Donkey Kong Circus

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Donkey Kong Circus
Developer(s) Nintendo EAD
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Game & Watch
Release date September 6, 1984
Genre Platformer
ESRB:ESRB E.svg - Everyone
Mode(s) Single player
Game & Watch:
Game & Watch:

Donkey Kong Circus is a Game & Watch title released as part of the Panorama series on September 6, 1984[1]. It is a remake of the second Mickey Mouse Game & Watch game, which was released worldwide seven months earlier. The two games' codes even seem to have gotten mixed up, with Mickey Mouse being model "DC-95" and Donkey Kong Circus being "MK-96".[1] Neither the Panorama Screen Mickey Mouse nor Donkey Kong Circus were released in Japan.


In this game, Donkey Kong balances on a barrel while juggling pineapples and avoiding the flaming torches. Mario watches his performance. If Donkey Kong loses a pineapple, Mario would laugh at him. If Donkey Kong manages to grasp a fireball, he will flail.


  • While this originally had a Disney license that was dropped in favor of Nintendo characters[citation needed], the previous Game & Watch game featuring Mickey Mouse was an alternate version of Egg released simultaneously in certain countries.
  • This is one of the few Game & Watch units to feature full color. This was actually due to Gunpei Yokoi's idea to move the background around the characters rather than vice versa.


  1. ^ a b Donkey Kong Circus info page on In The Attic, a website dedicated to classic videogames Retrieved 13 November 2010