- For other uses, see Donkey Kong (disambiguation)
North American boxart of Donkey Kong for Game Boy.
|Developer(s):||Nintendo EAD, Pax Softnica|
|Release Date:|| June 14, 1994 |
July 22, 1994
September 24, 1994
|Media||Game Boy ROM Cartridge|
|Input||Game Boy Buttons|
In this game, Donkey Kong Sr. kidnaps Pauline, and Mario must save her. After Mario completes the original four stages from the first Donkey Kong game and defeats Donkey Kong Sr., the primate will wake up and take Pauline away through many additional stages and worlds, introducing new mechanics, moves and enemies.
The game ends after Mario defeats a giant, mutated Donkey Kong. In the final cutscene, Mario returns to his regular size, and together with Pauline, Donkey Kong Sr. and Junior are taking a photo, implying a friendship and them finally deciding to have peace between them.
This game features remakes of the old stage designs from the first two Donkey Kong arcade titles, but also features a whole new world system similar to that of the Super Mario Bros. series. The game possesses score and lives systems. The player also receives a prompt to save his/her progress after boss battles. And each stage must be complete within a time limit. The game contains a total of 101 stages, divided into nine worlds.
Mario's movements are also greatly improved for this game. Mario is able to pick up and throw certain enemies and objects in the later stages, similar to Super Mario Bros. 2 for NES. He can also handstand, make backflips, swim, operate levers, cling on ropes and use hammers to defeat enemies and destroy obstacles. In most of the stages, Mario must find a key to unlock a door and access the exit. In some stages, Donkey Kong Jr. will be also present and try to hinder Mario's progress by operating levers and controlling platforms and doors. After each three stages, there are regular boss battles, where Mario must reach Pauline, while avoiding obstacles and enemies, or avoid barrels throw by Donkey Kong Sr. and use them to defeat the gorilla. Upon completing each boss battle, the player will watch a cutscene showing Donkey Kong Sr. trying to evade Mario. During some of them, Mario will learn a new game mechanic to progress through obstacles in later stages.
Worlds and Stages
- 25m, 50m, 75m & 100m stages (from the original Donkey Kong game)
- Big-City (with eight stages)
- Forest (with twelve stages)
- Ship (with eight stages)
- Jungle (with twelve stages)
- Desert (with twelve stages)
- Airplane (with eight stages)
- Iceberg (with twelve stages)
- Rocky-Valley (with sixteen stages)
- Tower (with nine stages)
- In the opening cutscene, it is implied that the entire game is a stage play similar to Super Mario Bros. 3 for NES.
- In this game, Mario is capable of moves like backflips and throw enemies in similar way to the later Super Mario 64, but in a two dimensional space
- The gameplay mechanics and elements introduced in this game later become part of the Mario vs. Donkey Kong series games.
- It is the latest game to feature Cranky Kong as Donkey Kong Sr., being replaced by his grandson, Donkey Kong, as an antagonist for Mario in some later games.
|Donkey Kong series|
|Classic||Donkey Kong • Donkey Kong Jr. (Math) • Donkey Kong 3 • Donkey Kong '94|
|Mario vs. DK||Mario vs. Donkey Kong • March of the Minis • Minis March Again! • Mini-Land Mayhem! • Minis on the Move • Tipping Stars • Amiibo Challenge|
|Donkey Kong Country||Donkey Kong Country • Diddy's Kong Quest • Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! • Returns (3D) • Tropical Freeze|
|Donkey Kong Land||Donkey Kong Land • Land 2 • Land III|
|DK||DK: King of Swing • DK: Jungle Climber|
|Single games||Donkey Kong 64 • Donkey Kong Jungle Beat|
|Racing games||Diddy Kong Racing (DS) • Diddy Kong Pilot • Donkey Kong Racing • Donkey Kong Barrel Blast|
|Donkey Konga||Donkey Konga • Donkey Konga 2 • Donkey Konga 3|
|Game & Watch||Donkey Kong Hockey • Donkey Kong Circus|
|Other games||Donkey Kong Coconut Crackers • Donkey Kong: Jungle Fever • Donkey Kong: Banana Kingdom|