Return of Donkey Kong

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Return of Donkey Kong
Developer Nintendo EAD
Publisher Nintendo
Platform(s) Nintendo Entertainment System
Release date Canceled (likely 1988 or 1989)
Genre Platformer
Rating(s) N/A
Mode(s) Single-player
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Return of Donkey Kong is a canceled Nintendo Entertainment System game whose existence is attested in Nintendo of America publications from 1987 and 1988. It was featured as an upcoming game in the Official Nintendo Player's Guide in 1987[1] and the fifth issue (Feb/March 1988) of Nintendo Fun Club.[2]

Not much is known about the title aside from the fact that it was considered a follow-up to Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Jr., Donkey Kong Jr. Math, and Donkey Kong 3.[2] The two blurbs describing the game suggest that barrel-throwing would return as a mechanic, and that Donkey Kong would appear as a playable character for the first time.[1][2] No images were ever shown of the game and it is not known if Return of Donkey Kong ever existed past the conceptual stage.


  1. ^ a b "This is your chance to get hold of that barrel-throwing, mischief-making rascal Donkey Kong and take control! Nintendo's best known character is back. And he's up to more tricks and trouble than you can imagine!" "Coming Attractions". Official Nintendo Player's Guide, 1987, p. 159. Scan here.
  2. ^ a b c "That barrel-throwing rascal Donkey Kong is some kind of crazy. In Donkey Kong, he has Pauline in his clutches. In Donkey Kong Jr., he gets locked in a cage. In Donkey Kong Jr. Math, he knows the score in a math jungle. In Donkey Kong 3, he makes trouble for Stanley the bugman. And now Donkey Kong is soon to come back with more barrel-tossing fun. But this time you're in control! Are you video buff enough to handle the one-and-only Return of Donkey Kong? Watch for it!" "Sneak Peeks". Nintendo Fun Club News Vol. 5, Feb/March 1988, p. 10. Scan here.