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Donkey Kong 3

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Released in the arcades in 1983, Donkey Kong 3 is the third of the "Donkey Kong" arcade game series, changing the format to more of an action-shooter than a platform game.

As Stanley the Bugman, players are positioned under Donkey Kong, who has taken over a multi-level greenhouse. Stanley's goal is to remove Donkey Kong from the greenhouse, but the big ape isn't willing to leave without a fight.

Donkey Kong will agitate two beehives that are close to him to send down a swarm of angry Buzzbees, Beespies and destructive Queen Bees toward Stanley. These insects, as well as caterpillars which creep down nearby vines are intent on destroying the flowers below Stanley. Donkey Kong will also send down projectiles himself in an attempt to stop Stanley's attacks. Stanley must jump between the levels and use his bugspray to repel the insects, and send Donkey Kong into the next area of the greenhouse.

Once Stanley pushes Donkey Kong high enough, a can of super bugspray will become available, allowing a larger shooting radius, and is able to send Donkey Kong up the vines faster.

Once Donkey Kong is sent through the three levels of the greenhouse, Donkey Kong will end up with a beehive on his head, and the levels start all over again.


Donkey Kong 3 Arcade Title screen
Donkey Kong 3 Arcade First level
Donkey Kong 3 NES Title screen
Donkey Kong 3 Game Boy Advance Incoming bugs

Alternate Titles

  • "Donkey Kong 3-e" -- e-Reader Title
  • "ドンキーコング3" -- Japanese spelling

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All Game Guide Arcade 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Digital Press - Classic Video Games NES Dec 10, 2003 7 out of 10 70
Génération 4 NES 1987 60 out of 100 60
IGN Wii Jul 28, 2008 6 out of 10 60 (UK) Wii Jan 18, 2009 6 out of 10 60
NES Player NES 2001 2.5 out of 5 50
Power Play NES Sep, 1988 41 out of 100 41
Nintendo Life Wii Jul 15, 2008 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 40
NES Center NES 2001 4 out of 10 40
1UP! NES Jan 29, 2010 32 out of 100 32


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This is the only Nintendo game to feature the character Stanley the Bugman and the only Donkey Kong coin-op game to not involve Mario (a.k.a. Jumpman).

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