Super Mario 64 DS Reviews (Nintendo DS)
|Mario's looking good, DS-style!||Spag (70)|
|The first and greatest of all 3D platform games, plus more! One you can't afford to miss if you own a DS!||Rensch (216)|
|A great transition from the N64 to the DS!||Joshua Price (28)|
Our Users Say
|AI||The quality of the game's intelligence, usually for the behavior of opponents.||3.4|
|Gameplay||How well the game mechanics work and the game plays.||3.9|
|Graphics||The visual quality of the game||4.0|
|Personal Slant||A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes||3.9|
|Sound / Music||The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition||4.0|
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|Overall User Score (63 votes)||3.8|
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Cinescape (Nov 22, 2004)
This is the classic game in the lineup that is a great update to one of the best games ever made.
UGO (UnderGroundOnline) (2004)
Nintendo took a great game and added even more greatness to it. While it is not perfect by today's standards, especially in this day of games like Halo 2 and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, it is still an outstanding achievement. Super Mario 64 DS is a great first generation Nintendo DS game. Like it's predecessor, Super Mario 64 DS is a system seller!
GamesFirst! (Dec 21, 2004)
Super Mario 64 DS is an excellent game, though it also doesn't hurt that it has little competition on the newly birthed Nintendo DS. For me, Mario is a must. Otherwise my sexy little DS would just be gathering dust, cause you can only play the Metroid demo so many times over.
So what if you've played the N64 version and who cares if Mario scares you - it's arguably one of the best platform games ever created and now you can play it on the move, wherever you may be. With large amounts of mini-games to unlock, 150 stars to find, a multiplayer mode that works wirelessly off one single cartridge and plenty of twists to differ from the N64 version, you'll be occupied and entertained for quite some time!
UOL Jogos (Nov 29, 2004)
"Super Mario 64 DS" é mais do que um remake, mas provavelmente menos do que os fãs poderiam desejar de um novo jogo do herói bigodudo. Quem nunca jogou o original e não tem medo de aprender esse novo método de controle não deve deixar esse clássico passar em branco. Mas apesar das dificuldades, ele é um dos jogos obrigatórios para quem quer uma introdução e apresentação ao DS.
GameSpy (Nov 21, 2004)
Mario 64 may not have been the first 3D platformer, but it was certainly the most involved. It showed everyone just what could be done in a true 3D world, and 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. Be sure to grab a copy of this with your new system.
Mobile Tech Review (Sep, 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?
Portable Review (Aug 16, 2005)
Likewise, unless you've already gone through the game on the N64, the game itself will take you a good ammount of time to finish. Once you're done with the game, there are still more stars you can obtain by going back into paintings you've already gone through. All in all, this is a great and welcome addition to the DS' library that'll last a good amount of time your first play through and keep you coming back for more of those ever-so-addicting mini-games.
VicioJuegos.com / uVeJuegos.com (Mar 21, 2005)
Nintendo vuelve a reinventar el clásico por excelencia, Super Mario 64, en una versión que conseguirá acallar todas las voces críticas contra las conversiones
NZGamer (Feb 23, 2005)
Super Mario 64 DS perfectly complements the launch of the Nintendo DS by bringing an innovative classic to an innovative platform. While camera issues mar an otherwise outstanding experience, the game possesses plenty of challenges and considerable depth in its adventure alone. New mini-games and a wireless multiplayer mode provide a fun alternative, despite their limited appeal. While not the original platform title desired for the system's launch, Super Mario 64 DS does illustrate the potential of the Nintendo DS while reviving a modern classic.
Game Vortex (2004)
This game is great for those gamers who were huge fans of the first 3D Mario game, while those people that missed this title the first time around will finally get a chance to see what they missed.
Lawrence (Nov 30, 2004)
Super Mario 64 DS is the one title you shouldn't pass up upon the launch of the DS. It's the one game that fully realizes the hardware's potential and as a stand alone game still stands the test of time as a great platformer.
The control issues with the touch screen aren't nearly as damaging to the experience as some may think. The game plays well, has buckets filled with adventure and anyone who has ever played the game will be wanting to play it again in their hands. Super Mario 64 DS is a treasure that will not soon be forgotten.
