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Controls Make It Impossible to Complete
on November 25, 2014
There's absolutely no way to get all 150 stars in this game. No way at all....unless you want to spend 150 hours in trying to get them all. The controls are so haphazard that it's not even funny. Quite a few one-star reviewers mention this fact, and I'm proud to be among them. This game was NOT made to be played on the Nintendo 3DS.
Let's start with the analog stick. Compared to the N64's analog stick, the 3DS's just plain sucks. The slightly depressed center provides no traction whatsoever (unlike the concentric circles found on the N64's analog stick). I'm positive that anyone reading this who has also played the original Super Mario 64 will agree that the controls on the N64 were far superior to the controls on the DS/3DS.
When you move Mario in this game, his running speed is not consistent. Normally, Mario would either walk at a steady pace when you press Forward, or he would run when you press Forward and hold down a button. In the DS version, the longer you hold down the Forward button, the faster he walks. Why?? This was not the case in the N64 version!!! Mario did not run faster the longer I held down the analog stick in the forward direction, so why does he do that here? That's what Forward + Y button is for! This control mechanism has slipped me up on numerous occasions and cost me countless lives unnecessarily.
And let's not even mention using the touch screen to move! That's just instant death and should be avoided at all costs. The game developers made no graphical improvements in this version either. Some of the landscape blocks and other obstacles zoom right into the screen and get in your way at certain angles when you need to fight enemies or make crucial jumps.
Speaking of angles.....the CAMERA! Oh, the camera.....forget that one, too. You press the L button to center the camera in the direction Mario is facing, and oftentimes, it just keeps going around in circles. Having to face Mario in the direction you want the camera to go in, and then attempting to move the camera with L, is frightening.
Definitely a one-star game. Pass this one up and treasure the N64 version if you still have it.