I never played the original Super Mario 64. When I first got my DS, this was my first game. This game is still great 11 years later! The game begins when Mario goes to the castle to eat a cake Peach baked for him. Mario, Luigi, and Wario and then trapped inside. After rescuing Mario, you must collect all 120 stars, and then defeat Bowser. There are fifteen stages to collect stars in, and you enter them by jumping into paintings. I played this game for so long, I eventually had to stop to eat a burrito and get some sleep. The graphics and sound are improved from the 64 game. This game has a long lifetime and even includes a four player mode, where you run around and collect stars. The only thing that's not outstanding is the camera. You have to wrestle with it constantly and it always leads to unwanted deaths. Do yourself a favor and pick this one up.