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Mario vs. Donkey Kong (Series) Accessibility Report

We've documented 20 accessibility features for Mario vs. Donkey Kong in the Getting Started, Reading, Navigation, Controls, Visual and Audio areas to aid enjoyment of the game for different players. This report is created with input from accessibility experts and the player community to help people find games that have the accessibility features they require. Once you have found potential games on the database, there are excellent specialist accessibility sites that offer in-depth reviews to guide your purchasing decisions.

Mario vs. Donkey Kong is a series of puzzle games where you guide miniature Nintendo characters to the end of the level. The twist is that you can't control the characters, only the level itself. The exact interactions vary from game to game, but in each you are placing down items to direct the characters to the exit.

NotesAccessibility Notes

This report is based on the most recent addition to the series: Mini Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge. Previous games may differ in the accessibility features they offer.

While individual reactions don't need to be quick, there is a time limit on each level, which starts after your character first moves. Before this, you have a chance to survey the level and make any adjustments; building bridges, placing jump pads etc. To make your character move, you need to tap it with the pen on the screen, and for any further actions, such as jumps, you do the same. This is also how you place down bridges and jump pads.

While the text is high contrast, it isn't all large, making it occasionally hard to read.

As it is played on a 2D plane, it is quite straightforward to discern the location of the end of the level. Some actions, such as sliding down a slope, result in a motion blur trail, which could be disorienting to some players. In the levels, there are pipes you can travel through to get from one area to another, and these are colour coded, so this could present a challenge for colourblind players.

As all the necessary information to play the game is communicated visually or textually, no sound is needed.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 24/05/2004, updated in 2016

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, DS and Wii U

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: Nintendo America (@NintendoAmerica)

Players: This is a single player game

Costs: Purchase cost

 

DifficultyDifficulty

We haven’t documented any accessibility features for Difficulty in Mario vs. Donkey Kong which deal with how you can adjust the challenge of play, and assistance the game offers when you fail or get stuck. The following games are similar to Mario vs. Donkey Kong, and offer accessibility features for Difficulty:

Getting StartedGetting Started

We've documented 4 accessibility features for Getting Started in Mario vs. Donkey Kong which deal with what support is offered to get started with the game. This includes customising the experience when you first open the game via any onboarding processes it provides as well as tutorials and other assistance when you first start playing.

Assistance Getting Starting

These features aid your play of the game in terms of cognitive load on learning controls, dealing with pressure and coping with the environment and challenges.

Tutorials: There are helpful tutorials and instructions on how to play. Information is provided in a timely manner, with appropriate level of detail.

Practice Area: You can practice freely without opponents or time pressures. This can be a specific practice option, or the ability to play levels with the easiest opponents to improve understanding and skill.

Reaction-Time Not Critical: Individual game actions don’t need quick reactions, or there are settings to lower the requirement for quick reactions. This means you don't need to quickly press a button in response to an on-screen prompt, target a fast-moving target or skillfully complete a scenario against the clock.

No Jump Scares: No sudden loud noises or popping-up scary visuals that unexpectedly appear without warning, or the option to disable them.

 

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ReadingReading

We've documented 4 accessibility features for Reading in Mario vs. Donkey Kong which deal with how much reading or listening comprehension is required, how well the game provides visual and audible access to the text and whether subtitles and captions are a good fit for purpose.

Reading Level

How much reading is required to play the game and how complex the language is. This doesn't include subtitles as required reading if they are fully voiced.

No Reading: No reading is required, other than simple menus. The game either has no text or can communicate textual content with visuals and interactions. If reading isn't required because the text is voiced the All Dialogue is Voiced feature indicates this.

Text Visibility

High Contrast Text: Text colour contrasts to the background or can be adjusted to be. The text in menus, instructions and other information is presented in high contrast with a solid background.

Subtitles

All Speech Subtitled (Or No Speech In Game): All spoken content has subtitles, or there is no speech in the game. This means there is no requirement to hear spoken dialogue or narrative to play the game.

Voice Acted

All Dialogue is Voice Acted (Or No Speech In Game): All of the game dialogue and narrative can be voiced, or there is no speech in the game. This means there is no requirement to read the dialogue and narrative text to play the game.

 

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NavigationNavigation

We've documented 2 accessibility features for Navigation in Mario vs. Donkey Kong which deal with how the game provides guidance and assistance to navigate its worlds. These are only for games that have traversal and exploration in 2D and 3D spaces.

Clarity

Large Clear Navigation: The in-game navigation and maps are clear to read. They offer large text and offer markers that are large and of high contrast. Where text or information is small, there are settings to zoom-in and increase visibility.

Clear Mission Objectives: The game provides clear, structured missions with directional guidance and advice on which can be attempted next. This also indicates (ideally on maps where they are provided) which missions can't be attempted because you do not have the appropriate items yet.

 

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ControlsControls

We've documented 5 accessibility features for Controls in Mario vs. Donkey Kong which deal with how you control the game, different options for alternative inputs and whether you can remap these settings to suit your needs.

Gamepad

Multiple Buttons & Single Stick: Can play with multiple buttons and a stick.

Touchscreen

Additional gestures may be required for games played with a screenreader like VoiceOver.

One Tap Targeted: Can play with touchscreen, tap in specific locations.

Button Combinations

Specific button operation required to play

Holding Down Buttons Optional: Holding down buttons for prolonged periods (a second or more) is not required or can be switched to toggling the action on and off. This is in addition to the movement stick/button which is not considered a hold for this purpose.

Rapid Repeated Pressing Optional: Quick, repeated button pressing (more than 2 times a second) is not required, can be skipped or switched to holding a button to trigger a repeated action.

No Simultaneous Buttons: Only one button or key required at a time, in addition to direction stick(s).

 

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VisualVisual

We've documented 4 accessibility features for Visual in Mario vs. Donkey Kong which deal with how you can adjust the visuals to suit your needs, and offer additional information if you can't hear the game.

Contrast

Medium Contrast: Game uses generally well contrasting and bright visuals, or has a slider to make this the case.

Interactive Elements

Large Game Elements: Game characters and other elements are large and distinguishable. Enemies and player characters are at least 1/6 of the height of the screen. Or there is a zoom feature to make them larger.

Visual Distractions

No Busy Backgrounds: No distracting backgrounds or you can make them static or blank. This includes the absence of other movement elements in the background that might distract or confuse the action.

Audio Cues for Visual Events

Audio Cues for Visual Events: Audio is provided to indicate visual events. Game events or progress highlighted by visual icons, effects or animations are also accompanied by audio to signify that progress. This is useful for blind players.

 

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AudioAudio

We've documented 1 accessibility feature for Audio in Mario vs. Donkey Kong which deals with how you can adjust the audio of the game and whether audio cues compensate for aspects of the game that are hard to see.

Play Without Hearing

Play Without Hearing: No audio cues are necessary to play the game well.

 

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System Accessibility Settings

In addition to the accessibility features provided in the game, you can also use system-wide accessibility settings:

Nintendo Wii U
The Wii U has some limited settings, such as disabling rumble and selecting mono audio.
 
Read more about system accessibility settings.

VSC LogoAccessibility Report supported by VSC Rating Board, PlayabilityInitiative and accessibility contributors Ben Kendall and @GeekDadGamer


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