March Of The Minis is a unique, satifying game that is both a great platformer and a brilliant puzzler.

User Rating: 9 | Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis DS
In many of Nintendo's ongoing titles, such as Mario Party and Mario Kart, Mario and Donkey Kong (both protagonists) exist in a universe with all of their Mushroom Kingdom friends, with Bowser as the main antagonist. In Mario VS. Donkey Kong, the duo seem to exist in an entirely different reality, consisting only of themselves (Mario as the protagonist, and DK as the antagonist; no Bowser to speak of), a race of Toads, and Pauline, the original damsel in distress from the very first Donkey Kong game (Where the Hell has she been these lat 20 years?!)

The game is comprised 8 worlds, each with several puzzle fields that are made up of obstacles, enemies, and platforms, all staring a collection of "Mini Mario" wind-up toys. You are given the task of orchestrating the safe getaway of each of the Mario Minis, so that they can ban together against Donkey Kong at the end of each world.

The level designs are simple and creative, and each new world brings it's own collection of new obstacles The controls are extremely simple, and generally fuss-free (though it is rather easy to stop a Mini by accident). Fighting against DK at the end of each world is a generally straight-forward process that basically consists of shooting DK with a Mini Mario Cannon.

The game is simple and fun, but never seems to run out of steam. The levels are clever, the graphics are crisp and clean, and controls are accurate. All of this, plus a complete level editor, is a great example of how fabulous games don't have to be confusing to be interesting. As for Pauline, I wouldn't be surprised if a jealous Princess Peach was behind her 20 years of absence...