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Donkey Kong Junior (NES)

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Advertising Blurbs

Back of box - Coleco ADAM version:
    All the challenge of the original arcade including intermission and Hall of Fame screens, plus super graphics...1 and 2-player games, 4 skill levels...the best players will reach the "HIDEOUT" screen with its deadly drops and electric sparks...you won't master this one too quickly!
    JUNIOR must climb vines and hop from island to island to save pappa.
    JUNIOR climbs the chains to rescue DONKEY KONG™
    Successfully negotiate a leap from the treacherous jump board.
    Sparks and deadly water drops threaten JUNIOR in the hideout during his wild free-for-all with MARIO.™

    Contributed by Michael Cassidy (8875) on Dec 07, 2014.

USA arcade flyer:

    THE AGONY OF THE CAPTURE. THE SUSPENSE OF THE CHASE. THE THRILL OF THE RESCUE. WITH DONKEY KONG JUNIOR™

    SEE! DONKEY KONG IMPRISONED!
    SEE! DOOM-DEFYING JUNGLE ACTION!
    SEE! THE CHASE TO MARIO'S HIDEOUT!

    CAN THE SON of DONKEY KONG SAVE HIS PAPA FROM LITTLE MARIO'S IMPENETRABLE PRISON?

    FATE HAS TURNED THE TABLES ON THE INIMITABLE DONKEY KONG.

    After Mario saved the Beautiful Girl from the lustful clutches of Donkey Kong, he lead the brokenhearted ape into captivity, locking him behind steel bars, never again to strut his stuff before the fair maidens of the world.
    As the frustration of confinement enrages Donkey Kong, Mario complacently stands guard over the cell, holding the sought after key to freedom.
    But wait! Unbeknownst to Little Mario, Donkey Kong has produced an offspring – Donkey Kong Junior! A death-defying little monkey, shrewd and cunning, who resists all enemies to rescue Papa Donkey Kong.
    As Mario’s brigade of snapping jaws, ape-eating birds and energy pods launch their offensive, Junior bombards them with a fusillade of Fruit Bombs that aim to annihilate his every foe.
    Mario, beware of Donkey Kong Junior. He’s crafty. He’s fearless. He jumps in four different directions. Watch how Junior strategically maneuvers his way to the top at high speeds. How he wrests the key away from Mario. The key that gives Papa the freedom to once again beat his chest and chase girls! With Donkey Kong Junior not far behind.
    Donkey Kong Junior offers the most exciting sound effects, visual imagery and challenging playboards. If you loved the original Donkey Kong, you’ll go positively ape over Donkey Kong Junior!

    Contributed by Michael Cassidy (8875) on Nov 07, 2014.

Official Nintendo Web Page (3DS Version):
    Release Date: Jun 14, 2012
    No. of Players: 1 player
    Category: Action, Arcade
    Publisher: Nintendo
    Price: $4.99

    Game Overview

    Can Donkey Kong Jr. save his papa from Mario’s prison?

    Based on the popular arcade game, Donkey Kong Jr. is the sequel to the immensely successful Donkey Kong™. Play as Donkey Kong’s son and rescue your dad, who has been kidnapped and imprisoned in a cage by Mario™. Use your jumping and climbing abilities to clamber up vines and chains, gather vital fruit and keys and open the cage to free your father. Make sure you avoid the pesky birds, nasty electric sparks, and creepy chompers. Four different worlds filled with numerous climbing and jumping puzzles await you in this timeless classic.

    To enjoy the 3D effect of Nintendo 3DS software, you must experience it from the system itself. All screenshots and videos on this website have been captured in 2D mode. Use Parental Controls to restrict 3D mode for children 6 and under.

    Contributed by Michael Cassidy (8875) on Sep 15, 2012.

www.nintendo.com – Wii Virtual Console:

    A swinging classic goes Virtual!

    Extra Game Features:
    • Originally released in June 1986
    • Download this Virtual Console title for only 500 Wii Points
    • Use the Classic Controller, Wii Remote or GCN Controller to play this game
    Based on the popular arcade game, Donkey Kong Jr. is the sequel to the immensely successful Donkey Kong. Play as Donkey Kong's son, Junior, and rescue your dad who has been kidnapped and imprisoned in a cage by Mario. Use your jumping and climbing abilities to clamber up vines and chains, gather vital fruit and keys, and open the cage to free your father. Make sure you avoid the pesky birds, nasty electric sparks, and creepy chompers! Four different worlds filled with numerous climbing and jumping puzzles await you in this timeless classic.

    Contributed by gamewarrior (5065) on Mar 27, 2007.

www.nintendo.com - Game Boy Advance:
    Do it for dear ol' Dad!

    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 been captured, so it's up to Donkey Kong Jr. to save the day! Hopping from vine to vine and gathering fruit along the way, DK Jr. scrambles through four perfectly recreated environments in a race to save his dear ol' dad.

    The Donkey Kong Jr.-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 (66212) on Dec 27, 2004.

Back of Box–Atari 7800 (US):
    Junior’s Revenge

    Remember in Donkey Kong how Mario fought Papa Donkey Kong? Well, Mario won. Now he has Papa locked up like an animal in a cage. Only you, Donkey Kong Junior can save Papa. You have to reach that special key to unlock the cage. But Mario has other ideas.

    As you nimbly climb trees and gracefully swing across vines towards your goal, Mario sends jaw-snapping creatures after you. You earn extra points by plucking fruit to bonk them. When you have won your first challenge, another scene appears with even greater attacks. And the fourth level is the most difficult of all.

    You can do it because you’re a chimp off the old block.

  • Three skill levels

  • For one or two players

  • For use with 7800 Pro-Line controllers.

  • For ATARI 7800 series systems.

    Contributed by gamewarrior (5065) on Nov 13, 2004.

Back of Box (US):
    Can Donkey Kong Jr. save his papa from Mario’s prison?

    Mario has gone mad! He’s turned the tables on Donkey Kong and locked him in a cage. It’s up to you, as Donkey Kong Jr., to rescue your father by stealing Mario’s set of keys. But it won’t be easy. You’ll have to fight off ape-eating Snapjaws, jump onto moving islands and break through a jungle of vines to get to the keys that will free Donkey Kong. Can you handle the action? Because this off-the-wall monkey business will have you going bananas!

    Players: 1 or 2

    Contributed by gamewarrior (5065) on Nov 13, 2004.

The Official Nintendo Player's Guide (1987):

    SAVE THE BIG APE



    Mario has gone stark raving bonkers and locked your lovable father, Donkey Kong, in a cage. You must steal the keys to the cage from that tyrant Mario, and set your papa free. But it's not so easy> Mario lays tough. This off-the-wall monkey business will have you going bananas.

    GAME PLAY: The jungle is full of vines and chains to climb on but watch out for the ape-eating Snapjaws, Nitpickers, and Sparks as you work your way to the key that will unlock the way to freedom for your father. Moving islands and springboards increase the challenge. Be careful! Watch your footing! Try to pick some fruit along the way to get extra points. Or use it to bonk the pesky critters below for even more points. Clear the fourth and most difficult round of this jungle adventure and Donkey Kong is free at last.

    Contributed by Joshua J. Slone (4618) on Mar 26, 2004.