Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars
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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.
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.
The ruse revealed, Mario can then continue through more worlds and bonus levels knowing Pauline is safe.
As in the game's predecessors, the main goal of every stage is to simply lead all Mini toys to the end of the level, which is done by manipulating certain parts of the environment. Using the stylus, players are able to drag objects such as red girders, springs, conveyor belts, pipes, and lifts to guide the characters. Notably, the gameplay of this title is largely simplified in comparison to the predecessors, barring elements such as boss battles and the ability to change direction of the Minis.
The most common level type in the game is the Single-Door level, in which a lone door represents the objective. In order to clear a course, each Mini must be brought at the exit door, immediately followed by another. The first Mini toy to reach the exit commences a short timer which shuts the door after a few moments, locking away any other Mini toy if they do not reach the door in time and resulting in a Game Over. Multi-Door levels, a feature introduced in Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem!, are also found in Tipping Stars, where different Minis have to be led through separate doors, each assigned to one of the Minis. In Multi-Door levels, there is no time limit between entering different doors.
A level must be finished within its time limit, always set to be 300 seconds. Otherwise, the result will be a Game Over. Other causes of a Game Over include falling on spikes and coming into contact with an enemy such as a Shy Guy or a Pokey. The only possibility to combat these enemies is by using hammers, which are acquired for a short time and function similarly to the hammer from the Donkey Kong arcade game.
The game presents a scoring system, which factors the following:
Three high scores are established for each level and are linked to a bronze, silver, and gold trophy, in order from lowest to highest. Acquiring one trophy rewards the player with one star; in this respect, achieving the gold trophy in a level signifies a three star rating for that level. Stars form a collectable entity, and a total of 267 stars can be earned in the main game.
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. Stars earned in the main game or by playing user-created levels can be tipped to level creators. Levels can be shared between both versions of the game.
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.
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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.
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