Mario vs. Donkey Kong (series)

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Mario vs. Donkey Kong
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First Installment Mario vs. Donkey Kong (2004)
Latest Installment Mini Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge (2016)
Number of Installments 7
Parent Series Mario, Donkey Kong

Mario vs. Donkey Kong (known as Mario and Donkey Kong in Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move) is a sub-series of the Mario and Donkey Kong franchises. The first game, Mario vs. Donkey Kong, was heavily inspired by the Game Boy follow up to the original Donkey Kong game, and was initially planned as Donkey Kong Plus. This series features a comeback of Pauline and Donkey Kong's rivalry with Mario.

Games[edit]

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Play as Mario[edit]

Title
Cover, original release and system Synopsis
Mario vs. Donkey Kong
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USA 2004
Game Boy Advance
Mario vs. Donkey Kong is the first game of the series. The game was created for the Game Boy Advance, as the game brings back Mario and Donkey Kong's rivalry from the Mario franchise' first game, Donkey Kong. But instead of fighting over Pauline, they fight over the Mini Marios instead, at the end of the game, Mario gives Donkey Kong a Mini Mario as a gift.

Play as Mini-Toys[edit]

Title
Cover, original release and system Synopsis
Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis
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USA 2006
Nintendo DS
Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis is a platform game and sequel to Mario vs. Donkey Kong. The game is for the Nintendo DS. It was released on September 25, 2006. Instead of the first game's plot of the player using Mario and rescuing the Minis, Mario and the Minis now fight to rescue Pauline, as the player go through stages, guiding the Minis to the end of the level.
Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again!
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USA 2009
Nintendo DSi
Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again! is the third installment in the series. The game is for the Nintendo DSi's DSiWare. Similar to the second game in the series, Mario once again sends the Mini Marios to rescue Pauline from Donkey Kong.
Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem!
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USA 2010
Nintendo DS
Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem! is the fourth installment in the series and the second for the Nintendo DS. As in the two previous games, Mario and the Minis set out once again to rescue Pauline from Donkey Kong.
Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move
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USA 2013
Nintendo 3DS
Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move is a Nintendo 3DS Nintendo eShop game, as part of the Mario vs. Donkey Kong series. In this game, Donkey Kong and Pauline join to run a carnival. This is also the first three-dimensional game in the series, but its gameplay is similar to the past games'. In this game, the player must place falling tiles on a field and guide Mario to the goal. Besides the main game, three extra modes and four minigames are available.
Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars
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USA 2015
Nintendo 3DS/Wii U
Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars is a Wii U and Nintendo 3DS game in the Mario vs. Donkey Kong series. It is based on the Mario vs. Donkey Kong demo shown at GDC 2014. The gameplay is the same as in Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-land Mayhem. Several new features are added in the game, including Mini Luigis and the Workshop Store, where players can buy new parts for the Level Editor. Levels can be be shared online and commented on through Miiverse.
Mini Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge
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Japan 2016
Wii U/Nintendo 3DS
Mini Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge is a Wii U and Nintendo 3DS game in the Mario vs. Donkey Kong series.

Gameplay[edit]

The original Mario vs. Donkey Kong is a puzzle-platformer where Mario is the sole playable character. Here, he must traverse various courses to obtain a key to unlock the level's door, then collect the Mini-Mario within the second part of the stage. There are also levels where Mario has to lead all the Mini-Marios he collected to a toy chest, whilst protecting them from obstacles along the way. The final level in each world is a boss-fight against Donkey Kong.

From Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis onwards, the player takes control of the Mini-Toys instead. The Minis can be controlled using the stylus and the touch screen, and must be guided to the end of the level, usually represented by a door. In these games, various items can be moved around or added from an in-game inventory in order to clear a way or make a path for the Minis.

Trivia[edit]

  • All games in the series were initially released outside Japan, usually in North America, before any other regions. This is due to the fact that all games were developed by Nintendo Software Technology Corporation, which is a division of Nintendo located in North America.
  • All of the handheld games can be played on the 3DS, as the first game can be played in the Ambassodor Program, the second and fourth are DS games, the third can be system transferred and bought on the eShop, and the fifth and sixth are eShop exclusives.