Donkey Kong 3

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This article is about the arcade version of Donkey Kong 3. For the Game & Watch port, see Donkey Kong 3 (Game & Watch). For the microgame from WarioWare: Twisted!, see Donkey Kong 3 (WarioWare: Twisted!). For the microgame from WarioWare: Touched!, see Donkey Kong 3 (WarioWare: Touched!).
"DK3" redirects here. For information about the third installment in the "Donkey Konga" series, see Donkey Konga 3: Tabehōdai! Haru Mogitate 50 Kyoku. For the microgame from WarioWare: D.I.Y. Showcase, see DK 3.
Donkey Kong 3
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Art of the arcade cabinet
Developer(s) Nintendo Research & Development 1
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Release date Arcade:
Japan October 1983
USA 1983
Europe 1983
NES:
Japan July 4, 1984
USA June 1986
Europe September 15, 1987
e-Reader:
USA April 21, 2003
Virtual Console (Wii):
USA July 14, 2008
Japan July 23, 2008
Europe January 9, 2009
Australia January 9, 2009
Virtual Console (Nintendo 3DS):
Japan March 27, 2013
USA December 5, 2013
Europe December 12, 2013
Australia December 12, 2013
South Korea July 6, 2016
Virtual Console (Wii U):
USA September 26, 2013
Europe October 24, 2013
Australia October 24, 2013
Japan November 6, 2013
Nintendo Switch (Arcade Archives):
Japan April 5, 2019
USA April 5, 2019
Europe April 5, 2019
Australia April 5, 2019
Nintendo Entertainment System - Nintendo Switch Online:
Japan July 17, 2019
USA July 17, 2019[1]
Europe July 17, 2019
Australia July 17, 2019
HK July 17, 2019
South Korea July 17, 2019
Genre Retro/Platform
Fixed Shooter
Mode(s) Up to 2 players, alternating turns
Cabinet Upright
Monitor Raster, standard resolution
Input
Arcade:
Joystick
NES:
Wii:
Wiimote Sideways.png Wii Remote (Sideways)
Wii U:
Wiimote Sideways.png Wii Remote (Sideways)
Nintendo Switch:
Nintendo 3DS:

Donkey Kong 3 is the third Donkey Kong arcade game. It 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 rather Stanley. The game was later referenced as a microgame in both WarioWare: Twisted! and WarioWare: Touched!

Hudson Soft developed a semi-sequel to Donkey Kong 3, titled Donkey Kong 3: Dai Gyakushū, featuring new levels. Donkey Kong 3 was ported to the Nintendo Entertainment System under the Arcade Classics Series of games, came out for the e-Reader as part of Series Three, along with seeing a Virtual Console release for the Wii, Nintendo 3DS, and Wii U. The original arcade version was released under Hamster Corporation's Arcade Archives brand on the Nintendo Switch's eShop on April 5, 2019.[2]

Story[edit]

Donkey Kong breaks into Stanley'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 sprayer, Stanley must destroy the bees and chase Donkey Kong away before he eats all five of his vegetables.

Characters[edit]

Enemies[edit]

Greenhouses[edit]

Gameplay[edit]

The first stage

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 screens per level, and once the player completes all three, they return to the first. Throughout the screens 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. In the arcade version, defeating him in the Yellow Greenhouse causes his head to be pushed into a beehive. Stanley automatically moves out of his way as Donkey Kong falls, where the beehive splits in half. He becomes stunned, and Stanley does a victory dance.[3] In the NES version, the beehive falls on his head, but the rest of the cutscene is absent.[4]

The Gray Greenhouse never appears in the first round. The Yellow Greenhouse directly follows the Blue Greenhouse, but the Gray Greenhouse is included in all rounds following the first. The Blue Greenhouse is repeated from the 159th screen to the 255th screen. The game then loops back to the first round which skips the Gray Greenhouse.

In some stages, a Power Spray[5] can be found, attached to the vines Donkey Kong hangs by. When he is pushed up to its levels, it falls, allowing Stanley to equip it for a limited time. It turns his insecticide yellow and it becomes more powerful, even being able to defeat Creepies.

Staff[edit]

Main article: List of Donkey Kong 3 staff

Reception[edit]

Sales[edit]

According to The Ultimate History of Video Games: from Pong to Pokemon and beyond...the story behind the craze that touched our lives and changed the world[page number needed], the arcade version of Donkey Kong 3 moved 5,000 units in North America, representing a steep decline from the previous installments (which sold 60,000 and 30,000 unit respectively, according to the same book).

Gallery[edit]

For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Donkey Kong 3.

Media[edit]

Arcade[edit]

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Famicom/NES[edit]

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Name in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ドンキーコング3
Donkī Kongu Surī
Donkey Kong 3

Trivia[edit]

References[edit]

Donkey Kong 3 coverage on other NIWA wikis: