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I'll happily sacrifice analog movement for better camera control. Thank you for asking.
How funny, I just picked this up again the other day just to play and fool around with. I've already gotten all 150 Stars and unlocked everything, but for some reason I felt the need to go back and play this. Playing on the 3DS is kind of funny, since you can use the Circle Pad for movement. And that way, it plays similar to Super Mario 3D Land.
Well, closer to Super Mario 3D World, since even with the Circle Pad, there is no true analog control. But still, felt fairly natural and it was fun to run around Peach's Castle again for a while.
@GameDadGrant Yeah my playthrough of the game is going very smoothly as well. Although to be fair some of the level design in the game was altered due to the lack of analog control. That bride is wider in the DS version for example.
It's weird when people call the DS version of the game a remake because it's more like some quirky reimagining of the game then a remake. It doesn't feel like it tries to surpass the original like a lot of remakes do it seems to just exist alongside it.
What do you guys like more about the original than the DS version? For me, the fact that the original is the original is enough to give it an edge, but man, I have dreams about crazy secret Mario 64 worlds and levels all the time, and the DS version was the closest we've come to getting that. When you go through the door on the other side of the mirror? Awesome.