Unlike in the original game, this version features a Touch Screen control, a wireless multiplayer VS. mode in which up to 4 players can play locally, mini-games, and 150 Power Stars to collect (30 more than in the original game). Most notably, the dialogue has quite much changed and Mario is not the only playable character (nor he is even available from the start), but Luigi, Yoshi, and Wario also join the adventure too.
Peach sends Mario a letter so that he may come to the castle as she baked him a piece of cake. Then, a Lakitu Bros. flies around Peach's Castle giving the player a view of the terrain along with Yoshi sleeping on the roof. Suddenly, a pipe comes up from the ground and out jumps Mario. Mario turns around and two more pipes rise up, holding Luigi and Wario inside as they somehow managed to read the letter as well. When Luigi accidentally caused a fight, they fight for a while until all three bump into each other. Then, both Mario and Luigi look at Wario and points to the castle. Then, they go to the castle for the cake.
Later on, the Lakitu Bro. takes Yoshi off the castle and onto the ground. He then wakes Yoshi up and shows his concern to him that Mario has not yet returned and that he should go check to see where he is.
As Yoshi tries to enter the castle, the Lakitu Bro. told him that the doors are locked. He tells Yoshi that he saw a Rabbit holding the key to opening the door. Yoshi then goes along, chases the rabbit in the maze and collects the key from him once the Rabbit is caught.
According to the Toad in the foyer, Mario, Luigi, and Wario all went to Bob-omb Battlefield to collect Power Stars after hearing that Peach was recently again kidnapped by Bowser. Goomboss, King Boo, and Chief Chilly then were all sent out to capture the three Bros. The Goomboss held Mario, King Boo held Luigi and Chief Chilly held Wario. Now it's up to Yoshi to find the power stars and rescue them, which he eventually does, then they battle Bowser twice. After collecting 80 Power Stars, Mario can battle Bowser one last time. Then the four land in front of castle rescuing Peach and a cake and the credits roll.
Gameplay of Super Mario 64 DS is fairly similar to the original game. Mario (and now Luigi, Wario, and Yoshi) jump through a series of paintings and walls to gather stars to defeat Bowser and his minions.
The game features worlds which the player can access by jumping through paintings in different rooms inside the castle. Each world has seven Power Stars (there were six in the original Nintendo 64 version of the game) and a 100 coin star which need to be collected by completing goals. There are a total of 150 Power Stars in the game to be unlocked (there were only 120 Stars in the original game).
Unlike in the original game, there are no Wing, Vanish, and Metal Caps, until you unlock Mario, Luigi, or Wario (in that order) or pick up one of their Caps. They instead are replaced with Power Flowers (Mario is the only one who can get wings). Additionally, all of the ! blocks (but the yellow one) have been replaced with a red ? block, which is activated through the ? switch where what would be in the original game the Tower of the Wing Cap (Switch?). The other two ! switches are gone and their areas instead contain extra Power Stars.
