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Donkey Kong (Game Boy)

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

Alternate Titles

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

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User Reviews

A Donkey Kong fans Mini-dream Crazy Horse (12) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

Critic Reviews

GamePro (US) Sep, 1994 5 out of 5 100
Total! (Germany) Aug, 1994 1.25 out of 6 95
Game Players Sep, 1994 93 out of 100 93
Consoles Plus Sep, 1994 91 out of 100 91
The Video Game Critic May 15, 2014 A- 91
HonestGamers Dec 09, 2003 9 out of 10 90
Video Games Aug, 1994 90 out of 100 90
PixlBit Jul 13, 2011 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Nintendo Difference Nov 21, 2012 15 out of 20 75
Portable Review Oct 25, 2005 28 out of 40 70


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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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quizzley7 (21168) added Donkey Kong (Game Boy) on Dec 21, 2001
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