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Nice little sequel, twice as addictive as its predecessor NES Katakis | カタキス (39535)
Move over, Mario! This game is awesome! NES Alex Baumfull (6)
Donkey Kong is back on Famicom NES Wave Magatama (4)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
Arcade 7 4.0
Atari 2600 10 2.5
Atari 7800 7 3.3
Atari 8-bit 6 4.2
Coleco Adam Awaiting 5 votes...
ColecoVision 12 4.1
Game Boy Advance 9 3.6
Intellivision Awaiting 5 votes...
NES 43 3.3
Nintendo 3DS Awaiting 5 votes...
Wii 5 3.4
Wii U Awaiting 5 votes...
Combined User Score 99 3.4


Critic Reviews

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100
If there is any one game for ColecoVision that will be an instant best-seller, Donkey Kong Jr. is it. And, unlike Pac-Man, it should stay a best- seller because its graphics, playability and sound are as good as the arcade game.
100
ColecoVisionTeleMatch (Nov, 1983)
Gäbe es dieses Spiel in Spielhallen nicht, so würde die Begeisterung über diese Homefasung vermutlich überschwappen im Vergleich zu beinahe allem, was an Nicht-Arkadenspielen dem zahlenden Cassettenkäufer grafisch und inhaltlich zugemutet wird. Es wird nicht viele Besitzer dieses Systems geben, die D.K.JR. ignorieren.
100
ColecoVisionThe Video Game Critic (Mar 30, 2003)
This awesome sequel is one of the most underrated video games of all time. DK Junior managed to introduce completely original new gameplay mechanics while preserving the spirit of the original game. This time Donkey Kong's son must save his father from Mario. Instead of climbing ramps and ladders, the action mainly consists of vine-climbing in a jungle environment. Most enemies look like chattering teeth, and you can drop fruit on them from above to knock them off the vines. Like its predecessor, each screen provides a unique challenge, but DK Junior requires even more strategy, and it's a lot harder. This particular version is outstanding - by far the best I've ever seen. The diaper-clad Junior is rendered in five colors, and Mario looks like a little cowboy. I don't think there's ever been another video game quite like Donkey Kong Junior.
100
IntellivisionThe Video Game Critic (Sep 17, 2000)
Donkey Kong Jr. is more challenging that the original Donkey Kong, and requires a lot of technique. Most of junior's movements are sideways along vines as opposed to up and down. With four skill levels, Donkey Kong Jr for the Intellivision is always a good time.
91
NESThe Video Game Critic (Jul 26, 2004)
All four screens from the arcade are present in this version. Imaginative and fun, Donkey Kong Jr. is a worthy sequel to one of the greatest video games of all time.
90
The action may seem simple on the surface, but every step and jump taken must be very precise and calculated, and an equal amount of both patience and urgent/ quick movements is essential in completing the stages while avoiding death. The key to success is also being able to smoothly transition from one form of movement to another and back again. It’s an early and great example of unique platforming action with multiple ways of maneuvering on display, which helped firmly ground and expand the platforming genre.
90
ArcadeAll Game Guide (1998)
The spawn of the 1981 arcade smash hit Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Junior is one of the best videogame sequels ever produced. While not necessarily superior to its progenitor, DKJ is more varied and difficult to master. It also sports more colors, sharper graphics, better character animation and a faster climbing technique.
83
NESNES Archives (Nov 12, 2007)
Once again, I would advise you to go out and pick up Donkey Kong Classics. It contains this game as well as Donkey Kong; it isn't often that Nintendo releases an NES cartridge with more than one previously released game on them. This is a great game and any true Nintendo fan should have it in their collection.
83
Atari 7800The Video Game Critic (Jan 26, 2000)
Considering what it had to live up to, this is one hell of a sequel. This time you play Donkey Kong's son, trying to save his father who has been captured. The play mechanics are imaginative, letting you climb sideways along vines. DK Jr. manages to capture the spirit of the original Donkey Kong while providing a fresh new game playing experience. The graphics are excellent and noticeably better than Donkey Kong, but the sound is sparse and can be fairly annoying. There are three skill levels. If you liked Donkey Kong you will like this.
80
NESRetro Game Reviews (Nov 24, 2015)
Donkey Kong Jr. is an outstanding follow-up and it takes the series in new directions instead of resting on its laurels. The platforming, stage design and controls are as good as ever and it's an absolute joy to play while providing a serious challenge for high score chasers.
80
Atari 7800Retro Game Reviews (Jun 30, 2016)
Donkey Kong Junior on the Atari 7800 is a high-quality version of Nintendo's classic Arcade game due to its tight controls and exceptional level design. There's not a lot to criticise but in my opinion the NES port is still the best and most playable version in terms of both gameplay and sound.
80
NESPixel-Heroes.de (Dec, 2006)
Dafür, dass wir es hier mit einem Spiel zu tun haben, das bereits sage und schreibe ganze 24 Jahre auf dem Buckel hat, ist es auch heute noch für ein kurzes Zwischenspiel gut geeignet. Die Grafik ist super, und die Soundkulisse klingt einfach klasse. Vor allem für Spieler empfehlenswert, die quasi die 80´er-Version von "Donkey Kong Country" einmal sehen wollen. Aber auch Liebhaber des ersten Teils kommen hier voll auf ihre Kosten.
