Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars

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Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars
European Wii U box cover
European 3DS box cover
Developer(s) Nintendo Software Technology Corporation
Nintendo SPD Group No. 3
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Wii U
Nintendo 3DS
Release date USA March 5, 2015
Japan March 19, 2015
Europe March 20, 2015
Australia March 21, 2015
Genre Puzzle
ESRB:ESRB E.svg - Everyone
PEGI:PEGI 3.svg - Three years and older
ACB:ACB G.svg - General
USK:USK 0.svg - All ages
Mode(s) Single player
Wii U:
Media CD icon.png Optical disc
Media DL icon.svg Digital download
Nintendo 3DS:
3DS Card Icon.png Cartridge
Media DL icon.svg Digital download
Wii U:
Nintendo 3DS:

Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars is a game for the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. As the sixth Mario vs. Donkey Kong game, it is the first Mario vs. Donkey Kong game to also be released on a home console. The game shares many elements with most of the series, and also debuts new features such as sharing custom stages through Miiverse. Parts and new minis can be unlocked in the Workshop Store after paying for them with stars, which can also be given to other players as a "tip" for their shared stages. The game is digital only except in Japan. Game cases with download codes are sold in Europe. The Wii U version requires 0.93 GB of memory to be installed, and the Nintendo 3DS version requires 3200 blocks.[1]


The beginning of the story.

As in previous Mario vs. Donkey Kong games, Pauline is once again the victim of Donkey Kong's kidnapping antics at the start of the game, although this time, no motivation is given. Mario quickly gives chase with his Mini Mario toys in hopes of rescuing Pauline from Donkey Kong.

After traversing six puzzle-filled worlds, while freeing cursed Mini Mario toys along the way, Mario catches up to Donkey Kong and Pauline in a darkened room. The lights are switched on quickly, revealing Pauline, Donkey Kong, and two Toads standing in front of a "SURPRISE!" banner.

Mario's surprise party.

The ruse revealed, Mario can then continue through more worlds and bonus levels knowing Pauline is safe.


Players are able to drag objects such as girders, springs, conveyor belts, pipes, and lifts to guide the Mini Marios to the ends of levels, similar to Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem!. There are also separate doors for different Minis in some levels.

The game also includes the Workshop, where players can make up to 50 custom levels. Parts from the Workshop Store can be used in the Workshop to customize the look of created levels. Levels can be shared trough the Community option, which works with Miiverse. Players can share, play, and 'Yeah' levels. Players can also tip Stars they earned in the main game to level creators. Players can also share levels between both versions of the game. Players can earn stars by playing user-created levels and earning them in the main game. Players can earn a total of 267 stars in the main game by getting a gold trophy on all levels; levels cannot be played again to get more stars.



The Main Game features 6 standard worlds, 2 extra worlds and 3 bonus worlds. Each world has 8 stages, making a total of 88 levels. Each world introduces a new mechanic. The four unlockable backgrounds in the Workshop, Winding Ravine, Swirling Courtyard, Clattering Cabin and Shimmering Gold Palace do not have their own worlds, but they appear in the Bonus Levels. There is also an Editor Land theme for the Workshop, however, it doesn't appear in any of the bonus levels in any way. There are 24 bonus levels to unlock, with eight for each world. The player unlocks an bonus level for each 4 gold trophies they earn, expect for B-21 and onwards they unlock for each 1 gold trophy earned, to unlock all bonus levels the player must have an total of 87 gold trophies. Each world including the workshop backgrounds (excluding Editor Land) has 2 bonus levels, expect for Winding Ravine and Swirling Courtyard, which have 3 bonus levels each.


Dashing Desert.

Unlockable Worlds[edit]

Bonus Worlds[edit]

Items and Obstacles[edit]



Main article: List of stamps in Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars

Like some other Wii U games, this game features stamps. One way of getting those is by buying items in the Workshop Store. 72 stamps can be collected.[4]

Cross-Play promotion[edit]

When one version of the game has been bought on the Nintendo eShop, the player will receive a download code for a free download of the other version. Levels are also able to be shared between the 3DS and Wii U versions of the game.


For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars.


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Main article: List of Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars (Nintendo 3DS) staff
Main article: List of Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars (Wii U) staff

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese マリオ vs. ドンキ—コング: みんなでミニランド
Mario vs. Donkī Kongu: Minna de Minirando
Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Everyone in mini-land

External links[edit]


  1. ^ European box arts
  2. ^
  3. ^ a b c d Mario vs Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars - Overview Trailer (Japanese)
  4. ^ Nintendo. Retrieved Feb. 27, 2015.