In order to have more of a chance of beating the game, the player needs to find the three plumbers who were flung behind the doors behind by Bowser. The following table below shows each character attributes to a certain statistic. Each has their own special abilities:
|Name||Description||How to Unlock||Stats|
||Yoshi is the first and default playable character since Yoshi gets informed by one of the Lakitu Bros. that Mario and the rest of the heroic gang haven't returned to the pipes, yet after awhile in the castle and goes to investigate and realizes that Bowser has captured them all. Now Yoshi will have to track his friends down, and stop Bowser and his minions. Yoshi's moves include a tongue lick, flutter kick, egg throw, and others, making him the only character with a projectile attack. He is the only character that can't punch, kick, or grab enemies, and not strong enough to break bricks or defeat Boos (unless he uses a Super Mushroom). However, Yoshi has the highest jump of the four and features average speed at both running and swimming. His Power Flower is the ability to shoot fire from his mouth, which is much like the ability that Yoshi can do in Super Mario World.||Default||Power||0/3|
||Mario is the second playable character. He's been trapped by Goomboss who is mad about Mario bossing him around in the past. Using Yoshi from the starting point in the castle, the player should go up the stairs and to the right door. The player should go straight to the next door, go through the 8-Star door and hop into Goomboss Battle. Yoshi has to fight Goomboss to rescue Mario by jumping into a hollowed tree stump at the highest point of the level. Then the player has to go back to the room with the stained glass windows with Peach on them and unlock the "M" Room to find Mario. Mario will be able to perform attacks like the punch, ground-pound, wall-jump, and many more. As the most balanced of the four playable characters, Mario plays very much the same way as he did in the original game with good all-round capabilities, except on speed at running. His Power Flower is the ability to puff up like a balloon and float in the air, like the P-Balloon from Super Mario World. If he pressed a P-Block, occasionally a pair of Wings will appear. If Mario gets it, he can become Wing Mario.||Defeat Goomboss in Goomboss Battle as Yoshi.||Power||2/3|
||Mario's younger twin brother, Luigi is optional to find required to obtain some Power Stars, as well as Wario and has been imprisoned by King Boo. Mario will have to Big Boo's Haunt and find his way up to the third floor, near the balcony, then go into the Luigi portrait, leading to Big Boo Battle. This level is very tricky as some doors lead nowhere and back to the start. When Mario reaches there, he has defeat King Boo to collect the "L" Key, being able to save Luigi. Next to Yoshi, Luigi has the weakest attacks, but he has the best speed stats at both running and swimming and jumping capabilities of the four. Luigi's abilities include a Scuttle Jump (Which is similar to Yoshi's Flutter Kick), but not as high), the ability to run over water for a short period time, and perform a somersault. His Power Flower is the ability to turn invisible and walk through any enemies or objects, except ice, which replaces Vanish Mario from the original game.||Defeat King Boo in Big Boo Battle as Mario.||Power||2/3|
||Wario is imprisoned by Chief Chilly, and Luigi is the only one that can save him. Once the large door right at the head of the stairs is unlocked, Luigi has to go inside, then get past another door leading to Snowman's Land. There are two Power Flowers, so the player has to use Luigi to go transparent into the mirror by the Snowman's Land wall, and he has to fight Chief Chilly for the "W" Key, which is used to open the door to find Wario. Once he does, Wario will be available to choose from as a playable character. Like Luigi, Wario is optional to find, but is needed to grab Stars that the others cannot retireve. He has the worst speed stats at both running and swimming and jumping capabilities of the four, but he is by far the strongest-being able to smash through the Black Bricks, break bigger boulders, and send enemies flying with only a single blow. In VS. Mode, Wario has the unique ability to pick up stunned opponents, spin, and throw them, just like how the player does to Bowser. He can ground-pound posts once, rather than three times and throw them as well. He moves slightly faster than Mario and Luigi when carrying large enemies and also carries them on his back. Wario can also pick up signs and throw them. For more power, his Power Flower is the ability to turn into metal to walk underwater, like Metal Mario from the original game, and is immune to enemy attacks, like Vanish Luigi. To switch back to Yoshi, just go to the door of the character that is being used once more.||Defeat Chief Chilly in Chief Chilly Challenge as Luigi.||Power||3/3|
List of changes from the original game
Though Super Mario 64 DS is a clear remake of the Nintendo 64 32-bit game, Super Mario 64, there are some components that were added to the game that the original game did not have, as well as some elements that were only seen in the first rendition which were taken out of its remake.
- Wario, Luigi, and Yoshi are now playable characters. Only Mario was playable in the original game, Yoshi made a cameo appearance on the roof after the original game was finished, but Wario and Luigi were absent in the original. There were, however, rumors that Luigi was playable in the original, but those have since been debunked, and he was planned to appear in the original game, but was later dropped out.
- 120 Power Stars were in the original game, but now, there are 150 Power Stars.
- The areas have been reorganized.
- The area stages have been reordered and stages have either been added or removed.
- The castle and its surroundings have had numerous changes, the small room with three Peach windows being replaced with the character room being an example.
- MIPS have been replaced with seven multicolored rabbits for each character, plus the eight shiny rabbits. Catching them will either get you the key to the castle, minigames, or a secret Power Star.
- The graphics have been updated.
- The indication of a life reduction after returning from the area is now made more apparent
- Updates accounting for the Touch Screen have been added.
