Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem!

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Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem!
Mario vs Donkey Kong Mini Land Mayhem.jpg
Developer(s) Nintendo Software Technology
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Director(s) Yukimi Shimura
Producer(s) Kensuke Tanabe
Composer(s) Lawrence Schwedler
Series Mario vs. Donkey Kong
Platform(s) Nintendo DS
Release date(s) Nintendo DS [1]
  • JP December 2, 2010
  • NA November 14, 2010
  • EU February 4, 2011
Genre(s) Puzzle
Mode(s) Single-player

Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem! (マリオvs.ドンキーコング 突撃!ミニランド Mario vs. Donkī Kongu Totsugeki! Mini Rando?) is a puzzle video game developed by Nintendo Software Technology and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo DS. It was announced at the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2010 and released in North America on November 14, 2010. It is the fourth game in the Mario vs. Donkey Kong series.


The puzzle-based gameplay in Mini-Land Mayhem is built upon that of earlier Mario vs. Donkey Kong titles, in which the objective of each level is to lead a number of mechanical Mini-Mario toys to the exit.

Construction Zone[edit]

The Construction Zone is a level editor that allows the players to design their own levels. It is similar to the editor available in Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again! but allows the use of all the elements present in the game.[citation needed] Players can upload and share their levels online via Nintendo WiFi Connection.


In the game's opening sequence, Mario and Pauline are sponsoring the grand opening of an amusement park named "Mini-Land". Donkey Kong is the 101st visitor to arrive to the amusement park, and is denied the gift given to the first hundred visitors: a "Mini-Pauline" toy. Infuriated, Donkey Kong kidnaps the real Pauline, prompting Mario, accompanied by toys called Mini-Marios, to give chase aboard a train. Mario and the toys then battle with Donkey Kong at various locations throughout the amusement park. After Donkey Kong has been defeated and Pauline rescued, Mario presents him with a Mini-Pauline toy, which satisfies the ape.


Mini-Land Mayhem! was developed by Nintendo Software Technology.[2]


Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 80.08%[4]
Metacritic 79 / 100[3]
Review scores
Publication Score
Edge 7 / 10[5]
Eurogamer 8 / 10[11]
GameSpot 8.0 / 10[7]
GamesRadar 8 / 10[11]
GameTrailers 7.9 / 10[6]
GameZone 7.5 / 10[9]
IGN 9.0 / 10[12]
Nintendo World Report 8 / 10[8]
ONM 90%[10]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[13]
The Telegraph 8 / 10[14]
The New York Post A[15]

Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem! has received generally positive reviews and holds a rating of 79 on Metacritic, based on 51 reviews. The New York Post gave it an A grade saying: “This the most awesome, challenging, and addictive game that has ever graced my DSiXL's screen".[15] New York Daily News says that you can't go wrong with Mini-Land Mayhem.[16] The Guardian says the game is a "creamy, comforting slice of puzzle-platforming bliss," and gives high praise to the level design.[13]


  1. ^ "Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem! (DS)". NintendoLife. Retrieved 20 December 2011. 
  2. ^ "Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem!". Nintendo. Retrieved 20 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem DS". Metacritic. Retrieved 20 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem". Gamerankings. Retrieved 20 December 2011. 
  5. ^ "Mario vs Donkey Kong: MiniLand Mayhem". Edge (223): 103. January 2011. 
  6. ^ "Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Miniland Mayhem". Gametrailers. 13 November 2010. 
  7. ^ Nathan Meunier (12 November 2010). "Another great round of Mario-themed mini-puzzler fun awaits.". Gamespot. 
  8. ^ Karlie Yeung (14 January 2011). "Toys and trains, girders and conveyors, this must be clockwork Mario.". Nintendo World Report. 
  9. ^ "Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-land Mayhem! - NDS". GameZone. 11 December 2010. 
  10. ^ Chris Scullion (3 February 2011). "The best Mario Vs DK game yet...". Official Nintendo Magazine. 
  11. ^ a b Henry Gilbert (16 November 2010). "It's a small world after all". Games Radar. 
  12. ^ Daemon Hatfield (12 November 2010). "You can't have too much of a good thing.". IGN. 
  13. ^ a b Keith Stuart (8 February 2011). "Mario vs Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem! - review". The Guardian. 
  14. ^ Nick Cowen (2 February 2011). "Mario Vs Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem is a charming platform puzzler containing a surprising amount of depth.". The Daily Telegraph. 
  15. ^ a b Zoey Sachs (16 November 2010). "Mario Vs Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem: this headline is too long". New York Post. 
  16. ^ Ebenezer Samuel (21 November 2010). "Nintendo 'Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem' offers charming, simple-but-challenging game". New York Daily News. 

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