“ Manufacturer: Nintendo / Genre: Action / Genre: Adventure / Genre: Platformer / ESRB Rating: E - (Everyone) / Max. Number Of Players: 4 / Memory Support: With Memory Support / ESRB Descriptor: Suitable for All Ages / Release Date: November, 2004 „
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There's not a lot that can be said about Mario games that hasn't already been said... they're timeless, they're addictive and they appeal to all sorts from your four year old Daughter to your 88 year old Grannie!
My Daughter has had a Nintendo DS since she was four and no matter what I buy for her, no matter how much I spend on new games, she always returns to Super Mario... she's better than me (though I'd obviously not admit that to her!).
The gameplay sticks very closely to the original concept and seems to be the embodiment of the 'if it aint broke why fix it?' way of thinking. You can pick the game up and be immersed in the world of Mario within seconds, those seconds melt into minutes, minutes into hours and before you know it you're prising the DS away from the iron grip of your Daughter in order to get her to bed. Ok, maybe thats a situation specific to me but it's a fine tribute to the gameplay.
Many games get old quick, you complete them and then throw the cartridge into the back of a cupboard never to be seen again. Not with this game which is playable over and over (not to mention the fact that neither me nor my Daughter have managed to finish it).
The graphics are cute, theres a surprising amount of logic and intelligence required and there is no blood and guts, therefore it's ideal for young as well as old gamers.
I absolutley loved this game! It has everything that made the old school Mario brilliant, with the added bonus that when you die you don't lose all your progress (unlike on the old Gameboy version) and you can go back to levels to collect coins and things for extra lives.
There are a couple of other good new things I liked such as the giant Mario. While the game does not take full advantage of the DS touch screen I think this is better because it makes it more like playing on the old Gameboy. I imagine quite a lot of people will want this game for retro value and if thats the case it's well worth it. As usual with DS games graphics aren't great etc but when the game is this much fun who cares?
Although I worked through the game fairly quickly (except for a tricky last few levels) it was well worth the money for such a good fun game!
As a massive fan of the 'old school' Mario on the 64 and (this shows my age) the SNES, I had high hopes for the DS version. They've made some great changes (including the Giant SuperSize Mario!) whilst keeping the original story line and characters in tact!I worked through the game pretty quickly although some of the levels are really tricky it was a fun play and one you can go back to time and time again without getting bored or finding it repeatative.Overall the game is fantastic and I would recommend it for any old school gamers out there who wants retro with a twist! Perfect for all ages and a brilliant idea for B'day or christmas presents. If you loved this I also recommmend Mario Kart - another classic which will keep you entertained for hours!
Back in the days when the Nintendo 64 was around, the super mario games were the best games for the Nintendo 64. The success of super mario has been carried onto the new consoles Nintendo has released, with so many improvements to the quality of the game and new challenges.
The game is admittidly a little difficult to get used to playing with the stylus rather than a controller, but it is soon mastered with a little practice and patience. The buttons on the side of the DS are used to move, jump, duck, run and attack, which does help to master the controls more quickly and take some of the burden off the stylus.
The number of stars you can collect has been increased from 120 to 150, increasing the time you spend playing the game. You can also play with more characters than in the original series. You are able to switch between the characters of Mario, Luigi, Wario and Yoshi, and make use of the different abilities they possess. My personal favourite skill is Yoshi's ability to breathe fire.
One of the let downs of increasing the stars avalaible is that some are incredibly tricky to find, but the map on the upper screen shows points of interest and stars avaliable nearby that does reduce the time you spend searching for those elusive stars.
The mini games included are a great little feature to include, and will keep you playing for ages. The game also allows for up to three other people to play with you via the wireless game download feature of the DS.
Overall, the game builds on the very popular Mario franchise and is suitable for people of any age. With a mix of wireless adaptability, mini games and the main storyline the game offers hours of fun.
The first game i got for my DS as it came free i do enjoy the Mario games and this one did not spoil the run, Mario has to save the princess again after she gets kidnapped.
This time mario has three new power ups different to other Mario games the best of these is giant Mario you can smash your way through the levels my stomping or sitting on your enemies. This game is great fun as not only do you get the main game there are lots of mini games available to play as well, which has kept me playing this game for years. Me and my friends constantly try and beat each others high scores it never fails to entertain me and can pick it up when ever to play for 10 minutes or an hour. Great fun for all age groups with 4 player adaptability, entertainment for all the family all in one game.