79
Atari 7800The Atari Times (Dec 22, 2005)
All in all, this game is enjoyable in spite of the rotten sound and awkward controls. Give it a shot. Heck, it won't cost you much as this is a very common cartridge.
75
NESQuesticle.net (Oct, 2011)
Donkey Kong Jr may not be as influential as the first entry, but it’s the better of the two.
75
WiiJeuxvideo.com (Jan 06, 2012)
Malgré les quelques défauts de Donkey Kong Jr, celui-ci reste tout de même un très bon jeu oldies qui arrive largement au niveau de son prédécesseur. Les amateurs d'arcade ne risquent donc pas d'être déçus.
75
NESJeuxvideo.com (Jan 06, 2012)
Malgré les quelques défauts de Donkey Kong Jr, celui-ci reste tout de même un très bon jeu oldies qui arrive largement au niveau de son prédécesseur. Les amateurs d'arcade ne risquent donc pas d'être déçus.
70
ColecoVisionRetro Game Reviews (Dec 01, 2015)
Donkey Kong Junior is a good port of the classic Arcade game and for its time it was probably the best available home version. However, future years produced much better ports and in my opinion you're better off sticking with the NES version as it has better controls and features all four levels.
70
NESHonestGamers (Sep 19, 2012)
Donkey Kong Jr. is an old game, without question. Some games feel as good in 2012 as they did when they launched. Donkey Kong Jr. is not one of those games. It’s not a bad game, but it’s a bit unintuitive for those who aren’t used to classic arcade physics, and there’s not really very much to it. Unless you’re into high scores, you’ll have seen pretty much everything the game has to offer after a few minutes of play. But if you do take pleasure from setting personal records, Donkey Kong Jr. is worth your time.
70
NESTilt (Mar, 1988)
Ce jeu simple, rapide et distrayant est l'un des meilleurs jeux de plates-formes. A recommander aux amateurs du genre.
69
Atari 2600Game Freaks 365 (2005)
In conclusion, this is a pretty good version of Donkey Kong Junior considering the system it was released on, but the version on the NES, and probably the one on the Colecovision also, are superior. That being the case, there is no logical reason for you to own this version unless you do not have any other system that the game is available on or you are a collector of Atari 2600 titles.
62
IntellivisionElectronic Fun with Computers & Games (Feb, 1984)
At last count there were seven versions of Donkey Kong Junior: the arcade, tabletop, handheld, Coleco cart, Coleco Super Game, Atari 2600 and now, Intellivision. Since it's a complicated game with a lot of graphic elements, the most successful versions have been for the more powerful computers. The less successful (like this one) depend on the player's knowledge of the other versions. In my opinion, that's not a game that can stand on its own two feet— it's a rip-off.
60
Wii UFNintendo (May 26, 2013)
Donkey Kong Jr. é um dos títulos mais dinâmicos e precisos na sua jogabilidade. Jogos como Ice Climber sofriam de alguns problemas na detecção dos saltos, mas aqui a precisão é bem mais generosa. Visualmente, os níveis são muito diferentes uns dos outros, apresentando-se de forma bastante colorida e ajudam a diversificar a experiência. É realmente repetitivo, mas tem de ser encarado como qualquer título de época e são óbvias as suas limitações. Infelizmente, a Nintendo precisa de rever urgentemente os preços praticados por títulos que estão muito fora do seu tempo. São experiências essencialmente arcade que não deveriam custar mais que uma moeda de jogo. Donkey Kong Jr. não é certamente um dos títulos mais populares, mas é uma experiência muito interessante e quem estiver disposto a apostar num título NES, esta é uma opção a ter em conta.
60
WiiEurogamer.net (UK) (Jan 16, 2007)
Again, the 1983 NES port was arguably the best home version ever released, but there's no substitute for the arcade original. As with Donkey Kong, the vertical orientation of the screen has been squashed into 4.3 - and if you're playing on a 16.9 screen Nintendo makes no attempt to even maintain that aspect ratio, resulting in a wildly stretched out image. This rather slapdash approach to presenting the old classics in this unsympathetic way contrasts badly compared to Microsoft's approach.
60
WiiEurogamer.de (Jan 19, 2007)
Donkey Kong Jr. erweitert die Formel des Spielhallen-Smash-Hits Donkey Kong durch komplexere Levels und hübschere Grafik. Als Donkey Kongs Sohnemann klettert Ihr entlang Ketten und Lianen Eurem eingesperrten Vatertier entgegen, während Ihr Euer Punktekonto durch das Sammeln von Früchten aufbessert. Hier gibt Jumpman das erste und einzige Mal den Bösewicht. Müsste ich mich für eines der beiden Donkey Kongs entscheiden, fiele meine Wahl auf das Original. Die Spiele sind aber dennoch in ungefähr gleichwertig – es reicht somit vollends aus, sich nur einen der beiden Klassiker aus dem Geldbeutel zu leiern!
