Super Mario 64 (DS) Review

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Takahiro's review of Super Mario 64 (DS)


“Nintendo really couldn't have picked a better game...”

Written on: 26/07/2005 by Takahiro (36 reviews written)

Good Points
New characters to play as
Just as good as it was

Bad Points
Control issues
Some graphic features lost

General Comments
Nintendo really couldn't have picked a better game than Super Mario 64 to showcase the kind of 3D the DS is capable of, it shows that the DS is much sharper and clearer, with better textures possible but it also shows some things it lacks, such as the slight blurring effect of the N64 game which helped hide blocky polygons that are now more visible on the DS.

However, whilst it has been rumoured that the DS doesn't have reflections or the same water effects they are made up, the DS handles these and everything else fine.

Once starting, you play as Yoshi, and have to rescue Mario, Luigi and Wario, all who have their own abilities.

Yoshi can swallow enemies and fire, which allows him to melt ice and is essential for some stars later. Mario is the same as always but is the only character that can do the wall jump; if he picks up the flower you float retro style! Luigi can jump the highest and also has a very floaty jump like Yoshi; he also has the ability to run through mesh-wire and mirrows when he gets a flower. Wario is slow, doesn't jump very high but he is strong and the flower turns him metal, allowing him to walk underwater to collect stars.

The main adventure has had some tinkering, 30 new stars in total have been added so even expert players from the past will have new things to do.

Those aside, there is also a multiplayer thrown in, it is fairly basic, a 30-second run-around one of four stages to collect stars, players can steal stars and change characters mid play but the real value is the single-cart link, it won't hold your interest for long but it's great for a go every now and then.

The last addition is a collection of mini-games, most of these are pretty simple and you won't play for long, but a few of them can really grab you, and they prove to be something to do if you get bored with the adventure.

The control is a slight problem though, with the d-pad you don't get the same level of control and many people find the touch method too hard, stick with it though and before long you will be playing just as well as you used to!

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