[[caption-width-right:340: Our heroine, Cute Giana (left), and her [[UnintentionalPeriodPiece easily-dated]] {{Super Form}}, Punk Giana (right).]]
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->''[[Franchise/SuperMarioBros The brothers]] [[TakeThat are history]].''
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''The Great Giana Sisters'' is a platform/action adventure game from Germany. It was published in the 1980s to [[FollowTheLeader basically cash in on]] ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros1'' for the UsefulNotes/{{Commodore 64}} market, since Creator/{{Nintendo}} has never published games for non-Nintendo consoles.

''The Great Giana Sisters'' is the story of Giana, an innocent little girl from Milan, Italy, who collected rubies and sapphires as a hobby. One night, an evil dragon of nightmares from DreamLand stole all of Giana's jewels and sucked her into his nightmare kingdom, where he set upon her with his army of evil owl minions. Giana (and her sister, Maria, possibly) sets on a quest to re-capture her family jewels.

The original ''Great Giana Sisters'' was pulled off the shelves after threats from Nintendo. A sequel was made years later in Europe, ''Giana Sisters DS'', and later released in the US. An unofficial sequel, ''[[http://www.gianas-return.de/ Giana's Return]]'', has also been released.

Like Mario, Giana has a variety of power-ups to help her along her way. Her main ability is transforming from her very ''Literature/AliceInWonderland''-ish normal persona into "Punk Giana" (in the 1980s, a punk rock chick with a crazy mohawk and loads of piercings who shoots bubbles; in the more recent version, into a {{Goth}} that shoots fire) which allows her to shoot projectiles to subdue enemies, take another hit[[note]]unless it's the original game[[/note]] and break blocks with her head. She can alter these projectiles by collecting other power-ups which give the projectiles properties like bouncing or homing. Giana can also use convenient vending machines to give her giant bottles of soda which she can spray to break through walls or attack enemies, or bubble gum to allow her to fly - provided she doesn't pop the bubble.

An official sequel, known as ''VideoGame/GianaSistersTwistedDreams'' was released at [[http://www.gog.com/en/gamecard/giana_sisters_twisted_dreams/ GOG]] and [[http://store.steampowered.com/app/223220/ Steam]] on October 23rd, 2012, with an eShop release on September 5th, 2013, and a [[https://www.amazon.com/Giana-Sisters-Twisted-Dream-Directors-Cut/dp/B01586FH6W/ref=pd_sim_63_6?ie=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=G187ESSX49QYTHGZ39MP Director's Cut disk version]] released on October 29th, 2015, just under three years and one week later. This one changes things up a bit by allowing Giana to switch between her normal and punk form at will. Doing so not only alters Giana's abilities, but also [[DualWorldGameplay switches the world around her from dream to nightmare]] (though which is which seems to be a matter of perspective). Each world has its own hazards, and switching between the two at the right times appears to be the focus of the gameplay. This was followed by a mini-expansion pack / mini-standalone game, ''Rise of the Owlverlord'', which adds a fourth world and boss (the titular Owlverlord who can swap between Pirate and Ninja modes) to the game.

See also ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1lVpbnl6OU&fmt=18 Duludubi Star]]'', ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy''[='=]s analogue to this game.
!!'''The series provide examples of:'''

