Mario vs. Donkey Kong Review

Since its inception in 1981, Donkey Kong has been a staple in the gaming world, introducing us to iconic characters like Donkey Kong himself and the brave plumber Mario. Fast forward to 1994, and Game Boy players were treated to an updated version of the classic arcade game Donkey Kong '94, which laid the groundwork for 2004's Mario vs. Donkey Kong on the Game Boy Advance. This beloved title has been remade for the Nintendo Switch, bringing a blend of nostalgia and modernity to a new generation of gamers.

In "Mario vs. Donkey Kong," players embark on a quest to recover stolen Mini Marios from the clutches of the mischievous Donkey Kong. Each level is divided into two parts: the first involves finding a key to unlock a door, while the second requires guiding Mini Mario through obstacles to safety. Completing the first six stages of each world unlocks two final challenges, culminating in a boss battle against Donkey Kong himself.


Visual and Auditory Appeal: The game's updated graphics and orchestrated soundtrack breathe new life into the classic gameplay, creating a visually stunning and immersive experience.

Co-Op Mode: Adding a two-player co-op mode adds a new dimension to the gameplay, allowing players to team up and tackle levels together, making it an ideal choice for family gaming sessions.

Challenging Post-Game Content: The game offers challenging post-game content, including 'Plus' versions of each world and expert level, providing plenty of replay value for those seeking a more demanding experience.

Accessibility Features: The game includes a Casual mode, perfect for younger or less experienced players and a Time Attack mode for those looking to test their skills against the clock.


Lack of Difficulty: The game's primary campaign may feel too easy for seasoned players, with the real challenge coming from the post-game content. However, this makes it accessible and enjoyable for younger audiences.

Limited Innovation: While the game introduces new mechanics and obstacles, it often feels like these elements are not fully utilized, leaving the gameplay somewhat repetitive.

Pricing Concerns: Some players may find the game's price point a bit high, especially considering its relatively short primary campaign.

Final Verdict: 7/10

"Mario vs. Donkey Kong" is a charming remake combining nostalgia with modern gameplay elements. While it may not offer groundbreaking innovation, its co-op mode and challenging post-game content make it a worthwhile experience for fans of the series and younger players alike. Despite its flaws, the game's visual and auditory presentation, coupled with its accessible gameplay, earn it a solid recommendation.

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