Mario vs. Donkey Kong
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|Mario vs. Donkey Kong|
|Developer||Nintendo Software Technology|
|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|
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.
|Titles in the Donkey Kong Series|
|Donkey Kong - Jr. - Math - 3 - '94 - Mario vs. Donkey Kong - March of the Minis - Minis March Again! - Mini-Land Mayhem!|
Donkey Kong Country (2: Diddy Kong's Quest - 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble) - Donkey Kong 64 - Donkey Kong Land (2 - III)
Jungle Beat - King of Swing - Jungle Climber - Returns - Donkey Konga (2 - 3) - Barrel Blast - Diddy Kong Racing
|Titles in the Mario Brothers Series|
|Donkey Kong - Jr. - Mario Bros. - Mario Clash|
Super Mario Bros. (Lost Levels - 2 - 3) - Super Mario World - Yoshi's Island
Super Mario 64 (DS) - Super Mario Sunshine - Super Mario Galaxy (2) - Super Mario 3D Land (World)
Super Mario Land (2) - DX - Super Mario Advance (2 - 3 - 4) - New Super Mario Bros. (Wii) (2) (U)
Donkey Kong '94 - Mario vs. Donkey Kong - March of the Minis - Minis March Again! - Mini-Land Mayhem! - Minis on the Move