First screens of Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis for DS

Nintendo goes back to its roots as it revives the game that started it all

First screens of Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis for DS

Nearly three decades ago, Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto decided that the best thing to do with the just-emerging electronic arcade games technology at his disposal was to pit a plumber against a gorilla – and all to rescue a woman named Pauline.

Bonkers? Hundreds of Mario spin-offs later, maybe Miyamoto knows something we don't. (He was surely eating an exotic brand of pizza that we'd love to try…)

Fast-forward to 2006, and for this new game, Mario has built himself a theme park using the proceeds of his lucrative Mini Mario toy business.

Super Mini Mario World's big opening day crowd includes Pauline, as well as a lovestruck Donkey Kong. Unfortunately, Pauline prefers Mario, and a jealous Donkey Kong goes back to his old ways. Cue drama, rescue, and all the rest of the Mario world staples.

The twist in Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2's 2D platforming action is that this time it's the Mini Marios who must outdo the great ape. This boils down to plenty of stylus-swishing across obstacle-filled levels – and when you're done with those, you can play new levels created and shared by other players across Nintendo's Wi-Fi Connection. There will also be a player ranking system and Wi-Fi accessible bonuses.

Due out in the US in late September, we suggest you click 'Track It!' above – these gorillas can be slippery customers, you know.