In Mario DS, the extremely popular and equally little Italian embarks on an exciting journey, which has the goal of a royal rescue, as it could not be any other way. Once again, the princess has fallen into the clutches of villains. Now it is up to you to rescue her with the help of Mario. You easily maneuver the little hero through the graphic landscape: Using the arrow keys, the cute Italian is set into motion and embarks on a rescue mission. With Z you can start the game play, steer the plumber ahead with the arrow keys as well as start the adventure. Chasms and other obstacles will stand in your way. Also with the T button, these easily mastered obstacles can hopefully be overcome. If one of the numerous opponents wants to get to close to you, then activate X and the plumber shoots hot, dangerous fireballs at them. The popular coin blocks will be cracked by standing below them and jumping upwards. Either a coin is contained therein or you walk away empty-handed. The playing surface of this funny game is clean and easy to understand and comes in the well-known Mario-style. The game itself is rather straightforward. You can find the time stamp at the top that shows you how much time you have left for the current level. Mario DS is no different from its colleagues in this point: Coins must be collected on the way. The number of coins will of course also be displayed to you. After only a few meters, you will find the first small opponents who you can kill using a targeted jump on their heads. Coin blocks are scattered numerously on the way to the princess. At these locations, an equally small head jump suffices, so that the coins multiply in your favor. All of the controls as well as the environment are completely familiar to Mario fans!