Although it has been somewhat overlooked in recent years, the Mario vs. Donkey Kong has become somewhat of a flagship series for the eShop, and it’s about to break new ground (for Nintendo at least) – the latest title will be the first (well, second in Europe) cross-buy eShop title.
Cross buy is a already a familiar concept for playstation owners, but the feature has been somewhat absent across the Wii U and 3DS, but that seems to be changing. Over on Sony’s platforms, purchase of a game on PS3, PS4 or PS Vita often unlocks it for use on all three systems, and Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars will follow a similar pattern. However, for once Nintendo’s lack of an accounts based system for download games is a plus, because rather than automatically unlocking the game, Nintendo plan to provide a download code to purchasers. Expect to see many of these on eBay in the near future…
As for the game itself, Tipping Stars follows the template laid out by its predecessors well – once again, the aim is to guide mini toys to the exit via simple touch controls. Also returning is the level editor which has got a significant upgrade – while you can still share your creations online, players of your levels can now rate them by tipping you with stars. I see what you’re doing there Nintendo…
Stars can be used to buy new parts for levels, with the idea being that the most creative designers will get more parts to use, hence enabling them to create better levels. Sounds a bit like the rich will get richer then, but there you go.
Tipping Stars is out on the 5th March in North America and 20th March in Europe, exclusively on the eShop.
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