“Mario may have bigger adversaries to tussle with these days, but sometimes, age-old conflicts can’t be put to rest quite so easily. Aside from giving the mustachioed Italian plumber a shot at getting some payback and settling an old score with his original flaming-barrel-chucking ape nemesis, the Mario vs. Donkey Kong franchise provided an interesting break from the status quo for Mario and pals. Since it transitioned from the Game Boy Advance to the DS in 2006, the strategic puzzle-oriented gameplay revolving around safely guiding mini versions of Mario and his buds through obstacle-course levels hasn’t changed much from one entry to the next. The fourth game in the spin-off series, Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem, sticks to the formula its predecessors laid out pretty closely. A few minor changes woven into the puzzle mechanics and solid online extras are certainly additions that boost the core fun to be found here, and it’s just enough to entice players who’ve puzzled though previous rounds of mini-Mario babysitting to have another go.”
“This month marks the one year anniversary of the launch of Nintendo’s DSiWare service, and with multiple new releases coming out each week since it made its debut, there’s a ton of games currently available to dive into along with new ones on the way. Modeled after the popular WiiWare service for the Wii, DSiWare features a variety of smaller, cheaper downloadable handheld games created by large and small developers alike. The past year has seen some excellent and affordable titles launched through DSiWare, and parents will be happy to know that the vast majority of these games are all-ages friendly. Here’s a selection of some of the best DSiWare games available for kids and adults alike.”
Check out the full feature here at What They Play.
The March 2010 issue of Nintendo Power is in, and I have two articles in the Community section that turned out rather nicely. The first is a full-page feature on Dave Sterling, who crafted a close-to-scale NES console, two controllers, a Tetris cartridge, and a small TV all out of LEGO blocks. His work with little plastic blocks is quite impressive. The second is on Deadcraft‘s freakin’ adorable little Nintendo hero amigurumi dolls. So cute. Coming up next, I have two reviews and two more hefty community pieces running in the April 2010 issue that should be out next month. Cheers!
“The ongoing bitter rivalry between Nintendo’s big, unfortunately named ape and its mushroom-chomping, mustached plumber has resurfaced once again and it’s as fiery as ever. In recent years, the battleground may have moved from the GBA, to the DS, and now on to the DSi, but the ire between the two has yet to be quenched. Opening a new chapter in the heated feud, Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again! serves up another substantial helping of on-the-go puzzle gameplay starring a small army of cute little robotic Mini Marios.”