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Mini Mario & Friends: Amiibo Challenge

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Based on 6 critic reviews
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62

Top Critic Average

33%

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General Information

Available on:Wii UApr 28, 2016
Nintendo 3DSApr 28, 2016

Publisher: Nintendo

Genre: Platformer

Mini Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge is a downloadable game for the Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS systems. In addition to the main stages in the game, there are also worlds themed around each character toy that can be unlocked by clearing certain stages via an amiibo door, which can only be accessed by using the amiibo that corresponds with the character's icon shown on it.

Mini Mario & Friends: Amiibo Challenge Critic Reviews

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Mini Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge basically amounts to a demo that can be completed in an afternoon and doesn't go far enough with its ideas, but it's a far better effort than the abysmal amiibo Tap. If you already have a collection you may as well dive in during the general release, but don't go out of your way to buy into early access.

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Not a bad way for Amiibo collectors to put their plastic people to some use, but a bit of a wash for everyone else

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As a free app that provides an incentive to explore amiibo, Mini Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge is a good effort. It offers a nice taster for those with non-Mario-themed toys, with 12 levels to tackle, and adds enjoyable twists and extra content for those with the correct figures. It's a fun if not premium experience, with some rather uninspired level designs mixed in with moments of greater quality - for amiibo fans it's well worth a look.

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Anyone with an amiibo should download this to try it out, especially if he or she enjoys puzzle games and/or Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars. Everything has been created with the same care that is found in other Nintendo titles and each of the abilities gives their collectible counterparts probably their best use yet. The mission to get gold trophies means that even the most hardened gamers will find a challenge, while those looking for a more relaxing time can complete each stage at their own pace. This makes it accessible to a range of people, as skill isn't an immediate barrier to enjoyment. The only real barrier is the cost of amiibo, but it could be enough to tip those who were interested in buying one over the edge. Anyone who already has a sizeable collection is sure to relish the extra content that is now available for no additional charge.

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