Donkey Kong Jr.

ドンキーコングJr.

Donkey Kong Jr. Screenshot
System Famicom/NES
Developer Nintendo
Genre 2D Platformer

At the conclusion to Donkey Kong, Mario captured the great ape once again. Now Mario is carrying Donkey Kong to his hideout, and only Donkey Kong Jr. can rescue his Papa.

Donkey Kong Jr. features four stages set in the jungle and Mario's hideout. The hero must climb to the top of each stage to grab Mario's keys. Nitpickers, Snapjaws and Sparks stand in the way, so Junior must deftly climb the vines and chains to avoid them.

In the final stage, Junior must use the keys to unlock Donkey Kong's cage.

Alternate Versions

Donkey Kong Jr. (Famicom/NES)

Donkey Kong Jr. (Famicom/NES)

A launch title for the Famicom in Japan. The Famicom/NES port of the game is largely faithful to the arcade release in terms of stages available, but many of the between-stage screens have been removed.

Release Information

Arcade Version

Region Date Name System
Japan 1982 ドンキーコングJr. Donkey Kong Jr. Arcade
US 1982 Donkey Kong Jr. Arcade
Europe 1982 Donkey Kong Jr. Arcade

NES Version

Region Date Name System
Japan 15 Jul 1983 ドンキーコングJr. Donkey Kong Jr. Famicom/NES
US Jun 1986 Donkey Kong Jr. Famicom/NES
Europe 15 Jun 1987 Donkey Kong Jr. Famicom/NES
US 16 Sep 2002 NES Classics: Donkey Kong Jr.-e Game Boy Advance
e-Reader
Japan 02 Dec 2006 ドンキーコングJr. Donkey Kong Jr. Wii
Virtual Console
US 04 Dec 2006 Donkey Kong Jr. Wii
Virtual Console
Europe 22 Dec 2006 Donkey Kong Jr. Wii
Virtual Console
Japan 18 Apr 2012 ドンキーコングJr. Donkey Kong Jr. Nintendo 3DS
Virtual Console
US 14 Jun 2012 Donkey Kong Jr. Nintendo 3DS
Virtual Console
Europe 23 Aug 2012 Donkey Kong Jr. Nintendo 3DS
Virtual Console
US 26 Apr 2013 Donkey Kong Jr. Wii U
Virtual Console
Europe 27 Apr 2013 Donkey Kong Jr. Wii U
Virtual Console

Other Availability

Characters

Donkey Kong Jr.

Donkey Kong Jr.

The son of Donkey Kong is a small gorilla with a "J" on his vest. He has to climb through Mario's traps to steal the keys to his Papa's cage.

Donkey Kong

Donkey Kong

The giant gorilla has been captured by Mario, and is being carried to Mario's hideout.

Enemies & Obstacles

Mario

Mario

The hero of Donkey Kong has turned villain. Mario stands at the top of the screen and sends dangerous creatures after Junior. He holds the keys to Donkey Kong's cage.

Snapjaw

Snapjaw

A metal crocodile with a chainlink tail. Red Snapjaws wander around and climb the vines and chains. Mario sends out blue Snapjaws with a crack of his whip, climbing down vines quickly before falling off the screen.


Nitpicker

Nitpicker

A yellow and purple bird found on Stage 2. Mario sends them flying from the top of the screen, where they swoop down and drop eggs.

Tori

Tori

A crow that lives in Mario's hideout on Stage 4. They appear from the top of the screen and swoop down to attack Junior from the side. Climb the chains carefully to avoid them.


Spark (1)

Spark (1)

A red spark that appears on Stage 3. It moves around the electric platforms. Junior has to jump over them to avoid them.

Spark (2)

Spark (2)

A blue spark on Stage 3 that Mario sends out with a flick of a switch. The blue spark follows a path down, crossing between platforms.

Items

Key

Key

The keys to Donkey Kong's cage. On Stages 1-3, Junior has to climb past Mario's traps and grab it to clear the stage. On Stage 4, the keys are suspended on chains and Junior has to push them into the locks to free Donkey Kong.

Fruit

Fruit

Fruit that hangs from vines. If Junior hits the fruit it will fall down and destroy any enemies immediately below.


Springboard

Springboard

Appearing on Stage 2, the Springboard is used to cross a difficult gap. If Junior times it right, he can use the Springboard a shortcut straight onto a higher platform.