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Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Clever Mario-themed puzzler is best DSiWare offering yet.

Game Nintendo DSi 2009
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The genius of Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again is in the way it gets players to not only think strategically but also act quickly to ensure the safety of their miniature Marios. Players begin by analyzing the game environment and trying to envision which pieces need to be moved, and when. They then set everything in motion by tapping each tiny Mario to start them off on their short journeys. Sometimes things will go exactly to plan, but just as often you'll need to make adjustments to your strategy on the fly (the Marios can't be stopped once in motion) by piling up blocks to keep the robots from moving too quickly or removing a pipe bridge so that one can fall to a lower level to retrieve a missed card or coin. It keeps players thinking far more than an average platformer while offering a challenging test of reflexes that is rarely seen in most puzzlers. Bonus: It's just as much fun for adults as it is for kids.

It's not particularly long -- you can play through the initial 40 or so levels in a single afternoon -- but the ability to create your own puzzles and try those that others have created means you could be playing Minis March Again for months. Not bad value for an $8 download.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo DSi
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Release date: June 8, 2009
  • Genre: Puzzle
  • ESRB rating: E for Comic Mischief
  • Last updated: November 5, 2015

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