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Mario vs. Donkey Kong

Critics Consensus (Play It)

Mario vs. Donkey Kong features charming visuals and accessible puzzle-platforming in a package that is faithful to the original while offering updated graphics. However, some critics find it too easy for experienced players and question the price point. Overall, it’s a fun and cute game best suited for casual players and families.

Game Info

A remake of the first game in the Mario vs. Donkey Kong series, originally released for the Game Boy Advance. In this puzzle-platformer, the player controls Mario in a quest to recover the Mini Marios kidnapped by his eternal rival, Donkey Kong. Run, jump, and backflip your way to rescuing the stolen Mini-Mario toys in this puzzling twist on Mario action. Obstacles like spikes, moving platforms, and falling bricks stand in your way—put your brain to work and figure out the best way to reach the Mini-Marios.

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Total Reviews: 18

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41% of scored reviews fell within the range of 80 to 86 / 100

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RATING & REVIEWS

Ratings & Reviews

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CRITIC REVIEWS

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High Score

90%

Median Score

78%

Low Score

60%
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Adam Cook (God is a Geek)
February 14, 2024
7.5/10

Mario Vs Donkey Kong is a nice time for all, but those seeking major challenge or wholesale changes to the original might not find what they need here.

Giovanni Colantonio (Digital Trends)
February 14, 2024
3/5 stars

Mario vs. Donkey Kong is a fun, if unremarkable way to kill time while you wait for the Nintendo Switch 2.

James Mitchell (Press Start)
February 14, 2024
7.5/10

Mario vs. Donkey Kong is a great remake – implementing a strong shift in artistic direction, engaging co-op options and well-crafted puzzle and platforming elements. Co-op is an especially clever inclusion, and combined with difficulty options, broadens the appeal of an otherwise niche experience to a wider audience. While hardcore players might be let down by the lack of difficulty, Mario vs. Donkey Kong is a sensational update that fans of the series and even newcomers will enjoy.

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