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  • Summary: Super Mario 64, the genre-defining Nintendo 64 classic, arrives on the Nintendo DS with all-new features that take full advantage of the new portable system's dual screens, touch screen and wireless multiplayer capability. Play as Mario, Yoshi, Luigi and even Wario. You'll need to use eachSuper Mario 64, the genre-defining Nintendo 64 classic, arrives on the Nintendo DS with all-new features that take full advantage of the new portable system's dual screens, touch screen and wireless multiplayer capability. Play as Mario, Yoshi, Luigi and even Wario. You'll need to use each one's unique abilities to find 150 Power Stars hidden in the castle and grounds. Play through Adventure mode and try your stylus-wielding hand at tons of new touch-sensitive mini-games. Battle up to three friends in Wireless Versus mode, which you can play with only one Super Mario 64 DS game card. Each of the four main characters has multiple jumping moves that cover great horizontal and vertical distances. Each has unique moves: Yoshi can eat enemies and turn them into eggs that he can throw; Mario can punch, kick and wall-jump to great heights; super-strong Wario can break certain blocks; and Luigi can jump incredibly high. Power Flowers give each character even cooler powers, like invisibility, fire breath or the power to float through the air. [Nintendo] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 50 out of 54
  2. Negative: 0 out of 54
  1. 100
    Its greatness holds up almost ten years later. It's a treat having an enhanced (both gameplay-wise and visually) version of the game that you can toss in your pocket and play on the go. This is easily the best launch title in the DS lineup.
  2. With a huge adventure that will take dozens of hours to complete, along with 36 different mini-games and single-card multiplayer, Super Mario 64 DS is easily the best title on the Nintendo DS right now.
  3. Even pointlessly simple card matching games like Luigi's "Pair-A-Gone" and "Memory Match" had us playing relentlessly, whiling away Tube journeys and whiling away stolen moments at all manner of the day and night.
  4. The 3D graphics are amazing in comparison to the flat sprites from earlier systems.
  5. 80
    With a lengthy single player adventure and 3 dozen mini-games to enjoy, Super Mario 64 DS is well worth the cash, despite its minor control issues.
  6. If you can overlook some control issues you’ll find quite a lot of game play that will have you going for months to come.
  7. While the main game in Super Mario 64 DS does seem a bit dated to be a launch title for the Nintendo DS, it is still a fun action/adventure that will satisfy the handful of people that have always wished they could have Super Mario 64 on a handheld.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 83 out of 103
  2. Negative: 6 out of 103
  1. DanielT.
    Apr 11, 2005
    10
    It was a lot better than the N64 one I liked Yoshi the best it was a great game.
  2. Aug 4, 2013
    10
    When I saw there was a version of Mario 64 on the DS I knew I wanted the system.

    This is the biggest reason I wanted a DS in the first
    When I saw there was a version of Mario 64 on the DS I knew I wanted the system.

    This is the biggest reason I wanted a DS in the first place. This game is everything the 64 version is and then some, it also has a fun multiplayer, but the biggest addition is the inclusion of characters, Yoshi, Luigi and Wario with their own unique abilities.

    The controls arent ideal without a analog stick, but its a minor issue you will soon forget once you start playing this amazing game.

    Quite possibly the best game for the system 10 out of 10!
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  3. CazC.
    Jun 22, 2007
    10
    Absolutely amazing game. You get to play as your favourite character this time instead of just Mario and quite frankly the moves that some of Absolutely amazing game. You get to play as your favourite character this time instead of just Mario and quite frankly the moves that some of the others can do makes Mario look untalented! New levels added, extra stars, more fun glitches such as being able to swim under the castle and even mega addictive mini games; especially Luigi's card games! This is definately a game worth adding to your collection, 100% guarenteed to enjoy this game even if you don't like other mario games! Expand
  4. RecardoB.
    Feb 17, 2007
    9
    Very good port with new levels and characters to play. DS controls can be very frustrating at times, but game play is fun.
  5. Oct 21, 2017
    8
    This is the best way to play Super Mario 64. Not as an N64 game, but just this game in general. Yes, having to use the D-pad is a bitThis is the best way to play Super Mario 64. Not as an N64 game, but just this game in general. Yes, having to use the D-pad is a bit different, but the N64 version already feels like it was meant to use the D-pad anyway, probably cause it was originally meant to be an SNES title. Now there's the 3DS and the Wii U (via Nintendo Network), so the D-pad problem is solved, if you prefer the stick. There's just too much to this game to call it "not as good" as the N64 version. To me, it's the other way around. Some stuff is still a pain to control like the N64 version, but this one is about 5 times better. Expand
  6. Jul 27, 2012
    8
    Is this just a port of Mario 64 to DS? No. They added 30 new stars, enhanced the game experience in many ways by allowing you to play with 4Is this just a port of Mario 64 to DS? No. They added 30 new stars, enhanced the game experience in many ways by allowing you to play with 4 characters, and best of all, added amazing touch pad minigames - a ton of them. I'm not exaggerating either their quality and replayability is great, along with the ideas they had for them. It's some of the best touchpad fun you'll get on DS. This is the way all ports should be, if at least companies didn't get to lazy. A great buy for DS even if you've played mario 64 before. Expand
  7. Astix
    Feb 14, 2005
    1
    It`s so dificult to play it without a joystick. The touch screen don´t helps anything. Is better to have a good joystick than aIt`s so dificult to play it without a joystick. The touch screen don´t helps anything. Is better to have a good joystick than a screachable touchscreen. Expand

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