Edutaining Kids (Dec, 2004)
Super Mario 64 DS offers multiplayer gameplay using the DS system's wireless technology. Only one game cartridge is required to accommodate up to 4 players. The multiplayer mode involves players vying for stars—a fun, although rather simplistic, undertaking. There are 36 mini-games altogether, many of which have to be unlocked, and these games all feature touch screen controls. Three "save game" slots are available. Control issues aside, this game is an all-around pleasurable experience. The graphics and sound are impressive, and Super Mario 64 DS effectively showcases many of the DS's innovative features.
Overall this is a must have game for all DS users but judging by it's place in the all formats chart months after the original release of the system most of you already know that.
Fragland.net (Feb 22, 2005)
Super Mario 64 DS is an obligatory purchase for anyone planning to get a DS. Despite the fact that I played the original version only with friends and therefore didn't play it intensely, I'm sure those that have the original will still have lots of fun with this DS-version. The minigames are very addictive, the Adventure mode is and remains good due to the additional 30 stars, and when your friends also have a DS you can still enjoy the multiplayer mode that only needs 1 cartridge.
Gaming Age (Nov 20, 2004)
Super Mario 64 DS is the full package. With 30 extra stars to collect, a few new levels thrown in, unique power-ups and characters, addictive mini-games, and even a multiplayer battle mode, the game truly delivers a great experience for Nintendo?s new handheld. I didn?t have any major problems with the controls and the game is as wonderful to play now as it was back in 1996. Out of all the launch games, and I?ve played them all, Super Mario 64 DS is the best one out there. If you?re buying a DS, don?t forget to pick this game up with it.
Kombo.com (Nov 20, 2004)
Don't think of this game as a port, it's almost degrading to Nintendo's efforts to do so. This enhanced remake is top-notch and should not be passed up by anybody with a DS.
Game Freaks 365 (2004)
If you own a Nintendo DS, you've got to own Super Mario 64. Out of the half-dozen launch titles, Super Mario 64 is the only one that feels completed. That's mainly because, it was completed, for the most part, ten years ago. SM64DS is a reminder of a classic that was likely under your Christmas tree this time in 1996. If you're going to pick up a DS, do yourself a favor, and get one of the best platformers ever made.
Retro Gamer (Apr, 2005)
In fact everything about Mario 64 was exceptional to begin with and that is the greatest achievement of Mario 64 DS: the entire game plus extras has been squeezed onto a tiny game card and can be enjoyed anywhere in the entire world. With this rerelease Nintendo has taken an already excellent game and, despite the lack of an analogue stick, has enhanced the package for both veterans and newcomers alike. This is the way all retro re-releases should be done: with respect for the original artefact and with enough new features to make it surprising for those who were there the first time.
WiiDSFrance (Sep 12, 2009)
Un des jeux du lancement de la DS qui pourtant reste un des tout meilleurs de la console, autant pour les fans de l'original que les nouveaux venus se retrouveront absorbés dans l'aventure de ce Super Mario 64 DS.
Go Fanboy (Jul 03, 2005)
It's difficult to put a score on Super Mario 64 DS. Many of us already experienced it almost nine years ago, but even today it's an absolutely essential gaming experience. If you haven't played Mario 64 you're missing out, as it's a very special game indeed - and the DS version is an excellent way to play it.
N-Europe (Dec 21, 2004)
A welcome return for one of the greatest videogames ever. Not as revolutionary as the original, but still as playable as ever.
GamesAreFun.com (GAF) (Dec 05, 2004)
Again, it's a shame that there's not an original Nintendo (or even Mario) game to accompany this and the Nintendo DS for launch, but again, that's a fault of Nintendo's and this game is made no worse for it. Some control issues aside, one of the best games of all time has been made bigger and better. It's the evolution of a revolution.
NintendoWorldReport (Nov 22, 2004)
This is a finer 3D platform action game than you will find on any of the current consoles, much less any handheld system. Add to this mountain of quality a host of mini-games and single-card multiplayer, and it’s hard to imagine why any DS owner would want to miss out on reliving Super Mario 64 or playing it for the first time.
Gamestyle (Dec 30, 2006)
Mario 64 DS is one we absolutely recommend for anyone even remotely interested in Mario and Co. It's the game we all fell in love with when the N64 launched, and with this new twist, it shows it is just as playable as it ever was.
