Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move
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|Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move|
|Developer||Nintendo Software Technology Corporation|
Nintendo SPD Group No.3
|Release date|| May 9, 2013 |
May 9, 2013
May 10, 2013
July 24, 2013
Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move is an action puzzle game for the Nintendo 3DS and the fifth game in the Mario vs. Donkey Kong series. It is the first game in the series for the Nintendo 3DS, and is only available for digital download through the Nintendo eShop. Like its predecessors, Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis, Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again!, and Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem!, the game features the use of Mini toys. The basic objective of the game is the same as these games: in each level, the player must guide the Minis to the goal within the time limit. In this game, however, each level is divided into tiles, and the player must arrange certain tiles to form a path directing Minis to the goal.
Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move was eventually removed from the 3DS eShop after its discontinuation on March 27, 2023, making it no longer possible for players to purchase the game. However, players who purchased the title before this date can still play it as long as it is on their 3DS device.
From the Introduction tab of the Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move English digital manual:
A vast array of attractions awaits you! Can you solve all the levels and overcome the minigames' challenges?
The Main Game mode features four attractions total, each unlocked after collecting a certain number of Stars. Mario's Main Event and Puzzle Palace have 60 levels. By clearing all 60 levels in either of these attractions, an Expert Mode can be unlocked for each game mode, with an additional 10 levels. Many Mini Mayhem contains 50 levels, while Giant Jungle contains three very large levels. This makes for a total of 203 levels in the game.
- Mario's Main Event - "Use the falling tiles to get the Mini to the goal!"
- Puzzle Palace - "Use the tiles given to find the best path for the mini!" (unlocked by collecting 10 Stars)
- Many Mini Mayhem - "Shift and rotate the tiles to get all the Minis to the goal!" (unlocked by collecting 20 Stars)
- Giant Jungle - "Collect the Stars, and get the Mini all the way to the goal!" (unlocked by collecting 30 Stars)
Each level in the game consists of a tile-based grid. Minis spawn from one or more green Warp Pipes present in the level. Depending on the attraction, the player must use the stylus to either drag tiles into place or rearrange them, in order to create a path for the Minis that leads to the goal. If the player has completely filled in the path between any remaining Minis in the level and the goal, the Minis quickly speed towards the goal, and the timer is automatically disabled. Tapping a Mini's icon displayed on the Touch Screen causes the Mini to gain a short burst of speed. The player can use the and buttons at any time to rotate the camera angle by 90 degrees.
If a Mini's path is not connected to another tile or is blocked by an incorrectly placed path, the Mini will flash red and tremble on the edge of the path. If the Mini trembles for about five seconds, it falls off the path and the player loses the level. This also occurs if a Mini does not leave the Warp Pipe it spawns from for a certain amount of time, if a Mini touches a Shy Guy without using hammers or falls into spikes, or if the player runs out of time during a level.
In Mario's Main Event and Giant Jungle, red tiles slowly drop into the tile pipe, at which point they can be placed into the level to make a path for Minis to walk on. The player can quickly receive the next tile by tapping the Next Button above the tile pipe. The tile pipe can only hold five tiles at one time; if a sixth tile enters a full tile pipe, it overflows and the player loses the level. Occasionally, the player may also be given a bomb tile, which can be used to remove a red tile. Some levels feature trash cans, which the player can use to discard unnecessary tiles; filling up a trash can gives the player a magic tile as their next tile. In Many Mini Mayhem, the player must rearrange the given path to guide multiple Minis to the goal, and in Puzzle Palace, the player must use the tiles given in order to create a path to the goal.
With the exception of Giant Jungle, three M-Tokens are present in every level. If the player collects all three M-Tokens within a level and completes the level, a Star is earned for that level, which allows the player to unlock new game modes and Minis for the Toy Collection.
