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14th Dec '15 4:39:52 AM Morgenthaler
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--> ''[[SuddenlyVoiced "Hey! Come back here, you big monkey!"]]''
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--> ''[[SuddenlyVoiced "Hey! ''"Hey! Come back here, you big monkey!"]]''monkey!"''
11th Sep '15 8:44:05 AM Psi001
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* DarkerAndEdgier: In the first game, they managed to make ''Donkey Kong'' creepy, [[SlasherSmile as seen in the boxart.]] Then you get to see him in-game, and yes, he's a menacing villain: he growls, he uses a ShadowDiscretionShot to show his ambush on the poor Toads, and so on. ''Then'' [[FromBadToWorse it got worse]] since the game itself, as a whole, is pretty darker than your usual Mario game. [[spoiler:In the real final battle, after you destroy his mecha, he ''[[HellIsThatNoise shows his pain by screaming at the top of his lungs, resulting in an inhumanly painful-looking death cry]]''.]]
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* DarkerAndEdgier: In the first game, they managed to make ''Donkey Kong'' creepy, [[SlasherSmile as seen in the boxart.]] Then you get to see him in-game, and yes, he's a menacing villain: he growls, he uses a ShadowDiscretionShot to show his ambush on the poor Toads, and so on. ''Then'' [[FromBadToWorse it got worse]] since the game itself, as a whole, is pretty darker than your usual Mario game. [[spoiler:In the real final battle, after you destroy his mecha, he ''[[HellIsThatNoise shows his pain by screaming at the top of his lungs, resulting in an inhumanly painful-looking death cry]]''.]]cry]]''...[[SissyVillain only to jump back up and succumb to childish sobbing afterwards.]]]]
14th Jul '15 6:52:38 PM machop
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[[caption-width-right:350:It's a new way to play an old arcade classic.]]
3rd May '15 12:56:06 PM MissConception
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* ''Mario vs Donkey Kong'' (2004, UsefulNotes/GameBoyAdvance): Originally planned to be an UpdatedRerelease of ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong94'' (itself having an improved remake of the original game as its first four levels), though it ended up being an entirely new game. In short, [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]] has had Mini-Mario toys made in his image, but Franchise/DonkeyKong, unable to buy them in stores due to them being sold out, has stolen them from the factory.
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* ''Mario vs Donkey Kong'' (2004, UsefulNotes/GameBoyAdvance): Originally planned to be an UpdatedRerelease of ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong94'' (itself having an improved presented as a remake of the original arcade game as for its first four levels), though it ended up being an entirely new game. In short, [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]] has had Mini-Mario toys made in his image, but Franchise/DonkeyKong, unable to buy them in stores due to them being sold out, has stolen them from the factory.

