Super Mario 64 DS
|Super Mario 64 DS|
|Release date(s)||NA November 21, 2004
JP December 2, 2004
AUS February 24, 2005
EU March 11, 2005
Super Mario 64 DS is a platform game by Nintendo, and a remake of the 1996 video game Super Mario 64. It was first shown at E3 in 2004 and released for the Nintendo DS in Japan and in the United States in 2004, and in the PAL region in early 2005. The game received positive reviews and was the fifth best-selling video game on the weekly sales chart of the week of December 2004.
The game begins with a letter from Princess Peach inviting Mario to come to her castle for a cake she has baked for him. Mario travels to her castle, and is followed by his brother Luigi and greedy counterpart Wario. After entering the castle, the three disappear, and Lakitu, the game's camera operator, finds Yoshi to inform him of the disappearance.
Yoshi begins to explore the castle and its courses to find his friends. Scattered throughout the castle are paintings and secret walls, which act as portals to other worlds where Bowser's minions guard Power Stars. By recovering the stars and defeating bosses, Yoshi acquires keys to other areas of the castle and rooms holding his friends captive. He first defeats Goomboss to free Mario who assists him as the two continue searching the castle and collecting Power Stars. They then defeat King Boo to free Luigi who uses his invisibility power to get to Wario's key by defeating Chief Chilly. During the course of the adventure, they tackle three obstacle courses leading to a battle with Bowser.
Defeating him the first two times earns them a key that opens other levels of the castle. After collecting enough stars, Mario accesses the top room of the castle to defeat Bowser. Once he is defeated, Peach is freed and appears in front of the castle. To thank the four protagonists, she kisses Mario and bakes them the cake that she had originally promised. The game finishes with Mario, Peach, Luigi, Yoshi and Wario standing at the front of the castle waving goodbye to the player as Lakitu films and then flies away.
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