If the player places path tiles that form a loop without a Mini inside of the loop, a trash can is created. If the player forms a loop with a Mini inside, a mode known as Loop Up is activated, where the tiles forming the loop rise, any red tiles in the tile pipe turn into purple tiles, and the timer temporarily stops. The player must quickly tap the Touch Screen to boost the Mini's speed, allowing it to collect timers that appear around the loop to earn extra time for the level. This also allows the Mini to reach and collect M-Tokens on clouds. After a certain amount of time, the tiles forming the loop lower back down, and the white path on each tile in the loop turns into a metal path with bolts, indicating the tiles cannot be raised again.
If the player forms a figure-eight loop with a Mini inside, a Bonus Game tile is added to the tile pipe. If a Mini reaches a Bonus Game tile, it is sent to the Bonus Game, where the player can freely control the Mini's direction using the Touch Screen. In the Bonus Game, coins fall from above, which the Mini can collect to earn bonus points. Any M-Tokens still present in the level also appear in the Bonus Game, and can be collected. After a certain amount of time, the Bonus Game ends and the level is automatically completed.
If the player plays the game for a certain length of time, a screen is displayed, reminding the player to take a break before they feel tired.
How to Play
The Main Game menu features a yellow "?" button in the bottom-right corner of the Touch Screen. Tapping this button enters a How to Play mode, where the player can view help messages explaining the game's mechanics. One of these messages can also be viewed in each level by tapping the How to Play button in the top-left corner of the Touch Screen.
|1. Mario's Main Event Rules||Drag tiles from the tile pipe to make a path to the goal!|
|2. Watch Out!||Don't...- Fall off the edge- Block the Minis' path- Overfill the tile pipe|
|3. Next Button||Tap the next tile to drop it into the tile pipe on the right.|
|4. Bomb Tile||Use the bomb tile to remove tiles you've placed.|
|5. Speed Boost||Tap a Mini to give it a quick boost.|
|6. Trash Can||Drag tiles you don't need into the trash can.Fill it up to get a magic tile!|
|7. Magic Tile||Fill up a trash can to receive a magic tile, which can create paths between two or more pieces.|
|8. Multiple Solutions||Levels can be solved in multiple ways.Experiment to find your favorite.|
|9. Locked Goal||Use a key to open a locked goal.|
|10. Cross Tile||Use a cross tile to create an intersection.|
|11. Loop Up||Earn time by creating a loop for the Minis.|
|12. Purple Tiles||Creating a loop replaces red tiles in the tile pipe with purple tiles, which can be placed over other tiles!|
|13. Figure-Eight Loop||Make a figure-eight loop to get a Bonus Game tile!|
|14. Shy Guy & Hammer||Use hammers to defeat Shy Guys.|
|15. Pivot Tile||Tap to rotate pivot tiles.|
|16. Loop to Trash Can||Make a loop without a Mini on it to create a trash can.|
|17. Spring||A spring tile will launch a Mini over a single tile.|
|18. Catapult Kong||A Catapult Kong throws a Mini in one direction over two tiles.|
|19. Warp Pipe||Warp Pipes transport a Mini from one place to another.|
|20. Roadblock||Use roadblocks to reverse a Mini's direction.|
|21. Conveyor||Conveyors move a Mini in one direction. Tap the conveyor switch to reverse the conveyor's direction.|
|22. Puzzle Palace Rules||Use all the tiles to find the best path.|
|23. Many Mini Mayhem Rule 1||Use pivot tiles to get all the Minis to the goal.|
|24. Many Mini Mayhem Rule 2||Move tiles to get all the Minis to the goal.|
|25. Many Mini Mayhem Rule 3||If two or more Minis reach the goal in a row, you'll earn chain bonuses!|
|26. Capture Kong||Capture Kong loves to capture Minis.Use the hammer to rescue them!|
|27. Giant Jungle Rules||Collect Stars and reach the goal!Use , , or /// to view different parts of the level.|
After the player completes the first 10 levels of Mario's Main Event, the Mini Games mode is unlocked, where the player can play four minigames.
- Mini Target Smash: A minigame where the player flings Mini Marios into multiple targets.
