I LOVED SM64 – played it loads, replayed it, got all the stars, did slides in fast times, maxed out stars. You name it, I did it. Then I got the DS version.
This game has me almost at the point of hurling the DS. The camera control is crap (it was bad at times in the original but this is worse), the use of the two screens is poor (I bet it is impossible to complete the game with just touch controls – which makes touch a gimmick), the controls are poor for anyone with a proper sized hand and the ‘cap’ thing is only there so people don’t yell “straight port” at Nintendo. It’s cool they got it into the machine – but then Sony can get big games into the PSP so it’s even – and it’s good to see it but playing it is just really annoying. Not annoying as in “Damn I know I can do that better” but “Damn why didn’t they get the controls right?”. Example: Do a high backward jump. On the N64 – easy. On the DS – not at all. Some levels of SM64 require timing and control – failing because I did it wrong is one thing. Failing because of bad controls is another. Maybe the DS is only aimed at people with small hands (it is from Japan) because right now apart from Meteos I can’t see a single reason to buy another game or even bother with a Lite. I feel blinded by the hype on this one.
Unlike the PSP – for me that delivers on all counts.