Advertising Blurbs

Back of box - Coleco ADAM version:
    The challenge of the real arcade including intermissions and Hall of Fame screens... super graphics and sound...
    Take MARIO™ from the "Ramps" to the "Elevator" and finally the hazardous "Conveyor" screen...are you good enough to rescue Pauline?™
    MARIO™ climbs the ramps, jumping barrels rolled down on him by the gorilla.
    Popping rivets and dodging fireballs MARIO™ makes the climb to his lady love.
    Tricky transfers between moving elevators get MARIO™ a successful rescue.
    Negotiating the difficult conveyors screen, is the ultimate challenge for MARIO™

    Contributed by Michael Cassidy (16670) on Dec 07, 2014.

MSX version - Inside cover:


    Mighty Donkey Kong has caprtured the beautiful girl - watch him make off with her to the top of the half constructed building

    Now play the role of brave carpenter, Mario, as he fearlessly pursues the frightening beast and attempts to rescue the damsel.

    Contributed by Michael Cassidy (16670) on Nov 07, 2014.

Donkey Kong-e - Back of packaging:


    Donkey Kong has taken Mario's sweetheart and is holding her captive at the top of a maze of construction girders, ladders and other hazards.The big ape won't let go easily, you'll have to battle rolling barrels, balls of fire and other devices designed for your destruction. Fight your way through 3 levels to rescue Pauline and defeat the monkey menace in the arcade classic Donkey Kong.

    Contributed by Michael Cassidy (16670) on Nov 07, 2014.

USA flyer:


    "HELP! HELP!" cries the beautiful maiden as she is dragged up a labyrinth of structural beams by the ominous Donkey Kong. "SNORT. SNORT." Foreboding music warns of the eventual doom that awaits the poor girl, lest she somehow be miraculously rescued. "But wait! Fear not, fair maiden. Little Mario, the carpenter, is in hot pursuit of you this very moment."

    Throwing fate to the wind, risking life and limb, or worse, little Mario tries desperately to climb the mighty fortress of steel, to save the lovely lady from the evil Mr. Kong. Little Mario must dodge all manner of obstacles- fireballs, plummeting beams and a barrage of exploding barrels fired at him by Donkey Kong. Amidst the beautiful girl's constant pleas for help, your challenge is to maneuver little Mario up the steel structure, while helping him to avoid the rapid-fire succession of hazards that come his way.

    As little Mario gallantly battles his way up the barriers, he is taunted and teased by Donkey Kong, who brazenly struts back and forth, beating his chest in joyful exuberance at the prospect of having the beautiful girl all to himself. It is your job to get little Mario to the top. For it is there, and only there, that he can send the mighty Donkey Kong to his mortal doom. Leaving Little Mario and the beautiful girl to live happily ever after. "SIGH. SIGH."

    So, if you want the most exciting, most fun-filled, most talked about family video game on the market, don't monkey around with anything but the original Donkey Kong.

    Contributed by Michael Cassidy (16670) on Nov 07, 2014. - Wii:

    A barrel of fun!

    Play the first chapter in the Mario and Donkey Kong battles!

    Donkey Kong has kidnapped Pauline, and it is up to Mario, the fearless carpenter, to come to her rescue. Throwing fate to the wind, Mario tries desperately to climb the labyrinth of structural beams from the top of which Donkey Kong taunts him. Help our hero ascend the metal structure by dodging an assortment of fireballs, steel beams, and exploding barrels the angry ape hurls at him. Prepare yourself for a never-ending adventure as Donkey Kong takes Pauline away to the next level every time Mario gets to the top. Based on the arcade game of the same name, this classic will keep hardcore and casual gamers entertained for hours.

    Contributed by Evil Ryu (60745) on Feb 06, 2007.

Back of Box - GBA (US):
    Go bananas with the Classic NES original for the Game Boy Advance!

    Back in '85, Donkey Kong set off an enduring rivalry between plumbers and mad apes everywhere. Now you can play the NES phenomenon on your Game Boy Advance! Donkey Kong's kidnapped Pauline, and it's up to Mario to rescue the damsel in distress! Climb ladders, dodge fireballs, and leap over tumbling barrels to get that crazy ape!

    Contributed by Alrightya (312) on Jun 11, 2005.

Back of Box - NES (US):

    Can you save Mario's girl from the clutches of Donkey Kong?

    Donkey Kong has kidnapped Mario's girlfriend Pauline and taken her to the top of a construction site! It's up to you to help Mario save Pauline before time runs out. But it won't be easy. Donkey Kong will do everything in his power to stop you. He'll throw barrel bombs, flaming fireballs and anything else he can get his hands on. So if you're looking for action, don't monkey around. Get the original DONKEY KONG from the Nintendo Arcade Classics Series.

    Contributed by Alrightya (312) on Jun 11, 2005.

Back of Box – Apple II (US):
    The world’s most popular video games can be yours to play at home, now that Atari makes them for the Apple II. And the possibilities don’t stop there. More compatible software will be available soon from ATARISOFT, including educational, management and productivity programs.



    You can feel an exciting tingle up and down your spine when you play DONKEY KONG at home, just like at an arcade. Your joystick guides Mario, the fearless carpenter, up the girders and elevators as he attempts to rescue his sweetheart from the clutches of Donkey Kong. All the thrills of the arcade game in a home computer version for one or two players.

    Atari currently offers the following games on Apple II Diskettes: Pac-Man, Centipede, Defender, Dig Dug, Donkey Kong, Stargate and Robotron: 2084.And there’s much more to come!

    Contributed by gamewarrior (5060) on Mar 26, 2005.

