Super Mario 64 DS

Action/Adventure Game Retail - Cartridge - DS - MPN: NTRPASME
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Description
Featuring some of the finest 3-D graphics and game play ever developed for a video game, Super Mario 64 set a new standard for interactive entertainment when it was launched with the Nintendo 64. Super Mario 64's vast worlds teem with daunting obstacle courses, hidden items, puzzles and more than 30 enemies!
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ESRB Rating E (Everyone)
Game Genre Action/Adventure Game
Expert Reviews
Super Mario 64 DS
4.5 Star Review  GameZone - Nov 30, 2004

I had a dream last night. During the dream I went and purchased a used Nintendo 64 game console and a copy of Super Mario 64. Before wrapping up my order, the guy behind the counter asked, "Would you like your order to go?" That was strange. I had never been asked that before, but nodded yes just for the heck of it. He then moved the Nintendo 64 aside and handed me a shiny new Nintendo DS. Real-time cut scenes and dual screens, Super Mario 64 DS is a landmark game. Not only is it the first true 3D platformer released for a mobile console, but it's also the first time Nintendo has unofficially re-made a classic game.

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Super Mario 64 DS
5 Star Review  GameSpy - Nov 21, 2004

When the Nintendo 64 launched back in 1996, the killer app for the system was Super Mario 64, the game many critics at the time referred to as The Best Game Ever. Now here we are, just over eight years later, and Nintendo is trotting Mario 64 out again to serve as the definitive launch title for its new handheld system, the Nintendo DS. OK, so it's technically not the same game. Instead of a straight up port, Nintendo has added plenty of new features to this dual screen version.

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Mario 64 DS Review
4 Star Review  about.com - Dec 31, 1969

The little plumber that could returns to a familiar game environment, friends in toe. This Nintendo DS launch title is a faithful recreation of the classic Nintendo game, only in a handheld version, and is one of the best games in the DS’s launch line-up. With added features like wireless multiplayer support and a number of new levels, it easily earns a place in the collection of any DS owner. There’s hours of fun even for those that played the original.

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Super Mario 64 DS (ds)
4.5 Star Review  IGN.com - Nov 20, 2004

Surprise! A Mario game ends up a launch title for the company's new system. But is it the must have game of the year?

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Super Mario 64 DS Review
4.5 Star Review  mobiletechreview.com - Sep 1, 2005

Even if, like me, you cringe when you hear "Nintendo" and "port" in the same sentence, you should still check this one out. Fans of the original absolutely must play this, as the new stars, characters, and vastly improved graphics give us the pseudo-sequel that never was. The 36 minigames alone give enough reason to pick this one up, and the single cart multiplayer battle mode is just another nice little freebie thrown in to sweeten the deal. Let's hope we see some other Nintendo 64 favorites get this kind of treatment in the future… Zelda: Ocarina of Time anyone?

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Super Mario 64 DS
4.5 Star Review  TopTenREVIEWS.com - Mar 17, 2008

Super Mario 64 DS receives an overall TopTenREVIEWS rating of 3.5 out of 4.00. It is ranked the #527 game of all time, #1 game of 2004 for the Nintendo DS and #12 Nintendo DS game of all time. The rating and ranking is based on an average of 93 critic scores, awards and other criteria. To see a breakdown of the game ranking, read individual critic reviews, or see how other games ranked, click on the link below.

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Super Mario 64 DS
4 Star Review  testseek.com - Oct 29, 2008

Testseek.com has collected 13 expert reviews for Super Mario 64 DS and the average expert rating is 83 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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Super Mario 64 DS
3 Star Review  productwiki.com - Jan 8, 2010

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 systems dual screens, touch screen and wireless multiplayer capability! ... PROS: (1) Improves on an established classic with new features and improved graphics. (2) Four playable characters add variety to the gameplay (3) Multiplayer modes can be downloaded to players without the game (4) Large amount of unlockable minigames add even more play time. ... CONS: (1) Controls are unintuitive (2) Touch screen elements feel tacked-on and are cumbersome (3) Multiplayer modes are limited.

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User Reviews
Super Mario 64 DS
4 Star Review     

Strengths: Grafics of the game, quality, mini games

Weakness: sound, game play

many people may find the game harder than the original game, they way you haft to play may seem harder but it is pretty good.

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super mario ds
4 Star Review     

Strengths: graphics

Weakness: faces created for the charectors is not so good

i like this game because it has many charectors good graphics many levals and facsinating costumes but the p rice of this game is not reasonable i also like the jumping of luigi

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Super Mario 64 ds
5 Star Review     

Strengths: time consuming;fun;mental strength needed

Weakness: very confusing; too many controls-confusing

this game is an action packed time wasting game I spend like 6 hours on this every Sunday. Also there are 30 more stars to collect than the original so if you had it for the 64 it wont come so easily. overall a great game!!

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SUPER MARIO 64 DS
5 Star Review     

Strengths: Graphics, 3 new characters, 30+ stars than the original, sound, new areas, touch screen minigames, not a copy and paste remake

I recommend this product because is one of the best 3D plataformer games for DS It´s a long and enjoyable adventure It no use the touch screen in main adventure but in use in cleaver minigames

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ok
5 Star Review     

Strengths: good

Weakness: nothing

i wald love for a mario with a evel yoshi and a good bowser and a bowser that has ice breth i wald love that and and im in love with mario

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5 Star Review   By member gamefool - Dec 2, 2005   

Strengths: Graphics,great story-line,great moves

Weakness: diolage

This review has helped me to find out a lot more reasons why I should buy such a classic game.This game has oringinal charactes,strong bosses but are still fun to fight,good power-ups,and good abilites that are only used by certain charactes.This is a great game that every DS owner should have.

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Super Mario 64 DS
3 Star Review   By member dago2727 - Sep 21, 2005   

Strengths: More charcters than the console version

Weakness: Almost exact port of a 10 year old game; Difficult to control

Super Mario 64 DS is the portable version of the Nintendo 64 Super Mario 64 released almost 10 years ago. The game has exactly the same boxy graphics as the original and manages to carry over all the fun as well. The problem with this tho, is that because there is no analog stick that made the console version control wonderfully, the game is extremely difficult to control on the DS. The best use would be the thumbstrap that came with the DS, but I still cannot seem to get used to it, even 10 months later. Good, but certainly not the best DS game to purchase.

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Fun adventure game
5 Star Review   By member lionheart4life - Aug 31, 2005   

Strengths: Variety of things to do, different playable characters.

Weakness: Some parts are very simple to complete.

This is a very fun action-adventure game for all ages. It is pretty simple at first to start playing, but there are a ton of levels with a variety of tasks for each level. This is a remake from an N64 game, but a ton of things have been added such as minigames, new playable characters, and the use of the Nintendo DS touch screen. Using the touch screen is not mandatory, but may be preferred to controlling your character using the directional pad. The graphics are great for a handheld game. You are also given the opportunity to save frequently, so you won't find yourself having to turn off the game and losing progress. Its a fun platform game and each character you choose has unique abilities that will make them better suited for certain tasks. Mario can punch and kick jump off walls among other things. Yoshi can flutter as well as turn enemies into eggs. Wario is slower but more powerful and can break into places others can't. And Luigi is faster and can run across water for a short period of time. Even though it is a Mario game it offers a fairly lengthy amount of play as there are so many things to do in this not even including the minigames that you can unlock that are great for killing time and trying to set high-scores. I highly recommend this as one of the best DS games out.

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Sper Mario 64 DS
4 Star Review   By member economys - Aug 20, 2005   

Strengths: 1. Luigi can jump high; 2. Yoshi (blue) can fly

Weakness: 1. Mario doesn't talk; 2. Mario can't jump very well

For this review's strength's ad weakness's I decided to straight to the source, my 10 year old son. He's played about halfway through the game and has thoroughly enjoyed it. Since the choices for DS games is relatively limited right now, this game is a must have. I have played a little bit of the way through and have found it enjoyable, but I can't quite get the hang of the user interface. The 3d graphics are reminiscent of Mario Sunshine on the GC.

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Super Mario 64 DS
4 Star Review   By member mick16 - Aug 11, 2005   

Strengths: Great Graphics, Mini Games

Weakness: Rehash of the Game for the N64, Controls

Super Mario 64 for the Nintendo DS is probably the only game worth paying full price for the DS right now (maybe WarioWare Touched too). The game provides hours of entertaining game play by delivering the classic platforming action of the Mario genre from Nintendo. The game offers some fun new Mini-Games as well. If you've never played the game before on the N64 or your missing the old days, this game is for you.

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Product Details
Description
Featuring some of the finest 3-D graphics and game play ever developed for a video game, Super Mario 64 set a new standard for interactive entertainment when it was launched with the Nintendo 64. Super Mario 64's vast worlds teem with daunting obstacle courses, hidden items, puzzles and more than 30 enemies!
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ESRB Rating E (Everyone)
Game Genre Action/Adventure Game
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Product Title Super Mario 64 DS
Manufacturer Nintendo
Power Score 4.3 | 38 Reviews
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Expert Reviews
Super Mario 64 DS
4.5 Star Review  GameZone - Nov 30, 2004

I had a dream last night. During the dream I went and purchased a used Nintendo 64 game console and a copy of Super Mario 64. Before wrapping up my order, the guy behind the counter asked, "Would you like your order to go?" That was strange. I had never been asked that before, but nodded yes just for the heck of it. He then moved the Nintendo 64 aside and handed me a shiny new Nintendo DS. Real-time cut scenes and dual screens, Super Mario 64 DS is a landmark game. Not only is it the first true 3D platformer released for a mobile console, but it's also the first time Nintendo has unofficially re-made a classic game.

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Super Mario 64 DS
5 Star Review  GameSpy - Nov 21, 2004

When the Nintendo 64 launched back in 1996, the killer app for the system was Super Mario 64, the game many critics at the time referred to as The Best Game Ever. Now here we are, just over eight years later, and Nintendo is trotting Mario 64 out again to serve as the definitive launch title for its new handheld system, the Nintendo DS. OK, so it's technically not the same game. Instead of a straight up port, Nintendo has added plenty of new features to this dual screen version.

