Most Youtube video game commentators I’ve seen tend to put Super Mario 64 on a pedestal when it comes to Mario games. And why not? It was the first N64 game and provided a unique look to Mario in a 3D environment as well as hours of fun (if not sometimes frustrating) game play. It survived the test of time when it comes to replay value and still rivals the success of Super Mario Galaxy. If only someone would come along and add more to it, like mini games, more playable characters, and improved graphics.
Well, they did that in 2004. Enter Super Mario 64 DS. Not only did it improve on the original exponentially, but it kept the nostalgia of the original version. Adding three new playable characters to the mix just make it all the more enjoyable and expanded the game series to secondary characters like Yoshi, Luigi, and Wario. I still own my copy, and if you haven’t played it yet and enjoy 3D platforming and Mario or enjoyed and miss Super Mario 64 , I definitely suggest picking it up for the DS or the Wii-U. It’s like the original, but looking better than ever with playful twists and turns in game play.
Nintendo just announced that not only would Super Mario RPG come to the Wii-U as a digital download, they would also add Super Mario 64 DS to the eshop store this April along with other N64 titles such as Donkey Kong 64, Mario Kart DS, Yoshi’s Island DS, and Paper Mario. Whether or not they will cutout the original Super Mario 64 from the eshop store has yet to be determined. But with its sharper graphics, tweaked sound quality, and variety of game play, the Super Mario 64 DS on a Wii-U should prove successful if not a best seller.
Why is this a big deal? Simple: think about what Nintendo has done for other N64 titles when it comes to putting them on the DS such as Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Star Fox, and Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask. Finally, the improved versions of some of the best N64 games can come to a screen bigger than a 3DS. But it all depends on Nintendo and whether or not they see it as a viable option,and for boosting sales of the Wii-U or whatever comes next this decision is vital. Many fans have hoped for it, and I am one of them. If Super Mario 64 DS exceeds expectations, who knows which games could be added next?