Back of Box – Atari 7800 (US):
    Monkey Business on the Monkey Bars

    You are Mario, the fearless carpenter, and that big gorilla, Donkey Kong has run off with your girlfriend. It’s up to you to struggle up those ladders and balance on those beams to rescue your lady fair. She’s held captive at the very top. But Donkey Kong is not ready to give her up so easily. He’s tossing barrels and fireballs at you at every turn. It’s up to you to outmaneuver that wily ape. Good luck, your lady awaits!

  • Three skill levels

  • Three different screens

  • For one or two players

  • For use with 7800 Pro-Line controllers.

  • For ATARI 7800 series systems.

    Contributed by gamewarrior (5060) on Mar 25, 2005. - Game Boy Advance (Classic NES):

    Wow, dude! Look at this awesome game!

    Man v. monkey: The eternal struggle.


    • Classic arcade action
    • Two player alternating
    • Sound effects that shaped a generation

    Before Mario became super, he was a brave carpenter (or so says one early promotional flyer) instead of a plumber and had an 800-pound gorilla on his back. You can shake off that monkey all over again in the rerelease of Donkey Kong as part of the NES Classics series.

    The game looks great on both the Game Boy Advance and the Game Boy Player for the Nintendo GameCube. As the story goes, this freak-of-nature gorilla kidnaps the beautiful girl. Mario, being the chivalrous type, runs to the rescue. To reach damsel in distress, however, Mario must avoid the gorilla's killa posse of barrels, fireballs and bouncing rivets. Along the way, Mario picks up big points when he hammers barrels and fireballs and snags the umbrella, purse and hat that the girl dropped during her abduction.

    Once Mario reaches the girl, DK pulls a fast one and takes her away to another level. Mario doesn't know he's fighting a never-ending battle in the name of love, but don't feel too sorry for him. Even though he never really gets the girl in Donkey Kong, he does collect a lot of coins in the other games in which he appears and should be pretty rich by now.

    Two players can take turns competing for the girl, either on the same Game Boy Advance or with the help of a Game Boy Advance Game Link Cable. Plus, you can save your high score to memory (you need almost a million points to beat the world's record, so you better get jumping).

    Bottom Line

    Although DK and Mario have moved on with their video game lives, they'll always have the fireballs that climb up ladders to remember each other by.

    Contributed by Xoleras (65983) on Dec 27, 2004. - Game Boy Advance (e-Reader):
    Donkey Kong is on the loose!

    Some of the world's greatest classic video games are making a triumphant return! Now, with e-Reader technology, the code for an entire game can be stored on a stack of just five cards! Just slide the e-Reader cards through an e-Reader attached to a Game Boy Advance and you're ready to play.

    Donkey Kong has kidnapped Pauline, and it's up to Mario to save the day! The big ape tosses barrels and other obstacles at Mario as the plumber struggles to reach his damsel in distress. It's classic gaming at its best!

    The Donkey Kong-e card pack comes with five cards. Scan all five cards into your e-Reader accessory for Game Boy Advance, and you're ready to play!

    Contributed by Xoleras (65983) on Dec 27, 2004. :
    Nintendo’s First U.S. Hit

    Nintendo’s very first North American hit sends Mario up and down ramps, ladders and moving platforms to rescue the fair princess held captive by Donkey Kong. Dodge the barrels and other hazards tossed your way by the jealous ape. Two can play Donkey Kong on one or two GBAs. Donkey Kong. Can anything be more fun than a monkey full of barrels? Don’t think so.

    Contributed by gamewarrior (5060) on Nov 07, 2004.

The Official Nintendo Player's Guide (1987):


    That beastly Donkey Kong gorilla has Pauline in his clutches. Can Mario save his girl and dump that Donkey Kong on his head? Construction site girders with ladders and elevators are on the scene in this original version of Donkey Kong.

    GAME PLAY: Mario has to work his way up the ladders and sloping girders in the first level of play. Donkey Kong rolls barrels down at you to keep you away. You can jump over the barrels or use the magic hammer to bash the barrels and pick up a few extra points. Level two has elevators to deal with (dont' fall off), and Level Three has girders that must be unbolted to send Donkey Kong for a tumble. Run and jump for your life and go for that top score with this arcade classic.

    Contributed by Joshua J. Slone (4621) on Mar 26, 2004.

Description from Intellivision catalog:
    In this engaging game, Donkey Kong the ape has captured Mario's girlfriend, and has taken her to the top of a steel fortress. You've got to get Mario to the top to save her! But - as he runs across the girders and up the ladders, the ape throws barrels at him to prevent his progress. Mario must jump the barrels to get to the top and rescue his girlfriend!

    Contributed by RKL (5606) on Sep 18, 2003.

Back of Box:


    Here's how to Play:

    Donkey Kong the ape has stolen Mario's girlfriend and has taken her to the top of a steel fortress. Mario must get to the top to save her! Use the disc to maneuver Mario across the girders and up the ladders. But - as he runs, the ape throws barrels at him to prevent his progress. Use the fire button to get Mario to jump over the barrels. Will Mario make it to the top and rescue is gal in time?

    Contributed by RKL (5606) on Sep 18, 2003.

NES Game Manual:
    DONKEY KONG features an action-packed rescue adventure of man against ape! Donkey Kong has stolen Mario's girlfriend and taken her to the top of a steel structure. You move Mario over girders and up ladders, leap over tumbling barrels, dodge lethal fireballs and jump onto fast-moving elevators, trying to rescue Mario's girlfriend from Donkey Kong.

    DONKEY KONG features three incredible adventures ramps, rivets and elevators. Your skill and speed determine your point total. How high can you score trying to rescue Mario's girlfriend?

    Contributed by Jeanne (75420) on Sep 29, 2002.