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

Donkey Kong is up to his old tricks again, but Mario's not toying around in their latest battle on the DS

GamesRadar+ Verdict


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    Feels like a classic Donkey Kong title

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    Puzzles offer a satisfying challenge

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    A virtual buffet of levels to play via Wi-Fi


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    Not the usual Mario action

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    Can blow through game in a few hours

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    Using only the stylus becomes tiresome

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Still fighting over girls after all these years, Mario and Donkey Kong reignite their old feud once again in Mario vs Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis. The story begins with the opening of Mario’s new theme park, inspired by a series of toys Mario has created, which include wind-up versions of himself, Donkey Kong, and other familiar characters. The lovely Pauline (of earlier Donkey Kong fame) is the ceremony’s guest of honor. When Pauline chooses the Mario toy over the DK toy, gazing longingly at the little wind-up plumber, Kong’s old jealousy takes over. He swiftly snatches away Pauline, daring Mario to come after him.

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DescriptionBoss around a group of wind-up, mini-Marios so they don't accidentally kill themselves. Kind of a hands-off puzzler, but could still offer up some decent headaches.
Franchise nameMario
UK franchise nameMario
US censor rating"Everyone"
UK censor rating""
Release date1 January 1970 (US), 1 January 1970 (UK)
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