Read the full review »

Mario 64 DS Review
4 Star Review  about.com - Dec 31, 1969

The little plumber that could returns to a familiar game environment, friends in toe. This Nintendo DS launch title is a faithful recreation of the classic Nintendo game, only in a handheld version, and is one of the best games in the DS’s launch line-up. With added features like wireless multiplayer support and a number of new levels, it easily earns a place in the collection of any DS owner. There’s hours of fun even for those that played the original.

Read the full review »

Super Mario 64 DS (ds)
4.5 Star Review  IGN.com - Nov 20, 2004

Surprise! A Mario game ends up a launch title for the company's new system. But is it the must have game of the year?

Read the full review »

Super Mario 64 DS Review
4.5 Star Review  mobiletechreview.com - Sep 1, 2005

Even if, like me, you cringe when you hear "Nintendo" and "port" in the same sentence, you should still check this one out. Fans of the original absolutely must play this, as the new stars, characters, and vastly improved graphics give us the pseudo-sequel that never was. The 36 minigames alone give enough reason to pick this one up, and the single cart multiplayer battle mode is just another nice little freebie thrown in to sweeten the deal. Let's hope we see some other Nintendo 64 favorites get this kind of treatment in the future… Zelda: Ocarina of Time anyone?

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Super Mario 64 DS
4.5 Star Review  TopTenREVIEWS.com - Mar 17, 2008

Super Mario 64 DS receives an overall TopTenREVIEWS rating of 3.5 out of 4.00. It is ranked the #527 game of all time, #1 game of 2004 for the Nintendo DS and #12 Nintendo DS game of all time. The rating and ranking is based on an average of 93 critic scores, awards and other criteria. To see a breakdown of the game ranking, read individual critic reviews, or see how other games ranked, click on the link below.

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Super Mario 64 DS
4 Star Review  testseek.com - Oct 29, 2008

Testseek.com has collected 13 expert reviews for Super Mario 64 DS and the average expert rating is 83 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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Super Mario 64 DS
3 Star Review  productwiki.com - Jan 8, 2010

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 systems dual screens, touch screen and wireless multiplayer capability! ... PROS: (1) Improves on an established classic with new features and improved graphics. (2) Four playable characters add variety to the gameplay (3) Multiplayer modes can be downloaded to players without the game (4) Large amount of unlockable minigames add even more play time. ... CONS: (1) Controls are unintuitive (2) Touch screen elements feel tacked-on and are cumbersome (3) Multiplayer modes are limited.

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User Reviews
Super Mario 64 DS
4 Star Review     

Strengths: Grafics of the game, quality, mini games

Weakness: sound, game play

many people may find the game harder than the original game, they way you haft to play may seem harder but it is pretty good.

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super mario ds
4 Star Review     

Strengths: graphics

Weakness: faces created for the charectors is not so good

i like this game because it has many charectors good graphics many levals and facsinating costumes but the p rice of this game is not reasonable i also like the jumping of luigi

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Super Mario 64 ds
5 Star Review     

Strengths: time consuming;fun;mental strength needed

Weakness: very confusing; too many controls-confusing

this game is an action packed time wasting game I spend like 6 hours on this every Sunday. Also there are 30 more stars to collect than the original so if you had it for the 64 it wont come so easily. overall a great game!!

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SUPER MARIO 64 DS
5 Star Review     

Strengths: Graphics, 3 new characters, 30+ stars than the original, sound, new areas, touch screen minigames, not a copy and paste remake

I recommend this product because is one of the best 3D plataformer games for DS It´s a long and enjoyable adventure It no use the touch screen in main adventure but in use in cleaver minigames

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ok
5 Star Review     

Strengths: good

Weakness: nothing

i wald love for a mario with a evel yoshi and a good bowser and a bowser that has ice breth i wald love that and and im in love with mario

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gamefool from NY
5 Star Review   By member gamefool - Dec 2, 2005   

Strengths: Graphics,great story-line,great moves

Weakness: diolage

This review has helped me to find out a lot more reasons why I should buy such a classic game.This game has oringinal charactes,strong bosses but are still fun to fight,good power-ups,and good abilites that are only used by certain charactes.This is a great game that every DS owner should have.

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Super Mario 64 DS
3 Star Review   By member dago2727 - Sep 21, 2005   

Strengths: More charcters than the console version

Weakness: Almost exact port of a 10 year old game; Difficult to control

Super Mario 64 DS is the portable version of the Nintendo 64 Super Mario 64 released almost 10 years ago. The game has exactly the same boxy graphics as the original and manages to carry over all the fun as well. The problem with this tho, is that because there is no analog stick that made the console version control wonderfully, the game is extremely difficult to control on the DS. The best use would be the thumbstrap that came with the DS, but I still cannot seem to get used to it, even 10 months later. Good, but certainly not the best DS game to purchase.

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Fun adventure game
5 Star Review   By member lionheart4life - Aug 31, 2005   

Strengths: Variety of things to do, different playable characters.

Weakness: Some parts are very simple to complete.

