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Donkey Kong

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The big ape has returned in this update of the classic Nintendo arcade game. Although at first it appears to be just a port, the familiar levels from the arcade game are just a prelude to the real platform jumping adventure. Instead of rescuing Pauline at the end of the fourth level, Donkey Kong makes off with her once again!

There are 96 levels spread out over 12 worlds. These levels are much more complex than the originals, featuring scrolling backgrounds, numerous objects to collect, and enemies to avoid. Along the way, you will encounter several "boss" style battles with Donkey Kong, as well.


Donkey Kong Game Boy A vertically-scrolling level. (Super Game Boy)
Donkey Kong Game Boy Title Screen
Donkey Kong Game Boy Map Screen (Super Game Boy)
Donkey Kong Game Boy He's not dead yet!  (Super Game Boy)

Alternate Titles

  • "Donkey Kong '94" -- Informal name
  • "ドンキーコング" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

GamePro (US) Game Boy Sep, 1994 5 out of 5 100
Total! (Germany) Game Boy Aug, 1994 1.25 out of 6 95
Nintendo Land Game Boy 2003 94 out of 100 94
Game Players Game Boy Sep, 1994 93 out of 100 93
Video Games Game Boy Aug, 1994 90 out of 100 90
Nintendojo Game Boy Jul 31, 2003 9 out of 10 90
GamesCollection Game Boy Feb 11, 2009 9 out of 10 90
IGN Nintendo 3DS Jun 27, 2011 8.5 out of 10 85
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Game Boy Aug, 1994 8.3 out of 10 83
Nintendo Difference Game Boy Nov 21, 2012 15 out of 20 75


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Super Game Boy

This was the first Game Boy game specially adapted for Super Game Boy. When played on the Super Game Boy, Pauline can be heard shrieking out "HELP! HELP!" during the game, instead of a Game Boy sound effect that's supposed to resemble a scream.


  • Game Players
    • January 1995 - Best Game Boy Game in 1994
  • VideoGames
    • March 1995 - Best Game Boy Game of 1994
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