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Giana Sisters DS is a Nintendo DS sequel to the Commodore 64 game The Great Giana Sisters. It's a platformer about a girl named Giana who's on a quest to retrieve magical blue diamonds.

Released in 2009 by the publisher DTP Entertainment and developer Spellbound Interactive, Giana Sisters DS is a retool of the original game. It has 8 worlds with 9 stages and 1 bonus stage each.

Giana Sisters DS was released in Europe and later Australia, with North America getting a limited release in 2011. It has ports on the iPad, iPhone, and Android. There's also a PC port called Giana Sisters 2D.

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Giana Sisters DS received a sequel in Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams.


This game provides examples:

  • Adaptation Personality Change: Instead of a cheeky teenager, Giana is a cute Cheerful Child.
  • Age Lift: Giana is aged down from a teenager (maybe even a young adult) to a little girl.
  • Artifact Title: Giana Sisters DS does not contain Giana's green-haired twin sister Maria, so "Sisters" is no longer accurate.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Maria was absent in the DS sequel. She is back in Twisted Dreams, however.
  • Derivative Differentiation: The original game was such a Super Mario Bros. clone that Nintendo sued for plagiarism and got all copies taken off of shelves. This game features almost none of the similarities besides the two series being platformers.
  • Embedded Precursor: Giana Sisters DS has every level from the original Great Giana Sisters as an unlockable.
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  • Excuse Plot: Giana's treasure chest spilled a bunch of blue diamonds into a black hole, which sends Giana into a magical world. Giana has to find the diamonds and discover the secret of her treasure chest.
  • Fiery Redhead: Punk Giana in DS is a literal case as she can also shoot fire.
  • Nintendo Hard: Giana Sisters DS has a number of incredibly tough segments. Imagine a Mario game with no running, fireballs that don't bounce, and loads of bottomless pits and instant-kill hazards and you're about halfway there. And if you lose all of your lives at any point before the ending, you are screwed out of Stages 9-1 and 9-2 for the entirety of that save file.
  • Perky Goth: The modern version of Giana's Super Form. Or at least, it has Goth vibes.
  • Planet Heck: About half of World 8 in Giana Sisters DS. The time limit even increases from 300 to 666.
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  • 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.
  • Single-Use Shield: Giana loses her Punk powers upon getting hit and turns back to normal.
  • Super-Powered Evil Side: 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.
  • You Don't Look Like You: Punk Giana has been redesigned. Her hair is red instead of red-and-green, she's ditched her mohawk for a messy ponytail, and she's more gothic than punk.
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