Nintendo Used Mario vs. Donkey Kong To Show Off Nintendo Web Framework At GDC

By Spencer . March 20, 2014 . 4:01pm

At GDC, there is a tech demo from Nintendo Software Technology of Mario vs. Donkey Kong for Wii U using Nintendo Web Framework. I had a chance to try it out very briefly and the controls are on the Wii U GamePad. You can build bridges by drawing a line at the red squares or get rid of bridge a by tapping on them.


The Nintendo Web Framework is a development environment based on WebKit technologies, supporting software development on the Wii U using HTML5, JavaScript, and CSS. It has support for the Wii U GamePad, Wii Remote, and even JavaScript extensions such as video playback. Its goal is to allow easy porting of apps to Wii U using Web technologies.


You can see a couple of quick photographs of the setup that we snapped below. One of them includes the game code running on a monitor, visible for all to see. Nintendo’s Damon Baker shared with us that the tech demo is simply meant to be that, and is not planned to be an actual game.


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  • Kaetsu

    I haven’t played a Mario vs DK game since the original. Anyway I think it’s cool that Nintendo is making it even easier to port games over to Wii U.

    • Gentle Robot

      Minis March Again for DSi is pretty good. They don’t really stick to a formula in the series, so if you love one game, you’re not going to see a similar one later.

  • GH56734

    They should make that tech demo in an actual game to fill in the Wii U release gaps.

  • konpon568

    So, um, is this gonna be related to a new Netcode? I mean, WFC is gonna be taken down soon, and I don’t know what is running Nintendo Network.

    • Guy Rainey

      No, you’ve got it wrong. This will not require the internet to work. The Nintendo Web Framework is sort of like a web browser. It takes code from HTML5 and runs it on the console. You can download the HTML5 code to your console wrapped in this framework, so it will run like any other game. The benefit is anyone can write HTML5 code for free, so you can make a full game before you spend the money to get a developer’s kit.

      • konpon568

        I see. Thanks.

  • pimpalicious

    Am I the only one who liked the first game on the GBA the best? I didn’t like the big focus on the minis after that.

  • Steven Hunt

    Isn’t the GBA one the original?

  • Lalum

    Donkey Kong ’94 on the Game Boy was the original. Mario vs. Donkey Kong was originally titled Donkey Kong Plus.

  • Danilo Gonçalves

    Isn’t the arcade version the original?

  • Steven Hunt

    We’re talking Mario vs. DK here though, right? Games that actually have that title? That’s what I assumed OP was referring to since DK on the Game Boy isn’t called that.

  • Lalum

    Donkey Kong ’94 is completely different after the first few levels. I guess you could say the arcade one is because this builds off of it.

  • Lalum

    He was probably referring to the GBA one. Then Laer_HeiSeiRyuu comes and tells him to play the GBA one making me think he played Donkey Kong ’94. Then your post comes and I felt like dropping a little trivia in case you didn’t know. I don’t know anymore.

  • Krisi92

    The original arcade Donkey Kong is really different from the Mario vs. Donkey Kong series, I wouldn’t count that as the first one.
    The Game Boy one is the first one, obviously. It’s like saying Starfox Adventures is the first Starfox game, because the first two were called Starwing and Lylatwars in Europe.

  • Lalum

    It is quite different but it obviously builds off of the arcade title.

  • Krisi92

    Just like Super Mario Bros.

  • Lalum

    Donkey Kong ’94 has a lot more in common with Donkey Kong than Super Mario Bros. I’m fine with calling it a spinoff or whatever because I really don’t care about this enough to argue.

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