Super Mario DS
The N64 action-adventure hit gets another opportunity to shine this Fall.
Preview by Chris Bahn (Email)
October 18th 2004
Overview: 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 system's dual screens, touch screen and wireless multiplayer capability.
- Come one, come all! This game retains all the magic of the beloved original while adding a load of all-new features, making it wildly fun for both veteran gamers and players experiencing it for the first time.
- New characters, stages and puzzles await! In addition to Mario, players will be able to play as Yoshi, Luigi and even Wario, each of whom has different abilities integral to collecting every last one of the 150 Power Stars hidden in the castle and grounds.
- Play through Adventure mode, try your hand at tons of new touch-sensitive mini-games or battle up to three friends in Wireless Versus mode, which you can play with only one DS Game Card.
Game Storyline: After receiving an invitation from Princess Peach to visit and eat cake, Mario, Luigi and Wario travel to the royal castle, but when they get there, nobody's home. Yoshi, napping on the roof of the castle, wakes up and realizes the castle is somehow different and eerily silent. When Yoshi enters the castle to check things out, he discovers that Bowser has pilfered the castle's Power Stars and imprisoned the Toads in the castle's sizable collection of paintings. It's up to the dynamic dino Yoshi to save the day and figure out where Mario, Luigi and Wario disappeared to.
Characters: Mario, Yoshi, Luigi, Wario, Toads, Peach, Bowser
How to progress through the game: Play multiplayer games with your friends or progress through the Adventure mode by exploring the worlds hidden in paintings inside Peach's castle. The more Power Stars you collect, the more worlds will open up to you.
Special powers/weapons/moves/features: Each of the four main characters has multiple jumping moves that cover great horizontal and vertical distances, and each of them has player-specific moves. Yoshi can eat enemies and turn them into eggs that he can throw; Mario can punch, kick and wall-jump to great heights; Wario can break certain blocks; and Luigi can jump incredibly high. Not only that, but Power Flowers in the game give each character even cooler powers, like invisibility, fire breath or the power to float through the air.