Super Mario 64 DS
Super Mario 64 DS
North American box art
Developer(s) Nintendo EAD 4
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Nintendo DS platform icon Virtual Console (Wii U) platform icon
Genre(s) Platform, Adventure

03ESRB - E  01PEGI 3  01CERO A  01USK 0  02Australian Classification Board - PG

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Super Mario 64 DS (JP) (often known as SM64DS) is a platformer and adventure game in the Mario series developed by Nintendo EAD 4 and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo DS.

The game is an enhanced remake of the original 1996 Nintendo 64 game, Super Mario 64 and a launch title for the Nintendo DS.

Unlike the original game, this version features Touch Screen control, wireless multiplayer, and minigames. Most notably, the dialogue has quite much changed and Mario is not the only playable character (nor he is available from the start), but Luigi, Yoshi and Wario join the adventure too.


  • Yoshi - 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 gang haven't returned 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. Yoshi's moves include a tongue lick, flutter kick, egg throw, and others. He is the only character that can't punch, kick, or grab enemies, and not strong enough to break bricks, nor defeat Boos (unless he uses a super mushroom). However, Yoshi has the highest jump and features average speed and swimming, making him the only character with a projectile attack. His Flower Power is the ability to shoot fire from his mouth, which is much like the ability that Yoshi can do in Super Mario World.
  • Power: 0/3 Speed: 2/3 Swim: 2/3 Jump: 2/3
  • Mario - Mario is the second playable character. He's been trapped by Goomboss who is mad about Mario bossing him around in the past, so Yoshi must rescue him. Mario will be able to perform attacks like the punch, Ground Pound, wall-jump, and many more. He's the most balanced of the four with good all-round capabilities. His Flower Power 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.
  • Power: 2/3 Speed: 2/3 Swim: 2/3 Jump: 2/3
  • Luigi - Mario's younger, twin brother Luigi is needed to grab some 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 where King Boo is and defeat him to collect the key to being able to save Luigi. Luigi's abilities include a minor flutter kick scuttle (which is similar to Yoshi's flutter kick, but lower and better), the ability to run over water for a short time (due to his light body), perform a somersault, and is almost as balanced as his brother. He is the best and fastest of the four in running and the best, fastest, agile swimmer. His Flower Power is the ability to turn invisible, which replaces Vanish Mario from the original game. Luigi is slightly weaker than Mario only because he moves slightly slower when carrying enemies and thinner, but throws them the same distance. Other than that, their powers are equal.
  • Power: 1/3 Speed: 3/3 Swim: 3/3 Jump: 3/3
  • Wario - Wario is imprisoned by Chief Chilly, and Luigi is the only one that can save him. Once he does, Wario will be available to choose from as a playable character. Like Luigi, Wario is obtained to grab some stars. Wario is the toughest, heaviest, and strongest of the four, but also the slowest, has the lowest jump, and is the worst at swimming. His attacks include a powerful punch, kick, and ground-pound, a swinging and flinging ability in VS. Mode. He can ground-pound posts once, rather than three times. He is the only one that can destroy black brick blocks, grab, throw signs, and destroy large objects others can't. He moves the fastest when carrying enemies. For more power, his flower Power 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 go to the door of the character that is being used once more.
  • Power: 3/3 Speed: 1/3 Swim: 1/3 Jump: 1/3

Changes from the Original

  • Wario, Luigi, and Yoshi are now playable characters. Only Mario was playable in the original, Yoshi made an appearance after the original game was finished, but Wario and Luigi were absent in the original.
  • Rumors of Luigi were in the original, but now rumors of Waluigi were in this version.
  • 120 stars were in the original, but now, there are 150 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 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
  • 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, 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, 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 three 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 spiked design from Super Mario Bros. 3 rather than their spike-less blue appearance from the original. The players can still stand on them.



Note: The castle's secret stars missions are not the official names.