This is a very fun action-adventure game for all ages. It is pretty simple at first to start playing, but there are a ton of levels with a variety of tasks for each level. This is a remake from an N64 game, but a ton of things have been added such as minigames, new playable characters, and the use of the Nintendo DS touch screen. Using the touch screen is not mandatory, but may be preferred to controlling your character using the directional pad. The graphics are great for a handheld game. You are also given the opportunity to save frequently, so you won't find yourself having to turn off the game and losing progress. Its a fun platform game and each character you choose has unique abilities that will make them better suited for certain tasks. Mario can punch and kick jump off walls among other things. Yoshi can flutter as well as turn enemies into eggs. Wario is slower but more powerful and can break into places others can't. And Luigi is faster and can run across water for a short period of time. Even though it is a Mario game it offers a fairly lengthy amount of play as there are so many things to do in this not even including the minigames that you can unlock that are great for killing time and trying to set high-scores. I highly recommend this as one of the best DS games out.

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Sper Mario 64 DS
4 Star Review   By member economys - Aug 20, 2005   

Strengths: 1. Luigi can jump high; 2. Yoshi (blue) can fly

Weakness: 1. Mario doesn't talk; 2. Mario can't jump very well

For this review's strength's ad weakness's I decided to straight to the source, my 10 year old son. He's played about halfway through the game and has thoroughly enjoyed it. Since the choices for DS games is relatively limited right now, this game is a must have. I have played a little bit of the way through and have found it enjoyable, but I can't quite get the hang of the user interface. The 3d graphics are reminiscent of Mario Sunshine on the GC.

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Super Mario 64 DS
4 Star Review   By member mick16 - Aug 11, 2005   

Strengths: Great Graphics, Mini Games

Weakness: Rehash of the Game for the N64, Controls

Super Mario 64 for the Nintendo DS is probably the only game worth paying full price for the DS right now (maybe WarioWare Touched too). The game provides hours of entertaining game play by delivering the classic platforming action of the Mario genre from Nintendo. The game offers some fun new Mini-Games as well. If you've never played the game before on the N64 or your missing the old days, this game is for you.

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5 Star Review   By member sagexsdx - Jul 2, 2005   

Strengths: There is a whole lot to do in this game (150 stars to get). Graphics are clean and don't get in the way. One of the original 3D adventure games and perhaps still the best.

Weakness: Analog stick emulation has its issues. Sometimes it's easy to get lost as to what you have to do.

First off, this game is basically the same game that you played on the Nintendo 64 some 10 years ago. However, the game has aged well. The graphics are clean. The camera is mostly hassle-less. And there is a whole bunch of stuff to do in the game. Is the game worth the rebuy/replay? Well, I can't really say whether it is or not because I never owned or extensively played the original. However, having played this remake, I have to say the original game certainly deserved the high review scores. The basic story of the game: Bowser kidnapped the princess (again) and also stole all the castle's stars to empower his minions. Mario, Luigi, and Wario are shown going after Bowser, but they never return. This is where you come in as Yoshi. As Yoshi, you go through the castle and it's various courses to find all your friends and to get all the stars back and save the day. 8 stars into the game, you get Mario and you continue to get the rest of the characters. The progression of the game is good. When you start getting tired of the levels you've been playing, you find you have enough stars to open up the next set of courses. The game never really drags on. Anyways the game is a lot of fun. You can bet that you will be spending a good number of hours to beat this game. The minimum number of stars needed to beat the game is 80. Anyways perhaps one of the best things about this game right now at the time of writing is that it's FREE. That is, if you buy a new Nintendo DS system like I did. But it's definitely worth the $30 retail price.

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5 Star Review   By member Roufuss - Jul 1, 2005   

Strengths: Excellent remix of an already great game.

Weakness: Some camera issues, nothing major.

Super Mario 64 DS is a great remix and an awesome game to show off the DS with. Control with the stylus is relatively simple, and the graphics are on par with the N64 version. The minigames included are very creative, and the ability to use Yoshi, Luigi, and Wario in addition to Mario makes the game worth playing through again. Definately worth playing through for newcomers and veterans alike, highly recommended!

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4 Star Review   By member Honrosie42 - Jun 30, 2005   

Strengths: It's fun to get stars, some of the mini games are quite fun, can use d pad if you dont like touch control

Weakness: People who can play Mario 64 in their sleep may be put off that it does not play exactly the same, touch screen is an awkward replacement for a control stick, camera is hard to get to

I've never really played Mario very much on the 64, so this game was a new experience for me. I like it a lot. I have a tough time using the touch controls, but I'm quite happy with the dpad. (However the camera is still touch. That can get troublesome.) It's all of the great fun of getting stars that you had in the original, plus a few extras. You can play as multiple characters, all with their own special skills. You can also unlock minigames. Some are quite addicting. Anyway, I love this game. However, my friend has a diffrent opinion. He's played the original so much he could do it in his sleep. He couldn't stand this version, as much as the extras appealed to him. The controls just seemed wrong to him, and he didn't like the dpad either. I imagine that many people who are totally new to the game will take the new controls in stride, but more experienced players will feel uncomfortable. Keep this in mind.

