Mini Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge

Mini Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge

An amiibo-centric spiritual successor to the Mario and Donkey Kong series developed by NST.

Mini Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge is a free-to-download puzzle game for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. The seventh entry in the Mario vs. Donkey Kong series, this game requires the use of amiibo figures and introduces several new toy versions of various Mario characters. In the US, it was first made available on March 25, 2016 as part of a promotion with Amazon, Best Buy, and Gamestop where download codes for the game would be provided with any amiibo figure purchased from those retailers. This promotion ended on April 27, one day before the game became available for free on the Nintendo eShop.


Gameplay remains largely similar to that of previous Mario vs. Donkey Kong titles, with the player tasked with safely guiding a Mini (wind-up toy) version of a Mario character to exit of each level. The player has no direct control over the Mini. After being activated it simply continuously walks forward, changing direction when it hits a wall too big for it to leap over. At the end of each level, players are scored based on their performance. Unlike previous games, however, the player must own amiibo figures to scan into the game in order to play.

Each character has their own special ability that can make completing levels easier and are sometimes used to reach character specific items and alternate exits. Taking those alternate exits unlocks new levels tailored to that character's abilities, as well as having their own unique mechanics. The game's characters (and compatible amiibo) include:

Mini Mario

Super Smash Bros. series: Mario, Dr. Mario

Super Mario series: Mario, Silver Mario, Gold Mario

Mario 30th Anniversary series: 8-Bit Mario (Classic), 8-Bit Mario (Modern)

Wall Jump
Mini Luigi

Super Smash Bros. series: Luigi

Super Mario series: Luigi

High Jump
Mini Peach

Super Smash Bros. series: Peach

Super Mario series: Peach

Float Jump (floats over gaps)
Mini Bowser

Super Smash Bros. series: Bowser

Super Mario series: Bowser

Skylanders SuperChargers: Hammer Slam Bowser, Dark Hammer Slam Bowser

Bowser Bomb (ground pounds during long falls)
Mini Yoshi

Super Smash Bros. series: Yoshi

Super Mario series: Yoshi

Yoshi's Wooly World series: Green Yarn Yoshi, Blue Yarn Yoshi, Pink Yarn Yoshi, Mega Yarn Yoshi

Eat Enemies
Mini RosalinaSuper Smash Bros. series: Rosalina & LumaLunar Launch (Launches high into the air near high walls)
Mini Bowser Jr.Super Smash Bros. series: Bowser Jr.Spike Guard (Moves over spikes without taking damage)
Mini ToadSuper Mario series: ToadSmall Crawl (Crawls into tight spaces)
Mini Donkey Kong

Super Smash Bros. series: Donkey Kong

Skylanders SuperChargers: Hammer Slam Donkey Kong, Dark Hammer Slam Donkey Kong

Quick Climb (Moves up steep surfaces)
Mini Diddy kongSuper Smash Bros. series: Diddy KongLedge Grab (Grabs and pulls self up from cliff ledges)
Mini SpekAny amiibo not listed aboveNone