Mario vs Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis
The Minis March, in Mario's latest DS outing.
How does Mario do it? No only does he rescue Princesses, race fast cars and play numerous sports, he has also managed to find the time to start his own toy range and a theme park! But alas, not everything is perfect in this superstar's life: Donkey Kong is back in Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis.
And DK is not a happy ape; he's jealous of Mario as Pauline (you'd have thought Peach was enough) chooses a Mario toy over a Donkey Kong toy. Unable able to sort out his problems by discussion, he kidnaps Pauline and runs off with her to the top of the tower.
It's up to Mario to save the day again, but I think he must be getting a little tired of rescuing damsels in distress - or perhaps he's scared that Peach will smack him for rescuing someone else - so he employs the help of his little toy friends to do the job for him instead. [Must remember this one - Adam].
"The whole experience is packaged nicely with smooth, colourful graphics and lively music - a step up from the original."
Controlling each one is fairly simple and easy to get to grips with, however things become a lot more frantic and complicated when there's more than one mini Mario; you have to keep tabs on them all, making sure they stop before running into enemies or falling off of high places. You can't help but compare this game to the classic Lemmings, although unfortunately you can't make them all blow up at once just for kicks.
The boss stages are controlled very differently compared to the main levels, using both screens instead of just the one. You have to aim and fire the poor mini Marios out of a cannon at Donkey Kong, who is laughing mockingly and dropping various objects on you.
Each floor of the tower also has a variation of the minigame "shy guy smash", which reveals itself if you manage to collect a letter from each level that spells out "Mini Mario", and involves poking shy guys that come out of pipes in a set time. Not exactly anything new, but it's infuriatingly addictive and had me trying to beat my score as well as shouting things at my DS that I could never say to a person. [Except Mo? - Adam]
The stages themselves are built very simply, and are relatively easy to figure out quickly which is a shame for a puzzler as it should be a little more challenging.
There's also a construction mode where you can build your own levels using construction sets from different floors for your friends to try out over Wi-Fi. You can even send them to nintendowifi.com where the best ones will be put up for anyone who owns the game to download and play.
The whole experience is packaged nicely with smooth, colourful graphics and lively music, which is a step up from the original, but you still can't help but feel that it has lost some of its charm along the way, which may leave fans of the original feeling slightly disappointed.
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Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis
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