Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis Image
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  • Summary: In the original Mario vs. Donkey Kong, Mario was trying to find all the Mini Marios ... but this time, it's up to them to save the day. Players use the stylus and the touch screen to guide Mini Marios through mind-boggling, obstacle-filled levels. Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2 allows players toIn the original Mario vs. Donkey Kong, Mario was trying to find all the Mini Marios ... but this time, it's up to them to save the day. Players use the stylus and the touch screen to guide Mini Marios through mind-boggling, obstacle-filled levels. Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2 allows players to create their own maps with a new level editor. Once a map is created, players can send it across the world via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. Players also can use Wi-Fi to download maps created by others, check out a player-ranking system and access special bonuses. Pauline returns! Pauline appeared in the original Donkey Kong as the woman that Mario was attempting to rescue, and was one of the first recognizable characters created by Nintendo. After a decades-long hiatus, Pauline is finally returning to the world of video games in Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2. Pauline is the object of Donkey Kong's misplaced affections, so players must rescue her all over again. It seems folks love those Mini Mario toys. So much so that the Mario Toy Company has expanded the line to include Mini Donkey Kong, Mini Toad and Mini Peach figures to the series. With all these toys bringing him more money than he knows what to do with, Mario decides to fulfill his lifelong dream and open a theme park called Super Mini Mario World. The opening-day crowd includes Pauline and Donkey Kong, who immediately falls head over heels for the lovely lass. The proud ape tries to show off his Mini DK toy to Pauline, but she picks the Mini Mario toy over his and the jealous Donkey Kong becomes enraged. He smashes the displays, destroys the toys and takes Pauline to the top floor of the amusement park. Players must find Pauline and save the day. [Nintendo] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. 100
    The gameplay is great fun and varies throughout with new themes, changing obstacles and introducing great new abilities for the minis at a carefully planned and gradual pace. It looks great, it sounds great and the WiFi functionality is a wonderful surprise that we're only used to seeing on the PSP.
  2. A fun, challenging, and addictive game. The levels are short, and easily digestible, making this the perfect game to pick up and play for a few minutes on the go, while this very nature makes it difficult to put down.
  3. The relaxed pace is good for your blood pressure but it's not much of a challenge. [Mar 2007, p.78]
  4. If you appreciate action games with major puzzle and strategic elements, then March of the Minis is for you. In particular, the game is perfect for players interested in level design.
  5. Many won't appreciate the simplicity, or the fact that there doesn't appear to be enough of a substantial challenge to grab your attention for very long. Not for everyone, then, but well worth further investigation if puzzling's your thing.
  6. An addictive puzzle game that proves to be more Energizer bunny than clockwork mouse.
  7. 60
    A little more development time to polish some control quirks and hide away 20 or so super-difficult levels for the intrepid, and March of the Minis would have been a much more memorable DS release.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. MeganH.
    May 14, 2007
    10
    superb game. I like the bit were you can make your own level and play it!
  2. Sean
    Sep 28, 2006
    9
    The gameplay is great, and with 8 floors (worlds) with 9 levels, a minigame, and a boss fight each, there's a lot of value here. Not to The gameplay is great, and with 8 floors (worlds) with 9 levels, a minigame, and a boss fight each, there's a lot of value here. Not to mention that players can create their own levels, download levels from their friends and from Nintendo. Besides all the value packed into this game, the graphics and sound are very polished, not unlike the original Mario vs Donkey Kong. Expand
  3. GrantD.
    Apr 1, 2007
    9
    This is one of the most entertaining games on the DS that I've ever played, I recommended it to everyone that I know.
  4. DreeO.
    Sep 27, 2006
    8
    I like the game very much. Think its better than part I. The problem is that it is too easy to run through the first time. I played all I like the game very much. Think its better than part I. The problem is that it is too easy to run through the first time. I played all levels within 1 day. The only thing left is getting gold medals on all levels, and opening the few extra levels. Nice feauture is smooth the level creator. Levels are exchangable online, friendcodes. Expand
  5. Mar 23, 2013
    8
    A great solid game. The ability to make your own levels and the high amount of puzzles/aka levels in the game give this a solid 8

    Replay
    A great solid game. The ability to make your own levels and the high amount of puzzles/aka levels in the game give this a solid 8

    Replay Value: High: You want to make your levels often and play some worlds again to unlock secrets
    Story: A decent, but good story.
    Extras: Awesome level building
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  6. KungFuFurby
    Feb 24, 2007
    8
    This game is good, and it's good for your mind. I love to create levels, so that create-a-level feature really helped! Hey, this gives This game is good, and it's good for your mind. I love to create levels, so that create-a-level feature really helped! Hey, this gives me enough of a challenge for one day, or several, or more than a month about. Expand
  7. May 28, 2011
    4
    I am sorry, but this game isn't that great. It starts off great, with beautiful graphics, a nice cutscene, and really solid gameplay and levelI am sorry, but this game isn't that great. It starts off great, with beautiful graphics, a nice cutscene, and really solid gameplay and level design. Then at about world three, things get stupidly complex, and all the fun goes right out of it. This is really only for those people who love both frantic scrolling, tapping and rubbing, rigorous level memorization, and replaying a level repeatedly until you beat it. For me, it really wasn't fun. It was just too complex. Expand

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