Sliced Gaming (GameBiz) (Feb 26, 2005)
Who couldn't expect a Mario game to come out alongside the release of a new Nintendo system? Super Mario 64 DS was always destined to be a great game given it has the fantastic support of Mario 64 being one of the highest selling games of the Nintendo 64. All the extra and different stars, compiled with the new playable characters, multiplayer, and the dozens of mini-games makes Super Mario 64 DS THE launch title to pick up, hands down. Even if you don't like Mario, the mini-games will still keep you very entertained and you'll find yourself wanting to play through the adventure to unlock more, then realizing how good the game is you'll be very thankful for purchasing it.
'Super Mario 64 DS' really surprised me and it makes good use of all of the capabilities of the DS. Nintendo has reworked the classic N64 game and even added some new features. More levels, more power stars, playing the lead character as Yoshi is what you get plus wireless multiplayer, the game delivers a great experience for Nintendo's new handheld. If you got a DS, 'Super Mario 64 DS' is a must must must buy!
GotNext (Nov 20, 2004)
For those of you that skipped out on the N64 generation, here's you're chance to enjoy the classic 3D adventure platformer that pioneered the genre. Although the essence of the portable installment is practically identical to the Super Mario 64 counterpart in a number of ways, the game features plenty of extras and new content to satisfy veterans and newcomers alike.
GameCell UK (2005)
Overall, this is Mario 64 on a handheld. It plays brilliantly, everyone knows the game is superb, and the new mini-games really add a lot of life and enjoyment into the game – as if it really needed it! Brilliant stuff, and definitely an essential part of your new DS collection. It’s not quite the 10/10 game it was eight years ago, and control isn’t quite as good, but it’s still an exceptionally good game.
Eurogamer.net (UK) (Oct 12, 2004)
Mario changed my life. There. I've admitted it at last. The transition from a fanatical comic reading pre-teen youth hung up on Dennis The Menace and Bananaman to hopelessly addicted Crash-reading computer gaming aficionado was all but assured from the moment Donkey Kong took its arcade bow. And yet, 22 years after our first encounter with the tubby moustachioed plumber Nintendo is still capable of flushing out cynicism, eradicating boredom and making us believe in the possibilities of gaming again.
GameZone (Nov 30, 2004)
Super Mario 64 DS could have been titled Mario 64 Plus. Plus new characters. Plus new stages. Plus new mini-games. Plus touch screen controls. Plus new music, not to mention incredible sound quality that blows Game Boy Advance out of the water.
Wham! gaming (2004)
Without a doubt Super Mario 64 DS is a great update to one of the most critically acclaimed titles in the history of video games. If not for some small issues with the control, it would have been a great expansion on the original, and deserving of the same accolades the original had. As is, it’s the perfect launch title to usher in the Nintendo DS.
IGN (Nov 20, 2004)
Nearly ten years ago, Nintendo's Super Mario franchise made the ambitious leap into the world of 3D on the Nintendo 64. Along with introducing new game mechanics for the brand-new Mario outing, Nintendo had several goals with the release of Super Mario 64. Naturally it was a way to show off the capabilities of the new hardware, letting Mario strut his stuff in full 3D.
Da Gameboyz (2004)
With the graphical and gameplay enhancements veterans of the original Super Mario 64 will find more to do while newbies to the game will find a title that they can play for hours on end but in a portable form. Nintendo is again to be congratulated for what seems to be a very good decision to bring this title to the DS and making their star franchise playable to those on the go.
64 Power / big.N / N Games (Mar, 2005)
Super Mario 64 war damals so auf den Analog-Controller des N64 optimiert, dass selbst die drei Steuerungsmethoden des DS allesamt nur Notlösungen sind. Das Spiel wurde dieser Problematik aber angepasst: Ein paar Planken sind breiter, ein paar Gegner kleiner etc. Inhaltlich gibt es nicht nur drei weitere Charaktere und viele neue, versteckte Level, sondern auch ein paar Minispiele, die von den DS-Features regen Gebrauch machen. Auch wenn die Steuerung nicht so optimal ist - das “Grundgerüst“ von Super Mario 64 ist so zeitlos brillant, dass kleinere Problemchen kaum noch ins Gewicht fallen.
