Mario and Donkey Kong's Rivalry Returns Next Monday

The third Mario Vs. Donkey Kong game is set to hit DSiWare next week.

At Nintendo's E3 press conference there were quite a few surprises: New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Super Mario Galaxy 2, a new Metroid game by Team Ninja... but what's also quite surprising is that they announced a completely new game which is being released next week!

Mario Vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again! seems like a "Lite" version of Mario Vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis for DS. Once again, you do not control Mario, but rather Mini-Marios, Toads, Peaches and DKs, as you try to rescue Mario's original love interest, Pauline, from the clutches of DK.

In case you haven't played the second Mario Vs. Donkey Kong game, it's basically like Lemmings - the Minis will mindlessly march on until they find the exit, die, or you tell them to turn around. Your objective in each level is, of course, to get all Minis to the exit, avoiding Mario's long-time enemies such as Bob-ombs, Piranha Plants, Boos and Thwomps. As in MvsDK2, Minis March Again will also include a level editor, and again, you'll be able to share levels you've created with friends through Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection.

The game will cost 800 DSi Points and will be available next Monday in North America, with a European release following later this year. Get those Nintendo Points Cards ready!