VS. Mode (also called VS Mode or Versus Mode) is a competition wireless multiplayer mode in Super Mario 64 DS. The mode can be played with up to 4 players via either local multiplayer or DS Download Play. In download play, the other players can only play as different colored Yoshis. Player 2 is Red Yoshi, Player 3 is Blue Yoshi, and Player 4 is Yellow Yoshi. The host (the one with the game card) will be the default Green Yoshi and will have the press the orange icon on the left labeled "VS." and wait for other players to show up. In this mode, after the settings and stages are selected, the players will fight in the arenas to try and gather up to 5 Stars and the most coins to win in a limited time. They can also steal feathers/Wings and can also use the Mario, Luigi and Wario plumber caps to take on the appearance of the three different plumbers.
This is a revised version of the front of the castle. There are a few differences between this version and the one in the actual main game. The doors have velvet ropes, blocking the entrance to the castle, the cannon is locked out, a moving platform is added to the moat and lake, some of the trees are removed, and a loose Chain Chomp is bouncing around with one of the stars at the end of its chain.
This is a secret course in the normal game, found in the Rec. Room, behind Mario's painting. In this version, there are no enemies on this map, the sky is faced differently, and a yellow box that originally had a green shell now has a feather, which also any character can use, unlike in the normal game, where only Mario gets wings. Yoshis grow wings out of their bodies like in Super Mario World.
A secret course which accessed in the character room in the main game. This is the smallest level in this mode, which also has no enemies, and the only course where Stars are not in Star Spheres. The only penalty for falling off results in returning to the beginning of the slide, it is a race, and at the end is the best place to attack your opponents.
A secret level found in the courtyard with the Boos under the three Brick Blocks. This is the biggest and hardest of the four levels, all the enemies are removed, except for the black rolling balls which only Wario can break. The rest of the stage contains various walking paths and staircases. This stage also has 2 yellow boxes, containing feathers.
Each character has one or more special abilities and tricks that are only used in Versus Mode.
||Yoshi has four moves, but only three are available. Yoshi can his tongue to swallow other players and objects to spit them out, knocking out their Star. Press A to swallow other players and nearby objects then press A again (or R to make an egg) to spit them out. When another Yoshi swallows you, you can press L, R, and B to jump out of your opponents mouth, damaging them. Yoshis cannot swallow players in hats. Yoshi has the highest jump of the four. Press and hold the B button to perform the flutter-kick, which makes Yoshi go slightly higher than Luigi's scuttle.||Power||0/3|
||Mario has three moves in Versus Mode. Mario's ability is to wall-kick. This is not really an attack, but is useful when evading enemies. To perform the move, press B on a wall to jump and press B again to move to the next wall. Mario can run very fast which is useful to run away from enemies. To perform this move, press and hold Y and then let go.||Power||2/3|
||Luigi has four abilities and all of them are available in Versus Mode. Like Mario, Luigi can run very fast (but a bit faster), which is useful for avoiding enemies. To perform this move, press and hold Y and let go and Luigi will run faster. Like Yoshi, Luigi can jump really high. To perform the move, press and hold B. Luigi has the ability to somersault (which is also an attack), If anyone running towards or behind him, he can back-flip over them. To perform the move, hold R and then press B. Luigi also has the ability run on water for a short period of time. Press and hold Y when on land and let go and Luigi will run on water briefly.||Power||2/3|
||Wario has only one special ability in Versus Mode, which is the Swing and Fling, which lets you knock out opponents for a slightly longer time. This is actually one of the best and comical moves in Versus Mode. To perform this attack, press any button to attack your opponent with any attack, press A next to them to grab them, then make a circular rotation on the touch screen or use the in a circle to spin them around, and press A again to let them go, just like how the player does to Bowser. This attack can stun some opponents. If another player attacks Wario while he is carrying or spinning an opponent, they will automatically fall out of Wario's hands.||Power||3/3|