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50 Great Games Like Mario vs. Donkey Kong

Our experts have spent time searching for great games similar to Mario vs. Donkey Kong and have found the following:

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.

Unfortunately, Mario vs. Donkey Kong is not available on Android, Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S or iOS. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme:

DetailsGame Details

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

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

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

Costs: Purchase cost

34 Hand Picked Video Games Like Mario vs. Donkey Kong

These are our hand-picked Video Game games similar to Mario vs. Donkey Kong. This doesn't use automatic matching, instead, we hand-pick games that are good to play if you have enjoyed Mario vs. Donkey Kong. These selections also include Video Game games that offer a different experience but address a similar theme or topic.
 

ElecHead

Release Date: 14/10/2021, updated in 2022

Platforms: PC and Switch

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

ElecHead is a running and jumping puzzle game where you control a character who is a source of electricity. With this power you activate the platforms you need to progress in unusual and puzzling ways. It introduces unique scenarios where you need to...

Super Mario Odyssey

Release Date: 27/10/2017

Platforms: Switch

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Mario has stared in running and jumping Super Mario games on Nintendo hardware since the Nintendo Entertainment System in the 80's. The formula remains unchanged. Explore a level, jump on enemies, collect coins and get to the flag at the end to inch...

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Series)

Release Date: 27/08/1992, updated in 2018

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, DS, GameCube, Switch and iOS

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

Mario Kart is a go-kart racing game on Nintendo systems. You race against other Nintendo characters around different circuits, picking up power ups, attacks and speed boosts. It is frantic and chaotic, but still requires skills to do well at.

Mario Party (Series)

Release Date: 08/10/2010, updated in 2013

Platforms: Switch, Wii and Wii U

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

Pieces: Dice

Mario Party is an interactive board game. Players roll a dice to move around a board and then compete in different mini-games to earn the chance to throw again or earn points. You play as Nintendo characters and take on challenges that make use of the...

Super Mario Maker (Series)

Release Date: 10/09/2015

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

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Super Mario Maker is a game-making system. It’s simpler than tools like Dreams or Roblox, but still offers a huge array of ways to create running and jumping platform games that can then be shared online. You can play hundreds of games that other...

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit

Release Date: 16/10/2020

Platforms: Switch

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit (Mario Kart Live, MarioKart Home Circuit) is a kart racing game with a difference. You play on the Switch but use it to control a real life Mario kart that races around...

Geometry Dash

Release Date: 13/08/2013, updated in 2017

Platforms: Amazon Fire, Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Geometry Dash is a running, jumping game. It features over 20 stages where you play as a customisable small cube, which you used to dodge 2D obstacles to the rhythm of electronic music using a single button to control the cube. If you hit any of the...

Super Mario Galaxy (Series)

Release Date: 12/11/2007

Platforms: Wii

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Mario Galaxy is a different style of running, jumping and exploration game. It takes the Mario character to hundreds of different planet shaped levels adding more realistic physics to the platforming play. Each world, or collection of worlds is...

Super Mario Bros. 35

Release Date: 01/10/2020

Platforms: Switch

Super Mario Bros.35 is Mario combined with Fortnite's battle royale online competition. You play a Mario game, but as you score points you send one of the other 35 players enemies and hazards. Jump on a Koopa and send it to the leader on points or...

New Super Mario Bros. U

Release Date: 18/11/2012, updated in 2019

Platforms: Switch and Wii U

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

New Super Mario Bros. U is platform game where you play with 4 main players (and an optional assistant player) to traverse from one side of the level to the other. Along with the usual running, jumping, stomping and collecting you are racing other...

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

Release Date: 04/05/2018

Platforms: Switch and Wii U

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is a running, jumping and collecting game where you control Donkey Kong. A second player can control the Diddy Kong sidekick. The challenge is getting to the end of each level, but there are also letters and items to...

Super Mario 3D World

Release Date: 21/11/2013, updated in 2013

Platforms: Switch and Wii U

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

Super Mario 3D World (known as Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury on the Switch) is a platform game you can play with up to 4-players in the same place. While all Mario games are good for families, this co-operative and competitive play makes it great...

Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle

Release Date: 29/08/2017

Platforms: Switch

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Mario and Rabbids Kingdom Battle is a chess-like strategy game where you control cartoon rabbits (the Rabbids) and Nintendo characters in turn-based battles with fantastical weapons through four different worlds.

Super Mario Run

Release Date: 15/12/2016, updated in 2017

Platforms: Android and iOS

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

Super Mario Run is a running and jumping game you play by tapping the screen to jump. Your character automatically runs and you just tap at the right time to avoid obstacles and jump on enemies. It sounds too simple to be fun but is actually a cleverly...

