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Big-City on Super Game Boy
Game Donkey Kong
Level(s) 8
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The Big-City (alternatively spelled Big City[1]) is the first world of Donkey Kong for the Game Boy. After Donkey Kong is defeated in the prologue, he gets up and takes Mario's lady friend Pauline, escaping with her to this city. The city introduces most of the new gameplay elements of the Game Boy game, such as keys that need to be taken to doors to proceed in the levels, as well as Roads and Ladders that can be placed in specific slots and extended from there. Big-City features eight stages, two of which are boss fights with Donkey Kong.

The levels of the Big-City show a common metropolitan landscape with skyscrapers and office buildings. In the foreground, Mario encounters conveyor belts, girders, trash cans, and power lines that he can use to flip and jump off of. Among the variety of enemies introduced in the Big-City, Rappies have a basic behavior that is also seen in enemies that reside in later worlds. On the other hand, Bowbows, Oils, Faiachū, Wire Traps, and Trash Cans stand as unique obstacles encountered by Mario. After the first encounter with Donkey Kong in Stage 1-4, Road Blocks and Ladder Blocks show up and allow Mario to create temporary platforms and ladders respectively. As with all stages in the game, three of Pauline's material possessions are scattered across each stage of the Big-City, and Mario can collect them to play a bonus game once he completes a stage and his score finishes tallying.


Level Image Enemy species and obstacles encountered
Stage 1-1 Stage 1-1 on Super Game Boy Oil, Bowbows
Stage 1-2 Stage 1-2 of Donkey Kong for the Game Boy Bowbow, Oils, Rappies
Stage 1-3 Stage 1-3 on Super Game Boy Fireballs, Dust Man, Bowbow, Wire Trap
Stage 1-4 Stage 1-4 of Donkey Kong for the Game Boy Donkey Kong
Stage 1-5 Stage 1-5 of Donkey Kong for the Game Boy Rappy, Faiachū
Stage 1-6 Stage 1-6 of Donkey Kong for the Game Boy Faiachū
Stage 1-7 Stage 1-7 of Donkey Kong for the Game Boy Bowbows
Stage 1-8 Stage 1-8 of Donkey Kong for the Game Boy Donkey Kong, barrels


“The first area that Mario must cross is the Big City. Just like King Kong, Mario must climb to the top of a skyscraper to get to his beloved. The ravenous gorilla awaits in the fourth level of this area. Mario has learned many skills during Donkey Kong's abstence. He can climb his enemy, jump off, and become a powerful missile as he plummets back towards the giant ape!”
Super Game Boy Player's Guide, page 34

Items and objects[edit]

Mario and Donkey Kong, heading for the entrance of the Big-City

The Big-City introduces the following new items:

The following objects and obstacles make their first appearance:


The following enemies appear in the Big-City:

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ビッグシティー[2]
Biggu Shitī

Dutch Grote stad[3]
Big city
French Big City
Italian Grande Città[4]
Grande città[5]
Big City
Big city
Spanish Gran Ciudad
Big City



  1. ^ Hamm & Rudolf GmbH, Frankfurt. Super Game Boy Player's Guide. Page 34.
  2. ^ Game Boy Donkey Kong Japanese instruction booklet, page 15.
  3. ^ Game Boy Donkey Kong Dutch Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console digital manual, tab 14: "Gebieden".
  4. ^ Donkey Kong Italian manual, pagg. 2 & 17
  5. ^ Donkey Kong (Virtual Console) Italian e-manual, pag. 14
  6. ^ "「ニュードンク・シティ」の建物に描かれているグラフィティです。懐かしい人には懐かしい!?街の歴史に関係した絵なんです。" — Super Mario Odyssey (JP), on Twitter
  7. ^ "You might stumble across some graffiti in New Donk City. This piece has some kind of link to the city's history... " — Super Mario UK, on Twitter