- Maps of the area you are in are displayed on the touchscreen while the top screen is the main screen.
- Instructions corresponding to the new characters have been added.
- New Brick Blocks have been added. These can be destroyed by every character, except Yoshi, unless he uses a Super Mushroom.
- By default, the R button centers the camera while the L button acts as the crouch button (the L button being the closest equivalent to the Z button on the Nintendo 64 controller, similar to how the same button on the GameCube controller corresponds to Z on Virtual Console games).
- Mario does not say anything on the Nintendo screen, and says "Me! Mario!" at the title screen. In the original, on the opening screen, he would say "It's-a me! Mario!" and on the title screen, he would say "Hello!"
- The title screen has been updated to correspond with the new features of the game.
- When the DS is closed, Mario will say "Bye bye!" as the game enters sleep mode, which the Nintendo 64 version is incapable of. When the DS has been opened again, Mario will say "It's-a-me! Mario!"
- As the DS does not have analog sticks, the stylus acts as a substitute.However, with the addition of the Circle Pad in the 3DS, this is unnecessary.
- Mario does not appear in the game over screen. In the original version , his head would pop up as he is saying "game over", bearing an exhausted expression. Also, the Game Over screen is set on a gray background, when, in the original version , it is set on a dark red background with the words, "GAME OVER" behind Mario.
- Super Mushrooms are added.
- Yoshi and Luigi may also appear on the title screen.
- The interior in Snowman's Land completely changed.
- Bubs and Bubbas are replaced with Cheep-Cheeps and Big Berthas, respectively.
- Mario can only do floating and flying abilities whereas, in the original, he could turn into a heavy metal and be intangible as well. Each character also has additional abilities. Yoshi can breathe fire, Wario can turn into metal, and Luigi can turn invisible and be intangible.
- There are Switch Stars in the DS version. The player has to step on the star switch for a star to be in a Star Sphere, and collect in time before it disappears.
- In the original N64 version, the player is given four files to play on, but the player is given three files to play on in this game.
- In the original N64 version, the player can allow Mario to walk or run using the analog stick, but in this version, the player uses the D-pad to allow each of the four playable characters to walk or run. However, the circle pad on the 3DS revives the classic analog stick feel.
- Thwomps appear in their original version spiked design from Super Mario Bros. 3 rather than their spike-less blue appearance from the original version. The players can still stand on them.
- King Bob-omb of Bob-omb is very obsessed with his mustache. In the original game, he is shown not to have any particular interests.
- Bob-omb Battlefield
- Whomp's Fortress
- Jolly Roger Bay
- Cool Cool Mountain
- Big Boo's Haunt
- Hazy Maze Cave
- Lethal Lava Land
- Shifting Sand Land
- Dire Dire Docks
- Snowman's Land
- Wet-Dry World
- Tall Tall Mountain
- Tiny Huge Island
- Rainbow Ride
- Bowser in the Dark World
- Bowser in the Fire Sea
- Bowser in the Sky
- Sunshine Isles
- The Princess's Secret Slide
- The Secret Aquarium
- The Secret of Battle Fort
- ? Switch
- Behind the Waterfall
- The Secret Under the Moat
- Over the Rainbows
- Goomboss Battle
- Big Boo Battle
- Chief Chilly Challenge
Note: The castle's secret stars missions are not the official names.
