Donkey Kong

ドンキーコング

Donkey Kong
System Arcade, Famicom / NES
Developer Nintendo
Genre Action / Platformer

Enraged at being mistreated by his master Mario, the ape Donkey Kong escapes, kidnaps Mario's girlfriend Pauline, and climbs to the top of a construction site. Mario must chase Donkey Kong to the top of the skyscraper to rescue his love.

Mario must jump, hammer and climb his way to the top of the four levels of the construction site within the time limit. Donkey Kong stands at the top, hurling barrels and other obstacles in Mario's path.

When all four stages are cleared, Mario returns to the first stage on a higher difficulty.

Alternate Versions

Donkey Kong (Famicom/NES)

Donkey Kong (Famicom/NES)

A launch title for the Famicom in Japan, this port of the game had a few changes due to limitations with early carts:

  • The second stage with the conveyor belts is missing.
  • There is no animated opening sequence or between-stage "How High Can You Get?" scenes.
  • Blue barrels appear as just regular barrels
  • Only two of Pauline's accessories appear.
  • The music when you rescue Pauline is different.

Despite this, almost all future ports of the game are based on the Famicom/NES version rather than the original Arcade release.

Release Information

Arcade Version

Region Date Name System
Japan 1981 ドンキーコング Donkey Kong Famicom/NES
US 1981 Donkey Kong Famicom/NES
Europe 1981 Donkey Kong Famicom/NES

Famicom / NES Version

Region Date Name System
Japan 15 Jul 1983 ドンキーコング Donkey Kong Famicom/NES
US Jun 1986 Donkey Kong Famicom/NES
Europe 15 Oct 1986 Donkey Kong Famicom/NES
Japan 08 Apr 1988 ドンキーコング Donkey Kong Famicom
Disk System
US 11 Nov 2002 Donkey Kong-e Game Boy Advance
Card-e Reader
Japan 14 Feb 2004 ファミコンミニ02 ドンキーコング Famicom Mini 02. Donkey Kong Game Boy Advance
Famicom Mini
US 07 Jun 2004 Classic NES Series 02. Donkey Kong Game Boy Advance
Famicom Mini
Europe 10 Jul 2004 NES Classics 02. Donkey Kong Game Boy Advance
Famicom Mini
US 19 Nov 2006 Donkey Kong Wii
Virtual Console
Japan 02 Dec 2006 ドンキーコング Donkey Kong Wii
Virtual Console
Europe 08 Dec 2006 Donkey Kong Wii
Virtual Console
Japan 17 Oct 2012 ドンキーコング Donkey Kong Nintendo 3DS
Virtual Console

Donkey Kong: Original Edition

Region Date Name System
Japan 28 Jul 2012 ドンキーコング オリジナル・エディション Donkey Kong: Original Edition Nintendo 3DS
Virtual Console
US 01 Oct 2012 Donkey Kong: Original Edition Nintendo 3DS
Virtual Console

Other Availability

Stages

Stage 1 - 25m

Stage 1 - 25m

Donkey Kong throws barrels from the top of the screen that roll down the slanted girders. Mario must climb the ladders to the top, but some ladders are broken. Barrels will occasionally roll down ladders. There are two hammers you can grab on the way to break the barrels. If a blue barrels goes into the Oil Drum, then a Fireball will appear and start climbing up the stage.


Stage 2 - 50m

Stage 2 - 50m

There are two conveyor belts carrying cement pies that you must avoid. The bottom belt changes direction, the second leads into a flaming barrel. Donkey Kong is also on a moving platform at the top of the screen, with moving ladders that move up and down. This stage only appears in the arcade version.


Stage 3 - 75m

Stage 3 - 75m

This stage is made up of many short platforms with two moving platforms. You can't touch the bottom platform. Jacks appear from near Donkey Kong in a steady rhythm, and you can move under them as they bounce into the air.


Stage 4 - 100m

Stage 4 -100m

On this stage you don't have to climb to the top. Instead, you have to remove the rivets from the platforms by running over them. Removing all of the rivets causes Donkey Kong to fall and the stage to be beaten. You then repeat from the first stage on a higher difficulty level (depending on the version you are playing).

Characters

Mario

Mario (Jumpman)

A plucky little carpenter. His girlfriend, Pauline, has been kidnapped by his pet ape Donkey Kong. Now he has to climb the construction site to rescue her. Mario can jump and climb ladders, or grab a Hammer to break his way through the obstacles.

Pauline

Pauline

Mario's girlfriend. She has been kidnapped by Donkey Kong and carried up a construction site. She calls for help from the top of the screen, and it is your goal to reach her.

Enemies & Obstacles

Donkey Kong

Donkey Kong

Mario's pet gorilla. Donkey Kong is a foul-tempered and stubborn beast, and when he became tired of being Mario's pet, he kidnapped Pauline and climbed up a construction site.

In every level he stands at the top of the screen, taunting Mario. On the 25M stage, he throws barrels down the stage and on the 75M stage, he throws Jacks.

Barrel

Barrel

The main obstacle at 25M. Donkey Kong throws them from the top of the stage. They roll down the girders and ladders. Mario has to jump over them or break them with a Hammer to pass them.

If a blue Barrel (marked with a skull on the side) reaches the Oil Drum, it will turn into a Fireball. The blue Barrel doesn't appear in all ports of the game.


Oil Drum

Oil Drum

On the 25M stage, the Oil Drum sits behind Mario. If a blue Barrel hits it, it spits out a Fireball. On the 50M stage, an Oil Drum sits in the center of the conveyor belts and collects the Pies.

Fireball (1)

Fireball (1)

A wandering little Fireball that appears at 25M, 50M and 75M. It will wander across the girders and climb ladders. If Mario touches it, he loses a life.


Pie

Pie

The main obstacle on the 50M stage. Pies are carried around on the conveyor belts and Mario has to jump over them.

Jack

Jack

The main obstacle on the 75M stage. Jacks bounce along the top of the screen and then drop down between the platforms Mario has to climb.


Fireball (2)

Fireball (2)

A different kind of Fireball that appears on the 100M stage. They move much faster than the first kind, and up to 5 of them can appear on the stage at one time.

Items

Hammer

Hammer

Mario's only weapon against the obstacles in his way. Grab the Hammer and Mario will wave it around quickly, smashing anything in his path for a short time. While holding the Hammer, Mario is unable to climb ladders.

Bag, Hat & Parasol

Bag, Hat & Parasol

Pauline's accessories are scattered around the stage. Collect them for 300-800 bonus points.