Mario and DK March into Stores

Nintendo today released Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis for the Nintendo DS. The sequel to one of the Game Boy Advance’s most unique action/puzzle games, March of the Minis features some of the most mind-boggling and obstacle-filled levels yet seen on the handheld.

In the original game, Mario found himself rescuing was Mini Marios from Donkey Kong – but this time, it’s up to them to save the day. Players use the stylus and the touch screen to guide Mini Marios through unique and challenging puzzle-filled levels.

For those who remember, the original Nintendo damsel of distress was a woman by the name of Pauline, captured in the evil clutches of Donkey Kong on the original arcade machine. In Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2, Pauline makes a return to the world of video games, and once again finds herself as the object of DK’s misplaced affections.

It seems folks love those Mini Mario toys. So much so that the Mario Toy Company has expanded the line to include Mini Donkey Kong, Mini Toad and Mini Peach figures to the series. With all these toys bringing him more money than he knows what to do with, Mario decides to fulfill his lifelong dream and open a theme park called Super Mini Mario World.

The opening-day crowd includes Pauline and Donkey Kong, who immediately falls head over heels for the lovely lass. The proud ape tries to show off his Mini DK toy to Pauline, but she picks the Mini Mario toy over his and the jealous Donkey Kong becomes enraged. He smashes the displays, destroys the toys and takes Pauline to the top floor of the amusement park. Players must find Pauline and save the day.

Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2 allows players to create their own maps with a new level editor. Once a custom map is created, players can show it to the world via the Wi-Fi Connection. Players can also use the online service to download maps created by others, check out player-ranks and access special bonuses.

Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2 is available on the Nintendo DS for an MSRP of $34.99, and is rated “E” for everyone.