As is now the norm, Nintendo has updated its official website with one of the games that's coming in the North American Download Update - this time around it's Super Mario 64 DS on the Wii U Virtual Console.
Regular NL tipster Ryan Millar got in touch earlier today to highlight an ESRB rating for this title, and sure enough its game page now confirms it's coming on 25th August at the usual price of $9.99.
Of course, Super Mario 64 is already available on the Wii U Virtual Console, so it's an interesting choice in terms of whether to double dip, as such. The DS version has some downsides in controls and gameplay fluidity, but it also has fan-favourite additional playable characters and some mini-games; we broke it down in our Super Mario 64 DS review.
How many of you in North America are tempted to pick this up?
Let's say the NX is a handheld and your VC purchases carry over: this would be pretty sweet.
i shouldnt have the bought the original super mario 64 thru the eshop
Visually, Super Mario 64 DS looks far better than the N64 version despite the N64 version having a higher polygon count...
I wish Nintendo would remake Super Mario 64 DS for the 3DS.
The D-Pad Controls aren't that bad, but imagine how well this Game would play if you could use the Circle Pad.
Until then i continue playing the N64 Version.
@Nagi_Nagisa a remake for the 3ds would be good, if we got a 3DS remake I bet it would be called:
"Super Mario 64 DS 3D" or "Super Mario 64 DS 3DS"
Can you use the Circle Pad of the 3DS if you play the game on the 3DS using the DS game card?
@Nagi_Nagisa You can use the Circle Pad if you just pop the game into the 3DS.
My kid wanted to pay about $30 each used for this and Luigis Mansion 2 before our long road trip this summer. Now he can buy this tomorrow for $10, and we have LM2 scheduled for delivery Friday for $16, so basically 2 fer 1.
Though I have to say, even though I only game on the tv, not the handheld, I think this should have released on 3DS as it really makes no sense to put it on Wii U. Well I guess for people who want to play it on the TV since New 3DS didn't get tv out. But I still think 3DS first.
@DBPirate Haha that was quick! Thanks! Going to grab the DS game card instead of downloading it on Wii U.
@DBPirate That's true, but even with the 3DS Circle Pad Mario and Co. can only walk in 8 Directions, since the Game wasn't programmed for the 3DS. If the Game was completly remade it would have optimized Circle Pad Controls with 360° Movements
@Oubie Yeah, when I was typing, your comment just popped up. You're welcome!
@Nagi_Nigasa Ah, I see. I think I'd rather they just remaster all the 3D Mario games on the NX in one package though. That'd be nice!
Though I won't argue that the DS version is superior in terms of content the lack of an analogue stick really hurt how well the game controlled for me. As such I prefer the N64 version over this one. That and I don't really care about the extra characters though obviously many will disagree, because who wouldn't want to use Luigi in Super Mario 64?
That's nice this is coming out. I hope we get an N64 VC game next week.
I did'nt like playing DS games on the Wii U, i could never find display settings/layout that I liked.
I don't see much of a point to this, but whatever.
I prefer this version, even with the controls problems, since I can play as Luigi!
I loved this game, and while it's tempting to get it on the Wii U, I'll probably skip since I still have my physical copy. I've probably spent more time on the minigames than the actual game! XD The Wanted minigame, and the Luigi minigames were my favorites.
No added analog stick support, then? Shame.
This is one of the essential games that need to be rereleased digitally on the 3DS. This way the 3DS SD card would have it all - Bros. 3, World, and 64.
Day one purchase!
I already have the original on VC so Ill be skipping this.
It was great playing this on a handheld the first time round.
But when you stack this up, against the N64 original, which was specifically designed for a home console.
It doesn't make sense buying the DS version for your Wii U.
@Ralizah I agree
does any1 know if multiplayer will stilled be available even though its on wii u?
So they're prioritizing putting Super Mario 64 on the Virtual Console a second time instead of any of the games they haven't added yet? Seems silly.
That aside, this is my favorite version of the game, so anyone he hasn't picked up Super Mario 64 on the Wii U yet and wants to play it, I highly recommend picking this version up.
@AlexSora89 A 3DS release of this would make a hell of a lot more sense, but I've come to accept that mere mortals will never be able to understand the alien logic Nintendo uses when making decisions.
Aww bummer I just bought Mario 64 on the Wii U recently. Oh well.
To be honest, if Nintendo thought a bit they WOULD be able to use the WiiU's circle pad for 360 movement in this. By binding it to the lower screen, I remember you could control characters using it, including walking slower and such.
This game can be picked up for about 10 to 12 in box. I would rather get some turbo grafix titles to be honest. Especially seeing as how the ds control schemes on the wiiu kinda suck.
I will never understand why wii u virtual console DS games that have single cart download-play multiplayer don't work with DS/3DS systems.
It seems like they could have made that happen.
@AlphaJaguar : The N64 version has a higher resolution. The DS version looks better in spite of the hardware's lower resolution due to the higher polygon models.