|Big Bob-omb on the Summit||Footrace with Koopa the Quick||Chip Off Whomp's Block||To the Top of the Fortress|
|5 Silver Stars!||Big Bob-omb's Revenge||Shoot into the Wild Blue||Red Coins on the Floating Isle|
|Mario Wings to the Sky||Find the 8 Red Coins||Fall onto the Caged Island||Blast Away the Wall|
|Behind Chain Chomp's Gate||100 Coins||Switch Star of the Fortress||100 Coins|
|Plunder in the Sunken Ship||Can the Eel Come Out to Play?||Slip Slidin' Away||Li'l Penguin Lost|
|Treasure of the Ocean Cave||Blast to the Stone Pillar!||Big Penguin Race||Frosty Slide for 8 Red Coins|
|Red Coins on the Ship Afloat||Switch Star of the Bay||Snowman's Lost His Head||Mario's Super Wall Kick|
|Through the Jet Stream||100 Coins||Switch Star of Cool, Cool Mountain||100 Coins|
|Go on a Ghost Hunt||Ride Big Boo's Merry-Go-Round||Swimming Beast in the Cavern||Elevate for 8 Red Coins|
|The Secret of the Haunted Books||Seek the 8 Red Coins||Metal-Head Wario can Move!||Navigating the Toxic Maze|
|Big Boo's Balcony||Eye to Eye in the Secret Room||A-Maze-Ing Emergency Exit||Watch Out for Falling Rocks|
|Switch Star in the Basement||100 Coins||Underground Switch Star||100 Coins|
|Boil the Big Bully||Bully the Bullies||In the Talons of the Big Bird||Shining Atop the Pyramid|
|8-Coin Puzzle with 15 Pieces||Red-Hot Log Rolling||Inside the Ancient Pyramid||Stand Tall on the Four Pillars|
|Hot-Foot-It into the Volcano||In the Volcano||Tox Box Switch Star||Pyramid Puzzle|
|Flaming Silver Stars||100 Coins||Free Flying for 8 Red Coins||100 Coins|
|Board Bowser's Sub||Chests in the Current||Snowman's Big Head||Chill with the Bully|
|Pole-Jumping for Red Coins||Through the Jet Stream||Yoshi's Ice Sculpture||Whirl from the Freezing Pond|
|Koopa Surfin' Switch Star||Inside the Cage||Snowman's Silver Star||Into the Igloo|
|The Manta Ray's Reward||100 Coins||Red Coins in the House||100 Coins|
|Shocking Arrow Lifts||Top o' the Town||Scale the Mountain||Mystery of the Monkey Cage|
|5 Secrets in the Shallows & Sky||Express Elevator -- Hurry Up!||Scary 'Shrooms, Red Coins||Mysterious Mountainside|
|Go to Town for Red Coins||Quick Race through Downtown||Blast to the Lonely Mushroom||5 Secrets of the Mountain|
|Soaked Silver Stars||100 Coins||Breathtaking View from the Bridge||100 Coins|
|Pluck the Piranha Flower||The Tip Top of the Huge Island||Luigi in the Cage||The Pendulum Switch Star|
|Rematch with Koopa the Quick||Klepto the Condor||Get a Hand||Stomp on the Thwomp|
|Wiggler's Red Coins||Make Wiggler Squirm||Timed Jumps on Moving Bars||Stop Time for Red Coins|
|Switch Star on the Island||100 Coins||Tick Tock Silver Stars||100 Coins|
|Cruiser Crossing the Rainbow||The Big House in the Sky||Coins Amassed in a Maze||Swingin' in the Breeze|
|Tricky Triangles!||Somewhere Over the Rainbow||Switch Star of the Manor||100 Coins|
|Castle Secret Stars|
|Princess' Secret Slide||Princess' Secret Slide under 21"0||Sunshine Isles||The Secret Aquarium|
|Goomboss's Red Coins||Goomboss's Switch Star||Red Coins in the Courtyard||Silver Stars in the Battle Fort|
|Bowser's Dark Red Coins||Red Coins above the Tower||King Boo's Red Coins||Luigi's Quick Sprint|
|Red Coins Behind the Waterfall||Balloon Trip Behind the Waterfall||Red Coins Under the Moat||Balloon Trip Under the Moat|
|Switch Star of the Dark world||Toad's Star #1||Red Coins in the Fire Sea||Switch Star of the Fire Sea|
|The Secret of the Mirror||Chief Chilly's Red Coins||Metal-Head Wario Can Really Move||Toad's Star #2|
|Toad's Star #3||Red Coins over the Rainbow||Secret Brick Somewhere Over the Rainbow||Red Coins High in the Sky|
|Switch Star in the Sky||8 Glowing Rabbits|
- Minigames can be unlocked by finding every bunny with Mario, Luigi, Wario, and Yoshi (this does not include the shiny bunnies). Yoshi's bunnies are yellow, Mario's are pink, Luigi's are green, and Wario's are orange. There are 36 minigames in total. Two are for the characters themselves and the others are obtained by catching rabbits. Most of these mini-games are reused in New Super Mario Bros. and have multiplayer.