Nintendo Spin (Dec 27, 2004)
If you’re tired of Mario 64 though then you might want to wait for the New Super Mario Bros as Mario DS is essentially the same game with a few added extras. They’re good extras, but for some they might not be worth the 40$ price of admission. I’ve had a great time with it, and I hope we’ll see more extended ports like this one on the DS.
Gamesmania.de (May 13, 2005)
Was auf den ersten Blick aussieht wie ein vermeidlich billiges Remake eines acht Jahre alten Klassikers, entpuppt sich schon nach kurzer Spielzeit als eine wirklich erfrischende Neuauflage, die mit Innovationen und neuen Spielelementen nur so gespickt ist. Vor allem das „Charakter-Wechsel-Dich“-Feature und die tollen Minispiele machen Mario 64 DS zum Vorzeigetitel der DS Launch-Palette. Auch die gewagte, analoge Touchscreensteuerung ist erstaunlich gut gelungen und beweist eindrucksvoll welche Möglichkeiten die neue Technik zu bieten hat. Unterm Strich präsentiert sich Super Mario 64 DS als gewohnt hochkarätiges, enorm umfangreiches 3D Jump’n’Run, welches in keiner DS Sammlung fehlen sollte.
Armchair Empire, The (Dec 15, 2004)
Super Mario 64 DS may not be as groundbreaking as the original Super Mario 64 but as a launch title and a full-featured game you absolutely get your money’s worth.
4Players.de (Feb 15, 2005)
Was für ein Einstand: Einen sehr viel besseren Titel hätte sich Nintendo für den DS-Release kaum aussuchen können! Mario 64 hat auch nach acht Jahren der Bildschirm-Abstinenz nichts von seinem Charme eingebüßt: Niedliche Grafik, brillantes Leveldesign, mehr Ideen als Sand am Meer, viele Verbesserungen und die fantastischen Minigames machen den DS-Erstling auch für N64-Veteranen lohnenswert, die das Original bereits in- und auswendig kennen.
Meristation (Mar 11, 2005)
Con la salida de Nintendo DS nuestro fontanero favorito recupera uno de sus mejores juegos, algo ideal para que empecemos a despertar nuestros entumecidos dedos por culpa de los controles digitales y las crucetas, y dar así el salto hacia la pantalla táctil de la ultima consola de la Gran N. Vamos, que Mario se deja tocar en la primera cita...
Jolt (UK) (Jan 05, 2005)
We all would have liked to have seen an original Mario adventure launch with the DS, taking full advantage of the hardware innovations but in the short time between development and release I guess this was a little too much to ask. At least we have that to look forward to. Until then Super Mario 64 DS is a must own title if you have the system. The DS's battery life is indeed impressive but the size of Super Mario 64 will easily see you through numerous charges. You'll have lots of fun on the way too, whether you're reliving past memories of the N64 incarnation or enjoying it all for the first time. It's just a shame that time and time again it's the controls that you'll be telling your mates about as much as the game itself.
Video Games Daily (Feb 21, 2005)
Mario 64 was incredible in its time, and its staying power remains incredible. The fact that the game has survived this new transition at all after so much time is impressive. Stripped of its effortless control and the original 'wow' factor it carried eight years ago, it still stands up as a massively enjoyable game today. There may not be much new here, but to be more concerned with this game as a piece of history than as a fantastic videogame is to do it an immense disservice.
NinYou (Mar 10, 2005)
Deze game is compleet. Het is een totaalplaatje. Het voelt als nieuw, en op sommige stukken ís het ook echt nieuw. De besturing is wat minder perfect dan in het origineel, maar nimmer, en dan ook echt nimmer, gooit het roet in het eten. Al met al is Super Mario 64 DS dus een must-have voor iedere DS bezitter.
Worth Playing (Mar 26, 2005)
This is a wonderful game for most of the players out there, and certainly a requirement for all DS owners … after all, what is a Nintendo system without a Mario title? Even with the inherent control issues of the DS, I highly recommend Super Mario 64 DS, due to the game's variety, good game design, and a quality that transcends time.