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5 Star Review   By member nintendospy - Jun 29, 2005   

Strengths: Graphics, Minigames, Length

Weakness: Sound, It's a port of a 9 year old game

This game is a great remake of a classic Nintendo 64 platformer. It stays true to the original while adding 3 new playable characters, and 36 touch screen minigames. It also adds 30 stars to collect. It's a great game every Nintendo DS owner should own.

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5 Star Review   By member sononkyo - Jun 28, 2005   

Strengths: Mario characters; mini-games; timeless gameplay; free form gameplay; improved graphics with updated textures

Weakness: It's still super mario 64 from N64 days

This game is and deserves to be one of the top games in regards to the DS lineup. The familiar world of Super Mario jumps to a 3-D perspective, and with it, the boundaries of Mario gets pushed to interesting new gameplay mechanics that now have been implemented as standard features. The father of 3D gaming gets refreshed with an updated palette, and it sure looks pretty! Mario and friends look great. The N64 mario does not age well and Nintendo deserves kudos for going in there and tinkering with the artwork by swapping in new textures. This doesn't even push the Nintendo DS hardware but the colors and playfullness of the graphics just draw you in like no other game. Mini-games are very fun, and provided you have another DS owner nearby, this will definitely extend the replaybility of this game ten-fold. The negatives that I can only offer is that the game doesn't change much in single player mode. I guess by preserving the core fundamentals, old-schoolers such as myself can recall and appreciate the game with some nostalgia. I definitely do, but it would have been nice to make the first Mario game on the DS a completely new adventure. However, that is a minor fault that I have with Nintendo and not a reflection of the game itself. A must have for your DS collection, and a must play for portable gamers everywhere.

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5 Star Review   By member sabin23 - Jun 26, 2005   

Strengths: Portable version of the greatest platformer of all time, improved texture mapping.

Weakness: Lack of analog (touch screen with thumb nob is a poor substitute), poor camera.

I have been waiting years to finally have Mario 64 on the go and now Nintendo has finally granted me my wish! In 1996, this was proclaimed the greatest game of all time and in many ways, it still is nearly a decade later. I mean, how often do we hear about platformers being the next great "Mario-killer?" Not many platformers have lived up to the billing because they never come close to rivaling the sheer scope, gameplay and fun that Mario 64 provides. While Nintendo has updated the game with improved texture mapping, it's a win/lose situation. Yes, the game does look better BUT it also suffers jagged edges and pixelated polygons (N64's hardware had better anti-aliasing and blurring features). These graphical blemishes are hidden somewhat because the screen is small. I also like the fact that you can choose from Mario, Wario, Luigi and Yoshi as playable characters (they all play differently according to their strengths and skills) so the game doesn't just feel like a rehash of the original. My only gripe with game is the somewhat broken controls. Using the touch-screen is a poor substitute as an analog controller, especially when you have to stretch your thumb all the way to the middle of the DS. The D-pad feels a lot more comfortable but it's not as precise and your thumb often gets cramped because of all the constant pressure you have to apply to make the character move. Lastly, the mini games are an absolute blast. You unlock more as the game goes on but they make great use of the touchscreen. I can definitely see the great potential the DS has after playing some of the mini-games. Despite some control flaws, I give Mario 64 my highest recommendation.

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4 Star Review   By member ericx - Jun 22, 2005   

Strengths: 3-D, something worth your money. The only thing that gives it a replay value are the mini games. The mini games are fun, unique, and original.

Weakness: If you're going to be playing a 3-D game, you need a analog stick. You could play it using the D-pad, but the game would had been much better if the Nintendo DS had a analog stick.

If you own a Nintendo Ds you must own this game. They are now offering it free when you purchase a Nintedo DS. If you have played Super Mario 64 don't buy it, unless you really liked it. The only new features are you could now use Wario, Luigi, and Yoshi. The only reason I still play it are the mini games. The mini games are fun, unique, and original and you only use the touchscreen to play them. For example, there is a Wario mini game where you use your stylus to pull a sling shot to shoot down falling bombs. You should buy it if you like to play short games (the mini games), if you liked Super Mario 64, and if you like the Super Mario games. If not, don't pick it up.

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5 Star Review   By member psincubus - Jun 19, 2005   

Strengths: Mario 64, great gameplay, fun

Weakness: no analog stick

Game plays just like Super Mario 64, without an analog stick. There are tons of additions to this game over Mario 64, the most notable being the minigames. The minigames use the DS's touch screen perfectly. They are great games! Overall, this game is excellent, although no analog stick can be frustrating.

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4 Star Review   By member c0urage0us - Jun 17, 2005   

Strengths: -Classic reborn on the DS -Character specific puzzles -Lots of fun touch screen mini-games

Weakness: -Controls aren't the same without analog stick -Getting all the stars isn't as rewarding

When I got my DS in January, I bought this game along with Feel the Magic. I was very happy with my purchase as the mini-games alone made it worth the price of admission. I was first turned off by the thumb strap control but later it became second nature. Though at times I just stick to the D-Pad. The biggest change from Mario 64 going from N64 to DS is the inclusion of Luigi, Yoshi, and Wario as playable characters. It really adds to the experience in a great way and also brings in an additional 30 stars to unlock. Honestly I lost interest in the main game once I hit 80 stars and was able to fight the final form of Bowser. I was more into the mini-games because of the touch screen factor, but I soon lost interest to other games. I still rate it a 4 because its a great introductory game to the DS but not strong enough to call it a must own.

