Super Mario Galaxy is easily one of the best 3D Mario games and was a hit when it was originally released on the Wii in 2007. Have you ever wondered what it would look like if this game was made available on the Nintendo DS instead?
While there's been hoaxes and more in the past, as you might recall - there's now a fan project out there actually making this dream a reality. We covered it here on Nintendo Life last year in June - showing off footage of this custom build which was shared by the YouTube channel Jesse.
Now, in the latest update via Super Mario Galaxy fan account Comet Observatory on Twitter, it seems a "short public demo" of this build has been released. We've also got another look at this project that's apparently fully compatible with real hardware:
While this is just a small sample of Super Mario Galaxy DS, we're still just as impressed as we were when we originally saw this project. In saying this, it's not necessarily the first time Nintendo fans have gone above and beyond to push the limitations of official hardware.
If you would like to learn more about this project, be sure to check out our previous post, and here's the other previous clip while we're at it:
What do you think of this fan project? Would you like to see the Galaxy series return in some way or form in the near future? Leave a comment down below.
I'm afraid Nintendo will shut it down once they know about that.
That old ds speaker, so nostalgic.
If only more devs had even tried fully 3D games on DS. That system had a lot of untapped potential
Somebody, inject this into my viens ASAP!!!
I think Nintendo's best game line-up is their Nintendo DS line-up, but I think Super Mario never fully reached its potential on the system. There should have been an original 3D Mario game that incorporated more of the hardware's features and I think NSMB deserved a DS sequel release around the same time as Phantom Hourglass's sequel, Spirit Tracks.
I think we all know where this is going.
So how much are you willing to bet this gets taken down in 2 weeks?
Anyone else remember that old video?
I think a lot of it came down to the DS lacking any sort of analog stick (you can only do so much with the touchscreen before the controls get too complex), along with the fact that the PSP was just an easier option for developers.
It’s impressive, but all I can imagine is how awful it would be to play this with the screen size of the original DS and DS Lite lol
@ModdedInkling this. Mario 64 DS is a nightmare to control.
Man this guy's so excited for his very own cease and desist letter from Nintendo, he even released a demo to get it sooner 😄.
This is a wonderful project and i looooove how nostalgic this feels. But yeah, it's gonna go away rather soon I'm afraid, especially with the demo
@Coalescence I didn't have any problems back in the day. Just a bit of a learning curve.
Really got to have posts about C&D every fan mod article, huh.
Would be cool if people actually talked about the mod more in here.
That aside. Wish Mario 64 DS had a good proper 3d analog physics mod (theres a analog mod but its not as good as original 64 or other 3d titles). Game doesnt handle quick turns well so sideflips are slower to do and less fluid.
@Coalescence I found it fine and liked the game more than. The original. Minus the stupid standing pose they swapped in for the surfing shell feature
This is impressive, kudos to the modders.
I like it. It's cute and I'd play it. It's one of my fav games of all time so that would be a given, tbf
This would've been so cool! Makes me legit sad they never tried it, even on the 3DS.
@Coalescence I'm with @HXLXIII and @Travisemo007 on this one. I didn't have any problems with it, either. In fact, Super Mario 64 DS is my favorite DS game, my favorite Mario game, and possibly even my favorite game of all time.
It absolutely blows the original N64 game out of the water with the wealth of content. You don't just get 30 more stars to collect; but the game is not as punishing as the original, with some missions being easier to complete; you can also play as Yoshi, Luigi, and Wario, each with their own unique abilities; and you have an impressive library of minigames to choose from when you want to take a break from the main action.
Now, if you want to replicate the experience of playing it like you would the N64 version, play it on the 3DS. Yes, you still have to hold down the Y button to run, but the circle pad will give you more of that analog feel when playing like you would if you were playing the N64 version.
@Deltarogue Or what, you'll turn into Jashin?
... that is actually a strong motivation. Tyranny, yes, but terrorism has always been a strong motivation to influence free will. More often used against people who are UNWILLING to inject stuff in their bodies or otherwise consume what the hand that beats us force feeds us though.
Super cool! It would be awesome for the 3DS with some sweet 3d effects.
I wish we could see them long jump on the small planet and orbit it but what amazes me the most about this port is that the gravity seems to be on point with the original
@Greatluigi Completely fooled me and my friends when I was a kid; we really wanted to believe
Super impressive and it looks fantastic.
I'm playing Mario Galaxy just now on 3D All-stars and I'm enjoying it so much. I hadn't played it since 2007 or 2008. It's one of my all time favourite games but I wasn't sure how it would hold up. For me it's held up very well and with the jaggies smoothed out and the sharp image it looks fantastic.
This is very nice but what I'd really like is Super Mario Galaxy 3 as well as Odyssey 2 on Switch. One can dream can't they?
Yeah. I hurt my fingers in every Bowser fight.
@Travisemo007 @AstroTheGamosian @HXLXIII
Content wise, obviously DS is going to be better. However, that D-Pad control did not translate so well onto the 3DS stick, as the DS version was strictly programmed to be played in 8 directions rather than an analog stick. You end up getting some clunkly turnarounds that end up getting you killed and it just doesn't feel the same as the N64
Nintendo won’t take this down. They haven’t for the last 2 years.
Give is Mario galaxy 3
@SwitchVogel I bet it fooled a lot of kids back in the day. 😅
@Pojos98 I think the initial plan was to treat the NDS as s portable N64, and you can tell by Super Mario 64 DS and Rayman DS being launch titles. But then they realized they were better off just having it be a GBA 1.5 with touch controls which, in my opinion, was the right move.
This is actually mind blowingly impressive. I'd expect this kind of high quality port for the 3DS, but the original DS?! Good job to the team or person behind this. I hope this doesn't getting DMCA'd or whatever.
I wish these fan projects wouldn't reveal their work until it's complete to prevent that sort of thing
I put it on my acekard and played it on my ds lite. Very impressive tech demo. It looks amazing for a DS game. It seems the developers aren't very motivated to keep going though.
I would love to see a more full fleshed galaxy. Not just those flat square ones.
@Aurumonado is it unique, custom stages they built, or actual Galaxy stages? I bet they know there's no point to keep going, sadly,, since we all know what will happen eventually.
It has three levels: Mario Squared Galaxy (SMG2), Sky Station Galaxy (SMG2), and Hurry Scurry Galaxy (SMG1). There's also a testing area to mess around in. Only Hurry Scurry Galaxy felt complete but all of it is very impressive.
@AstroTheGamosian Its rare to find fellow fans of the game that share the same sentiment but yeah, I beat both the N64 original and the DS version 10+ times apiece and still love the NDS version much more.
I still have my launch copy!
I believe that Nintendo really know almost every fan games projects that exist in the world, but the "why" some are targeted quickly and others looks as ignored, that is really the question here.
I would have KILLED to be able to play Mario Galaxy on the DS! sure it probably would've controlled worse and wouldn't look as good, but 8 year old me wouldn't have really cared all that much if it meant playing one of my favorite Wii games on the go
Honestly, DS graphics are so nostalgic for me that I really wouldn't mind more games to look like this on Switch, trading all manner of flashy graphics for just solid, excellent game mechanics.
I would easily buy up another Monster Hunter entry with the classic style and blocky graphics like this, while still using the RE Engine for the physics and newer game mechanics. That is my sweet spot for old 3D nostalgia.
@Aurumonado wow, definitely impressive. I assumed it would be levels curated that would "work" on DS, or something. Full SMG levels is pretty cool, IMO.
Awesome! I’ll definitely try it out
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