Parents' Guide to

Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: The March of the Minis

By Andrew Bub, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Mario comes through with a puzzler for everyone.

Game Nintendo DS 2006
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 1 parent review

age 7+

Heroes uses their thinking caps to save the day.

Mario vs Donkey Kong 2: The March of the Minis is a challenging game that kids can enjoy. The educational value: Kids think their way through challenging levels that will test their logical thinking. You can't go into the challenges blindly. The role models: Mario is a creative hero who must use his minis to out smart Donkey Kong and rescue Paulene. He makes toys and thinks ahead. Consumerism triggers: Mario and Donkey Kong appear yet again. Considering how many games the two appeared in, that could cause kids to have the gimmies.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Too much consumerism

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

There's a lot of game here, but players need to realize that this is not a sequel to spring's excellent New Super Mario Bros. This is a clever puzzler much like the fan-favorite PC legend Lemmings. The game is simple and addictive.

The game's powerful Construction Mode lets players use the stylus to build their own custom levels and challenges. Even better, these can be traded via Wi-Fi. This is good, clean, challenging fun for puzzle fans and Mario fans alike. There's nothing "mini" about the gameplay here.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo DS
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Release date: November 7, 2006
  • Genre: Puzzle
  • ESRB rating: E
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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