The Donkey Kong
Donkey Kong is a watch containing an adaptation of Stage 1-7 of Donkey Kong for the Game Boy. It was released in 1994 as the last of four Mario Nelsonic Game Watches as a tie-in product for the Game Boy version. Zeon was responsible for distribution in Europe.
Donkey Kong was also available through a discounted mail-in offer with Kellogg's Corn Flakes breakfast cereal. However, the cereal box shows a possible unreleased prototype as it depicts 25m instead.
The watch has six buttons: two on the right side (for "Mode" and "Set"), and four on the bezel (for left, right, down, and up). To enter game mode, "Mode" must be held down until Pauline screams for help. Then, "left" can be pressed for a game without sound effects, while "right" can be pressed for a game including sound. Any arrow button starts the game with another scream from Pauline.
Pauline has been kidnapped by Donkey Kong and is held captive on a high tower in the big city. It is up to Mario to rescue her. The player starts with three lives, and there is a maximum of four.
Although the layout is very similar to that of Stage 1-7, many changes have been made in gameplay. Mario begins in the same position at the bottom left of the screen. However, Donkey Kong is on a new platform in the top left and throws barrels down at Mario. Mario must dodge the barrels while doing a Wire Spin on the Horizontal Bar to grab the Magic Hat, which grants him access to the ladder on his right. After climbing up, he needs to grab the Ladder Mark (known as the Arrow Block in the Game Boy version) that appears sporadically under Donkey Kong to reveal a temporary hanging ladder. To go down that ladder, Mario has to avoid the evil tortoise that patrols the platforms (the sprite is recycled from the Poison Mushrooms found in the Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros. 3 game watches) or defeat it by grabbing a hammer. Once down the ladder, he needs to get on a moving platform and jump to take the Purse. This exposes the Bridge Mark, which he must collect along with the key. A temporary bridge appears on the top of the screen, so Mario must hurry up the elevator on the right. However, he must time it carefully to avoid having the evil tortoise meet him at the exit because he also has to get off at the top or be crushed. He then has to take the Umbrella and use it to move the lever on the bridge thrice while avoiding the evil tortoise. If he succeeds, the platform under Donkey Kong will disappear and he will fall, thereby freeing Pauline.
The game restarts on a higher difficulty level with faster and more numerous barrels and evil tortoises. There is a total of four difficulty levels.
|Donkey Kong games
||Donkey Kong (1981, arcade) • Donkey Kong Jr. (1982, arcade) • Donkey Kong 3 (1983, arcade) • Donkey Kong Jr. Math (1983, NES) • Donkey Kong 3: Dai Gyakushū (1984, computer) • Donkey Kong (1994, GB) • Mario vs. Donkey Kong (2004, GBA)
|Donkey Kong Country
||Donkey Kong Country (1994, SNES) • Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (1995, SNES) • Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! (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)
|Mario vs. Donkey Kong
||Mario vs. Donkey Kong (2004, GBA) • Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis (2006, DS) • Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again! (2009, DSiWare) • Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem! (2010, DS) • Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move (2013, 3DS) • Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars (2015, 3DS/Wii U) • Mini Mario & Friends: amiibo Challenge (2016, 3DS/Wii U)
||DK: King of Swing (2005, GBA) • DK: Jungle Climber (2007, DS) (Banana Bonanza [Unknown, Adobe Flash] • Rolling Panic [Unknown, Adobe Flash] • Banana Grab [Unknown, Adobe Flash])
||Donkey Kong 64 (1999, N64) • Donkey Kong Jungle Beat (2004, GCN)
||Donkey Konga (2003, GC) • Donkey Konga 2 (2004, GC) • Donkey Konga 3 JP (2005, GC)
||Diddy Kong Racing (1997, N64) • Donkey Kong Barrel Blast (2007, Wii)
||Donkey Kong Circus (1984, G&W) • Donkey Kong Hockey (1984, G&W) • Donkey Kong (slot machine) (1996, arcade) • Donkey Konk (1999, Adobe Shockwave) • Donkey Kong 64 Lore Quiz (1999, Adobe Shockwave) • Kremling Krushin (2000, Adobe Flash) • Donkey Kong Country Barrel Maze (2003, Adobe Shockwave) • Mini-Mario Factory Game! (2004, Adobe Flash) • Hurling for Distance (2005, Adobe Flash) • Barrel-Blastapalooza (2005, Adobe Flash) • Donkey Kong: Jungle Fever (2005, arcade) • Mario vs. DK 2: Cannon Kaos (2006, Adobe Flash) • Donkey Kong: Banana Kingdom (2006, arcade) • Timber's Balloon Pop (2007, Adobe Flash)
||Crazy Kong (1981, arcade) • Donkey Kong (1982, G&W) • Donkey Kong Jr. (1982, G&W) • Donkey Kong II (1983, G&W) • Donkey Kong Jr. + Jr. Sansū Lesson (1983, NES) • Donkey Kong 3 (1984, G&W) • Donkey Kong Classics (1988, NES) • Donkey Kong (1994, NGW) • Donkey Kong Country Competition Cartridge (1994, SNES) • Donkey Kong Country (2000, GBC) • Donkey Kong Country (2003, GBA) • Classic NES Series: Donkey Kong (2004, GBA) • Donkey Kong Country 2 (2004, GBA) • Donkey Kong Country 3 (2005, 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) • Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (2018, Switch)
||Super Smash Bros. (1999, N64) • Super Smash Bros. Melee (2001, GCN) • Super Smash Bros. Brawl (2008, Wii) • Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (2014, 3DS) • Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (2014, Wii U) • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018, Switch)
||Unnamed Donkey Kong Country proof-of-concept (Unknown, VB) • puzzle (Unknown, N64) • spritemonkeyEX (Unknown, N64) • Mario vs. Donkey Kong Wii U demo (2014, Wii U)
|Pitches / canceled games
||Donkey Kong no Ongaku Asobi (FC) • Donkey Kong parking attendant arcade game (arcade) • Donkey Kong IV (arcade) • Return of Donkey Kong (NES) • Super Donkey (SNES) • CD-i Donkey Kong game (CD-i) • Donkey Kong vs. Super Wario (SNES) • Donkey Kong and the Golden Bananas (SNES) • Ultra Donkey Kong (N64DD) • Donkey Kong Coconut Crackers (GBA) • Diddy Kong Pilot (2001/2003) (GBA) • Donkey Kong Racing (GCN) • Donkey Kong Plus (GCN/GBA) • Diddy Kong Racing Adventure (GCN) • Donkey Kong Country 4 (DS) • DK Bongo Blast (GCN)