Not to be confused with Construction Zone.
A screenshot of 25m from the arcade game Donkey Kong
The first level of the construction site

The Construction Site,[1][better source needed] also known as Construction[2] or the Start,[3] is a location from Donkey Kong for the arcade and Donkey Kong for Game Boy. It is a building that is being constructed. When Donkey Kong kidnapped Pauline, he climbed up the construction site with her. When Mario attempted to pursue him, Donkey Kong began throwing barrels down at him.

In the original Donkey Kong, New York City was stated to be the location of the construction site.[4] In Donkey Kong Goes Home, it is located in Gamesville on the city's old zoo site. The Game Boy game indicated it was located in the vicinity of Big-City, while Donkey Kong Country: Rumble in the Jungle implied it was Big Ape City from Donkey Kong Land (also indicated, but not explicitly stated, by the game's instruction booklet). New Donk City in Super Mario Odyssey features many references to the original Donkey Kong, including the construction site, and it is implied the events that took place there are a part of the city's beginnings.[5][6][7]


The construction site in the Game Boy version of Donkey Kong

Donkey KongEdit

In Donkey Kong, the entire game takes place in the construction site. Mario must reach the top to catch Donkey Kong.

Donkey Kong (Game Boy)Edit

In the Game Boy game Donkey Kong, the game begins at a recreation of the original construction site. However, after Mario pursues Donkey Kong to the top, Donkey Kong grabs Pauline and flees to Big-City.


Level Image (Arcade) Image (Game Boy) Enemy species and obstacles encountered
25m     Donkey Kong, Barrels, Oil drum, Fireballs
50m     Donkey Kong, Fireballs, Oil drum, Cement tubs
75m     Donkey Kong, Fireballs, Jacks
100m     Donkey Kong, Fires

Names in other languagesEdit

Language Name Meaning
Japanese スタート[8]

Dutch Bouwplaats[10]
Construction site
French Chantier[9]
Construction site
Italian Inizio[11]
Construction site


  1. ^ Game Boy Donkey Kong English Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console digital manual, tab 14: "Stages".
  2. ^ Game Boy Donkey Kong American English Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console digital manual, tab 14: "Stages".
  3. ^ Game Boy Donkey Kong English instruction booklet, page 14.
  4. ^ インタビュー マリオ映画公開記念!宮本茂さんインタビュー 制作の始まりから驚きの設定まで (April 25, 2023). Nintendo Dream Web. Retrieved April 25, 2023
  5. ^ "「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
  6. ^ "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
  7. ^ Super Mario Odyssey A Traditional Festival! "This festival tells the story of our city's beginnings!"
  8. ^ Game Boy Donkey Kong Japanese instruction booklet, page 15.
  9. ^ Game Boy Donkey Kong French Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console digital manual, tab 14.
  10. ^ Game Boy Donkey Kong Dutch Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console digital manual, tab 14: "Gebieden".
  11. ^ Donkey Kong Italian manual, pag. 17
  12. ^ Donkey Kong (Virtual Console) Italian e-manual, pag. 14