Donkey Kong (series)

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Donkey Kong
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First Installment Donkey Kong (1981)
Latest Installment Donkey Kong (Game Boy) (1994)
Parent Series Donkey Kong franchise

The Donkey Kong series is a video game series of the Donkey Kong franchise, deriving from the original 1981 arcade game of the same name.

List of games

Title
Cover, original release and system Synopsis
Donkey Kong
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USA 1981
Arcade Machine
In 1981, Nintendo had their first blockbuster release with Shigeru Miyamoto's creation - Donkey Kong. Originally released in the arcades, Donkey Kong became a very popular game amongst gamers, eventually spawning many remakes and ports. In this game, Donkey Kong was the antagonist who kidnapped "Jumpman's" girlfriend (Pauline). It was later ported to the many home systems including the Atari 2600, the Collecovison and the Nintendo Entertainment System. This is a simple platformer, where the player must control Mario while jumping and avoiding obstacles and making it to Donkey Kong.
Donkey Kong Jr.
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USA 1982
Arcade Machine
The following year, another arcade game was created, Donkey Kong Jr.. This time, the roles were reversed. Mario was the villain, and DK was a damsel in distress. Here, Donkey Kong Jr., Donkey Kong's son, had to save his kidnapped father from Mario. The gameplay is the same as the original Donkey Kong; Donkey Kong Jr. must avoid traps set off by Mario to save Donkey Kong by jumping and simply avoiding them.
Donkey Kong 3
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Japan 1983
Arcade Machine
Donkey Kong 3 was the third installment of the Donkey Kong series, where Stanley fought DK. This game differed from its predecessors in that it is a shooter/platformer hybrid and did not include Mario as a character.
Donkey Kong Jr. Math
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Japan 1983
NES
Donkey Kong Jr. Math was Donkey Kong Jr.'s second game, an edutainment title released in 1983 for the NES. Donkey Kong will hold up a sign, and Donkey Kong Jr. must find the numbers and math sign to get to that number to get a point.
Donkey Kong 3: Dai Gyakushuu
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Japan 1984
NEC PC-6601/PC8801/X1
An obscure Japanese-only sequel to Donkey Kong 3, Donkey Kong 3: Dai Gyakushuu was developed and released by Hudson Soft for home computers in 1984. The gameplay is simplified compared to its forebear, with Stanley the Bugman's ability to jump removed, along with the need to remove plants, making it much closer to something like Galaga.
Donkey Kong (Game Boy)
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Japan 1994
Game Boy
Donkey Kong (also known as Game Boy Donkey Kong and Donkey Kong '94) is the first Donkey Kong Game Boy Game in the series. This game is based on the original Donkey Kong but is made longer.

Game & Watch

Title
Cover, original release and system Synopsis
Donkey Kong
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June 3, 1982
Game & Watch
Donkey Kong is a dual-screen Game & Watch version of the classic arcade game. The game was later ported to Game & Watch Gallery 2 and Game & Watch Gallery 4.
Donkey Kong Jr.
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Japan October 26, 1982
USA October 26, 1982
Game & Watch
Donkey Kong Jr. is a Game & Watch edition of Donkey Kong Jr., based on the first level of the arcade game of the same name. As in the original arcade game, Donkey Kong is captured by Mario, and Donkey Kong Jr. must save him. There are two major revisions - the original version in the New Wide Screen series, and the colorized game in the Table Top and Panorama Screen series released the following year with an entirely different level and obstacle layout. Only the New Wide Screen version was ported to Game & Watch Gallery 3, Game & Watch Gallery 4 and DSiWare. The game also has an indirect sequel in the form of Donkey Kong II, based on later levels of the arcade game.
Donkey Kong II
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USA 1983
Game & Watch
Donkey Kong II was a Game & Watch game that was very similar to Donkey Kong Jr. It was based on the third and fourth levels of Donkey Kong Jr. and had the same plotline, but Mario was absent. Its gameplay involved Donkey Kong Jr. unlocking several chains to free Donkey Kong. It was later re-released as part of Game & Watch Gallery 3.
Donkey Kong 3
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August 20, 1984
Game & Watch
Donkey Kong 3 is a Game & Watch title for either one or two players, released on August 20, 1984[1]. It was later included as a minigame in Game & Watch Gallery 4.
Donkey Kong Circus
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USA 1984
Game & Watch
Donkey Kong Circus is a Game & Watch title released as part of the Panorama series. Donkey Kong has been captured by Mario from his home and forced to put on a circus show to entertain the masses.
Donkey Kong Hockey
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USA 1984
Game & Watch
Donkey Kong Hockey is one of the few two-player Game & Watch games ever manufactured. Donkey Kong and Mario must engage each other in a two-player game of Ice Hockey.

Compilations

Title
Cover, original release and system Synopsis
Donkey Kong/Donkey Kong Jr./Mario Bros.
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USA ???
Arcade Machine
Donkey Kong/Donkey Kong Jr./Mario Bros. is an arcade system, only found in America, in which players could choose which of the three games they wanted to play.
Donkey Kong Jr. + Jr. Math Lesson
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Japan 1983
Famicom
Donkey Kong Jr. + Jr. Math Lesson is a game released for the Family Computer in Japan. It is a compilation of the games Donkey Kong Jr. and Donkey Kong Jr. Math. The game is not exactly a combination, but rather a "platter" of the two Donkey Kong-related games. Combining half of the 1- and 2-Player game modes from Donkey Kong Jr. and the +-×÷ Exercise mode from Donkey Kong Jr.
Donkey Kong Classics
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USA September 9, 1988
Europe August 10, 1989
NES
Donkey Kong Classics is a video game collection of the Donkey Kong series, consisting of the games Donkey Kong and Donkey Kong Jr.. This compilation is for the Nintendo Entertainment System, which was developed by Nintendo EAD.

Related

Title
Cover, original release and system Synopsis
Donkey Kong 64
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Europe 1999
Nintendo 64
Donkey Kong 64 included the entire arcade version of the original Donkey Kong as a minigame which had to be played to complete the game.

 

For more information on the series this game is part of, see Donkey Kong Country series
Mario vs. Donkey Kong
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USA 2004
Game Boy Advance
Mario vs. Donkey Kong is a game for the Game Boy Advance, which was originally planned as Donkey Kong Plus, a sequel to the Game Boy Donkey Kong. The final game retains most mechanics, but subsequent games in the series diverge radically from the template.
For more information on the series this game is part of, see Mario vs. Donkey Kong series

Cancelled

Title
Cover, original release and system Synopsis
Donkey Kong no Ongaku Asobi
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Unreleased
Famicom
Donkey Kong no Ongaku Asobi (Donkey Kong's Fun with Music) is a cancelled game set for release on the Nintendo Entertainment System. It would have followed Donkey Kong Jr. Math as one of the edutainment games in the early Donkey Kong series. Donkey Kong no Ongaku Asobi starred the cast of the original Donkey Kong plus series newcomer Donkey Kong Jr. The game never surfaced, and seems to have only been announced in 1983 in a Japanese gaming magazine.
Return of Donkey Kong

Unreleased
Return of Donkey Kong is a canceled Nintendo Entertainment System game announced in the Official Nintendo Player's Guide in 1987. Not much is known about the title.
Philips CD-i Donkey Kong game

Unreleased
An untitled Donkey Kong game. It is likely that production stopped due to Donkey Kong being a separate license from Mario.[2]

  1. ^ Donkey Kong 3 info page on In The Attic, a website dedicated to classic videogames Retrieved 13 November 2010
  2. ^ [1]