Puzzle series still rocks, now with fantastic level creator.
Common Sense Media
18 April 2011
Summary: Parents need to know that while Donkey Kong has been featured as a hero in Nintendo games for many years, Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem , just like the earlier entries in this puzzle series, takes the big ape back to his villainous roots. He kidnaps a woman, Pauline, who he falls in love with, and Mario must save her by defeating Donkey Kong with a bunch of wind-up toys.
Excerpt: The grand opening of the Mini-Land amusement park is set to be a monumental day. The sun is high in a cloudless sky, the roller coasters are glistening with fresh WD40 and pesky Bowser is nowhere to be seen. To really make it a day to remember, Mario invites his girlfriend Pauline along as the guest of honour. Pauline?
Summary: [UPDATE] Whew! Just played through an additional 130 levels! Review updated! There was a time when I was desperate for more Mario vs. Donkey Kong . In the beginning, the series marked the return of the "real" Donkey Kong games, the one's that I grew up with. For years, I had preached that Donkey Kong '94 on the Game Boy was an under-appreciated masterpiece, right up there with Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario 64 , and that it deserved a sequel.
Conclusion: Some fans of Mario vs. Donkey Kong may take some issue with the fact that this new entry doesn't really offer anything new, aside from the ability to create and share your own custom levels over Nintendo's wi-fi network. You can also download levels using the service. Nevertheless, Mini-Land Mayhem is cute and charming, and surprisingly fun despite its simplicity.
Excerpt: Two classic Nintendo characters come together for an action packed puzzle and strategy game on the Nintendo DS. The story begins at the grand opening of Mario's new theme park, Mini Land. Mario has invited his glamorous friend Pauline as his special guest and has decided to give out Mini Pauline toys to the first 100 customers who visit his theme park. Enter Donkey Kong a few seconds too late and you have your recipe for chaos and disaster.