Donkey Kong Circus is a Game & Watch title released as part of the Panorama series on September 6, 1984. 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". Neither the Panorama Screen Mickey Mouse nor Donkey Kong Circus were released in Japan.
In this game, Donkey Kong (Mickey Mouse) balances on a barrel (circus ball) while juggling pineapples (batons) and avoiding the flaming torches. Mario (Donald Duck) watches his performance.
- While this originally had a Disney license that was dropped in favor of Nintendo characters, 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.
- This game may be set as a prequel to the original Donkey Kong, since it is said that it was Mario who unwittingly started the conflict by mistreating his pet. It is possible that Mario is taming him to perform rather than being a mere audience member. However, the relationship between the two in this instance seems to be good-natured.
- ^ a b Donkey Kong Circus info page on In The Attic, a website dedicated to classic videogames Retrieved 13 November 2010
|Donkey Kong series
||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 Country: Tropical Freeze (2014, Wii U)
|Donkey Kong Land
||Donkey Kong Land (1995, GB) • Donkey Kong Land 2 (1996, GB) • Donkey Kong Land III (1997, GB)
||Donkey Konga (2003, GC) • Donkey Konga 2 (2004, GC) • Donkey Konga 3: Tabehōdai! Haru Mogitate 50 Kyoku (2005, GC)
||Diddy Kong Racing (1997, N64) • Diddy Kong Racing DS (2007, NDS) • Donkey Kong Barrel Blast (2007, Wii)
||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 (1982, G&W) • Donkey Kong Jr. (1982, G&W) • Donkey Kong II (1983, G&W) • Donkey Kong Jr. + Jr. Math Lesson (1983, NES) • Donkey Kong 3 (1984, G&W) • Donkey Kong Classics (1988, NES) • Donkey Kong (1994, GB) • Classic NES Series: Donkey Kong (2004, GBA) • Diddy Kong Racing DS (2007, DS) • New Play Control! Donkey Kong Jungle Beat (Wii, 2008) • Donkey Kong Original Edition (2010, VC) • Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (2013, 3DS)