Game Informer Magazine (Jan, 2005)
Nintendo will likely never make the mistake of launching a system without a Mario title again, so to that end DS owners are getting Super Mario 64 DS, a new version of the classic title that made 3D platforming a reality. I say "new version" instead of "port" because the new content and graphical overhaul performed on this title is more than you’d expect from just a standard conversion. For one, it’s not just a Mario game – you can now play as and switch between other notables like Yoshi, Wario, and Luigi, each of which add their own distinct flavor to the action.
Jeuxvideo.com (Mar 10, 2005)
Mario 64 DS est un flamboyant remake de son illustre ancêtre. Les fans de la première heure devraient renouer avec un certain plaisir avec l'un des meilleurs jeux de plates-formes qui fut. Bien sûr, ne négligez pas le risque de la sensation de déjà-vu qui peut s'avérer rédhibitoire pour quelques-uns. A contrario, voilà un titre à posséder absolument pour qui cherche LE jeu du genre sur DS, en dépit de quelques imperfections de maniement.
GamersMark (Jan 16, 2005)
However, it’s not to say this game isn’t good. Considering that it’s almost a complete carbon copy of one of the best games ever, it’s not hard to imagine that it would be a good title. It offers up a huge amount of stages, creative challenges, and wacky extras that will keep most gamers glued to their DS for weeks, if not months. Super Mario 64 DS is one fun title, just know the controls will probably create a headache or two.
Games TM (Dec 30, 2004)
Aside from the technical marvel of managing to squeeze this all onto a handheld, by far the most pleasing aspect of Super Mario 64 DS is the consistent quality of the new mini-games, with the bobs and the catapult game adding something to dip into alongside the lure of the main adventure itself.
Edge (Dec 23, 2004)
It’s clear what Mario 64 DS is. Nintendo has sped its console to market in a timeframe which left it needing a revolutionary launch title and not enough time to make one. As a result, it had to abandon the possibility of making a new game to showcase the DS’s strange talents, and settle instead for making new a game it already had. It succeeded, but Mario 64 DS is a magnificent execution of entirely the wrong content. Happily, despite its age, that content is so robust and remarkable that the result is still surprising, spectacular and, yes, downright Super.
JeuxActu (Mar 11, 2005)
Impossible de passer à côté de Super Mario 64 DS si l'on est en possession de la Dual Screen de Nintendo. Véritable pilier du jeu de plates-formes, cette mouture n’est pas uniquement qu'un simple portage de son illustre ancêtre sorti il y a huit ans sur N64. Le jeu attire l’attention par un gameplay quelque peu modifié mais surtout par l’ajout de mini-jeux addictifs. Mais n’oublions de préciser que l’absence de stick analogique, l’utilisation mal adaptée du stylet dans le mode Aventure et un mode multijoueur limité, viennent quelque peu entacher le tableau bien brillant mais aussi bien pixelisé du soft. Une belle réussite néanmoins.
Gamereactor (Sweden) (Mar 07, 2005)
Spelkontrollen är inte lika bra som förr och plattformsgenren har kommit långt sedan originalet. De genuint bra idéerna, alla härliga banor och den allmänt höga kvaliteten överskuggar dock bristerna. Att Super Mario 64 fick utnämningen som ett av världens genom tiderna fem bästa spel av Gamereactor är inget vi ångrar och för den som inte tidigare spelat igenom Mario bästa äventyr är det hög tid att göra det nu. För er som redan gjort allt finns 30 utmanande nya stjärnor att hitta, lite nya dolda hemligheter och mängder av minispel som är så innovativa och underhållande att Nintendo lätt kunde ha släppt dem som ett eget spel. Super Mario 64 DS är inte så bra som det hade kunnat bli, men bör inte saknas i någon nybliven Nintendo DS-ägares samling.
Gameplanet (Mar 30, 2005)
While we here at Gameplanet would have loved an original Mario game for the DS launch this game does not disappoint. In fact most of us are still addicted to the mini-games. If you own a DS and have never played the original N64 version, pick this up right away. For those who have played Mario 64 and collected all 120 stars, there's now another 30 you need to get.
Pocket Gamer UK (Aug 26, 2005)
If you need a good reason to buy a Nintendo DS, the depth, longevity and fun of Super Mario 64 DS is just the ticket.
Bordersdown (Jan, 2005)
The important part is that the game is still as fun, enjoyable and challenging as it was when it first came out; everything else is icing on the three-tiered cake, with the mini-games happening to be a rather thick layer of icing at that. With this game, it's definitely worth another dip into Nintendo's past.
Cubed3 (Nov 24, 2004)
Let down by the fact that it fails to do enough with the touch-screen and can be very awkward to control, Super Mario 64 DS has very few other faults. The multiplayer mode is a real gem, and the fact that you only need one game between four to enjoy it and it's wireless just add to the goodness. Looks great, lasts forever...but wouldn't a new Mario title have been a better move...
Yahoo! Games (Nov 22, 2004)
All around, Super Mario 64 DS is a very good package, and one very strong leg for the Nintendo's newborn two-headed oddity to stand upon. Even gamers who have played the "parent" game to death can find something to love in this promising -- if not entirely coordinated -- bundle of joy.
TotalVideoGames (TVG) (Nov 29, 2004)
The mini-games are certainly fun, however the multiplayer Vs mode is sadly lacking; as a game the quality of Mario 64 still remains there to this day, and even those who collected everyone of the 120 stars (twice) along with the dozen or so glitches in the N64 version will enjoy the experience.
PAL Gaming Network (PALGN) (Mar 10, 2005)
One of the best 3D platformers ever created bundled with a shed load of superb mini games. Minor issues with the controls doesn't stop this from being an essential DS purchase.
GamerDad (Nov 07, 2005)
I actually made it all the way through the DS game using only the D-pad, which either means that the control isn't too bad or I've played the original Mario 64 so much that I've gotten used to the game's awkward idiosyncrasies (I did get all the stars in Mario 64 back in college, which means I'm either really good at that game or I had too much free time in college). Even with the flaws, Mario 64 DS is a great launch title for the new handheld, and shouldn't be missed by Mario fans.
NGC Magazine (Dec 20, 2004)
It's the cartridge that has done about ten times as much service in our DS as every other US launch title combined and, if you never played it all those years ago, you might not be disappointed by the controls. If only the machine's best game actually showed off the possibilities of the touch screen rather than highlighting its lack of an analogue stick
videogamer.com (Mar 09, 2005)
What the DS really needed was a new Mario adventure that lived up to the quality of its predecessors and also showcased the system's new features. Nintendo's handheld arms race with Sony has clearly precluded this kind of development, and what we're left with is a great, but old, game that's been given a bit of a scrub and a superficially shiny new coating. Super Mario 64 DS, then, is the gaming equivalent of Lucas's ham-fisted Star Wars special editions: fantastic entertainment, to be sure, but something of a cash-in all the same. It's only really a compulsory purchase for those that missed the game first time around, and with all the goodwill in the world, for the DS's premier launch title, that's a disappointment.
Gamezine (Mar 15, 2005)
En conclusion, Mario 64 DS est bien LE jeu de lancement de la console ! Le fait d'avoir le meilleur jeu de plates-formes de l'histoire dans votre poche est déjà un argument de taille alors lorsque celui-ci est alimenté d'un moteur graphique plus performant et de mini-jeux utilisant ingénieusement le stylet, là il n'y a plus à hésiter !
Digital Press - Classic Video Games (Feb 25, 2005)
Even if "Mario 64" didn't grab you, there's a chance this new version will. It's a little easier with the addition of the map and it's a great game for the road. It still has those frustrating moments, but not enough of them to break this game. It's a worthy purchase alongside the console.
G4 TV: X-Play (Jan 07, 2005)
Super Mario 64 may be an oldie, but it’s a golden oldie, and one that has some of the most interesting play mechanics and environments in the series to date. Though gameplay is really one big scavenger hunt though a diverse set of worlds, there are so many memorable moments, from racing down corkscrew slides to surfing lava on a koopa shell, that you can’t help but grin with giddy delight. Those grins will turn into grimaces a few times because of the control, but unless you have a cannoli for a canoodle, you won’t be disappointed with Super Mario 64 DS.
GamePro (US) (Nov 29, 2004)
Revisiting Super Mario 64 is about as good a reason as any to pick up a DS. It's not quite a port of the original, but all the essential elements are there. You get to return to Princess Peach's Mushroom castle with all of its transdimensional wall paintings and secret, locked doors. The 3D gameplay, level challenges, and secondary Mario world character all return intact.
