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: 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.
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.
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: Giana Sisters DS is a big surprise. Some of us already knew how cool the original was, and it’s just a shame that not many people got to play it (damn you, Nintendo!). But now, with this fantastic remake on the DS, you have another great platformer to get into. This might look like Super Mario Bros., but it’s actually so much more. It’s great how the gimmicky additions are actually a lot of fun do use and that they’re not used in every single level.
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.
Pros: Straightforward, yet addictive platforming gameplay, Twisted fairy tale graphics, Great music, with a hint of chiptunes, A fitting remake
Cons: The ricochet and homing fireball upgrades from the original are gone, Since it's strictly single-player, Maria doesn't make an appearance., We only get to meet Giana's alter ego, Punk Giana