|Super Mario 64 DS|
Release Date: Out Now (Japan)
Players: 1, (1-4 multiplayer)
10/10. Pah! That was easy. Itís the best videogame of all time, isnít it? Well some people would say so, probably including this reviewer if he was perfectly honest. So I imported a new Nintendo DS, and went for two launch games, and Super Mario 64 DS was one of them.
Hopefully, everyone reading this review will have played the original on Nintendo 64 all those years ago, so the game wonít need too much explaining. You all know the deal. It was Marioís first true 3D experience, with beautifully implemented full analog control and an ingenious camera system (for its day). The game world was huge, with some of the greatest levels a platform game has ever featured. Even its sequel on GAMECUBE, Super Mario Sunshine, couldnít match the awesomeness that was Mario 64.
So Nintendo have ported the game to their new handheld, DS. Itís a very good port too, in places looking better than the original game did. Itís lost its blurry nature that was so common on the Nintendo 64, and is now very sharp indeed. As a result, (and a lack of a hardware feature), the game sometimes has some slight pixelisation issues on the edges of trees etc. Itís really nothing major, but you do notice it more. It certainly looks a lot cleaner than the original did, and objects such as coins are now fully 3D and look great. The game is also very smooth too, which looks very nice on the DS backlit screen.
You can press the corners of the screen to move the camera around, or use the face buttons. Its up to you, and its setup via an option menu. I prefer using the face buttons for left and right movement, so you can walk around at the same time.
So you have the full version of Mario64, and its still a brilliant, brilliant game, far superior to pretty much every other platform game out there, and its lost none of the charm it had eight years ago. However, on top of the normal game, you can also play through the game has one of three other characters: Yoshi, Luigi, and Wario. In fact, you start playing the game as Yoshi, as the story has been altered slightly and Mario and his buds have all been kidnapped and taken into the castle with the Princess. After a while you get a new level (brand new to this game) where you can unlock a new character. Mario becomes available first, of course, so you can play through the game as him. Some of the powerups in the game have been changed, and powerups such as Metal Mario, can now only be obtained and used by Wario (cause heís bigger, I guess), and some stars can only be won by certain characters.
Further to this, there is a wi-fi multiplayer mode, where up to four players can go into a level and try and collect as many stars as possible in a certain time. Its quite good, but I kind of feel it was added for the sake of it, and Iíd rather take it in turns on the mini-games to be honest. It is really neat though that you only need one cart to play the game, and the other players download the game to their DS to play. Very neat.
- Itís Mario 64.
- The mini-games are superb.
- Control isnít quite as good as it was on Nintendo64.
- Multiplayer mode isnít that great.