Super Mario 64 DS

super mario 64 ds box art
9.0 Overall Score
Graphics: 8/10
Sound: 8/10
Controls: 7/10

A classic game updated for a new gen

Still some camera issues, wished the new character were utilized better

Game Info

Game Name:  Super Mario 64 DS

Developer(s):  Nintendo EAD

Publisher(s):  Nintendo

Platform(s):  NDS

Genre(s):  Platformer/Retro

Release Date(s):  November 21, 2004 (US)/December 2, 2004 (Japan)

ESRB Rating:  E

super mario 64 ds jolly rogers bay eel gameplay

Looks friendly…

Princes Peach has been kidnapped by Bower who is using the castle’s paints as portals to his worlds.  It is up to Mario to free Peach by collecting stars to open the worlds and locate Bower’s hiding places.  Mario isn’t alone this time.  With the help of Luigi, Yoshi, and Wario, Mario will succeed or Princess Toadstool and the Mushroom Kingdom will fall into clutches of Bowser and his stooges forever!

Super Mario 64 DS (スーパーマリオ64DS or Sūpā Mario Rokujūyon) is a 3D platformer which is remake of N64’s Super Mario 64 released in 1996.  The game was released to critical acclaim and expanded aspects of Mario 64.

super mario 64 ds wario screenshot


Super Mario 64 was a classic.  I got my Nintendo 64 in college and Mario 64 with it.  I devoured the game and located all the stars (plus found Yoshi on the top of castle).  I loved the game for all its glory and for its faults.  Super Mario 64 DS is a nice return to a fun game.

The movie basically ported Super Mario 64 to the DS.  The game added a few tricks and jobs with the other characters, but since it has been so long since playing the original game, it all seems relatively new (though some of the trickier stars feel fresh in my mind).  Having finished, Super Mario 64 however it does feel sometimes tedious to replay and collect the starts again.  It is the addition of the new characters that I wish Mario 64 DS had embraced the new characters more and made them more diverse and usable.

super mario 64 ds bowser battle gameplay

Suck Bower…for like the 20th time!

The game still suffers from camera problems.  One of the most frustrating aspects of Super Mario 64 was the camera and I had hoped that the issue had been cleared up a bit more.  Sometimes you just can’t get the camera where you need it to be to see something and moving around forces you to fall to a horrible death.  I think the camera has improved a little, but not to the level I had hoped.

Super Mario 64 is a classic and Super Mario 64 DS is a great port of the game for a new generation of players.  I feel that Super Mario Galaxy took the Super Mario 64 model and improved upon it.  This game didn’t really take the game to the next echelon or reach Super Mario Galaxy which it easily could have.  Still, Super Mario 64 DS shows why Nintendo was king of the platformer…whether in a 3D or 2D world.  Mario rules!

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