* AgeLift: Inverted. For the DS retool, Giana and her sister Maria were aged down from teenagers (maybe early adults) to little girls.
%%* AmericanKirbyIsHardcore: Compare the [[http://image.gamespotcdn.net/gamespot/images/box/4/8/2/572482_66559_front.jpg original European box art of the first game]] to that of the [[http://image.gamespotcdn.net/gamespot/images/box/4/8/2/572482_33534_front.jpg North American version]].
* ArtifactTitle: ''Giana Sisters DS'' does not contain Maria, so "Sisters" is no longer accurate. She makes a return in ''Twisted Dreams'', where Giana must save her from the dragon Fucha, who has abducted her to Dreamland.
* BigBad:
** A slightly disfigured-looking dragon (referred to as Fucha in the original game manual).
** In ''Twisted Dreams'', it seems that the Owlverlord takes over this role, providing that you got the ''Rise of the Owlverlord'' expansion.
* BottomlessPits: Though some lead to secret areas and warps.
* BubbleGun: The sisters' main offensive ability in the original game can be acquired when they touch lightning, giving them the ability to shoot "Dream Bubbles". This can be further upgraded with a Double Lightning power-up to shoot Dream Bubbles that will bounce off walls, and further upgrades with a Strawberry into homing Dream Bubbles.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Maria was absent in the DS sequel. She is back in ''Twisted Dreams'', however.
* DerivativeDifferentiation: If you were to judge from just ''Twisted Dreams'', you wouldn't really be able to discern that the series started off as a blatant ''Super Mario Bros.'' derivative.
* DistaffCounterpart: Giana and Maria to Mario and Luigi, natch.
* DreamLand
* DungeonBypass: Stage 2 and 6 allow the player to run across the top row of bricks, in a similar style as ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros1'' All other stages that don't allow this either have no ceiling, or make the ceiling solid stone and provide no means to start a ceiling run.
* EmbeddedPrecursor: ''Giana Sisters DS'' has every level from the original ''Great Giana'' Sisters as an unlockable.
* EverythingFades: Averted in most cases in the series. Enemies simply stay where they got stomped.
* ExcusePlot: The dream starts with Giana losing her pretty things and needing to get them back.
* FanSequel: ''[[http://www.gianas-return.de/ Giana's Return]]'. It even has its own [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyYFrgPHgcw&index=10&list=PLSQLREUw9vwmE8HYXkE0uYgR6ur64hjIQ trailer.]]
* FieryRedhead: Punk Giana in ''DS'' and ''Twisted Dreams''. In a literal case in ''DS'', as she can also shoot fire.
* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: Giana and Maria, according to supplementary material.
* GenreSavvy: According to the ''Giana'' Comic (the pages of which are posted on the official Website/{{Facebook}} page), the Hansel and Gretel boss came about because a mook observed Giana using powerups in the Commodore 64 game, and tried one for itself, becoming the NintendoHard boss it is now.
* TheGoomba: Owls (officially named [[PunnyName Pillowls]] as of ''Twisted Dreams'').
* GoombaStomp
* HarmlessVillain: Fucha the dragon is actually Giana's beloved stuffed toy.
** NotSoHarmlessVillain: ...who ends up abducting and eating Maria in ''Twisted Dreams.''
* AHeadAtEachEnd: Hansel and Gretel, a giant two-headed worm who are the first boss in ''Twisted Dreams''.
* MinusWorld: Pressing ARMN on the final stage brings you to the bonus stage (which it calls "Stage 27"). This bonus screen is normally available by entering some areas, but the warp cheat causes the game to treat it as a normal level and not generate the exit lift. Pressing ARMN again will crash the game when it tries loading "Stage 00".
* MultiArmedAndDangerous / CombatTentacles: Octor Freud, the second boss in ''Twisted Dreams''. He uses an increasing number of tentacles in his attack patterns as he takes on more damage.
* OneBulletAtATime: If your bouncing or homing shot gets stuck on terrain, you have to wait before attacking again.
* OneHitPointWonder: In the original, grabbing a Firewheel and turning Punk doesn't add an extra hit point to Giana/Maria. Averted in ''DS'', as Punk Giana actually gives Giana fire powers and acts as a SingleUseShield as well.
* PaletteSwap: Giana's sister, Maria, is just Giana with green hair. As of the ''Twisted Dreams'' expansion pack, she now has a paler skin tone, ponytail, and a giant ribbon in her hair in art, but still isn't playable.
* PerkyGoth: The modern version of Giana's SuperForm. Or at least, has Goth vibes.
* PlanetHeck: About half of World 8 in ''Giana Sisters DS''. The time limit even increases from 300 to [[NumberOfTheBeast 666]].
* PowerUp:
** [[TransformationTrinket Firewheel]]: Transforms into Punk Giana who is bigger, has an extra hit, and can bash bricks
** [[LightningCanDoAnything Lighting]]: Allows Punk Giana to shoot "Dream Bubbles"
** [[LightningCanDoAnything Double Lightning]]: Dream Bubbles rebound off walls and surfaces.
** [[PowerUpFood Strawberry]]: Dream Bubbles home in on enemies. The bubble reacts differently to walls depending on the platform (Commodore 64 version has the bubbles constantly bounce, while the Amiga has the bubble tunnel through)
** [[TimeStandsStill Clock]]: Freezes all enemies when activated.
** [[SmartBomb Magic Bomb]]: Kills all enemies when activated.
** [[ElementalRockPaperScissors Water Drop]]: Makes Giana immune to fire-damage.
** [[OneUP Lollipop]]: Gives Giana an extra-life.
** [[FloatingInABubble Bubble Gum]]: Introduced in the DS version. Allows Giana to float while activated, can be popped.
** [[EdibleAmmunition Soda Bottle]]: Shoots a stream of soda that kills enemies and destroys obstacles.
** [[OneHundredCoins Diamonds]]: Collect [[LawOfOneHundred 100]] for an extra life.
* PunnyName: Octor Freud. Also doubles as a NonIndicativeName, as he resembles a squid more than an octopus.
* {{Retraux}}: The DS Remake definitely tries to capture the look and feel of a late 80's-early 90's PC game. If anything, the music fits.
* RatchetScrolling: Harmful in the penultimate stage, because there is no exit at the end of the level.
* SingleUseShield: Surprisingly averted in the original game, were turning Punk ''didn't'' give [[OneHitPointWonder Giana]] an extra hit. In ''DS'', however, Giana just loses her Punk powers upon getting hit and turns back to normal.
* SpiritualSuccessor: The C64 platformer ''Hard'n'Heavy'', which was originally developed as a ''Giana'' sequel.
* SuperDrowningSkills: Jump in water and Giana dies instantly, even if the water is not deep enough to cover her head!
** GrimyWater / SuperNotDrowningSkills: In ''Twisted Dreams'', there are two types of water: violet/green water that kills Giana, and blue water that she can swim in indefinitely.
* SuperPoweredEvilSide: The DS version's credits strongly imply this. Punk Giana can shoot fireballs, and survive a hit, compared to Normal Giana... who can do none of those things.
* TimedMission: In the original, 100 seconds per stage.
* TooAwesomeToUse: The Clock (which freezes enemies) and Magic Bomb (which kills all enemies) power ups in the original game.
* TyopOnTheCover: The Great Giana Sisters was originally intended to be titled "The Great '''Gianna''' sisters" (spelled with two n's), and the title screen of the game spells it that way. But due to a typo on the box art, they adopted the misspelling as the official spelling so they wouldn't have to reprint the boxes.
* AWinnerIsYou: Standard issue - picking up the gem shows a text message, and sends you to high-score entry.
* WritingAroundTrademarks: Failed, obviously. This was the first widely-publicized case in which a FollowTheLeader ripoff of a video game was withdrawn from the market as a result of legal threats. They had been extremely common up to this point, with programmers and companies generally assuming near-impunity.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Giana's sister Maria has dark green hair.