When the Mario Brothers and Donkey Kong first came out on Nintendo’s Family Computer games more than thirty years ago, yep, I was there, did the game, kept playing the game, and now I am still playing the game. What is with the Kong and the brothers that make them so addicting? Beats me, and I am an addict. Can’t get enough.
So far the Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-land Mayhem is a great version and others, including yours truly, may actually claim that this may be the best Nintendo DS game so far. Unfortunately, I say that with all the versions in both franchises so sue me, but the mix of both Kong and the Brothers is a great idea and I say, about time too.
In this game the big bad Kong has stolen Pauline, Mario’s girlfriend, again. Well, they have followed this plot once before involving other girls like the Princess Peach, but that is digressing. Mario is out to claim back his girl and he needs all the help he can get with the Mini Mario Toys. The goal of the game is the same, get the mini Mario towards the exit. But you don’t get to control them directly, you need to make them move and make sure they pass through a passage deemed safe by your own designs using the stylus. As each new level or in this case, world opens up, there are new tools to transport you through space and time. A tip: you only have a limited amount of items you can use so use them smartly or else, dead.
Now, challenge wise, this is not comparable to the shooting and killing games out there, but excitement wise and happiness levels when playing is right up there, so no complaints. I am actually having fun writing about this stuff for it just made me realize, belatedly, that after thirty years playing both franchises, I am still enjoying myself. Of course the kids are simply astounded that what they thought was a new game was actually as old as their parent.
Now that the game play is much improved and Nintendo DS has given great graphics for this one, those who are in the creative mode are sure to appreciate the Construction Zone where you can build your own worlds or levels and share them online with other players. You can get in to the assets of the game and you can even make your own stages which can sometimes compete with the creative designers of Nintendo. Usually the kids are really great at this, I must not lie, I can’t do worth any designing myself.
So for over thirty years both the Kong and Mario franchises have continued to make the days more exciting and for those who like to relax after a long and hard day at work, playing the game can transport you to levels of euphoria. Talk about therapy! Is it worth the money paying for this program? Need you ask me?