58
NESNintendo Land (2003)
This time Mario is the bad guy (!) and he has kidnapped old DK. You control DK jr, who is going to save his papa from Mario, who has trapped DK inside a steel cage which is way too small for DK. DK jr is a little bit better and more varied than Donkey Kong, but it´s not a top game either.
52
NESPower Play (Sep, 1988)
Gutes Geschicklichkeits-Spiel mit vier verschiedenen Bildern.
52
NESHappy Computer (1986)
Der Zahn der Zeit hat spürbar an Donkey Kong Jr. genagt. Vor einigen Jahren war ein Spiel mit vier verschiedenen Bildern noch eine kleine Sensation, doch nach heutigen Maßstäben reizt diese Tatsache allenfalls zum Gähnen. Das Spielprinzip selber kann mich auch nicht mehr so begeistern wie vor einigen Jahren, als mich Donkey Kong Jr. an das Colecovision-Videospiel fesselte. Es ist halt ein Plattform-Spiel, bei dem mir das erste Bild mit den niedlichen, herumwandernden Gebissen noch am besten gefällt. Die technische Qualität des Programms ist enttäuschend, denn die Fähigkeiten des Nintendo-Systems werden bei weitem nicht ausgenutzt.
50
ColecoVisionHonestGamers (Dec 13, 2003)
To be plain, Donkey Kong Jr looks nice, sounds decent, and plays well enough to be an excellent time-waster. What's present is good - if only there was more of it.
50
WiiIGN (Dec 06, 2006)
The son of Kong arrives here in a complete conversion of his arcade debut, but this game's too short of an experience to recommend a download. (Nevermind that it's already been made available through Animal Crossing and as the packed-in "launch title" for the Game Boy Advance e-Reader just a few years ago.) It's nice to see Junior again, but save your points for more robust offerings.
42
NES1UP! (Feb 20, 2009)
Pour le joueur très impliqué ou un peu fanatique, ce n'est que le début. La réelle épreuve pour lui sera de répéter l'exercice autant de fois que possible, surmontant une difficulté toujours croissante (les ennemis sortent à une cadence de plus en plus rapide) et améliorant son high score à la centaine de points près si nécessaire. Mais au XXIème siècle, c'est une espèce de joueurs rare, même parmi les retrogamers. Pour la plupart d'entre nous, le jeu finit à cet instant et démontre la brièveté de ces classiques ancestraux de Nintendo. On les regarde un peu comme les portraits de ces grands hommes qui illustrent les livres d'histoire, on comprend la valeur de ce qu'ils ont accompli mais ils sont trop éloignés de nous pour que l'on puisse encore partager le sentiment de leur accomplissement.
40
Wii UNintendo Life (May 03, 2013)
Like many of the NES launch titles, Donkey Kong Jr. is an 8-bit outing whose age is starting to show. Repetitive gameplay, frustrating collision detection and game breaking bugs all work towards the detriment of this one, resulting in a game that, while charming, tends to be a bit too rough around the edges. Fans of the arcade and NES originals might get a kick out of this one as a Wii U VC launch title, but younger players lacking nostalgia for the golden age of gaming will find more flaws than can be ignored. Real life achievement hunters like the formidable Mr. Kasper may want to set their sights on a game with a little more substance.
40
WiiNintendo Life (Dec 05, 2006)
After all these years, the levels can still be a slight challenge and still hold replayability, and hardcore fans will no doubt argue that it's all about setting as high a score as possible, but it's clear that this is a game more suited for those who enjoyed it at the time of its original release in the arcades.
35
Atari 2600The Atari Times (Oct 13, 2003)
The graphics aren't that great, the gameplay's annoying (again, no fruit? How could they?), the sound's fairly sucky, the controls near terrible...anything else? Yeah, and on a positive note: hopefully the guy who either purposely made this port this bad or a manager at Coleco who forced him to make it this bad got hit by a car. What the hey, I'm a positive person.
33
Atari 2600Woodgrain Wonderland (Dec 16, 2016)
Despite having three levels, Donkey Kong Junior ignores a fundamental gameplay element from the arcade original: the fruit that can be dropped on enemies. Control is awful; it can take what seems like ages to jump onto a vine – long enough for Mario to send one of his Snapjaws down to kill you. Honestly, I can’t say I was ever a huge fan of the original, but this version disposes of the elements that made it appealing in the first place.
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Atari 2600The Video Game Critic (Jan 26, 2005)
Frustration will set in almost immediately as your limited movements make you easy prey for the wandering teeth. There are few audio effects to speak of, but the "climbing" sound has a screeching quality that's irritating. Despite having three screens, Donkey Kong Jr. is a lukewarm effort that fails to live up to the arcade classic.
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Atari 2600Atari HQ (2000)
The only good thing about Donkey Kong Jr. is that the music themes are very true to the arcade version. However you play games to play games, not listen to the music. This is one baby ape that should have stayed in its crib. Play this on on the NES or ColecoVision. As usual, Coleco didn't put much effort into the 2600 and Intellivision version, but an excellent port on its own system. Granted, the ColecoVision is the more powerful of the three, but something isn't right here!