Donkey Kong Jr. (game)
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Donkey Kong Jr., also spelled Donkey Kong Junior in early arcade releases and home ports, is an arcade game starring Donkey Kong Jr. It is the direct sequel to Donkey Kong, and it and the similar Donkey Kong II are the only games in the Mario franchise where Mario 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, Mario has captured Donkey Kong 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 to Mario falling to his apparent death due to memory-related issues.
As a direct sequel, Donkey Kong Jr. retains many elements from Donkey Kong, although the two games are significantly different. While the original installment took place in a construction setting, Donkey Kong Jr. takes place in a jungle-like setting, from which Donkey Kong Jr. can climb up vines, drop fruit, or jump from place to place.
In order to free his father, Donkey Kong Junior must collect the key being kept at the end of each level, eventually using those keys to free his father in the end. All the while, however, Mario will sit near the Key as well as Donkey Kong's cage, summoning waves of monsters after Donkey Kong Junior from his position. After Donkey Kong gains a key, Mario will take Donkey Kong to the next location.
Donkey Kong Jr. was re-released in several other forms for different game systems.
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Pre-release and unused content
The arcade version includes an unused lightbulb object as well as several graphical leftovers from the original Donkey Kong. In addition, the Coleco Adam port is notable for originally featuring an unlockable stage, but it was cut at Nintendo's request.
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 Jr. sold 30,000 units in North America, half of its predecessor.
In 2002, Donkey Kong Jr. (titled Donkey Kong Jr.-e) was released for the e-Reader as part of Series One.
Card 1 of 5/codes 1-2
English flavor text: Mario has gone ape and locked your father, Donkey Kong, in a cage. Steal the keys from Mario to set your papa free!
+ Control Pad Moves character
L Button + R Button Resets game to Title Screen
SELECT Selects game mode
A Button Jumps
B Button Not used
Card 2 of 5/codes 3-4
HOW TO PLAY In Rounds 1 through 3, work your way to the top of the level to reach the key. In Round 4, carry all six keys to the top of the level and put them into their keyholes to free Donkey Kong. Once Donkey Kong is free, the game starts again, but faster and more exciting. Test your skill by saving your father against greater odds.
BEWARE! Each time you collide with a spark, fall from a vine, get bitten by a Snapjaw, or get pecked by a Nitpicker, you'll lose a life. Once all of your lives are gone, the game is over.
Card 3 of 5/codes 5-6
TECHNIQUES Use these two special moves to help speed up the action:
Card 4 of 5/codes 7-8
TIPS Timing is everything! In Round 2, press the A Button at just the right time and you'll launch off the springboard onto the moving island.
Drop fruit from vines on your enemies to get extra points.
Score 20,000 points and earn an extra life!
Card 5 of 5/code 9-10
ITEMS Keys: Pick up the keys to Donkey Kong's cage (Rounds 1-3). Insert keys into keyholes to free Donkey Kong (Round 4).
Fruit: Pick up fruit for extra bonus points.
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