|Wanted!||It's easy to get lost in a crowd! Find the one who disappeared and touch him. There he is!|
|Loves Me...?||Play this minigame for advice on your love life! Pluck the petals to find out how your crush feels about you.|
|Hide and Boo Seek||Rub the Touch Screen where the Boos are hiding! For the first 15 levels, you get three seconds to find them. After that, you only get two seconds.|
|Puzzle Panel||Match the Touch Screen picture to the top screen. Touch a panel to turn over the surrounding panels. Harder levels will take more turns to solve.|
|Boom Box||Each time you open a treasure chest, you'll hear a sound. Open 2 chests with the same sound. Win by matching all the pairs.|
|Tox Box Shuffle||Oh, no! Yoshi's trapped in a Tox Box! Find which one he's in to save him!|
|Which Wiggler?||Touch the Wiggler on the Touch Screen that matches the one on the top screen. Choose carefully, though; he has a terrible temper.|
|Mix-a-Mug||Line up the slots on the Touch Screen to form a face. Win more coins by matching the center face in the slots to the one on the top screen.|
|Puzzle Panic||This minigame takes the Puzzle Panel to a whole new level. Put on your thinking cap. You're going to need it.|
|Mario's Slides||Guide Mario down the slides to the Star. Draw lines on the Touch Screen to create new routes for him. Collect 5 Stars to move up a stage.|
|Bounce and Pounce||Mario's in free fall, but he can bounce back if you touch him. Stomp the Fly Guys, but make sure he doesn't fall off the Touch Screen.|
|Sort or 'Splode||Guide Bob-ombs to the black carpet and Bob-omb Buddies to the pink carpet. If you bring in a wrong-colored Bob-omb, it will blow up!|
|Trampoline Time||Draw a line on the Touch Screen to turn it into a trampoline. You can draw up to 3 lines at a time. Help Mario bounce to safety!|
|Shuffle Shell||Use the paddle to push the Koopa shells to the target. The closer the shells land to the center of the target, the more points you will earn.|
|Bounce and Trounce||Mario's surrounded by Fly Guys to trounce. Touch him on his left, right, or center to make him bounce in that direction.|
|Connect the Characters||Draw lines to match the characters' head to their bodies. Press "GO!" when you're finished to see how you fared!|
|Shell Smash||Hit Koopa shells together to score points. Hit many in a row for even more points. Score even higher points by smashing green shells together.|
|Trampoline Terror||Only players with superb stylus skills will be able to make Mario bounce through the rings.|
|Memory Match||Pick two matching cards to make them disappear. Clear all the cards to win.|
|Pair-a-Gone||Touch 2 identical cards that are connected vertically, horizontally, or diagonally to make them disappear. Clear them all to win!|
|Picture Poker||Get a better hand than Luigi to win! If you're confident your hand is best, increase the number of coins you bet!|
|Mushroom Roulette||Guess where the ball will land on the roulette wheel. Guess correctly to win coins!|
|Mario Slot||Touch the spinning slots to stop them. Get 3 items in a row to earn coins! The Superstar is wild.|
|Lucky Stars||From a pair of cards, pick the one with more Stars to win coins. Beat Luigi at his own game!|
|Pair-a-Gone and On||This game of Pair-a-Gone goes on forever! Test your skill and see how many cards you can clear. Go for the record!|
|Memory Master||If Memory Match was a piece of cake for you, try out this harder version. You now have more cards to play with.|
|Super Mario Slot||Touch the spinning slots to stop them. Get 3 items in a row to earn coins! The Superstar is wild. Are you feeling super lucky?|
|Bob-omb Squad||The parachuting Bob-ombs are destroying your flowers! Use your slingshot to knock them out of the air. Hit Lakitu to blow them all up.|
|Snowball Slalom||Rub the Touch Screen to roll the snowman's head to the goal before time runs out! Rocks will slow you down, as will touching his head!|
|Bingo Ball||Launch a ball into a numbered slot on the Touch Screen. That number will light up in the top screen. Get 3 numbers in a row to score!|
|Coincentration||Pay attention to where the falling coins land. Touch the blocks to retrieve the coins. But, if you choose the wrong block, your game will end.|
|Psyche Out!||Are you psychic? Can you guess what's on the card's other side? Maybe if you stare at it long enough, a vision will come to you.|
