Review

Mario vs. Donkey Kong is a faithful revamp of the GBA original, to a fault

Nintendo delivers another staunchly faithful remake, but what’s left offers little challenge for core players

Game director (original)
Yukimi Shimura
Key Credits
Wing S. Cho (Designer (original))
3 / 5
Mario vs. Donkey Kong is a faithful revamp of the GBA original, to a fault

Mario vs. Donkey Kong offers a notable step up in visual quality from its 20-year-old source material, but the same can't be said for the gameplay mechanics, which remain largely unchanged. While it will no doubt appeal to purists who loved the GBA original, those discovering it for the first time may find it too easy and not up to the same standards as modern, similarly priced Mario releases.

  • Excellent accessibility options for kids
  • The two new worlds are inventive
  • Plus and Expert worlds offer some challenge
  • For the most part, it's far too easy
  • Art direction and soundtrack don't feel very 'Mario'
3 / 5
Version tested
Nintendo Switch
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