Seasons After Fall

Release Date: 02/09/2016, updated in 2017

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Seasons After Fall is a running and jumping game where you traverse through forests in search of the lost spirits of the four seasons. As you progress, you unlock the ability to change the season at will, altering the dynamic of the level and letting...

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (Series)

Release Date: 06/11/2007, updated in 2019

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

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games is a series of simple competitive sports games featuring characters from Nintendo and Sega. Each game in the series is themed around a different Olympic year and location.

Super Mario Sunshine

Release Date: 26/08/2002, updated in 2020

Platforms: Switch and Wii

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Super Mario Sunshine is a running, jumping and water-shooting game. It follows Super Mario 64 as the second 3D Mario game. You play Mario, who is marooned on Isle Delfin, convicted of vandalism and graphite. You explore the island to visit other...

Donkey Kong Country Returns

Release Date: 21/11/2010, updated in 2013

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

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Donkey Kong Country Returns is a running, jumping and bashing game where you play Donkey Kong and other characters trying to reclaim their island from the Tiki Tak Tribe. It's a return to the side-on platforming of the classic Donkey Kong 64 in 1999.

Mario & Luigi (Series)

Release Date: 17/11/2003, updated in 2017

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

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Mario and Luigi adventure games feature Mario and Luigi as the heros, accompanied by playable characters from the Nintendo pantheon. Each adventure pits you to defeat Bowser in different ways. Progress is through talking to characters, exploring,...

Mario Tennis Aces (Series)

Release Date: 28/08/2000, updated in 2018

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

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Mario Tennis Aces is the latest in the series of tennis game. These games recreate a relatively traditional game of tennis, although you play as Nintendo characters who each have special moves and powers.

Mario Golf: Super Rush (Series)

Release Date: 11/06/1999, updated in 2021

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, GameCube and Switch

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Mario Golf: Super Rush is a sports game that combines running and jumping with golfing skills. It's a proper recreation of golf, but with novelties, modes and characters to make it more entertaining for younger players.

Mario Strikers Charged

Release Date: 25/05/2007

Platforms: GameCube, Wii and Wii U

Mario Strikers Charged, also Mario Strikers Charged Football and Mario Power Soccer, was the sequel to Super Mario Strikers for the GameCube. It offers a fast and furious game of football staring Nintendo characters.

Bridge Constructor (Series)

Release Date: 01/12/2011, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS4, PS5, Switch, Wii U, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and iOS

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

The Bridge Constructor games are a series of physics-based building challenges to make stable bridges over chasms and ravines. While it's a simple concept, the variety of locations and different geometry means that building a stable bridge requires...

Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope

Release Date: 20/10/2022

Platforms: Switch

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope is a strategy game where you control Ubisoft's Rabbids (cartoon rabbits) and Nintendo's Mario team in turn-based battles. It expands upon the previous game by adding a wider...

Ground Divers!

Release Date: 30/06/2022

Platforms: PS Vita and Switch

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Ground Divers! is a strategy game where you guide a sleepy robot as he mines through the crust of a distant alien world in search of its hidden secrets. You must ensure you don't run out of energy, otherwise you fall asleep and have to start over. While...

Hack 'n' Slash

Release Date: 09/09/2014

Platforms: Mac and PC

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Hack 'n' Slash is a puzzle adventure game where you tinker with the properties of game objects to explore dungeons and fight enemies. Using your USB sword on enemies hacks them so you can change their game-code and behaviour. It combines a standard...

Hamster All Stars (Sokpop)

Release Date: 28/02/2021

Platforms: Mac and PC

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Hamster All Stars is a creative racing game where you bet on hamsters. Rather than control the hamsters, you build a racetrack for them and then bet on the winner to win money to buy track upgrades. It's a twist on the game [link...

Splitter Critters

Release Date: 15/05/2018, updated in 2021

Platforms: Android, PC, Switch, iOS and iPhone, iPad

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

Splitter Critters is a puzzle game where you cut up the world to connect platforms and get to the exit. You split and rearrange each level so you can avoid deadly lasers and create floating swimming pools to guide alien critters back to their spaceship.

Lemmings (Series)

Release Date: 14/02/1991, updated in 2018

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS2, PS3, PSP and iOS

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Lemmings is a series of puzzle games where you guide small (suicidal) creatures to the end of the levels. Unusually, you don't control when or how a character jumps and navigates the areas, but instead, you assign them actions that change the level to...

