Donkey Kong 3

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This article is about the arcade version of Donkey Kong 3. For information about 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
DK3 Cover.jpg
Developer(s) Nintendo Research & Development 1
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Release date Arcade:
Japan October 1983
USA 1983
Europe 1983

Japan July 4, 1984
USA June, 1986
Europe September 15, 1987

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 (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
Genre Retro/Platform
Fixed Shooter
Mode(s) Up to 2 players, alternating turns
Cabinet Upright
Monitor Raster, standard resolution
Control pad
Wiimote Sideways.png Wii Remote (Sideways)
Wii U:
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 Gyakushuu, featuring new levels. Donkey Kong 3 was ported to the Nintendo Entertainment System under the Arcade Classics Series of games, along with seeing a Virtual Console release for the Wii, Nintendo 3DS, and Wii U.


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 can of fly spray, Stanley must destroy the bees and chase Donkey Kong away before he eats all five of his vegetables.





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 rounds, and once the player completes all three, they return to the first. Throughout the levels 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 the level. In the third stage, when he is defeated, his head is stuck in a beehive.

The second stage never appears in the first round. The third stage directly follows the first, but the second stage is included in all rounds following the first.


Main article: List of Donkey Kong 3 staff