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Mario vs. Donkey Kong is a series of puzzle games where you guide miniature Nintendo characters to the end of the level. The twist is that you must manipulate the level by adding and removing platforms to reach the goal. The exact interactions vary from game to game, but each one is an unusual departure from the Mario formula that's more reliant on finding clever solutions to each challenge than platforming skill.

Unfortunately, Mario vs. Donkey Kong is not available on Android, Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox X|S or iOS. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme:

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 24/05/2004, updated in 2024

Out Now: 3DS and 2DS, DS and Wii U

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

Players: 1-2

Genres: Brain Game, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 24 features

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

Costs: Purchase cost

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Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS2, PS3, PSP and iOS

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Release Date: 22/02/2024

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Release Date: 15/05/2018, updated in 2021

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Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Cartoon

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Release Date: 21/11/2010, updated in 2013

Out Now: 3DS and 2DS, Wii and Wii U

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On

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Release Date: 12/11/2007, updated in 2020

Out Now: Switch, Wii and Wii U

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person

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Release Date: 27/10/2017

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Release Date: 08/10/2010, updated in 2013

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Out Now: Switch and Wii U

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2 Easier Skill Rating than Mario vs. Donkey Kong

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3 Video Games Like Mario vs. Donkey Kong Based on Genre

These are games of a similar genre mix to Mario vs. Donkey Kong. This includes games from the Puzzle, Platform and Brain Game genres. We pick out games of a similar PEGI rating to further hone these generated suggestions.
 

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If you like the sound of Mario vs. Donkey Kong but it doesn’t offer the accessibility you require, the games in this section offer a similar experience but with more Accessibility Features. You can view a full breakdown in our Mario vs. Donkey Kong Accessibility Report.
 

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