Excerpt: Features Cartridge Save 1-4 Players Wireless Multiplayer (single cartridge) Dual Screen Compatible Anyone who is a Nintendo fan no doubt remembers the first time Mario was presented on the N64. Not only was it was a breakthrough for Nintendo, but a breakthrough for 3D platforming games as a whole. To play a Mario themed game in the realm of 3 dimensions caused many gamers to gasp in awe.
Excerpt: Almost ten years ago, a well-known red-capped plumber landed on a revolutionary system. The Nintendo 64 combined some of the newest 3D technology with the strong lineup of the Nintendo brand. Super Mario 64 was a launch title on the Nintendo 64. Today, an enhanced port of that game, Super Mario 64 DS, lands on the Nintendo DS as a launch title. What better game could launch Nintendo into 3D handhelds than the same game that launched them into 3D consoles?
Excerpt: In the end, it all comes down to confidence. You can launch a console - or, in this case, a handheld - at any price point and with all the promises you like, but if you don't walk the walk and talk the talk, then you're destined for trouble. Nintendo should know this by now. They really should.
Excerpt: In a climate where Nintendo seem at pains to express the choice between the PSP and its portable as one between dull repetition and genuine creativity, it seems a little strange that a rehash of this N64 classic should play such a part in the immediate success or failure of the dual-screen handheld.
Excerpt: Admittedly, if Nintendo had simply ported the game from the Nintendo 64 and added nothing new, it would have a much tougher time standing on its own two feet today. But Nintendo has brilliantly changed and reworked a lot more of the game than you'd think at first, right down to the way its simple-but-charming "save-Peach-from-Bowser" story is told.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: 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.
Excerpt: Nintendo has always been known for making great First Party titles. However, Nintendo learned a valuable lesson with the release of the GameCube. For the first time in the history of the company, they released a console without a Mario title. So it was only fitting that Nintendo re-release one of the greatest 3D platformers of all time on the Nintendo DS.