- Fly Guy Grab: A minigame where the player fires a claw at Fly Guys and reels them in to earn points.
- Cube Crash: A minigame where the player flings Mini Marios into cubes to earn points.
- Cube Crash 1: The player must destroy a large shape made of cubes.
- Cube Crash 2: The player must destroy many small shapes made of cubes, which appear one after another.
- Elevation Station: A minigame where the player must use the Touch Screen to raise and lower a Mini Mario into coins, while avoiding Bullet Bills and Fly Guys.
Create & Share is a mode which allows the player to build and share their own levels, as well as play levels shared by other players, similarly to the Construction Zone mode from previous games in the series.
As the player earns Stars, new Minis and other toys are unlocked for the Toy Collection. In this mode, the player can view the toys they have unlocked, as well as clean them by rubbing them with the stylus. A toy sparkles and animates if it is completely clean. The player can use the Circle Pad to view a toy from different angles, as well as tap the toy with the stylus, causing it to make a noise. There are a total of 12 toys that can be unlocked.
|Toy||Stars to unlock|
|Red Mini Shy Guy||60|
|Green Mini Fly Guy||90|
|Blue Mini Fly Guy||120|
|Gold Mini Fly Guy||200|
|Gold Mini Mario||230|
- Mini Mario
- Mini Peach (unlocked after Puzzle Palace is entered the first time)
- Mini Toad (unlocked after Many Mini Mayhem is entered the first time)
- Mini Donkey Kong (unlocked after Giant Jungle is entered the first time)
- Mini Pauline (unlocked by playing each minigame at least once, then entering any mode in Main Game)
A large variety of elements appear in each level. Each level element occupies a single space on the level grid.
|Start pipe||The tile where Minis begin the level from. If a Mini returns to this tile, it will simply reverse direction.|
|Goal||A level is completed once all Minis in the level reach the goal. Sometimes, the goal is locked and requires a key to open.|
|Basic tile||An indestructible tile that forms a path, which Minis can walk on to travel across levels.|
|Cross tile||A tile that forms an intersection, allowing it to be accessed from any direction. It can appear before the start of a level or be placed by the player.|
|M-Token||Collecting all three M-Tokens in a level earns a Star for that level. Some M-Tokens float on clouds, and can only be collected by forming a loop.|
|Red tile||A tile that can be placed by the player to form a path for Minis to walk on.|
|Spikes||Spikes are indestructible hazards that destroy a Mini upon contact, causing the player to lose the level.|
|Bomb tile||A tile that can destroy a red tile it is placed over.|
|Trash can||Tiles in the tile pipe can be discarded by dragging them into a trash can. If the number on the trash can reaches 0, it turns into a magic tile, which becomes the next tile to be added to the tile pipe. Forming a loop without a Mini on it creates a trash can.|
|Magic tile||A tile that automatically changes its form to create paths between two or more tiles when placed.|
|Key||A Mini must pick up a key to open a locked goal.|
|Purple tile||Purple tiles replace red tiles if a loop is created. They can be placed over red tiles.|
|Bonus Game tile||A tile which is added to the tile pipe if a figure-eight loop is formed, and can be placed over red tiles. If a Mini reaches it, the Mini is sent to the Bonus Game.|
|Hammers||Hammers can be picked up by Minis to defeat Shy Guys and temporarily disable Catapult Kongs.|
|Shy Guy||An enemy that usually remains in place, but can move along a path in some levels. It causes a Mini to break upon contact, but can be defeated by a Mini with hammers.|
|Pivot tile||A tile that forms a curved path and can be rotated 90 degrees by tapping on it.|
|Spring tile||A cross-shaped tile that can launch a Mini over a single tile. Its spring resembles a Blue Spring.|
|Catapult Kong||A monkey robot that can launch a Mini in a single direction over two tiles. It can be temporarily disabled by a Mini with hammers.|
|Warp Pipe||A Warp Pipe transports a Mini to another Warp Pipe of the same color.|
|Roadblock||A roadblock causes a Mini to reverse direction upon contact.|
|Conveyor||A conveyor forces a Mini to move in a certain direction.|
|Conveyor switch||If the player taps a conveyor switch, it reverses the direction of any conveyors in the level.|
|Capture Kong||A monkey robot that only appears in Many Mini Mayhem. It travels along a path, and can capture Minis upon contact. A Mini with hammers can temporarily disable a Capture Kong, freeing any Minis it has captured.|
Nintendo 3DS eShop description
- American English version
Test your puzzle solving skills in this spin-off of the Mario vs. Donkey Kong™ series. Use tiles to create the best path through each level. The main game contains over 180 levels, across four different puzzle modes. Although each mode has a slightly different style of play, they all share the same goal: get the Minis to the star! Take a break from the main game to challenge high scores in four unlockable minigames. Feeling creative? Try your hand at building your own puzzles with an easy-to-use level builder. Once you're done you can play your puzzles and even share them with other players around the world. Access new levels created by fellow users, and save up to an additional 100 puzzles! Plenty of surprises await you in this rich action-puzzle game.
