Mario vs. Donkey Kong

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Mario vs. Donkey Kong
Developer Nintendo Software Technology
Publisher Nintendo
System Game Boy Advance, 3DS Virtual Console, Wii U Virtual Console
Release Date Game Boy Advance
US May 24, 2004
JP June 10, 2004
EU November 19, 2004
3DS Virtual Console
December 15-16, 2011 (Ambassador)
Wii U Virtual Console
JP July 23, 2014
Genre Adventure / Puzzle
Gallery GH Gallery
Rating ESRB: E

Mario vs. Donkey Kong is a Game Boy Advance game pitting Mario against Donkey Kong in a revival of their rivalry that started in the original Donkey Kong arcade game. However, it is based more on Donkey Kong GB with its puzzle-like gameplay.



A line of Mini-Mario toys has been made by the Mario Toy Company due to Mario's popularity. Donkey Kong sees a commercial for the toys and becomes obsessed with collecting them all. After finding the toys sold out everywhere, he breaks into the Mario Toy Company and steals all the Mini-Mario toys. Mario initiates a pursuit in order to retrieve the toys.


Each different 'world' contains eight levels. The first six levels have Mario collecting the key to the doorway, the Mini-Marios, and three different packages for bonus points. In the seventh level the player has to lead the collected Mini-Marios to the end of the level, with the number of surviving Mini-Marios determining the amount of Mario's lives in the boss battle. Then the player faces Donkey Kong one-on-one in a variety of different-themed boss levels.

The game features a host of unlockable levels. Not only can the player unlock a whole new set of worlds (where you lead a Mini-Mario with a key to the door hole), but also a host of incredibly hard levels to test the player's skill.


This game spawned a new subseries of Donkey Kong-based video games primarily for the Nintendo DS. However, the sequels shifted to a different Lemmings-like gameplay style in which the player controlled the Mini-Marios and had to guide them through levels.


It was followed by Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis for the DS, which changed the gameplay style.

Ports and Remakes

  • In 2011, it was included in the set of Game Boy Advance games that were released for free download on the 3DS to those participating in the Ambassador Program. It did not receive a normal eShop release on the 3DS, but in Japan it was released for the Wii U's Virtual Console in 2014.

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