I've been working my way through the Mario vs. Donkey Kong games, although I'm still pretty baffled as to why there are so many entries in the series. The previous game I'd played was the DS entry, entitled Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem!, and next up was Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move, released on the 3DS eShop. The game combines the mechanics of the rest of the series with something new, the path-creating gameplay of the Pipe Mania games (which I played one of a couple of years ago).

Anyway, I feel like I've had my fill of the Mario vs. Donkey Kong type of gameplay, so it's good that this entry shakes things up. The review at NintendoLife and the entry on Wikipedia go into a lot of detail on the various modes, but basically the main modes are a Tetris-like mode where you're given tiles semi-randomly, and a puzzle mode where you have a set number of pieces. Collecting all three medals in each level will take a combination of trial and error and some head-scratching, but although these main modes are enjoyable enough, they're nothing earth-shattering. The other two modes are variations that are distinctly less enjoyable, and there are a handful of pointless mini-games. The game omits the boss level fights from the previous games, but they definitely weren't missed. There's also a level editor with all the usual features (you can download the most popular levels, etc.), but I'd gotten bored of the main gameplay by then and didn't bother exploring the user-created levels much.

There's not a lot to say about the game, really. If you're a huge fan of the Mario vs. Donkey Kong or Pipe Mania games then this clearly you'll like this game, but if you're like me and are not particularly a fan of either then this will be an okay diversion and better than most of the rest of the series, but doesn't amount to much more than that. It looks like the next game in the series goes back to the tired formula of the previous games, which I'm not really looking forward to. We'll have to see how it turns out.

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