Mygamer.com (Dec 14, 2004)
The D-pad control scheme needs work, but the camera control is still easily executed while the music and audio sounds great coming from the DS's speakers. On the other hand, Nintendo has now ported over every Mario game (except Mario Sunshine) to either the DS or GBA. This means that gamers can only get a new Mario platformer in the future. If you have not played Mario 64, then Super Mario DS is a worthy purchase because everything will seem new and fresh. However, if you played this game a lot on the N64, expect to be bored and disappointed.
Defunct Games (Nov 20, 2004)
There is no denying that Mario 64 is a great game to have on any system, but this port it fails to take advantage of the cool new features the Nintendo DS promises. 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. It might not be the "Best Game of All Time", but it's a rock solid game that everybody should play through at least once.
Diehard GameFan (Dec 05, 2004)
I really forgot how much SM64 sucked you in, and the DS game is no exception. Running through the 3D worlds on your quest for the stars is a real engrossing task, especially if you want to complete the whole game. And if the star missions don’t keep you occupied, the mini-games will. Both aspects of the game are incredibly fun, and more time will pass than you’ll know when you finally take a break.
Game Revolution (Nov 22, 2004)
It is supremely difficult reviewing a launch title for a strange new system like the DS, but in this case, you should already have a good idea what to expect. Super Mario 64 DS is a solid platformer that offers some notable alterations to a proven game and will surely please fans. However, it's a little odd looking so far back into Nintendo's past as we invest in its future, and you can't help but feel a sense of d'j" vu while traipsing through what is essentially a port. That's not exactly riveting for a launch title. Mario might be on the cusp of another revolution, but haven't we been through this one before?
Game Shark (Dec 15, 2004)
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.
1UP (Nov 21, 2004)
I still remember the first time I ever saw Super Mario 64, running on a store kiosk; it left me slack-jawed in amazement. I couldn't believe what I was seeing -- a game more sophisticated, more real, than anything that had come before. I had never imagined a game so stunning and immersive.
Cheat Code Central (2004)
I'd say rent first if you can, but that's almost an impossibility at this early stage of the game. Bottom line: Super Mario DS is a great place to visit, but only those with the patience of Job will get 150 stars and see the game to the very end.
Game Informer Magazine (Jan, 2005)
That said, the new content is most certainly compelling. So much so that I’d like to beg Nintendo to bring this title to the GameCube so I don’t have to suffer through the clumsy DS control scheme. Some of the minigames are all right for short bursts of entertainment, but like the multiplayer aspect of this title, it’s more gimmick than substance.
PCMag.com (Feb 16, 2005)
The Nintendo 64 classic is back with new characters, stages, and puzzles. Start off as Yoshi and rescue Mario, Luigi, and Wario. Multiplayer mode requires just one game cartridge and four DSs. The minigames are so much fun that they alone are worth the price of the game.
So, what do we have’ Answer – an undeniable classic tainted by an awful control mechanism that still doesn’t feel natural after some ten hours’ play, with a few fun extras more suited to the input method. Part of Super Mario 64’s mastery was the fact that not a byte was wasted – the whole thing fitted in not barely eight megabytes of space. Every level was carefully crafted to provide eight stars’, and many hours’ worth of entertainment. It’s still a benchmark, but with a whole gigabyte of available space, and the promise of endless creativity from Nintendo, it’s not quite adequate and, crucially, not worth thirty quid for those who have the original.
Gaming Nexus (Dec 17, 2004)
It may not show off all the cool stuff the Nintendo DS can do, but it is a fun port of one of the best games of all time. If you can get around the control issue, you will be entertained for months to come.
GameCola.net (Feb, 2005)
The replay value is added to by the extra modes and stars, and this is the type of game you can come back to and play for any amount of time whenever you are in the mood. If you happen to have a DS, I recommend that you pick this up.
Modojo (Jan 30, 2005)
Mario 64 DS is without question the only must have Nintendo DS launch title, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's a blast to play. While it's a fun pint-sized game that packs an enormous punch in terms of features, its controls make playing it a less than thrilling experience. If you buy the system this should be the first game you pick up for it, but it is by no means as tight as its big brother, which is still to this day the picture of great control in a 3D environment.