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Release year: 2004 | Players: 1 player – multiplayer | Developed by Nintendo EAD
Super Mario 64 DS (NDS)
Super Mario 64 DS (AKA スーパーマリオ64DS in Japan) is an amazing 3D platform video game developed by Nintendo EAD for the Nintendo DS (NDS) handheld console in 2004. The game is a remake of Super Mario 64 for the N64 and the first Mario title released for the NDS.
If you have played the classic Super Mario 64 before, you should expect no huge difference in this game’s style and storyline. Princess Peach is yet again, kidnapped in her own castle. Yoshi will also be your initial character in this game and defeating Bowser is still the highlight of the show.
Playable characters: Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, and Wario.
A handful of new touches were added in the game though. You will explore new, smaller stages. There are also new mini-games exclusively found in the game which are all fun and addictive. And, of course, new touch screen-based controls are added. One of the best 3D platform games for the NDS!
The controls, however, do not use the NDS’ touch screen system by default. You need to use the D-pad to move and the buttons to take actions like attack, duck, or jump. The touch screen is merely used for running but considering the less precise response of the pad, you may find yourself better off using the D-pad and the buttons.
In terms of graphics, it is surprising how the game’s 3D features were squeezed into a pocket-sized console. The visuals are clear and elaborate. Each stage displays a massive and colorful environment. The character sprites are also well animated.
The music used in the game, on the other hand, is engaging. It adds up to the vibrant atmosphere of the game. While some sound effects are not as clear as what you would expect in an NDS console, the game still utilizes the DS’ stereo speakers well.
Playing the game is essentially playing the original Super Mario 64 with better graphics and style. But even if it was made to copy the same storyline as the original, it was still wise for the developers to create a remake that can be played in a more advance system like NDS.
Super Mario 64 DS has been ported to NDS (this version), and Nintendo Virtual Console.