Donkey Kong Jr. (game)

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Donkey Kong Jr.
Donkey Kong Jr. NES Cover.PNG
Developer(s) Nintendo Research & Development 1
Iwasaki Engineering[1]
Nintendo Research & Development 2 (NES port)[2]
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Release date Arcade:
Japan July 15, 1983
USA June 1986
Europe June 15, 1987 [3]
Famicom Disk System:
Japan July 19, 1988 [4]
USA September 16, 2002 [5]
Virtual Console (Wii):
Japan December 2, 2006
USA December 4, 2006
Europe December 22, 2006
Virtual Console (3DS) (Ambassador Program Release):
Japan August 31, 2011
USA September 1, 2011
Europe September 1, 2011
Australia September 1, 2011
Virtual Console (3DS) (Full Release):
Japan April 18, 2012
USA June 14, 2012
Europe August 23, 2012
Australia August 23, 2012
Virtual Console (Wii U):
Japan July 15, 2013
USA April 26, 2013
Europe April 27, 2013
Australia April 28, 2013
Genre Retro/Platform
Mode(s) Up to 2 players, alternating turns
Cabinet Standard
Monitor Raster, standard resolution
Control pad
Wiimote Sideways.png Wii Remote (Sideways)
Wii U:
Nintendo 3DS:

Donkey Kong Jr., also spelled Donkey Kong Junior in early arcade releases and home ports, is an arcade game starring Donkey Kong Jr., that was later re-released along with other early games in Donkey Kong Classics, Donkey Kong Jr. + Jr. Math Lesson and Donkey Kong/Donkey Kong Jr./Mario Bros., remade into a Game & Watch game, which received a remake on the Nintendo DSi ,and a Mini Classic game and was also later released on the Virtual Console for the Wii, Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. It was also available as a free download via the Nintendo 3DS Ambassador program. Donkey Kong Jr. is also a minigame in Game & Watch Galleries 3 and 4. The game was also released on the e-Reader with the only difference being a player had to scan in 5 cards to play it, afterward the player didn't have to scan the cards again unless they scanned in a different game requiring 5 cards. It was the direct sequel to Donkey Kong and it and the similar Donkey Kong II are the only games in the Mario series where Mario (previously known as Jumpman) is the antagonist.

Donkey Kong Jr. never enjoyed the sales or the following that the original Donkey Kong did, but it did well enough to warrant a second sequel, Donkey Kong 3.


After the events of Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong has been captured by Mario (Known as Jumpman) as revenge for kidnapping his lady friend and Donkey Kong Jr. has to save him. Donkey Kong Jr. will travel through four stages from the jungle to the big city to get his father back, climbing vines, avoiding enemies and jumping on platforms along the way. However, every time Donkey Kong Jr. gets close to freeing his father, Mario just pushes him further away.

Finally in his hideout, Mario appears to be atop a skyscraper similar to 100m from the last game. Donkey Kong Jr. has to put six keys into their keyholes to free his dad and make the platform they're standing on disappear. Donkey Kong and Mario both fall down and Donkey Kong Jr. catches Donkey Kong but Mario just hits the ground. Donkey Kong Jr. carries his dad off-screen as Mario gets up and runs after them, only to be kicked right back out by Donkey Kong, forcing him to flee. In the NES port, this is altered (due to memory limitations at the time) to Mario falling to his apparent death.




References in later games[edit]


Main article: List of Donkey Kong Jr. staff

Produced by[edit]

Original Music by[edit]

  • Yukio Kaneoka

Programming by[edit]


For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Donkey Kong Jr. (game).


A screenshot of what appears to be two Marios in the intro.
  • During the intro of the arcade version of Donkey Kong Jr., there were actually two Marios seen carrying Donkey Kong's cage away.
  • This is one of two games where Mario is portrayed as a villain, the other being Donkey Kong Circus, and it earned him the number 100 spot in IGN's Top 100 Videogame Villains.[6]
  • This game was the grand prize on a 1984 episode of Starcade.[7]


  1. ^ Gamasutra: The Secret History of Donkey Kong
  2. ^ Iwata, Satoru et al. Iwata Asks: New Super Mario Bros. Wii. Nintendo. Retrieved May 01 2015
  3. ^ Date info of Donkey Kong Jr. (NES) from TMK, retrieved 4/1/2008
  4. ^ Date info of Donkey Kong Jr. (FDS) from TMK, retrieved 4/1/2008
  5. ^ Date info of Donkey Kong Jr. (e-Reader) from TMK, retrieved 11/25/2012
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