Donkey Kong

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Donkey Kong
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¥3800 ($25.84 USD)
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    Famicom release date
    July 15, 1983
    Famicom Disk System release date
    April 8, 1988
    NES release date
    North America
    June 15, 1986
    October 15, 1986
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    Donkey Kong redirects here. For other pages, see Donkey Kong (disambiguation).

    Donkey Kong (ドンキーコング) is a platformer developed by Nintendo R&D2 and published by Nintendo and released for the Family Computer on July 15, 1983 in Japan. It would later release for the Nintendo Entertainment System on June 15, 1986 in North America and on October 15, 1986 in Europe. The game would also release for the Family Computer Disk System on April 8, 1988 in Japan. It is a port of the 1981 arcade game of the same name. Donkey Kong features the first appearance of future Nintendo mascot Mario. It was one of three launch games released for the Famicom.


    Donkey Kong is a single screen platformer. There are 3 unique stages (one less than the original arcade game) that the game cycles through throughout play. The player plays as Mario as he progresses each stage to save a woman later named Pauline from the titular Donkey Kong. Mario can jump and climb ladders to traverse through the stage. Barrels and other objects are used by Donkey Kong to stop his progress. Hammers can be found in each level which can destroy these objects, awarding points. Points are also granted from collecting additional items in the level, jumping over obstacles, and completing a stage.

    Review scores

    US: Nintendo Power would rate the seperate game in their 1990 Pak Source, giving it a score spread of 3/3.5./3.5/3.5 across graphics & sound, play control, challenge and theme & fun.

    UK: Nintendo Magazine System included the game in the index of their initial October 1992 issue. They rated it 45%, citing 'four arcade screens of arcade action simply isn't enough to warrant the price tag'.