I never cared for SM64DS because of the character-specific levels/areas. That's why I never got into DK64. Is just annoying having to revisit levels 4,5,6 times to get everything and even to progress in the game.
Somebody review Gotta Protectors, for god sakes.
How is a game this good being overlooked.
I may pick this up if it goes on sale. Since I have the n64 version on the VC I'm in no rush.
Re-releasing a remake....jesus....
I'm fairly open to what Nintendo does these days but to me this is so counter-intuitive... It was designed for a handheld so why in ***'s name is this being released ESPECIALLY since the original is already available.
I can't understand it even while considering the added features. I'll stick with the original; already have this on DS
@donniedarkenson did not know about this one. It looks pretty good.
...I remember spending way too much time on the minigames. lol
Especially that "Wanted" one or whatever it was called.
Releases like this make no sense to me. Mario 64 is already on the wii U eshop. Why cant Nintendo just do handheld VC on handhelds and console VC on consoles?
@DBPirate Unfortunately, when you fight Bowser, you STILL have to use the Touch Screen!
Loved this in 2004...but when I tried it on my 3DS not long ago, the controls felt terrible....on another note, where the heck is Mario Kart 64? I mean really NoA. Head out of your butts please.
man, what a home run this would be if they'd just add the analog support
Why would anyone want this?
The minigames are only okay, the extra characters only added needless busywork and didn't significantly change up the feel of the game, most of the added areas are minor, the added stars are lacking any imagination like switch stars, the graphics are downgraded as much as they're improved (No layer of mist just above the water for certain stars on Jolly Roger Bay, for example of a downgrade), it's rendered at the native resolution of the DS rather than 480p like N64 downloads and hence will look awful on the big screen, digital control instead of analog, and the critical touch screen camera controls on the Wii U gamepad aren't going to be within easy thumb reach like on actual DS/3DS hardware.
This is a fine portable rendition that I've played through multiple times on the DS and 3DS, but I'll pass on downloading it to my Wii U. The drawbacks compared to the original version are too great on the Wii U for the additions to overcome and make this a worthy addition to my Virtual Console library.
I have the N64 version on my Wii U. I'm good.
I played the original mainly, but some of Super Mario 64 DS, and it seemed more like a remaster (-ish) over just a remake with the addition of the new characters and some challenge levels, if I remember right. Glad to be able to have it on the big screen, though I'm a bit hesitant to pay $10 when I already paid that for the original. Maybe when a sale comes up
Sliding Theme here we go again !
@Blue_Blur I loved Luigi too, mainly because his glide move let's you skip portions of levels you might otherwise get stuck on.
I hope it doesn't get a T rating...
@hieveryone trust me, you have the better version;)
Don't worry. Mario 64 DS rated E - Everyone.
You can play it straighly with your 3DS.
For those calling for N to release this on the 3DS, I'd venture a guess that the reason we don't see this or any other DS games on the 3DS would be because the system can run the game natively, but can't emulate it which means you lose access to the 3DS home menu. Same reason GBA games were only released under the ambassador program.
Well, nothing for me this week then. I owned this on DS back when I first purchased a grey one, but when it was stolen I never bothered replacing it as the only thing that I found interesting was a few of the mini-games.
After playing super Mario sunshine and both the galaxy games. I can't go to this. The n64 games haven't aged kindly. I can't do it. Even snes games look good but n64 ah well. . .
Sm64 was excellent for the time. But now I have it on the wii u vc. The borders put me off. I know n64 was for the tube crt tv
NX needs to have a unified account system Nintendo, it'll be 2017 by then...
I know it's rated E, but the Wii U Virtual Console version was rated 12+ in Europe. I'm not under 12, I just don't like bad age ratings. (not lying)
I agree. Especially if this is the only VC release for the week. They should do at least two if one of them is already available for a different platform on the VC. Yuck!
"C'mon Reggie, give us Metroid Prime 4!"
"How about Federation Force instead?"
@AlexSora89 "We have a powerful console with a touch screen controller that would make inventory management easier than ever? Sounds perfect for Animal Crossing... AMIIBO FESTIVAL!"
"We could sell digital copies of Super Mario 64 DS on the 3DS eshop and make a lot of money. Let's... PUT IT ON THE WII U'S ESHOP INSTEAD, EVEN THOUGH IT ALREADY HAS ACCESS TO THE ORIGINAL VERSION OF THE GAME!"
"The GBA has a powerful library of handheld games. Let's re-release these handheld games... ON OUR HOME CONSOLE INSTEAD OF OUR HANDHELD!"
It's like the guy from Wishmaster is making all of Nintendo's decisions.
This. This. This comment, times infinity. Especially the GBA portion.
I won't mind grabbing this - with the analog stick and holding the Y button to run, it'll be pretty much like Super Mario 3D World in terms of controls. That and I love playing as Luigi and Wario. And the casino games.
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