Name Name
Bob-omb Battlefield
Whomp's Fortress
Star Big Bob-omb on the Summit Star Footrace with Koopa the Quick Star Chip Off Whomp's Block Star To the Top of the Fortress
Star 5 Silver Stars! Star Big Bob-omb's Revenge Star Shoot into the Wild Blue Star Red Coins on the Floating Isle
Star Mario Wings to the Sky Star Find the 8 Red Coins Star Fall onto the Caged Island Star Blast Away the Wall
Star Behind Chain Chomp's Gate Star 100 Coins Star Switch Star of the Fortress Star 100 Coins
Jolly Roger Bay
Cool, Cool Mountain
Star Plunder in the Sunken Ship Star Can the Eel Come Out to Play? Star Slip Slidin' Away Star Li'l Penguin Lost
Star Treasure of the Ocean Cave Star Blast to the Stone Pillar! Star Big Penguin Race Star Frosty Slide for 8 Red Coins
Star Red Coins on the Ship Afloat Star Switch Star of the Bay Star Snowman's Lost His Head Star Mario's Super Wall Kick
Star Through the Jet Stream Star 100 Coins Star Switch Star of Cool, Cool Mountain Star 100 Coins
Big Boo's Haunt
Hazy Maze Cave
Star Go on a Ghost Hunt Star Ride Big Boo's Merry-Go-Round Star Swimming Beast in the Cavern Star Elevate for 8 Red Coins
Star The Secret of the Haunted Books Star Seek the 8 Red Coins Star Metal-Head Wario can Move! Star Navigating the Toxic Maze
Star Big Boo's Balcony Star Eye to Eye in the Secret Room Star A-Maze-Ing Emergency Exit Star Watch Out for Falling Rocks
Star Switch Star in the Basement Star 100 Coins Star Underground Switch Star Star 100 Coins
Lethal Lava Land
Shifting Sand Land
Star Boil the Big Bully Star Bully the Bullies Star In the Talons of the Big Bird Star Shining Atop the Pyramid
Star 8-Coin Puzzle with 15 Pieces Star Red-Hot Log Rolling Star Inside the Ancient Pyramid Star Stand Tall on the Four Pillars
Star Hot-Foot-It into the Volcano Star In the Volcano Star Tox Box Switch Star Star Pyramid Puzzle
Star Flaming Silver Stars Star 100 Coins Star Free Flying for 8 Red Coins Star 100 Coins
Dire, Dire Docks
Snowman's Land
Star Board Bowser's Sub Star Chests in the Current Star Snowman's Big Head Star Chill with the Bully
Star Pole-Jumping for Red Coins Star Through the Jet Stream Star Yoshi's Ice Sculpture Star Whirl from the Freezing Pond
Star Koopa Surfin' Switch Star Star Inside the Cage Star Snowman's Silver Star Star Into the Igloo
Star The Manta Ray's Reward Star 100 Coins Star Red Coins in the House Star 100 Coins
Wet-Dry World
Tall, Tall Mountain
Star Shocking Arrow Lifts Star Top o' the Town Star Scale the Mountain Star Mystery of the Monkey Cage
Star 5 Secrets in the Shallows & Sky Star Express Elevator—Hurry Up!! Star Scary 'Shrooms, Red Coins Star Mysterious Mountainside
Star Go to Town for Red Coins Star Quick Race through Downtown Star Blast to the Lonely Mushroom Star 5 Secrets of the Mountain
Star Soaked Silver Stars Star 100 Coins Star Breathtaking View from the Bridge Star 100 Coins
Tiny-Huge Island
Tick Tock Clock
Star Pluck the Piranha Flower Star The Tip Top of the Huge Island Star Luigi in the Cage Star The Pendulum Switch Star
Star Rematch with Koopa the Quick Star Klepto the Condor Star Get a Hand Star Stomp on the Thwomp
Star Wiggler's Red Coins Star Make Wiggler Squirm Star Timed Jumps on Moving Bars Star Stop Time for Red Coins
Star Switch Star on the Island Star 100 Coins Star Tick Tock Silver Stars Star 100 Coins
Rainbow Ride
Star Cruiser Crossing the Rainbow Star The Big House in the Sky Star Coins Amassed in a Maze Star Swingin' in the Breeze
Star Tricky Triangles! Star Somewhere Over the Rainbow Star Switch Star of the Manor Star 100 Coins
Castle Secret Stars
Star Princess' Secret Slide Star Princess' Secret Slide under 21"0 Star Sunshine Isles Star The Secret Aquarium
Star Goomboss's Red Coins Star Goomboss's Switch Star Star Red Coins in the Courtyard Star Silver Stars in the Battle Fort
Star Bowser's Dark Red Coins Star Red Coins above the Tower Star King Boo's Red Coins Star Luigi's Quick Sprint
Star Red Coins Behind the Waterfall Star Balloon Trip Behind the Waterfall Star Red Coins Under the Moat Star Balloon Trip Under the Moat
Star Switch Star of the Dark world Star Toad's Star #1 Star Red Coins in the Fire Sea Star Switch Star of the Fire Sea
Star The Secret of the Mirror Star Chief Chilly's Red Coins Star Metal-Head Wario Can Really Move Star Toad's Star #2
Star Toad's Star #3 Star Red Coins over the Rainbow Star Secret Brick Somewhere Over the Rainbow Star Red Coins High in the Sky
Star Switch Star in the Sky Star 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 is also a DS download play game at the beginning menu just select VS and then you can hook up with your three of your friends on DS download play. You can also practice on your own in single player mode just press start and then it will say start practice and press yes and select any of the arenas and away you go To know where the stars and caps are. Most of these mini-games are reused in New Super Mario Bros.

Yoshi Mario
1. Wanted! 2. Loves Me...? 3. Hide and Boo Seek 1. Mario's Slides 2. Bounce and Pounce 3. Sort or 'Splode
4. Puzzle Panel 5. Boom Box 6. Tox Box Shuffle 4. Trampoline Time 5. Shuffle Shell 6. Bounce and Trounce
7. Which Wiggler? 8. Mix-a-Mug 9. Puzzle Panic 7. Connect the Characters 8. Shell Smash 9. Trampoline Terror
Luigi Wario
1. Memory Match 2. Pair-a-Gone 3. Picture Poker 1. Bob-omb Squad 2. Snowball Slalom 3. Bingo Ball
4. Mushroom Roulette 5. Mario Slot 6. Lucky Stars 4. Coincentration 5. Psyche Out! 6. Slots Shot
7. Pair-a-Gone and On 8. Memory Master 9. Super Mario Slot 7. Lakitu Launch 8. Intense Coincentration 9. Giant Snowball Slalom


In addition to some of the mini-games being multiplayer, there is a competitive local multiplayer mode dubbed VS Mode. The mode plays similarly to the main game, but has 4 players compete for spawning stars in a time limit in four courses rather than completing a certain task for it.

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 Fools Nintendo Power. It said to get Waluigi you had to get all 150 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'll 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.
  • When putting on the Mario Cap for the first time, it states the player should press A to jump. The player has to press B to jump.
  • If the player finishes the game with Luigi or Wario unlocked, they will be in the ending. If the player finishes the game without Luigi or Wario unlocked, they will not be in the ending. Another ending is where, the player should not unlock Wario.
  • In development, this game was 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‼.