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Mario vs. Donkey Kong
North American boxart of the game Mario vs. Donkey Kong for GBA.
Developer(s) Nintendo Software Technology[1]
Publisher(s) Nintendo
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Platform(s) Game Boy Advance
Release Date(s) USA May 24, 2004
Japan June 1, 2004
Europe November 19, 2004
Genre(s) Platformer, Puzzle
Ratings ESRB: ESRB E.png Everyone
Mode(s) Single player
Media(s) GBA Game Pak
Input(s) GBA Buttons

Mario vs. Donkey Kong is a puzzle/platformer game developed by Nintendo and released on May 24, 2004 for the Game Boy Advance. It is a spiritual successor to Donkey Kong '94, using similar mechanics introduced in the said game. As the title suggests, the game stars Mario and Donkey Kong.

The game is the first one in the Mario vs. Donkey Kong series. It also possesses many sequels, including the games: Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis, Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again!, Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem!, Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move, Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars and Mini Mario & Friends: Amiibo Challenge.


The game's story starts with Donkey Kong watching TV. As he flicks through the channels, he sees an ad about the Mini Mario toys. He is disgusted with them but, still, Donkey Kong gets the urge to collect all of them. He goes to the Toy Store, but they are sold out. Donkey Kong turns around and sees the Mario Toy Company and decides to loot the store of all of the toys. Eventually, Donkey Kong checks his bag, only to see all the Mini Marios he stole have dropped, with Mario, the toys, and three Toad employees laughing at him. In anger, he grabs the Toads, climbs the building. Mario must rescue the Toad employees and fight Donkey Kong. However, he must make his way through the six worlds to get to the battle on the top of the building. After the fight, he falls off onto a truck full of Mini Marios, and steals five more. Mario gives chase once again, until a similar cutscene of the one before the defeat, but only Mario laughs, until six Mini Marios come out. In the final scene, Mario is scolding Donkey Kong for what he did. Donkey Kong is crying in pity and shame. The plumber cheers him up by letting him have a Mini Mario. The Mini Marios and Mario cheer with Mario's mission successfully done.




  • It is the first game to feature Donkey Kong as an antagonist to Mario, after replacing his grandfather, Cranky Kong, previously known as Donkey Kong Sr.

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