Mario vs Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars (JP) is the sixth installment in the Mario vs. Donkey Kong series for the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS released in 2015. It allows players to share puzzles on Miiverse. If the player buys the game for one system, they will get the game for the other system via a download code.
This is a puzzle game similar to the other Mario vs Donkey Kong games. The Minis are Mini Mario, Mini Luigi, Mini Toad, Mini Kong, Mini Pauline and Mini Peach must be guided to the end of each level by connecting vertices with lines drawn on either the Nintendo 3DS touchscreen or Wii U GamePad to create ramps or bridges to help the toys cross gaps or avoid hazards.
Every last level has a Cursed Mini Mario in which the player will need to guide the marching toy character, as Cursed Mini Mario can't enter the Goal Door. Each level the player complete rewards the player with stars, which can either used to reward players online with more stars or buy parts for making levels of their own. Tipping players will reward the player with stamps.
Each world has 8 levels
The game was revealed at GDC 2014 as a demo of how Nintendo Web Framework could be used. It was the only Nintendo-developed game brought to the conference. At the time, Nintendo claimed this was only a demo at the time though. Then then was shown off at e3 with a trailer and a demo. In January during a Nintendo Direct, Nintendo revealed not only would this game to 3DS but every copy would be cross-buy so, if someone buys a Wii U version, they get a code for the 3DS version and vice-versa.
Tipping Stars received mixed-to-positive reviews, with an aggregate Metacritic score of 70/100 for the Wii U version. IGN gave the game a 6.8/10, praising the challenge of the game and large amount of content, but complained about the lack of new ideas.
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- This is the first Nintendo-published title to support a cross-purchase concept.
- This is the first Nintendo 3DS title to support Miiverse stamps.
Cross-buy means that a single purchase on either the Wii U or Nintendo 3DS eShop allows the user to download the game on both devices.
Cross-play means that the user's saved progress and user-created levels will appear on both devices.