Ahead of its launch on 16 February, Nintendo has released a playable demo for Mario Vs Donkey Kong. The free demo is now available on the Nintendo Switch eShop and lets players test out the first four levels. These four stages make up the first world of the game.
There’s also an additional two-player mode in the demo where players can share a Joy-Con with a friend and team up as Mario and Toad to complete the levels. The demo also includes both the Classic and Casual game modes. The Classic Mode is the usual run-of-the-mill gameplay. However, Casual will let you play without the fear of dying.
Mario Vs Donkey Kong is a remake of the original 2004 Game Boy Advanced game. The original featured 2D platforming gameplay where players would have to explore various stages and complete puzzles in order to advance the game and save Mini Mario toys.
The story is pretty basic. It follows Mario on a mission to claim back all the stolen Mini Mario toys. Donkey Kong, who innocently wanted to purchase one, was set into a fit of rage after the toy store ran out of stock. So instead of waiting for more to arrive, he ambushed the factory and grabbed the entire lot of them.
The game includes a series of levels scattered across different themed worlds. Most of the worlds are directly remade based on the original game. However, the game does include two new worlds with a whole set of new levels. These introduce new mechanics.
Mario Vs Donkey Kong is set to launch on 16 February for Nintendo Switch. Watch the demo trailer below: