Mario party DS, is exactly what you think it is. A Nintendo 64 based Mario party game, neatly created and optimized for the handheld DS. There is no lack of quality in this game, and in certain spots, it looks even better then the N64 Originals. All the typical Mario cast is back to play ( Mario, Luigi, Wario, Peach etc ), and with a multitude of game boards and mini games, it makes out to be quite a quality experience on the DS. However, like all Mario party games, 50% of the game rely's on random dice rolls. This can be frustrating at times. But there are shops scattered throughout the boards to help tip the odds in your favor. Mario party DS is well worth the purchase for old fans, and a great place to start for any new Mario fan as well.