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4 Star Review   By member EternalGamer1 - Jun 15, 2005   

Strengths: -Very vibrant and colorful worlds. -Responsive controls -Wide appeal

Weakness: -Awkward Thumbstrap controls take some getting used to. -Could have used more original content.

Just about everyone is familar with this now classic Mario title, but it is not until you spend a good deal of time with it on the DS that you realize how enjoyable it is as a portable game. Mario 64 has the complexity and depth that most portable games lack, and enough original content to justify a purchase even for those who have already played through the original.

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3 Star Review   By member zigg - Jun 10, 2005   

Strengths: Absolutely classic game remade for the better, lots of fun minigames

Weakness: Control can be troublesome

One of the first titles I picked up with my launch Nintendo DS, this is a technically excellent remake of the Nintendo 64 classic Super Mario 64, with several improvements such as new levels and characters. The control scheme is probably the most notorious thing that plagues this game. I personally found it to be mildly annoying when starting off, but after some practice it really proved to work quite well; but it's not the analog stick the game was designed for. In lieu of the Nintendo 64's analog stick, you have the option of touch control using the DS's thumbstrap stylus. You slide your thumb around to control Mario in an analog fashion. Where you first touch the screen becomes the center of your "stick". If you move too far away, you will "drag" the center over. It sounds odd, but I found it to be valuable, since it meant that slowing Mario down or changing direction didn't mean that you needed to slide all the way back if your thumb had drifted far. (If you don't think you can stomach this, digital control is also available via the D-pad and a "dash" button, and it works too, but not as well as the touch control.) Beyond the control, the game is excellent. The framerate never drops, and a lot of the game's graphics and models have been redone or touched up for the better. Every level from the original game is here, though often changed up a little bit, plus several new levels. The big departure from the original is that you don't simply play as Mario, but rather start off as Yoshi and unlock more characters (Mario, Luigi, and Wario) as you progress. Each character has different skills and abilities, and as you unlock them you will find hats in the levels that will let you temporarily transform yourself. I found the new characters and their abilities to be a very fun addition to the original game. You'll also find little rabbits hopping around the main game. Catching those will unlock minigames, of which there are thirty-six. These are the truly new experience here and most of them are a lot of fun. My personal favorite was one where you had up to five bouncing Marios that you had to keep aloft by drawing trampolines for them to bounce off from, which vanished once bounced on. These are all purely high-score affairs, of course; but to this day I still pull them out on occasion. Ultimately, it seems that the big problem with this game is that the DS wasn't suited for the main game portion. It was, however, very suited for the minigames that came with it, and those have the longest-lasting value.

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3 Star Review   By member mrohlf - Jun 1, 2005   

Strengths: Impressive graphics, classic gameplay, addictively fun minigames, a few new levels, wireless multiplayer mode.

Weakness: Controls are awkward with touchscreen, generally the same game as the N64 version.

As someone who has barely played the original Super Mario 64, this was the first game I purchased for my Nintendo DS. The controls took a little getting used to, but they are decent. The game offers three control methods, but none of them are as intuitive or precise as the N64 analog stick. Once I figured out the controls, it's a very fun game. The graphics are even more impressive than the N64 original, the music is crisp and enjoyable, and there are many extra features. If you've already played Super Mario 64, you probably won't find much of anything new with this game. It features mostly the same levels as the original. There are three new features: some extra levels, several touch-screen based minigames, and a wireless multiplayer mode. The new levels fit well with the overall game, but aren't anything special. The minigames are the real surprise of this game, though. The card games can eat up hours of free time, and the action-based games are a great change of pace. I haven't had a chance to play the multiplayer mode yet. Right now, I probably wouldn't recommend this game unless you've never played the original or are a huge fan that wants a portable version. There are newer and better DS games on the horizon, and there are still plenty of great, original GBA games that are a better buy. The minigames are fun, but not worth the $30 price tag. It would be wiser to save up for the onslaught of great DS games coming up this holiday season.

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5 Star Review   By member Alive741 - Apr 26, 2005   

Strengths: Awesome game

Weakness: You dont' really ever use the Touch Screen

This is basically Mario 64 redone, with more characters and MINIGAMES!! The minigames are the best. Try the first one in Wario's section with the Bomb-Oms. You start as Yoshi and have to unlock the other characters, you can switch between them out of levels to get different stars. This game and the Nintendo DS are both MUST HAVES

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4 Star Review   By member galvatron2k1 - Apr 26, 2005   

Strengths: Port of classic game, portable, graphics

Weakness: Not much innovation, port of existing game with nothing new

Ever played Super Mario 64 for the Nintendo 64? This is the same game with a few additions. The main difference between the two is in the controls and the fact that it is portable. With the Nintendo DS touch-screen functionality, you can move your character by touching the character and dragging him across the screen with your finger or with the included stylus. Of course, you can also use the normal controls via the D-pad. The graphics are similar to that of the Nintendo 64 version. Not the greatest for the newer generation systems, but impressive for a handheld. The sound is average and the gameplay is great. If you have never played Super Mario 64, I encourage you to buy this game. It is one of the best platform genre games out there.

