Donkey Kong | NES

Published by Nintendo, Developed by Nintendo

Genres: Platformer (1-2 players)

Wii: Nov 19th, 2006 (US) | Dec 8th, 2006 (EU) [500 points]

3DS: Aug 15th, 2013 (US) | Nov 21st, 2013 (EU)

Wii U: Jul 15th, 2013 (US) | Jul 15th, 2013 (EU)

Donkey Kong

The classic that launched the careers of Donkey Kong and Mario. Climb all the way to the top and save the beautiful Pauline from the paws of the giant ape in this colorful platform game.

Released in arcades in 1981, Donkey Kong became a cultural phenomenon everywhere and put Nintendo on the map among video game enthusiasts. It introduced a little hero called Jumpman which would later be better known as Mario. The Game & Watch version introduced the +Control Pad which became a standard in the industry. The NES version, which you can play here, was a launch title for the console as well as one of the most faithful adaptations of the original arcade game.

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stinky12694 said:

A classic Jumpman (his first name) game.

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I went wii said:

Whoa! I love this game at the arcade area at gameworks.

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Wii-Worshiper said:

God I love Wii.

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Owlboy said:

Mario's first game and my first VC game.

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Toad!!! said:

I played it on donkey kong 64! I always lose.

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wiiman said:

This game is so fun. Who doesn't like it. Go dk.

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wiiman said:

I love to play this in little arcade places.

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Captain Jamesman said:

When I first played this game, it was on Donkey Kong 64. I sucked at it until I got better. Lucky me huh?

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Toad said:

It's hard on dk64. I never passed it!

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Captain Jamesman said:

Takes practice my dear friend Toad. Takes practice.

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Ryan said:

This game used to be at an arcade by me and I played it all the time. Almost forgot about it until I encountered it on DK64 and again when I got the Ecard for it.

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wiiboy said:

This game is pretty pointless. Once you have beat all 3 levels there is no point of playing it any more. It's fun if you haven't beat it before but once you have it's really boring. They should add more levels for the VC.

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Wii rocks said:

The first time I played this it was on DK64. I finished it like a thousand times and had endless fun.

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wiiman said:

They need to make donkeykong 64 for the Wii.

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Toad said:

Wiiman is right. I used to play it on n64 but I got mad and punched the couch too much so I quit!

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Ian C. said:

Hey toad I played it on dk64 too. It only needs practice, I practiced and got to the end. Keep trying :)

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Ian C. said:

You're right wiiboy I passed it a zillion times.

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wiiboy said:

Thanks Ian C. It doesn't even have anything to do with donkeys at all. The title is so misleading.

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Gonzo said:

The original one from 83'. Look over the years, about how much gaming has changed. Amazing.

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Captain Jamesman said:

I think they were originally going to name him Monkey Kong.

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B. Darius said:

They were. But "Donkey Kong" means "Stupid Monkey" in Japanese. Seeing how a donkey is a jackass.

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B. Darius said:

Also, I was going to download this game as soon as I got my points. But then I realized, there was only 3 levels. And I could never get past the 2nd.

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Captain Jamesman said:

I'm offended to hear that part. Sometimes, Japanese people shouldn't name him something stupid. I have nothing against the name, Donkey Kong, but maybe Japanese people are bad at meanings.

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B. Darius said:

Yeah, I guess you're right. But "Kong" just simply comes from "King Kong". Seeing how he was a gorilla too.

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Skin Dog (Skinner) said:

I have it on the original Gameboy.

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Toad said:

Was this like the first arcade game ever? Or was Pacman?

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Captain Jamesman said:

There were many games for arcades before DK & Mario's time. And yes, it came out after Pac-Man. I'd say now Mario is the same age as Ms Pac-Man!

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Toad said:

Mario *jumpman* was a really good idea!

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Wii Freak said:

It's a good thing they changed Jumpman to Mario. Think about Jumpman Part, Super Jumpman 64, Paper Jumpman, Etc.

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B Darius said:

"Jumpman Kart", "Jumpman Party", "Super Jumpman Bros", "Jumpman vs Donkey Kong". The only good title out of all of them is "Jumpman Hoops 3-on-3".

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Gonzo said:

Donkey Kong sounds better than Monkey Kong! Anyway I like Country better.

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Wii Freak said:

It turns out that this donkey kong was actually cranky kong.

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Toad said:

That is DK, I looked it up. It's not Cranky.

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insultman911 said:

Let me guess: Donkey Kong put a plate of lasagna in front of Mario and took Paulina and climbed 5 sets of ladders and Mario has to save Paulina from the tyranny of DONKEY KONG! Am I right?

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Lay-Z Boy said:

Nintendo Classic, get it people.

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Eric said:

It's ok. My dad loves it.

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you know who said:

If you didn't beat it at DK64 you couldn't continue in the last level because you needed 2 coins (one from that game and the second from a game in Cranky's house).

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Nova said:

I bet steve wiebe has this.

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Son Ninja said:

This game was the arcade title to replace the action shooter game RadarScope. I'm glad Nintendo did a good job of it; though I'm surprised one level from the arcade is still missing. How hard is it for Nintendo to put the pie factory level in the game anyways. Heck, even in the classic NES Series as well just when the GBA could handle such great games like Golden Sun. Also I remember the movie studio Universal once sued Nintendo against this game been similar to King Kong. Evidently, Nintendo won that case and Donkey Kong as we knew it is history. This was before the greats that were the Donkey Kong Country trilogy.

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#1 Mario Fan said:

Cranky was the original Donkey Kong.

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nin-fan said:

Does anybody know how many people bought the first game with Mario (Jumpman) in it?

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