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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:
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
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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Release Date: 14/02/1991, updated in 2018
Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS2, PS3, PSP and iOS
Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds
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Release Date: 15/05/2018, updated in 2021
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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: 28/04/2017, updated in 2022
Out Now: Switch
Components: 3D Third-Person and Cartoon
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Release Date: 10/09/2015
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Release Date: 06/11/2007, updated in 2019
Out Now: 3DS and 2DS, DS, Switch, Wii and Wii U
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Out Now: Switch and Wii
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Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon and Open World
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If you like the sound of Mario vs. Donkey Kong but find it too complex or challenging, the games in this section offer a similar experience but with a lower Skill Rating.
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