Great Giana Sisters to Invade Super Mario Bros.’ Nintendo DS Turf

It’s a strange, strange world we live in.

When Super Mario Bros. came out in 1985, it inspired plenty of other games in its wake, but none so much as the Great Giana Sisters by Time Warp Productions. And now, the game which Nintendo was forced to tip their legal hand to have escorted out of stores across the land is coming back, and on the Nintendo DS at that. All nice and legal-like.

The publisher claims that The Great Giana Sisters is still “a synonym for a whole gaming genre,” explaining that “in the late 1980’s, there was literally no chance to play Jump’n’Run games on home computers” until the Giana Sisters hit in 1987.

Along with “all the great features of the original home computer version,” the DS release will sport some new functionality, such as microphone and touch screen use.

Developed by Spellbound Entertainment and Bitfield, The Great Giana Sisters is due for a June 2009 release in Europe. North American release plans have not been detailed. — Shacknews

A video of the original in action lies below. I could see someone maybe wanting it for nostalgia reasons, I guess. It’s nice enough visually, but the gameplay just seems so bland.

Is there anyone out there who really wants this?

An interesting footnote in gaming history, but I’m not exactly going to beg for them to be in the next Smash Bros.