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 is a wonderful logic puzzle I initially bought for myself, but my 9 year old plays it much more than I did.
The goal of the game is to get robotic *toy* mario's to follow a path you create to get them to the next level. It requires thinking ahead logically and having quick reflexes.