Excerpt: I was not sure what to make of Giana Sisters DS at first. This hand held title reminds me of Mario games in so many ways. Which sent me into some research on the history of the Giana Sisters. It goes all the way back to the Commodore 64. It was a Mario clone that was a little too similar. The game had to be pulled thanks to legal maneuvers, and then became an underground hit. Fast forward to 2011, and Destineer is releasing Giana Sisters DS on the Nintendo DS.
Summary: Oh, snap. Seriously? A little over a year ago, I played through an import copy of Giana Sisters DS and posted my impressions as part of my Off-Brand Games series. I had assumed that the likelihood of the game releasing Stateside was slim to none. Scratch that -- make it less than zero. We are witnessing a second miracle here. The first miracle, of course, is that the game was actually developed at all.
Excerpt: While some might say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, there is another side to it as well. When you imitate something, it’s hard to NOT draw comparisons to the source material. On that note, some people may remember the Great Giana Sisters, a shameless Commodore 64 rip off of everyone’s favourite Italian plumber brothers. In fact, Nintendo saw so much similarity that they effectively barred the distribution of the original title.
Conclusion: First a history lesson: The Great Giana Sisters was originally released for Amiga, Atari and other systems back in 1987. The Giana sister jumps on enemies, breaks rocks with her head and with the help of a power-up she turns into a "punk" and gains the ability to throw fireballs. Heard it before? Of course you have, since the game was a totally shameless copy of Super Mario Bros.
Summary: Giana Sisters DS might not have an original bone in its body, but what it does have is over 80 levels of enjoyable and challenging platforming action. The toned down difficulty in earlier levels might prove to be a bit of a pushover for seasoned fans of the genre, but those willing to stick it with it will be aptly rewarded with some extremely challenging levels later on in the game.
Conclusion: While we're on the topic, the emergence the Giana Sisters on a Nintendo platform is a landmark victory for common sense. For those who came in late, The Great Giana Sisters is a name that lives in infamy. When Rainbow Arts first released it on the Commodore 64, Amiga, and ST, Nintendo's lawyers went into a frenzy. The game was pulled from store shelves. Punters were outraged — and rightly so. The alleged similarities to Super Mario Bros.