Toki Tori (Series)

Release Date: 12/09/2001, updated in 2018

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Android, Mac, PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii, Wii U and iOS

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Toki Tori is a puzzle game where you traverse 2D levels and use limited resources to rescue all the eggs. Similarly to the Mario vs. Donkey Kong games, you can build bridges over gaps. Here though, you can also unlock...

MouseCraft

Release Date: 25/02/2015, updated in 2020

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4 and Switch

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

MouseCraft is a puzzle game where you guide mice to the cheese at the end of each level. Interestingly, you don't control the mice directly; instead, you place down blocks and items that can help them reach the end, in a way similar to [link to...

I Wanna Maker

Release Date: 13/02/2020

Platforms: PC

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

I Wanna Maker is a running and jumping game where you create unique levels and share them with other players. With over 1000 levels to play, all made by different people across the world, it offers a fresh platforming challenge with a wide range of...

Nuclear Blaze

Release Date: 18/10/2021

Platforms: PC

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Nuclear Blaze is a running, jumping and fire extinguishing game from the same developer as Dead Cells. You put out fires and dodge explosions, debris and fiery chasms. Along with its uniquely intricate levels, there are...

Pyro Jump Rescue

Release Date: 25/08/2014, updated in 2017

Platforms: Amazon Fire, Mac and iOS

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Pyro Jump and Pyro Jump Rescue are a one button jumping and rolling game where you are a lump of fire leaping from one platform to the next to try to catch Princess Paper. You work through levels by jumping and the attaching to wheels and surfaces,...

16 Video Games Like Mario vs. Donkey Kong Based on Genre

These are games of a similar genre mix to Mario vs. Donkey Kong. This includes games from the Puzzle and Platform genres. We pick out games of a similar PEGI rating to further hone these generated suggestions.
 

9 Easier Video Games than Mario vs. Donkey Kong

If you like the sound of Mario vs. Donkey Kong but find it too complex or challenging, the games in this section offer a similar experience but with a lower Skill Rating.
 

7 Video Games With More Documented Accessibility Features than Mario vs. Donkey Kong

If you like the sound of Mario vs. Donkey Kong but it doesn’t offer the accessibility you require, the games in this section offer a similar experience but with more Accessibility Features. You can view a full breakdown in our Mario vs. Donkey Kong Accessibility Report.
 

Mario vs. Donkey Kong is in These Lists

In addition to the similar games listed above, which have been linked to this game specifically in the database, you may find games with a similar theme to Mario vs. Donkey Kong in the following lists:

Unusual Locomotion

These games offer worlds you explore in unusual ways. Maybe it’s hard to put one foot in front of the other, or maybe you get a chance to climb and jump athletically. These games put you in touch what it’s like to move more easily or more difficulty than real life.
 

Digital Toy Boxes

Video games and toys are two separate things in a child's life. Online and in stores they are sold separately. At home, however, children will move from toys to video games without such strong distinctions. This list draws together all the games that cross over with toys in this way.

Very young players are often drawn to games with toy-like play. Whether Toca Boca or Sago Mini offer video game interactions but without missions, tasks or scores. They are games that create space, characters, locations and items for children to make up their own fun.

Then there are games that import physical toys into the play-process of the game. Sometimes this is to have a figure unlock items and save progress like in Skylanders or sometimes this is to create new ways to interact like Tori, Hotwheels id or Anki.
 

When Adulting Isn't Working, Embrace Your Silly

The games in this section have been selected because they get players doing absurd activities and chuckling together. It’s tongue-in-cheek entertainment with challenges that don’t take themselves too seriously – not seriously at all, in fact. Video games have their roots in fun and play. This makes them an excellent way to forget the worries of the day and dive into some silly fun together.

Whether it's the crazy puzzles in Baba is You or Twister-like contortions of Fru or stomach churningly difficulty of walking in Octodad Deadliest Catch, these are games that will make you shriek and laugh together. Then there are silly multiplayer games like Super Pole Riders, Heave Ho or Wii Party where parents, carers and children take on bizarre or precarious challenges. The play often descends into giggling and laughter.
 

Make Your Own Video Games

It can seem like making a video game is only possible with a degree and lots of complicated equipment. The games on this list let you design and share your own levels just using your controller and tools like Scratch.

You can unleash your creativity with these games that enable you to make your own games. Start with something familiar and try making your own levels in Super Mario Maker or get to grips with building in Minecraft. Build your confidence and creativity and soon you’ll be creating more complicated games in Dreams or LittleBigPlanet.

We put this list together with the help of the brilliant National Videogame Museum, (NVM). The World's First Fully-Playable Cultural Centre Dedicated to Games. If you want more information about making your own video games, the NVM has free resources to get you started.
 
Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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