Tomorrow, October 6th, 2016, Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis will launch on the North American Wii U Virtual Console. It will cost $9.99.
March of the Minis was initially released on Nintendo DS back in 2006. It is the sequel to Mario vs. Donkey Kong, a 2004 Game Boy Advance game that was loosely based on the original Donkey Kong arcade game and its 1994 reboot. The gameplay in March of the Minis, however, is completely different from that of its predecessor, as March of the Minis is a complex puzzle game, while the first Donkey Kong titles were more simplistic platformers.
In March of the Minis, the player doesn’t control Mario; instead, they control an army of automated Mario robots, which traverse a complex series of obstacles that are very reminiscent of the girders from the original Donkey Kong. The game was a severe departure from the style of the first Mario vs. Donkey Kong and was lauded for its ingenious puzzles and its creativity. It inspired five sequels; the most recent, Mini Mario & Friends: Amiibo Challenge, launched in April 2016.
What do you guys think? Will any of you be purchasing this game on the Virtual Console? Do you enjoy the Mario vs. Donkey Kong sub-series? Personally, although I’ve never played March of the Minis, I was very fond of one of its sequels, Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-land Mayhem, and I still go back to play it every few years.