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Mario V Donkey Kong: March of the Minis
Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis (DS)
Member Name: lorrainek858
Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis (DS)
Advantages: Great puzzle game with story attached
Disadvantages: can get difficult towards the end, can get a little repetitive
Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem! Is a puzzle game that was released for the Nintendo DS in 2009 and is the 1st version as the Mario Vs Donkey Kong games available on the Ds, and second Mario Vs Donkey Kong game over (as it was a follow up of the GBA game which was quite popular in 2004).
In this game, the aim is to guide 3 Mini Mario wind ups though Mazes and Obstacles without letting him die, this sounds easy however the Mario's do not ever stop and it can be hard keeping track of all your wind up dolls.
This game has a little story though out it, which gives it a more interesting twist to other puzzle games, here is a brief overview of the plot:
Mario is at a grand opening of a theme park called 'Super Mario Mini Land' and the guest of honour at this opening is a 'celebrity' called Pauline, Donkey Kong is in the audience at the big event and takes a notion of Pauline, Mario and Donkey Kong both offer Pauline Mini Ty versions of themselves, Pauline accepts Mario's toy and this makes Donkey Kong angry and jelous. He kidnaps Pauline and takes her into an elevator to the roof tops of the Theme Park, Mario can't follow Donkey Kong to save her so he decides to send 3 Mini Mario Wind Ups in to save her instead to save Pauline.... and the games begin!
There are quite a few puzzles in game, they are all divided into different levels and worlds, each level gets harder as you progress. You guide Mario though the levels with the DS Stylus Pen moving the Mario's left and right on the screen and also in some cases drawing different platforms, move up or down pipes or ladders and also making Mario jump over or avoid his enemies.
There are 8 different 'floors' of the Theme Park to climb with 9 different levels to complete per floor also a mini game and then finally the Donkey Kong level are also on each floor, this is a good amount of levels and games to play and makes the game worth the money that I spent on it. It took me over a week (of casual gameplay) to complete all the levels on this game and I still have not got all the coins to complete it 100%.
You also need to collect 3 coins in each level to finish the game 100%, these are easy to get at the start, and then get harder as the game gets harder, this feature of the game gives your brain more to think about and gives the game more playability in my opinion. There are also 9 cards per floor that when you collect them all it spells MINIMARIO, the cards get harder to gain as you progress in the game.
You can create your own levels within the construction mode in this game, this is also quite fun as you can think up really hard puzzles to complete yourself or maybe challenge your friends with your self made levels.
The interface on this game is really easy to understand and it does not take long to navigate through to where you want to go in the game from the title screen.
The graphics on this game are what you would expect from the Nintendo ds, they are bright colourful and cartoon styled, they could be described as quite child-like compared to games available on the Xbox or Playstation, but I think that this is what attracts Nintendo fans as games are light hearted and fun to play/look at.
The music on this game is motivating and gets you pumped up to participate in the puzzles. It is upbeat and is not out of place compared to what you would normally find in a Nintendo game.
I bought this game in HMV for £35 when it first came out, this is quite expensive for a ds game as in general Mario games are normally more expensive. You can also buy this game in Game, GameStop, Tesco, Asda, Sainsburys or online, I am sure that these stores also stock the game in around this price or even maybe cheaper as it has been out for a while.
Overall I think that this is a great Puzzle game, I really enjoy the Mario Vs Donkey Kong games and this one was no exeption, it's also nice that it has a game story and plot throughout it. I think this makes the game more interesting. Some of the levels can be very challenging, though it would be boring if they were too easy and trying to get all the coins and cards also gives the game a bit more longevity. I think that this was a great buy, though a bit expensive. I would recommend it to anyone who loves Mario and would like to play a puzzle game with a bit of a difference to it.
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Summary: overall great buy for puzzle fans
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