This article is about the arcade version of Donkey Kong 3
. For information about the Game & Watch
port, see here
. For the microgame from WarioWare: Twisted!
, see here
. For the microgame from WarioWare: Touched!
, see here
"DK3" redirects here. For information about the third installment in the "Donkey Konga" series, see here
|Donkey Kong 3
|| Nintendo EAD
| Release date
July 4, 1984
September 15, 1987
April 21, 2003
Virtual Console (Wii):
July 14, 2008
July 23, 2008
January 9, 2009
January 9, 2009
Virtual Console (3DS):
March 27, 2013
|| Up to 2 players, alternating turns
|| Raster, standard resolution
Donkey Kong 3 is the third Donkey Kong arcade game. It was later referenced as a microgame in both WarioWare: Twisted! and WarioWare: Touched!. Donkey Kong 3 never became as popular as the earlier Donkey Kong titles, possibly due to the fact that it is more of a shooting game, compared to the original platformers. Another major difference between Donkey Kong 3 and the earlier games is that the main character is not Mario, but Stanley the Bugman.
Donkey Kong breaks into Stanley the Bugman's greenhouse and goes to hang in the rafters where he stirs up nests of bugs, which will destroy Stanley's flowers in revenge. Armed with a can of fly spray, Stanley must destroy the bees and chase Donkey Kong away before he eats all five of his vegetables.
The game is very simplistic, requiring the player to gather points as the object rather than have any specific long-term goal in mind. There are three rounds, and once the player completes all three, they return to the first. Throughout the levels are scattered various enemies: Buzzbees, Beespies, Queen Buzzbees which shatter into deadly pieces when destroyed, Buttiflies, Beebombs, Vine Eaters, and Creepies. The bees attempt to steal Stanley's flowers, and the bees must be destroyed before reaching the plants. Donkey Kong himself hangs from two vines at the top of the screen. Spraying him drives him upwards and eventually off the screen to win the level. In the third stage, when he is defeated, his head is stuck in a beehive.
In the NES version, the second stage is removed from the first round, with the third stage directly after the first, but the second stage is included in all rounds following the first.
- Main article: List of Donkey Kong 3 staff
| Donkey Kong series
| Arcade Games
|| Donkey Kong (1981, Arcade) • Donkey Kong Jr. (1982, Arcade) • Donkey Kong 3 (1983, Arcade)
| Mario vs. Donkey Kong
|| Mario vs. Donkey Kong (2004, GBA) • March of the Minis (2006, DS) • Minis March Again! (2009, DSiWare) • Mini-Land Mayhem! (2010, DS) • Minis on the Move (2013, 3DS)
| Donkey Kong Country
|| Donkey Kong Country (1994, SNES) • Donkey Kong Country 2 (1995, SNES) • Donkey Kong Country 3 (1996, SNES) • Donkey Kong Country Returns (2010, Wii)
| Donkey Kong Land
|| Donkey Kong Land (1995, GB) • Donkey Kong Land 2 (1996, GB) • Donkey Kong Land III (1997, GB)
| Donkey Konga
|| Donkey Konga (2003, GC) • Donkey Konga 2 (2004, GC) • Donkey Konga 3 (2005, GC)
| DK Racing
|| Diddy Kong Racing (1997, N64) • Diddy Kong Racing DS (2007, NDS) • Donkey Kong Barrel Blast (2007, Wii)
| Other Games
|| Donkey Kong Jr. Math (1983, NES) • Donkey Kong Hockey (1984, G&W) • Donkey Kong Circus (1984, G&W) • Donkey Kong 64 (1999, N64) • Donkey Kong Jungle Beat (2004, GCN) • Donkey Kong: Jungle Fever (2005, Arcade) • DK: King of Swing (2005, GBA) • Donkey Kong: Banana Kingdom (2006, Arcade) • DK: Jungle Climber (2007, NDS)
|| Donkey Kong (Game & Watch) (1982, G&W) • Donkey Kong Jr. (Game & Watch) (1982, G&W) • Donkey Kong II (1983, G&W) • Donkey Kong Jr. + Jr. Math Lesson (1983, NES) • Donkey Kong 3 (Game & Watch) (1984, G&W) • Donkey Kong Classics (1988, NES) • Game Boy Donkey Kong (1994, GB) • Classic NES Series: Donkey Kong (2004, GBA) • Diddy Kong Racing DS (2007, DS) • Donkey Kong Original Edition (2010, VC) • Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (2013, 3DS)