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4 Star Review   By member FOnewearl - Apr 23, 2005   

Strengths: Multiple characters to play as, Added stuff that wasen't in the N64 version of the game - tons of mini games, some new levels, multiplayer mode

Weakness: no analog stick on the Nintendo DS & you don't have as good of control over your character with the D-Pad or using the Stylus

Remake of the game that defined how 3D Platformers would be made & was the measuring stick for other 3D platformers on the 32-bit, 64-bit systems. On the N64 version of Mario 64 you played as Mario thoughout the whole game. The interesting thing about Mario 64 DS is that you don't even start out playing as Mario when you first start playing the game. You will have to find & free the other character to use them & find yourself having to change characters as you may have to use certain character to over come certain obstacles in order to obtain all the stars in the game. The only thing I didn't like about the game is simply the fact that you don't have an analog stick on the DS & once you spend some time playing the game you realize how much better control you had over Mario with the analog stick on the N64 then you could have with any D-Pad I would still highly recommend this game to anyone that likes platformers & was a fan of Mario 64.

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4 Star Review   By member hwongnyc - Apr 9, 2005   

Strengths: Terrific graphics, Expanded gameplay from the N64 original, 4 Playable main characters, Great unlockable touchscreen minigames accessable from start screen, Single cart multiplayer.

Weakness: Difficult to control with digital pad and touchscreen control isn't much better, We've seen it before for the N64 and its similar (120 of the 150 stars are the same).

Just about every gamer knows about Mario 64 and the way it revolutionized platform games and 3-D gameplay. It pretty much started it all. But how does this translate on to a handheld system, half a decade after it was orginally launched? Better than you may think, but some flaws are still evident. Basically, Super Mario 64 DS has two major components. The first is an expanded version of Super Mario 64 from the N64. The expansions include 150 Stars to collect instead of 120 and four playable characters (Yoshi, Mario, Luigi and Wario) instead of one (Mario). Each character has specific special moves (like Luigi's super back flip) and gain different powers when they pick up flowers (Mario floats like a balloon, Luigi becomes invisible and can run through bars, Yoshi can spit fire and Wario becomes encased in steel, impervious to damage and able to walk on the bottom of lakes, etc.). The game play remains about the same as the N64 version, collect stars by completing certain objectives, get enough to fight Bowser three times (10 Stars, 30 Stars and 80 Stars) and rescue the Princess. All in all, an enjoyable and significantly lengthy game. The biggest gripe I have with this portion of the game is the control scheme. Using the digital control pad is tough and imprecise. At times you'll find your self making wide turns and running off a cliff or running into wall continuously since you can't navigate quickly around it. You can use the touch screen as a pseudo-analog joystick, but without the feedback of a stick, control becomes a little too loose. Otherwise, the rest of the controls are sufficient, and you will get use to the digital pad eventually. The second component is the Mini-Games in the Rec Room. This part is great and adds tramendously to the replayability. Basically, 36 different minigames (8 available immediately and the rest must be unlocked by finding bunnies in the main game with each character) mostly utilize the touchscreen for some pretty addictive gameplay. For instance, you might play a version of missle command launching cannon balls using the touchscreen and pseudo-slingshot at bomb-ombs that parachute down from the top screen threatening your flowers on the bottom screen. Or maybe you'll play a game of memory or even pachinko (a Japanese gambling machine). Draw trampolines to bounce multiple Mario's into designated doors or rings, practice pushing shells on ice into designated rings for points, roll a snowball down a track by rubbing the screen as it gets bigger and bigger, there are just so many of them! About half are really good, the rest can be kinda dull and little too simplistic. Each minigame has its own top five list, so you can keep track of all your high scores (but not initials, not sure why this was excluded). The final word? Get it.

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2 Star Review   By member Metropolis - Mar 22, 2005   

Strengths: Great Graphics, Looks awsome on a handheld. The mini Games.

Weakness: The controls and camera angels.

The adventure option is the exact game as the Nintendo 64 version. The game looks really nice on the DS. With that being said, it is not fun to play. The controls are frustrating and most of the times i cannot make Yoshi go where i want him to. Then the camera is is off and it is hard to turn around and look. Also it gets pretty boring returning to levels just to find more stars. The mini games in the "rec room" area is the most entertaining for me. There are multiple mini games for Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, and wario. Once you have played all of these and grow tired of them, there is no other good things to play around with. I wish I had of rented this one first before buying.

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3 Star Review   By member mkelehan - Mar 15, 2005   

Strengths: The base game here is amazing. Still one of the best. Unlockable minigames are fun.

Weakness: Control is just awful.

