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Giana Sisters DS is a modern 2009 remake of the cult game The Great Giana Sisters from the year 1987. The original game appeared on the C64 and Amiga, but had to be pulled from the shelves after Nintendo threatened to sue over similarities to the Super Mario games. Surprisingly, more than 20 years later the sisters make an appearance on the Nintendo DS.

Giana Sisters DS is a classic platformer. Giana is caught in a dream world and must now recover her lost diamonds and find a way to the mysterious castle. The game features more than 80 new levels (i.e. is not a one-to-one remake). There are also new special items that make use of the features of the DS. Giana can, for example, collect a bubble gum item that can be activated using the touch screen. The bubble enables Giana to fly and is controlled by blowing into the microphone. Another new feature is a world map that allows the player to select and replay levels.


Giana Sisters DS iPhone Inside Bowser's castle - no wait, again wrong game. That game doesn't make it easy for the player...
Giana Sisters DS Nintendo DS Bonus Stage
Giana Sisters DS Nintendo DS Bouncing Ball
Giana Sisters DS Nintendo DS She is about to lose them ... (introduction)

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Giana Sisters DS Screenshot
Giana Sisters DS Screenshot
Giana Sisters DS Screenshot
Giana Sisters DS Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "The Great Giana Sisters DS" -- Alternative title
  • "Giana Sisters HD" -- iPad / Android title
  • "Giana Sisters" -- iPhone title

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AusGamers Nintendo DS Aug 05, 2009 9 out of 10 90
N-Zone Nintendo DS Apr, 2009 78 out of 100 78 Nintendo DS Apr 07, 2009 77 out of 100 77 Nintendo DS Apr 06, 2009 76 out of 100 76
ConsolPLUS Nintendo DS Apr, 2009 76 out of 100 76 iPhone Mar 03, 2010 75 out of 100 75
Game Captain Nintendo DS Mar 30, 2009 75 out of 100 75
PAL Gaming Network (PALGN) Nintendo DS Sep 01, 2009 7.5 out of 10 75
Gamezone (Germany) Nintendo DS Apr 20, 2009 7.5 out of 10 75
Cynamite Nintendo DS Apr 04, 2009 7 out of 10 70


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How Tom Putzki ended up in the credits under Bitfield Team remains a mystery - he was never associated with Bitfield in any way.


Executive producer was Armin Gessert, who programmed to original C64 version. The new soundtrack by Fabian Del Priore was inspired by the original score by Chris Hülsbeck.

Title screen

The title screen changes depending on which day or which time of the day you're playing the game. For example, during daytime, the title screen will have a sunny background, but when you choose to play Giana Sisters DS at evening, a dark title screen with a crescent-shaped moon will appear.

It has been reported that during the Easter holidays, there is a special title screen with Easter bunnies hopping all over the screen! It has still to be proven if an appropriate screen will appear during the Christmas holidays.


  • German Game Developer Awards
    • 2009 - Best Children's Game
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