It's a solid experience, but you end up wishing that the game had more to offer than nostalgia.
Antiman90 wrote this review on .
The game's graphics look great, the 3D sidecrolling looks just right. There are always a lot of colors on the screen, and it's a great game to look at. The sound may not please everyone, as the game doesn't simply remix old mario themes. The game has a new soundtrack of techno beats that sound good, not great, but good.
The gameplay, as stated before, is sidescrolling like always. It's a great game to play, but I plowed through the game in a few hours. It also has warp points which will let you beat the game faster than that. It's fun, but you wish there was more to it. The new powerups (including the mega-mushroom) are useless and don't appear very often. There are several occasions when becoming Mega Mario will cause you to become too big, therefore haulting your progress in the level until you become small again. The mini-mushroom will allow you to access hidden areas in the levels, but you never feel the need that you have to find the secrets... unless you plow through the game in a day and want more.
There are mini-games (85% of which are ripped off of or based on Super Mario 64 DS) which aren't terribly entertaining, and there is a Mario vs Luigi mode in which you and a friend play as Mario and Luigi as you battle each other for stars. Again, this mode has been taken straight out of Super Mario 64 DS.
All in all, the game is solid, fun, Mario action. Just be prepared to blow through the game pretty quickly, as each world shouldnt' take you more than an hour to complete. It's definitely something that all DS and Mario fans should check out.