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* ''Mario vs Donkey Kong'' (2004, UsefulNotes/GameBoyAdvance): Originally planned to be an UpdatedRerelease of ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong94'' (itself having an improved remake of MissionPackSequel: And how... the first two games and the 3D-based ''Minis on the Move'' are the only truly original game as its first four levels), though it ended up being an entirely new game. In short, [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]] titles - the others are, at their core, custom level arrangements of ''Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis''. Granted, there ''are'' a few incremental updates to the same formula; ''Minis March Again'' simplified the gameplay with less control over the minis themselves and focusing more on the time aspect, ''Mini-Land Mayhem!'' changed the DK boss setup and included more minigames, and ''Tipping Stars'' exclusively has had Mini-Mario toys made in his image, but Franchise/DonkeyKong, unable to Mini Luigi and a Workshop store where you can buy them in stores due features with your accumulated points, and there are a few minor enhancements to them being sold out, has stolen them from the factory.enemy and obstacle types over time.
21st Apr '15 9:28:54 AM ComanderX
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* VersusTitle: For the first four games. ''Minis on the Move'' changes it to ''Mario '''and''' Donkey Kong''.
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* VersusTitle: For the first four games. ''Minis on the Move'' changes it to ''Mario '''and''' Donkey Kong''. Only For Mario Vs Donkey Kong : Tipping Stars to change it BACK.
17th Apr '15 8:10:44 AM Digifiend
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* RearrangeTheSong: The first game's title screen theme is a combination of the Super Mario Bros overworld theme and the Donkey Kong Country title screen theme.
19th Mar '15 9:07:23 PM DragonRanger
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''Mario vs Donkey Kong'' (2004) is a SpiritualSuccessor to the ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong'' arcade games. First, it was planned to be an UpdatedRerelease of ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong94'' (itself having an improved remake of the original game as its first four levels) with the ability for players to make custom levels. This mechanic was scrapped though and the game was completely reworked and released on the GameBoyAdvance. In short, [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]] has had Mini-Mario toys made in his image, but Franchise/DonkeyKong, unable to buy them in stores due to them being sold out, has stolen them from the factory. In the NintendoDS sequel, ''March of the Minis'' (2006), Mario is opening a "Super Mini-Mario World" amusement park, and Pauline (from the original arcade game) is a guest of honor at the opening ceremonies. DK is instantly smitten with her, but when she shuns his Mini-DK gift in favor of a Mini-Mario, he doesn't take it well and abducts her. This game has the level builder that was left out of the original, and begins the trend of removing Mario himself from gameplay, with the players directing the Mini-Marios (and other mini-characters in custom levels) instead. ''Minis March Again'' (2009) was the next sequel, exclusively for [=DSiWare=] download. DK's in line for the amusement park again, but when tickets sell out he gets pissed and grabs Pauline again. Its main feature was once again the level builder. The series then returned to full retail releases with ''Mini-Land Mayhem'' (2010). Mario has made Mini-Pauline toys and is giving them away to the first hundred visitors - but DK is number 10'''1''', which... [[RecycledScript do we really need to explain it?]] In 2013 the series' first 3D entry was announced; ''Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move''. This entry provides brand new gameplay in a 3D environment. A Wii U and Nintendo3DS version called ''Tipping Stars'' was announced at E3 2014, featuring level sharing, cross-purchase (Buy the game on one system, and you get a free code to download it on the other) Miiverse connectivity, and Minis of Luigi.
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''Mario vs Donkey Kong'' (2004) is a series of platform-puzzle video games for Creator/{{Nintendo}}'s portable systems (with the latest one released on the UsefulNotes/WiiU as well). The series started out as a SpiritualSuccessor to the original ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong'' arcade games. First, it game, where [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]] was out to catch [[Franchise/DonkeyKong the titular gorilla]] and keep him from causing trouble, but the gameplay soon went in a slightly different direction. Games in the series: * ''Mario vs Donkey Kong'' (2004, UsefulNotes/GameBoyAdvance): Originally planned to be an UpdatedRerelease of ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong94'' (itself having an improved remake of the original game as its first four levels) with the ability for players to make custom levels. This mechanic was scrapped levels), though and the game was completely reworked and released on the GameBoyAdvance. it ended up being an entirely new game. In short, [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]] has had Mini-Mario toys made in his image, but Franchise/DonkeyKong, unable to buy them in stores due to them being sold out, has stolen them from the factory. In the NintendoDS sequel, factory. * ''March of the Minis'' (2006), (2006, UsefulNotes/NintendoDS): The first title to have the gameplay that the rest of the series is known for; featuring Mini-Mario toys that move around the levels on their own and that the player must keep safe by manipulating the environment. Mario is opening a "Super Mini-Mario World" amusement park, and Pauline (from the original arcade game) is a guest of honor at the opening ceremonies. DK is instantly smitten with her, but when she shuns his Mini-DK gift in favor of a Mini-Mario, he doesn't take it well and abducts her. This game has the also introduces a level builder that was left out of the original, and begins the trend of removing Mario himself from gameplay, with the players directing the Mini-Marios (and other mini-characters in custom levels) instead. editor, which would become a major series feature. * ''Minis March Again'' (2009) was the next sequel, exclusively for [=DSiWare=] download. (2009, UsefulNotes/NintendoDS digital-only): DK's in line for the amusement park again, but when tickets sell out he gets pissed and grabs Pauline again. Its main feature was once again the level builder. The series then returned to full retail releases with again. * ''Mini-Land Mayhem'' (2010).(2010, UsefulNotes/NintendoDS). Mario has made Mini-Pauline toys and is giving them away to the first hundred visitors - but DK is number 10'''1''', which... [[RecycledScript do we really need to explain it?]] In 2013 the series' first 3D entry was announced; it?]] * ''Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move''. This entry provides brand new gameplay Move'' (2013, UsefulNotes/Nintendo3DS, digital-only): In a change to the usual formula, the game is played from a top-down perspective in a 3D environment. A Wii U 3-D environment instead of from the side. The lack of a VersusTitle is also intentional, as the plot this time is that Mario is hosting a Mini Toy Carnival, and Nintendo3DS version called DK and Pauline are running one of the game stalls together. * ''Tipping Stars'' was announced at E3 2014, featuring level sharing, cross-purchase (Buy (2015, UsefulNotes/Nintendo3DS and UsefulNotes/WiiU, digital-only): DK has kidnapped Pauline again, with no reason given this time (until the game on one system, and you get a free code to download it on ending, anyway). While the other) Miiverse connectivity, and Minis of Luigi. gameplay is the same as in earlier games, the title comes from the fact that players can hand out stars to other players as tips for their user-created levels.
18th Mar '15 11:39:51 PM WanderingTedium
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* AWinnerIsYou: Finishing the main campaign of ''Tipping Stars'' will reward you with a [[LimitedAnimation slightly-animated]] cutscene of [[spoiler:DK and Pauline revealing the whole rigmarole of saving her was a setup for a surprise party.]] Said cutscene only lasts for several seconds.
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* AWinnerIsYou: Finishing the main campaign of ''Tipping Stars'' will reward you with a [[LimitedAnimation slightly-animated]] cutscene of [[spoiler:DK and Pauline revealing the whole rigmarole of saving her was a setup for a surprise party.]] Said cutscene only lasts for several a few seconds.

* SuddenlyVoiced: Mario in the original game, and Pauline in ''Mini-Land Mayhem''.
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* SuddenlyVoiced: Mario in the original game, game (one of the few canon examples of him saying full sentences; most apparent in the ending credits), and Pauline in ''Mini-Land Mayhem''.
18th Mar '15 11:37:23 PM WanderingTedium
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* AWinnerIsYou: Finishing the main campaign of ''Tipping Stars'' will reward you with a [[LimitedAnimation slightly-animated]] cutscene of [[spoiler:DK and Pauline revealing the whole rigmarole of saving her was a setup for a surprise party.]] Said cutscene only lasts for several seconds.

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* ExcusePlot: The first game had a cutscenes via slideshow and were probably the most elaborate of plots for the entire series. Then once the series began opting for the VideoGame/{{Lemmings}}-style stylus-centric gameplay it's known for now, the "excuseness" of the plots became more apparent. It culminated in the most recent installment as of 2015, ''Tipping Stars'', where the introduction cutscene is composed of only ''one'' screen of "plot", showing DK carrying Pauline off with Mario in pursuit. [[spoiler:The normal ending isn't any better, which is also one screen with sightly animated assets revealing the whole game being a setup for a surprise party for Mario.]]
25th Feb '15 1:47:43 PM totoofze47
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* EasterEgg: In ''Minis March Again'', closing the DS will make Mario speak a random sentence, and so will opening it again. Close it and open it back up repeatedly, and Mario may exclaim "Not again!".
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