- British English version
After yet another huge success with the theme park in Mario vs. Donkey Kong™: Mini-Land Mayhem!, the Mario Toy Company decides to host a Mini Toy Carnival this year. This time, however, Donkey Kong has joined with Pauline to run a game arcade inside the carnival.
Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move is a charming single-player puzzle game set in the Mario vs. Donkey Kong universe. Several Mario-universe characters appear in this game and of course you will meet Mario and Donkey Kong represented as mechanical clockwork toys.
This game features a simple-to-use Create & Share mode which allows you to create your own content that you can share with your friends.
Can you help Mario and his friends in this great puzzle game?
|Nintendo 3DS||Lucas M. Thomas, IGN||7/10||"The default game mode of Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move is little more than a Nintendo-themed reskin of the 25-year-old Pipe Mania, and frustrates with its randomness. The much better Puzzle Palace and Many Mini Mayhem modes, thankfully, leave us with a good game overall. Use of more appropriate characters, better handling of the random tile dispenser, and a more robust Create & Share mode might've made this one something truly memorable."|
|Nintendo 3DS||Dan Whitehead, Eurogamer||8/10||"Minis on the Move is a thoughtfully constructed puzzle game, built around an appealingly simple premise that then gets reexamined and evolved in multiple ingenious ways. More than that, it shows Nintendo adapting to changes in the online and mobile market that suggest the best is yet to come."|
|Nintendo 3DS||Tony Ponce, Destructoid||9/10||"A part of me misses the classic arcade action that seemed poised to make a comeback at the start of the Mario vs. Donkey Kong series, but I'm still glad Nintendo decided to explore new avenues for the Minis. Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move retains some of the Lemming-like quality of the more recent MvsDK titles, but the drastic changes to the gameplay have resulted in a faster, more free-form experience. It can be as simple or as mind-bending as you want it to be; either way, you'll be satisfied for many hours on end."|
|Compiler||Platform / Score|
- Main article: List of Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move staff
- For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move.
Names in other languages
|Japanese||マリオ AND ドンキーコング ミニミニカーニバル
Mario ando Donkī Kongu Mini Mini Kānibaru
|Mario and Donkey Kong: Mini Mini Carnival|
- Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move English digital manual
|Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move|
|Hosts||Donkey Kong • Mario • Pauline|
|Minis||Mini Donkey Kong • Mini Mario • Mini Pauline • Mini Peach • Mini Toad|
|Enemies||Bullet Bill • Fly Guy • Monkey robots (Capture Kong · Catapult Kong) • Shy Guy|
|Items and objects||+ Clock • Blue Spring • Bomb • Conveyor Belt • Key • M-Token • Spikes • Star • Tile • Warp Pipe|
|Worlds||Mario's Main Event • Puzzle Palace • Many Mini Mayhem • Giant Jungle|
|Minigames||Mini Target Smash • Fly Guy Grab • Cube Crash • Elevation Station|