|Slots Shot||The bars swing open when a ball goes in a Piranha Plant. Sink the ball into the pipe to trigger the slots Switch. Get 3 items in a row for a bonus!|
|Lakitu Launch||Shoot as many balls as you can into the tubs within the allotted time.|
|Intense Coincentration||There aren't as many falling coins this time around, but that won't stop Wario. Watch the coins carefully!|
|Giant Snowball Slalom||Roll the snowball over a longer course! As before, avoid rocks because they'll slow you down.|
- In addition to some of the mini-games being multiplayer, there is also a competitive local wireless multiplayer mode dubbed VS. Mode. The mode plays similarly to the main game, but it has 4 players competing for spawning the most Power Stars and Coins within in a time limit in four courses rather than completing a certain task for it. All players start off as a Yoshi. The first player (the host) is the default Green Yoshi, the second player is Red Yoshi, the third player is Blue Yoshi, and the fourth player is Yellow Yoshi, but all the stages have Caps, allowing players to transform into Mario, Luigi, and Wario. Also, all characters can fly in this mode, whereas in the main game, only Mario can fly. You can also practice on your own in single-player mode just press start and then it will say practice alone and press yes and select any of the arenas. This is useful to know where all the stars, coins, and caps are.
Waluigi April Fool's Joke
- Waluigi was rumored to be a playable character. This all started when a page called "Purple Prizes" appeared in the 2005 April Fool's Nintendo Power. It said to get Waluigi you had to get all 150 Power Stars and be extremely fast with Koopa the Quick (a character who races you in the stages Bob-omb Battlefield and Tiny-Huge Island), then a switch will appear in a random place that will make the blank door (the noiseless room with one of the Power Stars) in the character changing room a purple door with the Greek Γ symbol on it (the symbol on Waluigi's hat and gloves). Then it says you have to fight an unknown character called the Rabbit King for the key.
There are other rumors about this black square/box that accidentally appeared and can only be seen on the castle's file select picture on the far right wall. They say you have to unlock the front cannon and aim where it is and it will break, revealing a wormhole on Peach's painting that leads to a Waluigi painting.
This is very similar to when Luigi was rumored to be playable in the original version and once again, the rumor was later proven false. It was eventually revealed that the black square/box was just a ledge where one of the rabbits was originally supposed to be but it was moved to the castle courtyard, and that Nintendo just forgot to take the ledge out of the file screen. However, it is still a mystery as to why a purple rabbit appears in the instruction manual of the game. Also the purple dots in the Rec. Room.
- The game has sold incredibly well, almost selling as much as the original, with 11.03 million units sold worldwide. It is one of the best-selling DS games.
- The music for the minigames menu is the overworld theme for Grass Land, the first world existing in Super Mario Bros. 3.
- The feather from Super Mario World appears in various minigames.
- The artwork for the slots is designed after Super Mario Bros.
- King Boo is incorrectly called Big Boo in later versions of the game.
- When the player puts on the Mario Cap for the first time, it states that the player should press the "A" button to jump. This is incorrect, as the player has to press the "B" button to jump.
- If the player finishes the game with Luigi or Wario unlocked, they will not be in the ending. Only Mario and Yoshi will be seen. In the second alternate ending, only Mario, Luigi, and Yoshi are seen, leaving Wario behind. In another alternate ending, only Mario, Wario, and Yoshi are seen, leaving Luigi behind, due to the mirror glitch, which allows the player to unlock Wario before Luigi.
- In the game's development, this game was originally known as Super Mario 64 x 4.
- The voice clips of Mario, Luigi, Wario, and Yoshi in this game were recycled from Yoshi's Story, Luigi's Mansion, Super Mario Sunshine, Wario World, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, and Mario Kart: Double Dash‼ and reused in Mario Kart DS and New Super Mario Bros.