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Donkey Kong 3
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Promotional European arcade flyer for the game Donkey Kong 3.
Developer(s): Nintendo
Publisher(s): Nintendo
Platform(s): Arcade, Nintendo Entertainment System, Game & Watch[1], Nintendo Wii
Release Date: Arcade
Japan October 1983
USA 1983
Europe 1983

Japan July 4, 1984
USA June 1986
Europe September 15, 1987
Genre Shooter
Ratings N/A
Mode(s) Single player, Multiplayer (1-2)
Media Arcade Board, NES ROM Cartridge[2]
Input Arcade Controller, NES Controller

Donkey Kong 3 is the third video game in the original Donkey Kong series by Nintendo. It was released for the arcades in 1983, and later released for Famicom in 1984. The game was re-released on the Nintendo Wii in North America on July 14, 2008 and in Europe on January 9, 2009. Although it is a sequel, this title is a departure in gameplay from previous titles.


Starring Stanley the Bugman (known from the Game & Watch game Greenhouse[3] as the Fumigator), Donkey Kong Sr. has taken refuge in his greenhouse and it is now up to Stanley to stop the Kong from stirring up any more insects that will soon destroy his flowers. Stanley and his exterminator expertise saves his flowers and defeats Donkey Kong Sr. with his bug spray.


The game is a shooter which incorporates ideas from Galaga[4], and Space Firebird[5] an earlier Nintendo arcade game, and adapts them into a new setting.

Donkey Kong Sr. hangs from vines at the center of the screen, and the player-controlled Stanley the Bugman runs and jumps on platforms beneath him. Stanley can fire bug spray at both Donkey Kong Sr. and insects flying around the levels. Some of the flying insects attempt to pick up the flowers at the bottom of the screen and carry them away. This decreases the bonus at the end of the round.

A level is completed by continuously using bug spray on Donkey Kong Sr., forcing him to the top of the screen, or by killing all of the bugs. A Super Spray Can, visible on the vines, drops to the bottom of the screen when Donkey Kong Sr. is sprayed past it. The super spray only lasts for a limited number of shots, but it pushes Donkey Kong Sr. upward at a much faster rate, making it easier to complete the level. It only appears at the start of each life.

There are three levels (blue, gray and yellow greenhouses) which repeat in a fixed sequence.


  • Donkey Kong Sr.
  • Buzzbees
  • Beespies
  • Queen Bees
  • Creepy Caterpillars
  • Butterflies
  • Beetles
  • Moths
  • Bee-bombs
  • Vine Eaters (Arcade Only)


Donkey Kong 3 Game & Watch Micro Vs. system.

In 1984, Hudson Soft[6] created a sequel to Donkey Kong 3 and released it on the Japanese-only NEC PC-8801, NEC PC-6601 and Sharp X1 under the name Donkey Kong 3: Dai Gyakushū (ドンキーコング3 大逆襲 Donkī Kongu Surī Dai Gyakushū, lit. Donkey Kong 3: The Great Counterattack). This sequel game is significantly different from the arcade original or its NES port. While the objective to shoot Donkey Kong Sr. up in the air remains, this version features twenty new outdoor backgrounds such as a bridge, Planet Saturn, a desert, a pyramid or a highway. After the player has completed the twentieth stage, the game loops back at stage 21. Stanley the Bugman can only move from left to right and is no longer able to jump.

A VS. series Game & Watch version of the arcade game has different gameplay. In this version, player one controls Stanley the Bugman and a computer player (or player two) controls Donkey Kong Sr. in a duel against each other using exterminating spray cans to move the bees to the other side of them to make the bees sting their opponents. Players can only hold up to three amounts of spraying liquid in their spray cans. On single player mode, the higher player one as Stanley scores, the faster the spraying liquid on the side of computer player as Donkey Kong drops. A version of this game was included in Game & Watch Gallery 4 for the Game Boy Advance, but featuring Mario in place of Stanley and a Boo and a Fireball in place of the bees.



  • In the game WarioWare: Twisted! for Game Boy Advance, one of the 9-Volt's microgames is called "Donkey Kong 3"[7]. The objective of the minigame is to make Stanley the Bugman to keep spraying until Donkey Kong Sr., who is swinging on two ropes, is pushed upwards, and he hits his head into a hive at the top.

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