slightly clumsy controls, I occasionally fell of cliffs and hit walls, this game was intended to be used with an analog stick and the digital D pad its awkward, I'm sure control is better with the thumb pad on the wrist strap, but that unfortunately does not come with the DS Lite. I bought the DS Lite just for this game and I definitely feel it was money well spent.