You've played Super Mario 64, right? Called the best game ever upon its release by many, the first 3D platformer to do it all right, still one of the best games you could hope to play? Well, now Nintendo has put it on the DS, and they've added a few things to it... while taking out one crucially important element that drops the fun significantly. Super Mario 64 is a free-roaming 3D action game, where you can pick from one of over a dozen playground-like levels in an attempt to collect Power Stars and free the princess from Bowser's latest kidnapping. The original Nintendo 64 version had 120 stars, while this ups the ante to 150. That means there are 30 more things to do, ranging from mini-levels to new collection tasks in existing stages. There are even some new bosses, protected by some really fun stages (at least, they would be really fun... more on that later). Not only that, but there are a bunch of minigames to unlock, all using the touch screen. You unlock them by catching those hopping rabbits, who appear at different points in the castle when you're controlling different characters. These can be a great way to flip open your DS and kill 5-10 minutes while waiting for a movie or stuck in traffic. There are card games, casino games, and other fun things like drawing trampolines to keep Mario in the air. They're fun and simple, although a few are just games of chance that don't provide that much entertainment. Almost all of them keep score, and most of them will keep you coming back to try to best yourself. And if a friend beats your score, well, you can't let that stand, can you? Between this, Feel the Magic, and Wario Ware, you'll not have any problems getting a quick fix from your DS. One of the biggest additions here is that instead of just controlling Mario, you now have access to Yoshi, Wario, and Luigi as well. Once you've gotten someone, you can switch characters by going to a special new room in the castle. Yoshi can even switch characters in-level by grabbing the character's hat, which you can easily locate using the lower screen's map of the level. Different characters have different abilities, and the red exclamation boxes strewn about the game yield different powers for different characters. Deciding what character to use when adds an element not seen in the series since Super Mario Bros. 2, but there's still something to be said about having one man for all situations. Seeing what you need to do, but having to exit the level, go change characters, and come all the way back to do it is a bit of a pain. And there's multiplayer now, too. A star will appear on the map, and you'll have to run and get it before your opponent. If you eat, punch, or stomp another player, you can knock a star out of them. Whoever's got the most stars when time runs out is the victor. It's not amazing, but it's worth trying. It really sounds like I enjoyed the game, doesn't it? Well, although Super Mario 64 is such an amazing game, it was made from the ground up to be played with an analog stick. Nintendo's decision to leave said stick off of the DS effectively breaks the game, making it still playable but more frustrating and less fun. You can play the game with the d-pad, using Y as a run button that you'll pretty much always be holding. In this mode, the game doesn't like to let you do the backflip or turn quickly, which leads to about 1000 undeserved deaths by pitfall. You can also elect to use the touch screen as a virtual analog stick, which could work, but doesn't. See, as soon as you touch the screen, it creates a virtual analog stick centered right there. Move your thumb or the stylus, and it's like pushing the stick in that direction. Sounds good, right? Well, the problem is, it's a small stick, and if you drag past that, it actually moves the stick, changing the center and throwing you off completely. If you try to return to the center, you end up just running full speed in the other direction, because the center has moved. This means that if you want analog control, you'll have to constantly look down at the virtual stick, destroying the fundamental principle of gaming: you should feel like you're manipulating a character, not a controller. Controls for games like this should be as invisible as possible, putting little to no distraction from the game at hand. The virtual stick in this game is a failure. But still, 3 stars. While the adaptation of the game to be played without analog was done in a sloppy manner totally uncharacteristic of Nintendo, the underlying game is still excellent. There are big worlds with lots of fun tasks to accomplish, plenty of challenge, great music, and graphics that are slightly better than the N64 original. Playing this game is like riving through the Garden of Eden with a steering wheel that only does what you ask of it 80% of the time. It's a pain, and you'll likely run into things... but one can't deny that the original creator of the place did some great work.

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2 Star Review   By member zoglog - Feb 28, 2005   

Strengths: Remake of the original, so if u liked the original I guess you'll like this one, Some of the minigames are fun for a little bit.

Weakness: horrible control, boring levels with rehashing the same level over and over to get more stars, outdated game mechanics.

I never liked the original Mario 64 and I tend not to like 3D platformers in general. The only recent ones I've enjoyed are the ones like Jak and Daxter the first one and Prince of Persia the sands of time. However with the limited game library for the DS I found myself wondering why I even bought the console. The game with the highest reviews was Mario 64 of course so I figured I'd give it a go. Turns out it was a big mistake even though I got it at a decent price. The game has horrible control since the analog stick isn't there. Using the touch screen as an analog stick doesn't help at all. I think I got bored after 30 minutes of playing this game. Personally I'd rather play the old 2d platformers than this any day. The graphics are ok (n64ish), and it was a bit amusing at first, but collecting stars in the same levels over and over is not fun. The lack of control makes the game quite boring as well. However Nintendo and Mario 64 fanboys will have fun with it. For that I'll give it 2 stars instead of 1. And also the mini games gave it a bit of redemption though those didn't last very long anyway. And of course unlocking them all requires you to play the game. So the mini games won't make the game worth buying if you aren't going to enjoy the full game.

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5 Star Review   By member naughtieanjel - Feb 25, 2005   

Strengths: Mini game mode, use of the touch pad. New stars and new characters.

Weakness: No joystick makes the game difficult at times.

Nintendo has improved on one of the greatest games ever made. There are new stars to get and 3 more characters to choose from. Each character can perform different things and use of all of them are required to complete the game. The mini game mode is also entertaining and a good use of the touchpad on the nintendo ds. Overall this game is extremely fun and a must have if one owns the nintendo ds.

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