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. AceGamez
    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. One of the most addicting and entertaining games currently available on the Nintendo DS. The game makes great use of the touch screen (and your logical thinking skills).
  3. Add in the two-player Wi-Fi option and what you've got here is a brilliant game, and one that is an absolute must for all DS owners. Quite simply: if you've got a DS, get this!
  4. The story is told by fantastic cutscenes, fully voiced and animated to perfection.
  5. 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.
  6. 85
    As a sequel, Mario vs. Donkey Kong: March of the Minis surpasses the original by leaps and bounds backed by the capabilities of the Nintendo DS, however the new control scheme does take some getting used to.
  7. The gameplay all revolves around the touch screen, and the puzzles and boss battles are interesting and well designed.
  8. The new touch-screen controls, level creator, and colorful presentation make March of the Minis an even better puzzle game than its predecessor.
  9. Official Nintendo Magazine UK
    The relaxed pace is good for your blood pressure but it's not much of a challenge. [Mar 2007, p.78]
  10. It's not the most challenging of games, but I think it's cute and very entertaining.
  11. With each level presenting it own unique challenges to overcome, what you have with 'Mario Versus Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis' is not only one of the longest game titles of the year but an accessible and thoroughly addicting puzzle game for thinking gamers of all ages.
  12. With quality graphics, good sound and a Lemmings like gameplay how can anyone go wrong?
  13. 80
    An extremely refreshing puzzler that should find a huge audience on Nintendo DS. It may not have the legacy of Lemmings or the multiplayer gaming of Worms, but its stages are brilliantly crafted and the creator can't be beat.
  14. Nintendo Gamer
    If you're good enough, it'll last ages. If you're just an amateur dabbler, at least you'll get to see the ending. What's not to like? [Dec 2006, p.32]
  15. Games Master UK
    Just as efficient as its clockwork nature would seem to suggest - this is splendid form. [Jan 2007, p.70]
  16. Nintendo Power
    How much you enjoy Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis will probably correlate directly with how much you like guiding characters via the stylus. [Nov. 2006, p.87]
  17. 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.
  18. It's a lot of fun while it lasts, and if you have the skills required to get the coveted 'no stopping' bonus then there's plenty of mileage to be had out of beating your own high scores and comparing your progress to your friends over Wi-Fi.
  19. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    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]
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. games(TM)
    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]
  26. 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.
  27. An addictive puzzle game that proves to be more Energizer bunny than clockwork mouse.
  28. Using the Nintendo wi-fi connection service, users can then send their designs to friends to solve, bolstering the game's long-term appeal.
  29. 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.
  30. Edge Magazine
    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]
  31. 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.
  32. Game Informer
    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

#30 Most Discussed DS Game of 2006
#49 Most Shared DS Game of 2006
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. Dec 10, 2017
    Nothing spectacular, it may be just because this is a strategy game and those generally don't resonate well with me just because I find themNothing spectacular, it may be just because this is a strategy game and those generally don't resonate well with me just because I find them to be pretty boring. This game was ok I guess? Nothing really stood out to me and honestly it took me a while to even remember that I ever played this game. The one thing that really boosted the already low score of this game was the make your own map and share them online. It seemed like a miniature version of mario maker. Which I find to be pretty cool even though you can't go back and play it now. I don't think this game deserves a higher score but I see that it tried to match up against some larger titles Full Review »
  2. Mar 23, 2013
    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

    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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  3. May 28, 2011
    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 »