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Review summary for Super Mario 64 DS (Nintendo DS) | The average user rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars based on 185 reviews
Super Mario 64 DS (Nintendo DS) was reviewed by 185 consumers, first review recorded at 2016-04-23 while most recent review was published at 2017-09-13 00:10:08. 87% of Super Mario 64 DS (Nintendo DS) customers would probably recommend their friend to purchase the product.
The most obvious difference with this new DS version is that you can now control Wario, Yoshi and Luigi in the game, as well as just Mario. There are also new and more powerful power-ups, such as the ability to turn Mario into an inflatable balloon, which make some of the hardest sections a little easier.
The most controversial change to the game though is the control system. With no analogue controller you have the choice to use just the D-pad or the stylus. The latter works best, but still seems an obvious compromise over the original version. A far more convincing showcase of the DS’s touch screen can be seen with 36 different mini-games, many of which are surprisingly addictive. There’s a multiplayer mode for four people to play wirelessly, which although a little simplistic is impressive for the fact that only one person needs a copy of the game to play it.
Although it does at times seem a little obvious that this was not a game originally designed with the DS in mind, it's still an enormous amount of fun and manages to showcase just about everything the new console is capable of. --David Jenkins
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