Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis DS

Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
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  1. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    72
    I like how it's pretty easy to complete any of the levels, but achieving a gold star on each and collecting all the various coins and cards require strategy that's just challenging enough to stimulate the noggin here and there. [Nov. 2006, p.139]
  2. 70
    Its similarities to the first game are only in looks; the concept goes in a refreshingly different -- but just not as successful, addictive or challenging -- direction for Nintendo DS gamers.
  3. By hooking up with other players via Wi-Fi, you’re also able to play levels that other players create, giving you a virtually endless array of levels to puzzle over even after you’ve completed the main game.
  4. 70
    The very definition of a "pick up and play" video game, Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2 strikes a comfortable balance between bite-sized gameplay and respectable longevity. It could use some tighter controls and a multiplayer mode, but it's a competent addition to the DS' line of puzzlers.
  5. 70
    A mixed blessing. It's got some fun and elaborate puzzles, although some get a tad too elaborate to manage at once. Also, certain parts of the gameplay mechanic, such as the responsiveness of the touch screen while steering Mini-Marios around, don't function as well as we would have liked.
  6. While it doesn't cover any new ground and isn't pushing the DS in any way, it's a fun and easy to get into puzzle platformer that will keep you hooked if you give it enough time- especially if you play around with the level editor.
  7. games(TM)
    70
    Unless you despise puzzle games you can't be disappointed as this does what it sets out to do. It's a charming title and a good way to pass some time. [Christmas 2006, p.137]
  8. 70
    Longevity is unfortunately absent in March of the Minis and is ultimately the thorn in the game’s foot, preventing it from being a much more memorable puzzler.
  9. An addictive puzzle game that proves to be more Energizer bunny than clockwork mouse.
  10. Using the Nintendo wi-fi connection service, users can then send their designs to friends to solve, bolstering the game's long-term appeal.
  11. 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.
  12. Edge Magazine
    70
    Smartly thought out, handsomely presented and perfectly showcasing the combination of quick thinking and quick reactions we so often claim videogames encourage. [June 2007, p.89]
  13. 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.
  14. Game Informer
    60
    I'm sure some people will dig March of the Mini's all-ages gameplay, and the chance to share player-created levels via Wi-Fi is a nice touch, but unless someone comes up with stages that are more interesting than the ones in the main game, I'm certainly not interested. [Nov. 2006, p.142]

Awards & Rankings

#31 Most Discussed DS Game of 2006
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Mar 23, 2013
    7
    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

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    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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  2. 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. Full Review »
  3. MeganH.
    May 14, 2007
    10
    superb game. I like the bit were you can make your own level and play it!